San Diego, California - Researchers supported by San Diego Zoo Global are looking for surviving wildlife in Australia, using the talents of a specially trained dog named Smudge. The Blue Mountains World Heritage Region of Australia was severely affected by mega-fires that blazed through the area more than two weeks ago, and Science for Wildlife researchers have been working to determine areas where koalas have survived. Assisting them in their efforts is Smudge, a dog trained to follow the scent of koalas.

Jackson, Mississippi - Shelley Griffith, 29, a former Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) officer, was sentenced Friday in Jackson, Mississippi, by Chief U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan II of the Southern District of Mississippi to serve 70 months in prison for her role in assaulting an inmate at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility (CMCF) in Rankin County, Mississippi.

Washington, DC - Friday, United States Attorney General William P. Barr concluded his second trip to Mexico City. The Attorney General participated in high-level meetings regarding joint counter-narcotic efforts as well as efforts to combat transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) and the trafficking of arms and drugs.

Washington, DC - A Maryland political consultant was sentenced to three years in prison today followed by three years of supervised release for fraudulently soliciting hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions through several scam political action committees (PACs) that he founded and advertised as supporting candidates for office and other political causes. 

Washington, DC - A former Commander of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) was convicted by a federal jury Friday of obstructing justice and making false statements, among other charges, in connection with the death of a civilian at the naval base.

New York - A former member of the Barbados Parliament, who also served as the Minister of Industry of Barbados, was found guilty today by a federal jury for his role in a scheme to launder bribes paid to him by executives of the Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited (ICBL).