Newark, New Jersey - Three North Jersey men today admitted conspiring to conduct or participate in the affairs of the Genovese organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra (the “Genovese family”) through a pattern of racketeering activity, including a conspiracy to extort members of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) for Christmastime tribute payments, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman and Eastern District of New York U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch announced.

Houston, Texas - Ten Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) gang members and associates were sentenced to prison this week for their roles in the violent ABT enterprise, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas.

Birmingham, Alabama - A Pike Road, Alabama, man was sentenced to serve 51 months in prison today for committing stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF) crimes, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Larry J. Wszalek for the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr. for the Middle District of Alabama.

Washington, DC - The first-ever report on the global use and public health impact of smokeless tobacco finds that more than 300 million people in at least 70 countries use these harmful products. The report, Smokeless Tobacco and Public Health: A Global Perspective, is being released today by the CDC and the National Cancer Institute at the National Conference on Smoking or Health in Mumbai, India. Thirty-two leading experts from around the world contributed to the report.

Washington, DC - It’s been an unprecedented year for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as America’s public health agency continues its emergency response to the most complex Ebola epidemic in history. Ebola, however, is far from the only critical mission CDC undertook in 2014.

Washington, DC - NASA has selected SpaceX to provide launch services for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. TESS will launch aboard a Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle, with liftoff targeted for August 2017 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Las Vegas, Nevada - American Preparatory Academy - Las Vegas will break ground on its flagship Nevada campus this Friday, December 19th at 4:00 p.m. PST.  The school will be built at the Southwest corner of Jim Rogers Way (formerly Solutions Ave) and Patrick Lane (just east of Durango and north of Sunset) in the  UNLV Research Park.  The public is invited to this event.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Not every product lives up to its claims, and others sometimes exceed expectations. The January 2015 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, spotlights the best of the best tested this year which includes more than 45 products in these seven categories: food and wine; cooking, food prep & storage; cleaning; home improvement; beauty, heath, and fitness; electronics; and cars.

Washington, DC - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a former Rite Aid Corporation Vice President and a New Jersey businessman have been charged in connection with a $14.6 million, surplus inventory sales/kickback scheme.

Oxford, Mississippi - The latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI) shows home prices fell slightly in October, making this the second consecutive month of declines. The continued price weakening emerges amid reports of a rising pace of existing-home sales and ongoing improvement in the labor market. Based on recorded sales of non-distressed properties (existing and new homes) in the 100 largest metropolitan areas, the index dropped 0.1% between September and October.