Washington, DC - Federal Trade Commission staff has issued a public notice encouraging academic and industry research on the impact of certificates of public advantage (COPA) on prices, quality, access, and innovation for healthcare services. The notice also seeks public comments regarding the benefits or harms that have resulted from COPAs or other state-based regulatory approaches intended to control healthcare prices and improve quality.

Sacramento, California - On the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring November 1, 2017 as a "Day of Remembrance of the Las Vegas Mass Shooting" and ordered that flags be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol.

Washington, DC - In our Stick with Security blog series, we've done our best to dive deeper into data security by focusing on the lessons learned from recent cases, insights from closed investigations, and the questions and comments we've received from businesses. One remark we've heard from companies that want to implement the lessons of Start with Security is "Just give us a list of what to do." Unfortunately, data security can't be boiled down to a one-and-done checklist. What's reasonable depends on the circumstances for example, the nature of your business and the sensitivity of the information you must collect and maintain so there's no one-size-fits-all approach. In addition, data thieves' tactics are constantly evolving. Last year's precautions may not protect your company from tomorrow's threats.

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement today regarding the mass shooting last night in Las Vegas, Nevada: "Our prayers and deepest sympathies are with the families and loved ones of those killed and injured in last night's tragic and senseless shooting and we stand with the people of Nevada in this difficult time."

Washington, DC - Cone snails have inspired humans for centuries. Coastal communities have often traded their beautiful shells like money and put them in jewelry. Many artists, including Rembrandt, have featured them in sketches and paintings. Now, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are finding these deadly predators inspiring, too, as they seek new ways to cure old medical problems using the poisonous snails as models.

Washington, DC - Belmont Sausage Co., an Elk Grove Village, Ill. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of smoked turkey products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

Washington, DC - President Donald J. Trump met with U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr., and his wife, Mary Kaye Huntsman, to wish them well as they return to Moscow to represent the United States and work toward improving our relationship with Russia.

Washington, DC - Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Bruce Wharton will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, December 11–12, to lead the U.S. Delegation attending the 4th High Level Dialogue with the African Union Commission, which will take place on December 12.

Las Vegas, Nevada - The Clark County Medical Society is working closely with the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD), Nevada State Medical Association (NSMA), the Nevada Psychiatric Association (NPA), and the area hospitals to determine what the needs are in our community and what the next steps will be following last night's tragic events. We are heartbroken by the tragic, senseless attack on our city that occurred last night during the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival. On behalf of the Clark County Medical Society (CCMS), our Board of Trustees and our Membership - we extend our deepest and most sincere sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of the victims and those still fighting for their lives after last night's tragic events.

Washington, DC - Vice President Joe Biden: "Any minute spent with John Glenn was a blessing. Because for all his heroism that history will remember—in war, in space, in public life—you felt something deeper. You felt his capacity to love—the country he inspired, the people of Ohio he served. And most especially, love for his Annie, a hero in her own right, and together, they forged a true partnership that bore the weight of fame and responsibility with the humility and sense of duty that defined them as the greatest of America’s greatest generation.