Washington, DC - A Pennsylvania accountant was sentenced Friday to serve 40 months in prison for conspiring to defraud FirstPlus Financial Group Inc. (FirstPlus), a Texas-based financial services company, which had been targeted for extortionate takeover and looting by a group led by Lucchese organized crime family member Nicodemo S. Scarfo.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - A Philadelphia man was sentenced today to life in prison for his role in the October 9, 2004, retaliatory firebombing that killed six members of a federal witness’s family, including four children. 

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - A national competition now in its third year is challenging teams of middle- and high-school students to develop concepts for mobile apps that can solve a school or community problem.

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - A dangerous scam that hides major problems from consumers who purchase used cars is on the rise.

Washington, DC (NAPSI) - Small businesses have a number of concerns when it comes to the effect that government regulations are having on their business. That’s a key finding of TriNet’s Small Business Confidence Survey, which explores the opinions ofU.S. small business owners about issues such as their outlook on the state of their companies and on federal and state legislation.

Washington, DC (NAPSI) - Recently, the price of gasoline reached a six-year high. Fortunately, there’s a way to handle that cost. You can use less gas without reducing your driving. Making that possible is one of the more promising alternative energy sources, ethanol, which is blended with regular gas a little in most cars and a lot in flex-fuel vehicles.

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - Students and teachers in public schools are racing to solve problems that can exist in many communities across the country such as water pollution and street safety and they’re doing it with $2 million on the line. The nationwide Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest is helping students engage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through community-based learning-by taking topics out of traditional classroom settings and exploring, in a hands on way, how they address issues that affect their lives.

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - Many are surprised when they learn they don’t know as much about the Selective Service and the law as they thought they did. To help, here is a quick quiz with some fast facts.

Washington, DC - NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is nearing its scheduled September 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.

Racine, Wisconsin (NAPSI) - SC Johnson has announced that it is voluntarily recovering OFF! Botanicals® Insect Repellent I (4-oz. Spritz) in a clear plastic bottle. The product was manufactured between December 2011 and April 2014.