West Lafayette, Indiana - A three-year Purdue University study on the challenges women in engineering face has earned support from the National Science Foundation.

Washington, DC - Twin brothers Muneeb and Sohaib Akhter, 23, of Springfield, Virginia, were sentenced today for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to access a protected computer without authorization and conspiracy to access a government computer without authorization.  Muneeb Akhter was also sentenced for accessing a protected computer without authorization, making a false statement and obstructing justice.  Muneeb Akhter was sentenced to 39 months in prison and Sohaib Akhter was sentenced to 24 months in prison. 

Washington, DC - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the kick-off of National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015. During this month, outreach efforts will aim to increase Americans’ understanding of basic cybersecurity practices to stay safe online and the role each of us plays in keeping cyberspace safe and secure.

West Lafayette, Indiana - Project managers at construction, mining and agricultural sites could benefit from technology developed by Purdue University civil engineers that could provide a real-time overview and help control cost and time overruns.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Education announced that the official three-year federal student loan cohort default rate has declined to 11.8 percent for students who entered repayment in FY 2012. That drop was across all sectors of higher education—public, private and for-profit institutions.

Washington, DC - A resident of Newnan, Georgia, was sentenced today to prison for her role as the ringleader of a $24 million stolen identity tax refund fraud (SIRF) conspiracy, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr. of the Middle District of Alabama.

Washington, DC - In response to the escalating crisis of student loan debt and defaults, the federal government today issued a set of principles to strengthen consumer protections for student borrowers.

Washington, DC - Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank A. Rose will travel to France, Belgium, Norway, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Romania, from September 28 to October 8, for strategic discussions on space security, missile defense, arms control, and other bilateral and multilateral security topics.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Botswana on the 49th anniversary of your independence on September 30.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - A former Oklahoma City law enforcement officer and the owner of Polygraph.com has been sentenced to two years in prison for training customers to lie and conceal crimes and other misconduct during polygraph examinations.