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.

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.

Washington, DC - The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 3,446 checks totaling more than $830,000 to people who lost money to Centro Natural Corp and Sumore LLC, a telemarketing scheme whose operators were banned from debt collection and telemarketing under a settlement with the FTC.

Washington, DC - National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met today with a group of governors representing states in Nigeria’s north and middle belt to discuss issues of strategic significance to the United States and Nigeria.  They discussed the importance of strong and inclusive governance as the region works to confront security threats, including from Boko Haram now known as ISIL's West Africa Province and from clashes among ethnic, religious, and other groups in Nigeria.  

Carson City, Nevada - Governor Brian Sandoval today announced he had accepted the Graduate Medical Education (GME) Task Force recommendations for distribution of the $10 million approved in the Governor’s executive budget during the 2015 legislative session. Within four years, this funding is expected to create 304 new GME positions across Nevada which will help ensure more of Nevada’s medical students will remain in the Silver State to practice medicine.

Washington, DC - U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon will visit Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan, October 24–29. This will be Under Secretary Shannon’s first visit to Central Asia. Under Secretary Shannon will commemorate each state’s 25 year anniversary of independence and highlight the strong and growing partnerships between the Central Asian states and the U.S. government through Secretary Kerry’s C5+1 initiative, a platform for discussion and joint regional action on issues of common interest.

Washington, DC - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $7 million in grants for projects designed to expand wood products and wood energy markets that support sustainable forest management, especially in areas with high wildfire risks. These grants are available through the U.S. Forest Service's Wood Innovations Program.

Washington, DC - Has the State Department certified Honduras per the 2016 Appropriations Act?

Washington, DC - Understanding the hazards of space weather on crewed and robotic missions is vital to informing plans for NASA’s Journey to Mars and other missions into our solar system, and beyond. Veteran NASA astronaut John Grunsfeld and solar experts will discuss that and more during a panel discussion at 1 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, October 25.

Carson City, Nevada - Governor Brian Sandoval released the following statement Friday after receiving the recommendations from the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee.