Washington, DC - The principal of a series of dietary ingredient companies in New Jersey pleaded guilty in connection with the sale of methamphetamine precursor chemicals, a separate scheme to defraud purchasers of dietary supplements and money laundering, the Department of Justice announced.

Washington, DC - The United States’ largest distributor of endoscopes and related equipment will pay $623.2 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims relating to a scheme to pay kickbacks to doctors and hospitals, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman of the District of New Jersey and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer of the Justice Department’s Civil Division announced today.  U.S. Attorney Fishman and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Bitkower of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division also announced that a subsidiary of the distributor will pay $22.8 million to resolve criminal charges relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in Latin America.

Fort Worth, Texas - A North Texas man was sentenced Friday to the statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison following his guilty plea in November 2015 to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

Zion National Park, Utah - Climbing routes on cliffs used by nesting Peregrine Falcons in Zion National Park will be temporarily closed beginning March 1, 2016 in order to protect these birds which are in recovery from "endangered species" status. The closure date is based on analysis of data collected from 2001-2015 regarding the peregrines' arrival time to their nesting cliffs in the park.

Chicago, Illinois - A former federal law enforcement officer was convicted Monday of witness tampering for impeding a wide-ranging federal investigation into visa fraud and a sham marriage she had arranged for a Mongolian relative.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy was arrested Tuesday evening in Portland, Oregon, and faces multiple felony charges filed in the District of Nevada related to the attempted cattle impoundment operation conducted by federal law enforcement officers near Bunkerville, Nevada. in April 2014, according to U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada.

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy announced the launch of its Energy Materials Network (EMN), a new National Laboratory-led initiative that will give American entrepreneurs and manufacturers a leg up in the global race for clean energy. Leveraging $40 million in federal funding, EMN will focus on tackling one of the major barriers to widespread commercialization of clean energy technologies: the design, testing, and production of advanced materials. By strengthening and facilitating industry access to the unique scientific and technical advanced materials innovation resources available at DOE’s National Labs, the network will help bring these materials to market more quickly.

Washington, DC - NIST's Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) will hold its public meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday-Tuesday, February 22 and 23, 2016. The meetings will include presentations and discussions of progress and priorities for developing forensic science standards and guidelines for each forensic science discipline.

Boulder City, Nevada - Lake Mead National Recreation Area welcomed 7.2 million recreation visitors to the park in 2015, an increase of 5 percent compared to 2014, according to figures released by the National Park Service.

Washington, DC - The President released his final Budget today. It builds on the progress we’ve made together over the last seven years to rebuild our economy and make it the strongest, most durable in the world. And, it lays out a path to meet our greatest challenges not just the year ahead, but for decades to come, including: accelerating the pace of innovation to tackle climate change and strengthen our economy; giving everyone a fair shot at opportunity and economic security; and advancing our national security and global leadership.  This year, read President Obama’s Budget Message like never before — now complete with videos, graphics, and stories of everyday Americans.