Las Vegas, Nevada - Over-the-counter cold remedies aren't off-limits if you have high blood pressure, but it's important to make careful choices.

Las Vegas, Nevada - United States Attorney Daniel G. Bogden announced that Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Carla Higginbotham will lead the efforts of his Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 8, 2016, general elections.  AUSA Higginbotham has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer (DEO) for the District of Nevada, and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Tobacco Prevention and Control Program of the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health and associated partners are pleased to announce the 2016 PRIDE Festival in Las Vegas will be smoke-free. In addition to traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes and vaping products will not be allowed at the festival.

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.

Benbecula, United Kingdom - Luckily, the skies above the island of Benbecula, a remote Scottish outpost in the Outer Hebrides, have been clear and calm so far this October.

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.

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

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.  

Washington, DC - On June 29, 2016, President Obama traveled to Ottawa for the North American Leaders’ Summit (NALS) to meet with the President of Mexico and the Prime Minister of Canada, to discuss a variety of topics that affect our shared borders. Among the commitments announced at the NALS was the formation of a new North American Working Group on Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls (the Working Group), a tri-lateral initiative to address the high levels of domestic and sexual violence against indigenous women and girls across our continent. The Working Group, composed of high-level representatives of the United States, Mexico, and Canada, meets for the first time Friday at the White House.