New York - A Long Island, New York, medical doctor and the former Health Minister of Guyana, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to illegally distribute oxycodone, a highly addictive prescription pain medication.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) in New York, the United States Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Long Island Tactical Diversion Squad, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Las Vegas, Nevada - There’s not much to enjoy about airline travel these days, economy seats are cramped, flights are packed, and passengers pay an ever-expanding number of fees for things that used to be free, says Consumer Reports in its latest investigation and airline ratings survey.

Washington, DC - The American Red Cross remains on the ground, with volunteers across nearly half of the state of Louisiana helping the thousands of people who have lost everything they own in the devastating flooding last week. But the relief organization reports a significant gap in funds raised.

Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge has recently encountered multiple interceptions of a pain relief cream containing peyote which is a prohibited substance according to federal law.

Washington, DC - Vice President Biden, Lithuanian President Grybauskaite, and Estonian President Ilves participated in a Baltic Summit hosted by Latvian President Vejonis in Riga today, on the 27th anniversary of the Baltic Way. 

Las Vegas, Nevada - A federal jury sitting in the District of Nevada found the former co-owner of three Las Vegas, Nevada, liquor stores guilty of conspiracy to defraud the United States, assisting in filing false corporate tax returns and tax evasion, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo, head of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden of the District of Nevada.

Carson City, Nevada - Richard Whitley, Director of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), today announced that the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has approved a Division of Health Care Financing Policy (DHCFP) Nevada Medicaid State Plan Amendment (SPA) that updates coverage and reimbursement to include Community Paramedicine services. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Nevada to fill the gaps in health care in both rural and urban locations around the state,” DHCFP Acting Administrator Marta Jensen said. “Over time, this should reduce costly hospital re-admissions and free up physicians’ time to see more critical cases as well as provide wellness interventions to the citizens of Nevada.”

Washington, DC - The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Thursday announced a settlement with Harley-Davidson Inc., Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group LLC, Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company Inc. and Harley-Davidson Motor Company Operations Inc. (collectively Harley-Davidson), that requires the companies to stop selling and to buy back and destroy illegal devices that increase air pollution from their motorcycles and to sell only models of these devices that are certified to meet Clean Air Act emissions standards.  Harley-Davidson will also pay a $12 million civil penalty and spend $3 million to mitigate air pollution through a project to replace conventional woodstoves with cleaner-burning stoves in local communities.

Reston, Virginia - USGS recorded historic flooding in South Louisiana on its streamgage network, with 30 registering above flood stage over the course of several days. At least six streamgages set a peak of record, four of which have been in operation for more than 30 years. In addition, two streamgages showed a rise of 30 feet in two to three days.

Bangor, Washington - The Blue and Gold crews of Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada (SSBN 733) celebrated the ship's 30th anniversary with a ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.