Washington, DC - NASA on Thursday took another step toward human exploration of new destinations in the solar system. At the agency's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, engineers conducted the final test-firing of the J-2X powerpack assembly, an important component of America's next heavy-lift rocket.

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - From your family to your social networks, the people around you often have the most influence on your life. But according to experts, fraud artists can also use those bonds to convince you to invest in a scam.

Plano, Texas - A 59-year-old Plano Texas, man has been indicted in connection with a $485 million investment fraud scheme in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - Here’s a unique way to gauge social trends and interests in the year’s top stories, compelling newsmakers, and viral fads. The rankings in this Year in Review come from online users’ own online search habits on Internet giant Yahoo!, the daily habit of millions of people worldwide.

Albuquerque, New Mexico - This morning in federal court in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Justin A. Wolaver, 27, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment for robbing three banks, including a bank in Raton, New Mexico, in May 2011. Wolaver will be on supervised release for five years after he completes his prison sentence. He also was ordered to pay full restitution to each of the three victim banks.

Reno, Nevada (NAPSI) - Natural disasters can happen to just about anyone at almost any time but there are steps you can take to protect yourself, your family and your finances.

Washington, DC - The Partnership for Public Service yesterday released the results of the 2012 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings, and the Department of State has once again ranked in the top 10, placing 3rd overall among the 19 large Federal agencies, and also ranked 3rd in effective leadership, strategic management, and support for diversity.

Washington, DC - HSBC Holdings plc (HSBC Group) – a United Kingdom corporation headquartered in London – and HSBC Bank USA N.A. (HSBC Bank USA) (together, HSBC) – a federally chartered banking corporation headquartered in McLean, Va. – have agreed to forfeit $1.256 billion and enter into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department for HSBC’s violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Trading with the Enemy Act (TWEA).

Washington, DC - We all know about links on web pages. We’ve all also noticed that links we’ve visited look different.

Washington, DC - The Department of State has approved $250,000 in anti-crime funds for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Global Program on Cybercrime in Africa. This first-of-its-kind funding is a reflection of efforts of the United States to combat transnational crime and cybercrime worldwide.