Washington, DC - In a coordinated international takedown, law enforcement officials in Romania, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, and Canada, acting on provisional arrest requests made by the United States, arrested Romanian nationals Emil Butoi, Aurel Cojocaru, Nicolae Ghebosila, Cristea Mircea, Ion Pieptea, and Nicolae Simion. Another defendant, Albanian national Fabian Meme, is already incarcerated in the Czech Republic.

Washington, DC - In Williston, Vt., men and women from the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Tip Line Unit at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are on duty 24/7, 365 days year, receiving tips and quickly routing them to where they need to go.

Washington, DC - Scientists unveiled today an unprecedented new look at our planet at night. A global composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite, shows the glow of natural and human-built phenomena across the planet in greater detail than ever before.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) - More than 400 customers, partners, media and dignitaries attended an event on November 19 to explore the global and business benefits of Windows 8. Attendees saw a range of new Windows 8 apps developed in the Middle East, including Time Out Dubai, Al Jazeera and the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.

Washington, DC - As holiday shoppers plan to load up on gift cards this season, Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, today endorsed a bill to ban gift cards with expiration dates and non-use fees.

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - Independent We Stand, a movement of locally owned businesses and people across the country, is dedicated to educating their communities about the importance of buying local. More than 100 million people are expected to “shop small” this year, and Independent

Washington, DC - Vice President Joe Biden: "I’m deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Jack Brooks. He was a Texan through and through – tough, bold, and bigger than life. He lived by principles that were carved into his heart, and he was never afraid to fight for what he believed in.

Las Vegas, Nevada (NAPSI) - When it comes to education, where children learn can be as important as what they learn. Why? The physical condition of an actual school building affects the bottom line for every school. Money spent to heat or cool a poorly maintained school building is money that could instead be directed to student needs, such as more books or teachers.

Washington, DC - A federal jury in Albany, Georgia, convicted Sumter County, Georgia County Commissioner Al J. Hurley late yesterday on corruption charges stemming from his acceptance of illicit payments in exchange for his official efforts to secure government contracts for a private contractor, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Middle District of Georgia U.S. Attorney Michael J. Moore announced.

Las vegas, Nevada - UNLV International Gaming Institute researchers released their second in a series of reports that weigh the pros and cons of developing an integrated casino-resort in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).