Re-Registration Period Now Open for Haitians with Temporary Protected Status.

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Release Date: Jan. 18, 2018 Employment Authorization for Haitians with TPS Automatically Extended Until July 21, 2018 WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Haiti’s designation who want to maintain that status through the program’s termination date of July 22, 2019, must re-register between Jan. 18, 2018, and March 19, 2018. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documentation, have been published in the Federal Register and on uscis.gov/tps. All applicants must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected…

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USCIS Announces Countries Eligible for the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs.

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USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State, have published the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to receive H-2A and H‑2B visas in 2018. The notice listing the eligible countries was published on Jan. 18, 2018, in the Federal Register. For 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security Nielsen and Secretary of State Tillerson have agreed: To add Mongolia to the list of countries eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs, and To no longer designate Belize, Haiti, and Samoa…

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2018/01/18 DARPA Program Aims to Extend Lifetime of Quantum Systems.

Whether it is excited electrons emitting photons in a lightbulb or the vibrational frequency of atoms in an atomic clock, quantum phenomena are simultaneously fundamental aspects of nature and the basis of current state-of-the-art and future technologies. This is particularly the case as sensor and device performance continue to improve and approach their fundamental limits. It is not lost on DARPA that controlling quantum phenomena is an increasingly important challenge in the realm of national defense. High-precision atomic clocks can enable timekeeping for navigation and communications with GPS-like performance even…

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FBI Seeks Information on Missing Fairfax County Juvenile.

The FBI Washington Field Office along with the Fairfax County Police Department are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Jholie Moussa, 16, of Fairfax County, Virginia. Jholie Moussa was last seen in the 4200 block of Sonia Court in Alexandria, Virginia, on Friday, January 12. Jholie, a black female, is approximately 5’2”, weighs approximately 104 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black coat with a fur collar, a plaid shirt, and blue jeans with UGG boots. Anyone with information regarding Jholie…

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Super Bowl Security.

For the FBI as a whole, however, preparing for major events is nothing new. The Bureau’s Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) maintains teams of agents and experts who specialize in helping to secure major events such as political conventions and the Olympics. CIRG personnel operate out of the spotlight but stand ready to respond to emergency situations. On hand for the Super Bowl, said Special Agent Mike Hartnett, who heads a crisis management team at CIRG, “will be tactical teams, bomb techs, people that can respond to a hazardous device…

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FBI Offers up to $10,000 Reward in Fugitive Hunt for Barrett Busschau.

The FBI is offering a new reward and launching a media campaign in an effort to generate tips in the cold case fugitive hunt for Barrett Preston Busschau. Busschau, now 42 years old, disappeared from Oregon in 1993 after Clackamas County authorities arrested him on multiple sex abuse charges involving children. The FBI is running Facebook ads in both the Portland-metro area and in South Africa, where he may be living. In addition, the FBI Laboratory has produced an age-progressed photo of what Busschau may look like now, and the…

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2018/01/17 U.S. Electronics Innovation Leaps Forward Via Joint University Microelectronics Program.

DARPA is all about developing advanced technologies that could underpin decisive national security capabilities in the years to come. A typical sequence that leads to new technology starts with fundamental science and engineering research, which, in turn, opens new pathways toward greatly improved technology by way of applied and goal-directed engineering and product development. In a bid to power up the front end of this sequence in the vast and complex area of microelectronics, DARPA, and a consortium of industry partners in the Joint University Microelectronics Program (JUMP), have completed…

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FBI is Seeking Information From a Bank Robbery Today in Fort Lauderdale.

The FBI is seeking information from a bank robbery that took place today (1/16/2018) at approximately 5:20 p.m. at a Wells Fargo Bank, 6245 North Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The robber entered the bank, implied he had a weapon and demanded money from a bank employee. There were customers in the bank at the time of the robbery. There were no injuries. The amount of money taken will not be released at this time. If anyone has information as to the identity of this bank robber, they are urged to…

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FBI Seeking General public Assistance Regarding the Sticky Finger Bandit.

The Wheat Ridge and Arvada Police Departments, & the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force are investigating the following bank robberies: First Bank US Bank4390 Wadsworth Blvd.Wheat Ridge, Colorado11/15/17, 12:50 p.m. US Bank9590 W. 58th AveArvada, Colorado01/12/18, 4:30 p.m. Wells Fargo Bank7878 Wadsworth Blvd.Arvada, Colorado01/12/18, 5:20 p.m. In each robbery, the suspect, who has been dubbed the “Sticky Finger Bandit,” presented a threatening demand note and fled on foot. The suspect has not yet displayed a weapon in his robberies. In one instance the suspect wore a wig, &…

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FBI Tech Tuesday—Building a Digital Defense Against Diet Scams.

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against diet scams. Earlier this month, we talked about setting New Year’s resolutions to keep your new tech gadgets safe. This week, we are sharing some advice from our friends at the Federal Trade Commission about a different kind of resolution—the kind that has you desperate to drop a few pounds. This time of year you are likely seeing all kinds of ads on social media for the latest new gadget, drug, or breakthrough to help…

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FBI Media Alert: FBI Offers Reward for Belen Bank Robber.

A man who covered his face with a black bandana that had a skull pattern on it robbed a bank in Belen on Tuesday (1/16/2018) and fled in a white four-door sedan. The suspect was described as approximately 5’8″ to 5’10” tall, with a slim build. He wore sunglasses, dark gloves, a black hooded sweatshirt with a dark blue jacket over it, dark pants, and dark shoes. He wore a hood over his head and concealed his face with a black bandana with a white skull pattern. The suspect entered…

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Man Indicted, Returned From Indonesia by FBI to Face Fraud Charges in Oregon.

SAN FRANCISCO—On Friday, January 12, 2018, Richard Macadangdang Sales, 68, made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James in the Northern District of California after FBI agents from the Bend, Oregon, Residence Agency escorted him back to the U.S. from Indonesia. In December 2017, a federal grand jury in Eugene, Oregon, indicted Sales on four counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering for an alleged scheme that cheated investors of more than $900,000. The indictment alleges that between 2011 and 2013, investors were led to…

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The FBI Announces Our Fourth Annual Future Agents in Training (FAIT) Academy, June 19-22, 2018.

The Cleveland Division of the FBI is happy to announce our Fourth Annual Future Agents in Training (FAIT) Academy, June 19-22, 2018. This is a four-day program for students ages 16-18 years of age that live within the FBI Cleveland Division area of responsibility (Northern Ohio). FAIT is a chance for youth to learn about the FBI and is similar to a mini Citizens Academy. Students selected for the FAIT Academy spend four fun, educational, interactive days at the FBI’s Cleveland Field Office headquarters and other locations participating in both…

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Texas Service Center to Begin Processing Form I-129 for L Visas.

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On February 12, 2018, the Texas Service Center (TSC) will begin processing certain Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker petitions for L nonimmigrant classification, also known as L visas. The TSC will share this workload with the California Service Center to balance workloads and to provide flexibility as USCIS works towards improving processing times and efficiency. The Vermont Service Center will no longer process any new Form I‑129 petitions requesting L nonimmigrant classification.  Petitioners requesting an L nonimmigrant classification should file their Form I-129 at the address indicated on…

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FBI Task Force Arrests Alleged Bank Robber.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) FBI-Solano County Violent Crime Task Force officers and Dixon Police Department officers arrested an alleged bank robbery suspect outside of the Best Western located at 1345 Commercial Way, in Dixon, Calif., on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at approximately 10:20 a.m. The alleged bank robber is identified as Corey Johnson, 31, of Vacaville. Yesterday’s arrest is the result of a joint investigation involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation, California Highway Patrol, Dixon Police Department, Fairfield Police Department, Lincoln Police Department, Sacramento Police Department, Solano County Sheriff’s…

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Buyer beware: Flood-damaged cars for sale.

The floodwaters from last year’s hurricanes receded months ago, but their wrath could still affect used car buyers across the nation. That’s because storm-damaged cars are sometimes cleaned up and taken out of state for sale. You might not know a vehicle is damaged until you take a closer look or have a mechanic check it out. Here’s what to do.

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FBI Honors the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas with Director’s Community Leadership Award.

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Special Agent in Charge Richard T. Thornton of the Minneapolis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is pleased to announce that the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) has been named as the local recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for 2017. The Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) was established in 1990 by the FBI to publicly recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond the call to service by making extraordinary contributions to their communities in…

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