Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Asia Siddiqui and Noelle Velentzas, both citizens of the United States and residents of Queens, pleaded guilty to teaching and distributing information pertaining to the making and use of an explosive, destructive device, and weapon of mass destruction, intending that it be used to commit a federal crime of violence. The guilty pleas were entered before United States District Court Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. When sentenced, the defendants face up to 20 years in prison.

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BY Jim Garamone

Air Force F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, fly in formation over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, July 18, 2019. The complex provides a realistic training environment commanders leverage for full-spectrum engagements ranging from individual skills to complex, large-scale joint engagements. Photo By: Air Force Staff Sgt. James Richardson

The Air Force's Air Combat Command is stressed, but is still able to provide military capabilities combatant commanders need, ACC's commander said.

"Are we stressed? Yes," Air Force Gen. James M. "Mike" Holmes told the Defense Writers Group yesterday in Washington. "But are we able to meet the things our country is asking us to do? Yes."

ACC is the largest command in the service, operating around 1,000 aircraft in 35 wings at 300 locations worldwide. The command has 159,000 military and civilian personnel, and its headquarters is at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

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Presidential Memorandum builds on Secretary DeVos’ efforts to provide relief for eligible borrowers

LOUISVILLE, KY— Today, President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum that will significantly streamline the process to erase federal student loan debt for totally and permanently disabled veterans. Through a process called Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) Discharge, veterans will now have their student loan debt discharged unless they decide to opt-out of the process. The Department anticipates notifying more than 25,000 eligible veterans and continuing the discharge process on a quarterly basis.

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Foreign-Based Fraudsters Stole Millions of Dollars from Mostly Elderly and Disabled Veterans

A 14-count indictment has been unsealed today in San Antonio, Texas, charging five individuals with coordinating an identify-theft and fraud scheme targeting service members and veterans. The charged defendants, who were based both in the Philippines and the United States, are alleged to have used the stolen personal identifying information (PII) of thousands of military members to access Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs benefits sites and steal millions of dollars.

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“To help protect children from abuse, and stop this illegal flow, we must close these loopholes. This is an urgent humanitarian necessity.” – President Donald J. Trump

Good morning— thank you for joining us to discuss important action the Administration is taking to address the ongoing security and humanitarian crisis at our Southwest Border—publishing a final rule to implement the Flores Settlement Agreement.

Background

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A telemarketer was sentenced to 63 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release today for his role in a $10 million telemarketing scheme that defrauded primarily elderly victims in the United States from call centers in Costa Rica.

Carlin Woods, 35, of Merrillville, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn Jr. of the Western District of North Carolina. Woods pleaded guilty on May 15, 2017, to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

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