ALAMEDA, Calif. — Crews aboard the pre-commissioned Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) seized more than 2,100 pounds of cocaine worth approximately $64 million from a low-profile go-fast vessel interdicted in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

On July 25 a U.S. Navy MH-60R Sea Hawk aircrew embarked aboard the USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) sighted a low-profile go-fast vessel. As the helicopter approached, a hatch opened on the top of the vessel and three passengers were seen jettisoning objects.

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Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

Seventy-five years ago, on August 2, the Nazis sent 2,879 Romani men, women, and children at Auschwitz-Birkenau to the gas chambers. Entire families were lost in that single night.

On this day, we mourn and remember the hundreds of thousands of Romani men, women and children who were savagely murdered by the Nazis during World War II.

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Largest Payment of Forfeited Funds in the History of the Department of Justice’s Victim Compensation Program

The Madoff Victim Fund (MVF) began its fourth distribution of $469.6 million in funds forfeited to the U.S. Government in connection with the Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS) fraud scheme on July 31, bringing the total distributed to $2.4 billion to nearly 32,000 victims worldwide. In this distribution, payments will be sent to over 25,000 victims across the globe, bringing their total recovery to 66.85 percent. This distribution represents the fourth in a series of payments that will eventually return over $4 billion to victims as compensation for losses they suffered from the collapse of the BLMIS. The MVF has received over 65,000 petitions from victims in 136 countries.

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ASTORIA, Ore. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC-632) returned home Tuesday to Astoria following a 56-day counter-narcotic patrol to the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

The Steadfast crew offload more than 26,000 pounds of seized cocaine in San Diego Friday, which was a result of the cutter’s five interdictions, bale recovery and an interdiction case by the Coast Guard Cutter Robert Ward (WPC-1130).

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by Michael Atleson
Acting Assistant Director, Division of Consumer & Business Education

Just last week, we told you to go tohttp:// ftc.gov/Equifax to find out if your information – like your Social Security number – was exposed in the September 2017 Equifax data breach. At that same website, you can also start a claim for benefits available under the settlement that the FTC and others reached with Equifax.

Wouldn’t you know it? People may have already started putting up fake websites meant to look like the official Equifax settlement claims website. To be sure you’re going to the right place, start at the FTC’s page: http://ftc.gov/Equifax.

A couple more things to remember. You’ll never have to pay to file a claim for these benefits. And anyone who calls and tries to get you to file a claim is almost certainly a scammer.   more...
Attorney General William P. Barr Directs the Federal Bureau of Prisons to Adopt an Addendum to the Federal Execution Protocol and Schedule the Executions of Five Death-Row Inmates Convicted of Murdering Children

Attorney General William P. Barr has directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to adopt a proposed Addendum to the Federal Execution Protocol—clearing the way for the federal government to resume capital punishment after a nearly two decade lapse, and bringing justice to victims of the most horrific crimes. The Attorney General has further directed the Acting Director of the BOP, Hugh Hurwitz, to schedule the executions of five death-row inmates convicted of murdering, and in some cases torturing and raping, the most vulnerable in our society—children and the elderly.

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