New Orleans, Louisiana - Five men have been charged in New Orleans with crimes related to illegally exporting birds protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) from the United States to Taiwan.  William McGinness, 59, of Buena Park, California; Paul Tallman, 55, of Destreham, Louisiana; Rene Rizal, 62, of La Mirada, California; Wayne Andrews, 46, of Royal Oaks, California and Alex Madriaga, 76, of Buena Park, California; were each indicted in federal court in the eastern District of Louisiana Thursday.

Washington, DC - Maalik Alim Jones, 33, of Baltimore, Maryland, was sentenced Tuesday to 35 years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiring to provide material support to al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization based in Somalia, conspiring to receive military training from al-Shabaab, and carrying and using an AK-47 machinegun, rocket-propelled grenades, and other destructive devices in furtherance of his support for al-Shabaab.  Jones pleaded guilty on September 8, 2017, to a three-count Superseding Information.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will lead the U.S. delegation to the 48th Regular Session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), the Western Hemisphere’s oldest and most respected multilateral organization, to be held in Washington, D.C. June 3-5. Secretary Pompeo will address the General Assembly’s plenary session at 11:05 a.m. on Monday, June 4 and will engage in discussions and consultations with regional counterparts on issues of shared interest.

Washington, DC - On May 23, 2018, the United States District Court in the District of South Carolina entered judgment for the United States in the amounts of $111,109,655.30 against defendants LaTonya Mallory, Floyd Calhoun Dent III and Robert Bradford Johnson, and for an additional $3,039,006.56 against Johnson and Dent, the Department of Justice announced. 

Washington, DC - The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its monthly Employment Situation Report showing that nonfarm payroll employment rose by 223,000 jobs in May, exceeding what forecasters expected. The U.S. economy continues its streak of consecutive positive monthly job numbers, with employment growth averaging 207,000 jobs per month in 2018—faster than the gains in both 2016 and 2017. The economy has added nearly 3 million jobs since President Donald J. Trump took office.