Summary Arrington's experiment revealed that lionfish, the invasive, venomous species of fish thought to be native to saltwater oceans, could actually survive in nearly freshwater environments -- which could potentially damage the marine ecology of estuaries, where salty ocean water and fresh river water mix. The story went viral. Arrington's work was featured in science magazines and local newspapers , and word of her "breakthrough" discovery made its way to major news organizations, including NPR , CBS and NBC .
Summary HONOLULU -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing strict nationwide limits on importing and shipping boa constrictors and four other snake species. The other species are reticulated python, green anaconda, Beni anaconda and DeSchauensee's anaconda. The agency says most of the snakes enter the U.S. as pets.
Summary WASHINGTON -- Standard & Poor's says regulators have told the rating agency they are considering taking civil enforcement action against it over ratings it gave to six deals in 2011 involving securities tied to commercial mortgages. The notice indicates the staff will recommend to the five-member commission that it pursue action against S&P for alleged violations of securities laws. Under SEC procedure, S&P will be able to make its case to the agency on the issues raised by the notice.
Summary revenue outlook for the September quarter was below Wall Street's expectations and its shares fell on Wednesday after the leading mobile chipmaker said it was having trouble collecting royalties from some manufacturers in China. It is being investigated by China's anti-monopoly regulator, which says it suspects Qualcomm of overcharging and abusing its market position, allegations which could lead to fines of more than $1 billion. The chipmaker on Wednesday reported third-quarter revenue of $6.81 billion, up 9 percent from the year-ago period.
Summary The findings by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and the federal government are based on data pointing to a 5.2 percentage point drop in the U.S. uninsured rate since last September for Americans aged 18-64. The study, which appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, also found evidence that more Americans had a personal doctor and fewer difficulties paying for medical care within the first six months of gaining insurance.
Summary On-demand delivery service Postmates has announced an expanded benefits package for its fleet of couriers. The rise of app-based contracting gigs has made work much more flexible, but it has also removed some of the safeguards that come from full-time employment. "We're doing this as a company because we believe that for the same-day delivery space we're operating in, the company that can make happy the largest delivery fleet is the company that will win the space," Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann said, adding that the company treats both its couriers and users as customers.
Summary Vice President Joe Biden stumped for Las Vegas Democrats running in highly contested elections during a Democratic rally today at the Henderson Convention Center. Biden's appearance was an attempt to bolster support for the Democratic candidate while hitting on the party's nationwide talking points for this election cycle: gender equality and immigration. It also highlights Nevada Democrats' efforts to muster support in a non-presidential election where Republicans are expected to turn out to the polls in greater numbers on Nov. 4 and when Democrats lack a serious candidate at the top of the ticket in the governor's race.
Summary The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new combination pain pill from the maker of OxyContin that is designed to discourage abuse by painkiller addicts. FDA regulators approved the drug for daily, round-the-clock pain that does not respond to other medications. If users crush the tablets for snorting or injecting the naloxone blocks the euphoric effects of oxycodone, making the drug more difficult to abuse.
Summary Israel should be investigated for war crimes in Gaza says UN, as it warns that they have not done enough to protect hundreds of Palestinian civilians. Israel steps up claims that Hamas are using civilians has human shields after rockets found at UN school. Second such discovery at a vacant UN school in Gaza in a week, the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said .
Summary The rapper and songwriter was reportedly instantly smitten with the woman nicknamed "Erin McNaughty" when they first met backstage at the Field Day music festival in Sydney in 2012. A move which was short-lived after she almost lost a finger when a dirt bike fell on her while filming. McNaught then became a VJ with MTV and presented a weekly music chart show before appearing on Dancing With The Stars.
Summary SEATTLE -- Sidney Rice, 27, announced his retirement Wednesday in the face of mounting concussion concerns. Seahawks General Manager John Schneider expressed his gratitude for Rice's time with the Hawks. Wide receiver Sidney Rice #18 of the Seattle Seahawks during the season opener against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.
Summary Kelly Carrington says that being a birth doula is a natural extension of his work as a registered massage therapist. He became a doula because it was a natural progression for him to continue working with his pregnant clients. Carla Arnoldin recently gave birth to a child and Carrington acted as the doula.
Summary Iraqi Christians are begging for help from the civilized world after Mosul, the northern city where they have lived and worshiped for 2,000 years, was purged of non-Muslims by ISIS, the jihadist terror group that claims to have established its own nation in the region. Assyrian Christians, including Chaldean and Syriac Catholics, Syriac Orthodox and followers of the Assyrian Church of the East have roots in present day Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran that stretch back to the time of Jesus Christ.
Summary An undercover operation found that the majority of fake Obamacare applications submitted were approved by the health law's enrollment system. Fake applicants were able to get subsidized insurance coverage in 11 out of 18 attempts, according to a report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. The agency conducted the sting operation to test the strength of the Affordable Care Act's eligibility verification system.