Antarctic sea ice has grown to a record large extent for a second straight year, baffling scientists seeking to understand why this ice is expanding rather than shrinking in a warming world.
On Saturday, the ice extent reached 19.51 million square kilometers, according to data posted on the National Snow and Ice Data Center Web site. That number bested record high levels set earlier this month and in 2012 (of 19.48 million square kilometers). Records date back to October 1978.
Every Mass Shooting in the US Since the 1950s Except Two Occurred in Gun Free Zones
A professor from Purdue researched mass shootings from the 1950s on and discovered that only two of them occurred where guns are legal to be carried. This really blows apart liberal arguments that more guns means more mass shootings. Between 2004 and 2012, gun ownership increased by 61%. But since 2008, violent crimes decreased by 12.9%. Eric Dietz, Ph.D., the former director of Homeland Security for the state of Indiana and a 22-year Army veteran, and now a professor at Purdue University, set out to find out how armed citizens could prevent deaths.
(Newser) A short-term spending bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood while staving off a government shutdown for another few months came far short of passing the Senate today, with both Democrats and eight Republicans voting against it, the Hill reports. According to Politico, the vote was a big defeat for presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who is leading the push to defund the healthcare provider. Following the vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell immediately filed a new short-term spending bill that includes Planned Parenthood funding, the Hill reports. That bill should pass the Senate early next week, then it's up to the House to agree to the plan and prevent a government shutdown Oct. 1.
Nevada Health CO-OP, a nonprofit insurer created by the Affordable Care Act and federally funded to offer health coverage through the Nevada Health Link marketplace, said Wednesday that it cannot make enough money to stay in business after Jan. 1. Co-op CEO Pam Egan said a second year of high claims costs and limited growth projections for enrollment made it "clear" the insurer would have a hard time providing "quality care at reasonable rates" in 2016. The nonprofit reported a $19.3 million operating loss in 2014, and a $3.5 million first-quarter loss through March, according to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services records. From January through June, it lost $22.7 million. read more