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A nonprofit in India is using bindis to give women an extra boost of iodine — a micronutrient that's especially critical during pregnancy.
The agency will work with tax prep companies to fight identity theft. Measures include reviewing data that identify the computer and the IP address from which a return is filed.
The Democrat will also trace her own personal history as she tries to appeal to the Obama coalition of voters in her campaign launch on Saturday.
Every year, whales migrate all over the world, up and down both North American coasts. They travel from Southern Asia and Australia to Antarctica, from Japan and Russia to Alaska and all across Northern Europe. With them, they bring tourists — whale watchers who spend money seasonally to catch a glimpse of a whale.
Ecotourism is a multibillion-dollar-per-year industry with whale watching contributing about half a billion dollars annually, according to University of British Columbia bioeconomist Rashid Sumaila.
As whales migrate from cold to warm waters, breeding and feeding hotspots around the world have booms and busts in the whale watching business. Washington state, California and Mexico are among the most well-known places to see humpbacks and other whales, and they have thriving whale watching industries. But other places, like Quebec and Ireland, are investing in their own growing ecotourism markets.
Quebec recently spent about $300,000 as part of a $600,000 advertising campaign to attract whale watchers. Last year, 300,000 people visited Quebec to whale watch, up 100 percent from the year before. And whale watching tourism globally is growing too, possibly because of the appeal of seeing an endangered animal in the wild.
Sumaila says that the whale watching business depends upon protecting whales and oceans. The already unpredictable industry is taking a hit because of changing migration patterns — a result of warming oceans and acidic waters. As the whales adapt to their changing environment, "there will be losers and there will be winners" in business, Sumaila says.
He hopes the growing ecotourism industry will begin to give back to conservation and preservation efforts around the world. Without the whales, there is no business.
The agency that helps finance U.S. companies overseas has long been a favorite of big business. But now some members of Congress, who see it as a symbol of corporate welfare, want to see it expire.
The union says the government's response to the data breach of some 4 million current and former federal workers is inadequate.
James is averaging more than 40 points a game, and with him leading the way, his team isn't looking like the underdog these days. But observers wonder what's fueling his on-court rampage.
Judge Dennis Durkin had donated money to Hastert's reelection campaigns and worked with people involved in the case. He offered to let another judge take over but both sides want him to stay.