Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta issued a memo to his workforce stating that he doesn't expect operations to change on or just after Jan. 2, when spending cuts are expected to go into effect unless Congress prevents them. "Sequestration was never intended to be implemented, and there is no reason why both sides should not be able to come together and prevent this scenario," Panetta's memo states.
A three-year study of humans' cumulative effects on the Great Lakes has concluded that Lakes Erie and Ontario face the greatest human threats while Lake Superior is the least threatened. The study showed that multiple threats, including an invasive mussel species and human waste buildup, combined to endanger the lakes. "It's almost a death-by-a-thousand-cuts syndrome," said University of Wisconsin-Madison limnologist Peter McIntyre. The study was published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The National Autism Center's National Standards Project has identified promising practices for teaching students with autism. Still, schools sometimes struggle to find the resources to implement these strategies. Educators and others note it is important to remember that there isn't a one-size-fits-all program for students with autism. Students' programs must be tailored to their individual needs, says Kay Seale, director of special education at Brockton Public Schools in Mass., which has been recognized for its autism programming.
2013 will bring new insurance-related laws across the U.S. Among the changes, California's Workers' Compensation Reform Package will usher in regulatory changes, while Florida's medical benefits provisions target fraud as part of an auto insurance law starting Jan. 1.
U.S. District Judge George Smith upheld the Ohio exotic animal law as it stands, noting the law does not infringe upon the constitutional rights of owners of the animals. Owners have until Jan. 1, 2014, to fully comply with the law or face relinquishing their animals.