The conduit with neighboring Kazakhstan was reportedly used to send "thousands of liters" of pure grain alcohol undetected across the border.
A 2009 study by the research group Intern Bridge found women are about 77 percent more likely to take unpaid internships than their male counterparts. Dr. Philip Gardner, the lead researcher on that study, said women are more likely to major in subjects that lead to internships in education, non-profit work and social services. Still, Gardner said, a paid internship isn't necessarily better.
"We've got really good unpaid internships. And we have crappy unpaid internships," Gardner said. "And we have really good paid internships and we have crappy paid internships."
Rose Corteau, a rising senior at Williams College, who spent the summer working as an unpaid intern at a luxury lifestyle magazine in Washington D.C., said she believes more women work in unpaid internships than men because "I just feel like guys wouldn't accept [unpaid internships] as easily," adding that her male classmates are more likely to take internships in "consulting and ibanking," while her female classmates are more likely to major in creative fields.
Republican Gov. Chris Christie has approved a broad measure to ease restrictions on medical marijuana for chronically ill children, but he won't go as far as lawmakers would like.
This summer, The New York Times moved all of it reporters' email to corporate Gmail accounts. This move to a third party could leave Times reporters and their sources with fewer legal protections if they are the subject of a government investigation.
The carvings etched into limestone boulders near Pyramid Lake in western Nevada show that the early North Americans were surprisingly creative artists. The carvings, which are at least 10,000 years old, are abstract, geometric designs including shapes that look like diamonds and trees.
Just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, North Carolina has a new law to require photo ID at the polls and to shorten early voting. Proponents say the law will stave off voter fraud. Opponents say it will effectively quash the vote of many poor minorities.
As the turmoil and unrest continues in Egypt, many businesses in the country have closed operations. In many areas, it's too dangerous to allow employees to come into work and in others, the commute may be too risky.
Ahmed Al-Qusi is a small business owner in Cairo. He owns six showrooms that sell stationary and fine paper. His shop in one of the more tumultuous areas was closed today, but he and his employees came to work anyway -- with the doors locked and fire extinguishers ready -- to make sure the property and items inside stayed safe. He worries about the safety of his employees, but he feels assured that they will be safe. By now, they are all used to it.
"We are always going through all kinds of crises. So we've got lot of experience to live the day, every day, by itself -- to work on a daily basis," he says.
Al-Qusi says even though tomorrow he plans to open all six of his showrooms and head offices, after tomorrow, he is less certain. Listen to the full conversation with Al-Qusi by clicking play on the audio player above.
Missouri medical students who spent a summer working with country doctors were more inclined to pick primary care specialties later on. Nearly half of those who tried a summer in rural practice wound up working in rural areas in their first jobs after finishing medical training.
There's that old saying about turning a crisis into opportunity. Here's a twist on that: Turning confusion into opportunity. The confusion is over just how Obamacare’s health exchanges -- the marketplaces on which people can buy insurance this fall -- will work. And the opportunity is scams. Lots of scams.
Let’s start with the confusion. I heard plenty of it when I went out on to the street this morning to ask folks in downtown Los Angeles what they knew about the health care exchanges.
“I must admit that I’m not as well versed as I should be,” said Stephanie Talavere, a development administrator for a non-profit who was on her way to work.
“I know there’s exchanges -- but I don't know how one would go to sign up for an exchange,” a consultant named Eric Morton told me.
A banker named Syed Hague was more blunt. When I asked him what he knew about how the health care exchanges will work, he laughed and said, “I don’t know anything about it.”
And those folks speak for a lot of Americans, said Sally Greenberg, the executive director of the National Consumers League. Right now, as the new program rolls out, “consumers may have a little bit of knowledge, but not a lot,” she told me. And that makes it a “heyday for the scammers and the fraudsters of the world.”
To get a sense of how these things go down, I asked if Greenberg would pretend to be a scammer calling me up on the phone. She was game.
“I’m from the government -- the Health and Human Services Department, and I’m calling about Obamacare,” she said, in her friendliest voice. “Did you know you have to have insurance and you could be in some serious trouble with the law if you don't sign up -- including going to jail?”
That part about jail is not true by the way, but it’s a common threat in these sorts of Obamacare scams.
Lucky for me, my fake scam-artist told me, “we're offering a special deal right now where you can get insurance for $29.99 a month. All you have to do is give us some information about your bank accounts.”
And by this time in a phone call like this, you should already be hanging up. (Greenberg said whenever you get a cold call from someone who asks for any sort of personal information like bank account, credit card or Social Security numbers, it’s almost always a scam.)
Another common Obamacare scam involves offers to sign up for government “Obamacare Cards” -- cards that do not actually exist.
After you hang up, if you do get a call or email you think might be an Obamacare scam, you should report it to Federal Trade Commission, said Lois Greisman, associate director for the FTC’s division of marketing practices.
“We want complaints,” she says. “They are an enormous source of rich information for us. They're our investigative leads.”
Greisman said the FTC hasn’t sued anyone over Obamacare scams -- yet. But she said her agency has received more than 1,000 complaints about the issue. “We are looking very closely at the complaints we receive. It’s a top law enforcement priority for us,” she said. Greisman expects even more complaints in the next few months, as we get closer to October, when the exchanges actually open.
“As is the case with any new large program, we’re going to see fraudsters take advantage of the opportunity where there’s confusion in the marketplace,” Greisman said.
Meanwhile, the federal government just awarded $67 million in grants to nonprofits and others to hire so-called Obamacare “navigators,” who will help people figure out how to sign up for exchanges. It’s unclear how that outreach will be conducted, meaning there might be more room for fraud, by people pretending to be navigators. Greisman said the FTC is in discussions with various navigator programs, to attempt to minimize that risk.