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A giant sea snail could be the answer to getting rid of coral-eating starfish from the Great Barrier Reef, Myles Gough reports. Australian researchers are investigating whether the scent of a natural predator can help repel millions of crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) from corals on the Great Barrier Reef. Crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) are native to reefs in the...

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Aetna Inc warned in July that it would exit much of the individual Obamacare health insurance market if the government challenged its deal to buy rival Humana Inc, according to a letter it sent to the U.S. Department of Justice. The public release of the letter came after Aetna said on Monday that it would pull...

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The cost of saving your child's life has gotten a lot more expensive. Parents getting ready for back-to-school season have another item to toss in the basket along with Trapper Keepers and boxes of pencils — and they're facing sticker shock at the latest price increase. Doctors and patients say the Mylan pharmaceutical company...

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A settlement between the taxi-hailing app Uber and some of its drivers has been rejected by a US judge. The $100m (£75m) deal had been agreed after legal action on behalf of around 385,000 Uber drivers, who claimed that they should be classed as employees and entitled to expenses. However, a San Francisco judge has ruled that the settlement...

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Harley-Davidson is paying US authorities $12m (£9m) to settle allegations its motorbikes polluted the air at higher levels than allowed. It has also been ordered to stop selling "super tuners", devices that enable motorbikes to generate power but also increases gas emissions. US authorities said Harley had sold around 340,000 super tuners since 2008. The company denied the claims,...

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Asian share markets are higher after oil prices rose above $50 a barrel on speculation major producers are going to reduce output. Crude prices have risen by more than 20% from its August low, meaning oil has swung back into a so-called bull market. Japan's Nikkei rose 0.44% at the open to 16,558.38 while the broader Topix gained 0.4%...

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How long will you wait for a website to load before you give up and go somewhere else? Ten seconds? Twenty seconds? Apparently, nearly half of us won't wait even three seconds. If a shopping website doesn't load its content within that time, many of us are so impatient we'll immediately go somewhere else. And that means a lot...

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"As a child growing up, we memorised something which I still recall." Herbert Mc'leod pauses, leans forward on his hilltop porch in central Freetown, and counts on his fingers. "Exports of Sierra Leone are ginger, piassava, pepper, cocoa, coffee, oil palm…" The economist trails off and adds, in an undertone: "All of this, no more." Mr Mc'leod,...

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The news site Gawker.com will shut down next week, just days after it was purchased by Univision. In a post on its website, Gawker founder Nick Denton said he had told staff on Thursday afternoon. Media firm Univision agreed to buy parent company, Gawker Media, for $135m (£103m) at a bankruptcy auction. Gawker filed for bankruptcy after...

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Asda has reported a drop in sales of 7.5% in the past three months, its worst quarterly performance on record. Walmart chief executive Doug McMillon blamed the dip on food deflation and "the competitive environment". Discount food stores such as Aldi and Lidl have been undercutting Asda and its rivals, including Tesco, Morrison and Sainsbury's. The supermarket chain is...

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