Roundup 3/11: Like a Snake Edition

Vacationing in Florida? Want to bring your python? Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which today proposed a ban on the interstate transport of nine species of large snakes in an effort to protect wildlife in the Everglades.

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a tangled appeal, filed by parents of a child allegedly injured by a vaccine, that challenges key tenets of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. The act, passed by Congress in 1986, was meant to shield vaccine manufacturers from lawsuits if they made products to approved specifications, as occurred in this case.

In an unrelated case filed by Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center that warns about the dangers of vaccines, a Virginia District Court ruled that she was not libeled by vaccine advocate and pediatrician Paul Offit and Wired magazine, which ran a 2009 article about Offit that quoted him criticizing Arthur and saying, "She lies."