Talking Points: Birdwatching, Asperger's syndrome, VeriSign stock

Local,Rachel Baye

Why would now be a good time for birdwatchers to go to New Mexico?
Wildlife managers at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge have not been able to identify a strange-looking bird with dark plumage that showed up at the popular birdwatching spot last month. The debate about the bird's species has moved to Facebook, where guesses range from a hybrid between a crane and an emu to a Thanksgiving turkey disguised as a crane for self-preservation, to a sandhill crane infected by a feather-staining fungus.

What is Asperger's syndrome, and why are psychiatrists changing its name?
Asperger's syndrome, which is considered a form of autism, is used to describe people who often have high levels of intelligence but lack social skills. The American Psychiatric Association is revising its diagnostic manual to remove the term "Asperger's disorder" and instead incorporate the condition under the umbrella term "autism spectrum disorder," which is being added to the manual.

Why has the stock price been dropping for VeriSign, the Reston company that manages the Web address database at the heart of the Internet?
VeriSign Inc.'s stock has been sliding after signing a new contract with the federal government that allows the company to continue controlling websites that end in .com. The contract with the U.S. Department of Commerce limited price increases and therefore the firm's growth. The company's stock plunged 13 percent Friday to close at $34.15, in its largest decline since Oct. 26.

The Associated Press and Bloomberg News contributed to this report.

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