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Maryland Governor Says Violent Crime In State Declining

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Maryland governor Martin O'Malley says the state is on track to cut violent crimes by 10 percent this year.

O'Malley says the key to achieving the 10 percent drop is using gang intervention programs to target juveniles. After a meeting with President Obama's so-called "drug czar" Gil Kerlikowske and state house speaker Mike Busch, O'Malley said the state still has a long way to go.

Kerlokowske is on a nationwide tour talking about the administration's drug control policies, something he says will focus more on intervention and rehab rather than law enforcement.

Matt Bush reports....

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 30, 2015

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You Say Striped Bass, I Say Rockfish. What's In A Fish Name?

Legally, a single fish species can go by many names from sea to plate, and different fish can go by the same name. An environmental group says that hampers efforts to combat illegal fishing and fraud.
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A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.

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Oculus Uses 'Henry' Premiere To Whet Appetites For Its Virtual Reality Headset

The virtual reality company Oculus is close to releasing a headset for games, movies and other entertainment. The company premiered an animated short called Henry that will come with the headsets.

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