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New Solar Energy Law Takes Effect In Maryland

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Energy companies that sell electricity in Maryland will have to buy a higher percentage of their energy from solar sources under a new law that takes effect Saturday.

The law moves up the timetable for making solar energy part of the state's renewable energy portfolio standard. It could also result in the creation of jobs in the solar power industry while increasing Maryland's use of renewable energy to protect the environment.

The change is expected to increase the cost of residents' electricity in the next few years by about 5 cents a month. The average commercial ratepayers will pay an estimated 66 cents more each month.

Supporters of the law say it will prompt companies to invest in large scale solar production projects. Opponents argue that even a small increase in utility costs is too much for consumers to bear at this time.

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Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.
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Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

Scientists say lake herring, a key fish in Lake Superior's food web, is suffering because of mild winters and Europe's appetite for roe. Some say the species may be at risk of "collapse."
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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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Some Google Street View Cars Now Track Pollution Levels

Google's already tested three of the pollution-sensor equipped cars in Denver, and is currently trying them out in the Bay Area.

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