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Animal Testing Laboratory In Frederick Scrapped

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Plans for a high-security animal laboratory at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland are being scrapped. The lab would have been used for public and private research on some of the world's deadliest pathogens.

Officials at Fort Detrick now say the demand for such a facility is less than anticipated. They say the Army will expand its test and evaluation capabilities at existing facilities instead.

The Army announced plans for the $584 million dollar project in August 2010. Last year, the National Academy of Sciences said it found flaws in the military's risk assessment for the facility.

The Army says dropping the project will save taxpayers a billion dollars over the next 10 years.

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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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