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Virginia Lawmakers May Limit Menhaden Fishing

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Menhaden may be the most important fish you've never heard of. You don't find them in restaurants, but you might in health supplements.

They're used to make fish oil, which turns up in everything from omega-3 pills to breakfast cereals. They're used as bait for fishermen and crabbers, and in the Bay, tons of birds and larger fish eat them, too.

A few years ago, their population fell to 8 percent of their historical levels. That sparked a ferocious fight between environmentalists and the industry, over whether to limit the catch. Fishermen were divided on both sides of the debate.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted last month to cut the harvest for two years while a population survey is done. The Virginia General Assembly appears ready to comply with that decision.

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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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