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Ballot Initiative To Legalize Marijuana Filed In D.C.

Advocates for marijuana legalization want District voters to decide whether possession of up to two ounces of pot should be legal in the city.

A ballot initiative filed last week with the D.C. Board of Elections would also legalize cultivation of up to three marijuana plants at one's home and make it legal to give away up to one ounce of pot.

The first step toward getting the question on the November ballot will be a hearing to determine whether it meets the election board's standards. After that, organizers would have to collect signatures from about 23,000 registered voters.

The D.C. Council is working on a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot, but there's little support among city leaders for full-scale legalization.

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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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