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The 'Ick' Factor: Bugs Can Be Hard To Swallow

Lots of creepy crawly things will appear on doorsteps and fence posts for Halloween, but will they be on your dinner plate? Insects are being proposed as a cheap and environmentally friendly food source. Long accepted around the world, eating bugs is considered, well, gross to many in North America and Europe.
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Eating Your Way To A Healthy Heart (If You're A Python)

Pythons can eat up to quarter of their body weight, or 40 pounds, in one meal. It turns out those huge meals are good for their hearts and may offer insight into how to treat heart disease in humans.
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When Forgettable Salads Cause A Deadly Outbreak

The E. coli outbreak that sickened more than 4,300 people in May and June had epidemiologists scrambling to find the contaminated vegetables that caused it. What made it difficult, they say in a new paper, is that people had trouble remembering what exactly was in the salads they ate. In this case, the culprit turned out to be fenugreek seeds, but it was a long road to get there.
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Small Fish Pose Big Questions About Fishing

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Populations of menhaden have hit a crisis point, prompting a suggestion that restrictions on the number of the forage fish that can be should be tightened.

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Crop Insurance: A Pricey 'Safety Net' For Farmers

Crop insurance has become a critical safety net for farmers subject to fickle weather that can ruin crops. And though politicians are looking to make some big cuts to farm programs in the upcoming 2012 farm bill, farmers are clinging fiercely to crop insurance.
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Tax Proposed On D.C. Movie Theater Concessions

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Mayor Vincent Gray has proposed a 5 percent sales tax on movie theater concessions to fund an Anacostia movie theater and provide incentives to filmmakers.

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Salmonella Outbreak Prompts Pine Nut Recall

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The CDC recorded 42 instances of salmonella infections across six states, prompting a recall of Turkish pine nuts sold in Wegmans stores.

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