Highlights of the week 

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Safe, for now
1| Japan radiation no threat to U.S.

The details: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission assured Americans that by the time radioactive material in clouds from Japan crosses the Pacific, radiation levels will be negligible, so West Coast residents can breathe easy.

Opting out
2| Texas pols oppose health mandates

The details: Texas lawmakers debated a bill that allows the state’s residents to opt out of Obamacare. The bill also allows the state to align itself with other states to take on federal health care responsibilities.

Stopping carbon taxes
3| House moves to end EPA overreach

The details: A House panel advanced a measure to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations on greenhouse gases. Senate Democrats are trying to defeat the measure, but there is a chance of convincing enough moderates to get the needed 60 votes.

Winged messenger
4| Spacecraft enters Mercury’s orbit

The details: Mercury surface photos will come soon from a small NASA spacecraft that approached within 125 miles of the planet’s surface on St. Patrick’s Day. Earthlings will have the chance to see Mercury with the naked eye by looking west after sunset on Sunday.

Treating oral cancer
5| Wolverines make breakthrough

The details: Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered a link between the protein Sirtuin-3 and oral cancer. The discovery may lead to treatments that suppress this protein and thus prevent such cancers’ spread.

6| Blossoming support for Japan
The details: A portion of the proceeds from this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival will be donated to earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan. The festival marks the 99th anniversary of Japan’s gift to Washington.

7| Fenty cleared of wrongdoing
The details: A yearlong investigation has cleared former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty of charges that he improperly steered an $87 million recreation center renovation contract through the city’s independent housing authority. However, two of Fenty’s fraternity brothers have been referred to the U.S. attorney.

8| Clinic sign law thrown out

The details: A federal judge threw out a Montgomery County law targeting pro-life clinics because it violates the First Amendment. The law required local pregnancy centers to post signs telling clients there were no licensed medical staff on the premises. 

Law school rules
9| U.Va. Law ranked in top 10

The details: U.S. News & World report ranks the University of Virginia’s Law School as among the nation’s 10 best. The magazine’s director of data research says it’s rare for a public law school to make it into the top 10.

Oya, Goya!
10| Food company feeds hungry

The details: Goya Foods has donated 75,000 pounds of food to 12 Washington-area food pantries and 1 million pounds of food to food banks nationwide as part of the largest single-day donation by a food company ever.

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