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The head of a cabezon fish prepared by the author.

Why We Should Quit Tossing Fish Heads And Eat 'Em Up Instead. Yum!

About a decade ago, I backpacked the coastal desert of Baja California, Mexico, feasting daily on snapper and corvina that I caught and grilled whole over driftwood beach fires.

The highlight, for me, were their heads, which oozed with sizzling fat and were packed with extra-tender meat along the jawbones, around the eye sockets, below the gill plates and in the cheeks. Even the eyeballs and the softer pieces of cartilage were delicious. I devoured all but their backbones and ribs, which I threw in the fire pit to char.

A Native American Tribe Hopes Digital Currency Boosts Its Sovereignty

There's a lot of talk about virtual currencies lately — how they work, economic implications and whether they're safe. But now a Native American tribe is using a bitcoin-like currency to help strengthen its sovereignty.

In South Dakota, the Oglala Lakota Nation has become the first Native American tribe to launch its own form of virtual currency. Payu Harris, its creator, calls it mazacoin.

Retired baseball pitcher Tommy John, left, and Dr. Frank Jobe at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July 2013. <a href="http://baseballhall.org/news/press-releases/baseball-hall-fame-recognize-feature-film-%2742%27-alongside-dr-frank-jobe-during">Jobe was honored</a> for the pioneering surgery he first performed on John's elbow in 1974.

Tommy John Remembers Dr. Jobe, 'One Of The Greatest Surgeons'

His name is attached to a surgery that has saved many major league pitchers' careers.

But Tommy John knows that's an honor he came by thanks in large part to good luck.

"Fortunately for me, I was at the right place at the right time," he told All Things Considered host Melissa Block on Friday. "I happened to have one of the greatest surgeons of all time being the surgeon for the Los Angeles Dodgers."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., faces reporters at the Capitol after bipartisan Senate opposition blocked swift confirmation for President Barack Obama's choice to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights division on March 5.

Republicans Find Useful Enemy In Harry Reid

Conservatives can't stand Harry Reid.

The Senate majority leader is under steady attack from Republicans for calling the Koch brothers, billionaire funders of conservative causes, "un-American." His Senate colleagues across the aisle criticize his stewardship in unusually sharp terms.

Recognizing a rich vein, New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie took on the Nevada Democrat Thursday during his address to the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Secretary of State John Kerry talks Thursday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a meeting to discuss the Ukraine crisis in Rome. Diplomacy is among the several approaches the U.S. is taking to resolve the crisis.

U.S. Steps In Response To Russia's Intervention In Ukraine

President Obama has condemned Russia's intervention in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, while Secretary of State John Kerry has been meeting with European, Russian and Ukrainian leaders in search of a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

Here are some of the measures the U.S. has taken in recent days:

Sanctions

Visa and MasterCard have formed an industry-wide group to improve payment security.

MasterCard, Visa Team Up To Improve Payment Security

Credit-card rivals Visa and MasterCard said Friday they have formed an industry-wide group aimed at improving payment security in the wake of a number of breaches that compromised customers' data.

"The recent high-profile breaches have served as a catalyst for much needed collaboration between the retail and financial services industry on the issue of payment security," Visa President Ryan McInerney said in the statement.

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Is this Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious founder of Bitcoin? He says no.

Why All This Fuss Over Satoshi Nakamoto Is A Boost For Bitcoin

On Thursday, Newsweek's Leah McGrath Goodman reported that she had found the founder of the crypto-currency Bitcoin — the elusive Satoshi Nakamoto, a person or group of people whose true identity has been unknown.

What is it about bars that brings out bad behavior?

Seeking Solutions For Sexual Aggression Against Women In Bars

Our post on sexual harassment in bars sure struck a nerve.

Earlier this week we covered a study from the University of Toronto that found that men who were sexually aggressive in bars weren't necessarily drunk, and that their actions usually weren't the result of miscommunication.

This illustration, provided by artist Jonas Dahlberg, shows his vision for a "memory wound" that will cut through the Norwegian island where dozens of people died during an attack by a right-wing extremist in 2011.

'Memory Wound' Will Cut Through Site Of Norway's Massacre

If you've had a chance to visit the September 11 memorials at Ground Zero in Manhattan, the Pentagon and western Pennsylvania — or perhaps have been to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. — then you have a sense of the powerful emotions that such places can stir up.

Health insurers are banding together to share information about how much new customers are costing health plans. A group of actuaries in Denver will be the first to see the figures, which could be used in calculating future rates.

Actuaries In Denver Will Get First Peek At Obamacare's Full Cost

Now that medical insurers must accept all applicants no matter how sick, what will these new customers cost health plans? And how will their coverage costs affect insurance prices for 2015 and beyond?

Few questions about the Affordable Care Act are more important. How it all plays out will affect consumer pocketbooks, insurance company profits and perhaps the political fortunes of those backing the health law.

A few Denver actuaries, bound to confidentiality, will be the first to glimpse the answers.

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