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As He Leaves The Senate, Harry Reid Says He's Hopeful On Trump

Dec. 8
NPR Staff / NPR

Reid, the Nevada Democrat, is wrapping up a 30-year run in Congress. "I agree with the American people - I don't have a real high regard for Congress either, because we're not getting things done."

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Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

Dec. 7
Rob Stein / NPR

Overall, U.S. life expectancy dipped in 2015 — the first drop since 1993. That's because the death rate went up between 2014 and 2015, driven by an increase in mortality among people younger than 65.

Young Photographers Get Hands-On Experience Snapping Holiday Memories

Young Photographers Get Hands-On Experience Snapping Holiday Memories

Dec. 7
By Megan Burks

San Diego students got on-the-job training and their parents, early holiday gifts at a free portrait event Tuesday.

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Diver's Ambassador Life Showed Bigotry Is Never Far From The Surface

Dec. 7
Ellen Wu / NPR

Years after Pearl Harbor and decades before a proposed "Muslim registry," Sammy Lee tried to "prove that in America, I could do anything." America hasn't always been convinced.

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Local Governments Get Mixed Review On First Climate Action Plan Report

Dec. 7
By Erik Anderson, City News Service

Though San Diego's plan for addressing climate change received high marks in its first Climate Action Campaign report card, only 7 of 19 local governments have plans in place.

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Deadly Fire In Oakland May Spark Crackdown On Off-The-Grid Artists' Spaces

Dec. 7
Sandhya Dirks / NPR

Rents in the Bay Area are among the highest in the country, pushing many artists into illegal work/live spaces like the Ghost Ship, where a fire left 36 dead. Now, officials vow to step up regulation.

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Behind Trump's Taiwan Phone Chat, A Veteran Washington Insider

Dec. 7
Peter Overby / NPR

Former GOP senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole helped Taiwan connect with the Trump transition team. Federal disclosure reports show Dole has lobbied for Taiwan for nearly two decades.

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Information Overload? Not Everybody Is Feeling It, Pew Study Says

Dec. 7
Laura Roman / NPR

A Pew Research Center study finds that people do not feel as overloaded by information as they did a decade ago. In fact, people with more access to information find it helps them simplify their life.

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Study: Child Laborers In Bangladesh Are Working 64 Hours A Week

Dec. 7
Jason Beaubien / NPR

A new report from the Overseas Development Institute finds that impoverished children are working long hours in violation of the country's labor laws.

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Mental Health Care Gets A Boost From 21st Century Cures Act

Dec. 7
Liz Szabo / NPR

Early intervention for treating psychosis and grants to train more psychologists and psychiatrists are just some of the ways the legislation would change mental health services.

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Pearl Harbor 75 Years Later: U.S. Recalls A Shocking Attack

Dec. 7
Bill Chappell / NPR

America remembers the fallen — and how the nation responded to what President Franklin Roosevelt called a "date which will live in infamy."

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California Bill Aims To Ban Police From Notifying Feds About Immigrants

Dec. 7
By Associated Press

Democratic Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon has introduced a bill to prevent law enforcement from heeding requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be notified when immigrants are being released from local jails.

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Energy Giant Shell Inks Oil Deal With Iran

Dec. 7
Jackie Northam / NPR

Royal Dutch Shell has signed an agreement to develop oil and gas fields in Iran, despite the nuclear deal's uncertain future. It's the largest energy company to return since sanctions were lifted.

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Trump Tags Former Wrestling Magnate To Head Small Business Administration

Dec. 7
Brakkton Booker / NPR

Linda McMahon is the co-founder of the pro-wrestling enterprise World Wrestling Entertainment. The Republican twice ran to become the first female U.S. senator for Connecticut, but lost both bids.

Report Finds San Diego Fails To Fix Street Lights Fast Enough

Report Finds San Diego Fails To Fix Street Lights Fast Enough

Dec. 7
By City News Service

City auditors found that the city's approach to replacing and fixing streetlights is inefficient and unable to meet city goals.

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A Brighter Outlook Could Translate To A Longer Life

Dec. 7
Katherine Hobson / NPR

This study doesn't prove that optimism actually causes better health or postpones death. But it joins a growing body of evidence suggesting that they're fellow travelers.

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Trump's Pick For Education: A Free Market Approach To School Choice

Dec. 7
Eric Westervelt / NPR

Betsy DeVos is the president-elect's candidate for Secretary of Education. The Michigan philanthropist favors a free-market competition and choice approach to school reform.

San Diego Commemorates Pearl Harbor Aboard USS Midway Museum

San Diego Commemorates Pearl Harbor Aboard USS Midway Museum

Dec. 7
By City News Service

Wreaths were tossed off the ship into San Diego Bay to honor veterans and the more than 2,300 servicemen who died during the attack 75 years ago.

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Trump Reportedly Picks Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt To Lead EPA

Dec. 7
Nell Greenfieldboyce / NPR

Pruitt has made no secret of his disdain for the Environmental Protection Agency — his official biography calls him "a leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda."

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Not For You, Cindy Lou! These Tasty Holiday Treats Are For Grownups

Dec. 7
Jonathan Baer / NPR

With tantalizing twists like liqueur, coffee and spices, kids may turn up their little red noses at these decadent delights — but that just leaves more for you and your adult friends.

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