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Stories for December 22, 2011

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Restaurant Owner Fined $400,000 For Employing Undocumented Workers

Dec. 22, 2011
By Jill Replogle

The owner of a popular San Diego restaurant and catering business is the latest employer to be sentenced for hiring undocumented workers.

Merry Christmas Comes To One Family A Few Days Early

Dec. 22, 2011
City News Service

A family's missing cat, aptly named "Merry Christmas," came home just in time for the holiday.

Police: Bones Found in Sea Those of Fugitive Murder Suspect

Dec. 22, 2011
City News Service

Skeletal remains found last month in the ocean off the coast of La Jolla are those of a 28-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting a self-employed cabbie two months ago.

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Woman Busted With Shark Fins At San Diego Border

Dec. 22, 2011
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists working at the San Ysidro port of entry said they stopped the illegal importation of almost 29 pounds of shark fins.

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NOVA: Deadliest Volcanoes

Dec. 22, 2011

From Japan’s Mount Fuji to the “Sleeping Giant” submerged beneath Naples to the Yellowstone “supervolcano” in the United States, travel with scientists from around the world who are at work on these sites, attempting to discover how likely these volcanoes are to erupt, when eruptions might happen and how deadly they could prove to be.

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House GOP Leaders Agree To Pass 2-Month Tax Cut Extension

Dec. 22, 2011
Eyder Peralta, NPR

House Republicans have relented, caving to the demands of President Obama and even some members of their own party to vote on a two-month extension of the payroll tax.

San Diego Home Values Drop In 2011

Dec. 22, 2011
By Tom Fudge

Nearly all housing markets in the U.S., including San Diego, will lose value in 2011.

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2011: San Diego's Top Military Stories

Dec. 22, 2011
By Alison St John, Beth Ford Roth, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

On KPBS Midday Edition, we take a look at top San Diego military stories of 2011. The year included military cuts, the end of "don't ask, don't tell," and a close to the war in Iraq, among other things.

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2011: San Diego's Top Education Stories

Dec. 22, 2011
By Kyla Calvert, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Sasha Doppelt

On KPBS Midday Edition we'll look at San Diego's top education stories in 2011, from the threat of insolvency in SDUSD to budget cuts. We hear from our KPBS education reporter who covered the issues.

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A Challenging Year For San Diego Growers

Dec. 22, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sasha Doppelt

How have water prices, labor shortages, and insects impacted San Diego growers in 20ll?

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'Wings' And 'PST' Among Top San Diego Arts Stories Of 2011

Dec. 22, 2011
By Angela Carone and Alex Morales

It's been an exciting year in San Diego arts and culture. 2011 featured an ever-growing theater community, buzz-worthy visual arts and even some controversy. Here's the Culture Lust report on the year in our local arts and culture scene.

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Efforts To Save Salvation Mountain Under Way

Dec. 22, 2011
By Angela Carone

A loose coalition of individuals is currently maintaining and protecting Salvation Mountain in the wake of creator Leonard Knight's departure.

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McConnell: Extend Tax Cut Short-Term And Long-Term

Dec. 22, 2011
Associated Press

In a blow to House Republicans, Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says the House and Senate should meet in Washington to extend the payroll tax set to expire Dec. 31.

Gusty Winds Expected Around The County Today

Dec. 22, 2011
City News Service

An upper level low pressure system over Arizona and surface high pressure over the Great Basin will bring strong offshore winds into Friday morning.

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Gingrich's Catholic Journey Began With Third Wife

Dec. 22, 2011
BARBARA BRADLEY HAGERTY, NPR

Mrs. Gingrich, who is Newt Gingrich's third wife, is a devout Catholic who sings in the professional choir at the the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

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SDSU Starting 7 Programs Next Fall

Dec. 22, 2011
By Kyla Calvert

Comparative international studies is just the latest of several new majors announced by San Diego State University this year.