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Stories for August 20, 2012

So Cal Edison To Lay Off 730 San Onofre Employees

Aug. 20
By Claire Trageser
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Southern California Edison announced it will lay off 730 San Onofre employees at the beginning of October.

Junior Seau Autopsy Report Released

Aug. 20
City News Service
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No alcohol was present in the body of former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau at the time of his death, according to an autopsy report filed today by the Medical Examiner's Office.

Retired Border Union Head Pleads Not Guilty To Money Fraud Charges

Aug. 20
City News Service

The retired president of the National Border Patrol Union pleaded not guilty today to charges that he used the position he held for more than two decades to divert hundreds of thousands of dollars in union funds for personal use.

California Senate Debates BB Gun Bill

Aug. 20
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

The California state Senate has passed a bill that would penalize parents if their children openly display a BB gun in a public place.

Cal Fire Burning Through Its Budget

Aug. 20
Bob Moffitt, California Capitol Network

Fire season is half over, but the department has spent two-thirds of its budget.

Latino College Enrollment Is Surging

Aug. 20
By Adrian Florido
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Analysis of Census data finds Latinos now make up the largest ethnic minority group on four-year college campuses.

Cal Fire Dismisses Al Qaeda's Plot To Start Wildfires

Aug. 20
By Tom Fudge
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Al Qaeda has schooled would-be terrorists in starting wildfires. But Cal Fire says their 'Ember Bomb' is no big deal.

Business and Labor Groups Aim to Change California's Environmental Law

Aug. 20
Kathleen Masterson, California Capitol Network

With just two weeks left in the legislative session, these groups are pushing to change California's complex environmental review process for new building and construction. They say the law is being abused to stall development.

Cost To Repair Lily Pond Nearly Twice What Expected

Aug. 20
By Katie Orr
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It will cost almost twice as much as estimated to fix the damaged lily pond in Balboa Park.

California Voters' 'Strong Support' for Federal Health Law Grows, Field Poll Suggests

Aug. 20
Pauline Bartolone, California Capitol Network

New polling suggests more California voters strongly support the federal health law than in the past two years.

Comedy's Self-Deprecating Pioneer Phyllis Diller Dies

Aug. 20
Elizabeth Blair, NPR

A queen of comedy has died. Phyllis Diller had audiences in stitches for more than five decades with her outlandish get-ups and rapid-fire one-liners. She died at her home, where she had been in hospice care after a fall. She was 95.

Shelter Me

Aug. 20
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"Shelter Me," hosted by actress Katherine Heigl, is a family-friendly film that celebrates the human-animal bond with positive, uplifting stories about shelter pets and their new homes. We see the journey of two stray dogs, from the day they are picked up on the streets and brought to the shelter until the day they become a beloved family pet. This film is about redemption, hope, helping others and making a difference.

Pentagon Identifies Marine And Sailor Killed By Afghan Police (Video)

Aug. 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Department of Defense released the names today of a Marine and Sailor who were killed on August 17 by an Afghan police officer they were training. Marine Staff Sgt. Gregory T. Copes, 36, and Navy Hospital Corpsman Petty Officer 1st Class Darrel L. Enos, 36, of were both based at Camp Lejeune.

Obama Threatens Military Action Against Syria Over Chemical Weapons

Aug. 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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President Obama said today military action against Syria would be warranted if there was proof Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was moving chemical or biological weapons with the intent to use them.

Gov. Brown Makes 'Yes on 30' Campaign Stop In San Diego

Aug. 20
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Gov. Jerry Brown was in San Diego today to bolster support for his tax initiative, Proposition 30, which would increase the sales tax and income tax to help finance education from kindergarten through community college.

VA Insurance Would Cover IVF For Injured Veterans Under Proposed Law

Aug. 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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Veterans who've suffered combat injuries that prevent them from naturally conceiving a child would be able to get in vitro fertilization covered by their VA insurance under new legislation.

American Masters: Marilyn Monroe: Still Life

Aug. 20
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Marilyn Monroe was, arguably, the most photographed person ever. This program tells her story through interviews with photographers such as Eve Arnold, Arnold Newman, Elliott Erwitt, George Zimbel and Phil Stern, and especially through the photos themselves, an ageless testament to her grace, guts and sexiness — her humor and vulnerability. She understood their power and she exploited it. She created, and curated, her own image. Though she died 50 years ago, Monroe persists in her image.

Ryan's Taxes Show Gap Between Romney And The Not-So-Rich

Aug. 20
S.V. Date, NPR
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Mitt Romney's campaign hoped to close the book on tax questions when running mate Paul Ryan released two years of tax returns. Not quite. In reality, the differences between Romney and Ryan's taxes helps propel the debate further.

Report: Payday Loans Used For Everyday Expenses

Aug. 20
Midday Edition
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California has some of the least restrictive regulations in place when it comes to payday lending, those short-term, high-interest loans with payments taken out of your next paycheck. A new study looks at who is borrowing, from where and why, plus a warning to those looking to borrow online.

How Tony Scott, Director Of 'Top Gun,' Influenced America's Perception Of The Military

Aug. 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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Director Tony Scott, who directed the extraordinarily popular military movie "Top Gun," committed suicide on Sunday. When 'Top Gun' was released in 1986, it was credited with re-energizing the country's interest in the military.

10 U.S. Troops Killed In Two Weeks By 'Green On Blue' Violence

Aug. 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two Afghan police officers shot two U.S. troops on Sunday, killing one of them. This latest incident of 'green on blue' violence raises the death toll to ten U.S. service members in two weeks.

In Afghanistan, A Struggle To Stem Deaths From 'Insider Attacks'

Aug. 20
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The killing Sunday in Afghanistan of an American soldier in what officials say was the latest in a series of "green on blue" attacks by Afghans in uniform against coalition personnel was the 10th in just the past two weeks.

Nighttime Firefighting Flights Approved, But Challenges Remain

Aug. 20
By Alison St John
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The ability to quickly squash a wildfire that breaks out near nightfall depends on having helicopters that can operate in the dark. What’s changed since 2003 when a small wildfire at dusk turned into the devastating Cedar fire?

Police Want To Use Social Media To Stop Future 'Koigates'

Aug. 20
By Claire Trageser
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Brian Marvel, president of the San Diego Police Officers Association, said by better monitoring social media, police can be prepared for future events planned over websites like Facebook and Twitter.

Woman, 2 Children Found Dead In Paradise Hills Home

Aug. 20
City News Service

Autopsies were pending today to determine the cause of death of a woman and two children found inside a Paradise Hills home, a San Diego police homicide lieutenant said.

San Diego Gas Price Dips Slightly

Aug. 20
City News Service

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County fell today for the first time since July 29, dropping three-tenths of a cent to $4.103.