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Stories for December 11, 2012

Barrio Logan Gets Its Mercado

Dec. 11
By Jill Replogle
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A new grocery store opens today in Barrio Logan. It's a community dream that’s been in the works for decades.

NHL Lockout Leaves Fans Out In The Cold

Dec. 11
Frank Deford / NPR
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The entertainment industry seems to give us only three things: sex, Justin Bieber and boxing.

Sitar Virtuoso Ravi Shankar Dies At 92

Dec. 11
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar has died, the Indian prime minister has announced. He was 92.

San Diego's Newest Hospital Tries To Prevent Medication Errors

Dec. 11
By Kenny Goldberg
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Medication errors are among the most common medical mistakes. Escondido's Palomar Hospital is trying to zero them out.

South Korea Says North Korea Has Fired Its Long-Range Rocket

Dec. 11
HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press
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North Korea fired a long-range rocket Wednesday in its second launch under its new leader, South Korean officials said, defying warnings from the U.N. and Washington only days before South Korean presidential elections.

San Diego Woman Sentenced To 8 Years For Supporting Terrorists

Dec. 11
City News Service
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A San Diego woman who conspired to provide material support to a terrorist organization based in Somalia was sentenced today to eight years in federal prison.

Sailor Killed In Camp Pendleton Training Accident

Dec. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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The military is investigating the cause of a vehicle accident that took the life of Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Wilson Won Lee, 23, at Camp Pendleton on December 9. Lee was involved in a training exercise when the accident occurred, according to a news release from the 1st Marine Logistics Group.

Three Dead In Portland-Area Mall Shooting, Police Report

Dec. 11
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Police say three people, including a gunman, are dead and multiple people are wounded after someone opened fire in a Portland, Ore., area mall filled with holiday shoppers.

Decision On Restarting San Onofre Still Months Away, NRC Says

Dec. 11
City News Service
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A decision on when -- or whether to -- restart the reactors at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is still months away, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced today.

San Diego Schools Still Planning For Cuts Despite New Taxes

Dec. 11
By Kyla Calvert
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California school districts can't count on increased funding from Proposition 30 yet. San Diego Unified will make preliminary plans to close an $84 million deficit.

Boehner Sends 'Fiscal Cliff' Counteroffer To White House

Dec. 11
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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The back and forth over the "fiscal cliff" continues: House Speaker John Boehner sent a new counterproposal to the White House on Tuesday that, according to a spokesman for the speaker, aims to "achieve tax and entitlement reform to solve our looming debt crisis and create more American jobs."

San Diego’s Homeless Population Third In Nation

Dec. 11
By Tom Fudge
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San Diego had the third largest homeless population of any American metropolitan area in 2012, surpassed only by New York City and Los Angeles.

US Fines Bank For Its Cartel Cash

Dec. 11
By Michel Marizco
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HSBC was accused of disregarding sanction laws and doing business with people in countries such as Iran, Libya, Cuba, and the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Lawyer For Wikileaks Suspect Says Client Was Treated As 'Zoo Animal'

Dec. 11
Steve Mullis / NPR
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The pretrial hearing for Wikileaks suspect Pfc. Bradley Manning ended on Tuesday, but as the Associated Press reports the massive amounts of documents he is accused of leaking were hardly mentioned.

Inscription On Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial To Be Removed

Dec. 11
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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The controversial paraphrased quote on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be removed and replaced with a more complete quotation from the civil rights icon.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2012

Dec. 11
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Celebrating its 90th year, the lighting of the National Christmas Tree signals the start of the holiday season across the country. Taped at President's Park in Washington, D.C., the 60-minute special will feature performances and readings by Colbie Caillat, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, The Fray, Ledisi, Jason Mraz, Phillip Phillips, James Taylor and more. Plus a special guest appearance by MODERN FAMILY's Rico Rodriquez.

In Freedom, Ex-Felon Becomes Probation Counselor

Dec. 11
Julie Bierach / NPR
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Every weekday, Clark Porter, a tall man with a sturdy build, walks into the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in St. Louis to work with tough ex-offenders. On the outside, he wears a suit and tie. But on the inside, he has more in common with the former felons than most.

What Role Will DHS Play In Future Immigration Talks?

Dec. 11
By John Rosman
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Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano visited PBS NewsHour to discuss immigration reform. We look to the next big conversation after the cliff.

Water 'Footprint' Reveals California's Relentless Thirst

Dec. 11
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Most people are familiar with the concept of a carbon footprint. But what about your "water footprint"? You might be surprised by the amount of water it takes to put that burger on your plate.

How Would Cutting Mortgage Tax Deduction Impact San Diego?

Dec. 11
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Lawmakers in Washington are trying to avoid tax increases known as the fiscal cliff. One idea on the table is changing the mortgage tax deduction resulting in what some are calling a "mortgage cliff."

'Operation Delirium:' Psychochemicals And Cold War

Dec. 11
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In the latest issue of The New Yorker, journalist Raffi Khatchadourian writes about a secret chemical weapons testing program run by the U.S. Army during the Cold War.

Tending Your Winter Garden In San Diego

Dec. 11
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December can be a busy time for gardeners in San Diego and Gardening Expert Nan Sterman says our mild climate allows for lots of activity in December gardens.

Camp Pendleton Marine's Carbon Monoxide Death Was Preventable (Video)

Dec. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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The death of a Camp Pendleton Marine from carbon monoxide poisoning was completely preventable, according to someone who lived in the same apartment complex where Pvt. McQuen Forbush died last month.

Crossing South To The Baja Oceans

Dec. 11
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Host Jorge Meraz goes further down Baja in this ocean-themed special. First we go to the "Natural Sea-World" at Bahia de Los Angeles, where we go fishing, snorkeling, and searching for the famed whale shark. Among colorful fish and playful sea lions, swimming with the whale shark is an unforgettable experience. Then we taste scallops, lobster, clams and other things the ocean offers with Lucy, a long-time resident and local artist. Then we head to San Quintin where we explore the fascinating world of seafood farming.

The 24th MEU Will Be Home In Time For Christmas

Dec. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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The more than 4,000 members of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit will be home from deployment in time for Christmas.

San Diego Researcher Helps Track 'Atmospheric Rivers'

Dec. 11
By Susan Murphy
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A new, advanced weather system will warn people of powerful winter storms and help mitigate the risk of flooding.

How A Health Insurer's Overpayment Can Become Your Problem

Dec. 11
Michelle Andrews / NPR
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If your health insurer pays too much for a claim, you might think that would be a good kind of problem. But it could turn out to be more of a headache than a windfall.

Update: Michigan Lawmakers Pass Right-to-Work Bills, Over Unions' Protests

Dec. 11
Korva Coleman / NPR
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1:35 p.m. ET: The Michigan House of Representatives has now passed two "right-to-work" bills that limit the power of unions in the state. They're pieces of legislation, as NPR's Sonari Glinton reports, that have "infuriated union leaders in a state considered the heart of the union movement."

Update: Michigan Lawmakers Pass First Right-to-Work Bill, Over Unions' Protests

Dec. 11
Korva Coleman / NPR
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Update at 12:20 PM: The Michigan House has passed the first bill permitting workers to opt out of paying required fees to participate in a union. This covers public sector jobs and passed 58 to 51, reports Michigan Public Radio Networks. The next bill to be debated will address private sector work. Loud protests continue inside the Capitol building.

Michigan Lawmakers Poised To Pass Right-to-Work Bill, Outraging Union Protesters

Dec. 11
Korva Coleman / NPR
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It seems to be a repeat of the 2011 union battle in Wisconsin -- a Republican-led state legislature, supported by a Republican governor, suddenly takes up legislation that could change how unions are financed and run in the state.

What Happens If We Fall Off The 'Fiscal Cliff'?

Dec. 11
Tamara Keith, NPR
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Lines of communication remain open in an effort to avert the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts known as the "fiscal cliff," according to the White House and House Speaker John Boehner.

Del Mar Fairgrounds Announces Changes To Renovation Plans After Lawsuit Settlement

Dec. 11
City News Service
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The operator of the Del Mar Fairgrounds announced today that it would move forward with renovations after settling a lawsuit over its master plan.

Cold Pacific Storm On Its Way To San Diego

Dec. 11
By Susan Murphy
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Enjoy the sunshine today, because by tomorrow night a cold Pacific storm from Alaska will make its way to San Diego, bringing showers, thunderstorms and snow in the mountains.

Pentagon Report: Afghan Violence Declines But Corruption Continues

Dec. 11
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The U.S. and its allies have made only spotty and incremental progress in the Afghan war, with overall violence declining just slightly in the past year and widespread corruption continuing to hamper the shaky government, according to a new Pentagon report.

Rants And Raves: The Award Season Is In Full Swing

Dec. 11
By Beth Accomando
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As with the shopping season, the awards season kicks into high gear right after Thanksgiving. "Zero Dark Thirty" has already nabbed some accolades but now "Lincoln" is racking up nominations with the Broadcast Film Critics Association's Critics Choice Awards.

Mezcal Production Drawing Mexicans Back Home

Dec. 11
Lorne Matalon
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In many villages in rural Mexico, family life has been torn apart by the exodus of adults to the U.S. But for one group of villages in Mexico, an unexpected rise in the popularity of a relatively unknown traditional drink is bringing some people home.

State Offers New Way To Dispute Health Insurance Decisions

Dec. 11
By Kenny Goldberg
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Forget faxing and mailing. Consumers can now file complaints about their health insurance plans online.

Left Behind In A Mexican Town, Part 2

Dec. 11
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe
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The majority of tourists head straight for Acapulco. When I told people in Mexico where I was going in Guerrero, a common response was, "Eww. Why are you going there? It's so ugly."

Feds Say 'No' To Partial Medicaid Expansion

Dec. 11
Julie Rovner / NPR
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The Affordable Care Act, as passed by Congress in 2010, assumed that every low-income person would have access to health insurance starting in 2014.

Detroit Tries To Stave Off State Takeover Of Finances

Dec. 11
Quinn Klinefelter / NPR
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Detroit officials face a tough vote Tuesday as they try to keep their city from going over its own "fiscal cliff." If the mayor and City Council cannot agree on a plan to reduce the city's budget deficit, state officials are poised to take away their power and assume total control over Detroit's finances.