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Stories for December 24, 2012

Desalination Plant Construction To Begin Next Week

Dec. 24
City News Service
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Construction will begin within 10 days on a plant in Carlsbad designed to turn seawater into drinking water and an associated pipeline, the San Diego County Water Authority announced today.

Glider Crashes Into Cliff At Torrey Pines

Dec. 24
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A 51-year-old man trapped about 20 to 30 feet down from the bluff top take-off on the cliffs below Torrey Pines Gliderport at 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive was rescued today.

Governor Brown Pardons 79, Including 7 With San Diego-Area Convictions

Dec. 24
City News Service
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A man found guilty of robbery 58 years ago in San Diego County was among 79 people pardoned today by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Finding New Meaning In The Loss Of A Son

Dec. 24
Barbara Bradley Hagerty / NPR
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This is a story about loss and meaning. It's the story of a boy who died and a mother who tottered at the precipice of despair. It's about faith -- not in God, but in the ability to build from ashes.

Texas DPS Helicopter Shooting Part Of A Pattern

Dec. 24
By David Martin Davies
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Texas Troopers have fired guns from helicopters while pursuing vehicles five times in the past two years, and all but one incident ended in a fatality.

State Requires CO Detectors In All Apartments In New Year

Dec. 24
City News Service
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Effective Jan. 1, 2013 state law will require carbon monoxide detectors in all California condominiums and apartments with fossil-fuel burning appliances.

2012: Top Arts Stories

Dec. 24
Midday Edition
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KPBS takes a look at the top art and culture stories in San Diego with reporters Angela Carone and Beth Accomando.

2012: Top Mexico Border Stories

Dec. 24
Midday Edition
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KPBS takes a look at the news made at the U.S.-Mexico border this year with our Fronteras Desk reporters Adrian Florido and Jill Replogle.

NORAD Santa Tracker Tells You Where Santa Is NOW (Video)

Dec. 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has set up its Santa Tracker website to help children track "Big Red" as he makes his way across the globe on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Day May Bring Tornadoes In Southeast

Dec. 24
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Snow likely won't be the big weather story for much of the nation on Christmas Day, warn the forecasters at the National Weather Service and The Weather Channel. Some potentially severe weather is in the forecast.

Measure To Protect Retired Military Dogs Clears Congress (Video)

Dec. 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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Dogs who serve in the United States military would be ensured a good home and proper care in retirement under a measure that cleared Congress last week, and now awaits the signature of President Barack Obama.

Cuts To Ranks May Shock, But It's Happened Before

Dec. 24
SUSANNE M. SCHAFER - Associated Press
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A war over, the Army heeds Congress' demands to cuts costs by paring its ranks. But the nation's economy is weak, and unemployment rates are high. It's an uncertain time for thousands of service members and their families.

Insider Attack: Afghan Policewoman Kills US Advisor

Dec. 24
Associated Press
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An Afghan policewoman is in custody, after officials say she shot and killed an American adviser outside the police headquarters in Afghanistan's capital.

Firefighters Responding To Blaze Near Rochester, N.Y., Shot And Killed

Dec. 24
Mark Memmott / NPR
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There's been a shooting today at the scene of a house fire near Rochester, N.Y. Local news outlets say at least two firefighters were killed and others were wounded as they responded to the scene.

Suicide Suspected In Death Of Navy SEAL Cmdr. Job Price

Dec. 24
Associated Press
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U.S. military officials are investigating the apparent suicide of a Navy SEAL commander in Afghanistan. Navy SEAL Cdr. Job W. Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pa., died Saturday of a non-combat-related injury while supporting stability operations in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

Portable Pollution Monitors Offer Real-Time Results

Dec. 24
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego researchers have built a lot of small portable pollution monitors that will let people do real-time monitoring of dirty air.

San Diego Has Yet To Weigh In On San Onofre

Dec. 24
By Amita Sharma
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The city of San Diego has been conspicuously absent in the debate about the future of the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant.

Preparing For The Return Of The Kiss Statue

Dec. 24
By Angela Carone
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Starting in January, crews will begin preparing a waterfront park for the return of the "kiss statue."

Radio Play: 'Christmas, Inc.'

Dec. 24
Midday Edition
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If you feel Christmas has become a crass commercial event, then here's the perfect thing for you: an original radio play called "Christmas, Inc." The play was created for KPBS by Columbia Street Films and it serves up a sly comic tale of a very corporate Christmas.

San Diego Unified Gets High Marks For School Choice

Dec. 24
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego Unified gets high marks for school choice and competition from the Brookings Institute.

The New Definition Of Drones

Dec. 24
By John Rosman
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When you hear the word drone, images of warfare or high-tech surveillance come to mind. But the former editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine and a young Tijuana programmer have a different idea. They believe drones will revolutionize our daily lives.

DUI Charge: Jan. 4 Court Date For Idaho Sen. Crapo

Dec. 24
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A conservative U.S. senator from Idaho who has said he doesn't drink because of his Mormon faith has been charged with drunken driving.

Toy Donations Pour Into Newtown For The Holidays

Dec. 24
Diane Orson / NPR
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The Monday after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., toys and stuffed animals began arriving by the truckload. Ten days later, the gymnasium at Edmond Town Hall in the center of Newtown is full of them.