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Stories for December 26, 2012

Tease photo for 2012: Midday Movies Looks Back On The Best And Worst

2012: Midday Movies Looks Back On The Best And Worst

Dec. 26
By Beth Accomando, Alison St John

KPBS Cinema Junkie's Beth Accomando and San Diego CityBeat's Anders Wright take a look at the films and performances from 2012.

Sandusky Abuse Case Prompts New Laws

Dec. 26
Steve Milne, Capital Public Radio

Three new California laws intended to improve reporting of suspected child sexual abuse take effect on January 1st.

Tease photo for San Diego Pines For Christmas Tree Recycling

San Diego Pines For Christmas Tree Recycling

Dec. 26
By Tom Fudge

The annual Christmas tree recycling program has started turning San Diego's evergreen icons into compost and mulch.

Tease photo for San Diego Home Prices Up For Ninth Straight Month

San Diego Home Prices Up For Ninth Straight Month

Dec. 26
By Kyla Calvert

Home prices were up for a ninth straight month in San Diego this October.

Tease photo for Extra Trolleys To Run Thursday For Balloon Parade, Holiday Bowl

Extra Trolleys To Run Thursday For Balloon Parade, Holiday Bowl

Dec. 26
City News Service

Extra trolleys will run Thursday to get people to and from the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade, and the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl game.

Tease photo for Toyota Reaches $1 Billion Settlement In Recall Case, Attorney Says

Toyota Reaches $1 Billion Settlement In Recall Case, Attorney Says

Dec. 26
GREG RISLING, Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it has reached a settlement worth more than $1 billion in a case involving hundreds of lawsuits over acceleration problems in its vehicles.

Tease photo for Holiday Bowl Promises Touchdowns And Paychecks

Holiday Bowl Promises Touchdowns And Paychecks

Dec. 26
By Tom Fudge

Promoters of the 35th Holiday Bowl say it will bring a lot of points to the scoreboard and dollars to the San Diego economy.

Tease photo for San Diego Flights Delayed, Canceled By Winter Storm

San Diego Flights Delayed, Canceled By Winter Storm

Dec. 26
City News Service

Lindbergh Field flights were being delayed today due to winter storm conditions prevailing elsewhere in the country.

Tease photo for Autopsies Show 1 In 12 Fallen Service Members Had Clogged Arteries (Video)

Autopsies Show 1 In 12 Fallen Service Members Had Clogged Arteries (Video)

Dec. 26
By Beth Ford Roth

Autopsies of service members killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars show 1 in 12 had coronary atherosclerosis, or a hardening of the arteries.

Tease photo for 2012: Top City Government And Military Stories

2012: Top City Government And Military Stories

Dec. 26
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio, Peggy Pico, Beth Ford Roth, Alison St John

KPBS takes a look at the top stories involving San Diego government and military with reporters Katie Orr and Beth Ford Roth.

Tease photo for Soldier Killed On Christmas Eve In Afghanistan

Soldier Killed On Christmas Eve In Afghanistan

Dec. 26
By Beth Ford Roth

Army Sgt. Enrique Mondragon, 23, died December 24 in Baraki Barak, Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense. He was killed when his unit was attacked by small arms fire while on dismounted patrol.

Tease photo for US Storm's Death Toll Up To Six; Now System Heads East

US Storm's Death Toll Up To Six; Now System Heads East

Dec. 26
DAN SEWELL, Associated Press

A powerful winter storm system pounded the nation's midsection Wednesday and headed toward the Northeast, where people braced for the high winds and heavy snow that disrupted holiday travel, knocked out power to thousands of homes and were blamed in at least six deaths.

Tease photo for Kickboxer Indicted For 2010 Murder Of Marine Veteran

Kickboxer Indicted For 2010 Murder Of Marine Veteran

Dec. 26
Associated Press

Thai prosecutors have indicted a British kickboxer on murder charges in connection with the 2010 stabbing of a former U.S. Marine on a resort island.

Tease photo for Deadly Suicide Car Bomb Kills 3 Afghans Outside U.S. Military Base

Deadly Suicide Car Bomb Kills 3 Afghans Outside U.S. Military Base

Dec. 26
Associated Press

A vehicle driven by a suicide bomber exploded at the gate of a major U.S. military base in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing the attacker and three Afghans, Afghan police said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Tease photo for Report: Iran Plans Hormuz Strait Naval Maneuvers

Report: Iran Plans Hormuz Strait Naval Maneuvers

Dec. 26
Associated Press

Iran is planning naval maneuvers in international waters near strategic Strait of Hormuz, where one-fifth of world oil supply passes, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Tease photo for San Diego Schools Get No Reprieve From No Child Left Behind

San Diego Schools Get No Reprieve From No Child Left Behind

Dec. 26
By Kyla Calvert

California's application for a waiver from No Child Left Behind is facing rejection.

Tease photo for Suicidal Thoughts Not Uncommon Among Californians

Suicidal Thoughts Not Uncommon Among Californians

Dec. 26
By Kenny Goldberg

Gays, lesbians and bisexual adults in California are at the highest risk of suicide, according to a new report from UCLA.

Tease photo for Long Border Waits Test Patience, But Relief May Be On The Way

Long Border Waits Test Patience, But Relief May Be On The Way

Dec. 26
By Adrian Florido

The wait to cross into San Diego from Tijuana can top three hours on weekdays and five on weekends, straining crossers' sanity, bladders and the regional economy.

Tease photo for Wall Street Wiretaps: Investigators Use Insiders' Own Words To Convict Them

Wall Street Wiretaps: Investigators Use Insiders' Own Words To Convict Them

Dec. 26
Ailsa Chang / NPR

It was another busy year for federal authorities pursuing insider trading cases. Seventy-five people have now been charged in the last three years, and investigators say that success comes largely from their decision to attack insider trading the way they take down the Mafia and drug cartels -- with tools such as wiretaps, informants and cooperators.