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Stories for December 26, 2012

2012: Midday Movies Looks Back On The Best And Worst

Dec. 26
Midday Edition
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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
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Three new California laws intended to improve reporting of suspected child sexual abuse take effect on January 1st.

San Diego Pines For Christmas Tree Recycling

Dec. 26
By Tom Fudge
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The annual Christmas tree recycling program has started turning San Diego's evergreen icons into compost and mulch.

San Diego Home Prices Up For Ninth Straight Month

Dec. 26
By Kyla Calvert
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Home prices were up for a ninth straight month in San Diego this October.

Extra Trolleys To Run Thursday For Balloon Parade, Holiday Bowl

Dec. 26
City News Service
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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.

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

Dec. 26
GREG RISLING, Associated Press
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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.

Holiday Bowl Promises Touchdowns And Paychecks

Dec. 26
By Tom Fudge
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Promoters of the 35th Holiday Bowl say it will bring a lot of points to the scoreboard and dollars to the San Diego economy.

San Diego Flights Delayed, Canceled By Winter Storm

Dec. 26
City News Service
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Lindbergh Field flights were being delayed today due to winter storm conditions prevailing elsewhere in the country.

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

Dec. 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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Autopsies of service members killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars show 1 in 12 had coronary atherosclerosis, or a hardening of the arteries.

2012: Top City Government And Military Stories

Dec. 26
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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KPBS takes a look at the top stories involving San Diego government and military with reporters Katie Orr and Beth Ford Roth.

Soldier Killed On Christmas Eve In Afghanistan

Dec. 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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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.

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

Dec. 26
DAN SEWELL, Associated Press
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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.

Kickboxer Indicted For 2010 Murder Of Marine Veteran

Dec. 26
Associated Press
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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.

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

Dec. 26
Associated Press
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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.

Report: Iran Plans Hormuz Strait Naval Maneuvers

Dec. 26
Associated Press
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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.

San Diego Schools Get No Reprieve From No Child Left Behind

Dec. 26
By Kyla Calvert
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California's application for a waiver from No Child Left Behind is facing rejection.

Suicidal Thoughts Not Uncommon Among Californians

Dec. 26
By Kenny Goldberg
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Gays, lesbians and bisexual adults in California are at the highest risk of suicide, according to a new report from UCLA.

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

Dec. 26
By Adrian Florido
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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.

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

Dec. 26
Ailsa Chang / NPR
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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.