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Stories for December 27, 2012

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Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Dead At 78

Dec. 27, 2012
Richard Pyle and Lolita C. Baldor - Associated Press

Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who topped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991 but kept a low public profile in controversies over the second Gulf War against Iraq, died Thursday. He was 78.

White House To Host Congressional Leaders Friday For Fiscal Deadline Talks

Dec. 27, 2012
Bill Chappell / NPR

President Barack Obama will meet with the four leaders of Congress Friday to discuss a possible deal that would avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases in the new year.

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Carbon Monoxide Monitor Requirement Expands To Apartments

Dec. 27, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

Apartments and condominiums in California will have to have carbon monoxide monitors in the new year.

Gag Clauses No Longer Allowed in Settlements With State Licensees

Dec. 27, 2012
Bob Moffit, Capital Public Radio

Businesses licensed by the State of California will still be able to settle lawsuits against them, but they won’t be able to hide the reasons for the suits.

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Electric Cars Create A Buzz At San Diego Auto Show

Dec. 27, 2012
By Tom Fudge

The San Diego International Auto Show opened at the Convention Center to show off new styles and technology.

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Man, Dog Traverse U.S.-Mexico Border For Charity

Dec. 27, 2012
By Adrian Florido

Tom Fremantle and his adopted street dog Pancho walked 1,000 miles, crisscrossing the border between CIudad Juarez and Tijuana.

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Stores, Restaurant At UTC Mall Evacuated After Gas Line Break

Dec. 27, 2012
City News Service

Several businesses and a restaurant at the Westfield UTC Mall were evacuated today after a tractor struck a natural gas line nearby, according to fire officials.

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San Diego Pharmacy To Pay $11.4 Million Settlement For Kickback Scheme

Dec. 27, 2012
City News Service

A San Diego-based pharmaceutical company agreed to pay $11.4 million to resolve allegations that it engaged in a scheme to promote its drugs by paying kickbacks to doctors to induce them to write prescriptions of its products, the Justice Department announced today.

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Free Rides Home On New Year's Eve From Local Companies

Dec. 27, 2012
By Claire Trageser

Local organizations are partnering with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department to offer free or reduced price rides home on New Year's Eve.

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SeaWorld Files To Go Public With $100 Million IPO

Dec. 27, 2012
By MICHELLE CHAPMAN, AP Business Reporter

The company behind the water shows featuring killer whales, dolphins and other animals at SeaWorld on Thursday said it was planning to go public.

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2012: Top Health And Education Stories

Dec. 27, 2012
By Alison St John, Kenny Goldberg, Kyla Calvert, Peggy Pico

KPBS takes a look at the top health and education stories with KPBS reporters Kenny Goldberg and Kyla Calvert.

When It Comes To Politics, States Are Barely United

Dec. 27, 2012
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

States in this country are becoming like an unhappy couple. They've always had their differences, but their arguments have gotten so chronic that they're hardly talking to each other.

Reid: U.S. Heading Over Fiscal Cliff

Dec. 27, 2012
Associated Press

The Senate's top Democrat blasts Republicans' intransigence on fiscal solution.

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One In Four U.S. Service Women Reported Being Sexually Assaulted In War Zones

Dec. 27, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Nearly one in four U.S. service women say they were sexually assaulted while deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, according to a survey conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Spokesman: George H.W. Bush In Intensive Care

Dec. 27, 2012
Ramit Plushnick-Masti - Associated Press

Former President George H.W. Bush has been admitted to the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital “following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever,” but he is alert and talking to medical staff, his spokesman said.

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US Military Deaths In Afghanistan At 2,040

Dec. 27, 2012
Associated Press

At least 2,040 members of the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

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Seniors Often Forgotten During The Holidays

Dec. 27, 2012
By Kenny Goldberg

The Christmas holidays can be an especially rough time for the elderly who are in poor health and live alone.

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Philanthropy Crosses The Border

Dec. 27, 2012
By Michel Marizco

Along the U.S.-Mexico border, charity can run deeply. In Arizona, one group has been quietly building communities for Sonora’s poor.

Elder President Bush In Intensive Care

Dec. 27, 2012
Mark Memmott / NPR

Though he is reportedly alert and enjoying a "running banter" with his nurses, former President George H.W. Bush is in the intensive care unit at Houston's Methodist Hospital.

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Wintry Weather Blasting Northeast On Its Way Out

Dec. 27, 2012
Mark Memmott / NPR

The storm that spread snow across much of the nation and sent tornadoes roaring across parts of the Southeast on Tuesday and Wednesday isn't done just yet.