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Stories for December 28, 2012

Police To Increase Qualcomm Security Before Chargers-Raiders Game Sunday

Dec. 28
City News Service
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The San Diego Police Department will increase security Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium for the annual visit by the Oakland Raiders but will not release details, a spokeswoman said today.

Obama Says Immediate Action Needed On Fiscal Cliff

Dec. 28
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President Barack Obama says "the hour for immediate action is here" on a deal to avert the fiscal cliff.

California's Budget Hangs in Balance As Fiscal Cliff Nears

Dec. 28
Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio
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As the U.S. nears the edge of the fiscal cliff, California’s economy and state budget could hang in the balance.

New Year's Checkpoints Start Friday In San Diego County

Dec. 28
By Kyla Calvert and City News Service
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San Diego County law enforcement will be conducting DUI checkpoints Friday through New Year's Day.

San Diego Can Now Have Redevelopment Funds For Some Projects

Dec. 28
City News Service
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The state Department of Finance has reversed previous rulings and will allow the city of San Diego to use leftover redevelopment funds to pay for construction projects benefiting homeless and low-income families, the City Attorney's office announced today.

School Board Trustee Calls For Review Of District Safety Plans

Dec. 28
City News Service
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A San Diego Unified School District Board of Education member will ask his colleagues after the new year to call for a district-wide review of safety plans in light of the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

USS Reagan Sailors Sue Japanese Utility Over Radiation Exposure

Dec. 28
By Beth Ford Roth
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Several crew members from the USS Ronald Reagan are suing a Japanese utility over radiation exposure. The eight Sailors filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Diego last week.

Suicide Hotline Fights To Keep Vets And Troops Alive

Dec. 28
Quil Lawrence / NPR
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At a suicide prevention center in upstate New York, America's troops and veterans are calling in for help.

2012: Top 10 News Stories Of The Year

Dec. 28
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Midday host Maureen Cavanaugh, along with Alison St. John and Tom Fudge, who also fill the host chair from time to time, reflect on their candidates for the top San Diego stories of 2012.

Obama, Congressional Leaders To Discuss Deal To Avoid 'Fiscal Cliff'

Dec. 28
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Seeking to avert automatic spending cuts and tax increases that are set to take effect on Jan. 1, President Obama and the four leaders of Congress are huddling at the White House at 3 p.m. today.

Iran Begins Naval Exercises In Strait Of Hormuz

Dec. 28
By Beth Ford Roth
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Iran has begun naval exercises in the Strait of Hormuz, where one-fifth of the world's oil exports pass.

Murder Trial Set For February In Brutal Slaying Of Camp Pendleton Marine

Dec. 28
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Pendleton Marine Lance Cpl. Darren Evans will face court-martial in February for the brutal murder of his roommate, 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Mario Arias.

Univision Tries English-Language Programming

Dec. 28
By David Martin Davies
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Univision is best known for its Spanish-language service, but now it’s looking to broaden its audience by reaching out to English-speaking Latinos.

Source: U.S. Out Of Central African Republic

Dec. 28
Lolita C. Baldor - Associated Press
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The State Department is closing its embassy in the Central African Republic and ordering its diplomatic team to leave as rebels there continue to advance and violence escalates.

Remembering Gen. Schwarzkopf, 'Military Hero Of His Generation'

Dec. 28
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The death Thursday of retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf -- "Stormin' Norman" -- has prompted many looks at the legacy of the American commander who led coalition forces during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, which pushed Saddam Hussein's Iraqi Army out of Kuwait.