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Stories for December 3, 2012

San Diego Home To One Of World's Oldest Gorillas

Dec. 3
By Dwane Brown
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San Diego is home to one of the oldest gorillas in captivity, 55-year-old Vila, who was raised at the San Diego Zoo.

Nevada Mulls Driver's Permits For All, Including Undocumented Immigrants

Dec. 3
By Veronica Zaragovia
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Lawmakers will consider a bill at Nevada's 2013 legislative session that would allow all residents, regardless of their immigration status, to take a driving test and receive a driver's permit.

Filner Takes Over Democratic San Diego

Dec. 3
By Katie Orr
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It was an historic day for San Diego government. Congressman Bob Filner was sworn in as mayor. He’s the city’s first Democratic mayor in decades and he’s taking over with a majority Democratic city council as well.

U.S. Companies Sending Used Lead Batteries To Mexico

Dec. 3
By Adrian Florido
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Commission for Environmental Cooperation finds costlier U.S. regulations have led companies to send batteries south of the border for recycling.

Can Big Food Kick Its Obesity Habit? Does It Really Want To?

Dec. 3
Dan Charles / NPR
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A few days ago, two big names in food policy squared off for a formal debate on the following proposition: There is a fundamental and irreconcilable conflict between the food and beverage industry's interests and public health policy interests on obesity.

Street Art Brings Life To A Miami Neighborhood

Dec. 3
Greg Allen / NPR
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One of the nation's largest art fairs, Art Basel, opens this week in Miami. But days before the fair launches in Miami Beach, the party had already started across the bridge, in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood.

NORAD Ready To Help Kids Track Santa Claus (VIDEO)

Dec. 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has set up its website, and created smart phone apps, to help children track Santa Claus as he prepares for his round-the-world flight later this month.

Review: 'Killing Them Softly'

Dec. 3
By Beth Accomando
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George V. Higgins was Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts before becoming an author in 1970 with "The Friends of Eddie Coyle." His 1974 novel "Coogan's Trade" has just been adapted into the film "Killing Them Softly" (opened November 30 throughout San Diego).

Ex-El Cajon Councilwoman Gets 30 Months In Prison

Dec. 3
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Former El Cajon City Councilwoman Jillian Hanson-Cox was sentenced to 30 months in prison Monday after she pleaded guilty to federal charges of mail fraud and filing a false tax return stemming from the embezzlement of $3.5 million from her Kearny Mesa employer.

Bridget Hughes Calls Off Search For Her Hat

Dec. 3
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The story of Bridget Hughes' missing hat struck a chord with many. It was the floppy hat her mom wore years ago when she had breast cancer and was having chemotherapy. Mom died when Bridget, now a volunteer preschool teacher in New Mexico, was seven.

Cuts To San Diego County Courts Are Affecting Families

Dec. 3
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Budget cuts to California's court system are affecting San Diego County courts, in particular family law cases.

Horton Plaza: Wilson's Grand Plan Gets An Update

Dec. 3
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When Pete Wilson was elected Mayor of San Diego in 1971, downtown was a haven for tattoo parlors, seedy bars and burlesque houses, a place no respectable person wanted to visit. Times have changed.

KPBS Bids Farewell to Fundraising Powerhouse

Dec. 3
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Associate General Manager Stephanie Bergsma will retire from KPBS on December 10. Bergsma has been with KPBS for 30 years having spearheaded the station’s first development department and since then led all major funding initiatives that have helped lift KPBS into the national public media spotlight.

Two Men Charged With Killing Coast Guard Officer After Ramming His Boat

Dec. 3
By Beth Ford Roth and City News Service
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Coast Guard officer Terrell Horne, 34, was killed early Sunday morning off the coast of Southern California when a panga boat suspected of drug smuggling rammed into his inflatable Coast Guard craft.

Xolos Take Liga MX Championship

Dec. 3
Brooke Binkowski
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Tijuana's long-shot soccer team went from an underperforming Second Division squad to the Mexican Premiere League victor.

'Three Cups Of Tea' Co-Author Took Own Life, Medical Examiner Says

Dec. 3
Mark Memmott / NPR
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David Oliver Relin, a journalist who had reported from around the world before gaining fame -- and getting mired in controversy -- as co-author of the best-selling Three Cups of Tea, took his own life when he died on Nov. 15 in Oregon, The New York Times reports.

Navy Swapping Trained Dolphins For Robots

Dec. 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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The San Diego-based Navy Marine Mammal Program is making news. The program's dolphins - trained to detect mines and other underwater explosives - are going to be replaced by machines who do the same job, but don't need seven years to be trained.

Camp Pendleton Marine Dies During Dive In San Diego (Video)

Dec. 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Pendleton Marine Staci Jackson, 26, died during a recreational dive off San Diego on Saturday. Jackson was with a dive group who was exploring the Yukon, a sunken ship off the coast off Mission Beach.

Researchers Predict Dramatic Drop In Gray Whale Births

Dec. 3
By Susan Murphy
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More than 20,000 gray whales are starting to leave their Alaskan feeding grounds to travel 5,000 miles to the warm birthing waters in Mexico, but researchers are predicting a dramatic drop in calf production.

Veterans' Gun Rights Sticky Issue In Defense Bill

Dec. 3
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Should veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their own financial affairs be prevented from buying a gun?

San Diego Adds To Open Space Land Preserves

Dec. 3
By Tom Fudge
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The San Diego City Council voted to preserve an additional 6,572 acres of open space, though environmentalists wanted even more.

Filner Sworn In As San Diego's 35th Mayor

Dec. 3
By Katie Orr and City News Service
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Bob Filner was sworn in today as San Diego's 35th mayor during a Balboa Park Club inauguration ceremony.

Rain Showers And Fog In The Forecast For San Diego

Dec. 3
City News Service
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Dense fog and rain are expected in San Diego County today, forecasters said.

The Next Workplace? Behind The Wheel

Dec. 3
Nina Gregory / NPR
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Brad Hines is a building contractor in Los Angeles who spends a good eight hours a day in his 2008 Dodge Ram. He talked to us from his truck -- hands-free, of course.

Pick A Number: Let's Play 'Cap Those Deductions'

Dec. 3
Scott Horsley / NPR
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Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says it's up to congressional Republicans to take the next step in budget talks to avoid the pending automatic spending cuts and tax increases at the end of the year.