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Stories for December 31, 2012

'Fiscal Cliff' Statement From President Obama

Dec. 31

Leaders from both parties in the Senate came together to reach an agreement that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support today that protects 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small business owners from a middle class tax hike. While neither Democrats nor Republicans got everything they wanted, this agreement is the right thing to do for our country and the House should pass it without delay.

White House Website Draws Petition To End All Petitions

Dec. 31
Gene Demby / NPR
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Jeff Jarvis has had enough of the White House's petition site.

Sixty-One Suspected Drunken Drivers Arrested Since Friday In San Diego

Dec. 31
City News Service
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California Highway Patrol officers in San Diego County arrested 61 suspected drunken drivers from Friday evening to 6 a.m. today, three more than the tally for the same pre-holiday period a year ago, the CHP announced today.

San Diego Hospice Sees More Layoffs, Hospital Closure

Dec. 31
By Joanne Faryon
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In an effort to save money, the county's largest hospice provider closed its 24-bed hospital in Hillcrest and laid off more staff.

Overtime Paid To City Employees Was Appropriately Earned, Report Finds

Dec. 31
City News Service
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The vast majority of the $57.8 million in overtime paid to city of San Diego employees in Fiscal Year 2011 was appropriately earned, but the city could still save some money on the expense, according to a city auditor's report released today.

House Won't Vote Before Midnight On 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal

Dec. 31
Associated Press, City News Service
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The House will miss the midnight Monday deadline lawmakers set for voting to avoid the "fiscal cliff."

From 3-D Printers To Wired Glasses, The Tech Year Ahead

Dec. 31
Laura Sydell, Steve Henn

It's unlikely 2013 will be the year that jetpacks make it big, but the coming year could bring us a host of other new technology trends and products, such as 3-D printers for consumers, smarter smartphones and more connected devices like glasses and cars.

Chargers Fire Coach Norv Turner, GM A.J. Smith

Dec. 31
By Erik Anderson
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Despite a season-ending victory over the Oakland Raiders, the San Diego Chargers today fired head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith, and announced the search for replacements would begin immediately.

Beginning 2013 With 'Reflections On The Pursuit Of Happiness'

Dec. 31
Midday Edition
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New Year's words of wisdom on the pursuit of happiness from the pen of Thomas Jefferson.

2012: Top Investigative Stories

Dec. 31
Midday Edition
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KPBS takes a look at the top investigative stories of 2012 with KPBS reporters Joanne Faryon and Amita Sharma.

Coming Up: Obama To Comment On 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks

Dec. 31
Mark Memmott / NPR

President Obama "will deliver remarks about the fiscal cliff" at 1:30 p.m. ET, the White House says. We will update this post as he speaks. It isn't known whether he has an announcement to make or will use the event to press Congressional leaders to reach an agreement.

Good Riddance! 'Fiscal Cliff' Tops List Of 'Words To Be Banished'

Dec. 31
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Oh, if only someone could enforce this "edict."

New Year's Eve Celebrations Abound In San Diego County

Dec. 31
City News Service
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New Year's revelers will have choices aplenty around San Diego tonight as they ring out the old and welcome 2013.

Why The Tea Party Stands At A Crossroads

Dec. 31
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

It's a little bit early, but the Tea Party is hitting its sophomore slump.

California Law Aimed At Preventing Drug Overdose Deaths Takes Effect

Dec. 31
By Kenny Goldberg
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Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in California. A new law aims to reduce the problem.

Homeowner 'Bill Of Rights' Will Also Speed Foreclosures

Dec. 31
By Tom Fudge
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Legislation to protect distressed California homeowners will also expedite a process that can lead to foreclosure.

Pensions, Public Housing, Transportation Split San Diego Voters On Party Lines

Dec. 31
By Claire Trageser
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UC San Diego researchers surveyed San Diego voters on their opinions of local candidates and local issues. They found unexpected results.

Climate Change Reports Predicts Drier Decades Ahead for Southwest

Dec. 31
By David Martin Davies
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As 2012 wraps up, here’s the weather forecast for the next 20 years: hotter and drier.

For Returning Migrants, Good News About Mexico's Economy Doesn't Apply

Dec. 31
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe
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In Mexico, the economy is growing, but that growth isn't happening in a sector that offers hope for returning migrants.

Year Ends As It Began, With Lawmakers Headed Toward The 'Fiscal Cliff'

Dec. 31
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Well, here we are. It's New Year's Eve and with just hours to go before the end of the year and the arrival of the so-called fiscal cliff, Democrats and Republicans in Washington are still trying to strike a deal that heads off automatic increases in taxes, automatic deep spending cuts in a variety of programs and the automatic expiration of some jobless benefits.

Europe Fails To Stimulate Growth In 2012

Dec. 31
Jim Zarroli / NPR

The U.S. economy grew at a steady though not very strong pace this year. But Europe slipped back into recession because of the ongoing debt crisis. European leaders took steps to stimulate growth but it wasn't enough to reverse course.