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Stories for December 7, 2012

San Diego Museum Of Man's Instruments Of Torture

Dec. 7
Evening Edition
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The Instruments of Torture exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Man wants us to consider if there is a time for torture. [WARNING: Some material is disturbing.]

Todd Gloria Says He Has Not Proposed Sales Tax Increase

Dec. 7
Evening Edition
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Newly elected City Council President Todd Gloria told KPBS today he did not propose a tax increase to fund infrastructure repairs.

Supreme Court Takes Up Same-Sex-Marriage Cases

Dec. 7
Nina Totenberg / NPR

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday that for the first time it will tackle the issue of same-sex marriage. Defying most expectations, the justices said they will examine two cases, presenting the possibility that the court could decide all the basic issues surrounding same-sex marriage in one fell swoop.

More Teachers 'Flipping' The School Day Upside Down

Dec. 7
Grace Hood / NPR
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Welcome to the 21st century classroom: a world where students watch lectures at home -- and do homework at school. It's called classroom flipping, and it's slowly catching on in schools around the country.

SANDAG Will Try To Settle Transportation Lawsuit

Dec. 7
By Tom Fudge
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San Diego's planning agency, SANDAG, said it will try to reach a settlement following a court ruling against its transportation plan.

Winning Ticket Submitted For Second Half Of Powerball Jackpot

Dec. 7
Bill Chappell / NPR

The remaining winner of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot has come forward to claim their share of the prize, according to lottery officials in Arizona, where the winning ticket was sold, according to ABC 15 TV in Phoenix.

Supreme Court Will Review Gay Marriage Cases In 2013

Dec. 7
Bill Chappell, Dana Farrington

The Supreme Court has decided to take up cases involving California's Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage, and a provision of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. The justices' rulings on the cases are likely to be announced next June.

Supreme Court To Review Gay Marriage Cases

Dec. 7
Dana Farrington / NPR

The Supreme Court has decided to take up cases involving California's Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage, and a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Supreme Court Will Review Two Gay Marriage Cases In 2013

Dec. 7
Bill Chappell, Dana Farrington

The Supreme Court has decided to take up cases involving California's Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage, and a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The justices' rulings on the cases are likely to be announced next June, after arguments are heard in the spring.

Border Patrol Agent Fired Ten Times To Kill Woman On Meth

Dec. 7
Erin Siegal

A newly released autopsy report shows a woman was struck multiple times in a recent fatal shooting by a U.S. Border Patrol agent. She tested positive for methamphetamine.

Early Winter Storms Boost Water Supply Outlook

Dec. 7
By Susan Murphy
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The recent series of powerful winter storms in California has boosted the outlook for San Diego’s water supplies, as many of the state's essential reservoirs are above-normal after a slow start.

Supreme Court Will Hear California Gay Marriage Case

Dec. 7
City News Service
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The U.S. Supreme Court accepted two cases involving same-sex marriage today, one involving federal law and the other involving Proposition 8 in California. A San Diego law professor believes the federal Defense of Marriage Act is most likely to receive the bulk of the justices' scrutiny.

Black, Latino Groups: It's Our Turn, Mr. President

Dec. 7
Corey Dade / NPR

After African-American and Latino voters turned out in record numbers to reelect President Obama, leaders for both groups are turning up the pressure on him to return the favor.

Celebrating Hanukkah, And A Hidden Past

Dec. 7
By Jude Joffe-Block
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Hanukkah begins Saturday night. Among those celebrating the Jewish holiday in Phoenix are a small number of Hispanics who didn’t grow up with the tradition, but are returning to what they say is their Jewish heritage.

Roundtable: SANDAG's Loss, Zombie Spending, Infrastructure Ideas, Oceanside Feud

Dec. 7
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Sandag's big, big plan gets deflated. A Senator questions Homeland Security's San Diego zombie event. Todd Gloria wants to fix your streets. And Oceanside's mayor is pretty ticked off.

Drought Causes Stray Horses To Seek Food In Nevada's Urban Areas

Dec. 7
By Veronica Zaragovia
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Agricultural officials in Nevada say the number of wild horses straying off the range into urban areas has increased tremendously the past year.

Mexico One Step Closer To Legalized Gay Marriage

Dec. 7
By John Rosman

The Mexican Supreme Court overturned a state law prohibiting same-sex marriage. The ruling may have a wide-ranging influence, leading to the legalization of gay marriage in Mexico.

Mushroom Ice Cream, Anyone? Chefs Turning To Veggies For Dessert

Dec. 7
David Schultz / NPR
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Chefs at some of the most cutting edge restaurants in the country are incorporating vegetables into their desserts in ways that, at first glance, might not seem very dessert-y.

Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey: Season 3

Dec. 7
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The Great War is over and the long-awaited engagement of Lady Mary and Matthew is on, but all is not tranquil at Downton Abbey as wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues, and personal crises grip the majestic English country estate. Shirley MacLaine joins the much-loved cast, which includes Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton and many others. “No family is ever what it seems from the outside,” observes Smith’s shrewd character. KPBS will rebroadcast all episodes from Season 3 leading up to the premiere of Season 4 on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 p.m.

$100,000 Of Jewelry Stolen From Home Of Congressman Issa

Dec. 7
City News Service

An investigation was under way today into the theft of "priceless" items of jewelry from the Vista home of Republican Congressman Darrell Issa.

A Good Jobs Report Might Be Bad For The Jobless

Dec. 7
Marilyn Geewax / NPR

The Labor Department's glad tidings Friday about the uptick in job creation last month might morph into bad news next month for many of the long-term unemployed.

Camp Pendleton Families To Receive Free Christmas Trees

Dec. 7
City News Service
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Roughly 900 donated Christmas trees will be distributed to troops and their families at Camp Pendleton today.

Why A 'Fiscal Cliff' Failure Could Help The Economy

Dec. 7
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

It wouldn't be the worst thing that could happen to the country.

Veterans Gather On USS Midway To Remember Pearl Harbor

Dec. 7
City News Service
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Veterans marked the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor at a remembrance ceremony aboard the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum in downtown San Diego today.

Feds Probe Child Labor Violations At Chargers Games

Dec. 7
City News Service

Federal investigators were reported today to be looking into whether any child labor laws were violated when groups of San Diego Unified students volunteered at Chargers games in exchange for contribution to student organizations.

US Economy Adds 146K Jobs, Rate Falls To 7.7 Pct.

Dec. 7
Associated Press
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The U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had only a minimal effect on the figures.

To Catch A Suspect -- On Pinterest

Dec. 7
Emma Jacobs / NPR

Pinterest is known as a place where people share recipes, crafts or fashion. But a new set of images have started showing up on the social media site: mug shots.

Tea Party May Be Losing Steam, But Issues Still Boil

Dec. 7
Don Gonyea / NPR

The battle over how to avoid the looming cuts and tax increases known as the fiscal cliff is a frustrating one for the Tea Party. The movement is still a force within the GOP, even as its popularity has fallen over the past two years.