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Stories for January 13, 2012

Review: 'The Conquest'

Jan. 13
By Beth Accomando
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"The Conquest" (opening January 13 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) is being touted as a treat for political junkies as it follows in the footsteps of "The Queen," "Frost/Nixon," and "Il Divo."

SENTRI Traveler Busted With $1 Million In Meth

Jan. 13
By Jill Replogle
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A participant in one of the U.S.' "Trusted Traveler" programs was caught this week trying to cross the border with $1 million worth of methamphetamine hidden in his car.

Inside Nature's Giants: Sperm Whale

Jan. 13
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A team of experts dissect the largest animals on the planet to uncover their evolutionary secrets in this series. In each episode, veterinary scientist Mark Evans, comparative anatomist Joy Reidenberg, biologist Simon Watt and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explore the anatomy of a distinct giant predator to reveal how it works. In the first episode, the scientists examine a sperm whale that stranded and died on Pegwell Bay, Kent, England.

Google Adds More College Campuses To Street View

Jan. 13
By Erik Anderson, Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez
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Google has boosted the number of college campuses that can be toured on Street View, the company's 360-degree photographic map. The University of San Diego and San Diego State University are among the 27 U.S. schools on the list.

American Experience: Custer's Last Stand

Jan. 13
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This biography of one of the most charismatic and contradictory American leaders of the 19th century takes viewers on a journey from Custer’s memorable charge at Gettysburg, which turned the tide of the battle, to his lonely, untimely death on the windswept plains of the West. Along the way, viewers learn how, time and time again, the supremely ambitious son of a blacksmith ricocheted from triumph to disaster, from battlefield heroism to impetuous escapade.

Windfall: San Diego Pension Picture Brighter By $25 Million

Jan. 13
City News Service
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The city of San Diego's contribution to its pension system in the next fiscal year will be $25.3 million less than expected, providing some wiggle room in budget planning, the mayor's office announced today.

FRONTLINE: Nuclear Aftershocks

Jan. 13
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It’s been almost a year since a devastating earthquake and tsunami crippled Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, leaving the country’s once-popular energy program in shambles. In response, Germany decided to abandon nuclear energy entirely. Should the U.S. follow suit? FRONTLINE correspondent Miles O’Brien examines the implications of the Fukushima accident for U.S. nuclear safety, and asks how this disaster will affect the future of nuclear energy around the world.

Camp Pendleton General To Head Up Urination Video Investigation

Jan. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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Home Post Blog: Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser of Camp Pendleton has been tapped to head up the investigation into the controversial video that showed Marines urinating on Taliban corpses.

What Was Your Gateway To Politics?

Jan. 13
KPBS News
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What was your gateway to politics? What political issue or historical moment changed you or your way of thinking? Or maybe it was a thinker who first got you fired up. Whatever it was, we want to hear about it.

Antiques Roadshow: Tampa, Fla. - Hour Three

Jan. 13
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Host Mark Walberg steps right up to the Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota, Florida, where appraisers Noel Barrett and Nicholas Lowry amaze and astound with displays of circus toys and posters. Back at the Tampa Convention Center, appraisers juggle an array of treasures, including a 1750s classic black walnut Philadelphia dressing table; a 1900s Tabriz carpet woven in the classical style of the late 16th and early 17th centuries; and a painting by acclaimed 19th-century marine artist James E. Buttersworth that could draw $80,000 to $100,000 at auction.

Ailing Endangered Sea Turtle Found Near Camp Pendleton

Jan. 13
Associated Press
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Experts are nursing an ailing endangered sea turtle that was found at Camp Pendleton Marine base in San Diego County.

Human Trafficking Continues To Rise Along San Diego-Tijuana Border

Jan. 13
By Marissa Cabrera
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The FBI has declared the San Diego region a "high-intensity child prostitution area." The second annual Bi-national Forum to Address Human Trafficking in Chula Vista Thursday aimed to improve collaboration between agencies on both sides of the border to combat the illegal practice.

Roundtable: Sanders' Speech, Wuterich Trial, Brown's Budget

Jan. 13
Midday Edition
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Today on Roundtable: Jerry Sanders tried to hit it out of the park with the State of the City speech, opening statements and first testimony in the manslaughter trial of Marine Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, and Jerry Brown's proposed budget is very lean and very mean.

Antiques Roadshow: Tulsa, Okla. - Hour Three

Jan. 13
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In Tulsa, Oklahoma, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Eric Silver at the Philbrook Museum of Art to look at seemingly everyday housewares, appliances and electronics that were transformed into stunning functional art by 20th- century industrial designers. Highlights include an 1826 English gadget cane, equipped with both a pistol and a telescope; a vibrant 1931 Oscar Mayer in-store display; and a circa 1600 Ming Dynasty cast bronze guardian figure, valued at $70,000-$100,000.

Southeast San Diego Honors MLK With An 'All Men March'

Jan. 13
By Tom Fudge
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The All Men March takes place on Saturday to send a message of male accountability on the Martin Luther King Day weekend.

SDSU Astronomers Discover Planets That Orbit Two Suns

Jan. 13
By Susan Murphy
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Imagine if earth had a double sunrise and sunset every day. A team of San Diego astronomers has discovered new planets systems that have just that.

Obama Seeks Power To Merge Agencies, Streamline Government

Jan. 13
BEN FELLER , Associated Press
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President Barack Obama will ask Congress on Friday for greater power to shrink the federal government, and his first idea is merging six sprawling trade and commerce agencies whose overlapping programs can be baffling to businesses.

5 In Sweetwater Corruption Case To Be Arraigned

Jan. 13
City News Service
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Five people -- including the ex-superintendent of the Sweetwater Union High School District -- are scheduled to be arraigned today in what prosecutors call the largest public corruption case of its kind in San Diego County.

San Diego Red Cross Collecting Donations Two Years After Haiti Quake

Jan. 13
By Nathan John
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San Diegans raised over $200,000 to aid the devastated country of Haiti. Two years later, the donations have slowed as more recent disasters take precedence.

Chicano Park Murals Get Facelift

Jan. 13
By Angela Carone
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Some of the original artists who painted the Chicano Park murals in the 1970s are painting there once again as part of an unprecedented renovation project to preserve the murals.