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Stories for January 17, 2012

San Diego Home Sales Up, But Prices Still Fall

Jan. 17
By Erik Anderson
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Southern California home sales surged in December, when sales were higher than November but remained well below the historical average for December.

CROSSING SOUTH: Valle De Guadalupe

Jan. 17
By Jennifer Robinson
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In this episode, we'll visit the famous wine country of Baja. Valle de Guadalupe is just North of Ensenada and is the Napa Valley of Mexico. Visit the harvest festival, wine taste, get to know the wine owners, and learn about the Russian history behind it all.

The Zoo

Jan. 17
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In "THE ZOO," the celebrated London Zoo finally opens its doors to television cameras, allowing unprecedented, captivating access to one of the world's oldest menageries. The Zoo's team of keepers and specialists guide viewers through the daily responsibilities involved with caring for their 15,000 animals, including routine feedings, teeth cleanings, autopsies and more. It's the animals, though, that are the documentary's real stars. The average day depicted in "THE ZOO" explores a gamut of emotions, from birth to death and from tragedy to joy.

Seals And Birds 'Reek' Havoc At La Jolla Cove

Jan. 17
By Susan Murphy
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La Jolla Cove offers some of the most breathtaking views in San Diego County. But some people say the area smells so bad, you have to hold your breath to take in the views.

NOVA: 3D Spies Of WWII

Jan. 17
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During World War II, Hitler’s scientists developed terrifying new weapons of mass destruction. Alarmed by rumors about advanced rockets and missiles, Allied intelligence recruited a team of brilliant minds from British universities and Hollywood studios to a country house near London. Here, they secretly pored over millions of air photos shot at great risk over German territory by specially converted, high-flying Spitfires. With 3D graphics that recreate exactly what the photo spies saw, NOVA tells the suspenseful, previously untold story of air photo intelligence that played a vital role in defeating Hitler.

Review: 'Shortbus'

Jan. 17
By Beth Accomando
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John Cameron Mitchell gained fame for bringing his drag queen stage hit "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"to the big screen. Now he presents us with a group of New Yorkers trying to figure out the connection, if any, between sex and love in "Shortbus" (screening January 18 at the Birch North Park Theater as part of FilmOut's monthly screening program).

San Diego Climatologist Identifies 14 Measures To Slow Global Warming

Jan. 17
Midday Edition
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It turns out CO2 emissions aren't the only kind of pollution causing climate change. We'll speak with a San Diego climatologist whose research is being used by NASA and the United Nations to determine what can be done now to slow the effects of global warming.

Two Films With San Diego Ties Screen At Sundance

Jan. 17
Midday Edition
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A pair of films with San Diego ties will screen as part of the Sundance Film Festival's Next program. Sundance kicks off this Thursday.

10-Year-Old El Cajon Boy Suspected In Fatal Stabbing Of 12-Year-Old Friend

Jan. 17
Midday Edition

A 10-year-old boy is suspected of fatally stabbing a 12-year-old friend in the chest with a kitchen knife, authorities say.

San Diego Elementry School Closed After Arson Fire

Jan. 17
By Kyla Calvert
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A University Heights primary school was closed today due to an overnight arson fire that caused an estimated $600,000 worth of property damage, authorities reported.

Border Patrol To Toughen Policy

Jan. 17
Elliot Spagat, Associated Press
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The U.S. Border Patrol is moving to halt a revolving-door policy of sending migrants back to Mexico without any punishment.

San Diego Home Sales See Seasonal Rise

Jan. 17
Associated Press

Home sales in Southern California had their usual seasonal jump last month but the sales price bottomed out as investors concentrated on cheap homes.

Few Protections Against Secondhand Smoke In California Apartments

Jan. 17
By Kenny Goldberg
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Only three counties and 20 cities in California have laws that ban or limit smoking in multifamily housing.