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Stories for January 26, 2012

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San Diego Crime Drops Despite Smaller Police Force

Jan. 26, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Overall crime rates fell in San Diego last year, despite a smaller police force. The police chief credits a new method of policing.

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San Diego Man Charged For Faking Mayday Calls

Jan. 26, 2012
By Erik Anderson

A San Diego man faces federal charges for allegedly sending false distress signals to the Coast Guard, on four different occasions.

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Groups Sue To Restrict Navy Sonar Training Off U.S. West Coast

Jan. 26, 2012
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

A coalition of conservation and American Indian groups sued the National Marine Fisheries Service Thursday over the use Navy's use of sonar and other training exercises.

Brown: Both Political Parties Face "Climate of Fear"

Jan. 26, 2012
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

Governor Jerry Brown is wrapped up his second multi-day Thursday was full of meetings and speeches intended to win support for his platform of budget cuts, taxes and pension changes.

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New Fences Block Access To U.S.-Mexico Border Monuments

Jan. 26, 2012
By Adrian Florido

Hundreds of miles of new fencing has been built along the U.S.-Mexico Border. But some historic monuments that mark the exact boundary are being left behind the fence, blocking access from the U.S. side.

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RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Granada, Córdoba, And Spain's Costa Del Sol

Jan. 26, 2012
By Jennifer Robinson

Tasting the smooth sherry and marveling at prancing stallions, we find the passion in Andalucían culture. And we top it off with fun in the Spanish sun on the Costa del Sol.

Single-Payer Bill Fails In State Senate

Jan. 26, 2012
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

The State Senate has rejected the latest effort to create a single-payer health care system in California.

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2013 Budget: Cuts To Marines And Army, Build Up Of Special Ops

Jan. 26, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The specifics of the Obama administration’s so-called meaner, leaner military were announced today. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta briefed reporters about his priorities for the fiscal 2013 Pentagon budget, and what kind of cuts are needed to fulfill the president’s future defense strategy he announced earlier this month.

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Obama's Military Tactics: Risky Missions, Elite Units

Jan. 26, 2012
Corey Flintoff, NPR

President Obama has authorized several risky military missions in the past year and can claim major successes: the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan; the airstrike that killed terrorism suspect Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen; and the ongoing drone strikes in Pakistan.

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Weekend Preview: From Biblical Beheadings To Roller Skating In TJ

Jan. 26, 2012
By Beth Accomando, Jeff Murray, Mark Sauer

Our weekend preview includes an Asian celebration of the Lunar New Year, a favorite Tijuana pastime of roller-skating, and a Bible interpretation by Oscar Wilde and Richard Strauss.

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Surfing Madonna Closer To Getting A New Home

Jan. 26, 2012
By Marissa Cabrera

The Encinitas City Council approved placing the Surfing Madonna at the entrance of Moonlight Beach Park. But there is one more hurdle artist Mark Patterson needs to get through before he brings the mosaic out of storage.

Programs Obama Favors To Train High-Tech Workers Severely Cut In Calif.

Jan. 26, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

California Community Colleges' apprenticeship programs are strapped for cash as President Obama calls for more support.

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Hands Will Roll At Cygnet Theatre

Jan. 26, 2012
By Angela Carone, Claire Caraska, Mark Sauer

One man's search for his severed hand drives the dark comedy of "A Behanding in Spokane," which makes its Southern California premiere at Cygnet Theatre.

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Feds Propose New Rules To Manage National Forests

Jan. 26, 2012
Matthew Daly. Associated Press

The guidelines, known as a forest planning rule, will encourage forest restoration and watershed protection while creating opportunities for the timber industry and those who use the forest for recreation.

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Construction Begins On Permanent Homeless Shelter

Jan. 26, 2012
By Mark Sauer, Patty Lane

Officials today will celebrate the start of construction of a permanent downtown homeless shelter.

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Growing Pressures Prompt Plunge In Iranian Currency

Jan. 26, 2012
Mike Shuster, NPR

The value of Iran's currency — which had been sliding steadily for months — took another plunge this week. Faced with new economic sanctions from the U.S. and Europe, the rial now seems to be in free fall.

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Play Begins At Farmers Insurance Open Golf Tournamenet In Torrey Pines

Jan. 26, 2012
City News Service

The $6 million Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament will begin play today on the Torrey Pines North and South Golf Courses, with Tiger Woods about 8,000 miles away in Abu Dhabi.

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Shark Warning In Effect At Imperial Beach

Jan. 26, 2012
City News Service

A shark warning was in effect for Imperial Beach today after a group of surfers spotted a great white just off the coast.

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Ron Paul: Steadily, 'Our Numbers Are Growing'

Jan. 26, 2012
Eyder Peralta, NPR

In a wide-ranging interview with NPR, the GOP presidential candidate talked about everything from civil rights to a graduated tax.

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Proposed Change To Immigration Policy Brings Hope To Families

Jan. 26, 2012
By Jude Joffe-Block

President Obama is in Nevada on Thursday, a state he won with the Latino vote. Enthusiasm for him has waned among this key electorate. But a proposed change to an immigration procedure could raise his popularity among Hispanics.