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Stories for November 19, 2012

Mexico Takes Step to Allow Planting of GM Corn

Nov. 19
By Jill Replogle
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The debate over genetically-modified crops is heating up again in Mexico.

Dragon Boat Races Benefit Cancer Survivors

Nov. 19
By Peggy Pico
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Dragon boat racing is one of the most popular team sports in the world, second only to soccer. And I'm a new fan.

Super Brain With Dr. Rudy Tanzi

Nov. 19
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Dr. Rudy Tanzi explores new discoveries in neuroscience that maximize the potential of the human brain in practical and actionable ways. Dr. Tanzi crosses the next horizon in brain functioning where every person can reach a higher level of fulfillment and achievement by harnessing the brain’s hidden potential for change, creativity and intelligence. In this program, he demonstrates techniques for keeping the brain youthful and retaining mental acuity as we age, and dispels long-held myths, including “aging in the brain is irreversible” and “the brain’s hard wiring cannot be changed.”

Son Of Founder Of 'Hollywood Reporter' Apologizes For Hollywood Blacklist

Nov. 19
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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The son of the founder of The Hollywood Reporter is apologizing for the trade paper's role in what he calls "Hollywood's holocaust," the blacklist that destroyed the careers of those accused of communist sympathies.

California Sells Out Of First Pollution Permits

Nov. 19
JASON DEAREN, Associated Press
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California sold out of the first pollution permits issued as part of a landmark offensive against greenhouse gases at an inaugural auction that regulators said Monday went smoothly.

Three San Diego Hostess Stores Closed Doors Today

Nov. 19
City News Service
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Three Hostess outlets in San Diego County closed their doors today, but the company that makes Wonder Bread and Twinkies snacks agreed to a mediation session that could make the closings temporary.

Holiday Shopping Season Offers Sales Boost

Nov. 19
By Erik Anderson
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More than 147 million people are expected to be out looking for bargains as the holiday shopping season officially gets underway on Friday.

In Seattle, 'Rainiest Day Of The Year' Defends Its Title

Nov. 19
Bill Chappell / NPR
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It's Rain Day in Seattle -- or at least that's what the city should consider calling November 19. As KOMO-TV reports, Nov. 19 "is statistically the most likely day to have rain in Seattle," with wet weather hitting the city on 89 out of the past 120 years, including today's deluge.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Mumford And Sons/Flogging Molly

Nov. 19
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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music. In this episode, contemporary folk rock takes the stage with Mumford & Sons and Flogging Molly. Mumford & Sons perform cuts from their hit album "Sigh No More," as well as new tunes. Flogging Molly hits highlights from their career.

Healing 44th Street: 'His Spirit Is Right Here On The Block'

Nov. 19
By Megan Burks
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Family and friends find a final resting place for Rickquese McCoy, an 18-year-old who was gunned down in a random shooting in City Heights.

Fiscal Cliff Siren: Meet The Man Behind The Curtain

Nov. 19
NPR
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Debate over the long-term debt and the annual deficit has dominated the post-election agenda. Both the White House and Congress want to avert massive budget cuts and tax hikes early next year, a situation popularly called the "fiscal cliff."

Documents Show FBI Kept Tabs On Stalin's Daughter After Defection

Nov. 19
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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You may remember that Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's only daughter, who had defected to the U.S. in 1967, died last year. Today, The Associated Press reports that the FBI kept close tabs on Lana Peters after her defection to determine how her presence in the U.S. was affecting international relations.

Gas Prices In San Diego Fall Again

Nov. 19
City News Service
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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County decreased today for the 42nd consecutive day, falling a half-cent to $3.802, its lowest amount since July 24.

Craft In America: Threads

Nov. 19
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The Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning CRAFT IN AMERICA, now in its fourth season, promotes and advances original handcrafted work and inspires people of all ages to pursue their own creativity. In "Threads," explore woven textiles and story quilts by artists Faith Ringgold of Harlem, Randall Darwall of Cape Cod, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood in California and Terese Agnew in Wisconsin.

Oprah Surprises Military Spouses With 'Oprah's Favorite Things' (Video)

Nov. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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Oprah Winfrey surprised an audience filled with military spouses by gifting them with a variety of "Oprah's Favorite Things," including a trip to Fiji.

Deferred Action Opens Door To College In Arizona

Nov. 19
By Jude Joffe-Block
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In Arizona, a new twist in a long-standing debate over undocumented college students and in-state tuition rates.

Winter Homeless Shelter Gets $250,000 Donation

Nov. 19
James R. Riffel, CITY NEWS SERVICE
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United Healthcare donated $250,000 to the San Diego Housing Commission today to help fund the winter homeless shelter in Barrio Logan.

West Point Student From California Named Rhodes Scholar

Nov. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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U.S. Military Academy at West Point cadet Evan Szablowski, a native of Bakersfield, has been named a Rhodes Scholar for 2013.

Rubio Dodges Question On Earth's Age

Nov. 19
Frank James / NPR
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According to scientists, the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old. Most of the people who vote in presidential primaries aren't scientists, however.

Maybe Twinkies Do Last Forever: Union, Hostess Headed To Mediation

Nov. 19
NPR
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"Twinkies Saved! Hostess, Bakers Union Agree to Mediation, Avoiding Shutdown."

Pets Displaced By Sandy Take Refuge In Rancho Santa Fe

Nov. 19
City News Service
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About 60 shelter dogs and cats that were displaced by Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast were being cared for at a Rancho Santa Fe animal center today.

Craft In America: Crossroads

Nov. 19
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The Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning CRAFT IN AMERICA, now in its fourth season, promotes and advances original handcrafted work and inspires people of all ages to pursue their own creativity. "Crossroads" follows the evolution of American craft in its drive toward exploration, experimentation and innovation; a move toward new forms and creative solutions. Through the work of Tanya Aguiñiga, Lia Cook, and three Minnesota clay artists we explore their trailblazing attempts to cross-­‐pollinate culture, aesthetics and technologies, moving forward the development of American craft.

Does Tony Young's Departure From City Council Signal Time To Rethink Salaries?

Nov. 19
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Some say that to keep qualified people in the public sector, politicians should be paid more.

Scripps Plumbs Ocean Mysteries In 6-Year Voyage Of Discovery

Nov. 19
Midday Edition
By Tom Fudge
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Just days ago the research vessel the "Roger Revelle" returned to its homeport of San Diego after six years of hosting scientific research spanning the globe. Science teams studied everything from meteorology to geology to climate change.

The U.S. Is Borrowing Less From China, More From Everybody Else

Nov. 19
Jacob Goldstein / NPR
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In popular U.S. mythology, China is the creditor-bogeyman. Japan is the place where robots take care of old people.

Congressman Bilbray Concedes, Talks About Next Steps

Nov. 19
Midday Edition
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Congressman Brian Bilbray conceded the election for the 52nd congressional district on Friday. We'll talk to the longtime congressman about his next steps, whether he'll run for office again and find out what he wants to be remembered for as a legislator.

Joint Chiefs Of Staff Chair Speaks Out On Generals Scandal

Nov. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is speaking out for the first time since news of the Gen. David Petraeus scandal broke earlier this month.

The Chocolate Exhibit Returns

Nov. 19
Midday Edition
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Turkey may be on most people's minds this week but TheNAT is serving up something sweeter with a return of its Chocolate Exhibition (running through March 10, 2013).

Republicans Form Super PAC On Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Nov. 19
By John Rosman
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A new Republican super political action committee has been formed on immigration reform.

Border Patrol Locks In Multi-Million Dollar Drone Contract

Nov. 19
By John Rosman
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A new contract may offer a glimpse into the U.S. Customs and Border Protections hope for the future of drones on the border.

Families 'Adopt' A Marine For Thanksgiving

Nov. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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Families throughout San Diego are saying "thanks" to the folks in our Armed Forces by inviting a pair of Marines to their home for Thanksgiving.

Freeway Use Increases 11 Percent In San Diego County

Nov. 19
By Tom Fudge
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A dramatic boost in highway car counts means an improving economy and an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

Codebreakers: Bletchley Park's Lost Heroes

Nov. 19
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This program tells the extraordinary, but previously hidden, story of a British engineer, Tommy Flowers, and a talented British mathematician, Bill Tutte. Tutte's codebreaking skill, and the engineering genius of Flowers, gave rise to Colossus, the world's first programmable computer. Tutte is revealed as having been responsible for what experts have described as the single most important intellectual feat of World War II - without this work, D-Day would never have happened. Tutte broke a code ten times tougher than Enigma and, with a handful of brilliant men, allowed Churchill to 'hack in' to Hitler's own hotline, win the War and usher in the age of computers.

Three Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

Nov. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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Three U.S. Army soldiers were killed in Afghanistan within the past week. Staff Sgt. Rayvon Battle Jr., 25, died on November 13, while Sgt. Channing B. Hicks, 24, and Spc. Joseph A. Richardson, 23, were killed on November 16.

Will San Francisco Tell Its Nudists To Cover Up?

Nov. 19
Mark Memmott / NPR
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San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener (yes, that's his name) says last year's law ordering those who bare everything in public to put a towel between their bottoms and public benches or restaurant seats hasn't stopped the complaints he gets about men who prefer to go without (clothes, that is) in the city's Castro District.

Marine Corps Forms New Fighter Jet Squadron

Nov. 19
Associated Press
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The Marine Corps is forming the first squadron of pilots to fly the next-generation strike fighter jet, months after lawmakers raised concern that there was a rush to end the testing of an aircraft hit with technical problems.

MTS Rolls Out New Compass Card System

Nov. 19
City News Service
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Starting today, the cost of a day pass for Metropolitan Transit System buses will be upped $2 unless the passenger has a Compass Card.

Veterans Parade Float Hit By Train Ignored Warnings

Nov. 19
Associated Press
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NTSB investigators say a parade float filled with wounded veterans that was struck by a freight train had crossed onto the railroad tracks after warning signals were going off.

Water From Mexico To Fill Lake Mead

Nov. 19
By Veronica Zaragovia
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U.S. states agree to trade financial backing for water conservation projects south of the border in return for Mexico's delivery of water into drought-plagued Lake Mead.

US, Mexico To Sign Landmark Colorado River Agreement

Nov. 19
By Laurel Morales
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About 30 million people in seven western States and two Mexican states depend on Colorado River water. After years of negotiations the U.S. and Mexico plan to sign a landmark water use agreement Nov. 20.

Both Sides Itching For A Confirmation Fight Over Susan Rice

Nov. 19
Ken Rudin / NPR
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The election was over. As President Obama faced the press in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, the anger and bitterness of his long battle with Mitt Romney seemed to have faded. Unlike President George W. Bush after his 2004 re-election -- and his comments about having political capital and intending to spend it -- Obama seemed a bit more humble victor, talking more about compromise and saying he was willing to hear other points of view to solve the nation's problems.

In Fiscal Cliff Talks, Higher Taxes Vs. Closing Loopholes

Nov. 19
John Ydstie / NPR
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The White House and Congress continue to work on a deal that avoids the fiscal cliff and cuts deficits in the long run. One of the biggest hurdles is President Obama's proposal to raise tax rates for the wealthy.