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Stories for November 2, 2012

Obama And Romney Enter Crunchtime

Nov. 2
Frank James / NPR
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With the arrival of the last weekend before Election Day, it's crunchtime for President Obama and Mitt Romney.

Congressman Bilbray's Son Endorses Imperial Beach Medical Marijuana Ordinance

Nov. 2
By Claire Trageser
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Brian Pat Bilbray, an Imperial Beach City Councilman and Congressman Brian Bilbray's son, officially endorsed Proposition S, an Imperial Beach voter initiative to allow medical marijuana dispensaries.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Solar Mamas

Nov. 2
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India’s Barefoot College, founded by Bunker Roy, provides impoverished rural women with an education that empowers them to make their communities self-reliant and sustainable. Rafea, a 30-year-old Jordanian mother of four, is traveling outside of her village for the first time to attend Barefoot’s solar engineering program. Once there, she will join women from Guatemala, Kenya, Burkina Faso and Colombia in learning concrete skills to change their communities.

USD Cancels Visit Over Academic's Same-Sex Marriage Support

Nov. 2
By Kyla Calvert
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The University of San Diego has withdrawn its speaking invitation to an English Catholic theologian. The professor signed a letter supporting civil marriage rights for same-sex couples in the United Kingdom.

Possible Meth Vaccine Developed At Scripps In San Diego

Nov. 2
City News Service
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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute say they have conducted successful tests on a possible vaccine for methamphetamine, which could lead to a treatment for meth addiction.

Texas DPS Helicopter Shooting Under Investigation

Nov. 2
By David Martin Davies

Residents and elected officials in South Texas continue to protest a fatal shooting of two undocumented immigrants from a Department of Public Safety helicopter.

Turnout Could Be Key in California's Tight Ballot Races

Nov. 2
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

With Election Day just days away, get-out-the-vote efforts in California will kick into high gear this weekend.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Junk In The Trunk 2

Nov. 2
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"Junk in the Trunk 2" features never-before-seen appraisals from ROADSHOW's Season 16 tour. Travel with ROADSHOW through El Paso, Atlanta, Minneapolis and more to enjoy new appraisals such as a Missouri Regiment Colt Pistol worth more than $22,000, sapphire and diamonds from Tiffany, and Dr. Seuss' signature.

Overall Calif. Voter Registration Rate Steady; GOP at Lowest Ever

Nov. 2
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

The Secretary of State's final registration report before Tuesday's election shows a record 18,245,000 Californians are now registered to vote.

Home Health Care Proves Resilient In Face Of Sandy Destruction

Nov. 2
Richard Knox / NPR

One lasting image of Superstorm Sandy will be very sick patients being evacuated from flooded hospitals. But less visible are thousands of patients who rely on visiting nurses and home health aides for care ranging from bathing and feeding to oxygen and ventilators.

Is Romney Son Gunning To Steal Ohio Vote By Rigging Voting Machines?

Nov. 2
Tamara Keith / NPR

Have you heard the story that's swept the liberal blogosphere in recent days about how Mitt Romney's son, Tagg, is going to steal the election for his dad?

13th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival

Nov. 2
By Beth Accomando
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The San Diego Asian Film Festival kicked off last night at the Birch North Park Theater. Tonight it moves to the UltraStar Mission Valley for 8 days of film.

Electoral Dysfunction

Nov. 2
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After discovering that the Constitution does not guarantee the right to vote, political humorist Mo Rocca sets out on an irreverent road trip to see how voting works in America. Rocca — a correspondent for CBS SUNDAY MORNING and a panelist on NPR’s WAIT, WAIT ... DON'T TELL ME! — heads to Indiana, home to some of the strictest election laws in the country, and meets one Republican and one Democrat who take him inside their efforts to get out every vote.

After The Storm, Staten Islanders Share The Misery

Nov. 2
Jim Zarroli / NPR

Much of the worst damage from Superstorm Sandy happened in New York's less touristy outer boroughs.

MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2: The Last Waltz

Nov. 2
By Jennifer Robinson
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In the fifth episode, as 165 Eaton Place prepares for the annual servants’ ball, Mr. Pritchard enjoys a romance with fellow servant Miss Whisset and starts to wonder if there’s more to life than service. With war looming, Harry has a proposition for Beryl; however, a shocking revelation threatens to thwart their plans. Meanwhile, as Lady Persie and Sir Hallam continue their affair, Sir Hallam is about to discover just how destructive his actions have been.

Vote By Mail Ballots Could Delay Election Night Results

Nov. 2
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

Election Day could be a long one in California because so many statewide contests appear to be very close. Elections officials say with so many vote-by-mail ballots it could turn into “Election Month”.

Michael A.V. Cruz Has Passion for Mentoring

Hispanic Heritage Month: 2012 Honoree

Nov. 2
By Monica Medina
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Michael A. V. Cruz is not used to being thanked for the work he does. Being the humble man he is, he’s never asked for it nor expected it. Besides, he's not in it for the glory.

Storm Leaves Many Facing Tricky Insurance Process

Nov. 2
Steve Henn / NPR
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Mario Veas spent Monday night hunkered down with his family. But he has been running ever since.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Nov. 2
By Monica Medina
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Many years ago, in the early days of public television, there was a man known to kids simply as Mister Rogers. For over 30 years, Mister Rogers would start his show by entering a living room, wearing a suit jacket. He’d walk to the closet and switch it out for a cardigan sweater, all the while singing, “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”

What If There's No Winner? Presidential Campaigns And Their Lawyers Prepare

Nov. 2
Pam Fessler / NPR
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The presidential race is expected to be extremely close, and that has a lot of people nervous about what it will mean for election night.

Cruel And Unusual

Nov. 2
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"Cruel And Unusual" investigates the repercussions of California’s Three Strikes Law and its impact on the criminal justice system and society. The film comprehensively explains the origins, evolution and meaning of the law, presenting all sides of the argument. Prominent prosecutors, defense attorneys, criminologists and civil rights advocates weigh in on the political, economic and social consequences of the law.

Judge Sets $1 Million Bail In Tuite Case

Nov. 2
City News Service
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A judge today set bail at $1 million for a man whose conviction in the killing of 12-year-old Escondido girl was reversed by a federal appeals court.

Sandy, Election Could Skew Future Jobs Reports

Nov. 2
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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Each month, the Labor Department issues an employment report. On Friday, that report showed job creation rose in October -- and it revealed something more.

Roundtable: SD Mayor, 52nd Congressional, District 3 Supervisor Races Getting Personal; Sweetwater Getting Weird

Nov. 2
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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As election season winds down, ads get emotional; Dave Roberts and Steve Dannon duke it out for supervisor sear. And a candidate for the Sweetwater school board has been indicted for various felonies.

New Mexico's Politics Rooted In History

Nov. 2
Sarah Gustavus
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To understand New Mexico's current political climate, you have to look into its past.

As Tempers Flare At Stations, Moves Are Made To Get Gas To N.Y, N.J.

Nov. 2
Mark Memmott / NPR

Across the region around New York City and northern New Jersey today, "motorists increasingly desperate for a fill-up fumed in long lines at gas stations and screamed at each other" as post-Sandy shortages continued, The Associated Press reports.

Final Pre-Election Jobs Report Can Be Spun By Both Obama And Romney

Nov. 2
Frank James / NPR

(Revised @ 12 p.m. ET)

Using Google To Track Mexican Drug Cartels

Nov. 2
By John Rosman
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Two Harvard graduate students have written an algorithm that tracks the growth of Mexican drug Cartels through Google.

Attention, Shoppers: Health Care Prices Go Online In Colorado

Nov. 2
Eric Whitney, Colorado Public Radio
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If you need an MRI of your knee in Colorado, the price varies -- a lot.

It's All Politics, Nov. 1, 2012

Nov. 2
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Superstorm Sandy, the October Surprise no one anticipated, throws a monkey wrench into the final days of the campaign. NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving spend the final pre-election podcast scouting the key presidential battleground states as well as a forecast for control of the House and Senate in advance of Tuesday's voting.

Coast Guard Halts Search For Missing HMS Bounty Captain

Nov. 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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The search for the missing captain of the HMS Bounty, which sunk during hurricane Sandy, has been called off. The U.S. Coast Guard has now ordered a formal investigation into the sinking of the ship.

Coast Guard Probing Tall Ship's Sinking; Captain Had Spoken About Hurricanes

Nov. 2
Mark Memmott / NPR
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There's word from The Associated Press that the Coast Guard "has ordered a formal investigation into the sinking of a famous tall ship off the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy."

Marine's Death In Afghanistan Under Investigation

Nov. 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine Cpl. Alex F. Domion, 21, died in Afghanistan on October 31 in what the Department of Defense is calling a "non-combat related incident."

US Airman Allegedly Assaults Japanese Boy

Nov. 2
Associated Press
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A U.S. airman is suspected of assaulting a young boy Friday on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, authorities said. The incident comes just two weeks after a curfew was imposed on all 52,000 U.S. troops in Japan over the arrest of two Navy sailors for allegedly raping a local woman.

Judge Expected To Rule On Bail for Tuite, Accused In Crowe Murder

Nov. 2
City News Service
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A judge is expected to be asked today to set bail for a man whose conviction in the killing of 12-year-old Escondido girl was reversed by a federal appears court.

Costs At Ailing San Onofre Nuclear Plant Top $300 Million

Nov. 2
MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press
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Costs tied to the long-running shutdown at the San Onofre nuclear power plant in California have hit $317 million, and it's not clear if the ailing plant will return to full power, according to documents released Thursday.

US Officials: No Delays In Rescue Effort In Libya

Nov. 2
Associated Press
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CIA security officers went to the aid of State Department staff less than 25 minutes after they got the first call for help during the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, U.S. intelligence officials said Thursday, as they laid out a detailed timeline of the CIA's immediate response to the attack from its annex less than a mile from the diplomatic mission.

Seniors In Arizona Worry About Future Of 'Social Safety Net'

Nov. 2
By Nick Blumberg
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Senior citizens in Arizona are concerned about Medicare and Social Security -- now, and in the future.

Review: 'Wreck It Ralph'

Nov. 2
By Nathan John
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"Wreck-It Ralph" filmmakers have done the impossible... along with the fun and predictable. The arcade game-based movie opens everywhere November 2nd.

Oceanside Votes On A Mayor and Two City Councilmembers

Nov. 2
By Alison St John
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The race for the mayor of Oceanside is not as high profile as the San Diego Mayor’s race, but it also presents voters with a stark choice. However the power of the mayor will depend on who wins the two city council seats on the ballot.

Who Should Own The Grand Canyon?

Nov. 2
By Laurel Morales
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Arizona’s Proposition 120 is the latest skirmish in a decades-old, federal-state tug-of-war. The State Sovereignty Act, as it’s called, would amend the Arizona Constitution to grant the state control over millions of acres of public land -- including the Grand Canyon.

Change Clocks And Smoke-Alarm Batteries

Nov. 2
Ally Rasmusen

Firefighters say the fall time changes is the time to put fresh batteries in home smoke alarms.

Chicken Farmers Still Baffled By Proposition 2

Nov. 2
By Tom Fudge
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An animal welfare proposition passed in 2008 is two years from taking effect. But California chicken farmers still don't know how to follow it.

Homeowners Willing To Pay Higher Taxes Can Buy Nicer Schools

Nov. 2
By Kevin Crowe
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Some San Diego homeowners are willing to pay hundreds of dollars extra in property taxes every month for newer and better-equipped public schools.

Ala. Racist Language Measure Draws Unexpected Foes

Nov. 2
Debbie Elliott / NPR
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State-mandated segregation is a thing of the past in Alabama, but the state's antiquated 1901 constitution paints a different picture. On Tuesday, Alabama voters will decide whether to strip language from the state's governing document that calls for poll taxes and separate schools for "white and colored".

After Sandy, It's Pizza And Homemade Meatballs For The Lucky In New Jersey

Nov. 2
Allison Aubrey / NPR
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The produce aisle may not yet be restocked at the Stop & Shop in Toms River, N.J., and other perishables may still be hard to come by. But rest assured, the local pizza joint is hopping.

Fixing NYC's Underground Power Grid Is No Easy Task

Nov. 2
Christopher Joyce / NPR

The fury of the great storm Sandy shocked a lot of people, like John Miksad, vice president of the New York electric utility Consolidated Edison. "We hit 14-foot tides -- that was the biggest surprise," he told a press conference this week. "The water just kept rising and rising and rising."