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Stories for November 5, 2012

Texas Threatens International Election Observers

Nov. 5
By David Martin Davies
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International election observers are being told to stay away from polling sites in Texas and Arizona. Texas election officials are threatening the observers with arrest if they show up at the polls.

How Sandy's Path Could Chart A Course For Romney's Victory

Nov. 5
Ron Elving / NPR
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Over the pre-election weekend, we began hearing people, mostly Republicans, say that if Mitt Romney does not win the presidency this week it will be because of Superstorm Sandy.

How Sandy's Path Could Chart A Course For Romney's Victory

Nov. 5
Ron Elving / NPR
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Over the pre-election weekend, we began hearing people, mostly Republicans, say that if Mitt Romney does not win the presidency this week it will be because of superstorm Sandy.

Arizona Nonprofit Reveals Its Donors To Be Other Nonprofits

Nov. 5
By Jude Joffe-Block
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The obscure Phoenix-based nonprofit that spent millions on California and Arizona ballot initiative campaigns is backed by other nonprofits involved in heavy political spending.

Filner, DeMaio Make Final Pitch To Be San Diego's Mayor

Nov. 5
By Katie Orr
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The candidates for San Diego mayor made a final pitch to voters today.

Last Of The Early Voters In Ohio Make A Scene

Nov. 5
Karen Kasler (Ohio Public Radio) / NPR
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For thousands of voters in Ohio, Election Day is going to be a day of rest -- because they worked hard to vote on Sunday.

Hard-Hit Long Island Awaits Power As Temps Drop

Nov. 5
Steve Henn / NPR
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A week after Hurricane Sandy hit the region, roughly a million people are still without power in the New York area, and more than one-third of those live on Long Island.

Crossroads GPS Redefines 'Social Welfare' Political Action

Nov. 5
S.V. DÁTE / NPR
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With all the really big numbers flying around this campaign season, here's one more: $165,062,250.

NOVA scienceNOW: What Are Animals Thinking?

Nov. 5
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Have you ever wondered what’s going on inside an animal’s head? How do they see the world — and us? Is your dog really feeling guilty when it gives you that famous “guilty look?” Do pigeon brains possess “superpowers” that allow them to find their way home across hundreds of unfamiliar miles? David meets — and competes — with a menagerie of smart critters that challenge preconceived notions about what makes “us” different from “them,” expanding our understanding of how animals really think.

Legal Battle Surrounds Florida Early Voting Dispute

Nov. 5
Greg Allen / NPR
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Early voting ended in Florida on Saturday. But on Sunday, some county elections officials opened their offices to allow people to vote using absentee ballots.

EPA Cites Hyundai, Kia For Inflating Gas Mileage On 900,000 Cars

Nov. 5
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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If you bought a Hyundai or Kia over the past three years, you could soon be getting some money back from the two automakers.

Beer Week Continues Through Sunday

Nov. 5
By Beth Accomando
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While the negative campaigning is heating up on the eve of the election you'll find nothing but friendly competition among the dozens of small breweries seeking approval from San Diego voters. San Diego Beer Week kicked off over the weekend and continues through November 11.

Three Soldiers From Same Unit Killed In Afghanistan

Nov. 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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Three soldiers from the same unit were killed on November 3rd in Afghanistan when their Humvee hit an improvised explosive device.

NOVA: Mystery Of Easter Island

Nov. 5
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A remote, bleak speck of rock in the middle of the Pacific, Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, has mystified the world ever since the first Europeans arrived in 1722. How and why did the ancient islanders build and move nearly 900 giant statues, or moai, weighing up to 86 tons? And how did they transform a presumed paradise into a treeless wasteland, bringing ruin upon their island and themselves? NOVA explores controversial recent claims that challenge decades of previous thinking about the islanders, who have been accused of everything from ecocide to cannibalism.

Cookies, Wax And The Vote: Kids Choose The Next President

Nov. 5
Karen Castillo Farfán / NPR
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Election Day is Tuesday, and it's easy to forget about those who don't have a vote -- children. But it can be a fun experience if parents take the time to include the kids, and maybe bribe them with a little sugar.

Shh! 400-Foot-Long Trailer Carrying Radioactive Material Is On Secret Mission

Nov. 5
Mark Memmott / NPR
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How do you hide a 400-foot-long, 192-wheel trailer as it's slowly being hauled on a three-week-long secret mission over highways in Southern California, Nevada and Utah?

San Diego Mayor Decides Millions In Contracts Without Promised Oversight

Nov. 5
By Brad Racino
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Whether the city's next mayor is Councilman Carl DeMaio or Congressman Bob Filner, he will wield extraordinary power to shape the future infrastructure deals of San Diego — a city with approximately $3.5 billion slated for capital projects over the next five years.

Final Mayoral Poll Shows Filner Leading DeMaio By 4 Points

Nov. 5
CHANNEL 10 NEWS
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The final SurveyUSA/10News poll conducted before the election Tuesday shows Bob Filner with an advantage over Carl DeMaio in the race for San Diego mayor.

Steam Generator Removed From San Onofre, Disposed In Utah

Nov. 5
City News Service
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A roughly 700,000-pound steam generator removed from a boiler at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was en route to a disposal site in Utah today on a specially configured truck trailer.

What Else Could $6 Billion Buy?

Nov. 5
Emma Roller / NPR
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The cost of the 2012 election will top a record $6 billion, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. If you find it difficult to visualize that figure, here are a few other ways to think about what $6 billion could buy:

Lords Of The Gourd: The Pursuit Of Excellence

Nov. 5
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The extreme gardeners who compete at the annual Cooperstown PumpkinFest weigh off have one obsessive goal — to raise the biggest giant pumpkin in the world. These gurus of the gourd nurture their fruits through harsh weather, floods, animal attacks and even sabotage to produce glorious pumpkins of gigantic proportion. This program follows Joe Pukos and his fellow competitors through the final harrowing days of harvest and the journey across New York State with the bulging behemoths strapped into the beds of their pick-ups. P

What To Expect On San Diego's Election Day

Nov. 5
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It's the countdown to the big Election Day. Here's what to expect at the voting booth, and what polls can predict about election outcomes.

USD Blacklisting Speaker Over Gay Marriage Support Creates Fallout

Nov. 5
Midday Edition
By Kyla Calvert
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The University of San Diego revoked a British theology professor’s speaking invitation last week because the professor signed a letter supporting civil marriage rights for same-sex couples in the United Kingdom.

Superstorm Sandy: Latest Figures & How To Help Those In Need

Nov. 5
Mark Memmott / NPR
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NPR librarians continue to help us keep track of the recovery from Superstorm Sandy and the deadly toll from the storm that blasted New Jersey, New York City and other parts of the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and New England one week ago.

PBS NewsHour Election Night 2012: A Special Report

Nov. 5
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NEWSHOUR senior correspondents Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff co-anchor live coverage of election results. Joining them will be syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks. Jeffrey Brown will address down-ticket races and national trends with NEWSHOUR political editor Christina Bellantoni and Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report. NEWSHOUR correspondent Hari Sreenivasan will showcase the multi-layered NewsHour Digital Map Center while examining battleground states.

Republican Threatening To Unseat Giffords' Replacement In Arizona

Nov. 5
By Michel Marizco
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In the race for Gabby Giffords' former seat, the Democrat has long been considered the likely victor. But now the Republican contender has closed the gap, leaving the seat up for grabs.

Violent Crimes Drop In Major Border Cities

Nov. 5
By John Rosman
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Violent crime is dropping in the largest U.S. border cities.

Eliminate Government? Not Mine, Thanks

Nov. 5
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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If you asked most people whether there's too much government in their lives, they'd probably say yes. But when given the chance to eliminate a layer of government, voters often refuse.

On Election Eve, Obama And Romney Try Blazing A Path To 270

Nov. 5
Frank James / NPR
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On the final day of the 2012 campaign for the White House, President Obama and Mitt Romney made the last push for votes in states each believed critical to achieving the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory.

San Diego Eagle Scout Returns Honors

Nov. 5
By Erik Anderson
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A retired San Diego architect hopes returning his Eagle Scout badge will add to the building crescendo of opposition to a long running Boy Scout policy. This past summer, the Scouts reaffirmed their opposition to accepting openly gay members.

Gridlock: Will The Election Break The 'Lousy Status Quo'?

Nov. 5
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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In the end, the election may not settle anything.

Boy Killed By Dogs At Pittsburgh Zoo: Onlookers' Screams 'Just Kept Coming'

Nov. 5
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Witnesses describe a horribly heartbreaking scene Sunday at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium after a 2-year-old boy fell into an exhibit housing wild African dogs.

Navy SEAL Killed In Afghanistan

Nov. 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor, 22, was killed in Afghanistan on November 1st. Kantor, a Navy SEAL, died from a gunshot wound.

Command Of San Diego-Based Ship Removed After 'Boozy' Port Visit

Nov. 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy has removed Cmdr. Joseph E. Darlak from his post as skipper of the San Diego-based USS Vandegrift, after a so-called boozy port visit to Vladivostok, Russia.

Obama, Romney Pursue Last Votes In Deadlocked Race

Nov. 5
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One day left in their stubbornly deadlocked race, President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney are storming through a final exhaustive campaign push Monday that won't end until the wee hours of Election Day in pursuit of every possible vote.

San Diego Gas Price Drops Below $4

Nov. 5
City News Service
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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County fell under $4 for the first time since Aug. 10.

Bilbray Supports Cancer Research Over Health Access

Nov. 5
By Alison St John
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An emotionally wrenching ad featuring Congressman Brian Bilbray's daughter, Briana, highlights inconsistencies in the candidate’s claims.

Film Festival Season

Nov. 5
Midday Edition
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Fall is a busy season for film festivals and right now we are in the midst of two thriving festivals, the San Diego Asian Film Festival now in its 13th year, and the San Diego Italian Film Festival, now in its 6th year.

New Mexico Governor Wades Into Legislative Races

Nov. 5
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe
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This is a high-stakes election for first-term New Mexico Republican Governor Susana Martinez-- and she’s not even running.

Youth Question Mayoral Candidates On Bullying, Other Teen Issues

Nov. 5
By Megan Burks
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San Diego mayoral candidates Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner stopped taking jabs at each other just long enough to answer some questions from teens on bullying.

Activists Fight For A Popular Vote For President

Nov. 5
By Tom Fudge
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The group National Popular Vote wants presidents to be elected by every voter, not just those who live in swing states.

76th Assembly District Tests Effectiveness Of Top Two Primary

Nov. 5
By Alison St John
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This November election will demonstrate whether the goal of the new "Top Two" primary system is met: sending less partisan candidates to Sacramento.

Campaigns Spending Big In Last Days Of Election

Nov. 5
By Ryann Grochowski
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Final campaign filings show candidates and super PACs focusing efforts on advertising.

SoCal Edison Hauling Used San Onofre Generator To Utah

Nov. 5
Associated Press
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Crews have begun moving a used generator from Southern California's San Onofre nuclear power plant to a disposal site in Utah.

Recovery To Take 'Quite A Long Time' In Storm-Ravaged Breezy Point

Nov. 5
Dina Temple-Raston / NPR
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Anyone who traveled to Breezy Point, Queens, in New York City in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, even as recently as a few of days ago, would have needed an SUV -- its main thoroughfare was under 3 feet of water. Today, you can see pavement. It sounds like a small victory, but this beachfront, blue-collar town is willing to accept progress in increments.

Any Way You Describe It, 2012 Campaign Spending Is Historic

Nov. 5
Peter Overby / NPR
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As relentlessly as the candidates have courted voters, they've also shown their love to donors.