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Stories for November 7, 2012

'Last Distraction' Removed As California Moves Ahead On Health Reform

Nov. 7
Emily Bazar and Lauren M. Whaley, Center for Health Reporting
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California lawmakers say the uncertainty is over and nothing can stop them from bringing health coverage to millions of uninsured Californians under President Obama’s signature health care law.

Chargers' Towel Use Not Against Rules; Team Still Fined $20,000

Nov. 7
City News Service
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The Chargers didn't break any rules by having towels containing an adhesive substance on the sidelines during last month's nationally televised loss to Denver, but the team will be fined $20,000 for the actions of employees, the National Football League announced today.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: The Civil Wars/Punch Brothers

Nov. 7
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In this episode, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS presents new American acoustic music with the Civil Wars and Punch Brothers. The Civil Wars play tunes from their Grammy-winning album "Barton Hollow." Punch Brothers showcase their latest, "Who’s Feeling Young Now?"

Prop 30 Preserves School Days, Restores Classes In San Diego

Nov. 7
By Kyla Calvert
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Voters' approval of Proposition 30 means more school days, more classes and even refunds for San Diego County students.

NRC To Hear Environmental Protests Over San Onofre Thursday

Nov. 7
City News Service
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission was scheduled Thursday to consider a demand by an environmental group to keep the troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station inoperative until its license is amended.

San Diego State Symposium Has A Lot Of Heart

Nov. 7
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Innovative approaches to treating heart disease is the topic on the table at an SDSU symposium.

Man Behind Anti-Islamic Film Sentenced To Year In Prison

Nov. 7
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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The man behind the anti-Islamic video that is believed to have sparked protests in the Muslim world was sentenced Wednesday to a year in prison for violating the condition of his probation.

Frustrated Long Island Braces For New Power Outages

Nov. 7
Steve Henn / NPR
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Normally, the nor'easter bearing down on the Northeast on Wednesday wouldn't be a tremendous cause for concern. But the storm, delivering snow, sleet and wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour, is expected to hit parts of Long Island and New Jersey still reeling from Hurricane Sandy.

Broadway: The American Musical: Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin' (1943-1960)

Nov. 7
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The new partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II changes the face of Broadway forever, beginning with the record-breaking "Oklahoma!" in 1943, featuring a landmark ballet by Agnes De Mille. "Carousel" and "South Pacific" then set the standard for decades to come by pioneering a musical in which story is all-important. In "On the Town," an exuberant team of novices — Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jerome Robbins — captures the energy, humor and pathos of New York City during World War II.

California Anti-Muslim Filmmaker Gets 1 Year In Prison

Nov. 7
Associated Press
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A California man who was behind an anti-Muslim film that led to violence in the Middle East has been sentenced to one year in prison for violating probation stemming from a 2010 bank fraud conviction.

Key Races In Western States Bolstered By Historic Latino Turnout

Nov. 7
By Peter O'Dowd
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Latino Decisions called Latino voters in battleground states like Colorado and Nevada part of the "Western firewall" that helped protect the president’s lead.

Former Marine Watches Baby's Birth Via Skype And iPhone (Video)

Nov. 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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Former Marine James Robbins was in Kuwait for his job with the Department of Defense when his wife went into labor back in the states. A delivery room nurse helped record the baby's birth with an iPhone, and dad was able to watch the miracle happen from his computer thousands of miles away.

Senate Democrats Add To Majority: Caucus Now 54 Plus One

Nov. 7
Frank James / NPR
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A very good general election for Democrats got even better on Wednesday when they retained U.S. Senate seats in Montana and North Dakota, both of which had looked ripe for Republicans throughout much of the campaign.

After Romney's Loss, Mormons Lament What Might Have Been

Nov. 7
Howard Berkes / NPR
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Poor Chris Stewart. The former Air Force pilot had just won a landslide victory in his first bid for Congress in Utah, but the crowd of Republicans listening to his acceptance speech at a Salt Lake City hotel kept pointing to the massive television screen behind him.

Controversial Members Of Congress Come And Go

Nov. 7
Alan Greenblatt, Jordan G. Teicher
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Is civility about to stage a comeback in Washington? Some of the most controversial members of Congress have lost their seats.

How Obama Took The Battleground States

Nov. 7
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The much-hyped battle for the battleground states turned into more of a rout on Election Day, as President Obama swept through eight key states and looked on course to capture Florida.

Road Now Easier For Veterans Who Want To Become Truckers

Nov. 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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The road to a new career has fewer bumps for military veterans who want to become truckers when they leave the service. A new law allows states to waive residency requirements when issuing commercial trucking licenses to those who've been in the military.

Broadway: The American Musical: I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' (1930-1942)

Nov. 7
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This episode features interviews with actor and original “Bess” Anne Brown, playwright Jerome Chodorov, actor Carol Channing, film director Stanley Donen, actor and original “Porgy” Todd Duncan, writer Philip Furia, actor Kitty Carlisle Hart, actor June Havoc, actor/producer John Houseman, actor/director Tim Robbins and composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Highlights include rarely seen home movies of the Gershwin brothers from the 1930s, and 1950s TV footage of the incomparable Ethel Waters singing Irving Berlin’s “Suppertime.”

Mexicans Protest New El Chaparral Border Crossing

Nov. 7
Erin Siegal
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Mexicans protest new border crossing El Chaparral and demand re-opening of old port of entry.

John Doe: The Musical

Nov. 7
By Beth Accomando
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"John Doe: The Musical" is a homegrown production that opens tonight at the Lyceum Theater. Lead actor Michael Nieto talks about the challenges of playing someone in the coma-like state of locked in syndrome.

5 Truisms About the 2012 Election ... That Weren't True

Nov. 7
Linton Weeks / NPR
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The balloons have fallen, the bunting's down and President Obama has been re-elected.

5 Truisms About the 2012 Election...That Weren't True

Nov. 7
Linton Weeks / NPR
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The balloons have fallen, the bunting's down and President Obama has been re-elected.

Democrat Takes The Texas 23rd Congressional District

Nov. 7
By David Martin Davies
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The election is over for the massive 23rd Congressional District of Texas. But the legal fight is just beginning.

Filner Is San Diego's New Mayor After DeMaio Concedes

Nov. 7
Midday Edition
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Bob Filner shares his plans as San Diego's next mayor in a KPBS interview. Carl DeMaio concedes in a wistful press conference.

Amazon Donating Kindles To Wounded Warriors For Veterans Day

Nov. 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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Amazon is donating 2,000 Kindles to wounded warriors across the country, with 150 of the reading devices going to injured service members and their families in Oceanside.

Watershed: Exploring A New Water Ethic For A New West

Nov. 7
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'Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting' is a well-worn saying when it comes to water politics, but in the Colorado River Basin, where the most dammed, dibbed, and diverted river in the world struggles to flow, some think fighting may be the only way left to reclaim this valuable resource. Robert Redford’s voice hones the narrative of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River, but "Watershed" is not all doom and gloom. It renders light moments that illuminate how letting go of the ways of old can lead to a convincing new water ethic – where, again, there can be enough for all.

Stocks Fall On 'Fiscal Cliff' Fears

Nov. 7
Mark Memmott / NPR
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On the morning after voters returned President Obama to the White House and kept Democrats in control of the Senate and Republicans in control of the House:

California Rejects Genetically Modified Food Labels; Supporters Vow To Fight On

Nov. 7
Amy Standen / NPR
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What a difference $46 million in TV ad spending can make.

Democrats Expand Senate Grip But Fail To Win House

Nov. 7
Associated Press
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Democrats strengthened their hold on the Senate but failed Tuesday to recapture the majority in the House of Representatives they lost two years ago.

Two US Sailors Indicted On 'Group' Rape Charges In Japan

Nov. 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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Prosecutors in Okinawa have indicted Seaman Christopher Browning and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker on charges of "group rape" in the attack of a Japanese woman last month.

Cooler Temperatures, Rain Headed For San Diego

Nov. 7
City News Service
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Strong gusty west winds will bear sweep the mountains and deserts of San Diego County late tonight as a cold front out of the Gulf of Alaska bears down on the region, forecasters said.

Vargas Coasts To Easy Congressional Win

Nov. 7
By KPBS
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Democrat Juan Vargas won handily over Republican Michael Crimmins in the 51st Congressional District.

US Military Deaths In Afghanistan At 2,021

Nov. 7
Associated Press
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As of Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at least 2,021 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

San Diego Unified Bond Passes

Nov. 7
City News Service
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The San Diego Unified School District can begin making plans for a $2.8 billion bond issue, thanks to voters' approval of Proposition Z.

Attempt To End Death Penalty In California Rejected

Nov. 7
City News Service
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An attempt to replace the death penalty with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole was defeated by California voters.

Change To Business Tax Calculation Approved

Nov. 7
Steven Herbert, City News Service
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Multistate businesses will be required to calculate their California income tax liability based on the percentage of their sales in the state under a measure approved by voters.

Changes To State Budget Process Rejected

Nov. 7
Associated Press
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Voters defeated Proposition 31, which would have made major changes to the state budget process, including establishing a two- year budget cycle.

Gov. Brown's Prop 30 Tax Initiative Approved

Nov. 7
Midday Edition
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California voters have approved Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to raise income taxes on the wealthy and raise the statewide sales tax to fund K-12 schools and help balance the state budget.

Roberts Defeats Danon In Race For San Diego County Supervisor

Nov. 7
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Dave Roberts appears to have defeated Steve Danon in a tight race to fill the San Diego County Board of Supervisors seat vacated by Pam Slater-Price.

Peters Appears To Unseat Bilbray In 52nd Congressional Race

Nov. 7
Midday Edition
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Democratic Port Commissioner Scott Peters appears to have unseated Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, in the 52nd District.

Filner Edges DeMaio In San Diego Mayor's Race

Nov. 7
KPBS News
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Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, outlasted Councilman Carl DeMaio to claim the San Diego mayor's office, according to unofficial results released early today.

Republican Response Likely To Be Tactical, Not Transformative

Nov. 7
Frank James / NPR
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With President Obama's defeat of Mitt Romney, the Republican Party finds itself in the same place it was four years ago -- once again coming up short in its attempt to win the most powerful office in American democracy.

After Election, Congress Turns To 'Fiscal Cliff,' Other Money Issues

Nov. 7
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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For months, Americans have been watching the presidential political drama play out nightly on the news. Now, with President Obama's victory, that story is ending.

For Obama, Vindication, But Not A Mandate

Nov. 7
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Winning matters. Having earned a second term, President Obama will attempt to build on and expand the agenda from his first, launching new initiatives on tax policy, education and immigration.

Media Circus: Fox Struggles With Obama's Win

Nov. 7
David Folkenflik / NPR
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Imagine a ballot Tuesday that confronted you not with a choice between candidates named OBAMA and ROMNEY, but that looked more like this:

Scenes Of Celebration At The White House

Nov. 7
Helen Thompson, Jordan G. Teicher
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Supporters of President Obama partied outside of the White House Wednesday morning, chanting "Four More Years!" and "U-S-A!" -- and singing off-tune renditions of the Star Spangled Banner.