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Stories for October 17, 2012

Arizona Officials Respond To Spanish-Language Election Date Error

Oct. 17
By Jude Joffe-Block

A small portion of Maricopa County election materials in Spanish indicated the wrong date for Election Day.

USDA Resolves Lawsuits With Women, Hispanics

Oct. 17
By Laurel Morales
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is holding meetings across the country with women and Hispanic farmers who believe they were discriminated against when applying for farm loans. The USDA is offering up to $1.3 billion in settlements.

San Diego Gas Prices Slowly Drifting Lower

Oct. 17
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego's average gas price dropped nearly three cents a gallon today, to $4.59.

California Foreclosure Activity Falls To Five-Year Low

Oct. 17
ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press
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Home foreclosure activity in California fell to a new five-year low in the third quarter as rising prices eased pressure on homeowners and lenders, a research firm said Wednesday.

Man Sentenced For Trying To Steal Two Goats

Oct. 17
City News Service
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A man who tried to steal two goats from Fallbrook High School's agricultural department -- resulting in the death of one of the animals -- was sentenced today to a suspended six-month jail term and placed on three years probation.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Bon Iver

Oct. 17
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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS Season 38 hit its stride with a breathtaking performance by 2012 Grammy Award-winning Best New Artist Bon Iver in a standout ACL debut. Joined by an eight-piece band for the occasion, frontman Justin Vernon turns his intimate confessionals into orchestral pop anthems in his first turn at ACL.

Missing Zinc From Moon Rocks Suggest Moon's Origin, Local Scientists Find

Oct. 17
City News Service
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Missing zinc from moon rocks could be evidence that the moon was created by a massive interplanetary collision soon after the formation of the solar system, scientists with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography announced today.

Millions Of Californians Set To Take Part In Statewide Quake Drill

Oct. 17
City News Service
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Preparing for "the big one'' will be the goal of a statewide earthquake drill tomorrow, when San Diego-area government offices, businesses, schools and other organizations will stop everything for a minute so participants can "drop, cover and hold on.''

Mexico Bans Large Cash Transactions

Oct. 17
By Michel Marizco
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Mexican President Felipe Calderon signs into law a ban on large cash transactions. Will it effectively combat laundering money in Mexico?

Navy To Christen New San Diego-Based Ship, The USS America

Oct. 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy plans to christen its newest amphibious assault ship on October 20. Called the USS America, the ship will eventually be homeported in San Diego.

Orchestra Nova Artistic Director Resigns, Concerts Canceled

Oct. 17
By Angela Carone
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Orchestra Nova artistic director and conductor Jung-Ho Pak has resigned after six years of leadership. The chamber group has canceled this weekend's season opening concerts. Nova is in the midst of a contentious contract dispute with the local musicians union.

The Charm Of Life In Baseball's Bush Leagues

Oct. 17
By Mark Sauer
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Life in baseball's minor leagues is a universe removed from the multimillionaires in spikes starring in October's postseason.

San Diego Youth Speak Out On How Budget Cuts Hurt Their Chances For Success

Oct. 17
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Tonight, a group of young people will ask the City of San Diego's Human Relations Commission to speak louder for the well being of children, and say their lives are hard hit when decision makers vote to raise bus fares, cut sports programs and close the libraries that are their only access computers.

San Diego County Gas Price Drops For Ninth Consecutive Day

Oct. 17
City News Service

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County fell 2.8 cents today to $4.594, the largest drop in nine consecutive days of declines.

Lesbian Soldier Begins Sex Change Transition In Afghanistan

Oct. 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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An Army specialist deployed in Afghanistan has started taking male hormones to begin her transition from female to male. The transgender female, who asked to be called "Keith," is hiding her identity but telling her story to give inspiration to others in the military.

San Vicente Dam Reaches Full Height

Oct. 17
By Neiko Will
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Construction continues on the San Vicente dam in Lakeside, but has reached a major milestone.

Trailblazing Women Fail Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course

Oct. 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two trailblazing women who became the first female participants in the notoriously brutal Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course have dropped out of the program.

San Diego County Gun-Trafficking Ring Cracked

Oct. 17
Associated Press

Authorities say they've dismantled a drug-and-gun trafficking ring in San Diego County, arresting three dozen people and seizing 60 weapons, including assault rifles.

How Obama Got His Groove Back, And Other Debate Takeaways

Oct. 17
Alan Greenblatt, NPR
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Anyone who thought the presidential candidates couldn't get aggressive within a town hall-style format underestimated the sharp differences in policy that divide them.

Prop 37 Could Set National Tone On Labeling Genetically Modified Food

Oct. 17
Midday Edition
By Claire Trageser
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Proposition 37 is attracting national attention because of the message it could send about our food. The measure would make California the first state in the U.S. to require labeling for genetically modified food.

Economy, Other Factors Bring School Bond Glut To Ballots

Oct. 17
Midday Edition
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego County and the state are seeing a surge of school bonds on November's ballot. San Diego Unified's is the largest of 106 across the state.

Suicide Bomber Hits US-Afghan Base; No One Killed

Oct. 17
Associated Press
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A suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle near the gate of a U.S.-Afghan combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday morning in an explosion that shook houses nearly two miles away. Ten Afghan troops were injured, mostly by falling debris.