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Stories for October 24, 2012

Supervisors Could End $1,000 Political Contribution Limit Next Week

Oct. 24, 2012
City News Service

A $1,000 limit on the amount of money that political parties are allowed to contribute to candidates in county of San Diego elections could be eliminated soon, according to documents posted online today.

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Now Entering Mexico -- But First, Turn Right

Oct. 24, 2012
By Adrian Florido

Cars leaving San Diego and entering Tijuana are finding the exit from the U.S. doesn't line up with the entrance to Mexico.

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Group Promises To Target Voter Intimidation On Election Day

Oct. 24, 2012
By Tom Fudge

Common Cause sets up a command center to prevent something they see as a big problem: Voter intimidation by organized groups.

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Clinton Tips His Hat To San Diego During Irvine Campaign Rally

Oct. 24, 2012
By Marissa Cabrera

Former President Bill Clinton sings the praises of San Diego and thinks he should be on the city's payroll too.

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Credit Card Numbers Stolen From PIN Pads At Local Barnes & Nobles

Oct. 24, 2012
City News Service

Credit and debit card information was stolen from PIN pads at five Barnes & Noble outlets in San Diego County, the bookseller announced today.

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Prosecutors To Retry Transient For Stephanie Crowe's Death

Oct. 24, 2012
KELLY WHEELER, City News Service

A transient whose conviction in the killing of 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe was reversed by a federal appeals court will be retried on a voluntary manslaughter charge, a prosecutor told a judge today.

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San Diego Veteran Remembers Beirut Barracks Bombing 29 Years Ago (Video)

Oct. 24, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Tuesday was the 29 year anniversary of the bombing of a Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon that killed 241 U.S. service members. A Navy veteran who survived the bombing and now lives in San Diego remembers the chaos that followed.

Mayor Predicts $94 Million Budget Surplus By 2018

Oct. 24, 2012
City News Service

Mayor Jerry Sanders' staff today told the City Council's Budget Committee today that San Diego should see a budget surplus of $4.9 million in the coming fiscal year.

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Veterans And Active Duty Military Needed For Radio Show

Oct. 24, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

An international radio program is looking to talk to recent veterans and active-duty service members in San Diego County. The BBC program "World Have Your Say" has asked Home Post to put the word out - they're looking for members of the military and recent veterans to appear on their taped show in Oceanside on Friday.

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'Drones At Home' Exhibition Explores Increasing Use Of Drones By Civilians

Oct. 24, 2012
By Claire Caraska, Maureen Cavanaugh

An art exhibition at UC San Diego's Gallery @ Calit2 explores the "strange allure of drones" and their increasing domestic usage in the United States.

More Controversy With Spanish Translation In Arizona

Oct. 24, 2012
By John Rosman

Maricopa County misprints the general election date on another Spanish-translated document.

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Lightner, Ellis Tussle For City Council Control During KPBS Debate

Oct. 24, 2012
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

The two candidates for City Council District 1 traded barbs and shared their stances on traffic issues, pensions, water policy and partisanship during discussions on KPBS Midday and Evening Edition Wednesday.

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Navy Developing Robotic Fish, San Diego Researchers Involved

Oct. 24, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The U.S. Navy is funding research to help create robotic fish that might one day act as spies or mine detectors. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific in San Diego is of the groups working on developing this new wave of robots.

Strong Santa Ana Winds Expected In San Diego County, Forecasters Say

Oct. 24, 2012
City News Service

Strong and gusty winds out of the east will blow through the valleys and mountains of San Diego County this week, according to the National Weather Service.

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Stabbing Reported At Camp Pendleton (Video)

Oct. 24, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Local media reports say a man was stabbed at Camp Pendleton early this morning. Paramedics airlifted the man by helicopter to Scripps La Jolla, where he remains hospitalized.

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Surfer Killed In Shark Attack Off Vandenberg AFB

Oct. 24, 2012
Associated Press

A surfer was killed Tuesday by a shark off a beach at coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base following a summer of shark sightings along the Central California coast, authorities said.

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Obama Launches 2-Day Blitz; Romney Also Ups Pace

Oct. 24, 2012
Associated Press

Locked in a stubbornly tight race, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are demonstrating the urgency of the campaign's final stretch, with the incumbent alone set to cover 5,300 miles in the busiest single day of his re-election bid. Both men claimed a growing edge even as voters showed little give.

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Google Cameras Map Popular Grand Canyon Trails

Oct. 24, 2012
Steve Henn, NPR

The Internet search giant is doing for the backcountry what it's done for cities and towns, making digital maps that can be accessed on the go — starting with the Grand Canyon.

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U.S. To Study Cancer Risk Near San Onofre Nuclear Plant

Oct. 24, 2012
By Kenny Goldberg and Associated Press

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is launching a pilot study of cancer risks in people living near six U.S. nuclear power plants, including the San Onofre generating station in Southern California.

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Italy Invites Ethnic Italians In San Diego To 'Come Back Home'

Oct. 24, 2012
By Tom Fudge

Italy is appealing to ethnic Italians in San Diego and around the world to become citizens of the old country, in hopes it will beef up their dwindling native population.