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Stories for October 25, 2012

Nine States; Near-Unlimited Cash; A Flurry Of Ads

Oct. 25
Mara Liasson / NPR

Democrats and Republicans are on track to spend about $1 billion each on television advertising in the presidential race. Most of it is negative, and almost all of it is concentrated in nine battleground states.

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Immigrant Activists Putting Pressure On Bilbray

Oct. 25
By Adrian Florido

DREAM Act supporters protested outside Congressman Brian Bilbray's office Thursday, and an immigrant rights coalition started running radio ads against him.

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San Diego Gas Prices Floating Down

Oct. 25
By Erik Anderson

The average price of gasoline continues to retreat from the record high price set just a few weeks ago and some gas stations are already selling fuel for less than $4 a gallon.

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Democratic Chair Says Ellis Broke Campaign Rules

Oct. 25
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsourceand City News Service

The chairman of the San Diego County Democratic Party alleged today that City Council candidate Ray Ellis violated campaign rules in his high-stakes race to unseat incumbent Sherri Lightner.

PERB Dismisses Its Lawsuit Against San Diego Over Prop B

Oct. 25
City News Service

The state Public Employment Relations Board dismissed its lawsuit against the city of San Diego over voter-passed Proposition B, according to court documents made available today.

Poll Shows Prop 30 Could Get Support It Needs

Oct. 25
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

A recent Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California poll shows that Proposition 30 could get the support it needs to pass.

CA Prison System Set for First Step to End Federal Oversight

Oct. 25
Julie Small, KPCC

California prison officials will take control of the nation’s largest healthcare facility Friday, in an effort to end a federal court’s oversight.

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Filner Says San Diego U.S. Attorney Should Resign

Oct. 25
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Congressman Bob Filner is calling on San Diego U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy to resign after an e-mail from her revealed some involvement in the San Diego mayor’s race.

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Michelle Obama To Visit La Jolla Friday

Oct. 25
City News Service

First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to attend a political fundraiser at the La Jolla home of Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs and his wife, Joan, tomorrow.

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San Diego-Based USS Harpers Ferry Gets Thank You From Japan

Oct. 25
By Beth Ford Roth

The sailors of the San Diego-based USS Harpers Ferry got a special thank you from the people of Japan, a little more than a year after the crew helped provide post-tsunami and earthquake assistance as part of Operation Tomodachi.

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California Regulators To Examine Customer Payments For Disabled San Onofre

Oct. 25
By Amita Sharmaand City News Service

Advocates say ratepayers shouldn't have to pay the $54 million a month it costs to keep San Onofre running. Plant owner Southern California Edison says it's looking at other sources to cover the expenses.

Detention Hearing To Be Held For Drug Lord's Alleged Daughter

Oct. 25
By John Rosman

A federal hearing for the alleged daughter of drug kingpin "El Chapo" is scheduled for today.

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US Soldier Who Didn't Know She Was Pregnant Gives Birth In Afghanistan

Oct. 25
By Beth Ford Roth

A U.S. soldier who claims she didn't know she was pregnant gave birth while deployed in Afghanistan.

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Sandra Fluke Campaigns For Women's Reproductive Rights

Oct. 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn, Peggy Pico

In San Diego for a Planned Parenthood rally on Friday, Sandra Fluke believes the November election is particularly important to women.

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Wounded Warrior Hiring Event In San Diego Next Week

Oct. 25
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

The Navy is hosting a conference to teach wounded veterans and potential employers about the challenges of re-entering the job market.

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Assisted Suicide Goes To Vote In Massachusetts

Oct. 25
Sacha Pfeiffer / NPR

Only two states, Oregon and Washington, allow physician-assisted suicide. But there will be a third if Massachusetts voters approve the so-called Death with Dignity ballot question. It would let terminally ill patients with six months or less to live get a lethal prescription. The outcome of that vote could change the landscape for legalized suicide nationwide.

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Weekend Preview: 'Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots' And New Restaurants

Oct. 25
By Claire Caraska, Maureen Cavanaugh

From new plays to new dining spots, there is much to look forward to for many weekends to come.

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WWII Vet Whose Voting Picture Went Viral Has Died

Oct. 25
By Beth Ford Roth

Frank Tanabe, the 93-year-old WWII veteran who gained fame at the end of his life by voting on his death bed, has succumbed to liver cancer. Tanabe died Wednesday in his daughter Barbara's Honolulu home.

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2 US Troops Killed In Apparent Insider Attack By Afghan Police Officer

Oct. 25
Associated Press

The U.S. military says two of its service members have been killed in an apparent insider attack by an Afghan police officer.

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Special Forces Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

Oct. 25
By Beth Ford Roth

Army Chief Warrant Officer Michael S. Duskin, 42, was killed in Afghanistan on October 23, according to the Department of Defense. He was shot to death while on dismounted patrol in the Chak District of Wardak Province.

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Energy Independence For U.S.? Try Energy Security

Oct. 25
Tom Gjelten, NPR

It would be virtually impossible for any country to be energy independent. Energy security is a more realistic goal. U.S. oil production is on track to surpass Saudi Arabia's, and imports are falling. Also, increased regional production could mean the U.S. buys more oil from places like Brazil and Canada and less from producers in the Middle East.

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Four Candidates Competing To Lead City Schools

Oct. 25
By Kyla Calvert

Two contests for San Diego Unified school board seats probably haven't been on the radars of lots of voters in the City of San Diego.

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Red Flag Warning Issued, Firefighters Brace For Strong Santa Ana Winds

Oct. 25
By Susan Murphy

A red flag warning is in effect for much of San Diego County from Thursday night through Saturday afternoon as powerful Santa Ana winds, combined with single-digit humidity, are expected to increase the danger of wildfires.