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Stories for April 5, 2013

Review: 'The Place Beyond The Pines'

April 5
By Nathan John
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'The Place Beyond the Pines" opens April 5. Guest blogger Nate John says, "It's rated R. It's long. I'll save you the time. (Warning: I will spoil things -- for your own good.)"

Legoland Hotel in Carlsbad Builds On Region's Attractions

April 5
By Alison St John
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Legoland’s first U.S. hotel should help build tourist numbers for San Diego County.

Cat Missing For 13 Years Returns To San Diego Family

April 5
By Dwane Brown
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This is the tale of two cities and the prodigal son who has been reunited with the family.

Brown's Bid To Regain Control Of Mental Health Care In Calif. Prison Rejected

April 5
Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio
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In a major setback for California Governor Jerry Brown, a federal judge has rejected the state's push to retake control of prison inmates’ mental health care.

Cedar Creek Falls Reopens With Tougher Rules

April 5
City News Service
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A popular Cleveland National Forest hiking trail that had been closed to the public since a teenager fell to his death from a cliff in the area two summers ago reopened today under tightened restrictions.

Review: 'I Am Not A Hipster'

April 5
By Beth Accomando
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The independent film “I Am Not A Hipster” was shot in San Diego, traveled to Sundance, and now returns home for a week run at the new Digital Gym Cinema starting today.

FBI Building May Soon Be 'Put Out Of Its Misery'

April 5
Brian Naylor / NPR
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The nation's capital has been undergoing something of a building boom. Dozens of construction cranes dot the Washington, D.C., skyline.

The Democrats' Final Four On Gay Marriage

April 5
S.V. Date / NPR
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In the U.S. Senate, it's down to the Final Four versus the Dynamic Duo.

Craft Beer-Crazy Oregon Poised To Name Official State Microbe

April 5
Nancy Shute / NPR
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A humble creature that has long toiled in obscurity for the benefit of humankind is poised to win a small measure of the distinction it deserves: designation as Oregon's official state microbe.

Planned Parenthood Calls "Morning-After Pill" Ruling Huge

April 5
By Kenny Goldberg
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A federal judge says emergency contraception must be sold to anyone over the counter.

FAA Postpones Shutdown of Air Traffic Control Towers

April 5
City News Service
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Airport traffic control towers in Ramona, Pacoima, Riverside and Fullerton will remain open longer than expected, with the Federal Aviation Administration announcing today it was delaying the closures that were expected to begin this weekend as part of forced spending cuts under sequestration.

Roundtable: UT Ad Discounts, Marten's Record, Drones in San Diego, Planning Controversies

April 5
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UT-San Diego may have violated state and federal campaign laws. Measuring Cindy Marten's achievements. Drone Nation in San Diego? Community plans create controversy.

Experts: Prison Gang Reach Increasingly Extends Into Streets

April 5
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Authorities are looking into the possibility that white supremacist prison gangs may have been involved in a series of shootings of public officials in Colorado and Texas. If so, criminologists say this would be part of a larger pattern of prison gangs extending their reach.

Southwest Voices: The Term 'Illegal Immigrant'

April 5
By John Rosman
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What term do you use to define an immigrant living in the United States illegally?

Camp Pendleton Gets Breathalyzers To Test Marines' Blood Alcohol Levels

April 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Pendleton officials this week issued breathalyzers to unit commanders as part of the Marine Corps Alcohol Screening Program that was implemented January 1.

Pentagon IDs Pilot Killed In Afghanistan F-16 Crash

April 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Pentagon has identified the pilot killed Wednesday when his F-16 fighter jet crashed in Afghanistan as Capt. James Michael Steel, 29, of Tampa, Florida.

San Diego Gas Price Drops Second Day in a Row

April 5
City News Service
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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County fell six-tenths of a cent today to $4.052, its lowest amount since Feb. 5.

Freezing Food Doesn't Kill E. Coli And Other Germs

April 5
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Think that freezing food kills E. coli and other nasty microbes? Think again.

U.S. Job Growth Slows As Jobless Face Benefit Cuts

April 5
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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The 11.7 million Americans searching for work got discouraging news Friday morning when the Labor Department said employers created only 88,000 jobs in March. The weak job growth comes at the same time benefits for the long-term unemployed are shrinking.

USS Gary Returns Home To San Diego Today

April 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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The USS Gary is expected to return to Naval Base San Diego today after a six-month deployment, which involved the seizure of more than 12,200 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $388 million.

Activists Scheduled to Fly Drones Over La Jolla Friday Morning

April 5
La Jolla Patch
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Activists will fly a drone over three San Diego locations, including General Atomics CEO Neal Blue’s house in La Jolla Farms, to kick off a series of protests against the drone industry, which a large presence in San Diego.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Restrictions On Plan B

April 5
Scott Hensley / NPR
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A federal judge in Brooklyn, N.Y., has ruled that the morning-after pill for emergency contraception must be made available over the counter to girls 16 and under.

U-T San Diego Political Ads Don't Add Up

April 5
Evening Edition
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An inewsource and KPBS investigation found the U-T San Diego appears to have offered discounts to favored candidates and causes in last November’s election.

San Diego To Host First Ever American Laughing Championship

April 5
By Claire Trageser
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San Diego will host the first ever American Laughing Championship on Saturday.

US futures drop as jobs report comes up short

April 5
Associated Press
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NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stock market futures are plunging after the Labor Department showed that the economy added just 88,000 jobs in March, the lowest gain in nine months.

Reports: Obama To Propose Cuts In Social Programs

April 5
Mark Memmott / NPR
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There's breaking budget news from several places this morning:

Sequester Scorecard: A Month Later, Effects Still Up In Air

April 5
NPR Staff / NPR
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Automatic federal budget cuts that kicked in March 1 have had little initial impact in many parts of the government. For a few programs, however, the effect has been real and painful, as the government begins cutting $85 billion from its spending through the end of September.

Pushing Traditional Limits, Vice Smacks Of Contradictions

April 5
Dan Bobkoff / NPR
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How did Dennis Rodman end up having dinner with Kim Jong Un in North Korea? It was the idea of Vice Media, which has grown from a counterculture magazine into a full-fledged youth media conglomerate.