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Stories for April 9, 2013

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Tiger At The Masters: The Juncture Of Exhilaration And Peril

April 9
Frank Deford / NPR

Let us now ponder the exquisite status of Tiger Woods, who has clawed back to the top of the charts thereby to proclaim, with the help of his Nike mouthpiece, that his ragged and raw past few years never really happened because -- ta-da -- as his ad says: "Winning takes care of everything."

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Texas Congressmen Introduce Border Security Bill

April 9
Joey Palacios

The Border Security Results Act of 2013 would require Homeland Security to develop and implement a border security plan within 180 days of its passage and report periodically to Congress.

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USC Researchers Calculate Value Of Faster Border Crossing

April 9
By Jill Replogle

Researchers at the University of Southern California have developed a model to predict how adding customs and border agents at U.S. Ports of Entry would affect the economy.

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Padres Opening Night Draws Sold-Out Crowd

April 9
By Dwane Brown

As the team takes on the Los Angeles Dodgers, its players and its fans are hoping that changes to Petco Park will provide some relief to the struggling Padres.

Tsunami Debris Is Expected to Hit San Diego County Beaches This Summer

April 9
Del Mar-Carmel Valley Patch / Del Mar-Carmel Valley Patch

Editor's Note: San Diego County released the following announcement on April 8, 2013.

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Working Californians Eligible For Tax Credits To Buy Health Insurance Next Year

April 9
By Kenny Goldberg

If you make between $47,000 and $94,000 a year, you may be eligible for a federal subsidy to buy health insurance beginning in 2014.

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Bitcoin Surpasses $200 Mark, Continuing 'Epic' Rise

April 9
Bill Chappell / NPR

Bitcoin, the digital currency that trades outside the control of central banks and international borders, reached new heights Tuesday, surpassing the $200 mark for the first time. That level comes just five days after bitcoin approached $150, a development that Mt.Gox, the largest exchange service for the currency, deemed to be "epic."

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Outlook Bright For San Diego's Economy

April 9
By Erik Anderson

San Diego's economic indicators hit a five-year high.

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NOVA: Australia's First 4 Billion Years

April 9
By Jennifer Robinson

Of all the continents on Earth, none preserves a more spectacular story of its origins than Australia. NOVA’s four-part miniseries takes viewers on a rollicking adventure from the birth of the Earth to the emergence of the world we know today. With high-energy host and geologist Richard Smith, meet titanic dinosaurs and giant kangaroos, sea monsters and prehistoric crustaceans, disappearing mountains and deadly asteroids. Epic in scope, intimate in nature, this is the untold story of the Land Down Under, the island continent that has it all.

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How Louisville Went From 'Little Brother' To Powerhouse

April 9
Rick Howlett / NPR

University of Louisville fans have had a lot to cheer about lately -- and not just basketball.

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Vermont Bests The Nation In Local Chow

April 9
Nancy Shute / NPR

Sure, it's a tiny state, but Vermont is powerful when it comes to shopping at farmers' markets, ordering up veggies from a CSA, and developing distribution systems for local products.

Investigators: Missing family left US voluntarily

April 9
ELLIOT SPAGAT / Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Investigators said Tuesday they believe a couple that abruptly disappeared with their two young boys left for Mexico voluntarily, a statement that closes a chapter on an exhaustive search that began more than three years ago.

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Graduation Rates Inch Up Across State, San Diego County

April 9
By Kyla Calvert

High school graduation rates are up for a second year in a row in California and San Diego County.

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How A Spring Birthday Could Pose A Risk For Multiple Sclerosis

April 9
Nancy Shute / NPR

There's lots of science trying to connect a baby's birth date to health later in life. It's usually about serious diseases that have no clear cause, like schizoprenia, autism and multiple sclerosis.

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Pacific Commander: U.S. Can Intercept North Korean Missiles

April 9
Scott Neuman / NPR

The commander of the U.S. Pacific Command said Tuesday that American forces currently have the ability to intercept a North Korean ballistic missile.

Border Agent Tried On Excessive Force Charges

April 9
By Michel Marizco

The trial of a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of choking a border crosser began today in San Diego. It comes at a time when border agents are under increased scrutiny for the use of excessive force against migrants.

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Bulldog Pup 'Chesty' Made Full Marine

April 9
By Beth Ford Roth

An English Bulldog puppy named Pfc. Chesty XIV, the Marine Corps' mascot-in-training, was made a full Marine this week.

Giant-Killing Louisville Women Look To Keep Charmed Run Alive

April 9
Tom Goldman / NPR

Tonight, there's a chance for a rare double in NCAA Division I college basketball.

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Blacks' Election-Day Waits Nearly Double Those Of Whites, But Why?

April 9
Frank James / NPR

On Election Day 2012, black voters waited on average nearly twice as long to vote as white voters, while the wait time for Hispanic voters fell in between those two groups.

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Fair Housing In San Diego - Addressing Discrimination

April 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

The Fair Housing Act was passed 45 years ago. But many San Diegans aren't aware of how the law works to protect them against discrimination when it comes to renting, buying a home or obtaining a mortgage.

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The Baseball-Radio Relationship In The Digital Age

April 9
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh, Mark Sauer

The San Diego Padres home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park begins at 3:40 this afternoon. In the Wireless Age, we can watch baseball in high-definition on Smart Phones and computer tablets, not to mention large, flat-screen TV's. Yet many fans still listen to the games -- even prefer to listen -- on radio, as they have for more than 80 years.

KPMG Partner May Have Traded Inside Information

April 9
Scott Neuman / NPR

KPMG has withdrawn as auditor of Herbalife and Skechers USA after the accounting firm revealed that one of its partners may have sold inside information on the companies to a third-party stock trader.

San Diego County DA Looking for Victims of Restaurant Payroll Scheme

April 9
Melanie C. Johnson / Lemon Grove Patch

The San Diego County District Attorney's office is looking for additional victims of an alleged payroll scheme at a College Area restaurant.

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Sequestration Prompts Air Force To Ground Combat Aircraft

April 9
By Beth Ford Roth

The U.S. Air Force will begin some grounding active-duty combat units starting today, as a result of sequestration cuts.

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Osteen Hoaxster Explains: Goal Wasn't To Defame Pastor

April 9
Bill Chappell / NPR

The person behind the elaborate online hoax in which a fake website and Twitter feed falsely proclaimed Pastor Joel Osteen's intent to renounce Christianity and shut down his influential Houston ministry says that his goal wasn't to attack Osteen personally.

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No Blue Angels For Miramar Air Show (+Video)

April 9
By Beth Ford Roth

The Navy announced today it has cancelled all remaining Blue Angels performances for the rest of 2013 due to sequestration cuts - and that includes the Miramar Air Show.

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Charges Fly In Ky. Senate Race After McConnell Tape Surfaces

April 9
Mark Memmott / NPR

An audio recording has surfaced of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and some of his campaign aides seeming to discuss whether they would use actress Ashley Judd's past bouts with depression against her if she challenged McConnell in 2014.

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2 US Troops Killed In Afghanistan Helicopter Crash

April 9
By Beth Ford Roth

Two United States service members were killed today when their helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan.

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Arsenic In Beer May Come From Widely Used Filtering Process

April 9
Nancy Shute / NPR

Beer lovers might be alarmed to hear that beer can pick up small amounts of arsenic as it's filtered to be sparkly clear.

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City Council Delays Decision On Tourism Marketing Agreement

April 9
By Claire Trageserand City News Service

Because no consensus has been reached, the San Diego City Council voted today to continue discussion on a contract between the city and the Tourism Marketing District next week.

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Addressing Why Migrants Leave Their Home Countries

April 9
By Jill Replogle

As we debate immigration reform, shouldn't we address what drives people from their home countries?

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Grand Canyon Mules To Stop Delivering Packages

April 9
By Laurel Morales

It’s a long way from the rim of the Grand Canyon down to the bottom where the Colorado River flows. Since the 1920s mules have delivered mail and care packages to the boatmen and backpackers at Phantom Ranch, a small outpost on the floor of the canyon. But now the company that runs the mule train says it’s too much of a burden.

'Way Of The Knife' Explains CIA Shift From Spying To Killing

April 9
NPR Staff / NPR

When the CIA came into being in 1947, its mandate was to keep tabs on events around the world. Gather intelligence about foreign governments. Spy. But the agency has evolved away from this original mission, as Mark Mazzetti reports in a new book, The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth.

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The 'Hard-To-Change' Legacy Of Medicare Payments

April 9
Julie Rovner / NPR

The budget President Obama will send to Congress Wednesday is expected to include some $400 billion in reductions to Medicare and other health programs.