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Stories for April 12, 2013

ICE Union President Asks Rubio To Leave 'Gang Of Eight'

April 12
Dana Farrington / NPR

The president of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement union is calling on Republican Sen. Marco Rubio to step down from the Gang of Eight. The bipartisan group of lawmakers is working on immigration overhaul legislation, which could be released next week, and Rubio is considered an important factor in getting conservatives to support the effort.

National Flag Project Showcases Post-9/11 Compassion

April 12
By Dwane Brown
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Organizers of the 9/12 Generation Project hope to bring the memory of that day from community to community by sharing an American flag that hung just south of where the World Trade Center once stood. The flag, according to the group, is not just a symbol of the country. It's a symbol of resilience and compassion.

Mayoral Vetoes of Port Commissioners Rendered Moot By Legal Opinion

April 12
James R. Riffel, City News Service
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City Attorney Jan Goldsmith opined today that Mayor Bob Filner had no authority to veto City Council appointments of two prospective port commissioners.

Interview: Rodrigo Gudiño

April 12
By Beth Accomando
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Filmmaker Rodrigo Gudiño was born in San Diego, grew up in Tijuana, and now lives in Canada where he publishes a cult favorite horror magazine called Rue Morgue. His new film, “The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh,” reflects the influence of both borders.

Students Learning Programming Like Magic

April 12
By Kyla Calvert
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Computer science graduate students at UCSD are bringing the basics of computer programing to elementary schoolers.

Tiny Group Allegedly Behind McConnell Recording Causes Big Stir

April 12
Frank James / NPR
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So who exactly comprises Progress Kentucky, the superPAC allegedly linked to the surreptitious recording of a meeting at Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign headquarters& In the recording, an aide is heard disparaging actress Ashley Judd, who was then considering a Senate run to challenge the Senate's top Republican.

Tiny Group Behind McConnell Recording Causes Outsized Stir

April 12
Frank James / NPR
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So who exactly comprises Progress Kentucky, the superPAC linked to the surreptitious recording of a meeting at Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign headquarters& In the recording, an aide is heard disparaging actress Ashley Judd, who was then considering a Senate run to challenge the Senate's top Republican.

IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE: Memphis Soul

April 12
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President and Mrs. Obama host a celebration of the timeless classics of “Memphis Soul” in this PBS music special taped in the East Room of the White House. The all-star concert honors the memorable soul sounds from the mid- to late-1960s that came from Memphis, Tennessee, and legendary labels like Stax-Volt Records, which featured artists such as Al Green, Mavis Staples, Carla Thomas, Otis Redding and many more. The evening pays homage to Memphis, a segregated city in the 1960s, where many whites and blacks nonetheless came together to make soulful music, a mix of gospel and potent rhythmic grooves — known as Memphis Soul.

Online Searches Show Depression, Mental Illness Spike in Winter

April 12
By David Wagner
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Does wintertime mess with your mind? According to a new study using data from Google, you're not alone. In fact, if online searches are any indication, the wintertime blues might encompass a far greater number of mental illnesses than previously thought.

'We Have To Do More': Michelle Obama's Next Four Years

April 12
Ari Shapiro / NPR
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This week marked a new step in Michelle Obama's evolution as first lady. In her hometown of Chicago, she delivered one of the most emotional speeches of her career -- about kids dying from gun violence.

Scripps Researchers Find Culprit in Alzheimer's-Related Brain Damage

April 12
By David Wagner
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Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute say the most commonly prescribed diabetes drug could be responsible for brain damage in Alzheimer's patients.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Blair Castle

April 12
By Jennifer Robinson
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Presenter Fiona Bruce and the team head for Blair Castle, near Pitlochry in Scotland where the treasures include a chair once used by Einstein, a necklace made from stags' teeth and a rare and valuable watch with no hands.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Chatsworth 2

April 12
By Jennifer Robinson
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A second visit to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire where Fiona Bruce and the experts are kept busy as more family treasures are brought from miles around. Cameras hone in on a painting thought to be by Constable... but is it? Plus, out of the attic comes lost designs for exotic jewellery made by Cartier in the mid-20th century.

Marine Pilot Gives Midair Best Man Speech (Video)

April 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine Corps Captain Matthew Krivohlavy couldn't make it to his brother's wedding because he's deployed in Afghanistan. So Krivohlavy got creative - he toasted the new bride and groom midair from the cockpit of his jet.

Immigration Isn't The First Cause Zuckerberg Has Liked

April 12
Brian De Los Santos / NPR
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Mark Zuckerberg and other tech leaders in Silicon Valley are banding together to push for comprehensive immigration reform, the Facebook co-founder announced this week. But Zuckerberg has dabbled in politically charged matters in the past.

Roundtable: Freeway Guardrails, Housing-Eviction Details, Blue Angels Derailed

April 12
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Some San Diego freeway guardrails may actually be deadly. A zero-tolerance policy in subsidized housing produces homelessness. The Blue Angels won't fly — but will Korean missiles?

Thirsty Consumers Could Find Ways to Skirt Big Soda Bans

April 12
By David Wagner
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Soda bans like the one recently floated in New York City could easily backfire, according to a new study out of UC San Diego. In an experiment on limited soda sizes, participants actually bought more soda when jumbo cups were taken off the menu.

San Diego Physicians Tackling Prescription Drug Abuse

April 12
By Susan Murphy
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More than 100 San Diego physicians registered on Friday to the state's prescription drug-monitoring database to help prevent pills from falling into the hands of addicts and dealers.

Two US Troops Killed In Afghan Helicopter Crash ID'ed

April 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Pennsylvania National Guard pilots Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Ruffner, 34, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jarett Yoder, 26, were killed April 9 when their AH-64 Apache Helicopter crashed in Afghanistan during a reconnaissance mission.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Wonder Women! The Untold Story Of American Superheroines

April 12
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Trace the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, "Wonder Women!" looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation.

Market Warriors: Antiquing In Rochester, Minn.

April 12
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The pickers head to Rochester, Minnesota, to the annual Gold Rush Olmsted County market, where the pickers are paired up to find something French and one picker struggles to make it through the round. Off-screen host Mark L. Walberg observes as the pickers seek advice from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW experts on some items they’re considering flipping at auction.

USS Thach Returns To San Diego Early Due To Sequestration Cuts (Video)

April 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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The USS Thach is slated to return to homeport San Diego today, returning early from its deployment because of sequestration cuts.

Ryan Says He's 'Cautiously Optimistic' On A Bipartisan Budget Deal

April 12
Scott Neuman / NPR

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan tells NPR that he's "cautiously optimistic" that a budget deal can be reached with the White House.

Sequestration Cuts Bring USS Thach Home Early to San Diego

April 12

The guided-missile frigate USS Thach is scheduled to return to its San Diego home port today following an independent deployment that was nearly halved by sequestration budget cuts.

Mayor Filner Wants City Attorney Goldsmith to Drop Pension Lawsuit

April 12
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Mayor Bob Filner plans to publicly urge City Attorney Jan Goldsmith today to drop a lawsuit against the San Diego City Employees Retirement System over differing interpretations of required pension contributions.

Keep 8,000 To 12,000 Troops In Afghanistan, Says Top Military Officer

April 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced this week he would back keeping anywhere from 8,000 to 12,000 NATO troops in Afghanistan as a stabilizing force after the 2014 deadline to leave the country.

Judge Rejects $20-Million Severance For American Airlines CEO

April 12
Scott Neuman / NPR
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A severance package of $20 million might have seemed reasonable to American Airlines CEO Tom Horton, but a U.S. bankruptcy judge says it's too much.

Explosives Said To Be In Package Addressed To Sheriff Arpaio

April 12
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Authorities in Arizona say a package addressed to controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was safely destroyed Thursday after a test for explosive residue confirmed it "contained black powder," The Arizona Republic writes.

Adoptive Dad Dreamed A Dream That Brought Him A Son

April 12
NPR Staff / NPR
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In 1998, John Curtis and David Wikiera adopted a son from Vietnam and named him John Wikiera.

Startup CEO Wields Small Antenna In TV Streaming Battle

April 12
Dan Bobkoff / NPR
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A top executive at News Corp. dropped a bombshell this week when he said the company is considering taking Fox's over-the-air network to cable. The announcement follows a court win for a startup company that streams broadcast channels online.