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Stories for April 29, 2013

Palmetto Face-Off: Sanford, Colbert Busch In Spirited Debate

April 29
Liz Halloran / NPR
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Republican Mark Sanford's bid to salvage a political career and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch's effort to start one collided in a vigorous debate Monday just eight days before South Carolina voters decide who to send to Washington.

National City Native Takes On New Role As Police Chief

April 29
By Dwane Brown
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San Diego County's second-oldest city was established in 1887. National City still has some of the historic Victorian homes built back then. And today, a kid who grew up in the neighborhood is now its police chief.

San Diego Celebrates Bluegrass

April 29
Midday Edition
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The 4th Annual Ramona Bluegrass and Old West Fest features 16 bands, 19 hours of music over 2 days.

Saturn Shows Off A Massive Spinning Vortex: 'The Rose'

April 29
Bill Chappell / NPR
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NASA is calling it "The Rose." By any other name, it's a mammoth storm on Saturn's north pole. Its eye spans an estimated 1,250 miles -- 20 times the size of an average hurricane's eye on Earth. Winds in the Saturn storm's eye wall are believed to be four times as fast.

San Diego, Tijuana Hope For First Binational Olympics

April 29
By Adrian Florido

The head of the U.S. Olympic Committee confirmed San Diego-Tijuana want to host the 2024 Summer Games.

San Diego Lawyer Appointed To Boston Suspect Defense Team

April 29
Associated Press
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Prominent death penalty lawyer Judy Clarke is joining the team representing the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Rescue In The Philippines: Refuge From The Holocaust

April 29
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This documentary covers the previously untold story of how the five Frieder brothers, Cincinnati businessmen making two-for-a-nickel cigars in pre-WWII Manila, together with Manuel Quezon, the charismatic first president of the Philippines, Paul McNutt, U.S. High Commissioner and former governor of Indiana (preparing for his own presidential campaign) and an ambitious Army Colonel named Dwight Eisenhower - helped 1,200 Jews escape the Nazis and immigrate to the Philippines.

Mexico Says Smugglers Abandon Migrants At Sea

April 29
By Jill Replogle
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Mexican authorities say smugglers abandon hundreds of migrants at sea as they attempt to sneak into the U.S. by boat along the Pacific coast.

Text Message Service For New, Expectant Moms Grows

April 29
By Kenny Goldberg
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New and expectant moms in San Diego will get more helpful health tips as a free text messaging service expands.

How One College Is Closing The Computer Science Gender Gap

April 29
Wendy Kaufman / NPR
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This story is part of our series The Changing Lives of Women.

As Health Law Changes Loom, A Shift To Part-Time Workers

April 29
Yuki Noguchi / NPR

Nearly all of the remaining provisions of the new health care law go into effect next January, including one that requires businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to pay for their health care or pay a penalty.

Medics Arrive At Guantanamo As Hunger Strikers Increase

April 29
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

About 40 medical personnel have arrived at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay amid an increase in the number of hunger strikers at the facility.

Seven Dead In US Cargo Plane Crash At Bagram Airfield

April 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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Seven crew members of a U.S. civilian cargo plane were killed when their aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff Monday at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

San Diego's International Trade Value Hits Record, Report Shows

April 29
City News Service
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Imports to and exports from Mexico lifted the value of international trade in the San Diego region to a new record in 2012, but exchanges with the rest of the world continue to lag, according to a report released today by the National University System Institute for Policy Research.

Rubio Tries To Convince Conservatives He Hasn't Been Duped

April 29
Greg Allen / NPR

In the current debate over revamping the nation's immigration laws, there may be no elected official with more on the line than Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

MLB Umpires Train Camp Pendleton Marines For Careers In Baseball (Video)

April 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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A group of Camp Pendleton Marines showed up at Oceanside High School on Saturday to learn the "ins and outs" of being a Major League Baseball umpire from the umps themselves.

A Rusted Gate In The Border Fence Opens For The First Time

April 29
By Adrian Florido
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The gate was built into the border fence for maintenance, but has never been opened. Activists swung it open Sunday — briefly — in a gesture of binational friendship.

With Or Without Reform, Immigration Lawyers In Short Supply

April 29
Sandhya Dirks / NPR
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With immigration a hot-button issue in Washington, some version of immigration reform is likely this year. Even so, immigrant activist Sandra Sanchez concedes that the country might not be ready for an overhaul of its immigration laws.

With Or Without Overhaul, Immigration Lawyers In Short Supply

April 29
Sandhya Dirks / NPR
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With immigration a hot-button issue in Washington, some version of immigration reform is likely this year. Even so, immigrant activist Sandra Sanchez concedes that the country might not be ready for an overhaul of its immigration laws.

Bill To Label GMO Food — Dr. Bronner And Biologist Weigh In

April 29
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Legislators in Washington will consider a bill requiring labeling for GMOs or Genetically Modified Organisms. It mirrors California's Proposition 37, which voters rejected last year. David Bronner, CEO of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap and a UC San Diego biologist weigh in.

USS Peleliu Diverted To Rescue Missing Boaters

April 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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The USS Peleliu was diverted from its journey to homeport San Diego to search for two distressed British boaters who'd been reported missing in a remote area of the Pacific Ocean on Sunday.

New KPBS Television Shows Explore San Diego

April 29
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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KPBS Television is helping audiences explore San Diego with two new shows hosted by two longtime KPBS favorites. Garden designer, author and botanist, Nan Sterman, is the host of the new KPBS series, "A Growing Passion." Cook, author and restaurant owner, Su-Mei Yu hosts "Savor San Diego." Both shows premiere this Thursday.

San Diego Gasoline Price Falls to Lowest Amount Since Feb. 1

April 29
City News Service
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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County fell today to its lowest amount since Feb. 1.

Justices Let Stand Block On Alabama's Tough Immigration Law

April 29
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a lower court ruling that effectively blocks Alabama from enforcing an anti-immigration that was considered one of the toughest in the nation.

Missile Attack Kills Two Soldiers In Afghanistan

April 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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A missile attack killed two U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan on April 23. Capt. Aaron R. Blanchard, 32, and 1st Lt. Robert J. Hess, 26, were both based at Fort Drum in New York.

Ricin Suspect Dutschke Makes A Quick Visit To Federal Court

April 29
Bill Chappell / NPR

The man accused of sending letters containing the poison ricin to President Obama and other officials made a brief appearance in an Oxford, Miss., federal court Monday morning. J. Everett Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, several days after another Mississippi man, former suspect Paul Kevin Curtis, was released.

Four US Airmen Killed In Afghanistan Plane Crash

April 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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Four U.S. airmen were killed Saturday when their MC-12 aircraft crashed near Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan. Two of the fallen airmen were based at Beale Air Force Base in California.

Sequestration Shrinks Unemployment Benefits For 400,000 Californians

April 29
By Susan Murphy
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Federal unemployment benefits for more than 400,000 Californians are being reduced starting today, due to federal sequestration spending cuts.

Former Scripps director Edward Frieman dies at 87

April 29
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Edward Frieman, a former head of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a national adviser on defense, energy and science policy, has died. He was 87.

Bangladesh Rescuers Give Up On Finding Survivors Of Collapse

April 29
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Several arrests have been made in connection with the collapse of an illegally constructed garment factory in Bangladesh last week that killed at least 380 people outside the capital, Dhaka. Meanwhile, rescuers say they have given up hope of finding anyone else alive.

County Registrar Suggests Alternatives To Costly Special Elections

April 29
By Claire Trageser
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Some argue the high cost and low turnout in the recent 40th Senate District and City Council special elections mean special elections should not be held at all.

I Would Have Stopped Him, 'Misha' Says Of Bombing Suspect

April 29
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The man known as Misha who relatives of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects have alleged may have turned the elder Tsarnaev brother toward a radical form of Islam says he did no such thing and would have tried to stop the attack if he had known about it.

Sen. Manchin Says Background Checks Bill Will Pass Next Time

April 29
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Sen. Joe Manchin says he's going to reintroduce his bill that expands background checks for gun purchases to sales made at gun shows and online, and he predicts that the second time around, it will get enough votes to move out of the Senate.

SD Mobile Bay

April 29

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay and two helicopter squadrons attached to the John C. Stennis Strike Group arrived in San Diego today following a deployment.

Boeing 787 Returns To The Skies With A Fix For Battery Issue

April 29
Bill Chappell / NPR

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, the passenger jet that was grounded around the world after flaws in its battery compartment were found to pose a fire risk, is back in the skies. Airlines in Japan and Ethiopia report no problems after sending the 787 into the sky this weekend. The FAA approved a new design for the 787's lithium-ion battery system on April 19.

Gunmaker Says Colorado's New Laws Will Send It Packing

April 29
Grace Hood / NPR

Colorado responded to the mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., by passing new gun control measures last month. That's not sitting well with several gun-related businesses in the Centennial State, where four companies have announced plans to relocate all or some of their operations.

Blazing The Trail For Female Programmers

April 29
Laura Sydell / NPR
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Sarah Allen has been the only woman on a team of computer programmers a few times over the more than two decades she's worked in the field. Most notably, she led the team -- as the lone female programmer -- that created Flash video, the dominant technology for streaming video on the Web.

Review: 'The List'

April 29
By Beth Accomando
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The International Rescue Committee provides support to refugees forced to flee from war and disaster. One way they raise funds and help spread the word about humanitarian crises is through their Annual International Documentary Film Series.