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Stories for August 7, 2013

Obama Commends Camp Pendleton Troops

Aug. 7
By Katie Schoolov
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President Barack Obama visited Camp Pendleton for the first time on Wednesday, thanking the troops for their service and calling on Congress to help him stop sequestration.

Bill To Expand California's Paid Family Leave Law Clears Committee

Aug. 7
Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio
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A bill that would expand California’s Paid Family Leave law to include workers caring for ailing grandparents, grandchildren, siblings and in-laws has passed an Assembly committee.

Sanders Uninvites Mayor Filner From D.C. Trip

Aug. 7
By Claire Trageser
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Former Mayor Jerry Sanders sent a letter to Mayor Bob Filner on Wednesday uninviting him from a September trip to Washington D.C.

Filner Must Resign, Women Vets Say

Aug. 7
By Sandhya Dirks, Mark Sauer
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Saying that “ours was the wrong group to choose,” the leader of the National Women’s Veterans Association today launched a campaign to force Mayor Bob Filner to resign.

UCSD Engineers 3D-Print Robot For Power Line Inspection

Aug. 7
By David Wagner
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Think about the miles of power lines criss-crossing our modern world. Inspecting them all for signs of wear and tear can be a complicated and expensive process. That's why a group of crafty UCSD engineers built SkySweeper, an elegant little 3D printed robot that could make power line inspection a lot simpler.

Councilmembers Focus On Strengthening Border Relations

Aug. 7
By Hilary Andrews
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San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria, elected officials and business leaders met in Tijuana Wednesday with Mexico leaders in an overall effort to maintain their binational relationship.

Hubbub Over Hillary Clinton Movies: A Dress Rehearsal For 2016

Aug. 7
Frank James / NPR
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Commotion over a pair of movies that haven't even been made proves, if anything, that the Clintons need not lift a finger to inspire a controversy.

Climate Change Could Spell Final 'Chuckle' For Alpine Frog

Aug. 7
Ashley Ahearn / NPR
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Across the Western U.S., yearly areas of snowpack are decreasing, and researchers are trying to figure out what that means for everything that relies on the snowmelt -- from farms to power plants to a little creature known as the Cascades frog.

EPA Wants To Allow Continued Wastewater Dumping In Wyoming

Aug. 7
Elizabeth Shogren / NPR
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The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to let oil companies continue to dump polluted wastewater on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. This includes chemicals that companies add to the wells during hydraulic fracturing, an engineering practice that makes wells produce more oil.

The History -- And Future -- Of Cable's Bundling

Aug. 7
Dan Bobkoff / NPR
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For Time Warner Cable customers in major cities, the battle for the future of television is playing out before their eyes.

For One-Time Tech Exec, Leading D.C. Charity Is No Small Job

Aug. 7
NPR Staff / NPR
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On a recent morning, Patty Stonesifer sat cross-legged on the floor of a day care classroom, laughing as pre-schoolers clambered into a fire truck made out of a cardboard carton.

'Monument To Hell' Is No More: Cleveland Rapist's House Is Torn Down

Aug. 7
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The house of kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro, the man who was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years last week, has been razed. Michelle Knight, one of the three women for whom the house became a prison for nearly a decade, was on hand for the demolition Wednesday.

San Diego County To Send 50 More Inmates To Fire Camps

Aug. 7
By Susan Murphy
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Dozens of San Diego inmates will soon be transferred from county jails to state-run fire camps as part of an effort to ease overcrowding and to provide support to firefighters on the front lines.

How Will Young Adults And College Students Fare Under Obamacare?

Aug. 7
Emily Bazar / CHCF Center for Health Reporting

Q: My youngest child is 21 and graduated from college in May. My other daughter is 24 and is still a college student in Stockton. What are my options with them under the Affordable Care Act?

Allred To Oppose Filner's Request To Move Lawsuit

Aug. 7
City News Service
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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's legal team wants a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him moved to Imperial County, but plaintiff's attorney Gloria Allred said today she would oppose the motion.

USD Student Aims To Educate Deaf In East Africa

Aug. 7
By Dwane Brown
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The long-term goals of the program are to increase the number of deaf students accepted into universities, increase the scholarship opportunities and eventually help get them jobs.

Bring Home The Bacon Or Put It In A Meat Locker?

Aug. 7
Twilight Greenaway / NPR
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Why buy 1 pound of hamburger meat from a local farmer when you can buy 5 pounds -- plus another 20 pounds of stew meat, steaks and roast -- for as little as half the price of what it all goes for at the market?

After Immigration Bust, Herb Grower Tries A New Path

Aug. 7
Liz Jones / NPR
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The ongoing immigration debate in Congress often spotlights the job market for people living in the U.S. illegally. Not long ago, that market included one of the country's top organic herb farms -- until an immigration bust forced the business, based in Washington state, to clean up its payroll.

Camp Pendleton Marine Killed In Restaurant Assault (Video)

Aug. 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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A 25-year-old active Marine reservist based at Camp Pendleton died of head injuries Tuesday suffered in a fight outside a Pasadena restaurant. Two men and one woman have been arrested in connection with the assault led to the death of Joshua Martinez.

'Orange Is The New Black' Transgender Actress Calls Role 'Complicated'

Aug. 7
NPR Staff / NPR
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The Netflix hit Orange Is the New Black has won over critics and viewers alike this summer. The original series follows a diverse cast of characters in a women's prison in upstate New York. One of the breakout stars is Laverne Cox. Her character, Sophia, is a transgender woman who stands up for herself among prison officials and other inmates.

Benefits, Risks And Ethical Concerns Of Drones

Aug. 7
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Drones and other Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, are a new technology that some are embracing. But others have concerns about privacy issues and how UAVs will be used and regulated. We take a look.

San Diegan Finds Passion For Comedy After Losing Sight

Aug. 7
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Psychologists tell us laughter can relieve tension, stress and, according to the old adage, it can also be the best medicine. We'll talk to a local man who turned to comedy to deal with challenges.

US Brings Charges To Disrupt Pact Between Cartel, L.A. Gang

Aug. 7
By Adrian Florido

Officials say the partnership between a major Mexican drug cartel and a Los Angeles street gang would have created a meth distribution system in Southern California.

Bills Allowing Vets to Pay In-State College Tuition Move Forward

Aug. 7
Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio

Military veterans new to California would be allowed to pay in-state tuition in the state’s colleges and universities under competing bills now making their way through the legislature.

'Paying Till It Hurts': Why American Health Care Is So Pricey

Aug. 7
NPR
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It costs $13,660 for an American to have a hip replacement in Belgium; in the U.S., it's closer to $100,000.

Steven Spielberg Won't Direct Chris Kyle Biopic 'American Sniper'

Aug. 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg has decided he won't be the one to helm the upcoming biopic of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle. Actor Bradley Cooper, who owns the rights to the book written by Kyle, is still slated to star as the fallen former Navy SEAL.

CNN: Two More Women Allege Unwanted Advances By Filner

Aug. 7
By Tarryn Mento
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In an exclusive interview, CNN reported two more women — both veterans — alleged they were sexually harassed by San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

Former San Diego Councilman Ralph Inzunza To Be Released From Prison

Aug. 7
By Susan Murphy
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Former San Diego City Councilman Ralph Inzunza is scheduled to be released from prison today, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

Freddie Mac Earns $5 Billion In 3 Months; To Pay U.S. $4.4 Billion

Aug. 7
Bill Chappell / NPR

Freddie Mac racked up a $5 billion profit in the second quarter, the mortgage backer said in its quarterly report Wednesday. The earnings are the second-highest in the history of Freddie Mac, which has now extended its streak of profitable quarters to seven in a row.

Watch Live Feed Of President Obama's Visit To Camp Pendleton (Video)

Aug. 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Marines and their families at Camp Pendleton today at 12:50 PDT. Home Post will be streaming live video from the president's visit.

Civil Rights Giant Becomes Comic Book Hero

Aug. 7
By Sandhya Dirks
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Civil rights legend John Lewis is telling his story in the form of a graphic novel.

Lawmakers Start Sprint To End Of Session

Aug. 7
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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After spending a month working around their home districts, California Assembly members are back at the Capitol to finish up final the six weeks of the legislative session.

SANDAG Changing How It Prioritizes Highway, Transit Projects

Aug. 7
By Megan Burks
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SANDAG is getting to work on its next regional plan with a special focus on low-income communities, but City Heights residents say the planning agency should go further.

In Some Cities, Gays Face Greater Risk Of Becoming Homeless

Aug. 7
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Tim Oviatt was once a successful businessman. For 32 years, he owned an apparel store in San Francisco called All American Boy.

Cleveland House Of Horrors Comes Down Today

Aug. 7
Doreen McCallister / NPR
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Ariel Castro's house on Seymour Avenue where three women were held captive and raped for a decade will be demolished this morning.

Close Friend Becomes Suspect In California Death

Aug. 7
Associated Press
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The children treated him like an uncle. He was close friends with their parents.

Friend: Suspected Calif abductor had crush on girl

Aug. 7
Associated Press / Associated Press

LAKESIDE, Calif. (AP) -- A man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old girl told her he had a crush on her and would date her if they were the same age, a friend of the girl said Wednesday as police searched for the man who is also wanted in the death of the girl's mother and possibly her 8-year-old brother.