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Stories for August 8, 2013

Americans Warned Not To Travel To Pakistan

Aug. 8
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The Department of State cautioned Americans not to travel to Pakistan.

Surviving Tragedy: 'It Brought Us Closer'

Aug. 8
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One night in 2009, Ondelee Perteet and a friend went to a party in his hometown of Chicago.

California Insurance Board To Pursue Pediatric Dentistry Coverage

Aug. 8
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The board of California’s health insurance exchange is looking for ways to add children’s dental insurance to the health plan it will roll out under the Affordable Care Act.

Ask This Old House: Installing Interior Window Trim; Heating A Swimming Pool

Aug. 8
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Travel alongside the experts of Emmy® nominated series ASK THIS OLD HOUSE® and learn how to tackle everyday home improvement projects. In this episode, general contractor Tom Silva installs interior window trim. Then, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey installs a new device that will heat a swimming pool for free using the excess heat produced by a central air conditioner.

Martha Bakes: Cheesecake

Aug. 8
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Is there anything more indulgent than rich, creamy cheesecake? In this episode, Martha creates a feast of cheesecakes in a range of sizes and flavors, including an Italian ricotta cheesecake and individual cherry cheesecakes, and teaches viewers how to achieve perfect results every time.

Report: Temperatures, Ocean Levels, Wildfire Threat Rising

Aug. 8
By Erik Anderson
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California's measurement of climate change indicators shows the climate is already changing.

ICE Suspends Volunteer Visits To Detainees At Three California Jails

Aug. 8
By Jill Replogle
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ICE abruptly suspended two programs that recruited volunteers to visit immigration detainees. Organizers of the programs say ICE's actions appear to be retaliation for published criticism of immigration detention.

Scripps Study To Evaluate Whether Mobile Health Apps Help Lower Medical Costs

Aug. 8
By Kenny Goldberg
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Mobile health apps are cool, but can they help lower health care costs? A new study hopes to find out.

Can Congress Figure Out How To Rescue The Post Office?

Aug. 8
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The U.S. Postal Service lost some $16 billion last year and continues to bleed red ink. Congress has been unable to agree on a rescue plan.

Yemen Official: New Round Of Drone Strikes Target Al-Qaida

Aug. 8
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A Yemeni official says 12 suspected al-Qaida militants have been killed in the Arab country in three separate U.S. drone strikes Thursday.

Laid To Rest: A Proper Burial For The Poor

Aug. 8
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On a blisteringly hot summer afternoon, about 40 people gather at the Evangelico Cemetery in southwestern Albuquerque. Deacon Pablo Lefebre leads the service and begins with a prayer

Spike Lee: Doing The Right Thing For Himself

Aug. 8
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Spike Lee is known for film classics like Do the Right Thing, She's Gotta Have It and Jungle Fever. Now, he's taking the funding of his next movie -- currently known only as The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint -- to the crowd, using Kickstarter.

Egypt's Top General And His U.S. Lessons In Democracy

Aug. 8
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Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the man at the center of the military takeover in Egypt, is the latest in a series of American-trained foreign officers to oust a civilian government.

Navy Rules Death Of Diver Accidental (Video)

Aug. 8
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An investigation into the June 19 death of Diver 3rd Class Robert Dotzler, 22, of Berkeley, California found that he died as a result of accidental drowning.

Mayor Lawyers Up in Federal Case

Aug. 8
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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has hired a high-powered criminal defense attorney in a federal probe involving a Kearny Mesa development, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: French Sweets, Refined And Rustic

Aug. 8
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Man on the Street John “Doc” Willoughby heads to the Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory in Brooklyn to learn all about the art of chocolate making. Next, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make perfect Chocolate Truffles at home. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of cocoa powder. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison reveals the secrets to making the best French Apple Cake.

Cancer Treatment In Clinical Trials At UC San Diego

Aug. 8
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Neurosurgeons at the UC San Diego School are among the first in the world to use MRI technology to delivery gene therapy as a potential treatment for brain cancer.

Kazakh Students Indicted In Boston Bombing Probe

Aug. 8
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A federal grand jury has indicted two men on charges of obstruction of justice related to the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.

Some Test Scores Slip Across State, County

Aug. 8
By Kyla Calvert
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California students' passing rates slip slightly on state standardized tests.

Soldier Dies Of Injuries Suffered In Afghan IED Attack

Aug. 8
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Army Spc. Nickolas S. Welch, 26, died August 6 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, of injuries he suffered July 23 in Afghanistan.

World-Record Snakehead Fish Caught In U.S.

Aug. 8
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A Virginia man has caught the largest northern snakehead on record with a rod and reel, landing a 17-pound, 6-ounce specimen of the fish often called "Frankenfish" for their monster-like appearance and tenacious survival skills.

Hundreds Flee, Homes Burn, 3 Hurt In Calif. Fire

Aug. 8
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A thousand firefighters battled a growing wildfire in the inland mountains of Southern California early Thursday, trying to save small communities where some home have been lost and an estimated 1,500 residents were forced to flee.

'Dream 9' Immigrant Activists Freed In Tucson

Aug. 8
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'Dream 9' immigrant activists walk away from the Greyhound bus depot where they were freed Wednesday, pending asylum hearings.

Fannie Mae Books $10.1 Billion In Second-Quarter Profits

Aug. 8
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Driven by a recovery in the U.S. housing market, mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae netted profits of $10.1 billion in the second quarter, its sixth-straight quarter with positive results. The company, which has operated under federal conservatorship since 2008, reported its earnings Thursday.

San Diego Utility Wants Smart Inverters For Local Solar Arrays

Aug. 8
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San Diego's utility provider wants upgrades to make smaller solar power systems work better with the electricity grid.

What Makes Good Bacteria Go Bad? It's Not Them, It's You

Aug. 8
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Imagine a friend of a friend brings his family to stay with you -- his family of tiny survivalists. For weeks or months you all live quietly side by side with no problems. You share meals. Your kids play together.

Burglars Return Loot To Group That Helps Sex Assault Victims

Aug. 8
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The burglar (or burglars) who broke into the offices of the San Bernardino County (Calif.) Sexual Assault Services on July 31 and stole several computers and monitors apparently had a change of heart after finding out that the people at the agency help victims of sexual violence.

The Legal Issues Surrounding Mayor Filner And Sexual Harassment Allegations

Aug. 8
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A dispute is brewing over whether the sexual harassment suit filed against Mayor Bob Filner by his former communications director should be moved to Imperial County.

3 Winning Powerball Tickets Sold: 2 In N.J., 1 In Minnesota

Aug. 8
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If you haven't gotten in touch recently with relatives in New Jersey and Minnesota, this might a good time to check on how they're doing.

Government Shutdown? Odds Are Uncomfortably High

Aug. 8
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It's going to be another ugly fall in Washington.

Manhunt Continues in Boulevard Murder, Kidnapping Case

Aug. 8
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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Teams of investigators worked urgently today to find a murder suspect from Boulevard and a teenage girl he is suspected of kidnapping after allegedly killing her mother and a child who, so far, has not been identified.

Working To Save The Painted 'Zonkeys' Of Tijuana

Aug. 8
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Ruben prances across the street one recent morning on his way to work on a corner of Tijuana's famous tourist strip, Avenida Revolución.

California's New Rules Could Change The Rideshare Game

Aug. 8
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By now, you've probably heard of Internet-based ridesharing apps like Uber and Sidecar that let you hail a ride with the touch of a screen. They're often cheaper than taxis and because of that, they're in most major cities and their popularity is booming.

Egypt May Not Need Fighter Jets, But U.S. Keeps Sending Them Anyway

Aug. 8
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Every year, the U.S. Congress appropriates more than $1 billion in military aid to Egypt. But that money never gets to Egypt. It goes to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, then to a trust fund at the Treasury and, finally, out to U.S. military contractors that make the tanks and fighter jets that ultimately get sent to Egypt.

Southern California wildfire grows extensively

Aug. 8
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BEAUMONT, Calif. (AP) -- A growing wildfire chewed through a rugged Southern California mountain range on Thursday, damaging buildings, threatening as many as 600 homes and forcing some 1,500 people to flee.

California wildfire destroys at least 10 homes

Aug. 8
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BEAUMONT, Calif. (AP) -- A rapidly spreading wildfire chewed through a rugged Southern California mountain range on Thursday, destroying at least 10 homes, threatening more than 500 other residences and forcing some 1,800 people to flee.

California wildfire destroys 26 homes

Aug. 8
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BEAUMONT, Calif. (AP) -- A rapidly spreading wildfire chewed through a rugged Southern California mountain range on Thursday, destroying more than two dozen homes, threatening more than 500 other residences and forcing some 1,800 people to flee.

Hunt Widens For Suspected Calif. Killer, Abductor

Aug. 8
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Amber Alerts expanded to Nevada, Oregon and Washington as authorities searched for a California man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old girl and wanted in the death of the girl's mother and possibly her 8-year-old brother.

Suspected child abductor might have explosives

Aug. 8
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LAKESIDE, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say a man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old Southern California girl might be armed with homemade explosives.

Search expands for suspect and missing Calif. teen

Aug. 8
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LAKESIDE, Calif. (AP) -- A man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old girl after setting his house ablaze with the girl's mother and possibly her younger brother inside may have booby-trapped his car with homemade explosives, police said Thursday as a search expanded to four states, Mexico and Canada.