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Stories for August 2, 2013

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Ex-Filner Chief of Staff: 'I Believe Her'

Aug. 2, 2013
Liam Dillon / Voice of San Diego

Former mayoral chief of staff Vince Hall believes Bob Filner sexually harassed his former communications director, willfully refused to complete the city's sexual harassment training, created a "dehumanizing" work environment and isn't capable of changing his behavior.

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UPS Store Brings 3D Printing To The Masses

Aug. 2, 2013
By Dwane Brown

A San Diego based company is bringing 3D printing to the masses.

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San Diego Unified Honors Summer Grads

Aug. 2, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego Unified held its ninth annual summer commencement ceremony.

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Jury Rejects Death Penalty For Somali Pirates

Aug. 2, 2013
Scott Neuman / NPR

A Virginia jury has recommended life in prison for three Somali pirates convicted of murdering four Americans seized from a sailing yacht off the coast of Africa in 2011.

Congressional Recess Isn't A Ceasefire, It's A Chance To Reload

Aug. 2, 2013
Frank James / NPR

As Congress heads off for its 2013 summer recess, who could blame a citizen for thinking that maybe the slogan above the House dais should be changed from "In God We Trust" to "Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here."

Congress May Be Getting Its Own Obamacare Glitch Fixed

Aug. 2, 2013
Julie Rovner / NPR

As its last official action before leaving for a five-week summer break, the House today voted -- for the 40th time -- to block implementation of the federal health law.

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Obama Nominee For IRS Chief Has History With Tough Tasks

Aug. 2, 2013
Brian Naylor / NPR

The Internal Revenue Service, under attack by congressional Republicans, has been operating without a permanent commissioner. President Obama nominated John Koskinen on Thursday for what might be seen as a thankless job.

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Sex Assault Review Prompts Pentagon To Suspend 60 Troops

Aug. 2, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

A review of the records of military sexual assault counselors and recruiters, ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in May, has prompted the suspension of 55 soldiers and 5 members of the Navy - who, it turned out, had committed crimes like child abuse and sexual assault.

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San Diego County Farmers Grow A More Valuable Crop

Aug. 2, 2013
By Erik Anderson

San Diego County's agricultural bounty swelled by 4 percent last year, continuing an upward trend.

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The Old Gig: Catching Frogs On Warm Summer Nights

Aug. 2, 2013
Blake Farmer / NPR

Bick Boyte plops a 1-pound bullfrog in his aluminum canoe, still half alive. He resumes his kneeling position, perched upfront, on the hunt for a big bellower. Boyte hears the "wom, wom, wom" and knows frogs are within reach.

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Air National Guard Jets Collide In Midair, Coast Guard Rescues Pilot (Video)

Aug. 2, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Two Air National Guard F-16 jets collided in midair off the coast of Virginia Thursday night. The pilot of one of the jets ejected, and was later rescued by the Coast Guard. The pilot from the other jet involved in the collision was able to fly his aircraft back to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

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Health Exchange Promises 12 Percent Drop In Small Business Insurance Rates

Aug. 2, 2013
By Megan Burks

Covered California releases its health plan rates for small businesses.

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Roundtable: More Filner Trouble, UCSD Student Awarded $4.1 Million, Future Of SD's Wild Horses Uncertain

Aug. 2, 2013
By Mark Sauer, Natalie Walsh

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has another rough week as more people call for his resignation. A UCSD student who was forgotten in a DEA holding cell for nearly five days was awarded $4.1 million by the Justice Department. The fate of wild horses descended from steeds ridden by the Spanish military here in the 1700s is uncertain in East County.

Ohio: 74 Police Officers Face Punishment In Deadly Car Chase

Aug. 2, 2013
Bill Chappell / NPR

Dozens of police officers acted outside the rules and could be disciplined for their role in a massive car chase in Cleveland last fall, according to city leaders, after an official review of the 19-mile pursuit that resulted in two deaths. The review found that 13 officers fired 137 shots. The fleeing driver, Timothy Russell, and his passenger, Malissa Williams, were killed.

That Face-Lift May Buy You Only Three Years Of Youth

Aug. 2, 2013
Nancy Shute / NPR

The lighting in the NPR newsroom isn't doing me any favors. Maybe it's time to get some "work" done? Then again, cosmetic surgery makes people look only about three years younger and no more attractive, according to a study that tries to add some objectivity to a very subjective field of medicine.

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U.S. Job Growth Slows A Bit As Wages Shrink

Aug. 2, 2013
Marilyn Geewax / NPR

Employers added 162,000 workers in July, and the U.S. unemployment rate slipped to 7.4 percent, the lowest level since December 2008, the Labor Department said Friday.

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State Department Issues Worldwide Travel Alert

Aug. 2, 2013
Eyder Peralta / NPR

The U.S. State Department has issued a worldwide travel alert because of an al-Qaida threat that is particularly significant in the Middle East and North Africa.

FDA Approves Gluten-Free Label

Aug. 2, 2013
Dan Charles and Eliza Barclay / NPR

The Food and Drug Administration issued Friday the first legally binding rules for what food companies can legally label "gluten-free."

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Judge Signs Off On Landmark California Water Accord

Aug. 2, 2013
Associated Press

A California judge approves nation's largest farm-to-city transfer that ends a decade-long dispute over how to divide the state's share of water form the Colorado River.

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Phoenix Sheriff's Tent City Jail Turns 20

Aug. 2, 2013
By Jude Joffe-Block

The facility was originally set up as a solution to jail overcrowding, but it has since become a symbol of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s law enforcement regime.

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Chargers To Conduct FanFest Saturday At Qualcomm Stadium

Aug. 2, 2013
City News Service

The San Diego Chargers will conduct their annual FanFest during Saturday's practice at Qualcomm Stadium, with fans having the opportunity to see the team practice and get autographs from former players.

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Filner Recall Organizers Pallamary, Corbin Will Combine Efforts

Aug. 2, 2013
By Claire Trageser

The organizers of two separate efforts to recall Mayor Bob Filner announced Friday they will combine their efforts.

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U.S. Unemployment Sinks To 7.4 Percent; 162,000 Jobs Added In July

Aug. 2, 2013
Bill Chappell / NPR

America's unemployment rate sank to 7.4 percent in July, a drop of two-tenths of a percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says in its monthly summary of the U.S. economic situation. But employers added 162,000 jobs last month, coming in below economists' expectations.

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Could North Carolina Lead A 'Red-State Resurgence'?

Aug. 2, 2013
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

Pat McCrory hasn't fared too well with protesters.

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Snowden Has Job Offers, Place To Live, Russian Lawyer Says

Aug. 2, 2013
Bill Chappell / NPR

NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who spent more than a month at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport before being granted a one-year asylum Thursday, has picked out a place to live in Russia, his attorney there says.

U.S. Embassies To Close Sunday, And Possibly Beyond, For Safety

Aug. 2, 2013
Bill Chappell / NPR

Few details have emerged about the U.S. plan to shut down embassies that would normally be open this Sunday. A senior State Department official says that the U.S. facilities may be closed for more days, as well. The closures are being described as "precautionary steps" that are being taken "out of an abundance of caution."

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City Attorneys Warn Mayor's Chief Of Staff

Aug. 2, 2013
Associated Press

San Diego's city attorneys have warned Mayor Bob Filner's chief of staff to stop questioning mayor's office employees about the sexual harassment allegations against Filner.

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Four Reasons Why Millions Of Americans Are Leaving The Workforce

Aug. 2, 2013
Lisa Chow / NPR

The unemployment rate only includes people who don't have a job and are looking for work. A much larger swath of people -- about 36 percent of U.S. adults -- don't have jobs and aren't looking for work at all. That figure is higher than it's been in decades (and, conversely, the share of adults in the labor force -- shown in the graph above -- is lower than it's been in decades).