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Stories for December 2, 2013

AIDS Memorial Quilt Visits UC San Diego For World AIDS Day

Dec. 2
Evening Edition
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Sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt were on display at UC San Diego's World AIDS Day event, where the theme was "getting to zero" — zero new infections, zero stigma and zero HIV-related deaths.

San Diego County Registrar Of Voters Building Has Ribbon-Cutting On Tuesday

Dec. 2
By City News Service

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled Tuesday afternoon for the new 118,500-square-foot San Diego County Registrar of Voters building.

ACLU Sues, Claiming Catholic Hospitals Put Women At Risk

Dec. 2
Julie Rovner / NPR

The American Civil Liberties Union has decided to go directly to the source of its unhappiness with the way women are treated in Catholic hospitals. It's suing the nation's Catholic bishops.

San Diego Chargers Game Versus New York Giants In Danger Of Broadcast Blackout

Dec. 2
By City News Service

According to the San Diego Chargers' official Twitter account, around 4,500 tickets remain unsold for the next home game on Sunday against the New York Giants.

USS Howard Deploys To Western Pacific For Undisclosed Duration

Dec. 2
By City News Service

Tearful family members bid goodbye to the USS Howard's 320 officers and enlisted sailors, who are leaving just as the holiday season gets underway.

Florida Tribe Re-Creates Daring Escape From The Trail Of Tears

Dec. 2
Greg Allen / NPR
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This week, a group of Seminole Indians in Florida is commemorating an important historical event -- when a Seminole named Polly Parker organized and led an escape from federal troops more than 150 years ago.

Could A Tech Giant Build A Better Health Exchange? Maybe Not.

Dec. 2
Steve Henn / NPR
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Oregon has spent more than $40 million to build its own online health care exchange. It gave that money to a Silicon Valley titan, Oracle, but the result has been a disaster of missed deadlines, a non-working website and a state forced to process thousands of insurance applications on paper.

The Lawrence Welk Holiday Special: Great Moments And Memories

Dec. 2
By Jennifer Robinson
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Nine stars of the Lawrence Welk Musical Family are reunited to host this special, featuring great moments and memories spanning 30 years of Christmas holiday shows. The cast includes the Lawrence Welk Champaign lady, Norma Zimmer, Myron Floren, Jo Ann Castle, Mary Lou Metzger, Bobby Burgess, Ron Anderson, Sandi Griffiths, Ken Delo, and Gail Farrell.

Court Upholds Public Broadcasting Political Ad Ban

Dec. 2
Peter Overby / NPR
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While lawyers dismantle many restrictions on political money, the rules affecting Morning Edition and Downton Abbey still stand tall. A federal court in San Francisco says public radio and TV stations cannot carry paid political ads.

A Battle For Fair Housing Still Raging, But Mostly Forgotten

Dec. 2
Gene Demby / NPR
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It's not something we think about a lot or something that gets reported on often, but once you start digging around some, it's hard not to see the consequences of our country's long, sordid history of housing discrimination everywhere racial disparities manifest. The giant wealth gap between black and Latino Americans and white folks. Shorter life expectancies. Worse educational outcomes. Mass incarceration.

Unemployment Benefit Program Set To Expire At Year's End

Dec. 2
Tamara Keith / NPR
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More than 1 million people will see their extended unemployment benefits immediately cut off at the end of the month if Congress doesn't act.

The Giant Book That Creates And Destroys Entire Industries

Dec. 2
NPR

"There's our ship!" says Officer Lisa Sacco.

Amazon's Drone Has Many Asking 'What Could Go Wrong?'

Dec. 2
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The news that Amazon is hoping to one day use semi-autonomous drones to deliver small packages to customers has many asking a familiar question:

Aging With AIDS: San Diegans Living With Virus On The Rise

Dec. 2
Midday Edition
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On the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day, we discuss the growing number of people living longer with the disease and the unique challenges they face as they age with AIDS.

MCAS Miramar Band Cover Of 'Thrift Shop' Goes Viral (Video)

Dec. 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band, based at MCAS Miramar in San Diego, covered two Macklemore & Ryan Lewis songs at their recent Marine Corps Ball. Video of their performance of "Thrift Shop" and Can't Hold Us" is going viral on YouTube, with more than 184,000 views so far.

RNC Tweet Reinforces Hard-To-Shake GOP Stereotype

Dec. 2
Frank James / NPR
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If nothing else, the Republican National Committee has gotten people thinking about Rosa Parks.

Will San Diegans Spend Cyber Monday Shopping?

Dec. 2
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The rat-a-tat-tat of keyboards will be clicking all day as Cyber Monday gets into full swing. Those who dislike packed malls and parking lots will be taking advantage of sales from behind their desktops, tablets and smartphones.

California Health Insurers Restrict Doctor Choice To Lower Costs

Dec. 2
Pauline Bartolone / Capital Public Radio
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Californians shopping for health insurance next year are faced with many choices and different prices. The plans they choose also come with different combinations of doctors and hospitals. Some people are confused and frustrated.

North Korea Releases Video Of Detained Elderly Veteran From California (Video)

Dec. 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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New information has emerged from North Korea about Merrill E. Newman, the 85-year-old Korean War veteran from Northern California, who has been detained in North Korea since Oct. 26. It seems North Korea considers Newman a prisoner of war - the Korean War - which took place sixty years ago.

California Offers Many Holiday E-Waste Recycling Options

Dec. 2
Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio

If a new laptop, smartphone or TV shows up among your gifts this holiday season, there are an increasing number of ways in California to responsibly get rid of the old one.

Five Cyber Monday Stories From NPR's Archives

Dec. 2
NPR
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The term Cyber Monday wasn't established until 2005, but online shopping was popular even in the early days of the Internet.

California City On Verge Of Reverse Incorporation

Dec. 2
Associated Press

Jurupa Valley is California's newest city. It may also be the first city to disincorporate in decades.

Celtic Woman: Home For Christmas

Dec. 2
By Jennifer Robinson
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Internationally renowned for alluring stage productions and songs of heartwarming inspiration, Celtic Woman present their new chapter of musical enchantment in "Home For Christmas." Vocalists Lisa Lambe, Susan McFadden, Méav Ni Mhaolchatha and Celtic violinist Máiréad Nesbitt perform timeless holiday favorites (“Silent Night,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” “Joy to the World”) with their signature Celtic twist, under the distinctive musical direction of Emmy®-nominated music producer David Downes.

Gay Marriages Take Place In Hawaii As New Law Takes Hold

Dec. 2
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Six same-sex couples got married in Hawaii shortly after midnight Monday morning, taking advantage of a new law in the first hours of the first day it took effect. The state's Legislature approved the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act in a recent special session.

Uninsured Fret About Getting Health Coverage By New Year's Day

Dec. 2
Jordan Rau / NPR

Tambra Momi has been eagerly awaiting the promise of guaranteed health insurance.

The High Cost of A Liquor License In New Mexico

Dec. 2
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe
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New Mexico has some of the most expensive liquor licenses in the country. Recently, a retail license typically used to sell alcohol at a store, sold for nearly $1 million.

More Than 22,000 Gallons Of Sewage Spill Into San Diego Beaches

Dec. 2
City News Service
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A 22,500-gallon sewage spill prompted San Diego County authorities today to warn visitors to Dog Beach in Ocean Beach and part of South Mission Beach to stay out of the water.

Drone Delivery? Amazon Says A New Era Looms

Dec. 2
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Amazon is looking at drastically reducing its delivery times -- to 30 minutes or less -- as it plans a new service called Prime Air that it says could debut in a few years. In an interview on CBS' 60 Minutes, CEO Jeff Bezos said the giant online retailer plans to use semi-autonomous drones to carry purchases to customers.

Scripps Researchers Produce New Image Of Hep C Virus That Could Help Search For Vaccine

Dec. 2
By Kenny Goldberg
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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have produced a new image of a crucial part of the hepatitis C virus that could aid in the search for a vaccine.

Second Opinion: Will Obamacare Help If My Company’s Plan Is Too Expensive?

Dec. 2
By Megan Burks
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How much is too much when it comes to health care premiums for employer-based coverage? You and the federal government might disagree.

Investigators Examine Wreckage Of Deadly New York Train Crash

Dec. 2
Bill Chappell / NPR

The investigation into the cause of a New York train derailment that killed four people has begun, even as workers sift through wreckage to be sure they've found everyone on the seven-car train. At least 60 people were injured in the crash Sunday morning. The train's black box recorder has been found.

Deadly Derailment Is Latest Accident For Commuter Train Line

Dec. 2
Dan Bobkoff / NPR

At least four people are dead, and more than 60 injured after a commuter train derailed in the Bronx borough of New York City Sunday morning. Fourteen of the injuries are critical.