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Stories for December 9, 2013

Congress Renews Ban On Plastic Weapons

Dec. 9
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Congress voted to renew a ban on plastic firearms that can skirt airport detectors, but Republican lawmakers blocked efforts to tighten the restrictions.

Ethics Panel Hands Down Holiday Gift Rules -- In Rhyme

Dec. 9
Peter Overby / NPR
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Time was when business-suited Santas would spend December roaming the corridors of Congress, bestowing all sorts of goodies upon their elected friends, prospective friends and staffers: baskets of food, bottles of booze, even high-priced tickets to sports events.

Replica Of San Diego Explorer's Galleon Taking Shape

Dec. 9
By Katie Schoolov
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Explore a replica of a 16th-century Spanish galleon being built in San Diego and learn about the original vessel that carried the first European explorer to our shores.

DOC MARTIN: Revealed

Dec. 9
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"Doc Martin: Revealed" features behind-the-scenes footage from the newest "Doc Martin" series (Season 6) shot on location in Port Isaac, Cornwall, England. Viewers get inside access to the actors and crew as they film sequences on the balcony at Large's Restaurant and in the nearby pub that doubles for the Crab & Lobster.

Indoor Marijuana Grows On The Rise In San Diego

Dec. 9
By Dwane Brown
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Drug enforcement agents in San Diego County said one-quarter of the 55 indoor marijuana labs discovered in the region this year were extracting hash oil.

San Diego City Council To Vote On $60,000 Settlement For Occupy Protestor

Dec. 9
By Claire Trageser
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Ray Lutz's settlement with the City of San Diego for his arrest during Occupy San Diego is up for a vote at the City Council.

Senate GOP Could Taste Sweet Revenge In Supreme Court Case

Dec. 9
Frank James / NPR
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If revenge is a dish best served cold, in Washington it can also be served with a heaping side of irony.

Report: San Diego Has $170M In Sidewalk Requests

Dec. 9
By City News Service
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The city of San Diego has 425 requests for sidewalk installations throughout the city, which would cost a combined $170 million, but only budgets $1 million annually to pay for them.

Illegal Wreath 'Tippers' Look For Some Under-The-Table Green

Dec. 9
Jennifer Mitchell / NPR
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That wreath on your front door could contain stolen goods.

Government Sells Last Shares In GM, Loses $10 Billion

Dec. 9
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Critics of the federal auto bailout will no longer be able to refer derisively to GM as "Government Motors" -- on Monday, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced the U.S. government has sold its remaining shares in the carmaker.

Cook's Country From America's Test Kitchen: Dessert On Bourbon Street

Dec. 9
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Test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the ultimate New Orleans Bourbon Bread Pudding. Then, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his top picks for sugar shakers. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of grits. And finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster reveals the secrets to making perfect Beignets at home.

San Diego Housing Report Shows Signs Of Market Slowdown

Dec. 9
By City News Service
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The SANDAG report says the median cost of a single-family house in San Diego in November was $469,000, down 1.3 percent from last month but 15 percent higher from October 2012.

(Video) Grace Hopper, Navy Rear Admiral And Computer Pioneer, Honored By Google Doodle

Dec. 9
By Beth Ford Roth
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Monday's Google Doodle honors Grace Hopper, a groundbreaking computer scientist who also attained the rank of rear admiral in the U.S. Navy.

18 LA Sheriff's Deputies Indicted In Sweeping Jail Probe

Dec. 9
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Federal prosecutors announced Monday the indictment of 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies on an array of charges stemming from a sweeping investigation into inmate abuse and corruption.

To Curb Costs, New California Health Plans Trim Care Choices

Dec. 9
Pauline Bartolone / NPR
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When Diane Shore got a letter that her health policy would be canceled, the small premium increase for the new plan didn't bother her that much.

Supersized Cartoon Library Welcomes 'All Geeks And Dorks'

Dec. 9
Steve Brown / NPR
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Comic book lovers have a new paradise. It's not the Batcave or the Fortress of Solitude; it's a new cartoon library and museum, tucked into a nondescript building on the Ohio State University campus.

California Airman Killed In Car Crash At Ramstein Air Base

Dec. 9
By Beth Ford Roth
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Airman 1st Class Jonathan Santos-Carvajal, 20, of Yuba City, California, was killed in a single-car accident in Germany on Dec. 4.

MARTHA BAKES: Brioche

Dec. 9
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Brioche is light, airy and one of Martha’s favorite breads. In this episode, she starts by making the brioche dough and then turns it into three wonderful brioche variations — brioche à tête, brioche loaf, and baba au rhum. She also creates Martha’s French toast, a breakfast favorite.

Newtown Calls For 'Acts Of Kindness' On Shooting Anniversary

Dec. 9
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Relatives of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School have asked people to mark Saturday's anniversary of the mass shooting with "acts of kindness" and say they will light candles in memory of the victims.

Violence In PG-13 Movies Comes With Plenty Of Sex And Booze

Dec. 9
Nancy Shute / NPR
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If you're looking for good role models for your teenagers, the local cineplex may not be the place to go.

How Sustainable Is Sustainable Food Model For San Diego Restaurants?

Dec. 9
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The farm-to-table movement might be facing more of an uphill battle in San Diego since the recent closure of a couple farm-to-table restaurants.

No One Found Guilty In Stephanie Crowe Killing

Dec. 9
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The acquittal Friday of Richard Tuite for the 1998 murder of Stephanie Crowe means that case remains unresolved. Why hasn't anyone been convicted of killing the Escondido preteen?

San Diego Study: Acupuncture Effective For Pain Management In Children After Tonsillectomy

Dec. 9
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A new study by a San Diego pediatric surgeon finds acupuncture is effective for pain management in children post-op tonsillectomy. Codeine was often used for pain relief after this surgery until it was banned by the FDA earlier this year because of the risk of death.

Following Up: Can Twitter Predict Elections?

Dec. 9
By Brad Racino
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Given the rapid growth in social networking both in the U.S. and worldwide, it’s no surprise researchers and academics are crunching data by the ton, looking for the next big breakthrough in cheap, up-to-the-minute public polling.

The Secret's Out: Obama Acknowledges Existence Of Area 51

Dec. 9
Adam Wollner / NPR
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At one time, Area 51 was one of the most famous military installations in the world -- a place widely talked about, yet so secret that the U.S. government refused to confirm its existence.

Study Shows Female Executives in California Making Progress Slowly

Dec. 9
Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio
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An annual study on female California business leaders shows that the glass ceiling for women in business is rising, but says there’s lots of work to be done before it shatters.

Marine Pilots To Practice Bombing At Camp Pendleton This Week

Dec. 9
By City News Service
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Marine Corps pilots will practice bombing targets at a Camp Pendleton range from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

National City Shutting Down City Hall For Two Weeks To Save Money

Dec. 9
By City News Service
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National City will close its City Hall for two weeks, saving the city an estimated $138,500 in salary costs and an additional $11,910 in energy costs.

Call The Midwife Holiday Special 2013

Dec. 9
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CALL THE MIDWIFE follows nurse Jenny Lee and the midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House convent, who visit the expectant mothers of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best possible care. Chummy, PC Noakes and baby Freddy are back in the East End, Sister Bernadette, now known as Shelagh since leaving the convent, is preparing for her wedding to Dr. Turner and Jenny is facing huge challenges personally and professionally. At Christmas, when an unexploded World War II bomb is found under a warehouse close to Nonnatus House, the nuns and dozens of local families become homeless.

Detroit Bankruptcy Rasing Questions In California

Dec. 9
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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A ruling in the Detroit bankruptcy case is raising questions in California. A Michigan judge has ruled the city does not have to pay pensions in full as it enters bankruptcy.

California Corrections Reform Advocates Push For Incarceration Alternatives

Dec. 9
Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio
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Advocates for overhauling the corrections system are asking California officials to look at alternatives to incarceration as they consider how best to use bond revenue meant to reduce prison overcrowding.

University Of Oregon Investigating 'Out Of Control' Snowball Fight

Dec. 9
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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You know what they say: It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt.

'In Meat We Trust' Argues We Got The Meat Industry We Asked For

Dec. 9
Jeremy Bernfeld / NPR
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The meat on your dinner table probably didn't come from a happy little cow that lived a wondrous life out on rolling green hills. It probably also wasn't produced by a robot animal killer hired by an evil cabal of monocle-wearing industrialists.

Baseball's Torre, La Russa, Cox Add Another Title: Hall Of Famer

Dec. 9
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Their paths repeatedly crossed on the way to the World Series. And now retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox are headed to the same place: the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The Hall's Expansion Era committee announced its selection Monday.

Don't You Dare Call Me A Hipster! I, Sir, Am A 'Hep Cat'

Dec. 9
Lakshmi Gandhi / NPR
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Aside from racial and ethnic slurs, there aren't many words that prompt a more immediate and visceral response than "hipster." Many associate the term with craft beer, smugness and, of course, Brooklyn. Modern-day hipsters have inspired a huge number of Tumblrs, memes and trend pieces in the media.

Water Main Breaks In Mountain View Neighborhood Floods Street

Dec. 9
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A water main broke in San Diego's Mountain View neighborhood early Monday, sending water gushing into the street, police said.

Orc And Dagger: U.S. Reportedly Spied On Gamers Online

Dec. 9
Bill Chappell / NPR
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U.S. and British intelligence agencies have worked to infiltrate networks of violence-prone individuals who might unite for a common cause. And in some cases, the spies are also targeting networks that aren't regional terrorist cells -- they're online gaming communities, according to the latest revelation from documents given to the media by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Carlsbad Police Tracking Origin Of Suspicious Object Found On Lawn

Dec. 9
By City News Service
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A plastic bottle containing tin foil and a dark liquid was reported Sunday and now Carlsbad police want to know who left it on the home's lawn.

New York's Insurance Exchange Readies For Holiday Rush

Dec. 9
Fred Mogul / NPR
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New York's health insurance marketplace has been running relatively smoothly, compared with healthcare.gov, the site the federal government is running for 36 states.

San Diego Wind Farms Get Extended Legal Protection On Eagle Deaths

Dec. 9
By Susan Murphy
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Wind energy farms in San Diego can now get a 30-year permit to kill eagles accidentally without penalty. A San Diego conservationist says the ruling puts the region’s declining eagle population at risk.

San Diego Citywide Bike Path Plan Goes Before City Council

Dec. 9
By Tom Fudge
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The San Diego City Council will consider a plan to add 595 miles of bicycle paths to double the size of the citywide bike network.

Second Opinion: Will Obamacare Streamline Care For Disabled People?

Dec. 9
By Megan Burks
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The Affordable Care Act will fund a three-year pilot program aimed at streamlining health care delivery to seniors and people with disabilities.

Disgraced San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Sentenced To 3 Years Probation

Dec. 9
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Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner was placed on probation for three years after pleading guilty in October to one felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery.

San Diego Symphony Composing Music Inspired By Crowdsourcing

Dec. 9
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The San Diego Symphony asked everyday San Diegans to send in videos of their music to help inspire an original orchestral composition about San Diego.

Other-Than-Honorable Discharge Burdens Like A Scarlet Letter

Dec. 9
Marisa Penaloza, Quil Lawrence
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Eric Highfill spent five years in the Navy, fixing airplanes for special-operations forces. His discharge papers show an Iraq campaign medal and an Afghanistan campaign medal, a good conduct medal, and that he's a marksman with a pistol and sharpshooter with a rifle.

Winter Storm Plows Through Mid-Atlantic To Hit New England

Dec. 9
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Winter won't officially begin for nearly two more weeks, but a winter storm continued to plow across much of the eastern part of the U.S. on Monday, bringing a dangerous mix of snow, ice and freezing rain. The storm knocked out power in some areas, fouled morning commutes and caused more than a thousand flights to be cancelled.

Epilepsy Patients Help Decode The Brain's Hidden Signals

Dec. 9
Amy Standen / NPR
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Patients with severe epilepsy are giving scientists the chance to see the human brain in action, a view they could never get with an MRI or other high-tech tools.

Will Obamacare Play Big In 2014? Keep An Eye On N.H. Senate Race

Dec. 9
Ailsa Chang / NPR
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With a new White House push to promote the Affordable Care Act well underway, the question is whether an improved HealthCare.gov site and onslaught of positive talking points will be enough to bolster Senate Democrats facing tough races in 2014.