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Stories for December 10, 2013

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San Diego Man Arrested In Connection With Revenge Porn Website

Dec. 10, 2013
By David Wagner

A San Diego man was arrested Tuesday on charges related to operating a revenge porn website. It's the first bust of its kind since California criminalized revenge porn earlier this year.

New Rules Could Cost Low-Income San Diego Schools Millions In Funding

Dec. 10, 2013
By Kyla Calvert and The Associated Press

Counting low-income students is a barrier to getting additional funding intended to support those students under California's new funding system.

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Is Economic Populism A Problem Or A Solution For Democrats?

Dec. 10, 2013
Frank James / NPR

The fight over taxes, entitlements and income inequality has clearly been reignited in the Democratic Party, sparking questions about whether, and how hard, to push economic populism as the party approaches the 2014 midterm elections and beyond.

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Bipartisan Negotiators Unveil Budget To Avoid January Shutdown

Dec. 10, 2013
Scott Neuman / NPR

Congressional negotiators announced Tuesday that they'd reached a budget proposal to restore about $65 billion worth of sequestration cuts in exchange for cuts elsewhere and additional fees.

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Congressional Work On Farm Bill Likely To Spill Into 2014

Dec. 10, 2013
Tamara Keith / NPR

House and Senate negotiators working to finish a farm bill say it is unlikely their work will be completed before the end of the year. The House is only in session for the rest of the week, and according to one of the negotiators, this week's snowy weather has delayed some numbers-crunching needed to figure out how much elements of a possible deal will cost.

Woman Pleads Guilty To Mailing Ricin To Obama, Bloomberg

Dec. 10, 2013
Scott Neuman / NPR

A former actress who sent ricin-laced letters to President Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pleaded guilty in federal court in Texarkana, Texas, as part of a deal to limit her sentence to no more than 18 years.

Popular Antacids Increase The Risk Of B-12 Deficiency

Dec. 10, 2013
Nancy Shute / NPR

Acid-inhibiting drugs like Zantac and Prilosec have become hugely popular because they're so good at preventing the unpleasant symptoms of heartburn and acid indigestion.

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Richard Tuite One Step Closer To Freedom After Manslaughter Acquittal

Dec. 10, 2013
By City News Service

A judge Tuesday resentenced Richard Tuite to credit for time served for escape and bribery convictions one week after his acquittal in the 1998 stabbing death of 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe.

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Christmas In Norway With The St. Olaf Choir

Dec. 10, 2013
By Jennifer Robinson

From Trondheim’s historic Nidaros Cathedral, "Christmas In Norway With The St. Olaf Choir" treats PBS viewers and lovers of choral music to a spectacular holiday concert featuring the 75-voice St. Olaf Choir from St. Olaf College and the Norwegian girl choir, Nidaros Jentekor. The production pairs the cathedral’s spare gothic beauty and stunning acoustics with the distinctive a cappella singing style for which the St. Olaf Choir — which owes its origins and legacy to Norway — is internationally known.

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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Finders Keepers

Dec. 10, 2013
By Jennifer Robinson

Tucked behind a fireplace, buried in a cotton field, mistaken for insulation in the ceiling of a basement … some treasures show up where you least expect to find them. In this new special, ROADSHOW shines a spotlight on items whose discovery was a happy accident.

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Missing Couple, Four Kids Found Safe In Nevada Mountains

Dec. 10, 2013
Scott Neuman / NPR

A couple and four children who had been missing since Sunday in the mountains of northern Nevada amid subzero temperatures have been found in good shape, officials said.

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To Get Olympic Snow, Machines Give Nature A Nudge

Dec. 10, 2013
Tamara Keith / NPR

In Russia, organizers of the 2014 Winter Olympics have called on dozens of shamans to pray for snow. But the centerpiece of the Olympic snow strategy is man-made: a massive system that features more than 550 snow-making machines.

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New Orleans' Rat-Fighters Go Beyond Baiting Traps

Dec. 10, 2013
Keith O'Brien / NPR

Marvin Thompson knew he faced a difficult task when he was hired last year as principal at John McDonogh High School in New Orleans.

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GM Gives A Woman The Keys To Drive Its Future

Dec. 10, 2013
Marilyn Geewax / NPR

She's not the first woman to head a global corporation.

Hard Sell For Obamacare In Florida, Despite Big Market

Dec. 10, 2013
Eric Whitney / NPR

Getting people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act remains an uphill battle in much of Florida.

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In A Small Missouri Town, Immigrants Turn To Schools For Help

Dec. 10, 2013
Abbie Fentress Swanson / NPR

This story comes to us from Harvest Public Media, a public radio reporting project that focuses on agriculture and food production issues.You can see more photos and hear more audio from the series here. Wednesday, we'll have a story from a meatpacking plant in Garden City, Kan., which takes a proactive stance toward its newest immigrants.

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Regulators OK 'Volcker Rule' To Rein In Banks' Risky Trades

Dec. 10, 2013
Scott Neuman / NPR

The Volcker rule, a centerpiece of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial law aimed at barring banks from the kinds of risky practices that contributed to the economic meltdown, was approved by five key regulators on Tuesday, clearing the way for its implementation.

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Helicopter Squadron Of Two Fallen Pilots Returns To NAS North Island Dec. 11

Dec. 10, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6 and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 75 are slated to return home to Naval Air Station North Island on Dec. 11 after an extended deployment. Tragically, two members of HSC-6 were killed in September when their MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crashed in the Red Sea.

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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS Presents: Americana Music Festival 2013

Dec. 10, 2013

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music. This episode features selected performances from the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, including Dr. John, Stephen Stills, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and more.

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Report: California Skimping On Spending For Tobacco Prevention

Dec. 10, 2013
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

In California, only 14 percent of the recommended $441.9 million of tobacco settlement dollars is being spent on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, report by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids finds.

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Biographer Reconsiders Ulysses Grant's Legacy

Dec. 10, 2013
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

In 'The Man Who Saved the Union,' author H.W. Brands shows former U.S. President Ulysses Grant was a troubled man who became a great leader during a very difficult time in U.S. history.

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San Diego Discussion On Military Use Of Drones And Unintended Casualties

Dec. 10, 2013
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

On Human Rights Watch Day, we take a look at the use of military drones in warfare, and the unintended casualties: civilians.

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How ALEC Serves As A 'Dating Service' For Politicians And Corporations

Dec. 10, 2013
NPR

A batch of internal documents recently leaked to The Guardian has revealed new insights into the goals and finances of the secretive group called ALEC, or the American Legislative Exchange Council, which brings together state legislators and representatives of corporations.

Fatal Crash Blocks Lanes On Northbound I-5

Dec. 10, 2013
By KPBS Staff and City News Service

At least one person died when a Chevrolet Suburban crashed into the back of tractor-trailer on Interstate 5 in the Camp Pendleton area Tuesday

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Conservative Firebrand Challenges Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn

Dec. 10, 2013
Adam Wollner / NPR

This time, it's John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, who's receiving a challenge from the right in 2014. Rep. Steve Stockman, a conservative firebrand, made the surprise move to enter the March 4 race Monday evening just before the state's filing deadline.

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U.S., Mexico Officials Break Ground On San Diego Border Infrastructure Project

Dec. 10, 2013
By Susan Murphy and City News Service

U.S. and Mexico officials joined together in Otay Mesa on Tuesday to break ground on a $700 million border infrastructure project.

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California Veteran Released From North Korea Speaks Out (Video)

Dec. 10, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old Korean War veteran detained in North Korea for six weeks, returned home to his grateful family in California on Monday. Newman has now released a two-page statement detailing his captivity.

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Don't Count On Insurance To Pay For Genetic Tests

Dec. 10, 2013
Michelle Andrews / NPR

The day when a simple blood test or saliva sample can identify your risk for medical conditions ranging from cancer to Alzheimer's disease seems tantalizingly close.

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Fresh Research Finds Organic Milk Packs In Omega-3s

Dec. 10, 2013
Allison Aubrey / NPR

While milk consumption continues to fall in the U.S., sales of organic milk are on the rise. And now organic milk accounts for about 4 percent of total fluid milk consumption.

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Dry Conditions Return To Thirsty San Diego

Dec. 10, 2013
By Susan Murphy

Thirsty San Diego got a little bit of rain last weekend, but mild and dry conditions are setting in once again.

Cold, Gusty Winds Hit San Diego County For Second Day

Dec. 10, 2013
City News Service

A very strong surface high over the Great Basin brought cold and gusty northeasterly winds to San Diego County for the second consecutive day Tuesday.

Former San Diego Hospice Employees Reach $3 Million Settlement

Dec. 10, 2013
Joanne Faryon / inewsource

Former San Diego Hospice employees have reached a $3 million settlement with their past employer, according to documents filed in bankruptcy court last week.

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GM Says Its First Female CEO Will Take Over Next Month

Dec. 10, 2013
Bill Chappell / NPR

Mary Barra will become the new leader of General Motors in January, the company announced Tuesday. A longtime GM veteran, Barra is currently an executive vice president; her tenure as CEO will begin after current leader Dan Akerson retires on Jan. 15.

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To Get Kids Exercising, Schools Are Becoming Creative

Dec. 10, 2013
Maanvi Singh / NPR

Avery Stackhouse, age 7, of Lafayette, Calif., says he wishes he had more time for phys ed.

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San Diego City Council To Consider Payments For Filner Lawyers, Arevalos Victim

Dec. 10, 2013
City News Service

The San Diego City Council Tuesday morning will consider authorizing payments to former Mayor Bob Filner's lawyers and to a victim of ex-police Officer Anthony Arevalos, who demanded sexual favors of women he pulled over while on the job.