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Stories for December 23, 2013

San Diego Leaders Ask Congress To Fund San Ysidro Port of Entry Expansion

Dec. 23
By Jill Replogle
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San Diego leaders are lobbying Congress to fund the San Ysidro border crossing expansion.

Deportee Camp in Tijuana Plaza Disbands

Dec. 23
By Jill Replogle
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A tent camp set up by deportees in a Tijuana plaza has been dismantled and many have moved to a shelter east of Tijuana.

Year In Review 2013: San Onofre Power Plant Shutdown

Dec. 23
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In June, about 18 months after a radioactive leak took the San Onofre Power Plant offline, the plant's operator announced the reactor would shut down permanently. Now the debate is over who will pick up the tab, where replacement power will come from and what will happen to the radioactive waste left on site.

Year In Review 2013: The 'alternative vaccine schedules' trend

Dec. 23
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More kindergarteners than ever in San Diego County were not fully vaccinated when they started school in fall 2012.

150 Marines To Be Sent For Possible Mission In South Sudan

Dec. 23
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The Pentagon has announced it is sending 150 U.S. Marines to Africa, for a possible mission to evacuate Americans in South Sudan, where political and ethnic violence has claimed hundreds of lives and left hundreds of thousands homeless.

San Diego Chargers Season Finale In Danger Of Broadcast Blackout

Dec. 23
By City News Service
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The San Diego Chargers need to sell 3,500 tickets by early Thursday afternoon to avoid the regular-season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs blacked out on Southern California televisions.

Target: Justice Dept. Investigates Its Data Breach

Dec. 23
Associated Press
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Giant retail chain Target said earlier this week that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen starting over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow — Marine Corps Sets New Female Hairstyle Standards (Video)

Dec. 23
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Marine Corps has established new standards for how female troops wear their hair. Partial braids? Yes! Eccentric directional flow? No!

Nobody Knows Exactly How Fast The Economy Is Growing

Dec. 23
Quoctrung Bui / NPR
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The economy grew really quickly this summer. At least, that's the government's best guess for now.

Alabama Blue Cross Shares Obamacare Tax Woes With Customers

Dec. 23
Jay Hancock / NPR
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Insurance companies aren't crazy about their share of the health law's taxes, but mostly they've complained to politicians and regulators.

4 US Troops Attacked In South Sudan Are Navy SEALs

Dec. 23
By Beth Ford Roth
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The four U.S. service members who were injured when their aircraft was attacked with gunfire Saturday in South Sudan are Navy SEALs.

The Extraordinary Story Of Why A 'Cakewalk' Wasn't Always Easy

Dec. 23
Lakshmi Gandhi / NPR
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Anything that can be done with straightforward ease is said to be a "cakewalk." Any action that is "not a cakewalk" is, of course, difficult and complicated.

San Diego Innocence Project Calls For Clemency For "California 12"

Dec. 23
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Family, friends, students, activists and exonerees marched to the state Capitol in Sacramento on Friday. They're calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to grant clemency to a group of inmates known as the "California 12."

Sorry Assiduous (adj.) SAT-Takers, Linguist In Dudgeon (n.) Over Vocab Flashcards

Dec. 23
Geoff Nunberg / NPR
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When I took the SATs a very long time ago, it didn't occur to us to cram for the vocabulary questions. Back then, the A in SAT still stood for "aptitude," and most people accepted the wholesome fiction that the tests were measures of raw ability that you couldn't prepare for -- "like sticking a dipstick into your brain," one College Board researcher said.

White House Grants Extra Day For Obamacare Sign Up

Dec. 23
Scott Neuman / NPR
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A midnight deadline to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act that starts January 1 has been extended by a day in what the White House describes as an effort to accommodate people in different time zones.

Sorry Assiduous (adj.) SAT-Takers, Linguist Takes Umbrage (n.) With Vocab Flashcards

Dec. 23
Geoff Nunberg / NPR
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When I took the SATs a very long time ago, it didn't occur to us to cram for the vocabulary questions. Back then, the A in SAT still stood for "aptitude," and most people accepted the wholesome fiction that the tests were measures of raw ability that you couldn't prepare for -- "like sticking a dipstick into your brain," one College Board researcher said.

California Town Replaces Gifts Stolen From Soldier's Home (Video)

Dec. 23
By Beth Ford Roth
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Burglars stole thousands of dollars worth of Christmas gifts from Army Cpl. Chris Petrossian's home he purchased online while he was deployed to Afghanistan. But residents of the California town of Lodi stepped up to make sure the Petrossian family didn't go without on Christmas day.

Quantified Men: Tinder, Lulu And Fallacy Of Hot Dating Apps

Dec. 23
Elise Hu / NPR
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Let's stipulate, for the purposes of this post, that you are looking for love. Thanks to our ever-connected devices, you can skip the bars or gyms or extracurricular activities to find a hookup. And even if you do meet someone the old-fashioned, analog way, romance and social media are so entwined that you can't escape getting ranked somewhere on an app.

Salvation Army centers in San Diego wraps up two-day gift event

Dec. 23
By KPBS News
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More than 5,200 families and more than 1,500 children in San Diego County received gifts and food from the Salvation Army this year thanks to donations or money from the Red Kettle program.

2 NATO Soldiers Killed In Separate Attacks In Afghanistan

Dec. 23
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two NATO International Security Assistance Force members were killed Monday in Afghanistan, in separate attacks, after enemy forces hit them with direct fire.

Female tiger killed Saturday while mating at San Diego Zoo

Dec. 23
By City News Service
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According to the San Diego Zoo, the male and female Malayan tiger were introduced for breeding when the male mortally injured the female on Saturday.

USS Freedom returns home to San Diego from maiden deployment

Dec. 23
By City News Service
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The littoral combat ship USS Freedom returned Monday to its home port of San Diego, completing its maiden deployment.

Covered California braces for health insurance enrollment deadline

Dec. 23
Associated Press
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Enrollments under the federal health law began ramping up dramatically as the Monday deadline approached, according to Covered California, which reported tens of thousands of applicants signing up daily last week.

Wind advisory issued for San Diego County valleys and mountains

Dec. 23
By City News Service
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The National Weather Service said there were sustained winds of 15 to 30 miles per hour and widespread gusts up to 40 mph in the valleys and mountains of San Diego County.

A Food Bank's New Year's Resolution

Dec. 23
By Megan Burks
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An increasing need for long-term help has Feeding America thinking less about filling bellies and more about nutrition.

Poinsettia Bowl Teams to Attend Luncheon Aboard USS Midway

Dec. 23
By City News Service
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The Northern Illinois and Utah State football teams that will play in Thursday's Poinsettia Bowl will attend a luncheon aboard the USS Midway in San Diego Bay on Monday.

Screening Newborns For Disease Can Leave Families In Limbo

Dec. 23
Nell Greenfieldboyce / NPR
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For Matthew and Brianne Wojtesta, it all started about a week after the birth of their daughter Vera. Matthew was picking up his son from kindergarten when he got a phone call.

A Locked Door, A Secret Meeting And The Birth Of The Fed

Dec. 23
Robert Smith, Jacob Goldstein
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In 1907, the U.S. economy was in the grip of a financial crisis. Unemployment was up. The stock market was down.

Colorado Takes Health Plans To People Shopping For Groceries

Dec. 23
Eric Whitney / NPR
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Despite White House and state efforts to promote the Affordable Care Act, some people still don't have health insurance, or any idea how to sign up for it.

Could Big Batteries Be Big Business In California?

Dec. 23
Richard Harris / NPR
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The California Public Utilities Commission has called on utilities and private companies to install about $5 billion worth of batteries and other forms of energy storage to help the state power grid cope with the erratic power supplied by wind and solar energy.