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Stories for December 24, 2013

UN Says Mass Grave Of 34 Found In South Sudan

Dec. 24
Evening Edition
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U.N. investigators discovered a mass grave in a rebel-held city in South Sudan, the United Nations said Tuesday.

San Diego Business Leaders Launch Campaign To Put Developer Fee On Ballot

Dec. 24
By Jill Replogle
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For the second time this year, the San Diego business community wants voters to make the ultimate decision on a measure approved by City Council already. This time the issue is a tax hike on land developers.

Snowden Says His Mission Is Accomplished; 'I Already Won'

Dec. 24
Mark Memmott / NPR
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In his first in-person interviews since his explosive revelations last June, "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden tells The Washington Post that in his mind, "the mission's already accomplished."

First-Class Postal Rate Will Rise To 49 Cents Next Month

Dec. 24
Scott Neuman / NPR
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You'll soon need some 3-cent stamps to go with those 46-cent ones.

Amid Declining Popularity, The Tea Party Prepares To Fight

Dec. 24
Don Gonyea / NPR
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It's easy to forget that the tea party movement is still less than 5 years old. Its successes include the 2010 midterm elections, when it helped the GOP win back the U.S. House.

A Vet Finds PTSD Relief With Pot, Though The Law Creates Hurdles

Dec. 24
Chris Remington / NPR

Ryan Begin hasn't always been the life-loving pot smoker he is today. Back in 2005, the sergeant nearly lost half his arm to an IED while serving in Iraq and was sent home for reconstructive surgery. Upon his return to Belfast, Maine, Begin was plagued by physical pain and outbursts of aggression. He was prescribed a cocktail of drugs as his treatment.

Health Care Site Put To The Test As Deadline Nears

Dec. 24
Associated Press
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After a disastrous, glitch-filled rollout in October, HealthCare.gov, where people in 36 states can shop for coverage, received 2 million visits Monday, its highest one-day total, the government said.

'Living Wage' Effort Eclipsed By Minimum Pay Battles

Dec. 24
Liz Halloran / NPR
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The close of 2013 has been marked by a vigorous national debate over income inequality, the plight of low-wage workers in America and the effect of boosting mandatory minimum wages.

Tablets A Hit As Gifts, But Experts Worry About Too Much Screen Time For Children

Dec. 24
Associated Press
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Some health experts say tablet usage needs to be limited for the youngest of children, because too much screen time can slow language development. But since there's very little research out there so far, experts still don't know exactly how much is too much.

For Homeless In San Diego, Holidays Can Be Loneliest Time of Year

Dec. 24
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The holidays for many families mean reconnecting and celebrating. But for San Diegans who are homeless, it can be the loneliest time of the year. We get an update on homelessness in San Diego and how you can help.

Target says be wary of phishing emails

Dec. 24
Associated Press
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Target says it has learned of some incidents of scam emails related to its recent data breach and is setting up a section of its corporate website to post copies of all official communication.

NORAD Tracking Santa Claus On His Christmas Eve Journey (Video)

Dec. 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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Little ones eager to track the progress of Santa Claus as he makes his way around the world this Christmas Eve can do so with the help of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD.

One dead, one injured at overnight shooting in Mission Valley mall parking lot

Dec. 24
By City News Service
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Officers were called to the Mission Valley Mall by one of the victims, who told 911 she was shot near the mall but didn't know exactly where she was.

East Village Urban Park Project Clears Fundraising Hurdle

Dec. 24
By Claire Trageser
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A group of recent architecture school graduates now have all the money they need to turn a vacant lot in the East Village into a park.

Mid-City's 'Year of Funding'

Dec. 24
By Megan Burks
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If 2012 was the year of campaign promises in City Heights, 2013 was the year of paying for those promises.

Mystery Disease Causes Sea Star Die-Off Along West Coast

Dec. 24
By Susan Murphy
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Sea stars along the West Coast are being wiped out by a mysterious disease. There’s no evidence of the die-off in San Diego yet, but researchers say it seems inevitable.

Poinsettia Bowl Teams to Visit SeaWorld San Diego

Dec. 24
By City News Service

Poinsettia Bowl teams Northern Illinois will visit SeaWorld in the morning and Utah State in the afternoon. The teams will visit the San Diego Zoo on Christmas Day.

Father Joe's Village serves 2,000 holiday meals to San Diego homeless

Dec. 24
By KPBS News
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Christmas decorations and table cloths were the extra flourishes at Father Joe’s Villages in downtown San Diego on Tuesday. Volunteers served up a hot holiday meal to nearly 2,000 homeless people.

Pastor Leads A New Brand Of Church For 'Sinners And Saints'

Dec. 24
Megan Verlee / NPR
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It's Sunday evening, and services are just getting underway at the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver. Nearly 200 worshipers sit in circles of plastic chairs around a simple altar table. Together they follow traditional Christian rites. They sit. They stand. They sing.

Air Force's Beloved 'Warthog' Targeted For Retirement

Dec. 24
Larry Abramson / NPR
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Jeff Duford is standing next to an A-10, one of the most beloved planes of all time. It's painted green, a clue that it was designed for a threat that has disappeared -- it was built at the height of the Cold War.

Tired Of Doom And Gloom? Here's The Best Good News Of 2013

Dec. 24
Uri Berliner / NPR
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Being a news consumer means you're constantly on the receiving end of bad news. War, unemployment, crime, political dysfunction -- it can be enough to make you think we humans aren't doing anything right. But good news: We are. As the year draws to an end, here's a look at a few areas of real progress in the U.S. and around the world.