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Stories for December 26, 2013

Year In Review 2013: Top immigration issues

Dec. 26
By KPBS News
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KPBS Evening Edition host Amita Sharma talks about the year in immigration with Fronteras Desk reporter Jill Replogle.

South Sudanese In San Diego Concerned About Violence Back Home

Dec. 26
By Jill Replogle
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Members of the South Sudanese community in San Diego are concerned about violence in their homeland.

Cabrillo Bridge in Balboa Park closed to cars until April 2014

Dec. 26
By City News Service
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Work is being done to enhance the structural integrity of the bridge and to improve safety bringing the bridge up current earthquake standards.

President Obama Signs bipartisan Budget, Defense Bills

Dec. 26
Scott Neuman / NPR
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President Obama on Thursday signed the bipartisan budget bill agreed upon earlier this month, setting the stage for an easing of mandatory spending cuts over the next two years.

Manufacturing 2.0: Old Industry Creating New High-Tech Jobs

Dec. 26
Chris Arnold / NPR
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As the U.S. economy continues to recover, it has been getting some help from an unexpected place. After decades of massive job losses, manufacturing firms have been steadily creating jobs — many of them well-paying. One particularly bright spot is a new generation of high-tech manufacturers.

With National Treasures At Risk, D.C. Fights Against Flooding

Dec. 26
Jennifer Ludden / NPR

The nation's capital is not exactly a beach town. But the cherry-tree-lined Tidal Basin, fed by the Potomac River, laps at the steps of the Jefferson Memorial. And, especially since Superstorm Sandy, officials in Washington have a clear idea of what would happen in a worst-case storm scenario.

Iowa Opens The Doors To Medicaid Coverage, On Its Own Terms

Dec. 26
Clay Masters / NPR
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At the Central Iowa Shelter and Services in Des Moines, Iowa, health insurance navigator Andrea Pearce stood in a crowded dining hall on a recent day, shouting instructions on how residents can sign up for Medicaid.

San Diego-Based USS Howard Sailors Help At-Risk Teens In Guam (Video)

Dec. 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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Sailors assigned to the San Diego-based USS Howard spent Christmas Eve helping at-risk teenagers in Guam.

Suspect Pleads Not Guilty In Fatal Shooting Of TSA Agent In LA

Dec. 26
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The man accused of fatally shooting a TSA worker at Los Angeles International Airport last month has pleaded not guilty.

Post-Christmas Sales in San Diego Try To Lure In Bargain-Loving Shoppers

Dec. 26
Midday Edition
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Department stores and retailers of all kinds in San Diego are hoping their Christmas season isn't over yet as sales try to lure consumers who weren't too eager to part with cash during the pre-Christmas season.

In 2013, Federal Workers Found New Reason To Be Unhappy

Dec. 26
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Elizabeth Lytle is an administrative program assistant with the Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago -- "a glorified name for a secretary," she says.

Common Knee Surgery May Help No More Than A Fake Operation

Dec. 26
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Go to the doctor with knee pain, and they might say you've got a meniscus tear and need surgery to fix it. But surgery for this common problem might not be any better at relieving pain than having no surgery at all, according to researchers who went to the trouble of performing fake surgery to find out.

Cut underground cable knocks out power to more than 5,000 SDG&E customers in San Diego

Dec. 26
By City News Service

Electrical service was restored to about 2,000 of those customers about 10:20 a.m., but it was unclear when it would be restored to the remainder of customers,

Marine Pulls Off Amazing Christmas Surprise On Live TV (Video)

Dec. 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine Corps Pvt. Shane Martin was able to pull off a surprise homecoming on live television, with a little help from his sister.

Cowboys' Emergency QB Kitna Will Give Away His Pay

Dec. 26
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Whether or not you like the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, this news may warm your heart:

Dry Year Takes Toll On San Diego River

Dec. 26
By Susan Murphy
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Many parts of the 52-mile-long waterway resemble a swampy pond: The water is perfectly still and there’s no flow to wash away overgrown plants that have created floating canopies.

California Schools Prepare For Transgender Rights Law

Dec. 26
Associated Press

California's law comes amid legal challenges across the country involving transgender students filing actions for the right to use facilities that match their expressed identities.

Suspect In LA Airport Shooting Scheduled For Court

Dec. 26
Associated Press

Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, is expected to be asked to enter a plea to 11 felony charges, including one of murder and three of attempted murder during a rampage through the Los Angeles airport last month.

Christmas tree recycling service starts in San Diego

Dec. 26
By KPBS News
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Residents with curbside service can leave their trees outside with their other refuse. Those without curbside pickup can take their trees to 16 drop-off locations throughout the city.

Wind advisory issued for San Diego County valleys and mountains

Dec. 26
By City News Service

A National Weather Service wind advisory is scheduled to remain in effect until noon Friday in the valleys and mountains, where winds of 20-30 miles per hour with gusts of up to 45 mph are possible.

The 'Nutcracker' Meets The Streets

Dec. 26
By Angela Carone
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'Tis the season for "Nutcracker" productions, but there's a fresh take on the classic with a hip-hop twist.

Some San Diego Airport Travelers Skip Security Line With TSA-Pre

Dec. 26
By Claire Trageser
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Some travelers at San Diego International Airport got an extra holiday gift this year. A special "TSA-Pre" marking on their boarding pass allowed them to skip the regular security line.

San Diego Police identify woman killed in Mission Valley mall parking lot

Dec. 26
By City News Service
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The shooting happened near a Christmas tree lot and the Macy's, which was open until 2 a.m. to accommodate Christmas shoppers.

Pacific Northwest Suffers After China Bans Shellfish Imports

Dec. 26
Ashley Ahearn / NPR
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China has closed its doors to all shellfish imports from an area that stretches from northern California to Alaska. The state of Washington says it's losing as much as $600,000 a week.

Nuclear safety regulators cite now-closed San Onofre power plant

Dec. 26
Associated Press

The citation from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission did not carry specific penalties, but it could complicate financial recovery efforts by Southern California Edison from the shuttered San Onofre power plant.

Gun Control Lobby Takes Note Of Opposition's Success

Dec. 26
Ailsa Chang / NPR
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For gun control advocates hoping to see federal gun laws tighten after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., 2013 was a disheartening year. A narrow provision to expand background checks failed in the Senate.