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Stories for December 27, 2013

Four U.S. Military Personnel Being Held By Libyan Government

Dec. 27
L. Carol Ritchie / NPR

Four American military personnel were detained by the Libyan government and are being held in custody, the State Department confirmed Friday night.

Federal Jobless Benefits Set To End For More Than 1 Million

Dec. 27
Scott Neuman / NPR

Federal jobless benefits going to 1.3 million Americans will officially expire on Saturday after Congress failed to extend them before leaving for the holiday.

Year In Review 2013: Best and worst at the box office

Dec. 27
By KPBS
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Here to look back at some of the trends of 2013 as well as some of the best and worst is KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando.

New California Labor Laws To Protect Undocumented Worker Set To Start

Dec. 27
Steve Milne, Capital Public Radio

New laws intended to protect undocumented immigrant workers from threats of deportation are about to take effect in California.

Newtown Report Offers Few Insights Into School Shooting

Dec. 27
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Connecticut State Police have released an exhaustive report on last year's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, offering some new details on the massacre that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead.

Construction Progresses At North County Desalination Plant

Dec. 27
By Alison St John
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Desalinated sea water will be flowing into San Diego County homes within two years as construction of huge Carlsbad plant is on schedule.

Time Is Running Out To Save Florida's Oranges

Dec. 27
Greg Allen / NPR

It's not been a good year for Florida's citrus industry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that, for the second year running, the orange crop is expected to be almost 10 percent lower than the previous year.

When Memories Never Fade, The Past Can Poison The Present

Dec. 27
Alix Spiegel / NPR

On Feb. 21, Alexandra Wolff ate steak, mashed potatoes and broccoli for dinner. Later that night, sitting in her room, she spent 20 minutes scanning pictures in InStyle magazine.

Oil Company Looks To Great Lakes As Shipping Demand Booms

Dec. 27
David Schaper / NPR
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North Dakota and western Canada are producing crude oil faster than it can be shipped to refineries.

On-The-Job Deaths Spiking As Oil Drilling Quickly Expands

Dec. 27
Andrew Schneider, Marilyn Geewax
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Blue-collar workers, hit hard by automation and factory offshoring, have been struggling to find high-paying jobs.

San Diego Sued Over 'Foul Odor' of Sea Lion And Bird Poop at La Jolla Cove

Dec. 27
By Claire Trageser
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A citizens group files a lawsuit against the city of San Diego and California over the "foul odor" caused by bird and sea lion poop at La Jolla Cove.

5 Achievements Of The 113th Congress (So Far)

Dec. 27
Frank James / NPR
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The 113th Congress, which just ended its first year, has come to be defined more by what it hasn't done than what it has. With two warring and ideologically polarized parties controlling either end of Capitol Hill, Congress has more or less become a quagmire for policy.

Review: 'Contracted'

Dec. 27
By Beth Accomando
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“Contracted” (playing tonight and Saturday at 10 p.m. at the Digital Gym Cinema) is the perfect post-Christmas gift for horror fans courtesy of The Film Geeks.

Roundtable: San Diego's Top Stories of 2013

Dec. 27
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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The top story of 2013? Mayor Bob Filner's resignation, no contest. But others also left a big impression on our region, including the closings of San Onofre and San Diego Hospice.

US Marine Killed In Afghanistan 'Wanted To Be Great' (Video)

Dec. 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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The widow of Sgt. Daniel M. Vasselian said her husband joined the Marine Corps because he "wanted to be great." Vasselian died Dec. 23 in Afghanistan when the enemy ambushed his Humvee.

Latinos still face electoral hurdles in California

Dec. 27
Associated Press

As Latinos surpass whites as California's largest racial or ethnic group early next year, more are getting elected to public office — not so in Escondido.

Stories Merge As 'Duck Dynasty' Fans Plan 'Chick-Phil-A' Day

Dec. 27
Mark Memmott / NPR

Update at 5:40 p.m. ET. A&E; Lifts Phil Robertson's Suspension:

Concussions May Increase Alzheimer's Risk, But Only For Some

Dec. 27
Nancy Shute / NPR

Doctors have long suspected that head trauma boosts the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease later on, but the evidence on that has been mixed.

Second Mission Valley mall parking lot shooting victim dies; brother wanted for questioning

Dec. 27
10News.com
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Police said they want to question Gianni Belvedere, the victim's brother, in connection to the double homicide.

Target: Customers' Encrypted Pins Were Obtained

Dec. 27
Associated Press
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Data connected to about 40 million credit and debit cards used at Target were stolen between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

American Among 3 NATO Soldiers Killed In Afghan Suicide Attack

Dec. 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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Three NATO soldiers, one of them American, were killed Friday when a suicide car bomb hit their convoy in Afghanistan.

Judge Rules That NSA Collection Of Phone Data Is Lawful

Dec. 27
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

A federal judge has ruled that the National Security Agency's bulk gathering of the telephone records of millions of Americans is legal -- less than two weeks after another federal judge ruled that the program violated the Constitution.

2013 Was The Year Every New Ag-Gag Bill Failed

Dec. 27
Eliza Barclay / NPR
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The past year was a busy one for the animal welfare activists who've turned their hidden cameras on confinement facilities where huge numbers of food animals are raised.

The Price Is Wrong And You Know It: Do You Buy That Ticket?

Dec. 27
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Headlines such as this come along every few months:

Vista Nonprofit Trains Service Dogs To Help Wounded Veterans, Children With Autism

Dec. 27
By Claire Trageser
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Service dogs trained by Tender Loving Canines can do physical tasks, like picking up dropped phones and credit cards, but also learn to help their owners emotionally.

How Michael Bloomberg Became The Most Influential Mayor Of The Century (So Far)

Dec. 27
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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The billionaire's personal fortune (ranked 10th in the nation by Fortune) allowed him to bankroll his three runs for New York City mayor, freeing him to hire people he believed were the best and the brightest, rather than friends of donors.

Marines: Most Female Recruits Don't Meet New Pullup Standard

Dec. 27
Tom Bowman / NPR
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Starting Jan. 1, every woman in the Marines Corps was supposed to meet a new physical standard by performing three pullups. But that's been put off.

Recalling His Inspiration, A Neurosurgeon Thanks A Teacher

Dec. 27
NPR Staff / NPR
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As a middle-school student in the 1980s, Lee Buono stayed after school one day to remove the brain and spinal cord from a frog. He did such a good job that his science teacher told him he might become a neurosurgeon someday. That's exactly what Buono did.

The Number 6 Says It All About The HealthCare.gov Rollout

Dec. 27
Julie Rovner / NPR

When it comes to health care, the rollout of the Affordable Care Act was supposed to be measured in the millions. That's how many people were expected to sign up for insurance to begin on Jan. 1.