skip to main content

Listen

Read

Watch

Schedules

Programs

Events

Give

Account

Donation Heart Ribbon

Stories for December 31, 2013

Tijuana-Ensenada Toll Road Collapse No Surprise To Mexican Geologists

Dec. 31
By Jill Replogle
Tease photo

One of the most scenic portions of the coastal highway between Tijuana and Ensenada collapsed on Dec. 28, plunging a cement truck at least 100 feet toward the sea. Geologists had warned for decades the area was unstable.

Year In Review 2013: Top science stories in San Diego

Dec. 31
Evening Edition

San Diego scientists had a bumpy ride in 2013. KPBS Evening Edition host Peggy Pico reviews the impact on the local bio-tech and science industries with KPBS science and technology reporter David Wagner and learns what can be expected in the new year.

Surf Dog 'Hangs 10' in Del Mar For Ocean Therapy Session

Dec. 31
By Dwane Brown
Tease photo

A champion surf dog helps military veterans and people with disabilities learn to surf, while also boosting morale and building confidence.

Vitamin E Might Help Slow Alzheimer's Early On

Dec. 31
Nancy Shute / NPR

Alzheimer's is a disease without a cure, and the available treatments only slow its progression for a bit. Now there's evidence vitamin E may help hold it at bay, at least for people in the early stages of the disease.

Utah Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Stop Gay Marriages

Dec. 31
Bill Chappell / NPR

Utah's attorney general has filed a request with the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay that would allow the state to enforce its limit of marriage to a union between a man and a woman.

Here's How Young Farmers Looking For Land Are Getting Creative

Dec. 31
Dan Charles / NPR
Tease photo

Across the country, there's a wave of interest in local food. And a new generation of young farmers is trying to grow it.

The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course

Dec. 31
Eric Westervelt / NPR
Tease photo

One year ago, many were pointing to the growth of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, as the most important trend in higher education. Many saw the rapid expansion of MOOCs as a higher education revolution that would help address two long-vexing problems: access for underserved students and cost.

Judge Upholds Key Provisions Of N.Y. Gun-Control Law

Dec. 31
Scott Neuman / NPR
Tease photo

A federal judge has largely upheld New York's tough gun control law passed in the weeks after the Sandy Hook school shooting.

Icing On The Puck: Hockey Fans And The NHL Winter Classic

Dec. 31
Sarah Cwiek / NPR
Tease photo

The Detroit Red Wings are kind of playing a home game on New Year's Day -- even if it'll be played about 40 miles west of their home ice in downtown Detroit.

Boeing Soars Despite A Turbulent 2013

Dec. 31
Wendy Kaufman / NPR
Tease photo

On the very first Monday of 2013, Boeing got some bad news: There was a catastrophic battery fire on a 787 parked at Boston's Logan International Airport. Less than two weeks later, a second battery meltdown on another 787 prompted an emergency landing in Japan.

3 Navy SEALs Wounded In South Sudan Back In US

Dec. 31
By Beth Ford Roth
Tease photo

Three of the four Navy SEALs injured in South Sudan when their aircraft was attacked by gunfire Dec. 21 are back in the United States receiving medical care. The fourth SEAL is hospitalized still in Germany.

Congress Lets Dozens Of Tax Breaks Expire

Dec. 31
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
Tease photo

If you use up all your rum on New Year's Eve and buy a replacement bottle in 2014, your purchase is going to be a little less rewarding for Puerto Rico.

A Judge's Cookbook Reveals The Secrets Of Bialys And Bagels

Dec. 31
Daniel Zwerdling / NPR
Tease photo

There are two important things that you learn about Michael Zusman, baker and co-author of The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home, when you bake with him.

MSNBC Host Apologizes For Comments On Mitt Romney's Grandson

Dec. 31
Kat Chow / NPR
Tease photo

Melissa Harris-Perry, host of an MSNBC weekend show, apologized on Tuesday for comments she and her panelists recently made. On Sunday, Harris-Perry had her guests -- a group of comedians -- caption a photo of Mitt Romney's family, which included Romney's adopted grandkid.

Sebelius Touts 2 Million Obamacare Enrollees

Dec. 31
Scott Neuman / NPR
Tease photo

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has spent months fending off critics of the Affordable Care Act rollout, is touting the more than 2 million people who have signed up for coverage despite the troubled HealthCare.gov website.

2014 Rings In New Laws For California

Dec. 31
Midday Edition
Evening Edition

The first of the year is a handy date for putting new laws into effect. So on Jan. 1, expect changes in a range of areas from voice-activated texting while driving to gun sales to financial literacy for school children.

2013: The Year In Political Screw-Ups

Dec. 31
Frank James / NPR
Tease photo

If anything defined 2013, it was the political misstep. There were so many gaffes, flaps, scandals and ill-advised moves that voters were often left scratching their heads at the political class's uncanny knack for diminishing its profession.

San Diego Nurse Gets Surprise Proposal From Navy Corpsman Boyfriend (Video)

Dec. 31
By Beth Ford Roth
Tease photo

Navy Corpsman Robert Everhart told his girlfriend Michelle Gungon he wouldn't be able to make it home to San Diego for the holidays. But Everhart had more than one surprise up his sleeve when he visited Gungon at Sharp Memorial Hospital, where she works as a nurse.

Hawaiian Woman Gets IDs That Fit Her 36-Character Last Name

Dec. 31
Mark Memmott / NPR

As promised back in the fall, the state of Hawaii has come up with new driver's license and state identification cards for Janice "Lokelani" Keihanaikukauakahihulihe'ekahaunaele -- the "long-named" woman whose complaint about having her name shortened on official IDs led to a policy change.

N.D. Train Derailment: Residents Flee Toxic Smoke

Dec. 31
Bill Chappell / NPR
Tease photo

One day after a train carrying crude oil derailed and sparked explosions near a small North Dakota town, officials are warning of a cloud of toxic fumes. Many of the 2,400 residents of Casselton, N.D., have followed evacuation orders.

San Diego Deputies Arrest Armed Man On Palomar College Campus

Dec. 31
City News Service

A young man who called police, saying he shot a family member in Escondido, was arrested at Palomar College Tuesday in an apparent suicide-by-cop attempt.

Californians Facing Expiration Of Jobless Benefits Still Have Options

Dec. 31
Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio

More than 200,000 long-term unemployed Californians are seeing their federal unemployment benefit extension run out. But there are still options to help them stay afloat.

No More Parking Tickets At Broken Meters — For Now

Dec. 31
Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

A new California state law for 2014 nullifies any city ordinance that had allowed the practice.

Meatball The Bear Featured On Tournament Of Roses Parade Float

Dec. 31
City News Service
Tease photo

A wayward black bear that found sanctuary in Alpine will be represented by an animatronic version of himself on the city of Glendale's float in Wednesday's Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena.

San Diego Chargers Linebacker Arrested In Gaslamp Quarter

Dec. 31
City News Service

San Diego Chargers linebacker Thomas Keiser was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego, it was reported Monday night.

As 2013 Winds To An End, So Do The Tweets Of 1963

Dec. 31
Kat Chow / NPR

As 2013 winds down, so does @Todayin1963, Code Switch's historical Twitter account. Since June, I've been "live-tweeting" moments from 50 years ago as if they were happening today, picking slices of that year that might have made their ways into people's Twitter timelines had tweeting been a thing back then.

From Pandas To Health Care: The 13 Numbers Of 2013

Dec. 31
NPR Staff / NPR
Tease photo

0: Twitter collected no profit, Snapchat collected no revenue, and Apple's stock has roughly stayed flat over the past year. But in Silicon Valley, where companies are judged by potential, zero is still something.

Mexican sales tax hike seen as boon on U.S. side of border

Dec. 31
Associated Press

The tax increase, which the government of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto estimates will raise $1.15 billion a year, is part of a package of fiscal measures that also raises taxes on businesses and top-end wage earners, ends some deductions and introduces a tax on junk food.

San Diego transit agenices offer expanded service on New Year's Eve

Dec. 31
By City News Service
Tease photo

The two main transit agencies in San Diego County are offering expanded service to help New Year's revelers get home safely to begin 2014.

Happy New Year! The Celebrations Begin

Dec. 31
Mark Memmott / NPR
Tease photo

It's 2014 in Australia, New Zealand and other places on the "other side" of the international date line.

Millions In California Remain Uninsured Despite Obamacare

Dec. 31
By Kenny Goldberg
Tease photo

Enrollment in Obamacare is catching on with more than 1 million people signing up. But many Californians are still without health insurance.

Despite The Headlines, Chicago's Crime Rate Fell In 2013

Dec. 31
Cheryl Corley / NPR
Tease photo

In 2013, Chicago newspapers and television stations kept a daily deadly count, listing those slain each day, most by gun violence. One of the most noted occurred early in the year when Hadiya Pendleton, 15, was shot and killed about a week after performing at inauguration events in Washington, D.C., with her high school band. Two young men were charged with opening fire on Pendleton and a group of friends standing in a park about a mile from President Obama's Chicago home.