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Stories for December 7, 2013

Winter Storm Moves Into Mid-Atlantic

Dec. 7
L. Carol Ritchie / NPR
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Freezing rain has been creeping across Tennessee on its way to the mid-Atlantic, as the stunning cold, snow and ice that gripped Texas and the west on Saturday makes its advance eastward.

N.Y. Train Crash Spotlights Push For Automatic Safety System

Dec. 7
David Schaper / NPR
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A commuter train crash that killed four passengers in New York is raising questions about whether a high-tech safety system could have prevented the derailment.

Forecasters Warn Of Hazardous Winter Weather In San Diego County

Dec. 7
City News Service

A winter storm was expected to bring gusty wind and significant amounts of snow to parts of San Diego County's mountains starting Saturday, meteorologists said.

Re-Scheduled Cabrillo Monument Centennial Takes Place This Weekend

Dec. 7
City News Service
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The 100th anniversary celebration of the Cabrillo National Monument that was postponed in October by the federal government shutdown will take place this weekend.

U.S. Veteran, Held By North Korea, Arrives Safely In Calif.

Dec. 7
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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Saying this was a "great homecoming," Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old Korean War veteran who had been held by North Korea for weeks, walked out of San Francisco International Airport with his wife on Saturday.

Ex-San Diego Mayor Filner To Be Sentenced For Grabbing, Fondling Women

Dec. 7
Kelly Wheeler / City News Service
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Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who pleaded guilty to grabbing and fondling three women while in office, will be sentenced Monday.

Gene Therapy Keeps 'Bubble Boy' Disease At Bay In 8 Children

Dec. 7
Richard Knox / NPR

Researchers say they are achieving success in curing the genetic defect that causes some children to be born without immune defenses, a rare condition made famous in the 1970s by a Texas boy who lived most of his short life in a sterile "bubble."