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Stories for February 11, 2013

North Korea Says It Has Conducted Third Nuke Test

Feb. 11
Associated Press

North Korea says it has tested a "miniaturized" nuclear device in defiance of U.N. orders to stop building atomic weapons.

After Newtown: Guns In America

Feb. 11
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"After Newtown: Guns In America" is an unprecedented exploration of America’s enduring relationship with firearms. From the first European settlements in the New World to frontier justice; from 19th-century immigrant riots to gangland violence in the Roaring Twenties; from the Civil War to civil rights, guns have been at center of our national narrative. This program traces the evolution of guns in America, their frequent link to violence and the clash of cultures that reflect competing visions of our national identity.

San Diego Bishop Reacts To Pope's Retirement

Feb. 11
Midday Edition
By Erik Anderson
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The change in Rome means change in San Diego.

Market Warriors: Antiquing In Greenwich, N.Y.

Feb. 11
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The pickers head up the Hudson River to Greenwich, New York, to the Washington County Antique Fair, where twice a year the fairgrounds are host to more than 200 vendors and thousands of shoppers. This week the pickers have a target assignment to bring back a military object, and one person’s change of mind may cost that person the win. Off-screen host Mark L. Walberg observes some key finds, which include a Victorian birdcage, a WWII water bag and a German pull toy.

Out Of Order: Civility In Politics

Feb. 11
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Now more than ever, American citizens are discontented and disillusioned with national politics, with approval ratings for Congress consistently ranking low regardless of the party in power. Senior politicians also note the disappearance of the collegiality they once shared with peers of differing political ideologies. As a result, the ability to discuss issues from varying points of view and negotiate solutions, appears to be fading from the American political process. "Out Of Order" addresses the decline in civil discourse and the news media's role in it, partisan gridlock, gerrymandering, vanishing commitment to reasonable compromise, the vilification of moderates and declining civic engagement.

The Whaling Bar Closes

Feb. 11
By Beth Accomando
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The Whaling Bar at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla had regulars like Ted "Dr. Seuss" Geisel and writer Raymond Chandler. But the Hotel wants to do some renovations and this Valentine’s Day will be the last chance patrons have to visit the cocktail lounge.

Antiques Roadshow: Myrtle Beach, S.C. - Hour One

Feb. 11
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In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Eric Silver visit beautiful Brookgreen Gardens to discuss early 20th-century female sculptors. Appraiser Debra Force discovers a Joseph Henry Sharp oil painting valued at $400,000, leaving the guest feeling as sunny as Myrtle Beach itself!

Replacement 'Kiss' Statue Set Up At San Diego Waterfront

Feb. 11
City News Service
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The replacement "kiss'' statue depicting a sailor stealing a kiss from a nurse at the end of World War II arrived at the San Diego waterfront this morning.

Filner Wins Battle Over Port Appointments

Feb. 11
By Katie Orr and City News Service
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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has won the battle over the city’s Port appointments. The City Council today failed to override the mayor’s veto of two appointments.

Gloria Hoping To Revive Plaza de Panama Plan

Feb. 11
By Katie Orr and City News Service
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The Plaza de Panama project in Balboa Park appears to be dead in the water, but one San Diego councilman is looking for ways to revive it.

Cook's Country From America's Test Kitchen: Fancy Chicken

Feb. 11
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Chef Bridget Lancaster shows Chris how to make the best Chicken Cordon Bleu. Next, Erin McMurrer demonstrates how to cut a whole chicken. Then, Jack Bishop challenges Chris Kimball to a tasting of Black Forest deli ham. And finally, Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to perfect Cider-Braised Chicken.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Ultimate Italian

Feb. 11
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Man on the Street John “Doc” Willoughby ventures to New York City to learn secrets of homemade pasta from the pros. In the test kitchen, test cook Dan Souza shows host Christopher Kimball how to make Fresh Pasta Without a Machine. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of Mozzarella Cheese. And finally, test cook Bryan Roof uncovers the secrets to the ultimate Ragu alla Bolognese.

Helicopter Crash Kills Crew Filming Military-Themed Reality Show (Video)

Feb. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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A helicopter crash early Sunday morning in rural Los Angeles County killed all three people on board. The crew was shooting footage for a military-themed reality show.

Border Patrol Says Its Drones Not Being Used In Dorner Manhunt

Feb. 11
By Adrian Florido
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The report originally appeared in the U.K.'s Daily Express newspaper.

This Old House: The Essex Project

Feb. 11
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THIS OLD HOUSE travels to Essex, Massachusetts, to help a family renovate a modest 1935s “Hansel-and-Gretel” style cottage. The homeowners want to restore the original character of the neglected home, while creating a universally accessible interior intended for aging parents. The renovation will include a small addition for a new kitchen, a four-season porch, and master bathroom and bedroom on the first floor, all connected by an open floor plan. The new design will allow residents to live entirely on the first floor.

San Diego Opera's 'Samson And Delilah'

Feb. 11
Midday Edition
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"Samson and Delilah" returns to the San Diego Opera this weekend and as you might expect, the scale is Biblical.

Pentagon Details Which Benefits Will Be Extended To Same-Sex Partners

Feb. 11
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Commissary privileges, family center programs, dependent I.D. cards, joint duty assignments and space-available travel on military aircraft are among the military benefits the Pentagon will now extend to same-sex partners, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday.

Why Whooping Cough Is Becoming Resistant To Vaccine

Feb. 11
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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A report published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows cases of whooping cough in the U.S. may be resistant to the vaccine.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes/tUnE-yArDs

Feb. 11
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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music. In this episode, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes and tUnE-yArDs bring experimental alt.pop to the stage. The Zeroes support their LP "Here," while tUnE-yArDs performs material from "w h o k i l l."

Drug Violence Dropped In Mexico In 2012

Feb. 11
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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A new report from the University of San Diego Trans-Border Institute shows drug-related violence in Mexico is down.

Army Vet Clinton Romesha To Receive Medal Of Honor Today (Video)

Feb. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Today President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to Army veteran Clinton Romesha for his heroic actions during the 13-hour Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan on October 3, 2009.

Alleged Sept. 11 Plotters Appear In Court, But Focus Is On Lawyers

Feb. 11
Dina Temple-Raston / NPR
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Pretrial hearings in the death penalty trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men accused of planning the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks lasted a little more than hour Monday before the judge recessed the session until Tuesday.

San Diego County Gasoline Price Rises For 14th Consecutive Day

Feb. 11

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose seven-tenths of a cent today to $4.149, its highest amount since Oct. 29.

Cruise Ship Drifts In Gulf Of Mexico, Will Be Towed To Port

Feb. 11
Bill Chappell / NPR
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More than 3,000 cruise ship passengers who thought they'd be heading home today have instead been told they'll remain in the Gulf of Mexico until Wednesday, stranded by an engine fire that set their ship, the Triumph, adrift. Onboard power and sewer system outages have been reported. The ship, which was 150 miles north of the Yucatan Peninsula when the fire struck early Sunday, has a crew of more than 1,000.

Panetta Extends Some Benefits To Same-Sex Parners

Feb. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced today he would extend certain benefits to the same-sex partners of U.S military service members.

Medal Of Honor Recipient Thinks About Men 'He Was Not Able To Save'

Feb. 11
Mark Memmott / NPR
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A story of heroism and bravery will be told at the White House Monday afternoon when President Obama awards the Congressional Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha of Minot, N.D.

Bipartisan Congress Members 'Get Pinned' For State Of Union

Feb. 11
By Tom Fudge
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Freshman San Diego Congressman Scott Peters will join about 40 other members of Congress Tuesday, wearing a bipartisan pin during the President's State of the Union address.

Alleged Dorner Victim Was Former Camp Pendleton Marine

Feb. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Michael Crain, the Riverside Police Department officer allegedly shot to death by Christopher Dorner, was a former Camp Pendleton Marine.

Developing: Shots Fired At Delaware Courthouse

Feb. 11
Mark Memmott / NPR

Shots were fired Monday morning at the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington, Del., according to local news reports.

In Border Security Quest, A Call For More Drones

Feb. 11
By Jill Replogle
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An immigration reform bill could call for more unmanned aerial vehicles patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border. The border drone program is still championed as an important tool for border security, despite a mixed track record.

Gastro-Nomics: Hunting for A Good Meal In Puerto Rico

Feb. 11
Selena Simmons-Duffin / NPR
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To be clear, the trip I took a couple of weeks ago to Puerto Rico with an NPR team was not about food. We headed down to the island to report on the economic and crime troubles that are driving people off the island and to Florida in record numbers. And though we did tons of advance research about census figures and crime statistics, none of us really looked up good places to eat.

Mitsubishi Report Not On Agenda At NRC Meeting On San Onofre

Feb. 11
By Alison St John
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The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a public meeting this week to go over a proposal to restart the San Onofre nuclear power plant. A report suggesting the operator knew about problems with faulty steam generators before they were installed will not be on the agenda.

Filner's Tijuana Office Still Not Open

Feb. 11
By Katie Orr
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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner promises his new Tijuana office will open soon, but there have been a couple of hiccups so far.

San Diego Council To Consider Veto Override

Feb. 11
By Katie Orr
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An ongoing battle between Mayor Bob Filner and the San Diego City Council will take another turn today. The council will consider overriding the mayor’s veto of two Port appointments.

School Reopens After Boy's Alleged Threat

Feb. 11
AP / Associated Press

POWAY, Calif. (AP) -- Crisis counselors and extra staff are being sent to a San Diego County school after a 12-year-old boy allegedly threatened to shoot 23 students and a teacher.

Pope Benedict XVI Is Resigning

Feb. 11
Associated Press
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Pope Benedict XVI said Monday he lacks the strength to fulfill his duties and on Feb. 28 will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.

Pentagon Goes On The Offensive Against Cyber Attacks

Feb. 11
Tom Gjelten / NPR

With the Pentagon now officially recognizing cyberspace as a domain of warfare, U.S. military commanders are emphasizing their readiness to defend the nation against cyber threats from abroad. What they do not say is that they are equally prepared to launch their own cyber attacks against U.S. adversaries.

Woof Out The Red Carpet: Westminster Dogs Take New York

Feb. 11
Allison Keyes / NPR
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On Tuesday night, one dog will be named "best in show" at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York.

Procedure Questions Expected To Bog Down Hearings For Alleged Sept. 11 Planners

Feb. 11
Dina Temple-Raston / NPR

Pretrial hearings resume Monday in the death penalty trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men accused of planning the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The men have been in jail, awaiting trial, for over a decade. The hearings in their case started back in May and they have hardly moved forward since then.