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Stories for February 12, 2013

An Oft-Told Tale: The Beauty Queen And The Quarterback

Feb. 12
Frank Deford / NPR
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Gentlemen of a certain age might make a nostalgic note that today, Valentine's eve, is the 80th birthday of Kim Novak.

Hot Dog: Affenpinscher Banana Joe Wins Best In Show

Feb. 12
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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He's America's top dog: An affenpinscher named Banana Joe was named best in show Tuesday at the Westminster Kennel Club in New York.

Rubio, A New Face, Delivers A Familiar Message In Response To Obama

Feb. 12
Liz Halloran / NPR
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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio drew on his own humble beginnings and the continuing struggles of his West Miami neighbors -- many of them immigrants like his Cuban-born parents -- in the Republican response Tuesday to President Obama's State of the Union address.

NRC Could Alter Rules For San Onofre Restart

Feb. 12
AP / Associated Press
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Federal regulators Tuesday disclosed they are considering changing requirements set last year to restart the San Onofre nuclear power plant in California, another potential hurdle for the company that wants to return the troubled plant to service.

Obama To Congress: With Or Without You

Feb. 12
Alan Greenblatt, NPR
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Uncompromising and politically emboldened, President Barack Obama urged a deeply divided Congress Tuesday night to embrace his plans to use government money to create jobs and strengthen the nation's middle class.

Delta Smelt Deaths Means Less Water for Central and Southern California

Feb. 12
Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio
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Too many fish deaths in the Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta are forcing the California Department of Water Resources to reduce the amount of water pumped to the Central Valley and southern California.

Japanese Troops Training At Camp Pendleton, Part of Larger Asia Focus

Feb. 12
Rick Rogers
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Hundreds of Japanese troops and Camp Pendleton Marines have trained together every year in Southern California since 2006.

San Diego Teacher Arrested, Charged With Possessing Weapons At School

Feb. 12
By Kyla Calvert and City News Service

Seventh- and eighth-grade English teacher Ned Carter Walker was arrested Monday on charges of possessing multiple weapons on a San Diego Unified campus.

INDEPENDENT LENS: The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight For Civil Rights

Feb. 12
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Whitney M. Young, Jr. was one of the most celebrated — and controversial —leaders of the civil rights era. Follow his journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League. Unique among black leaders, Young took the fight directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents. He had the difficult tasks of calming the fears of white allies, relieving the doubts of fellow civil rights leaders and responding to attacks from the militant Black Power movement.

San Diego Councilmen Want Port Issue Raised Again

Feb. 12
By Katie Orr
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The fight over San Diego’s Port appointments may not be over yet. Two city councilmen are trying to revive the issue.

1963 Emancipation Proclamation Party Lacked A Key Guest

Feb. 12
Karen GrigsBates / NPR
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Fifty years ago, the White House was the site of an unusual party.

Rants And Raves: Video Game Movies

Feb. 12
By Beth Accomando and Tony Weidinger
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"Silent Hill: Revelation 3D" comes out on DVD and BluRay today. It is based on the highly popular video game. As video games start to outpace movies in terms of revenues, Hollywood is trying to figure out how to cash in. Here's why they are failing.

FRONTLINE: Raising Adam Lanza

Feb. 12
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In the wake of the mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, FRONTLINE investigates a young man and the town he changed forever. Adam Lanza’s motives, and his life, remain largely a mystery. With The Hartford Courant, FRONTLINE looks for answers to the central — and so far elusive — question: Who was Adam Lanza? Also this hour: In the aftermath of the tragedy, President Obama called for a national conversation about guns. Nowhere is that conversation more intense than in Newtown, where FRONTLINE finds a town divided and explores how those closest to the tragedy are wrestling with our nation’s gun culture and laws.

The History Lessons Obama Hopes We'll Learn

Feb. 12
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Sometimes the best way to advance an argument is by looking back.

Manhunt For Rogue Ex-Cop Ends In Flames At Cabin

Feb. 12
Associated Press and KPBS News
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The manhunt for the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of going on a killing spree converged Tuesday on a mountain cabin where authorities believe he barricaded himself inside, engaged in a shootout that killed a deputy and then never emerged as the home went up in flames.

'The Street Parade Of Life:' Mardi Gras Rolls On Despite Rain Threat

Feb. 12
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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There was a threat of rain in New Orleans, today. But revelry doesn't stop for dark clouds.

Rosa Parks Statue, Capitol's First Of African-American Woman, To Be Dedicated

Feb. 12
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The late civil rights icon Rosa Parks, who broke racial barriers in 1955 when she would not move to the back of a segregated bus in Montgomery, Ala., will be posthumously part of another barrier-breaking moment on Feb. 27.

This App Uses The Power Of You To Report The Weather

Feb. 12
NPR Staff / NPR
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If you love to talk about the weather -- or want to help collect information about it -- a new smartphone app may be for you.

'Heart Attack Grill' Greeter Dies After Heart Attack

Feb. 12
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Two customers' collapses last year didn't seem to phase fans of Las Vegas' Heart Attack Grill.

Son Of Medal Of Honor Recipient Clinton Romesha Steals Spotlight (Video)

Feb. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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The toddler son of Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha stole the spotlight for a few moments at Monday's White House ceremony. Before President Obama awarded Romesha the military's highest honor, little Colin Romesha made his way to the podium and charmed the gathered crowd.

Will Unanswered Immigration Questions Be Addressed In State Of The Union?

Feb. 12
By John Rosman
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Tuesday night President Barack Obama will give the State of the Union address. One of the main topics could be immigration reform, but there are an iceberg questions to be answered.

Finding Romance And Marriage With Matchmakers

Feb. 12
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Matchmaking has reentered popular culture. Can someone else know your heart better than you do yourself?

Coast Guard Begins Probe Into Fatal Tall Ship Sinking

Feb. 12
Scott Neuman / NPR
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A U.S. Coast Guard hearing opens Tuesday to investigate the October sinking of the replica ship HMS Bounty off Cape Hatteras and the deaths of her captain and a crew member as the vessel fought unsuccessfully to outmaneuver Hurricane Sandy.

'Zombie Alert' Also Aired In Michigan; Hacking Traced To Overseas Source

Feb. 12
Mark Memmott / NPR
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It wasn't just Montana's KRTV that got hacked on Monday by someone who broadcast an emergency alert that "the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living."

Female Camp Pendleton Marine To Be Guest At State Of The Union

Feb. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Sheena Adams of will be a guest of first lady Michelle Obama at tonight's State of the Union address.

`Madagascar Live' Coming to SeaWorld

Feb. 12

The show, ``Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation,'' will debut June 15 and will follow the antics of Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo, King Julien, Mort and the Penguins set to original and classic rock and pop music performed by a live band, according to a statement released this morning by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

What Are Your Hopes For The Future Of The Catholic Church?

Feb. 12
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Pope Benedict XVI has announced his resignation saying he lacks the strength to fulfill his duties. He will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. If you are or were Catholic, we want to hear from you about the future of the church.

Newtown Teacher Among First Lady's State Of The Union Guests

Feb. 12
Mark Memmott / NPR

Gun violence. Immigration. Education. The economy. Veterans. Afghanistan. Women in combat. Innovation. Science. Equality. Heroism.

Mardi Gras Merriment Beyond Bourbon Street Festivities

Feb. 12
Debbie Elliott / NPR
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It's Fat Tuesday, the final day of indulgence before the fasting and penance of Lent begins. While the revelry in New Orleans tends to grab the spotlight, you can find some fascinating Mardi Gras traditions elsewhere.

Delta Force Veteran Killed In LA Helicopter Crash (Video)

Feb. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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One of the three people killed in a Los Angeles County helicopter crash on Sunday was Army Special Forces veteran Michael Donatelli. He had served four tours of duty in Iraq.

Cruise Ship Triumph Now Being Towed To Alabama, Not Mexico

Feb. 12
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Passengers aboard the cruise ship Triumph, set adrift after an engine fire Sunday, will now wait until Thursday before what was billed as a four-day cruise finally ends, the Carnival cruise ship line says. Strong currents have pushed the ship another 90 miles into the Gulf of Mexico, foiling plans to tow it to Progreso, Mexico.

Fish Killed After Pipe Bursts In San Francisco Bay Area

Feb. 12
AP / Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- At least 30 fish were killed after a drinking water pipe burst and sent thousands of gallons of chlorinated water into a San Francisco Bay area creek.

Fugitive Ex-LA Cop Charged With Murder Of Officer

Feb. 12
AP / Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Police are now investigating more than 1,000 tips from the public in the search for the fired officer suspected of a deadly revenge plot against the Los Angeles Police Department.

Meet The Calas, A New Orleans Treat That Helped Free Slaves

Feb. 12
Maria Godoy / NPR
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It's Mardi Gras, and down in New Orleans, the King Cakes, beignets and other gustatory delights are flowing freely. But if you prefer your culinary temptations with a side of history, allow me to introduce you to the calas, a Creole rice fritter with a storied past.

Two Arrested In Shocking Shooting Death Of Chicago Girl

Feb. 12
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Chicago police say "two reputed gang members were out for revenge from a previous shooting when they opened fire on a group of students in a South Side park last month, killing 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton," the Chicago Tribune writes this morning.

Obama: 34,000 US Troops Home From Afghanistan By 2014

Feb. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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President Barack Obama is expected to announce in his State of the Union address tonight that 34,000 U.S. service members will be brought home from Afghanistan by this time next year.

Family Apologizes For Boy's School Shooting Threat

Feb. 12
AP / Associated Press

POWAY, Calif. (AP) -- The parents of a 12-year-old San Diego County boy have apologized for his reported threat to kill two dozen people at his school.

North Korea Conducts Third Controversial Nuke Test

Feb. 12
Associated Press
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Defying U.N. warnings, North Korea on Tuesday conducted its third nuclear test in the remote, snowy northeast, taking a crucial step toward its goal of building a bomb small enough to be fitted on a missile capable of striking the United States.

California Could Expand Practice For Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants

Feb. 12
By Kenny Goldberg
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Should nurse practitioners and physician assistants be allowed to operate independently? Some California lawmakers think so.

Security Breach: Are You Safe On SD Trains and Trolleys?

Feb. 12
Midday Edition
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Private transit cops in San Diego say they’re unequipped to protect the public because the company and agencies in charge are doing the job on the cheap.

Smuggling Boat Found On Carlsbad Shore

Feb. 12

SUNSET CLIFFS (CNS) - At least three people were reported to be in custody today after a suspected smuggling boat ran aground off the coast of Sunset Cliffs.

Fixing Long Lines At The Polls May Be Harder Than You Think

Feb. 12
Pam Fessler / NPR

Minutes after he was re-elected in November, President Obama vowed to fix the long lines that many voters faced at the polls. He mentioned the problem again in his inaugural address. And now, the president is expected to raise it once more in the State of the Union address on Tuesday -- this time with some possible solutions.

Sen. Rubio's Response Gives GOP A Chance To Woo Hispanics

Feb. 12
David Welna / NPR
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Republican leaders have tapped Marco Rubio, a 41-year-old Cuban-American senator from Florida, to deliver the official GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Treasury Nominee's Citigroup Experience Raises Questions For Some

Feb. 12
Ailsa Chang / NPR
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Jack Lew, the man President Obama has chosen to help oversee the country's biggest banks, has said it plainly -- he's no expert on banking. Lew said as much when the Senate was vetting him to head the White House Office of Management and Budget in 2010.

In Cyberwar, Software Flaws Are A Hot Commodity

Feb. 12
Tom Gjelten / NPR
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There have been security flaws in software as long as there has been software, but they have become even more critically important in the context of cyberweapons development.