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Stories for February 13, 2013

San Diego Crime Rate increases 6.9 Percent

Feb. 13
City News Service
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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 6.9 percent increase in crime in San Diego last year, compared to 2011 is attributable to the downsizing of the San Diego Police Department, the state-mandated return of prison inmates to county jails, and an increasing transient population, police Chief William Lansdowne said Wednesday.

NRC Meeting Offers Status Update On Restart Plan For San Onofre

Feb. 13
Midday Edition
By Alison St John
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More than a thousand people attended the NRC meeting to bring the public up to date on its investigation of Edison’s plan to restart Unit 2 at San Onofre. Many of those in attendance were from San Diego.

AP Sources: American Airlines, US Airways To Merge

Feb. 13
AP / Associated Press
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DALLAS (AP) -- American Airlines and US Airways will merge and create the world's biggest airline. The boards of both companies approved the merger late Wednesday, according to four people close to the situation.

Health Care Exchange Announces Benefit Plan Choices

Feb. 13
By Kenny Goldberg
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Low-income Californians without health insurance or who aren’t eligible for Medi-Cal can now see which benefits they can expect under the federal health care overhaul- and how much their coverage will cost.

Hagel Becomes First Filibustered Defense Nominee

Feb. 13
Frank James / NPR
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For President Obama's choice to become defense secretary, first came the flaying, then the filibustering.

Sheriff Says Officers Did Not Intentionally Burn Ex-Cop's Cabin

Feb. 13
AP / Associated Press

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- Sheriff says officers did not intentionally burn cabin where ex-cop fugitive was barricaded.

Oil Severance Tax Proposed; Would Fund Calif. Parks, Higher Ed

Feb. 13
California Capitol Network

Democratic lawmakers are calling for a new tax on oil removed from the ground in California – with the money going toward state parks and higher education.

Study Of Used Cars Recommends Buying Newly Launched Models

Feb. 13
Bill Chappell / NPR
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In the 2010 model year, the most dependable cars and trucks were either new to the market or had been through a major redesign, according to a study by J.D. Power and Associates. The finding contradicts the traditional stance that consumers should let carmakers work out the bugs in a new model before they buy.

Airport Suites Offer Travelers A Place To Nap On The Fly

Feb. 13
Cheryl Corley / NPR
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When there's a big snowstorm or a plane has mechanical problems, airports often turn into uncomfortable holding pens, with people scrunched in chairs, lying on floors, filling up restaurants and otherwise trying to find something to do.

Medicare Audit Forces San Diego Hospice To Close

Feb. 13
By Joanne Faryon
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The largest hospice provider in California, San Diego Hospice, announced it will cease operations in the midst of a lengthy federal audit.

Ex-Military Dog Gabe, 2012 Hero Dog, Dies (+Video)

Feb. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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Retired military working dog and 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards winner Gabe passed away today in his owner's arms.

Funeral Held For Former Pendleton Marine Believed Killed By Dorner (Video)

Feb. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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Thousands of mourners turned out today for the funeral of slain Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain, a former Camp Pendleton Marine. Police believe Crain was killed by ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner.

Obama's Call For Higher Minimum Wage Could Have Ripple Effect

Feb. 13
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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So maybe the Great Recession really is over.

State Agency Rules Against San Diego's Pension Reform Initiative

Feb. 13
By Katie Orr
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Supporters of San Diego’s pension reform initiative may have suffered a legal setback, but they’re not backing down in their efforts to eliminate most city pensions in San Diego.

Deputy And Teacher Praised For Talking Down Alabama Gunman At School

Feb. 13
Mark Memmott / NPR
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As the nation watched anxiously to see how the manhunt in California for accused cop-killer Christopher Jordan Dorner would turn out, a harrowing situation at an Alabama middle school thankfully ended peacefully.

San Diego Republicans, Democrats React To Obama's State Of The Union

Feb. 13
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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President Obama addressed the war in Afghanistan, immigration, the budget and gun control in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night. We hear from San Diego's Democratic and Republican parties for their take on his speech and how it affects San Diego.

Center for Public Integrity: EPA Unaware Of Industry Ties On Cancer Review Panel

Feb. 13
Howard Berkes / NPR

Our investigative reporting colleagues at the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) continue their look at the Environmental Protection Agency's regulation of toxic pollution with a new report scrutinizing the agency's delay in announcing that "even a small amount of a chemical compound commonly found in tap water may cause cancer."

Carnival Apologizes For Triumph Conditions, Cancels 14 Upcoming Cruises

Feb. 13
Bill Chappell / NPR
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With the Carnival cruise ship Triumph and its 3,143 passengers now being towed to Mobile, Ala., more reports are emerging from passengers aboard the ship that lost engine power Sunday. They describe a tent city on the upper deck and continuing problems with the sewage system.

Play Looks At Bullying and School Violence

Feb. 13
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A local theater stages a play exploring bullying and school violence.

San Diego Beauty School Offers Free Valentine's Day Makeovers For Military Wives

Feb. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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A San Diego beauty school is offering complimentary Valentine's Day makeovers for military wives.

Southern California Home Sales Rise In January

Feb. 13
AP / Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A research firm says Southern California posted its strongest home sales for a January in six years amid heavy interest from investors.

Antiques Roadshow: Brighton College Two

Feb. 13
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A return visit to Brighton College where many hundreds gathered to welcome Fiona Bruce and the team of experts recently. Amongst the objects brought to the cameras are a valuable cup and saucer bought at a boot sale, a portrait of a pig by a famous artist, and surprise treasures found in a safe once owned by Agatha Christie.

Antiques Roadshow: Brighton College

Feb. 13
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Fiona Bruce and the team head to Brighton where large crowds have unearthed their family treasures for valuation. Amongst the pieces under the experts' eyes are a Trafalgar medal awarded to a boy sailor who witnessed the epic battle in 1805 at the tender age of thirteen, one of the largest, rarest and most valuable pieces of Clarice Cliff pottery ever seen on the program, plus a small silver box gifted by President John F. Kennedy to a family shortly before his tragic death.

SD Kidnap Attempt

Feb. 13

SPRING VALLEY (CNS) - Authorities were on the lookout today for a man who made a forcible but failed attempt to kidnap a 17-year-old girl in Spring Valley.

Deployed Military Women At Increased Risk For Post-Childbirth Depression

Feb. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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Military women who face combat in deployment after having a baby face an increased risk of depression, according to a new study from San Diego State University and Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.

Four Loko Cans Will Now Make Clear They're Loaded With Alcohol

Feb. 13
Maria Godoy / NPR
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Cans of the popular flavored malt beverage Four Loko will soon sport an "Alcohol Facts" label to make it plain they pack a potent punch.

Delay In Salvage Of USS Guardian

Feb. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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In the latest hiccup in this ongoing saga, the salvaging of the USS Guardian from where it ran aground January 17 has been delayed due to problems with a salvaging crane.

Born First And Headed For Health Trouble?

Feb. 13
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Firstborn children end up a little taller, smarter and richer than their younger siblings, on average.

President Pledges Transparency On Drone Strikes

Feb. 13
Scott Neuman / NPR
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In an apparent reference to U.S. drone strikes, President Obama in his State of the Union speech defended the administration's continued use of "direct action" against terrorists and promised to work with Congress to ensure such targeting is lawful and transparent.

New Mexico State Offers Family-Style Housing To Student Veterans

Feb. 13
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe
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The transition into college is hard enough for most students. It's even harder for military veterans whose life experience differs greatly from their peers. New Mexico State University is starting a new housing model for them.

Scientology Founder Central Figure In Local Sci-Fi Collection

Feb. 13
By Angela Carone
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One of the world’s most impressive collections of science fiction is now in the hands of the San Diego State University library. It’s just part of the literary wealth of an SDSU graduate who’s begun to donate his collection to his alma mater. Edward Marsh is also a follower of the Church of Scientology. KPBS culture reporter Angela Carone visited his Escondido home to find out what else he collected.

Rogue Ex-LAPD Officer Believed Dead After Standoff

Feb. 13
KPBS News And Associated Press
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As police scoured mountain peaks for days, using everything from bloodhounds to high-tech helicopters, the revenge-seeking ex-cop they wanted was hiding among them, holed up in a vacation cabin across the street from their command post.

Single Gunshot Reportedly Ends Dramatic California Manhunt

Feb. 13
Mark Memmott / NPR
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As investigators work to determine whether the charred body inside a California mountain cabin is that of former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Jordan Dorner, dramatic reports are emerging about the last hours of the massive manhunt for the accused killer.

Two-Year Prison Term For Motorist In Hit And Run With Bicyclist

Feb. 13

VISTA (CNS) - A two-year prison term was handed down today for a motorist who struck a bicyclist and left him to die along a Rancho Santa Fe road.

Series Overview: More Americans Working Past Retirement Age

Feb. 13
Ina Jaffe / NPR
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The top financial worry of Americans is that they won't have enough money when they retire, according to a recent Gallup poll. And the average age at which Americans expect to retire keeps rising -- from age 60 in the mid-1990s to age 67 now, the survey showed.

Victims Of Cyberattacks Now Going On Offense Against Intruders

Feb. 13
Tom Gjelten / NPR
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U.S. companies that have their networks routinely penetrated and their trade secrets stolen cannot be surprised by a new National Intelligence Estimate on the cyberespionage threat. The classified NIE, the first-ever focusing on cybersecurity, concludes that the U.S. is the target of a major espionage campaign, with China the leading culprit.

For One Senior, Working Past Retirement Age Is A Workout

Feb. 13
Ina Jaffe / NPR
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Increasingly, people are continuing to work past 65. Almost a third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 70 are working, and among those older than 75, about 7 percent are still on the job. In Working Late, a series for Morning Edition, NPR profiles older adults who are still in the workforce.

Interview: 'Beautiful Creatures'

Feb. 13
By Beth Accomando
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“Beautiful Creatures” (opening February 14 throughout San Diego) serves up a supernatural love story based on the first novel in the best-selling series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.