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Stories for February 22, 2013

4.3-Magnitude Earthquake Felt Throughout San Diego County

Feb. 22
KPBS News
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A 4.3-magnitude earthquake was reported at 8:40 p.m. Friday about 50 miles southwest of San Diego, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Irish Comfort Classics

Feb. 22
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Host Christopher Kimball heads into the test kitchen with test cook Julia Collin Davison to update a classic recipe for Shepherd’s Pie. Next, gadget guru Lisa McManus reveals her favorite quirky kitchen gadgets. Then, Chris answers questions from viewers. And finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to making New England–Style Home-Corned Beef and Cabbage.

Community To Protest San Diego Border Deaths On Saturday

Feb. 22
Khushbu Shah
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Family members protesting the killing of people by border patrol agents want greater transparency and accountability.

Military's First Black Pilots Honored At Air Station Miramar

Feb. 22
City News Service
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The U.S. military's first black pilots were honored today at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, and a three-mile stretch of Interstate 15 near the base was renamed as the "Tuskegee Airmen Highway.''

Judge Orders Edison To Show San Onofre Cost Is Reasonable

Feb. 22
By Amita Sharma
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Southern California Edison has until March 15 to file papers showing the nearly $700 million cost of the troubled steam generators at San Onofre nuclear plant is reasonable.

TMD Files Lawsuit Over Funding Delay, Budget Analyst Says Delay's Impact Hard To Quantify

Feb. 22
City News Service, KPBS News
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The impact of the Tourism Marketing District on city of San Diego hotel room tax revenue is difficult to quantify, according to a report released today by the city's Independent Budget Analyst.

Los Angeles City Council Joins Gun Control Debate

Feb. 22
Elizabeth Hsing-Huei Choi/City News Service

The Los Angeles City Council is poised to step into the gun control debate as members prepare to consider a proposed ban of magazine clips used in high-capacity weapons approved today by the council's Public Safety Committee.

Fired Nurse Files Lawsuit Against San Diego Hospice

Feb. 22
By Ryann Grochowski
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In the lawsuit, a former nurse for San Diego Hospice alleges executives encouraged employees to falsify records and admit patients, even if they didn't need care.

As Police Drones Take Off, Washington State Pushes Back

Feb. 22
Martin Kaste / NPR

Last year, Seattle became one of the nation's first cities to buy unmanned drones for use by the police department. Public reaction was less "Gee-whiz" than "What the heck?"

What's The Sequester? And How Did We Get Here?

Feb. 22
Scott Horsley / NPR
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They've been everywhere this week: dire warnings about threats posed by across-the-board federal spending cuts.

Boston Grapples With The Threat Of Storms And Rising Water

Feb. 22
Christopher Joyce / NPR
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Since the drubbing that Superstorm Sandy gave the Northeast in November, there's a new sense of urgency in U.S. coastal cities. Even though scientists can't predict the next big hurricane, they're confident that a warmer climate is likely to make Atlantic storms bigger and cause more flooding.

Lawsuit Filed In Fatal California Tour Bus Crash

Feb. 22
AP / Associated Press
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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- A mother and daughter injured in a Southern California tour bus crash that killed eight people filed a lawsuit Friday against the tour bus operator and the charter company that organized the fatal trip.

Sequester In South Carolina: A Tale Of Fighter Jets And Preschools

Feb. 22
Tamara Keith / NPR
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In Sumter, S.C., home of Shaw Air Force Base and the 20th Fighter Wing, cars sport bumper stickers that say: "Jet noise is the sound of freedom."

San Diego Shipbuilding Workers Rally For Their Jobs

Feb. 22
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego shipbuilders rallied to protect their jobs Friday morning.

Penn State Officials Take Booze Out Of 'State Patty's Day' Mix

Feb. 22
Jeff Brady / NPR

Saint Patrick's Day is more than three weeks away, but this weekend near the Pennsylvania State University main campus a similar celebration is happening called "State Patty's Day."

San Diego's Somali Population Explained

Feb. 22
By Megan Burks
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Why San Diego has the nation's second-largest population of Somali refugees despite the high cost of living.

Aquarium Dumping Linked To Giant Tahoe Goldfish

Feb. 22
NPR
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Scientists searching for invasive species in Lake Tahoe scooped up a bright orange goldfish measuring nearly a foot and a half long and weighing more than 4 pounds, according to the website Live Science.

Roundtable: School Bond Donors; San Onofre Hearing; Homelessness Discussion; Trestles Tussle

Feb. 22
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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School districts award contracts funded by school bonds to donors that fund the bond campaigns. The CPUC holds a public hearing on San Onofre costs. Voice of San Diego gives homelessness a public airing. And it's the Marines versus the surfers at a famous San Onofre beach.

FBI Raids 'The Scooter Store;' Will TSA Crack Down On 'Wheelchair Miracles?'

Feb. 22
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Somehow, the image of a slow-speed chase comes to mind:

Resignation Drops Democrats Below Two-Thirds In Senate

Feb. 22
AP / Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- State Sen. Michael Rubio resigned unexpectedly Friday, a move that drops Democrats below the two-thirds threshold they need to pass tax changes or override vetoes.

Poll: Filner's Approval Rating As San Diego's Mayor Is 40%

Feb. 22
City News Service
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Bob Filner's approval rating after nearly three months as San Diego's mayor is 40 percent, according to a poll by Survey USA.

Sequestration Won't Affect Military Pay (Video)

Feb. 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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Pentagon officials say military pay and benefits would not be affected by sequestration.

Navy SEAL Goes Missing During Ocean Swim In Hawaii

Feb. 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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Crews are searching for a missing 34-year-old Navy SEAL who disappeared during an open ocean training mission near Kaena Point, Oahu on February 19.

National Park Cuts Detailed In Sequester Memo

Feb. 22
AP / Associated Press
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The towering giant sequoias at Yosemite National Park would go unprotected from visitors who might trample their shallow roots. At Cape Cod National Seashore, large sections of the Great Beach would close to keep eggs from being destroyed if natural resource managers are cut.

San Diego-Based USS Freedom Still Slated To Deploy Next Month

Feb. 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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Despite the looming threat of sequestration, the USS Freedom is still scheduled to leave San Diego in March for its maiden deployment, according to a recent memo to the Chief of Naval Operations.

Poll: Calif Voters Back Citizenship For Illegals

Feb. 22
AP / Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A new poll finds that nine in 10 California voters support allowing illegal immigrants who have been in the country for several years to stay and become citizens if they have a job, learn English and pay any back taxes they may owe.

Drought Expected To 'Persist Or Intensify' In The West

Feb. 22
By Susan Murphy
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Drought conditions will cover much of the U.S this spring, especially in the West, including California, where dry conditions are expected "to persist or intensify," according to a National Drought Early Warning Outlook report.

A User's Guide To Washington Jargon

Feb. 22
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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It's not as elegant as some languages, but neither is it as impenetrable as, say, an economics textbook or the iTunes user agreement.

Salavaging Of USS Guardian Starts Today (Video)

Feb. 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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After many stops and starts, it appears salvage operations have resumed today on the USS Guardian, which ran aground on Tubbataha Reef near the Philippines on January 17.

For Fruit Flies, Alcohol Really Is Mommy's Little Helper

Feb. 22
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Many a mom has reached for a glass of wine after a long day of tending children. But only fruit fly moms use their version of Chardonnay to guard their babies from harm.

Tebow Won't Attend Controversial Megachurch Opening

Feb. 22
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Tim Tebow has bowed out of a promise to appear at the opening of a new megachurch in downtown Dallas whose pastor has been criticized for making derogatory remarks about non-Christians and homosexuals.

Review: 'Bless Me, Ultima'

Feb. 22
By Nathan John
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"Bless Me, Ultima" opens in San Diego February 22. It is far too evident that the script was chopped up from the original novel. But the story and themes are timeless.

Storm Buries Kansas, Missouri, As It Heads East

Feb. 22
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The biggest winter storm this season is causing delays, cancellations and has brought traffic to a near-standstill in the Plains and Midwest, but it's providing much-needed relief for drought-stricken farmers.

Brown Releases Details, Projections For School Funding Overhaul

Feb. 22
By Kyla Calvert
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Gov. Jerry Brown has released the details of his plan to overhaul school funding.