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Stories for February 6, 2013

At Prayer Breakfast, Obama Urges 'Humility'

Feb. 6
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Speaking at his fifth National Prayer Breakfast since taking office, President Obama said Thursday morning that the annual gatherings are always "wonderful." But he worries, Obama told the lawmakers and clergy gathered in Washington, D.C., that "as soon as we leave the prayer breakfast, everything we've been talking about the whole time at the prayer breakfast is forgotten ... on the same day as the prayer breakfast."

'Massive Manhunt' In Los Angeles For Ex-Cop Suspected In Killings

Feb. 6
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A former Los Angeles police offer is the focus of a "massive manhunt" underway in that city because he's a suspect in a double murder last weekend and the shooting of three police officers early Thursday.

Murder Suspect's Police Badge Found In San Diego

Feb. 6
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Police are looking for a fired Los Angeles police officer in San Diego. The former officer is suspected of a double murder.

Minnesota's Moose Mystery: What's Killing Them?

Feb. 6
Mark Memmott / NPR
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In northeastern Minnesota, moose are dying at an alarming rate and state officials are having difficulty determining why.

'Real Nightmare' Headed For New England; Blizzard On Track For Friday

Feb. 6
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If anything, the already ominous-sounding storm we wrote about Wednesday is looking like it will bring even worse winter weather than expected to the Northeast and New England on Friday and over the weekend.

Need For Unique Teachers Led To Unique Graduate School

Feb. 6
By Kyla Calvert
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Training their own teachers to lead unconventional classes led High Tech High charter schools to create its own unconventional graduate school.

Appeals For Solar Energy Plant In Ramona Denied

Feb. 6
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 today to deny appeals and grant a major-use permit for a proposed 42.7-acre solar energy plant at the southern end of Ramona.

Drug Violence In Mexico Dropped In 2012

Feb. 6
By Adrian Florido
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The number of homicides dropped to between 20,000 and 25,000 last year, and between 45 to 60 percent of those were organized-crime-style murders.

Questions Sprout Up Over Razed California Wildlife Reserve

Feb. 6
Gloria Hillard / NPR
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Just a stone's throw from two of Los Angeles' busiest freeways lies the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve -- a unique spot among an urban jungle.

City Council To Consider Whether To Override Filner's Port Vetoes

Feb. 6
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The San Diego City Council will consider Monday whether to override mayoral vetoes of appointments of two representatives to the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners, according to agendas.

Air Base In Saudi Arabia Is Latest Drone Secret To Be Revealed

Feb. 6
Greg Myre / NPR
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The Obama administration says lethal air strikes, delivered stealthily by drones, have been a major success in its counter-terrorism efforts. But the administration has been much less successful in keeping secret the details of the often controversial drone program.

Cancer-Linked Chemicals Found In Some Furniture Remain A Health Risk, Team 10 reveals

Feb. 6
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Millions of homes have couches, baby chairs and other furniture that most likely contain toxic chemicals, according to researchers.

Even In Blue Minnesota, Gun Control Seems A Tough Sell

Feb. 6
David Welna / NPR
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Minnesota has a Democratic governor, two Democratic senators, and Democrats control both houses of its Legislature. So it may have come as no surprise when President Obama went there earlier this week to rally support for his proposals to reduce gun violence.

Defying Expectations, GOP Governors Embrace Medicaid Expansion

Feb. 6
Julie Rovner / NPR
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Top-ranked archrivals Michigan and Ohio State faced off Wednesday night on the basketball court for the second time in this season (Michigan won in overtime to split the series).

South Dakota Tribes Accuse State Of Violating Indian Welfare Act

Feb. 6
Laura Sullivan, Amy Walters
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For years now, council members of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in South Dakota have watched as the state's Department of Social Services removed children from the reservation and placed many of them in white foster homes, far from tribal lands. Many of the children were later adopted, losing their connection to their families and heritage.

Austin City Limits: Tim McGraw

Feb. 6
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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music. In this episode, country superstar Tim McGraw takes the stage with his greatest hits and new material.

Calif. Officials To Research Coyote Hunting Laws

Feb. 6
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Despite pleas from animal welfare advocates, the California game commission has declined to intervene in a controversial coyote hunting contest this weekend in wolf country.

Judge May Not Cut Amish Hair-Shearing Culprits A Break

Feb. 6
David Barnett / NPR
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Members of an Amish church group who were convicted of committing hate crimes against other Amish, will be sentenced on Friday in U.S. District Court in Cleveland.

Debate Rages On Even As Research Ban On Gun Violence Ends

Feb. 6
Julie Rovner / NPR
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The characteristics of gun violence in the U.S. are largely unknown because key federal health agencies have been banned from conducting such research since the mid-1990s.

From Oil Fields To REI, Interior Nominee Has Outdoorsy Cred

Feb. 6
Martin Kaste / NPR
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President Obama's choice to take over at the Department of the Interior comes from the business world. Sally Jewell is the CEO of outdoor equipment supplier REI.

San Diego Flu Is Now The Second Deadliest On Record

Feb. 6
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The current "flu season" in San Diego County is now the second-deadliest on record, after 11 more influenza fatalities were recorded last week, according to the county Health and Human Services Agency.

Boxer Wants Probe Into Equipment Problems At Troubled San Onofre Nuclear Plant

Feb. 6
By Alison St John and Associated Press
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California Sen. Barbara Boxer is pressing federal regulators to open a probe into equipment problems at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant.

As Drought Intensifies, 2 States Dig In Over Water War

Feb. 6
Grant Gerlock / NPR
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Epic water battles are the stuff of history and legend, especially in the West. And as a severe drought drags on in the Midwest, a water war is being waged over a river that irrigates agriculture in Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas.

Governor Pitches Water Tunnel Project To Farmers

Feb. 6
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Gov. Jerry Brown waded into potentially hostile territory as he pitched his plan to reshape California's water-delivery system with a $14 billion tunneling project below the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Shooting Of 'American Sniper' Raises Questions About PTSD Treatment

Feb. 6
Quil Lawrence / NPR
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Police in Texas have charged Eddie Ray Routh, a 25-year-old U.S. Marine reservist, with capital murder. Arrest records indicate that Routh had been twice taken to a mental hospital in recent months, and had told police he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Memorial Service Held For Fallen Air Force Pilot From California

Feb. 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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Loved ones of Air Force Maj. Lucas "Gaza" Gruenther held a memorial service today at Aviano Air Base in Italy. Gruenther, a California native, went missing during a training mission last week. His body was recovered from the Adriatic Sea on January 31.

California School Districts Misuse Cafeteria Money Intended For Low-Income Students

Feb. 6
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State officials say California school districts have misappropriated tens of millions of dollars intended to provide meals to low-income students.

Program Aimed To Curb Hospital Readmissions Expands

Feb. 6
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San Diego will be expanding a new program this month aimed to tackle the problem of readmitting patients after they've been discharged from a hospital.

Executive Officer Of San Diego-Based USS Gary Fired

Feb. 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy has “temporarily relieved” Cmdr. James “Slim” Pickens from his position as executive officer of the San Diego-based frigate USS Gary.

Mayor Filner Answers Our Questions, And Yours

Feb. 6
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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner answers questions from listeners in what he says will be a monthly appearance on KPBS.

Justice Department To Share Secret Drone Memo With Congress

Feb. 6
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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President Obama directed the Justice Department late Wednesday to give Congress access to classified information that details the rationale for targeted strikes against U.S. citizens believed to have links to al-Qaida.

Firefighters Contain Brush Fire Near Buena Vista Lagoon

Feb. 6
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DEER SPRINGS (CNS) - A cluster of brush fires erupted for unknown reasons this afternoon alongside Interstate 15 north of Escondido, blackening about a dozen open acres before crews could subdue them.

Sequestration To Force Military Pay Cut?

Feb. 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will recommend to Congress a limit in military pay in light of looming sequestration cuts. The move would be tantamount to a pay cut, as the suggested raise for military pay would not keep up with the expected increased cost of living next year.

Once-Secret 'Watch List' Of Alleged Polluters Under Review At EPA

Feb. 6
Howard Berkes / NPR
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The Environmental Protection Agency's once-secret "Watch List" of allegedly chronic polluters is under review by the EPA's inspector general.

Cold Storm Moving Into San Diego

Feb. 6
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240 AM PST THU FEB 7 2013...LOWER ELEVATION SNOW POSSIBLE LATE FRIDAY...

Pentagon To Extend Some Benefits To Same-Sex Military Spouses

Feb. 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will announce this week that the Pentagon will extend some benefits to same-sex spouses, according to several media reports.

Two Days After Rescue From Bunker, Ethan Turns 6

Feb. 6
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More is being learned about Monday's rescue of that little boy in Midland City, Ala.

California To Consider Listing Great White Shark As Endangered Species

Feb. 6
By Susan Murphy
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Great white sharks are one of the ocean's top predators, but California's Fish and Game Commission today will consider whether to enact protections for them and advance their candidacy to the list of California Endangered Species.

The Iron Is Out, A Cat Is In As 'Monopoly' Changes Game Pieces

Feb. 6
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Scottie the dog is not going to like this news:

Work By Former Slave Turned Celebrated Artist At Mingei

Feb. 6
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A new exhibition features 60 rare drawings by self-taught southern folk artist Bill Traylor.

Reports: Postal Service Will Move To Halt Saturday Mail

Feb. 6
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The U.S. Postal Service, which has been preparing the public for this news for a couple years now, will announce this morning that it plans to halt Saturday delivery of first-class mail this summer, according to reports from The Associated Press and CBS News.

Boy Scouts Debate Accepting Gays; Pentagon May Extend Some Benefits

Feb. 6
Mark Memmott / NPR
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As leaders of the Boy Scouts of America meet in Irving, Texas to consider whether local troops should be allowed to have gay members and leaders, there's breaking news about a related issue:

Tsunami Debris On Alaska's Shores Like 'Standing In Landfill'

Feb. 6
Annie Feidt / NPR
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Refrigerators, foam buoys and even ketchup bottles are piling up on Alaska's beaches. Almost two years after the devastating Japanese tsunami, its debris and rubbish are fouling the coastlines of many states -- especially in Alaska.

It's The Dog Days For America's Sports Dynasties

Feb. 6
Frank Deford / NPR
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Since that devilish little morality saga with Linda Evans and Joan Collins left television in 1989, there have been no dynasties in our world outside of sports.

Puerto Rico's Battered Economy: The Greece Of The Caribbean?

Feb. 6
David Greene / NPR
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Puerto Rico's population is declining. Faced with a deteriorating economy, increased poverty and a swelling crime rate, many citizens are fleeing the island for the U.S. mainland. In a four-part series,Morning Editionexplores this phenomenon, and how Puerto Rico's troubles are affecting its people and other Americans in unexpected ways.

Using 3-D Printers To Make Gun Parts Raises Alarms

Feb. 6
Eric Molinsky / NPR
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You may have heard about 3-D printing, a technological phenomenon that uses a robotic arm to build objects one layer at a time. As people get imaginative and create items in a one-stop-shop fashion, one more creation has been added to the printing line: gun parts.

New Hampshire Cuts Red Tape To Put Nanobreweries On Tap

Feb. 6
Emily Corwin / NPR
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As beer drinkers demand increasingly obscure beers with ingredients like jalapenos or rhubarb, smaller and smaller breweries are stepping up to the plate. New Hampshire is one state helping these brewery startups get off the ground, with new laws that make it easier for small-scale breweries to obtain licenses and distribute their craft beers.