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Stories for January 14, 2013

San Diego Lawsuit Says Blue Cross Illegally Targeting HIV/AIDS Patients

Jan. 14
City News Service
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A class-action lawsuit filed in San Diego Superior Court alleges Blue Cross of California is illegally targeting HIV/AIDS patients and other seriously ill consumers with a new program that bars them from using local pharmacies to get their medications.

As Polls Show Support For Gun Control, Calif. Gun Show Is A Hit

Jan. 14
Bill Chappell / NPR
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One month after the Newtown, Conn., school shootings, gun control is on the national agenda. The White House will outline its proposals this week, and national surveys find a majority of Americans support options such as requiring background checks for both private and gun-show sales.

City Council Unanimously Approves SANDAG Appointments

Jan. 14
City News Service
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A single slate of city appointments to the San Diego Association of Governments was passed unanimously and with little comment today, a far cry from last week's rancor between Mayor Bob Filner and City Council President Todd Gloria.

San Diego Crops Mostly Unscathed In Freezing Temperatures

Jan. 14
By Susan Murphy
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San Diego farmers say they’ve dodged significant crop damage following several nights of freezing temperatures.

Brown's Fiscal Restraint "Commendable" but Risks Remain

Jan. 14
Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio
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California’s non-partisan legislative analyst is praising Governor Jerry Brown for the fiscal discipline he showed in his budget proposal. But he’s not fully endorsing Brown’s proclamation last week that the state’s deficit has been erased.

Poll Says Gun Rights Supporters Fund Their Cause; Opponents Don't

Jan. 14
Greg Henderson / NPR
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A Pew Research Center survey on gun laws shows overwhelming support among Americans on a few issues, like closing the so-called gun show loophole; a wide partisan split on more contentious measures, like banning assault weapons; and a glimpse into why the nation's gun lobby may be so successful.

U.S. Military's Suicide Rate Surpassed Combat Deaths In 2012

Jan. 14
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The number of suicide deaths in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year -- more than the 295 Americans who died fighting in Afghanistan in 2012. The numbers were first reported by the AP; NPR has confirmed them.

California Lawmakers Want to Close Rape Law Loophole

Jan. 14
Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio
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Several California lawmakers are introducing legislation that would expand the definition of rape. The move comes after an appeals court overturned a rape conviction based on the victim’s marital status.

FBI Says Crime Rates Increased Across San Diego Area In First Half Of 2012

Jan. 14
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Property crime rates went up in the half-dozen largest municipalities in the San Diego area over the first half of 2012, while violent offenses increased in all but two of them, the FBI reported today.

Arizona, Southern California Fight Off Frost And Frozen Vegetables

Jan. 14
Peter O'Dowd / NPR
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Cold has descended on an area of the country that is known for its near-perfect weather this time of year.

Women With A Berry Snacking Habit May Have Healthier Hearts

Jan. 14
Allison Aubrey / NPR
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When it comes to supernutritious foods, the blueberry has long had a health halo floating over it.

Latino Activists Call For Secretary Posts In Obama’s Second Term

Jan. 14
By David Martin Davies
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As President Barack Obama enters into his second term, he’s building a new cabinet. Thus far, all his nominees to replace outgoing cabinet members have been white men.

Dear Mr. President: What Do You Want Obama To Remember?

Jan. 14
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President Obama will soon be sworn into office, and whether you voted for him or not, he's everybody's president. What do you want him to remember in his second term?

Camp Pendleton Rejects Atheist Music Festival

Jan. 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Pendleton officials have rejected a request by Rock Beyond Belief to hold a music festival celebrating atheism on the military base.

Couple Whose Bike Was Stolen, And Returned, Will Donate It

Jan. 14
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Courtney and Harly Forbes made news last week, when they were victimized by a bike thief -- who then returned their tandem bicycle with a note asking for forgiveness after stories came out about how the couple, who are developmentally delayed, had relied on it to get around.

Transgender Woman Who Deserted Marines 31 Years Ago Gets Honorable Discharge (Video)

Jan. 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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A transgender woman named Elizabeth Tremblay, who deserted the Marines 31 years ago when she was Pvt. Donald Tremblay, learned today she will get an honorable discharge instead of jail time. Tremblay attended boot camp at MCRD San Diego and was based at Twentynine Palms in the early 1980s.

Java Security Flaw Is Repaired; Experts Still Recommend Disabling It

Jan. 14
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Days after the Department of Homeland Security said computer users should remove the latest versions of its Java software, Oracle Corp. says it has fixed the flaw, in a new update released Monday. As we reported Friday, hacking groups included the Java 7 vulnerability in new "exploit kits" this year.

How Will Junior Seau's CTE Diagnosis Affect The Next Generation?

Jan. 14
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San Diego youth football confronts new findings about NFL brain injuries. A high school football coach reacts to the news about Junior Seau's postmortem chronic traumatic encephalopathy diagnosis.

The Cost Of Being A Nation Of 'Soul Food Junkies'

Jan. 14
Maria Godoy / NPR
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You are what you eat, the old saying goes. But if you change what you eat, are you fundamentally changing who you are?

PIONEERS OF TELEVISION: Funny Ladies (New Season Premiere)

Jan. 14
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Ryan Seacrest narrates the third season of this Emmy-nominated series, which reveals intriguing behind-the-scenes stories and fascinating facts about television shows and programming genres that continue to influence the medium today. This episode features the first standup comediennes to appear on television - legends such as Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers. It also looks at Lucille Ball's breakthrough on "I Love Lucy" and the sitcom stars who followed, including Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Marla Gibbs.

San Diego's Homeless Brace For Freezing Temperatures

Jan. 14
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A cold snap takes a toll on the homeless in San Diego County over the weekend. So why are two long-awaited shelters still sitting empty?

Kids Living With Spina Bifida Face Major Challenges

Jan. 14
By Kenny Goldberg
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Babies born with spina bifida, one of the most common birth defects, can face a lifetime of medical issues.

Elder President Bush Released From Hospital

Jan. 14
Mark Memmott / NPR
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After nearly two months in a Houston hospital, where he spent some of the time in intensive care for treatment of complications related to bronchitis, an infection and a stubborn fever, former President George H.W. Bush was sent home today.

La Jolla Playhouse Launches DNA New Works

Jan. 14
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The La Jolla Playhouse has a tradition of supporting new works. This month it kicks off a new play development program called DNA New Works Series.

Retired Bishop Gene Robinson On Being Gay And Loving God

Jan. 14
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For many years, it didn't occur to Bishop Gene Robinson -- the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church -- that he might retire before age 72, the mandatory retirement age for Episcopal bishops. But then, in 2010, Mary Glasspool, who is also openly gay, was elected bishop suffragan in the Diocese of Los Angeles and, for the first time, Robinson reconsidered his retirement plans.

Obama Demands Quick Action To Raise Debt Limit

Jan. 14
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President Barack Obama demanded on Monday that lawmakers raise the nation's $16.4 trillion federal debt limit quickly, warning that "Social Security benefits and veterans' checks will be delayed" if they don't and cautioning Republicans not to insist on cuts to government spending in exchange.

More Troops Died From Suicide Than Combat In 2012

Jan. 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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More active-duty U.S. service members died from suicide than combat in 2012, according to statistics compiled by the Associated Press.

The Great American Signature Fades Away

Jan. 14
Linton Weeks / NPR
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Much has been made recently of the loopy signature of Jack Lew, the Treasury Secretary nominee whose name - if he is confirmed - will appear on new U.S. currency.

A Supreme Court Justice Gets Personal: Sotomayor's Family Photos

Jan. 14
Claire O'Neill / NPR
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A few weeks ago, a few of us headed over to the Supreme Court to retrieve a suitcase. It belonged to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and it contained, effectively, her family history in photographs. We sat in the kitchen in her chambers over her lunch break. She ate a bowl of soup and told us stories about the photos.

FRONTLINE: Inside Obama's Presidency

Jan. 14
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As Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term, FRONTLINE takes a probing look at the first four years of his presidency. With inside accounts from his battles with his Republican opponents over health care and the economy to his dramatic expansion of targeted killings of enemies, FRONTLINE examines the president’s key decisions and the experiences that will inform his second term.

Grieving Families, Community Launch 'Sandy Hook Promise'

Jan. 14
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Pledging to do all they can "to encourage and support common sense solutions that make my community and our country safer from similar acts of violence," parents, family and friends of the 20 children and six educators killed in the Dec. 14 mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Conn., just launched Sandy Hook Promise.

Of The People: Sonia Sotomayor's Amazing Rise

Jan. 14
Jason Farago / NPR
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Since her appointment to the Supreme Court in 2009, Sonia Sotomayor has stood out. The nation's first Latina justice is also its most extroverted; not only does she ask far more questions during oral arguments than her predecessor, David Souter, but she also has refused to indulge the court's pose of Olympian detachment. William Rehnquist never threw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium, and I don't remember Antonin Scalia making an appearance on Sesame Street. If John Roberts knows how to salsa dance, he certainly hides it better than she does.

Three Destroyers Slated To Leave San Diego Monday Morning

Jan. 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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Three U.S. Navy destroyers - USS Stockdale, USS Higgins, and USS William P. Lawrence - are scheduled to leave San Diego this morning for a deployment to the Persian Gulf.

Lawmaker Plans Bill To Lift Immunity For Gun Manufacturers And Dealers

Jan. 14
Carrie Johnson / NPR
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Add this to the list of proposals to overhaul the gun industry: Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., says he will introduce legislation this week to roll back legal immunity for gun manufacturers and dealers.

Losing Our Religion: The Growth Of The 'Nones'

Jan. 14
Heidi Glenn, NPR
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As religious as this country may be, many Americans are not religious at all. This group of religiously unaffiliated – dubbed "nones"— has been growing. One-fifth of Americans say they're nones, as are one in three under 30. They're socially liberal and aren't looking for an organized religion.

Another Cold Night Grips San Diego

Jan. 14
City News Service
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A freeze warning was in effect early today for the valleys of San Diego County as yet another cold night gripped the region.

First U.S. Combat Death In Afghanistan For 2013 Reported

Jan. 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Pentagon announced the first U.S. combat death in Afghanistan in 2013. Army Sgt. Aaron X. Wittman, 28, died January 10 in Nangarhar Province.

December Home Sales Rise, Capping Year Of Housing Growth

Jan. 14
By Claire Trageser
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Home prices rose again in December, finishing off the year on a strong note, according to the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors.

Smoking And Guns At The Del Mar Fairground

Jan. 14
By Alison St John
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A petition to stop gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is gaining momentum.

Gillespie Field Expansion Brings Promise And Controversy

Jan. 14
By Tom Fudge
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Conversion of the old El Cajon Speedway to aviation use poses the question: What do you do with an airport?

San Diego Gas Price Drops Slightly

Jan. 14
City News Service
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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County fell one-tenth of a cent today for the second consecutive day after increasing eight times in the past 10 days.

San Diego Council To Vote On SANDAG Appointments

Jan. 14
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A single slate of appointments by the city of San Diego to the San Diego Association of Governments is scheduled to be considered by the City Council at its meeting today.

Losing Our Religion: The Growth Of The 'Nones'

Jan. 14
Heidi Glenn / NPR
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This week, Morning Edition explores the "nones" -- Americans who say they don't identify with any religion. Demographers have given them this name because when asked to identify their religion, that's their answer: "none."

Lack Of Up-To-Date Research Complicates Gun Debate

Jan. 14
Carrie Johnson / NPR
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Vice President Joe Biden is getting ready to make recommendations on how to reduce gun violence in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Young Adults Swapping Soda for The Super Buzz of Coffee

Jan. 14
Allison Aubrey / NPR
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If you live in a college town, you may have noticed campus coffee shops are still buzzing late into the evening.

Better Bring Your Own: University Of Vermont Bans Bottled Water

Jan. 14
Kirk Carapezza / NPR
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When students at the University of Vermont resume classes on the snow-covered Burlington campus Monday, something will be missing: bottled water. UVM is the latest university to ban on-campus sales of bottled water.