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Stories for January 17, 2013

Lance Armstrong To Admit To Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Jan. 17
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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As we've reported all week, the first part of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's confessional with talk show host Oprah Winfrey airs Thursday night.

Optimum Time For HIV Treatment Is Within Four Months Of Infection

Jan. 17
By Kenny Goldberg
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HIV treatment is most beneficial when it's started within four months of the estimated infection date, according to a new study.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Great American Classics

Jan. 17
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Host Christopher Kimball heads into the test kitchen with test cook Bridget Lancaster to uncover the secrets to the ultimate Carrot Layer Cake. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried tests springform pans in the Equipment Corner. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison reveals how to make the best Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies.

Japan Airlines Cancels Next Week’s San Diego-Tokyo Flights

Jan. 17
By Tom Fudge
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Technical problems with their Boeing 787 aircraft have caused Japan Airlines to cancel even more of its direct flights from San Diego to Tokyo.

FRONTLINE: The Untouchables

Jan. 17
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Are the CEOs of mega-banks too big to jail? Though fraudulent practices at banks contributed to America’s financial meltdown, to date no Wall Street titan has been convicted of a crime connected to the crisis. FRONTLINE investigates why Wall Street’s leaders have escaped prosecution.

Border Apprehensions Reach Record Lows In San Diego

Jan. 17
By Adrian Florido
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Tougher border security in San Diego has driven would-be border crossing migrants east, to the deserts of Arizona and Texas.

Homebuilding Is Booming, But Skilled Workers Are Scarce

Jan. 17
Yuki Noguchi / NPR
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The construction industry in the U.S. is staging a comeback. In one indicator, the Commerce Department announced Thursday that new homebuilding has reached its highest level in 4 1/2 years.

Potential Candidates Lining Up To Run In San Diego's District 4

Jan. 17
By Katie Orr
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There’s one spot available, roughly two months to campaign, and, so far, 14 potential candidates for San Diego’s District 4 City Council seat.

Unlicensed Drivers Disproportionately Involved In Fatal Crashes

Jan. 17
By Jill Replogle
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A recent study has found unlicensed drivers are nearly three times more likely to cause a fatal crash than drivers with valid licenses.

Person Shot By SDPD Officer Dies; Authorities Capture Second Suspect After Standoff

Jan. 17
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A person was fatally shot by a San Diego police officer near San Diego State University Thursday, and authorities have taken one person into custody following lengthy standoff and search.

Aurora Theater's Reopening Sparks Mixed Emotions

Jan. 17
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The Aurora, Colo., theater where 12 people were killed in a mass shooting last summer reopens Thursday, with a private event for victims' families and first responders.

Seattle High School's Teachers Toss District's Test

Jan. 17
Ann Dornfeld / NPR
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An entire school of teachers in Seattle is refusing to give students a standardized test that's required by the district. The teachers say the test is useless and wastes valuable instructional time.

AP Credit Will No Longer Be Accepted At Dartmouth

Jan. 17
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Advanced Placement exams, which many high school students use to gain course credits when they attend college, will no longer be accepted for credit at Dartmouth College, the Associated Press reports.

USO To Host Private Screenings Of 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' At Miramar

Jan. 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Force will be with Marines and their families Friday evening at MCAS Miramar, as the USO hosts two private screenings of the Cartoon Network series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."

Massey Mine Boss Sentenced; Feds Toughen Mine Safety Rule

Jan. 17
Howard Berkes / NPR
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Nearly three years after a deadly mine explosion in West Virginia, a former Massey Energy mine superintendent has been sentenced to prison and federal regulators have toughened a regulation that could have helped prevent the disaster.

Weekend Preview: Restaurant Week, Femi Kuti, Baja Wine Tour And More

Jan. 17
Midday Edition
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There's plenty on offer this weekend to satiate your belly and your ears. From food and wine, to live Afrobeat and jazz, here are some ideas on how to enjoy your weekend to the fullest.

'Dear Abby' Dies; Pauline Phillips Was Adviser To Millions

Jan. 17
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Pauline Phillips, known to millions of advice-seekers around the world as the original "Dear Abby," has died. She was 94.

Armstrong's Confession Looms, And Court Cases Await

Jan. 17
Bill Chappell / NPR
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If disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's confession to doping is as complete as many believe, the admission could increase his legal troubles after Oprah Winfrey's OWN TV airs the interview Thursday night.

Change Needed To Maintain San Diego's Quality Of Life, Report Finds

Jan. 17
Midday Edition
By Alison St John
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The non-partisan Equinox Center released its fourth annual “Dashboard” report that highlights important trends affecting our quality of life in the San Diego region.

Pentagon Won't Intervene In Same-Sex Military Spouse Club Case

Jan. 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Pentagon won't intervene in the decision by a military spouses club to deny membership to the wife of a lesbian soldier.

A War Correspondent Takes On Her Toughest Assignment

Jan. 17
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro / NPR
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When I discovered I was pregnant I realized it was time for a change of pace. I'd been covering conflicts around the world for 12 years. The plan was to retreat to balmy Miami where my family is, have my baby and just slow down for a bit.

4 Tips To Help A Foodie Get Through Chemo

Jan. 17
Madhulika Sikka / NPR
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When I was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago, it was clear that I would be thinking about a lot of things -- myriad doctor visits, multiple tests, surgeries and chemotherapy.

Marine Recruit Arrested For Running On Airport Runway

Jan. 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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A Marine recruit from MCRD San Diego was arrested this morning after allegedly running across the airport runway at Lindbergh Field.

After Big Year, Emeli Sande's 'Version of Events'

Jan. 17
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After huge critical and commercial success last year, breakthrough British sensation Emeli Sande has her sights set on America.

US Navy Ship Runs Aground Off Philippines

Jan. 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S. Navy minesweeper USS Guardian ran aground on a coral reef off the coast of the Philippines early Thursday morning. The USS Guardian is based in Sasebo, Japan.

In Connecticut, Two Sides Of A Deep Economic Divide

Jan. 17
Michael Moran / NPR
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Editor's note: Our partner GlobalPost is launching a series that looks at wealth and poverty worldwide by comparing U.S. metro areas with foreign cities that have similar levels of income inequality. The findings may surprise you. This story from Fairfield County, Conn., and a companion piece from Bangkok, examine two places where the superrich and the very poor live just minutes apart.

Manti Te'o: Story Attributed To Parents Hard To Reconcile With Hoax Report

Jan. 17
Mark Memmott / NPR
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If you're trying to make sense of the news that Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o now says he was the victim of a hoax and that the woman he thought was his "girlfriend" never existed and never died, you'll want to read an Oct. 12 story published by the South Bend Tribune.

Border Patrol San Diego Arrests Plummet In 2012

Jan. 17
Associated Press
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The Border Patrol says arrests in the San Diego region last year fell by about one-third to its lowest level in more than four decades.

Census Shows California Rise In Asian Immigrants

Jan. 17
Associated Press
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There's a California population shift with Asian immigrants replacing Latin America as the primary source of the state's immigrants.

Nuclear Safety Groups Petition NRC

Jan. 17
By Alison St John
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering a petition from groups who say Southern California Edison failed to get proper approval before replacing San Onofre’s steam generators. The faulty generators led to the shut down of the nuclear plant a year ago.

Algae Fuel Could Help Solve The Navy’s Oil Dependence

Jan. 17
By Tom Fudge
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An ambitious goal to reduce the use of fossil fuels looks to algae as a way to power the fleet.

Committee To Review San Diego Fire-Rescue's Progress In Implementing Changes

Jan. 17
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The city has instituted four of 10 recommendations and are in the process of implementing four others, according to a report that had been scheduled to go before the committee.

Making Marriage Work When Only One Spouse Believes In God

Jan. 17
Deena Prichep / NPR
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Maria Peyer and Mike Bixby are one of those couples who just seem made for each other. They hold hands when they sit and talk. They're happy to spend the morning cooking brunch with their children in their home in southern Washington.

On Religion, Some Young People Show Both Doubt And Respect

Jan. 17
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This is the second of a two-part discussion. Read Part 1.

Bad Flu Season Overshadows Other Winter Miseries

Jan. 17
Richard Knox / NPR
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Dr. Beth Zeeman says she can spot a case of influenza from 20 paces. It's not like a common cold.