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Stories for January 2, 2013

Desalination Plant To Begin Construction This Month

Jan. 2
By Alison St John
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The biggest desalination plant in the western hemisphere is due to begin construction soon in San Diego County. Within the next four years it could be providing up to 10 percent of this region’s drinking water.

Old Chargers Stadium Made New Again?

Jan. 2
By Joanne Faryon
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One of San Diego's most influential insiders says he wants to redevelop Qualcomm into a new stadium for the San Diego Chargers, and believes it could be done without spending public money.

Great Performances: Paul Simon's Graceland Journey

Jan. 2
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Paul Simon’s "Graceland" album, an experiment in cross-cultural collaboration, was also commercially popular, selling 14 million albums worldwide and winning Grammys for “Album of the Year” and “Song of the Year” for the title track. But why was "Graceland" so controversial in 1986? Why did Simon face such vehement criticism? In 2011, filmmaker Joe Berlinger accompanied Simon on his return to South Africa to reunite and perform with several of the musicians involved in the original album, capturing Simon’s unique homecoming as he reflects on the landmark events.

Fiscal Swerve Still Holds Problems For San Diego's Military

Jan. 2
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego's defense industry dodged a big hit thanks to the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.

Sports Media Cover Ray Lewis' Retirement, And Fail To Mention 2000 Murder Case

Jan. 2
Mike Pesca / NPR
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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' announcement of his retirement today was cause for reflection, celebration, some sadness -- and not a single mention of his role in a murder trial by two of the largest purveyors of NFL information.

New Immigration Policy Aims To Limit Family Separation

Jan. 2
By Jude Joffe-Block
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The rule change will make it easier for some immigrants to legalize their status without facing indefinite separation from their families in the U.S.

Clinton Discharged From Hospital After Blood Clot Treatment

Jan. 2
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been discharged from New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she was admitted Sunday for treatment of a blood clot that followed a concussion she suffered after fainting. Clinton has reportedly been taking blood thinning agents to help the clot dissolve.

Oceanside City Council Votes to Remove Mayor From SANDAG

Jan. 2
By Alison St John
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Oceanside voters gave their mayor Jim Wood a third term in office, but now members of his own City Council are challenging his right to represent the city.

Sierra Snowpack Has Water Managers Happy So Far

Jan. 2
Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio
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California’s water managers say the state has a good supply of water so far thanks to a snowy December.

Military Leader Leaves Border Post With Praise For Reduced Violence

Jan. 2
By Jill Replogle
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The Mexican border states of Baja California and Sonora are losing the army general whose leadership coincided with a sharp decrease in drug violence there.

Scott Peters, Juan Vargas To Be Sworn In To Congress Thursday

Jan. 2
City News Service
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Two new members of San Diego's congressional delegation are scheduled to be sworn-in by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner tomorrow.

A Snapshot of California

Jan. 2
Marianne Russ, Capital Public Radio
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California has the ninth largest economy in the world, its workers are staying unemployed longer and home prices are rising. These are a few of the tidbits in a new report by the state’s non-partisan Legislative Analyst.

How Will President Obama Sign The Fiscal Cliff Bill?

Jan. 2
Bill Chappell / NPR
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With the approval of Congress, the bill avoiding the "fiscal cliff" is now on its way to President Obama, who says he's eager to sign it. But that raises a question: How will the president, who is now in Hawaii, sign the legislation?

Odd Rule Excludes Some Voters From San Diego City Council Race

Jan. 2
By Katie Orr
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Almost as soon as the San Diego City Council grew to nine members, a surprise resignation shrunk it back to eight again. The race is on to fill the open seat, but not everyone will get a chance to vote in it.

Senate President Pro Tem Among Californians On WSJ "13 to Watch" List

Jan. 2
Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio
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The Wall Street Journal’s list of “13 people To Watch in 2013” includes seven who were either born, educated or reside in California.

'Stand Your Ground' Linked To Increase In Homicides

Jan. 2
Shankar Vedantam, David Schultz
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If a stranger attacks you inside your own home, the law has always permitted you to defend yourself. On the other hand, if an altercation breaks out in public, the law requires you to try to retreat. At least, that's what it used to do.

Life On Fire

Jan. 2
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Volcanoes are among the most spectacular and powerful forces on our planet. They create new land, change landscapes and destroy civilizations, but more than two billion years ago, they also breathed life into our world. From the ocean abyss to snow-covered summits, this ambitious six-part series paints a detailed picture of the struggles and amazing intimacy required to survive around volcanoes. Spectacular scenery provides the backdrop for the extraordinary animals and plants that have learned to juggle with fire. Fragile and engaging, these creatures teach us lessons in survival in a world as fascinating as it is dangerous. Narrated by Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons.

Project Runway Pays Homage To Female Veterans (Video)

Jan. 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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The television program "Project Runway" is dedicating an entire episode to four female veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.

'Tennessee Waltz' Singer Patti Page Dies In Encinitas

Jan. 2
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Funeral services were pending today for singer Patti Page, a North County music legend best known for "The Tennessee Waltz.''

At $130 Million A Plane, Critics Question The Cost Of The F-35

Jan. 2
Larry Abramson / NPR
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In a mile-long building on the edge of Ft. Worth, Texas, an assembly line is taking shape to build the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Lockheed Martin, which got the contract to build the jet back in 2001, is slowly cranking up production. It's hard to keep a plane current, when it takes so many years to develop.

Taxes Rising For Most People Despite Fiscal Deal

Jan. 2
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While the tax package that Congress passed New Year's Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013.

Marines To Require Service Uniforms Every Friday

Jan. 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Marine Corps will require all of its members who aren't deployed to wear the appropriate seasonal service uniform every Friday, starting January 4. This includes Sailors assigned to Marine units, and both active and reserve Marines.

San Diego's Economy Looks Promising For 2013, But Challenges Still Ahead

Jan. 2
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San Diego's economy continues to improve, employment numbers and home values are up and economists expect modest increases through the new year. But there are still some hurdles ahead.

N.Y. News Outlet That Posted Names Of Gun Owners Hires Armed Guards

Jan. 2
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The Journal News newspapers that drew intense criticism after posting an interactive map showing the names and addresses of people with licenses to own handguns in three counties just to the north of New York City has hired a security firm and placed armed guards at its offices, a competing newssite reports.

San Diego Cooks: ‘Mexillent’ Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Jan. 2
By Monica Medina
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Margo Porras is on a health mission, of sorts. As a San Diego-based blogger, she wants Latinos, particularly those of Mexican descent, like her, to eat healthier.

War Dog Monument Makes Debut At Rose Parade (Video)

Jan. 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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Watchers of the Rose Parade on New Year's Day got a sneak peek at what the first national monument to military working dogs will look like. A floral replica of the monument appeared on the Natural Balance war dogs float.

Financial Markets Cheer 'Fiscal Cliff' News

Jan. 2
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Though more big battles lie ahead in Washington, Wall Street is following the lead of financial markets around the world in giving a thumbs-up to the deal that kept the federal government from going completely over the so-called fiscal cliff.

Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Had Pregnant Wife (Video)

Jan. 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Pfc. Markie T. Sims, 20, died December 29 in Panjwal, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Sims's wife is pregnant with their first child.

CA National Guard Sued Over Alleged Retaliation After Murder Trial

Jan. 2
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A sergeant is suing his employer, the California Army National Guard, for alleged retaliation after he testified in the murder trial of a colleague who was later convicted of killing a pregnant recruit.

Iran Warns Foreign Planes Near Strait Of Hormuz

Jan. 2
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Iran's navy issued dozens of warnings to foreign planes and warships that approached its forces during a five-day sea maneuver near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a semi-official news agency reported this week.

Sale of Homemade Cookies Now Legal

Jan. 2
By Angela Carone
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As of January 1st, some foods prepared in a home kitchen can be sold at places like local farmers markets.

La Jolla Researchers Aren't Stopped By Antarctica's Melting Runway

Jan. 2
By Claire Trageser
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News that global warming is causing some of the runways in Antarctica to melt caused some concern among San Diego researchers.

Winter Rain Is Helping San Diego Farmers

Jan. 2
By Katie Orr
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The winter weather hasn’t hurt local crops. In fact, farmers are likely happy with the conditions.

Mexicans Without Identities Live In The Shadows -- In Their Own Country

Jan. 2
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe
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Millions of undocumented migrants live a shadow existence in the United States. But it may come as a surprise that south of the border, Mexico has a shadow population of its own.

Controversy Won't Stall Encinitas Yoga Plans

Jan. 2
By Kyla Calvert
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School board meetings, crowded with parents supporting and opposing an in-school yoga program, haven't changed the Encinitas district's plans.

Bipartisan Outrage As Vote On Superstorm Sandy Aid Is Postponed

Jan. 2
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Democratic and Republican members of Congress found something to agree about late Tuesday when they were told the House would not be voting this week on legislation to send tens of billions of dollars in aid to New York, New Jersey and other states slammed by October's Superstorm Sandy.

Pete Stark, Health Policy Warrior, Leaves A Long Legacy

Jan. 2
Julie Rovner / NPR
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The 113th Congress will be the first one in 40 years to convene without California Congressman Pete Stark as a member.

How Good Is The World's Most Expensive Fighter Jet?

Jan. 2
Larry Abramson / NPR
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After years on the drawing boards and in testing labs, a new fighter plane is entering the U.S. arsenal. The F-35 joint strike fighter is supposed to help the Air Force, the Navy and the Marines replace their fleet of aging aircraft.