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Stories for January 23, 2013

Death Toll From San Diego's Flu Season Rises To 14

Jan. 23, 2013
City News Service

Eight influenza patients died in San Diego County last week, bringing the total for "flu season'' to 14, the county Health and Human Services Agency reported today.

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Invasive Insects Put San Diego Ecosystems In Peril

Jan. 23, 2013
By Susan Murphy

In the serenity of the San Diego County mountains, workers armed with chainsaws are in a race against an invasive creature on a path of destruction.

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Foreclosures Fall To Six-Year Low In California

Jan. 23, 2013
By Erik Anderson

Home foreclosure activity in California fell to a six-year low in the final quarter of 2012.

Top San Diego Marine Says Budget Cuts Could Hold Back Troops

Jan. 23, 2013
Rick Rogers

The withdrawal of U.S. troop in Afghanistan and growing turf battles within the Pentagon were just a few of the topics the top San Diego Marine talked about with the San Diego Military Advisory Council on Wednesday.

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Dreamliner Woes Expose FAA's Potential Weak Spots

Jan. 23, 2013
Wendy Kaufman / NPR

One week after Federal Aviation Administration officials grounded Boeing's newest jet, the world's entire 787 Dreamliner fleet remains parked. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said Tuesday he couldn't speculate on when a review of the plane would be complete.

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In Lower Manhattan, Sandy Still Keeping Businesses Dark

Jan. 23, 2013
Margot Adler / NPR

When compared with its neighbors Coney Island and the Rockaways, Manhattan seemed hardly touched by the waters and winds of Superstorm Sandy in late October. But almost three months later, areas of lower Manhattan are still laboring to recover.

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U.S. Military Seeks Its Role In Troubled North Africa

Jan. 23, 2013
Tom Bowman / NPR

The recent crises in northern Africa, from Libya to Mali to Algeria, have raised a host of questions about the role of the American military command responsible for the entire continent.

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Demographic Shift Could Lead To Leadership Shake-Up

Jan. 23, 2013
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Changing demographics in San Diego may mean the city’s traditionally African American City Council district could look different in the future.

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Ban On Women In Combat Lifted

Jan. 23, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will lift the ban on women serving in combat in the United States military.

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LIVE AT THE BELLY UP: Vokab Kompany And Brawley

Jan. 23, 2013
By Jennifer Robinson

Watch Vokab Kompany and Brawley perform. San Diego is home to one of the best music venues on the West Coast. Since 1974, the Belly Up has been featuring great local bands from the Cedros Design District.

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California's Gold Rush Lives On At Temecula Valley Museum

Jan. 23, 2013
By Angela Carone, Claire Caraska, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new exhibit explores the untold stories of our state's Gold Rush through photos and artifacts. And if you thought panning for gold is a thing of the past, guess again. Gold prospecting is still alive and well.

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Planting Trees In San Diego On Martin Luther King Day

Jan. 23, 2013
By Erik Anderson

Volunteers plant trees to restore two watersheds in San Diego County.

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Why Some Hospices Turn Away Patients Without Caregivers At Home

Jan. 23, 2013
Michelle Andrews / NPR

Choosing hospice care is never an easy decision. It's an admission that the end is near, that there will be no cure.

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California Soldier Murdered In Burglary Remembered (Video)

Jan. 23, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

A soldier from Southern California who was killed along with his pregnant wife in a botched Colorado Springs burglary is being remembered today at Fort Carson.

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Seau's Family Sues NFL Over Brain Injuries

Jan. 23, 2013
Associated Press

"We were saddened to learn that Junior, a loving father and teammate, suffered from CTE," the family said in a statement released to the AP. "While Junior always expected to have aches and pains from his playing days, none of us ever fathomed that he would suffer a debilitating brain disease that would cause him to leave us too soon.

San Diego Breaks 103-Year-Old Heat Record

Jan. 23, 2013
Associated Press

San Diego has broken a 103-year-old daily temperature record but a winter heat spell may be easing.

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Senate Democrats Say OK To House Republicans' Debt-Ceiling Plan

Jan. 23, 2013
Mark Memmott / NPR

With the House set to vote within the hour on a plan from its Republican leaders to avoid another bruising political battle by extending the federal government's borrowing authority for another three months, there's word from the Democratic-controlled Senate that its leaders are OK with the GOP initiative.

Salk Institute Receives $42 Million Grant For Genomic Center

Jan. 23, 2013
By Kenny Goldberg and City News Service

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies has received its largest-ever grant, $42 million to establish a research center for decoding common genetic factors among chronic human diseases.

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Recovery Of Grounded USS Guardian Begins

Jan. 23, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

As the Navy continues its recovery efforts of the grounded USS Guardian off the coast of the Philippines, two ships that will aid in the rescue are en route.

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Man Who Did Voice Of 'Charlie Brown' Pleads Not Guilty To Stalking, Threat Charges

Jan. 23, 2013
City News Service

Oceanside resident Peter Robbins -- the voice of Charlie Brown in several Peanuts films and television specials -- pleaded not guilty today to charges that he threatened his girlfriend and the doctor who performed her breast enhancement surgery.

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Military Kids' Drug Use Increases When Parent Or Sibling Deploys

Jan. 23, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Drug use in the children of military families increases when a parent or sibling deploys, according to a new study from the USC School of Social Work.

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As Immigration Reform Looms, Workers Ponder Legalization

Jan. 23, 2013
By Jill Replogle

The most contentious component of what President Obama is likely to include in his immigration overhaul proposal is a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. What might that look like in one industry with a high percentage of undocumented immigrant workers?

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Mickelson To Discuss 'Drastic Changes' Over Taxes

Jan. 23, 2013
City News Service

Golf star Phil Mickelson may shed more light today on the "drastic changes'' he plans to make because of increased state and federal taxes.

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How Cold Is It? It's So Cold ...

Jan. 23, 2013
Mark Memmott / NPR

As mom would say, bundle up. If you go outside today just about anywhere from North Dakota east and south through the upper Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and up into New England, it's freezing.

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Fla. Tomato Growers Think Trade Deal With Mexico Is Rotten

Jan. 23, 2013
Ted Robbins / NPR

Half of all tomatoes eaten in the U.S come from Mexico, and tomato growers in Florida aren't happy about that. In fact, they're willing to risk a trade war to reverse the trend.

Secretary Clinton Set To Testify On Benghazi Attacks

Jan. 23, 2013
Greg Myre / NPR

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a strong supporter of the U.S. involvement in Libya in 2011 that helped oust the country's long-time dictator, Moammar Gadhafi.

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Obama's Promise To Close Guantanamo Prison Falls Short

Jan. 23, 2013
Jackie Northam / NPR

In one of his first acts as commander in chief, President Obama in 2009 signed an executive order to close the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Farmers And Their Cooperative Settle Lawsuit On Fixing The Price Of Milk

Jan. 23, 2013
Peggy Lowe / NPR

Farmers who had hoped to get some answers on why prices for their raw milk went into free fall a decade ago were disappointed Tuesday by the settlement of a case accusing Dairy Farmers of America Inc. of creating a milk monopoly in the Southeast.

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Painkiller Paradox: Feds Struggle To Control Drugs That Help And Harm

Jan. 23, 2013
Rob Stein / NPR

A few years ago, a doctor started prescribing Michael Israel painkillers for bad cramps in his gut. Israel had been struggling with Crohn's disease, a chronic digestive disorder, since he was a teenager.