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Stories for January 24, 2013

Foreign Investors Trade Dollars For U.S. Residency

Jan. 24
Jennifer Wing / NPR
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Svetlana Anikeeva was 15 in the early '90s when she visited America as an exchange student.

After Years Of Estrangement, Eight Siblings Become A Family

Jan. 24
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When Bryan Wilmoth was in his late teens, his father found a love letter from a man in Bryan's box of things.

Seabass Released Into San Diego's Mission Bay

Jan. 24
By Erik Anderson
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La Jolla High School students released four months of work into the waters off Mission Bay's Crowne Point Thursday afternoon as part of a hands on project to raise white seabass.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: A Taste Of Spain

Jan. 24
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Host Christopher Kimball goes into the kitchen with test cook Bridget Lancaster to learn the secrets to making perfect Catalan-Style Beef Stew with Mushrooms. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of spaghetti. Finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows Chris how to make classic Spanish-Style Toasted Pasta with Shrimp.

'Chasing The Song' Has Its 'Concert Reading' Friday And Saturday

Jan. 24
By Beth Accomando, Christopher Maue
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The La Jolla Playhouse has long supported new play development with its Page to Stage program. Now they expand that support with the DNA New Works Series. The Playhouse's artistic director Christopher Ashley explains what audiences can expect.

Rick Steves' Europe: Venice And Its Lagoon

Jan. 24
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Venice, more than any other European city, has an endlessly seductive charm. For centuries, it was nicknamed La Serenissima, "The Most Serenely Beautiful One" - and for good reason. Along with sampling the sumptuous art treasures of Venice and exploring its back-street wonders, we cruise its lagoon, stopping in fiery Murano for glass, pastel Burano for lace, and murky Torcello for a sense of where Venice was born.

Several Projects In Works To Ease San Diego Area Border Crossings

Jan. 24
By Jill Replogle
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The man who oversees inspections at the San Diego area’s border crossings gave a State of the Ports address on Thursday. Some progress is being made on easing border wait times, but big improvements are still a ways off.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Norah Jones/Kat Edmonson

Jan. 24
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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music. In this episode, jazz and pop cross on ACL with Norah Jones and Kat Edmonson. Jones sings songs from her Dangermouse-produced album "Little Broken Hearts." Edmonson showcases the song stylings of her LP "Way Down Low."

Fixing Streets, Pipes Will Cost $1 Billion And Take Years

Jan. 24
By Katie Orr
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Crumbling streets and cracked sidewalks have long been a thorn in the side of San Diegans. But one councilman has a plan to tackle these problems for good.

Shakespeare Uncovered: Macbeth With Ethan Hawke (New Series Premiere)

Jan. 24
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Six episodes combine history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis and the personal passion of its celebrated hosts — Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson and David Tennant — to tell the story behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. In this episode, Ethan Hawke invites viewers to join him in his quest to play Shakespeare’s murderous Thane of Cawdor.

New York Murder Rate Plummets, But Who Should Get The Credit?

Jan. 24
Joel Rose / NPR
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By most measures, New York City is safer than it's been in a half-century. The city recorded just 418 murders in 2012 -- the lowest total since record keeping began in the early 1960s. But there's some debate about where to place the credit for that drop.

Some CEOs At California Non-Profit Hospitals Made At Least $1 Million In 2010

Jan. 24
By Kenny Goldberg
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What recession? Hospital executives at many of California's non-profit hospitals are making seven figures a year.

Maxing Out The Mini Season For Maine Shrimp

Jan. 24
Christine Burns Rudalevige / NPR
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To Mainers, cold-water shrimp pulled from the Gulf of Maine in midwinter by a shrinking fleet of fisherman are many things: fresh, sweet, delicious, affordable, precious.

Swinging From 140 Characters To Six-Second Videos, Twitter Launches Vine

Jan. 24
Brian De Los Santos / NPR
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If you thought 140 characters of text was too short, try grabbing your Twitter followers' attention with six-second videos. Six seconds.

Will Big Government Make A Comeback?

Jan. 24
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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For years, Democratic politicians have been shy about talking up the virtues of government. It was all the way back in 1996 that President Bill Clinton declared "the era of big government is over."

Weather Forecasters Help San Diego Utility Company

Jan. 24
By Dwane Brown
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Meteorologist says for a place that doesn't have a lot of weather, San Diego has a lot of weather.

Can An Ex-Prosecutor Make The SEC Tougher On Wall Street?

Jan. 24
Scott Horsley / NPR
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President Obama's choice to head the Securities and Exchange Commission has prosecuted terrorists and mobsters. If she's confirmed, Mary Jo White's next challenge will be tackling reckless behavior on Wall Street.

Women In Combat: Five Key Questions

Jan. 24
Greg Myre / NPR
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The Pentagon's announcement that it is lifting the ban on women in combat raises a host of questions that the military will have to address. Here's a few of them:

Weekend Preview: Opera, Feline Friends, And The Power Of Sound And Image

Jan. 24
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This weekend provides a wide spectrum of events from opera to feline friends to the Human Rights Film Festival and more.

North Korea Warns Of Nuke Test, More Rocket Launches

Jan. 24
Associated Press
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North Korea's top governing body warned Thursday that the regime will conduct its third nuclear test in defiance of U.N. punishment, and made clear that its long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads aimed at striking the United States.

Panetta, Dempsey Officially Lift Ban On Women In Combat

Jan. 24
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By Beth Ford Roth
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It's official. Today Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey announced the Pentagon has lifted the ban on women serving in more than 230,000 combat roles.

ACLU Pushing For English Classes For 20,000 California Kids

Jan. 24
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The ACLU says the number of students not receiving English language instruction in California schools is unacceptable.

Soldier Dies Of Wounds Suffered In Afghan IED Attack

Jan. 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Sgt. Mark H. Schoonhoven, 38, died January 20 at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, from wounds he suffered in an improvised explosive device blast in Afghanistan on December 15, 2012.

Kerry Testifies Before Panel He Chairs

Jan. 24
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Sen. John Kerry, President Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of state, said Thursday that the United States must get its fiscal house in order to lead worldwide, as lawmakers signaled his confirmation was a foregone conclusion.

USS Guardian Taking On Water

Jan. 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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It could be up to two more weeks before the USS Guardian is moved from where it ran aground on a coral reef off the coast of the Philippines, according to Navy officials. The ship has been damaged to such an extent that it is now reportedly taking on water.

Was That UFO Really A Military Plane?

Jan. 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Federal Aviation Administration says it was a military plane. But folks in Amherst, Massachusetts who saw a mysterious flying object soaring silently in the sky earlier this month aren't so sure.

Brown Spells Out Next Goals For California

Jan. 24
JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press
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Cheering a California rebound, Gov. Jerry Brown says voter-approved tax increases have put the state on sound financial footing but warns lawmakers that they must be tight-fisted with the government purse strings.

Rain Expected In San Diego Through The Weekend

Jan. 24
City News Service
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Rain fell in parts of San Diego County this morning as a low pressure system moved south off the California coast, and forecasters expect rain to continue throughout the week.Rain fell in parts of San Diego County this morning as a low pressure system moved south off the California coast, and forecasters expect rain to continue throughout the week.

Obama Chooses Former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White To Head SEC

Jan. 24
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Mary Jo White, a former U.S. attorney in New York who prosecuted terrorists responsible for the bombings of the World Trade Center and U.S. embassies in Africa, will be nominated by President Obama to head the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Quest For A Secure Border

Jan. 24
By Michel Marizco
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The latest in our Broken Border series looks at what border security really means and whether the United States has reached its goal.