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Stories for July 2, 2013

San Diego Biggest Entry Point For Mexican Meth

July 2
By Jill Replogle
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Border agents in San Diego are seeing a huge rise in meth trafficked in from Mexico. San Diego is, by far, the primary entry point for Mexican meth.

California Home Prices Continue To Climb

July 2
Steve Milne, Capital Public Radio
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A new report finds California home prices have increased by three-percent since April and about six-times that amount since June of last year.

U.S. Pushes Businesses' Health Insurance Deadline To 2015

July 2
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U.S. businesses that had been looking at possible penalties if they don't provide health insurance to their employees by January are getting an extra year before they must comply with the new law, the White House says. The requirement, part of the health care overhaul known as "Obamacare," affects all companies that have at least 50 employees.

Clapper Apologizes For Answer On NSA's Data Collection

July 2
Bill Chappell / NPR
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After telling Congress that the National Security Agency does not collect data on millions of Americans, National Intelligence Director James Clapper has issued an apology, telling Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein that his statement was "clearly erroneous."

San Diego-Based National Guard Members Rescue Car Crash Victims (Video)

July 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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Members of the San Diego-based 79th Brigade Special Troops Brigade were on a Sunday motorcycle ride when they came across a car accident. First on the scene, the citizen soldiers quickly put their military training to use to help the injured motorists.

15-Ton Particle Ring Travels To Chicago By Land And By Sea

July 2
Charles Lane / NPR
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It looks almost like the Millennium Falcon, creeping ever so slowing, taking up the entire roadway on New York's Long Island. A team of spotters walks alongside, calling out trees that need cutting and road signs that need to be taken down.

After DOMA Ruling, Government Scrambles To Adjust

July 2
Scott Horsley / NPR
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At gay pride events throughout the country last weekend, marchers celebrated the Supreme Court's ruling striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Gov. Rick Perry Keeps Texas Guessing - Until Monday

July 2
Liz Halloran / NPR
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The Texas political class has been abuzz this week about more than just Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis's abortion bill filibuster heard-round-the-nation.

UnitedHealthcare Leaves California's Individual Market

July 2
By Kenny Goldberg
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One month after healthcare giant Aetna decided to pull out of California's individual market, UnitedHealthcare has followed suit.

NASA Has Shut Down Space Telescope Orbiting Earth

July 2
Bill Chappell / NPR
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NASA is sending a reliable servant into a retirement that will end with a fiery re-entry into Earth's atmosphere in about 65 years. That's the fate that awaits the Galaxy Evolution Explorer, the "galaxy hunter" space telescope whose original 29-month mission was extended to more than 10 years.

Ole Miss Turns Scary Racial Incident Into Teachable Moment

July 2
Keith O'Brien / NPR
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At new-student orientation this summer, University of Mississippi students are learning about the usual: meal plans and financial aid. But they're also hearing something else: a seminar born out of an incident on election night last November.

Obama Campaigners Try To Get Texas Fired Up For Democrats

July 2
Don Gonyea / NPR
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All this week,NPR is taking a lookat the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade -- and what that could mean for the rest of the country.

San Diego Authorities To Crack Down On Irresponsible Partiers This Holiday Weekend

July 2
By Tarryn Mento
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State and local authorities are cracking down on irresponsible partiers this holiday weekend.

Strike-Hit Bay Area Struggles With 'Horrible' Commutes

July 2
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Andrea Brearley's kids really want to see Pixar while on vacation. The problem is that the family is staying in San Francisco and with rail workers on strike, they're having a hard time figuring out how to get to the cartoon-maker's headquarters across the bay in Emeryville, Calif.

Felony Arrest Of Student Who Bought Water Riles Many In Virginia

July 2
Bill Chappell / NPR
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If an encounter between several young women and Virginia's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents had gone that smoothly, the participants might be looking back on a chance encounter as merely odd, perhaps even funny. Instead, they're coping with the aftermath of a brief flight from authorities that resulted in spending a night in jail and felony charges, now dropped, of hitting agents with a car. The state agency says it's reviewing the case.

FRONTLINE: Two American Families

July 2
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Since 1992, Bill Moyers and FRONTLINE have been following the story of two ordinary, hard-working families in Milwaukee – one black, one white – as they spent two decades in an extraordinary battle to keep from sliding into poverty. With poignant and revealing intimacy, “Two American Families” chronicles the struggles of the Neumanns and the Stanleys as they try to hold onto their homes, their jobs, their health insurance, and a future for their children.

Reporter: In Court Rulings, Roberts Takes Long-Term Approach

July 2
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Last week, the Supreme Court wrapped up its eighth term under Chief Justice John Roberts, in which it handed down historic opinions on gay marriage, the Voting Rights Act and genetic patenting. Adam Liptak, who covers the court for The New York Times, says that in the years Roberts has led the court, the chief justice's patient and methodical approach has allowed him to establish a robustly conservative record.

Antiques Roadshow: Hampton Court Castle 2

July 2
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Fiona Bruce and the experts are in Herefordshire at Hampton Court Castle near Leominster. Amongst the family treasures under scrutiny are an important record of the days of early photography, an exquisitely decorated and moving book painted by an invalid in Victorian days, and grandad's collection of jade turns out to be more valuable than previously thought.

Antiques Roadshow: Hutton-In-The-Forest

July 2
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Fiona Bruce and the team of experts head to Cumbria for another busy day handing out valuations and discovering objects with remarkable stories. At Hutton-in-the-Forest they see a valuable painting once used for target practice, a watch that reveals a little-known fact about life in POW camps, and a small boys toy turns in to a rich collectors must have.

Two Of Fallen 'Hotshot' Firefighters Were Marine Corps Veterans

July 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives in the Yarnell Hill fire were former Marines. Both William Warneke, 25, and Travis Turbyfill, 27, were Marine Corps veterans.

Why The Fort Hood Suspect Can't Plead Guilty To Murder

July 2
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Nearly four years after the mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, in which 13 people were killed and 32 were wounded, the case against the Army psychiatrist who stands accused of the crimes is at the pleading stage.

Antiques Roadshow: Vintage Rochester

July 2
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Back in 1998, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW traveled to Rochester, New York, and appraised items including a painting by Frank Zappa, a van Munster violin and a Minton vase. One of these items increased more than five times in value and another has dropped by more than $1,000. Tune in to find out which item’s value has soared and which one’s is sinking.

GQ: ‘Coronado High’ Smugglers — Successful and Brash Before Fall

July 2
Jennifer Vigil / Patch
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An excerpt of the upcoming GQ article covers the successful years of the drug operation said to be the focus of a planned film by George Clooney.

Navy Fires Commanding Officer Of Naval Air Facility El Centro

July 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy relieved Capt. Devon Jones of his duties as commanding officer of Naval Air Facility El Centro on July 1 due to "loss of faith and confidence in his ability to command."

Democrats Face The Two States Of Texas: Urban And Rural

July 2
Matt Stiles / NPR
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All this week,NPR is taking a lookat the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade -- and what that could mean for the rest of the country.

Enlarged Heart Led To Cardiac Arrest That Killed Ramona High's Taylor Dorman

July 2
Melissa Phy / Patch.com
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On the day he died, the high school sophomore was struck in the chest with a softball, but a medical examiner ruled his death was natural due to a hear condition that can be genetic.

California Power Grid Feeling Strain Of Heat Wave

July 2
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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The California power grid is being strained by the current state-wide heat wave.

'These Are The Worst Of Times For Firefighters'

July 2
By Laurel Morales
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Flags were at half-staff as Arizona mourns the loss of 19 firefighters. The hotshots were killed Sunday when winds unexpectedly shifted a blaze they were fighting.

Arizona Firefighter Deaths A Tragic Reminder Of Wildfire Dangers

July 2
By Susan Murphy
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The Arizona wildfire that claimed the lives of 19 firefighters is a tragic reminder of the danger of firefighting. San Diego firefighters have been training for similar life-threatening situations and bracing for a tough summer and fall.

Soaring Temperatures Threaten Migrants In The Desert

July 2
By Michel Marizco
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Immigrants attempting to cross the border illegally by way of the Arizona desert face more risks than just getting caught.

S&P: New Calif. Budget a Mixed Bag

July 2
Max Pringle, Capital Public Radio
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The Standard and Poor’s rating agency likes most of what it sees in the new California state budget. But S&P says the spending plan takes a step backwards by not paying down as much debt as Governor Jerry Brown originally proposed.

Policy Changes Needed To Achieve Calif. Emissions Goal

July 2
Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio
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A new study shows the need for policy changes if California is to meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The study by Next 10 says electricity prices in particular should be revamped.

VIDEOS: Solemn Salutes To Fallen Firefighters In Arizona

July 2
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The simple, sobering sound of a bell ringing as each firefighter's name and age was read brings home the sad story from Prescott, Ariz., where 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died Sunday fighting a wildfire were remembered Monday.

Therapy Helps Troubled Teens Rethink Crime

July 2
Shankar Vedantam / NPR
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Late one night in November 2007, a student at the University of Chicago named Amadou Cisse was accosted by a young man named Demetrius Warren.