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Stories for July 5, 2013

Egypt Confronts Obama With Yet Another Limit To His Power

July 5
Frank James / NPR
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As if President Obama's presidency hadn't been humbled enough by the limitations placed on him by the partly GOP-controlled Congress, there's always the recurring problem of Egypt.

Venezuela And Nicaragua Willing To Give Asylum To Snowden

July 5
Dana Farrington / NPR
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The presidents of Venezuela and Nicaragua have said they would be willing to give asylum to Edward Snowden, The Associated Press and other media report.

Volunteers Help Clean Up Marshmallow Mess In OB

July 5
By Dwane Brown
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Volunteers converged on four beaches in San Diego County to help pick up trash left over from Independence Day celebrations.

Abortion Providers Sue As Wisconsin Governor Signs Bill

July 5
Dana Farrington / NPR

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that would require women seeking an abortion to get an ultrasound. The bill also puts restrictions on doctors who perform abortions, reports Marti Mikkelson of member station WUWM in Milwaukee.

New Lanes To Alleviate Border Traffic In Tijuana

July 5
By Jill Replogle
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In August, Mexico plans to add five northbound lanes to funnel passenger cars to the inspection booths at the San Ysidro border.

New Community Radio Station KNSJ Launches In San Diego

July 5
By Claire Trageser
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After six years of effort, the community radio station KNSJ, which stands for Networking for Social Justice, launched last week at 89.1 FM.

Aguirre Tells CPUC To Refund San Onofre Ratepayers

July 5
By Tom Fudge
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Attorney Mike Aguirre has filed a motion with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) demanding refunds to ratepayers who he says have paid for nuclear power they never received.

Jobs Keep Growing. How Soon Should The Fed Stop Helping?

July 5
Chris Arnold / NPR
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The latest employment report is encouraging to many economists because the stronger job growth doesn't appear to be just a one-month blip. But some worry that it's so strong the Federal Reserve may pull back efforts to boost the economy.

What Is Farm Runoff Doing To The Water? Scientists Wade In

July 5
Abbie Fentress Swanson / NPR

America's hugely productive food system is one of its success stories. The nation will export a projected $139.5 billion in agricultural products this fiscal year alone. It's an industry that supports "more than 1 million jobs," according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Filner: Fast-Food Chain's Remodeling Project Too Far Outside The Box

July 5
City News Service
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Mayor Bob Filner today accused Jack in the Box of violating terms of a permit to remodel a restaurant in North Park and asked the City Attorney's Office for an order to force the San Diego-based company to stop work on the project.

Genes May Reveal When Aspirin Won't Reduce Heart Risk

July 5
Nancy Shute / NPR
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People are often told to take low-dose aspirin to reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke. But that preventive remedy doesn't work for a lot of people.

40 Years Of Disco Duds Prove A Teacher Can Be Awesome, Too

July 5
Mark Memmott / NPR
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One word came to mind this week when we saw the stories about Texas physical education teacher Dale Irby and how he had worn the same "groovy shirt and sweater vest" for every school photo in the past 40 years:

Death Of Army Officer In Qatar Under Investigation (Video)

July 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Army is investigating the "non-combated related" death of 1st Sgt. Tracy L. Stapley, 44, who died on July 3 at Camp As Sayliyah in Qatar.

Attendance Numbers Are Second-Highest In County Fair History

July 5
City News Service
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More than 1.425 million people attended this year's San Diego County Fair over the course of its 24-day run, fair officials announced today.

Roundtable: Filner, Goldsmith, Chalk, Yoga

July 5
Midday Edition
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San Diego's mayor and city attorney are awash in controversy and bad PR: Filner for Sunroad's donation to the city, Goldsmith for a possible violation of the Brown Act and the loss of the prosecution of "Chalkgate." Meanwhile, yoga in schools is not religious.

Training Blast Kills Female Soldier In Afghanistan (Video)

July 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Army is investigating the death of Spc. Hilda I. Clayton, 22, a combat camera specialist who died in during an Afghan National Army training exercise in Qaraghahi, Afghanistan on July 2.

Florida Family, Historic Yacht Presumed Lost Off New Zealand

July 5
Wright Bryan / NPR
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The search for six Americans and one British man lost in the seas between New Zealand and Australia was called off Friday after extensive aerial searches failed to turn up any sign of the 85-year-old wooden sailing boat they were traveling on.

A Lively Political Press In A State Where Everything's Bigger

July 5
Elise Hu / 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. We take a closer look at the local journalists covering the coming changes, in this part of the series.

How Sunscreen Can Burn You

July 5
Jessica Naudziunas / NPR
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That sunscreen you dutifully spray throughout the day could actually get you burned.

That's 'My Son Screaming' On 911 Call, Trayvon's Mother Says

July 5
Mark Memmott / NPR
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During one of the most anticipated moments of the trial so far, Trayvon Martin's mother said in a Florida courtroom Friday morning that "I heard my son screaming" when she listened to the recording of a 911 call made as her son and accused murder George Zimmerman were engaged in their deadly confrontation.

New Trend May Draw U.S. Manufacturers To Mexico

July 5
By Adrian Florido
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Mexico's close proximity to the U.S. and cheaper labor may draw U.S. manufacturers out of China.

VIDEO: California Fireworks Mishap Injures Dozens

July 5
Mark Memmott / NPR
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There were some terrifying moments Thursday night at the July 4th fireworks celebration in Simi Valley, Calif.

Bill Would Lift Ban On Food Stamps For Drug Felons

July 5
By Megan Burks
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A bill taking its final steps through the state legislature would reverse a Clinton-era rule that bars drug felons from collecting food stamps.

At Tech-Free Camps, People Pay Hundreds To Unplug

July 5
Raphaella Baek / NPR
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The overwhelming and endless stream of electronic alerts and messages on our computers, phones and tablets is driving demand for a new kind of summer camp for adults. "Technology-free" camps that force their campers to surrender their gadgets, wallets and that nagging "fear of missing out" -- FOMO -- are booking up fast.

Education Reform Movement Learns Lesson From Old Standards

July 5
Cory Turner / NPR
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Common Core -- the new set of national education standards in math and English language arts -- will take effect in most states next year. This move toward a single set of standards has been embraced by a bipartisan crowd of politicians and educators largely because of what the Common Core standards are replacing: a mess.

Volunteers Clean Up San Diego's Beaches After 4th Of July Festivities

July 5
City News Service

Hundreds of volunteers helped clean up four beaches in San Diego and Oceanside Friday after Fourth of July celebrations.

U.S. Men's National Soccer Team Defeats Guatemala At Qualcomm Stadium

July 5
City News Service
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Landon Donovan scored two of five second-half goals in his first game with the U.S. men's national soccer team since August in a 6-0 victory over Guatemala in an exhibition game at Qualcomm Stadium Friday night.

NSA's Reach Leads To Calls For Updated Eavesdropping Laws

July 5
Tom Bowman / NPR

The continuing leak of classified information by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has renewed a debate about the U.S. government's power to reach secretly into the personal lives of its citizens.

Whose Term Was It? A Look Back At The Supreme Court

July 5
Nina Totenberg / NPR
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It would not be an exaggeration to call the recently completed Supreme Court term a lollapalooza. Day-by-day on the last week of the court term, the justices handed down one legal thunderbolt after another: same-sex marriage, voting rights, affirmative action. The end-of-term crush of opinions made so many headlines that other important decisions got little public notice.

June Jobless Rate Expected To Stay Around 7.6 Percent

July 5
Doreen McCallister / NPR

The Labor Department will release the unemployment report for June at 8:30 a.m. ET Friday. Economists expect employers added 165,000 new jobs last month. That's about the same number added in May.