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Stories for July 11, 2013

A Father And Daughter 'Keep The Faith' During Cancer Fight

July 11
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For the past three years, StoryCorps' Legacy program has given people facing serious illness the chance to record interviews with loved ones and caregivers. Recently, StoryCorps expanded the program to include children.

Prison Sterilization Report Prompts Call For Inquiry In California

July 11
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California lawmakers are calling for an investigation into allegations that 148 female prisoners underwent tubal ligation surgeries without the state's required approval. Some inmates said they had been pressured into undergoing the sterilization procedure, according to a report by the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Ashford Cuts Recruiting, Boosts Faculty To Win Accreditation

July 11
By Kyla Calvert
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Ashford University wins accreditation in California one year after denial.

Filner Won't Resign; Apologizes, Says He Needs Help

July 11
By Sandhya Dirks, Mark Sauer
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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner apologizes, but says he will not resign over allegations that he sexually harassed numerous women.

California Governor Eliminates Enterprise Tax Zones

July 11
By Erik Anderson
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California's governor signed off on a new job creation strategy for the state Thursday.

Why Doctors Oppose Force-Feeding Guantanamo Hunger Strikers

July 11
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For centuries, the act of refusing food has turned human bodies into effective political bargaining chips. And so it's no surprise that the prisoners desperate to leave Guantanamo after, in some cases, nearly a dozen years there, have turned to hunger strikes on and off since 2005 to try to win their release.

Failure To Communicate Between Doctors And Men About PSA Test

July 11
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The PSA test has been dissed a lot lately. The nation's preventive medicine task force, for one, says the test is so unreliable in figuring out who's at risk for deadly prostate cancer that most men shouldn't bother getting one.

House Passes Farm Bill Without Food Stamps

July 11
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House Republicans have approved a farm bill sans food stamps, leaving a gaping hole in the middle of the measure for the first time in 40 years.

Anonymous Person Posts $500,000 Bond To Free Texas Teen

July 11
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Justin Carter, the 19-year-old who was arrested and jailed in February after making a Facebook comment about a school shooting, is out of jail. An anonymous donor posted the $500,000 bond to allow Carter to go home. Carter plans to stay near New Braunfels, Texas, to await his trial on a felony terroristic threat charge.

Falling Tree At MCRD San Diego Injures 15 (Video)

July 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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At least 15 people were injured Thursday morning when a 12-foot-tall eucalyptus fell at MCRD San Diego.

At Least 22 Students Sickened At Lomita-Area School

July 11
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Almost two dozen pupils at a Lomita-area primary/middle school reported feeling sick to their stomachs for unknown reasons following lunch today, and most of them were taken to hospitals to be evaluated, authorities said.

Homeless Vets Find Rest At 27th Annual Stand Down San Diego

July 11
By Claire Trageser
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The Veterans Village of San Diego is applying the Stand Down idea to homeless men and women who face the daily battle of life on the streets.

Taste Of Grandma's Kitchen: We Hack An Old Ketchup Recipe

July 11
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Editor's Note: This post is part of All Things Considered's Found Recipes project.

It's East Vs. West At Camp Pendleton Marines Surf Contest (Video)

July 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Pendleton Marines who went to boot camp at MCRD San Diego will compete against fellow Pendleton Marines who trained at Parris Island in this Saturday's "Red Bull Rivals" Night Surf Competition.

Report: Microsoft Helped NSA, FBI Get Around Encryption

July 11
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The latest in The Guardian's seriesof reports on secret U.S. electronic surveillance efforts claims to detail the extent of Microsoft's cooperation with the National Security Agency, with the tech giant reportedly allowing agents to circumvent its own encryption system to spy on email and chats, as well as its cloud-based storage service.

Report: Afghanistan Burn Pits May Put Troops' Health At Risk

July 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan is continuing to use open-air burn pits to dispose of waste, which is a violation of Department of Defense policy and may put troops' health at risk, according to an alert letter made public by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

Biotech Incubator Opens In North County

July 11
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Carlsbad is hosting an innovative new business incubator that city leaders hope will eventually generate new high-paying jobs. But it’s a risky venture. Known as a “hackerspace” for biology in San Diego, 'Bio, Tech and Beyond' holds its grand opening this week.

For Youths, Fewer Homicides But Still Many Deaths

July 11
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Homicide rates among teenagers and young adults have dropped to the lowest level in 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

LGBT Community Filled With Pride Ahead Of Weekend Celebration

July 11
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It's a big year for San Diego Pride Celebration this weekend with a historic shift in legal and public attitudes.

Why We Aren't Assuming Snowden Is On That Jet To Havana

July 11
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Twitter has been abuzz with speculation that "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden is on Aeroflot Flight 150, which is headed to Havana from Moscow as we write.

History Made: Watch First Drone Landing Ever On Aircraft Carrier (Video)

July 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy made history Wednesday with the first-ever arrested landing of a drone on an aircraft carrier.

DNA Ends Years Of Doubt On Boston Strangler Victim, Police Say

July 11
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The Boston Strangler's final victim has been identified, according to police who say DNA tests have linked Albert DeSalvo, who confessed to being the serial killer, to the death of Mary Sullivan in 1964. The authorities will exhume DeSalvo's body to get "a biological sample" that might provide a 100 percent match.

Zimmerman Jury Can Consider Lesser Charge, Judge Says

July 11
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The jury weighing the guilt or innocence of the man accused in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin can consider convicting George Zimmerman on a lesser charge of manslaughter, the judge ruled Thursday morning.

Paula Deen Comic To Be Published In Fall

July 11
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Paula Deen, the celebrity cook who has seen her TV shows and corporate sponsorships disappear in recent weeks because of reports about her past use of the N-word, is going to be the star of a comic book this fall, a publisher says.

DEF CON Hacking Conference Puts Feds In 'Time-Out'

July 11
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As one of the world's largest gatherings of hackers, the DEF CON conference has long welcomed experts from the security industry and the U.S. government, along with academics and hackers. But this year, DEF CON's leader is asking federal workers to skip the event, due to recent revelations about U.S. electronic surveillance.

Dueling Stereotypes: Bad Asian Drivers, Good At Everything

July 11
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It's a predictable pattern: Tragedy strikes, and the volume of racism gets loud on the Internet. After Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash-landed in San Francisco last weekend, leaving two dead and many others injured, some folks thought it was appropriate to resurrect the dated trope that Asians are bad drivers. The pilot flying the plane when it crashed was identified as Lee Gang-guk, according to Korean authorities.

U.S. Begins Flying Deportees To Mexico City

July 11
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U.S. immigration authorities have begun flying deportees deep into Mexico in an effort to discourage them from trying to return.

Governor Brown In San Diego To Establish Economic Initiative

July 11
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Gov. Jerry Brown will sign legislation in San Diego that will establish the Governor's Economic Development Initiative.

Join The Twitter Roundtable: What Makes A City 'Smart'?

July 11
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This year, the NPR Cities Project is covering the concept of "smart cities": how cities worldwide are experimenting with technology to solve all sorts of urban problems. Please join us as we tackle the issue of smart cities with a live Twitter chat on Thursday, July 11, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon EDT.

Crews Assess Damage After Chariot Fire Burns More Than 7,000 Acres

July 11
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Firefighters battling the Chariot Fire in San Diego's back country got a break from the weather Wednesday. Now, crews are scouring the more than 7,000 charred acres to assess the damage.

Country Star Randy Travis In Critical Condition After Stroke

July 11
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Country singer Randy Travis is in critical condition at a hospital in Plano, Texas, after suffering a stroke, the Baylor Health Care System says.

Mid Year Report: Foreclosures Continue To Decline

July 11
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Home foreclosure rates continue to fall in California, according to new RealtyTrac data.

Short For A Stormtrooper? Not In This Star Wars Dress-Up Game

July 11
By Claire Trageser
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Like Civil War reenactors from this galaxy, the 501st Legion of Star Wars stormtroopers have very strict costuming requirements.

What Should The U.S. Be Doing In Egypt?

July 11
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Egypt's crisis has ignited a familiar debate over U.S. foreign policy where the combatants cluster around two basic viewpoints: The U.S. is doing too little, and the U.S. is doing too much.

After Crash, Why Were Asiana Passengers Told To Stay Seated?

July 11
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One of the latest details revealed about Saturday's crash of Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco likely raises a question in many minds: After tumbling down the runway and coming to rest, why did the flight crew initially ask passengers to remain in their seats rather than immediately start to evacuate the plane? Instead, an announcement was made for everyone to stay put. It was another 90 seconds or so before the evacuation order was given.

Inmates Across California Join Hunger Strike Over Conditions

July 11
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Thousands of prisoners across the state are expressing solidarity with inmates being held in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison in Northern California. They began refusing meals on Monday.

Ex-FISA Court Judge Reflects: After 9/11, 'Bloodcurdling' Briefings

July 11
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Over 25 years as a federal judge, Royce Lamberth has touched some of the biggest and most contentious issues in the country. He led the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court after the Sept. 11 attacks, reviewed petitions from detainees at the Guantanamo prison, and gave a boost to Native Americans suing the federal government.