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Stories for July 15, 2013

'Nuclear Option' In Play As Senators Meet In Secret

July 15
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The microphones are ready. The cameras are in position. The reporters are poised.

Zimmerman Verdict Feels Personal For Some In Service Sorority

July 15
NPR Staff, Jennifer Ludden
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Attorney General Eric Holder looked out over a sea of women in red on Monday and invoked his wife, a member of the influential African-American sorority Delta Sigma Theta. Holder was addressing the sorority's national convention in its centennial year.

Choice Of Napolitano As UC President Gets Mixed Response From Immigrant Advocates

July 15
By Adrian Florido
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The Homeland Security Secretary has a record of supporting undocumented students, but that's not enough for many immigrant advocates.

PHOTO: Shark Cruises Florida Beach

July 15
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While on vacation Monday at Florida's Seagrove Beach, east of Pensacola, NPR's Russell Lewis snapped a photo that's been picking up quite a few retweets. It wasn't "Sharknado II," but does seem to have caught folks' interest. He sent us this dispatch about his relatively close encounter with a shark:

Live From The Artists Den: The Killers

July 15
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The Killers played an unforgettable show in New York City at the magnificent Chinatown landmark Capitale, designed in the 19th Century by influential architect Stanford White as the home of the Bowery Savings Bank. The Las Vegas-based band drew on material from across their multi-platinum catalogue, including such smash hits as “Mr. Brightside” and "Human.”

Reid's Limited Senate Options Lead To 'Nuclear' Threat

July 15
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Sen. Harry Reid may sound a tad hypocritical to some for saying he now supports changing Senate rules in order to end the one that says 60 senators must approve before presidential nominations can get up or down votes. This comes only several years after he indicated he opposed changing the requirement to a simple 51-vote majority.

Feds Unlikely To Prosecute Zimmerman, Former Prosecutors Say

July 15
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Looking ahead after the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin -- a case that reignited the national discussion about race relations:

Stand Your Ground Laws Under Scrutiny Post-Zimmerman Verdict

July 15
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George Zimmerman's defense team didn't invoke Florida's "stand your ground" defense in winning his acquittal of murder in last year's shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

California Voters May Have Final Say On Medical Malpractice Awards

July 15
By Kenny Goldberg
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California's cap on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice cases hasn't changed in 38 years. Some say it's time for a change.

Lucky Breakdown: Fans Take Stranded Dave Matthews To Show

July 15
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You're a huge Dave Matthews fan. As you're going to his band's show Saturday in Hershey, Pa., you see a guy standing by the side of the road next to a bike with a flat tire.

Nine Digit ZIP Codes Now Required When Sending Mail To Navy Mobile Units

July 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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Planning to send a care package to someone you love aboard a Navy ship? You must now use a nine-digit zip code to ensure your mail gets delivered to any Navy Mobile Unit.

After DOMA Ruling, Bi-National Gay Couples Face New Issues

July 15
Durrie Bouscaren / NPR
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After the Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, same-sex couples can apply for their foreign-born husbands, wives and fiancées to join them in the United States.

Doctors Heed Prescription For Computerized Records

July 15
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Uncle Sam wants your doctor go to digital. And the federal government is backing that up with money for practices that start using computerized systems for record keeping.

Did Social Media Help Ease Tensions After Zimmerman Verdict?

July 15
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Calm largely prevailed after a jury acquitted George Zimmerman Saturday night in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Law enforcement and community leaders had prepared for potential unrest, and riots had been feared for months. Slate's Dave Weigel sums up the fears:

President George H.W. Bush Honored At White House

July 15
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Former President George H.W. Bush, who spent nearly two months in a Houston hospital during late 2012 and early 2013 for treatment of a variety of life-threatening illnesses, was hailed by President Obama at the White House on Monday.

Nazi Megaweapons

July 15
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In a quest for world domination, the Nazis built some of the biggest and deadliest pieces of military hardware and malevolent technology in history. This new series recounts World War II from a unique new perspective, uncovering the engineering secrets of iconic megastructures, telling the stories of the engineers who designed them and revealing how these structures sparked a technological revolution that changed warfare forever.

San Diego-Area Pilots Selected For Blue Angels 2014 Season (Video)

July 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Blue Angels have announced their team for the 2014 season, and two San Diegans (one former, one current) have made the cut. The Blue Angels' 2013 season was cancelled due to budget cuts caused by sequestration.

Zimmerman Juror Signs With Book Agent

July 15
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One of the women on the jury that found George Zimmerman not guilty on Saturday has already signed with a book agent.

Kids Watch TV As Parents Do, Not As They Say

July 15
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Parents who think their children don't pay attention can take heart. They're doing their best to emulate your bad TV-watching habits.

The Mighty Mississippi With Trevor McDonald

July 15
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A sweeping tale of the largest river system in the United States and the spectacular landscapes, diverse cultural heritage, and the industrial triumph nurtured on its banks. British news anchorman, Sir Trevor McDonald, undertakes an epic journey from the Gulf of Mexico to the Mississippi’s source in Minnesota with many stops along the way. From a colorful New Orleans jazz funeral to a moving eyewitness account of Martin Luther King’s assassination, the journey along Ol’ Man River results in a vivid portrait of centuries of American culture.

Holder: Trayvon Martin Case Is A Chance For 'Difficult Dialogue'

July 15
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Speaking at a luncheon for the Delta Sigma Theta sorority in Washington, D.C., Attorney General Eric Holder said he shared concerns about the "tragic, unnecessary shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., last year."

Soldier Prescribed Controversial Anti-Malarial Drug Before Afghan Massacre

July 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who recently pleaded guilty to the murder of 16 Afghan civilians, was prescribed a controversial anti-malarial drug called Lariam before the massacre. Lariam has been linked to aggression and psychotic behavior.

Filner Announces Staff Changes, Appointments In Wake Of Allegations

July 15
By Sandhya Dirks, Hailey Persinger
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The staff changes come less than a week after three key supporters publicly asked Filner to resign as mayor because of sexual harassment allegations that have come to light recently.

PAN Party Keeps Baja Governor's Office

July 15
By Jill Replogle
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Mexico’s conservative PAN party held on to the governor’s seat in Baja California with the election of Francisco Vega De Lamadrid.

Woman Says Filner Grabbed, Kissed Her During Meeting

July 15
By Amita Sharma
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She says in an affidavit that the incident took place during the mayor's regular meetings with members of the public.

Snowden Has NSA 'Blueprint,' Says 'Guardian' Journalist

July 15
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Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who was the first to report on classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden, says the former National Security Agency contractor has what amounts to an "instruction manual for how the NSA is built."

Ex-Fiancee Urges Filner To Submit Resignation

July 15
By Amita Sharma
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Bronwyn Ingram says Filner arranged dates with other women in her presence and yelled at her on recent Paris trip.

Doubts Cloud Death Valley's 100-Year Heat Record

July 15
By David Wagner
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One hundred years ago, Death Valley reportedly experienced the hottest temperatures ever recorded on Earth, but some climate experts think the desert couldn't have actually reached 134 degrees.

Councilman Wants Independent Audit Of Del Sur Taxes (VIDEO)

July 15
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An inewsource investigation into Mello-Roos taxes has prompted Councilman Mark Kersey to call for an independent audit into the tax bills of 344 of his constituents.

Second Opinion: Does Obamacare Cover Acupuncture And Chiropractors?

July 15
By Megan Burks
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A City Heights resident turns to alternative medicine after losing her health insurance. Can she keep it up with an Obamacare plan?

Former Filner Supporters Provide Details Of Sexual Harassment Allegations, But Not Identities Of Women

July 15
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Former supporters of Mayor Bob Filner provided more detailed descriptions of allegations of sexual harassment against the mayor in an emotional press conference Monday, hours after the mayor renewed his promise not to resign.

Zimmerman Trial: 6 Headlines That Tell The Story

July 15
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A little more than a day after a jury handed down a not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman, thousands of people gathered in cities across the country to express their anger and dismay.

A Peek Inside A Once Top Secret Spot In Atomic Age History

July 15
Martin Kaste / NPR
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People tend to remember that the atomic bomb was developed at Los Alamos, N.M., and Oak Ridge, Tenn., but they often forget about a third nuclear production complex -- the Hanford Site in Richland, Wash. It's where they built the world's first full-scale nuclear reactor.

In Second Term, Obama Takes Softer Tone Toward Bushes

July 15
Ari Shapiro / NPR
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Former President George H.W. Bush will visit the White House on Monday, along with his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, to celebrate a milestone for Points of Light, a volunteer service organization that got its start during the first Bush administration.

Patients Seek A Different Approach To Hip Replacement Surgery

July 15
Patti Neighmond / NPR
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Every year more than a quarter of a million Americans have total hip replacement surgery. It's almost always a successful operation that frees patients from what's often described as disabling pain.

How Hackers Tapped Into My Cellphone For Less Than $300

July 15
Laura Sydell / NPR
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In the wake of the National Security Agency cyber-spying revelations, you may be worrying about the government keeping track of your digital life. But, for less than $300, a group of ordinary hackers found a way to tap right into Verizon cellphones.