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Stories for July 16, 2013

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American League Wins All-Star Game In 3-0 Shutout

July 16
Greg Henderson / NPR

New York Yankees' great Mariano Rivera, pitching in his final All-Star game, was honored by fans at the home of the crosstown Mets, then pitched a perfect eighth inning to help the American League to a 3-0 victory over the National League in Tuesday's All-Star game.

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Clap If You Believe In Roger Maris

July 16
Frank Deford / NPR

In 1961 the American League schedule was lengthened by eight games to 162, and it was about this time that summer that the commissioner -- of whom it was once written, "An empty cab drove up to the curb and Ford Frick got out" -- declared that even if some player broke Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs, it would not count if he needed more games than Ruth had had.

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Gam3rCon: An Alternative Choice To Comic-Con?

July 16
By Beth Accomando

If you are not one of the 130,000 lucky enough to get into Comic-Con, then you might want to check out Gam3rCon. Now in its fourth year, this alternate con is designed specifically for gamers and still has tickets.

READ: The Theft Complaint Filed Against Bachmann Aide

July 16
Tamara Keith, Mark Memmott

Two envelopes filled with cash. A hidden camera. The office of a high-profile politician.

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Consumer Advocates Say Some Fitness Apps Put Consumers At Risk

July 16
By Erik Anderson

Fitness apps may need better policies and protections for delicate consumer information.

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Liz Cheney, Daughter Of Former VP, To Run For Senate

July 16
Mark Memmott / NPR

Liz Cheney, the elder of former Vice President Dick Cheney's two daughters, a former State Department official and a conservative commentator who's often on Fox, is going to challenge Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi in next year's Republican primary.

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Cerner Fights For Share In Electronic Medical Records Boom

July 16
Elana Gordon / NPR

This is a story about data. Lots and lots of data. And they're not just any data -- they're extremely sensitive data.

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Eavesdropping On Nature Gives Clues To Biodiversity

July 16
Richard Harris / NPR

Biology professor Mitch Aide uses his ears to learn about the frogs, birds and insects that are all around him. This scientist at the University of Puerto Rico is trying to track how animal populations are affected by a world that's under increasing pressure from human activities.

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Unlikely Allies Shake Up Military Sex Assault Debate

July 16
Liz Halloran / NPR

On most recent days, nothing that wasn't bitterly partisan has seemed possible in the nation's capital.

California's Teen Birth Rate Falls Again

July 16
By Kenny Goldberg

California's teen birth rate continues its downward trend.

The Charter School Vs. Public School Debate Continues

July 16
Claudio Sanchez / NPR

Charter schools turn 21 this year. In that time, these privately run, publicly funded schools have spread to 41 states and enrolled more than 2 million students.

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Holder Calls For 'Hard Look' At 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

July 16
Mark Memmott / NPR

Saying that "it's time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods," Attorney Gen. Eric Holder on Tuesday called for a reexamination of so-called stand your ground laws.

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A Dark Family Secret Hidden For Years In Alaska's 'Wilderness'

July 16
NPR Staff / NPR

In early 2002, a pair of battered old trucks drove through deep snow into a tiny Alaska ghost town carrying a large family that looked to be from another century.

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Investigation Reveals A Military Payroll Rife With Glitches

July 16
NPR

A new investigative report from Reuters says payroll errors in the military are widespread. And that "once mistakes are detected, getting them corrected -- or just explained -- can test even the most persistent soldiers."

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Miramar Marine Dies In Germany After Medical Evacuation From USS Nimitz

July 16
By Beth Ford Roth

The military is investigating the death of MCAS Miramar-based Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Tuttle, 19, who died July 14 at a U.S. military hospital in Germany after being medically evacuated from the USS Nimitz.

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3 Reasons The Senate Didn't Go Nuclear

July 16
Frank James / NPR

With Tuesday's bipartisan agreement to let senators vote on seven of President Obama's previously stalled nominations, the Senate proved that the art of compromise isn't dead in Washington, even if it might be severely wounded.

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Baseball League Creates 'Islands' Of Refuge For Camden Kids

July 16
Steve Ercolani / NPR

At a small park in Pyne Poynt on the north side of Camden, N.J., kids take practice cuts on the infield dirt and adjust their hats. A small but enthusiastic crowd shouts words of encouragement, but the cheering parents and playful bench-side scuffles only momentarily disguise the troubles in the city. Baggies, vials and hypodermic needles litter the same field where practice is being held.

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'Dear George Zimmerman' Letter Hits Home With Many

July 16
Mark Memmott / NPR

There are obviously more provocative things being written and said about the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman than we could ever hope to keep up with.

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Marine Videotaped Urinating On Taliban Corpses Speaks Out (Video)

July 16
By Beth Ford Roth

Staff Sgt. Joseph Chamblin was one of the four Marines videotaped urinating on Taliban corpses in 2011. Chamblin is now speaking out for the first time, defending his actions, and saying he would do it again if he had the chance.

A Bedding Innovation For People Who Hate Making Their Beds

July 16
Elise Hu / NPR

In a blog series we're calling "Weekly Innovation," we'll explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Last week we featuredthe sink-urinal. (Do you have an innovation to share?Use this quick form.)

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Florida Man Who Woke Up Speaking Swedish Is ID'd By Sister

July 16
Mark Memmott / NPR

One of the odder stories of the day is that of 61-year-old Michael Boatwright, "a Florida man who awoke speaking only Swedish, with no memory of his past, after he was found unconscious four months ago at a Southern California motel," as The Associated Press writes.

Scripps Institute Finds Designer Drug, Bath Salts Are More Potent, Addictive Than Meth

July 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Alison St John

Bath salts is the name given a designer drug that got dozens of sailors expelled from the navy last year, and landed some users in the emergency room. Now researchers at the Scripps Research Institute have discovered the drug is more addictive than methamphetamine.

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The Family That Tweets Together Stays Together

July 16
Nancy Shute / NPR

Retweeted by Mom? Teenagers might say they'd die of embarrassment. But teenagers who are connected with their parents via Twitter and other social media have better relationships with them, and fewer behavioral problems.

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Cook's Country From America's Test Kitchen: Forgotten Cookies

July 16

Test cook Julia Collin Davison revives a classic recipe for Melting Moments cookies. Then, host Christopher Kimball answers questions from viewers. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his top picks for toasters. And finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster updates a lost recipe and shows Chris how to make Fairy Gingerbread.

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New TRICARE Rules Will Hurt Military Children With Autism, Advocates Say

July 16
By Beth Ford Roth

New TRICARE rules set to take affect on July 25 would prevent military children with autism from getting much-needed treatment, according to an autism advocacy group.

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Mexico Captures Powerful Drug Cartel Leader

July 16
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe

Miguel Angel Treviño Morales is the leader of Los Zetas, one of Mexico's most powerful and most feared drug cartels.

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Jacobs Family Donates $1M To UCSD Cancer Center

July 16
Michelle Mowad / Patch

Three years ago, the couple donated $75 million to fund the Jacobs Medical Center, which is scheduled to open in 2016, and a decade ago gave $110 million for the Jacobs School of Engineering.

Eminent Domain Eyed For Two Holdouts In San Vicente Road Widening Project

Eminent Domain Eyed For Two Holdouts In San Vicente Road Widening Project

July 16
Shauntel Lowe

Twenty-nine of 31 property owners have already settled for less than $150,000.

Latin Drug Bosses And Their Growing American Ties

July 16
Larry Kaplow / NPR

Latin American cartels are fueled by U.S. drug demand so their illegal retail networks often stretch throughout America. And Mexico's arrest of Miguel Angel Trevino Morales was a reminder that the connections between drug traffickers and the U.S. are not just commercial. They're also personal.

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Surprise! They're Twins! ... Pandas That Is

July 16
Eyder Peralta / NPR

It's not exactly the birth the whole world is waiting for. But something pretty spectacular -- and surprising -- happened at Zoo Atlanta last night: Lun Lun, a 15-year-old giant panda, gave birth to twins.

Community Supported Agriculture: How Big Is Too Big?

July 16
Grace Hood / NPR

The peak of the summer harvest is approaching, which means that if you have a community supported agriculture share, you may be receiving a daunting amount of fresh produce to cook every week.

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Sacred Item Returned To Hopi

July 16
By Laurel Morales

One of the several dozen sacred items sold at auction in Paris last spring has been returned to the Hopi people. The tribe was vehemently opposed to the sale.

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Costlier Insurance For Smokers May Not Come With Quitting Help

July 16
Michelle Andrews / NPR

Most smokers want to quit. But how to nudge them in that direction is up for debate.

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A San Diego Company Could Become Part Of AT&T

July 16
By Erik Anderson

A Qualcomm spinoff could become part of AT&T — the wireless giant is looking to buy LEAP Wireless for more than $1.2 billion.

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San Diego Fire Officials Keeping Close Watch On Record-Dry Vegetation

July 16
By Susan Murphy

Dry brush is fueling an early start to dangerous wildfires throughout California. Vegetation moisture levels have reached record lows.

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Filner Defiant As Details Of Alleged Sexual Harassment Emerge

July 16
By Sandhya Dirks

Mayor Bob Filner refused to resign and said he is innocent until proven guilty, as former supporters calling for his resignation give lurid details about alleged harassment.

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Gay And Muslim: Living Between Worlds

July 16
By Angela Carone

In San Diego’s Muslim community, being openly gay is rare. Meet a young woman who refuses to give up her culture or her identity.

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Zimmerman Trial: L.A. Mayor Calls For Calm, After Violent Protests

July 16
Eyder Peralta / NPR

Late into the night on Monday, after a round of violent protests ripped through Los Angeles in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, Mayor Eric Garcetti called for calm.

SD Building Anniversary

July 16
City News Service

``Time has passed and San Diego has changed with more and larger skyscrapers dotting the skyline, but 75 years have not dimmed the luster of the shining beacon on the waterfront,'' board Chairman Greg Cox said. ``Today the County Administration Center remains as a testament to the good work and noble causes that American ingenuity can undertake and that Americans can build.''

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An Unreal Sport: Mixing 'Fantasy Life' With Reality

July 16
NPR Staff / NPR

It's the fourth most popular sport in the United States and more than 30 million people play it in the United States and Canada. Around 13 percent of Americans played it in 2012. There are hundreds of variations across multiple sports, but football is by far the most popular.