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Stories for July 17, 2013

Court: 'Baby Veronica' To Live With White Adoptive Parents

July 17
Greg Henderson / NPR
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South Carolina's highest court on Wednesday ruled that "Baby Veronica," the 3-year-old central figure in a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Indian Child Welfare Act, should be returned to the white couple that agreed to adopt her before her birth, and not her Native American father, who later claimed his parental rights.

NCTD To Change Email Retention Policy From 2 Years To 60 Days

July 17
By Brad Racino
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The North County Transit District is considering a policy change that would direct employees to delete certain emails after 60 days.

San Diego Mother Searching For Her Mentally Ill Son

July 17
By Megan Burke
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A Spring Valley woman is searching for her son. He's mentally ill, just out of prison and missing. She says it didn't have to be this way.

Group Wants To Preserve Tijuana's Zonkeys

July 17
By Jill Replogle
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Since 1914, millions of visitors to Tijuana have posed with zebra-striped donkeys along the city’s main tourist strip. Preservationists want the tradition declared cultural patrimony.

Talk Of Boycotting Russian Olympics Stirs Emotions

July 17
Howard Berkes / NPR
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Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., sent a shudder through the Olympic world Wednesday when he told American Olympic network NBC that the United States should consider boycotting the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics if Russia grants the asylum request of "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden.

DOC MARTIN: Season Two

July 17
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DOC MARTIN is a catchy comedy drama starring Martin Clunes ("Men Behaving Badly") as Martin Ellingham, whose truculence and tactless manner causes mayhem in a small Cornish community. The series follows the celebrated London surgeon, who unfortunately has developed a phobia to blood.

San Diego Mayor Faces More Calls To Resign

July 17
Alana Levinson / NPR

San Diego voters knew that Bob Filner could act like a jerk on occasion. But in 2012, they elected him mayor anyway.

EPA Building Named For Bill Clinton; He Says That's Fitting

July 17
Elizabeth Shogren / NPR

The environment may not come to mind when most people think about former President Bill Clinton, but on Wednesday he defended his legacy as the Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C., was renamed in his honor.

EPA Building Named For Bill Clinton, Who Says That's Fitting

July 17
Elizabeth Shogren / NPR

The environment may not come to mind when most people think about former President Bill Clinton, but on Wednesday he defended his legacy as the Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C., was renamed in his honor.

Obama Could Declare An Immigration Amnesty, But ...

July 17
Frank James / NPR
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In an interview this week, Univision's Adriana Vargas asked President Obama if, in the event Congress failed to pass immigration legislation, he could simply use his presidential power to give amnesty to the estimated 11 million people currently in the U.S. illegally.

Congress Debates Taking A Step Back From The Mortgage Market

July 17
Scott Horsley / NPR
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The mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac got hit so hard by the housing crisis that they required a massive federal rescue. Now lawmakers are looking to scale back the two entities' role -- and the government's -- in the mortgage market.

Scripps Announces Discovery Of Anthrax-Killing Compound

July 17
City News Service
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A compound that appears to be an effective killer of anthrax and other infectious organisms was discovered by a researcher in the ocean off Santa Barbara, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography announced today.

Cleveland Hero Charles Ramsey: I'm Not Broke Or Homeless

July 17
Mark Memmott / NPR
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If you've seen stories in the past few days about Cleveland's Charles Ramsey supposedly being out of work, broke and homeless, then you'll want to read this update that has word from the man himself:

'We're Here To Stay' Says Newly Confirmed Consumer Watchdog

July 17
Mark Memmott / NPR
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One day after his two years in limbo ended and he was confirmed by the Senate as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray told NPR that though political bickering held up his nomination he now believes he has bipartisan support for the bureau's work.

Navy Finds Rare Prehistoric Artifact Off The Coast Of San Diego

July 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy recently discovered a rare prehistoric boat effigy made of volcano lava on San Clemente Island, about 90 miles off the coast of San Diego.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Vintage Richmond

July 17
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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW revisits items appraised in Richmond, Virginia, back in 1998. A Cartier desk clock has increased in value from a 1998 appraisal of $10,000 to $15,000 to an updated estimate of $25,000 to $35,000. Meanwhile, a Royal Doulton bear has dropped from an original appraisal of $5,000 to $7,000 to a current valuation of $3,000 to $5,000.

Slow Ride To City Hall For Female Candidates

July 17
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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This is a big year for mayor's races. And it was supposed to be "the year of the woman" for mayoral candidates.

Clever Hacks Give Google Glass Many Unintended Powers

July 17
Steve Henn / NPR
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At Philz Coffee in Palo Alto, Calif., a kid who looks like he should still be in high school is sitting across from me. He's wearing Google Glass. As I stare into the device's cyborg eye, I'm waiting for its tiny screen to light up.

As Many As 800 State Prisoners May Be Heading To San Diego County

July 17
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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We have the county's top law enforcement officials joining us to discuss the latest round of prison realignment with news that as many as 800 inmates may be released from state custody to county custody. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore and Chief Probation Officer Mack Jenkins weigh in with their concerns as we learn some of these prisoners may have been violent or sex offenders.

Economy's Growing At 'Modest To Moderate Pace,' Fed Says

July 17
Mark Memmott / NPR

Part I of the news from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday was Chairman Ben Bernanke's signal to the financial markets that the central bank won't be shifting away from its "easy money" policy just yet.

Rolling Stone's Tsarnaev Cover: What's Stirring Such Passion?

July 17
Eyder Peralta / NPR

Even before it hit newsstands, Rolling Stone's latest cover caused controversy: It features a full-page photograph of alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sulking, his curly hair messily tossed in front of his eyes.

Is It Time To See Each Others' Tears?

July 17
Michel Martin / NPR
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As I was heading home the other day, I was thinking about a situation I encountered a while ago when I landed back in the DC area after a trip somewhere.

Soldier Killed By Rocket Propelled Grenade In Afghanistan

July 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Staff Sgt. Sonny C. Zimmerman, 25, was killed July 16 in Afghanistan when a rocket propelled grenade hit his vehicle.

South Park's Eliza Jane Schneider Presents Play In San Diego

July 17
Midday Edition
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Eliza Jane Schneider has left Hollywood and is now starring in a one-woman, 34 character show in San Diego.

Dee Returns To Padres To Be Team President, CEO

July 17
City News Service
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Dee replaces Tom Garfinkel, who resigned this summer after holding the post since 2009.

Weight Loss Is Worth Gold In Dubai

July 17
Nancy Shute / NPR

If you want people to slim down, why not reward them with gold? That's the tack being taken in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Vintage Hartford

July 17
By Jennifer Robinson
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Fifteen years have passed since ANTIQUES ROADSHOW visited Hartford, and some of the values of the items appraised have changed dramatically — some for the better, and some for the worse. A 1915 Coca-Cola® jigsaw puzzle and an Emancipation Announcement print both gained value since 1998, but the big winner is a Tiffany aquamarine glass vase, which was originally appraised at $30,000 to $40,000 and is now valued between $90,000 and $100,000.

Immigrant Rights Activists Protest Militarization Of Border

July 17
Kate Sheehy / Fronteras Desk
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Immigrant rights groups across the U.S. and in San Diego are protesting Wednesday against the militarization component included in the Senate immigration reform bill.

How To Make A Congressman Sweat

July 17
Alana Levinson / NPR
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In January, most members of Congress were catching their breath after a long campaign. Not California Rep. Mike Honda.

Police May Know Exactly Where You Were Last Tuesday

July 17
Martin Kaste / NPR
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License plate scanners are the dark horse of the surveillance world. They've been around for a decade, but people rarely notice. They don't look much different from closed circuit cameras, perched over busy intersections. Or they're just another device mounted on a passing police car.

Another Homeowner Overcharged Mello-Roos Taxes — This Time In Poway School District

July 17
Joanne Faryon and Kelly Paice, inewsource
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Another Mello-Roos mistake in a second tax district raises red flag about the integrity of the special tax system.

Filner's New Hire: Republican Coup Or Savvy Political Move?

July 17
By Sandhya Dirks
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The mayor has hired Walt Ekard as interim chief operating officer, but what does it mean for the Mayor's Office and for the embattled Filner?

Observant Gay Muslim Balances Faith And Sexuality

July 17
By Angela Carone
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For Muslims who are also gay, it’s almost impossible to fully engage in the Islamic faith community. But they find ways to worship. We meet an observant gay Muslim who’s faith is part of what bonds him to his partner.

4 Zimmerman Jurors: Juror B37 Does Not Speak For Us

July 17
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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Four women who served on the jury that acquitted George Zimmerman are distancing themselves from Juror B37, the anonymous woman who gave an extensive interview to CNN about the case.

Lawyer: Snowden Could Leave Moscow Airport Within A Week

July 17
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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A day after submitting an application for temporary asylum in Russia, the lawyer representing Edward Snowden tells Russia's Interfax news agency that the NSA leaker could leave the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport within a week.

Horse Racing Season Begins At Del Mar Racetrack

July 17
City News Service
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The 76th season of horse racing at the Del Mar Racetrack got underway today, with jockey Joel Rosario and trainer Peter Miller sweeping the first two races.

Catholic Church Fights California Sex Abuse Bill

July 17
Associated Press
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Making its way through the California State Legislature is a bill seeking to give more alleged child abuse victims time to sue.

Europeans Traverse U.S. On Famous Lincoln Highway

July 17
Jenna Dooley / NPR
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This year marks the centennial of America's first transcontinental road: the Lincoln Highway. You might have driven on the highway and not even known it, since it stretches from New York to California, passing through states like Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado, and carrying different state route numbers along the way.