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Stories for July 25, 2013

For A Young Paramedic, Saving A Life Meant A Lifelong Bond

July 25
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Twenty-two years ago this summer, Bryan Lindsay was riding his bike when he was hit by a van and almost killed. He was 7 years old.

Cop Who Pepper-Sprayed Students Seeks Worker's Comp

July 25
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The former police officer who pepper-sprayed students during an Occupy protest at the University of California, Davis is appealing for worker's compensation, claiming he suffered psychiatric injury from the 2011 confrontation.

Four More Women Accuse Filner

July 25
By Mark Sauer, Amita Sharma
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Four prominent San Diego women came forth today accusing Mayor Bob Filner of unwanted sexual advances.

For Holder, An Intersection Of The Personal And Political

July 25
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Hours before Attorney General Eric Holder announced he would seek new federal powers to protect minority voters in the state of Texas, the country's top law enforcement officer mingled at a Washington event about a topic that hit close to home.

Region's Poets Convene In Tijuana

July 25
By Adrian Florido
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The fourth annual festival in Tijuana brings together Mexican and America poets.

UCSD Students Light Fires In Zero Gravity For Science

July 25
By David Wagner
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Try setting fire to biofuel on a commercial flight, and you'd probably get taken in by Homeland Security, but try the same thing on a jet simulating the weightlessness of space, and it's called science.

Deadline Nears For Unclaimed Money Held By County Treasurer

July 25
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Time is running out to collect about $300,000 in unclaimed money being held by San Diego County, Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced Thursday.

Age Of Champions

July 25
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In this award-winning documentary, follow five competitors who sprint, leap and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. Meet a 100-year-old tennis champion, an 86-year-old pole vaulter and rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers as they discover the power of the human spirit and triumph over the limitations of age.

ICE Immigration 'Holds' Decline

July 25
By Jill Replogle
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Newly-released data suggests Immigration and Customs Enforcement may be relying less on local law enforcement authorities to help them identify deportable immigrants.

U.S. Carmakers Are Riding High, But Detroit May Not Feel It

July 25
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The news out of Detroit has been grim of late, but there are some bright spots coming from one corner of the Motor City. On Thursday, General Motors posted its 14th straight profitable quarter since emerging from bankruptcy. Ford announced its 16th consecutive profitable quarter Wednesday, and Chrysler is expected to offer good news soon as well.

North Carolina Set To Compensate Forced Sterilization Victims

July 25
Scott Neuman / NPR
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North Carolina could become the first state to compensate people who were forcibly sterilized in programs across the country that began during the Great Depression and continued for decades, targeting individuals deemed feeble-minded or otherwise unfit.

Federal Case Pits Wounded Warrior Against FBI

July 25
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Army Ranger Justin Slaby served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. While he was back in the U.S. preparing to deploy for a fourth tour, his left hand was blown off by a faulty grenade in a training accident. After being fitted with a state-of-the-art prosthesis, Slaby was encouraged by one of his doctors to try for a career in the FBI. What happened next has landed the ex-Ranger and the FBI in court and already tarnished the career of a high-ranking agent.

Queen Victoria's Empire

July 25
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At the time of Queen Victoria’s birth in 1819, England was an agrarian society. Within a few short decades, this small island nation would be transformed into an industrial superpower, with an empire spanning the globe. "Queen Victoria’s Empire" is both the story of this remarkable time and an engaging portrait of a queen who ruled over a fifth of the world’s population. It is the story of influential men who would shape a distinctively British imperialism: Gladstone, Disraeli, Livingstone, Rhodes and Prince Albert, Victoria’s husband.

Key Witness Against Emmett Till's Killers Led A Quiet Life

July 25
Karen GrigsBates / NPR
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Willie Louis may be one of the most celebrated but least-known figures in a pivotal point in American history: He testified against the men accused of kidnapping and murdering 14-year-old Emmett Till. He died July 18, but his wife, Juliet, announced his death this week.

Poll: Weiner Plummets In New York City Mayor's Race

July 25
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New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner's standing with voters has plummeted since new revelations about his lewd online exchanges emerged this week, according to a survey released Thursday.

When Asian And Latin Food Collide: Spicy, Tasty Or Confused?

July 25
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Asian-Americans and Latinos trace their roots half a world away from each other -- literally. But their cultures, and especially the foods they love, have more in common than you might think. These days, they're colliding in new and interesting ways - from Korean barbecue taco trucks to finer dining.

3 US Soldiers Killed By Suicide Bomber On Donkey ID'ed

July 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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The three U.S. soldiers killed Tuesday in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber riding a donkey have been identified as 1st Lt. Jonam Russell, 25, of Cornville, Arizona; Sgt. Stefan M. Smith, 24 of Glennville, Georgia; and Spc. Rob L. Nichols, 24, of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Heads Roll At TV Station That Broadcast Bogus Pilots Names

July 25
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Three of the station's staffers who were at work when KTVU-TV of Oakland broadcast obviously bogus and incredibly offensive names of what it said were the pilots of Asiana Flight 214 have been dismissed and more departures may soon follow. That's according to reports from Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman as well as San Francisco Chronicle columnists Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross.

A Brief History Of Sexual Harassment

July 25
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The allegations against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner have been lumped into stories about other political sex scandals. But there's a substantial difference in what's been alleged about Mayor Filner.

Marine Veteran Indicted For Killing Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Video)

July 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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A Texas grand jury indicted Marine veteran Eddie Ray Routh Wednesday on two counts of capital murder in the deaths of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend, Chad Littlefield.

San Diego Chargers Begin 2013 Preseason Training Camp

July 25
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The San Diego Chargers are scheduled to open their 2013 preseason training camp today with the first of nine practices that will be open to the public.

POV: Last Train Home

July 25
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Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year in the world’s largest human migration. “Last Train Home” takes viewers on a heart-stopping journey with the Zhangs, a couple who left infant children behind for factory jobs 16 years ago, hoping their wages would lift their children to a better life. They return to a family growing distant and a daughter longing to leave school for unskilled work. As the Zhangs navigate their new world, this award-winning film paints a rich human portrait of China’s rush to economic development.

Fire Going Out, Gas Leak Blocked At Gulf Of Mexico Rig

July 25
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"Natural gas has stopped flowing to a drilling rig on fire in the Gulf of Mexico," NPR's Jeff Brady tells our Newscast Desk.

Making Sense Of Cleveland's Good And Bad News

July 25
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As Cleveland embraces national attention for everything from its booming arts and culinary scene to its redevelopment plans, it struggles with recent high-profile crimes. Some residents and tourists are left with news whiplash as they try to figure out what these diverging storylines say about the city.

Feds Charge SAC Advisors With Insider Trading

July 25
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Federal officials in New York City have charged SAC Capital Advisors with insider trading, the culmination of a protracted investigation into the hedge fund founded by embattled billionaire Steven Cohen.

Poll: Hillary Clinton Remains Popular In California

July 25
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A new Field Poll finds strong support for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton among California voters as she considers whether to seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.

San Diego Gasoline Price Falls

July 25
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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County fell two-tenths of a cent today to $4.07, one day after dropping eight-tenths of a cent.

Poway School District Admits Mistakes In Some Mello-Roos Tax Bills

July 25
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Homeowners who pay Mello-Roos taxes might want to double-check their bills as more mistakes discovered in tax calculations.

San Diego Democrats Call For Filner To Resign

July 25
By KPBS , Sandhya Dirks, Mark Sauer and City News Service
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On a day when four more prominent San Diego women accused Bob Filner of sexual harassment, the San Diego County Democratic Party today voted for him to resign.

After Years Of Violence, L.A.'s Watts Sees Crime Subside

July 25
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On most weeknights, in the middle of his shift, Los Angeles police officer Keith Mott trades his gun and uniform for a T-shirt and shorts, and heads to a park in the Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles. He's there to coach 7- and 8-year-old boys on the Pop Warner Pee Wee football team, the Watts Bears.

La. Flood Board Sues Oil Industry For Destroying Wetlands

July 25
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The government board charged with protecting New Orleans from flooding sued the oil and gas industry on Wednesday.