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Stories for July 3, 2013

Same-Sex Couples Mark First Walk-In Wedding Day In San Diego County

July 3
By Sandhya Dirks
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San Diego is trying to meet the high demand for marriage licenses triggered by the reversal in California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

An Up-Close Look at the World's First Zoomable Contact Lenses

July 3
By David Wagner
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Ever dreamt of having zoom vision, just like the Terminator? Well, the technology isn't as far-fetched as Hollywood would have you think. UC San Diego engineers are currently hard at work to perfect the world's first telescopic contact lenses.

Uncertainty In Egypt Draws Mixed Reactions Locally

July 3
By Amita Sharma
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An uncertain future for Egypt draws mixed reactions in San Diego, where some transplanted Egyptians are upset by the coup and other are glad Morsi is gone.

Gettysburg Swells As Throngs Mark Civil War's Turning Point

July 3
Christopher Connelly / NPR
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About three dozen men dressed in Confederate Army uniforms woke Wednesday morning on historical campgrounds at the iconic Gettysburg battlefield. Soggy from the night's rain, they warmed themselves by the fire and cooked up bacon and potatoes.

Partial Delay In Health Law Challenges Obama More Than Foes

July 3
Frank James / NPR

It's too soon, obviously, to know how the Obama administration's decision to delay by a year the imposition of penalties on large employers that fail to provide health insurance to their workers will ultimately play out, politically.

'Terminal Lance' Artist Creates Animated Tribute To Dogs (Video)

July 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine Corps veteran Maximilian Uriarte is probably best known for his military-themed comic strip "Terminal Lance." Uriarte has broadened his talents, and recently created an animated short as a tribute to the love between military members and their dogs.

Inventor Of Computer Mouse Dies; Doug Engelbart Was 88

July 3
Bill Chappell / NPR
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U.S. inventor Doug Engelbart, the man known as the father of the computer mouse and a thinker who helped introduce other key innovations, died Wednesday morning at age 88. His death was announced today by the Computer History Museum.

Democrats Want To Mess With Texas? GOP Says Not So Fast

July 3
Wade Goodwyn / NPR
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All this week,NPR is taking a lookat the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade -- and what that could mean for the rest of the country.

Big Bay Boom Organizer: July 4th Prep Going Well

July 3
City News Service
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Nearly one year after the annual pyrotechnics extravaganza over San Diego Bay went bust with the near-simultaneous detonation of all the fireworks, preparations for tomorrow night's reprise of the Big Bay Boom are going well, according to the event organizer.

Local Philanthropists Offer To Match Contributions For New Library

July 3
By Tarryn Mento
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In this economy, an opportunity to double your money is rare, but if you're looking to invest in the new San Diego Central Library, a recently announced grant will increase your contribution two-fold.

Military Can See 'White House Down' For Free On 4th of July (Video)

July 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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Active-duty service members and veterans can see the action-flick "White House Down" for free on the Fourth of July. Troops can show their military IDs at Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, and Carmike Cinemas for free admission to the movie.

Outbreak Traced To Pomegranates Reveals Flaws In Global Food Chain

July 3
Nancy Shute / NPR

Disease detectives have traced the continuing outbreak of hepatitis A that has so far sickened 136 people in the U.S. to a shipment of pomegranate seeds from the Anatolian region of Turkey.

San Diego Author Profiles Forgotten Civil War Hero

July 3
Midday Edition
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It's been 150 years since the Battle of Gettysburg. The book, Surgeon in Blue, introduces us to a Civil War hero who set the standard for military medicine in America's bloodiest battle.

Midday Movies: Shakespeare On Film

July 3
Midday Edition
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If the Globe's Summer Shakespeare season has whet your appetite for the Bard, then check out these film adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays.

Officials To Focus On Enforcement Of Underage Drinking, Social Host Ordinances This Weekend

July 3
Midday Edition
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There will be many gatherings for backyard barbecues this Fourth of July weekend, but in addition to watching for drinking and driving, law officers will also be enforcing social host ordinances.

Egypt Crisis Has Marines In Italy And Spain On Alert

July 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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As Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi digs in his heels despite calls for him to step down, roughly 500 U.S. Marines deployed to Italy and Spain are poised to react if their presence is needed to calm the brewing violence in the North African country.

6 Questions For The Man Who Tracks Texas Trends

July 3
Matt Stiles / NPR

All this week, NPR is taking a look at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade -- and what that could mean for the rest of the country.

Four Years Into Recovery, Are We Well Yet?

July 3
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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The next couple of days will bring fireworks, hot dogs -- and a new unemployment report.

FISA Court Judge Reflects: After Sept. 11, 'Bloodcurdling Meetings And Briefings'

July 3
Carrie Johnson / NPR

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.

Prescott Community Pays Tribute To Fallen Firefighters

July 3
By Laurel Morales
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Throughout the day hundreds of fellow firefighters, community members and families came to the fence to leave flowers, prayers and homemade signs.

Coke Changed Caramel Color To Avoid Cancer Warning; Pepsi In Transition

July 3
Allison Aubrey / NPR
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Pepsi colas sold in California no longer contain the chemical 4-MEI, but those sold elsewhere do.

How To Make Disease Prevention An Easier Sell

July 3
Nancy Shute / NPR
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It's much better to prevent illness than to treat it: less time, less money, less suffering. But prevention is a surprisingly hard sell with doctors and the public. That's true even though preventable chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease are the most common causes of disability and premature death in the U.S.

Lilac Hills Ranch Proposal Challenges County General Plan

July 3
By Alison St John
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One of the largest new developments proposed for San Diego County’s rural back country reaches a milestone Wednesday: The Lilac Hill Ranch would add more than 1,700 homes in the hills north of Escondido, currently zoned for 110 homes.

2.5 million Californians exposed in data breaches

July 3
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A state report reveals 2.5 million Californians have had Social Security numbers, credit card and bank accounts and other sensitive information exposed in 131 data breaches since 2010.

Guess Who's Fighting To Keep Indiana Dry On Sundays?

July 3
Sara Wittmeyer / NPR
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When you think summer, you might think of cold beer at a barbecue, maybe a bottle of wine with a Sunday picnic. A lot of people take it for granted that they can just go to the store and pick up alcohol.

Teen Jailed For Facebook Comment Reportedly Beat Up Behind Bars

July 3
Elise Hu / NPR
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The family of Justin Carter, the 19-year old Texas gamer who made offensive Facebook comments that landed him in jail, is working with new urgency to get his $500,000 bail reduced because they say Carter's getting beat up while behind bars.

Roger Federer: Leave While He's Good Or Play Because He Can?

July 3
Frank Deford / NPR
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It's been a week but tennis fans are still talking about the big loss of a big favorite at Wimbledon. This is sports drama, a heartbreaking soap opera as only Frank Deford can tell it: