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Stories for July 8, 2013

California Considers New Science Education Standards

July 8
By Kyla Calvert
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California could be the sixth state to adopt new voluntary, national guidelines for teaching science.

LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN: Soundgarden

July 8
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On a warm February night in Los Angeles, the legendary Seattle rock band Soundgarden concluded a sold-out winter tour in support of “King Animal,” their first studio album in over 16 years. In front of a rapturous crowd at the historic art deco venue The Wiltern, Soundgarden interwove brand new songs with classics, radio hits, and rarities never before performed for a live audience.

With An Eye Toward 2016, Rick Perry Reboots

July 8
Liz Halloran / NPR
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Picture the next 18 months of Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry's road to national relevance.

Chariot Fire Prompts Evacuations Near Julian

July 8
City News Service
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Firefighters labored for a third day today to subdue a wildfire that has blackened about 3,000 acres in rugged terrain southeast of Julian, forcing the evacuation of scores of back-country homes along with several campgrounds.

Insurance Pitch To Young Adults Started In Fenway Park

July 8
Eric Whitney / NPR
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The Major League Baseball season is now half over, and some fans are already starting to think about the World Series in October.

Results Stalled In Baja Governor's Race

July 8
By Jill Replogle
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Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, dominated elections in most of the 15 states where citizens went to the polls on Sunday. The closely-watched Baja governor's race won't be called until later this week.

How Many Gay Couples Have Tied The Knot? Nobody Knows

July 8
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR
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Since the Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June, many questions have emerged about what the ruling may mean for same-sex couples.

In The World Of Air Travel, Not All Passengers Created Equal

July 8
Steve Henn / NPR
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When Asiana Flight 214 from South Korea crashed onto the runway at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, hundreds of flights into that airport were canceled, stranding thousands of travelers at airports across the country.

Youths At Risk Of Violence Say They Need Guns For Protection

July 8
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Public health efforts to reduce the number of children and teenagers killed by guns got a big boost in visibility after the tragic killing of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School last fall.

Asiana Crash: Plane Was 34 Knots Below Target Speed, NTSB Says

July 8
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Three seconds before it struck the ground Saturday, the speed of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, a Boeing 777, was 103 knots -- the lowest measured by its data recorders, and far below the target speed of 137 knots, says National Transportation Board Chairman Deborah Hersman.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: Ultimate Tut

July 8
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Ninety years ago in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, the greatest archaeological find in history was made: the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb and its golden treasures. It made Tutankhamen the most famous name in ancient Egyptian history. But the real story has become shrouded in myth — with many mysteries around the tomb unsolved to this day. This two-part special combines the latest evidence from a team of archaeologists, anatomists, geologists and Egyptologists to build the ultimate picture of Tutankhamen.

Coast Guard Aids In Asiana Airlines Crash Rescue (Video)

July 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Coast Guard was one of the first agencies to respond to the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco Airport on Saturday.

Winning Gold In Their Golden Years

July 8
NPR Staff / NPR
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John Tatum is 94 years-old. He is a swimmer. And a gold medalist.

Arrest Caught On Google Glass Reignites Privacy Debate

July 8
Elise Hu / NPR
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The Fourth of July holiday brought about another first for Google Glass, the computing device that you can wear on your face.

Water Authority To Study Viability Of New Hydroelectric Plant

July 8
City News Service
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The San Diego County Water Authority announced today that it plans to study whether to build a hydroelectric power plant at the San Vicente Reservoir in Lakeside.

Federal Furloughs May Threaten Wildfire Response

July 8
Midday Edition
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Sequestration begins to bite into the budgets civilian military contractors today. Federal furloughs may threaten emergency responses in California and force many San Diegans to rethink their lifestyles in response to the budget axe.

Snowden: Americans Are Good; But Their Leaders Lie

July 8
Mark Memmott / NPR
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When he went to work for the nation's spy agencies, "I believed in the goodness of what we were doing" and in the "nobility of our intentions to free oppressed people overseas," says the so-called NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, in a month-old video But in the recording, which appears to be an effort to show Snowden explaining his motivation for spilling secrets about National Security Agency surveillance programs, he goes on to say that the nation's leaders are "misleading the public and misleading all publics in order to create a certain mindset in the global consciousness."

Gov. Rick Perry Says He Won't Seek Re-election In Texas

July 8
Bill Chappell / NPR

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he will not run for re-election in 2014, feeding speculation that he might again pursue the presidency as a Republican candidate in the 2016 race.

Boy Writes To NASA; NASA Writes Back

July 8
Bill Chappell / NPR

Not many children write letters to government entities, we would think. But a boy's letter to NASA is making waves and softening hearts on the Internet today.

Navy Identifies Sailor Who Fell Overboard (Video)

July 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy has identified the Sailor who fell overboard Saturday from a pierside submarine at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. Divers recovered the body of Sonar Technician (Submarine) Seaman Rolando Acosta, 21, about two hours after his fall.

At Murder Trial, Friends Say It's Zimmerman's Voice On Tape

July 8
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The key takeaway from Monday morning's testimony at the trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin is that the defense produced three people to say they're convinced it is Zimmerman's voice that can be heard calling for help on the recording of a 911 call.

L.A. Residents Get Paid To Cut Lawns -- Permanently

July 8
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Faced with persistent drought and water-usage concerns, the city of Los Angeles is paying property owners to replace their grassy lawns with heartier plants, such as shrubs, trees, and perennials. The city's water utility is hoping to boost the successful program by raising its offer, to $2 a square foot from $1.50, reports member station KPCC.

A Salute To Vienna

July 8
By Jennifer Robinson
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Celebrate the musical heritage of Vienna in this lavish music and dance gala concert from the historic Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria. Hosted by world-famous mezzo soprano Frederica von Stade and Academy Award-winning actor and Vienna native Maximilian Schell, special guests include The Vienna Boys’ Choir, Russell Watson, dancers from the Association of the Vienna State Opera Ballet, the Symphony Orchestra of the Volksoper Vienna and an international cast of top singing stars.

SDG&E Rate Hike Goes Into Effect In September

July 8
Midday Edition
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Electricity bills are on the rise as utilities and consumer groups aim to change the way energy rates are calculated.

When Social Sharing Goes Wrong: Regretting The Facebook Post

July 8
Elise Hu / NPR
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We've been following the case of Justin Carter, the Texas teen who's been jailed near San Antonio since February. It started when he posted a Facebook message saying he would go "shoot up a kindergarten." Austin Police arrested him and seized his computer and a grand jury indicted him in April on a charge of making a terroristic threat. Because a judge set bail at $500,000, the 19-year-old can't get out to await trial.

Teenage US Soldier Killed In Afghanistan On Fourth Of July

July 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Pvt. Errol "Elijah" D.A. Milliard, 18, was killed July 4 in Afghanistan when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade.

'66 Volvo Set To Hit 3 Million Miles In September

July 8
Mark Memmott / NPR
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It's been a year since we posted about Irv Gordon and his 1966 Volvo P1800S and as you would expect from someone who had already put 2.97 million miles on his car already, he hasn't stopped driving.

Texas' Looming Hispanic Shift Explained In 2 Charts

July 8
Matt Stiles / NPR
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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.

The Life Of Paula Deen: In A Four Course Menu

July 8
Linton Weeks / NPR
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These hearty kielbasas, partially hidden in puff pastries, represent Paula Deen's first catering company The Bag Lady -- begun in 1989. It offered "lunch and love" ... in a bag.

Why Catastrophic Airline Crashes Have Become More Survivable

July 8
John Burnett / NPR
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The Boeing 777 that crash landed in San Francisco has one of the best safety records in the industry. In addition to the plane's solid reputation, many other factors helped save lives in Saturday's crash -- from fire rescue training to aircraft design.

California May Expand Access To Abortions

July 8
By Kenny Goldberg

While a number of states are restricting access to abortions, California may do just the opposite.

Second Opinion: Does Mom Qualify For Obamacare With A Green Card?

July 8
By Megan Burks
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We're launching a weekly Q&A on the Affordable Care Act. First up: What immigrants should expect.

San Diego Council To Vote On Bike Sharing Program

July 8
By Sandhya Dirks
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Bike sharing in San Diego may clear another hurdle on its way to becoming reality.

10 Killed In Crash Of Alaska Air Taxi

July 8
Mark Memmott / NPR

One of the worst civilian aviation accidents in the state in at least 25 years killed all 10 people aboard an air taxi in Alaska on Sunday, the Anchorage Daily News writes.

Dramatic Crash Video Among Latest Clues In Asiana Accident

July 8
Mark Memmott / NPR
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That was plane spotter Fred Hayes' reaction Saturday as he videotaped what turned out to be the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in San Francisco.

SD Chariot Fire

July 8
City News Service

MOUNT LAGUNA (CNS) - Firefighters labored for a third straight day today to subdue a wildfire that has blackened about 4,700 acres in rugged terrain southeast of Julian, damaging or destroying at least eight structures and forcing the evacuation of scores of back-country homes along with several campgrounds.

SD Oversized Vehicles

July 8
City News Service

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The City Council today gave initial approval to citywide parking restrictions on oversized vehicles like campers and trailers, but it could be several months to a year before the city can fully implement the program.

EU-U.S. Trade: A Tale Of Two Farms

July 8
Jackie Northam, Eleanor Beardsley
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U.S. and EU officials begin talks Monday on an ambitious free-trade agreement aimed at generating billions of dollars of new trade. But negotiators must overcome barriers created by cultural and philosophical differences over sectors like agriculture. In Europe, the cultivation of genetically modified crops is banned, while in the U.S., they are a central part of food production. NPR's Jackie Northam visited a farm in Delaware and NPR's Eleanor Beardsley visited one in Burgundy, France, to look at those deep-seated differences. We hear from Jackie first.