Stories for June 3, 2013
The deaths Friday of veteran storm chaser Tim Samaras, his son Paul and their friend Carl Young when a tornado near El Reno, Okla., pummeled their vehicle has raised some questions:
As the future of the San Onofre nuclear power plant hangs in the balance, a public seminar on nuclear power is planned for Tuesday in San Diego County Chambers. It is billed as an alternative to the public meetings hosted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
James Everett Dutschke, the Mississippi man arrested in April on suspicions that he sent letters containing the poison ricin to President Obama and other officials, has been indicted on five federal charges, from sending threats in the mail to knowingly making and possessing "a biological agent... for use as a weapon."
Anyone searching for the place where the friction between the Obama White House and congressional Republicans is throwing off the most angry sparks need look no further than the clashes between the administration and Rep. Darrell Issa.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can routinely take DNA samples from people who are arrested but not yet convicted of a crime, and see if the DNA matches any samples from unsolved crimes in a national database.
Mississippi lawmakers have embarked on a controversial campaign to discourage older men from having sex with teenagers.
"East Los High" follows the lives of Latino teenagers in East Los Angeles, and the pressures they face from sex, violence and bullying.
Starkly different views of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning were presented Monday, the first day of his court-martial on charges that he aided the enemy when he gave a large batch of classified data to WikiLeaks that was then
Fire season is off to an early start in the West. Across California, a hot and dry spring has fire crews on alert. Northeast of Los Angeles, thousands of firefighters are making progress toward controlling the so-called Powerhouse Fire, which has burned more than 30,000 acres and destroyed several homes.
The first day of June was a deadly one for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Three soldiers died in three separate incidents, including Army Spc. Kyle P. Stoeckli, 21, who was killed in an IED attack.
The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is scheduled tomorrow to consider whether to implement meat-free menus at school cafeterias on Mondays, beginning this fall.
The Department of Defense announced it is investigating the death of Army Pfc. Mariano M. Raymundo, 21, who died in Sharan, Afghanistan on June 1.
Firefighters were able to double containment of the huge Powerhouse wildfire north of Los Angeles to 40 percent Monday, as cooler weather helped them against the blaze that has scorched more than 45 square miles. No deaths have been reported as a result of the fire, which caused some 1,000 homes to be evacuated.
Filmed entirely on location in Northern Ireland, "The Irish Rovers: Home In Ireland" celebrates 45 years of the hits made famous by the rollicking Irish Rovers. Known for such folksy jigs as "The Unicorn," "Wasn't That a Party," "Grandma Got Run-Over by a Reindeer," "Whiskey on a Sunday" and "The Black Velvet Band," their songs have become anthems of revelry and joy for generations of fans.
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A visit to San Diego by StoryCorps kicks off today at the USS Midway Museum. The Military Voices Initiative will record the memories of veterans and their families.
Army Spc. Ray A. Ramirez, 20, of Sacramento, California, was killed June 1 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan from injuries suffered when his vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device.
The traditionally collegial U.S. Senate was never a natural fit for Frank Lautenberg, the wealthy New Jersey businessman whose headstrong, CEO-style could rankle.
A foodie movement in San Diego is moving from beyond locally-grown and into the wild.
The nation's largest retailer announced Monday that it will be delivering produce from farms to stores faster by buying fruits and vegetables directly from growers.
In San Diego County, 42 percent of students suspensions in the last school year were for willful defiance. But districts vary widely in how often they used the category.
Dad takes a cholesterol-lowering statin so he'll be around to see the kids grow up. But statins, like Lipitor and Zocor, as well as some other common adult prescription drugs are causing a rise in poisonings among children, a study says.
Do you have a question for Mayor Bob Filner? He joins KPBS Midday Edition today at noon to discuss the Tourism Marketing District controversy, the five-year agreement with city unions, revised budget and cleaning up La Jolla cove.
Army Staff Sgt. Joe A. Nunezrodriguez, 29, died May 30 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. He was killed when the vehicle he was riding in was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device.
Ten days after their national organization voted to allow openly gay boys to be members, a handful of Boy Scouts marched in uniform on Sunday at the Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake City.
In covering the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma, we've been asking a lot of questions about safety and preparedness. On Saturday, a meteorologist told NPR's Wade Goodwyn that "there is no universal, one-size-fits-all guidance or safety rules for tornadoes."
By a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a Maryland law that allows police to collect DNA, without first getting a warrant, from persons who are arrested.
New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg died early Monday, his office says in a statement sent to reporters.
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Councilwoman-elect Myrtle Cole was sworn into office today, filling a five-month vacancy on the nine-member San Diego City Council.
Mineral experts say the land surrounding the Grand Canyon contains some of the richest uranium ore deposits in the country. Countries like India and China are clamoring for the ore, as they expand their nuclear energy industries. Back in March Fronteras brought you a story about uranium mining from the industry’s perspective. But environmentalists and Indian tribes oppose mining near the canyon.
San Diego is heading into its second summer without the San Onofre nuclear power station. We take a look at what has led up to this point, as questions swirl over whether the plant will ever restart.
A City Heights clinic is starting a residency program to help lure new doctors away from hospitals and specialty care.
People who haven't been vaccinated against chickenpox are vulnerable to the disease, as demonstrated by a recent outbreak in a Carlsbad elementary school.
There are now reports that as many as 16 people died from injuries they received Friday when the latest in a weeks-long series of tornado-spawning storms tore through parts of Oklahoma.
LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) -- Cooler temperatures and rising humidity allowed firefighters working in darkness to build significant lines around one edge of a wildfire feeding on old brush that forced nearly 3,000 people from two foothill communities north of Los Angeles.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The California state parks system, beset by financial problems and scandal, is launching a study commission that leaders hope will reshape the system and restore public confidence and financial stability.
In the three years since his arrest, Bradley Manning, the slight Army private first class with close-cropped blond hair and thick military glasses, has become less of a character than a cause.
The Saturday morning fog was burning off above the part of Santa Monica's beach known as the Inkwell. It's the stretch of sand to which black Southern Californians were relegated by de facto segregation until the 1960s.
Shrinking government budgets are changing not only how people live, but also how some municipalities deal with death. In Detroit, funding is so tight that when a homeless person dies, it can take a year or more to receive even a simple pauper's burial.
Thanks to gold-standard tuberculosis treatment and prevention programs, cases of TB in the United States have declined every year for the past two decades -- to the lowest level ever.
Many victims of sexual assault in the military say only one experience comes close to the pain of the actual crime, and that's going to court to bring charges against the attacker.
A new airline with an innovative, "all you can fly" business model is about to take off. Federal regulators have just given California-based Surf Air permission to begin passenger service.