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Stories for June 5, 2013

Holder On The Hot Seat Over Leak Investigations

June 5
Carrie Johnson / NPR
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Attorney General Eric Holder has been a lightning rod for the president's fiercest critics during his four years in office. Lately, he's been back on the hot seat with a crisis of his own making: the Justice Department's aggressive stance toward reporters in national security leak cases.

NSA Collecting Verizon Phone Records Of American Customers

June 5
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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The National Security Agency is collecting the telephone records of Verizon customers in the U.S., NPR has confirmed.

Vilsack: Farmers Must Respond to Rising Temperatures

June 5
Marilyn Geewax / NPR

The political debate over the causes of climate change will go on. And on.

84-Year-Old Woman Claims Powerball Jackpot

June 5
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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The question of who won the record $590 million Powerball jackpot was answered Thursday when an 84-year-old woman came forward to collect the money.

Obamacare Explained: A Guide For Californians

June 5
KQED News and The California Report
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Whether you love it, hate it or are just plain confused, the ACA is the law of the land.

Wildfire Threatens Cultural, Sacred Sites In New Mexico

June 5
Carrie Jung
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The Thompson Ridge Fire, which is still only 5 percent contained, is threatening multiple cultural sites in the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

San Diego Schools Narrow Racial Gap On AP Tests

June 5
By Kyla Calvert
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The Broad Foundation has singled out San Diego schools for narrowing the gap between African American and white students who take and pass Advanced Placement tests.

Andrea, First Named Storm Of 2013 Season, Forms In Gulf

June 5
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Tropical Storm Andrea, the first named storm of the new hurricane season, has formed in the eastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters expect the storm to bring heavy rains to Florida before moving up the East Coast.

Groups Propose Lapel Cameras To Monitor Border Patrol Agents

June 5
By Jill Replogle
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Pro-immigrant activists are proposing an amendment to the Senate immigration reform bill that would require U.S. Border Patrol agents to wear lapel cameras to monitor their behavior.

Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked To Frozen Berries

June 5
City News Service

Eight San Diegans have been sickened by a hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen organic berries sold at Costco, the county's Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

San Diego Nonprofits Ranked No. 1 By National Charity Watchdog

June 5
KPBS News
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San Diego's charities are the best in the nation, according to report from Charity Navigator.

DEA Arrests Scarsdale Mom In Massive Pot-Growing Scheme

June 5
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Andrea Sanderlin, a mother who drives a Mercedes SUV and lives in a large Scarsdale, N.Y., home, is facing serious drug charges after federal investigators accused her of being the mastermind behind an operation growing nearly 3,000 marijuana plants in a warehouse in Queens.

COPD On The Rise In Women

June 5
By Kenny Goldberg
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Women are under-diagnosed and under-treated for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, according to a new report from the American Lung Association.

Amazon's Grocery Delivery: A Trojan Horse To Get In Your Door

June 5
Maria Godoy / NPR
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Amazon already delivers everything from toothpaste to televisions to your doorstep. Now, it wants to bring your berries and beer, too.

Court Says Some Morning-After Pills Must Be Available OTC Now

June 5
Julie Rovner / NPR
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A federal appeals court has dealt the Obama administration yet another blow in its quest to keep at least some age restrictions on the sale of emergency contraceptive pills.

Searching For E.T. In Atari's Tomb

June 5
Rita Daniels
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A landfill in southern New Mexico, rumored to be the final resting place of the 1982 Atari video game "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," is about to be excavated. The big dig is part of a Canadian television company's attempt to unearth the legendary game.

Deadly June In Afghanistan Continues For US Troops (Video)

June 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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Six U.S. troops have lost their lives in Afghanistan since the month of June began. On June 1, Army Staff Sgt. Job Reigoux was killed when his unit was hit by a rocket propelled grenade.

TSA Says It Won't Relax Carry-On Ban Of Knives, Other Items

June 5
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Small knives, golf clubs, and other items that had been poised to be allowed in air passengers' carry-on luggage will instead remain prohibited, the Transportation Security Administration confirmed Wednesday. The reversal follows a review process in which the agency heard from passenger advocates, law enforcement, and others.

Two Padres Named In Baseball's Latest Drug Investigation

June 5
Evening Edition
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Two members of the San Diego Padres are among 20 players allegedly involved in baseball's latest investigation into use of banned substances.

Fat Doctors Make Fat Patients Feel Better, And Worse

June 5
Nancy Shute / NPR
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People who are overweight or obese often feel like they're getting dissed by doctors.

Five Takeaways From Obama's Susan Rice appointment

June 5
Frank James / NPR
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It wasn't exactly a surprise to hear that President Obama named UN Ambassador Susan Rice as his next national security advisor.

Obama Names Susan Rice As New National Security Adviser

June 5
Bill Chappell / NPR
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President Obama has announced his choice of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice as the next national security adviser, an appointment that does not require Senate confirmation. Congressional Republicans have sharply criticized Rice for erroneous statements she made after the attacks on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, last September.

From Garden To Plate: Summer Camp At Suzie's Farm

June 5
Midday Edition
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Many San Diego-area children are headed to summer camp during their break from studies. At Suzie's Farm, they'll be getting their hands dirty taking food from the garden to their plates.

Do You Care If Ball Players Use Steroids? Polls Say Fans Do

June 5
Mark Memmott / NPR
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ESPN's big scoop of the day -- that Major League Baseball "will seek to suspend about 20 players connected to the Miami-area clinic at the heart of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal" -- raises a logical question:

Keeping Hepatitis A Out Of Frozen Berries Starts At The Farm

June 5
Nancy Shute / NPR
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The news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that at least 49 people in seven states have gotten hepatitis A from eating organic frozen berries has given our smoothie-making some pause.

How British Prime Minister David Cameron Inspired San Diego Craft Beer Debates

June 5
Midday Edition
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Debating the great issues of the day while drinking craft beer in San Diego. It's not just a dream anymore.

China's Conjoined Twins Still Fascinate, Two Centuries Later

June 5
NPR Staff / NPR
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Born to Chinese parents in what is now Thailand, Eng and Chang Bunker became famous throughout the world as "Siamese twins." The brothers were joined at the base of their chests. After years of being displayed at exhibitions, they settled in the mountains of North Carolina in the 1830s. They married two local North Carolina sisters and had a total of 21 children.

Soldiers Killed In Afghan Suicide Attack ID'ed (Video)

June 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Pentagon has named the two U.S. soldiers killed, along with nine Afghan school children, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives on June 3 in Tsamkani, Afghanistan. They were 2nd Lt. Justin L. Sisson, 23, of Phoenix, Arizona, and Spc. Robert A. Pierce, 20, of Panama, Oklahoma.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales Pleads Guilty To Afghan Massacre

June 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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Staff Sgt. Robert Bales pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple murder counts in the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians, nine of whom were children.

Building Collapses In Philadelphia; Some May Be Trapped

June 5
NPR

-- "A building has collapsed in Center City Philadelphia with reports of possible injuries." (Philly.com)

Chrysler 'Puts Reputation At Risk' By Rejecting Recall

June 5
Mark Memmott / NPR
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As The Associated Press writes, "a defiant Chrysler is refusing to recall about 2.7 million Jeeps the government says are at risk of a fuel tank fire in a rear-end collision."

Komen Foundation Scales Back Fundraising Walks

June 5
Scott Hensley / NPR
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Fallout from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation's controversial and short-lived decision to halt funding for Planned Parenthood projects appears to still be piling up.

Jobs Outlook Is Brighter For Class Of 2013

June 5
Marilyn Geewax and Andrew Schneider / NPR
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For the last five years, graduation day has been as much a time for apprehension as for celebration.

Shakeup: Susan Rice To Be Obama's National Security Adviser

June 5
Mark Memmott / NPR
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United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, a lightning rod for Republican critics of the Obama administration's handling of the September 2012 attack on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, is moving into the post of national security adviser at the White House.

Witnesses At Whitey Bulger's Trial Won't Be Choirboys

June 5
Mark Memmott / NPR
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There's an old expression, Boston College Law School professor Michael Cassidysaid Wednesday on Morning Edition:

Official: Water Deal Ruling A 'Landmark Victory' For San Diego County

June 5
City News Service
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A California judge has upheld the sale of water from the farmers of the Imperial Valley to the thirsty cities in San Diego County.

Fifty Years After Medgar Evers' Killing, The Scars Remain

June 5
Debbie Elliott / NPR
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For Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain NAACP leader Medgar Evers, the memories of 1963 are still raw.