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Stories for June 6, 2013

California Company Launches Industry-First Alternative Fuel for Trucks

June 6
Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio
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A California company is launching an “industry-first” alternative fuel technology for heavy duty trucks.

Cal-ISO Says Power Grid Adequate For Summer

June 6
Steve Milne, Capital Public Radio
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Interior Northern California is expected to swelter through the hottest weather of the year so far on Friday and Saturday. But officials say all those running air conditioners won't strain the state’s electricity grid.

NSA Reportedly Mines Servers Of U.S. Internet Firms For Data

June 6
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For six years, the National Security Agency has been able to pluck data -- including e-mails, videos, pictures, and connection logs -- from the main servers of Microsoft, Google, Apple, and other leading U.S. tech companies, according to reports by The Washington Post and The Guardian.

Cars, Drugs And Military Equipment Captured In Undercover Operation "Perfect Storm"

June 6
By Sandhya Dirks
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A flood of indictments is capping off an eight-month sting by the Regional Auto Task Force known as RATT. Cars, guns and military equipment stolen from Camp Pendleton were recovered during the operation.

Steinberg: Calif. Budget Talks Positive, Moving Forward

June 6
Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio
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With just over a week to go until the California legislature’s June 15th constitutional budget deadline, Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says he’s “relatively confident” a deal will be reached in time.

On National Security, Obama Follows Bush's Lead

June 6
Frank James / NPR
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It's an overstatement to say that it's beginning to look like President George W. Bush's fourth term.

Research Council Brings Recommendations For Strong Universities To UCSD

June 6
By Kyla Calvert
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UC San Diego hosted the only California forum on the National Research Council's report on strengthening the country's research universities.

Girl's Need Breathes Life Into Debate Over Organ Allocation

June 6
Rob Stein / NPR
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The case of a Pennsylvania girl who is dying from cystic fibrosis has sparked an emotional debate over how the nation allocates lungs for transplantation.

Tropical Storm Andrea Makes Landfall In Florida

June 6
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Tropical Storm Andrea has made landfall on Florida's Big Bend area, the National Hurricane Center in Miami reports. As of 5:45 p.m. ET, the center's tracking system placed the storm on the state's Gulf coast, level with Gainesville. Andrea is expected to spread rain and strong winds along the Southeastern coast tonight and Friday.

Sunnylands: Where Movie Stars And Presidents Play (And Work)

June 6
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President Obama arrives in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Friday to spend two days with China's new president, Xi Jinping, at a 200-acre estate called Sunnylands.

Gatlin Beats Bolt In 100 Meters For The First Time

June 6
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American sprinter Justin Gatlin has beaten Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt in the 100 meters, edging Bolt by one hundredth of a second at a meet in Rome. It's Gatlin's first win over Bolt in the four times the two have raced each other.

Big Brother And Your Cellphone: Where To Draw The Line?

June 6
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings, President Obama described the work being done by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security to unravel the plot as "hard stuff."

Even A Small Change In Habits Helps Fend Off Stroke

June 6
Nancy Shute / NPR
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This is not one of those posts that is going to beat you up for doing a crummy job exercising, eating better and all the other things you're failing to do to ward off death.

Baby Moose Benefits From Anglers' Unlikely Catch And Release

June 6
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Dr. Karen Sciascia of Red Hill, Pa., has delivered thousands of babies in her career. But on a vacation to Montana this week, she helped deliver another life from danger, as she and her fishing guide saved a baby moose that was separated from its mother as they crossed a river.

After Deportation to Tijuana, Many Lives Quickly Slide Into Despair

June 6
By Adrian Florido
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The trajectory from recent deportee to homeless and destitute can be swift for people dropped off in border cities without money or ties.

Councilwoman Cole Requests Up To $1 Million For Upcoming Fiscal Year

June 6
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New Councilwoman Myrtle Cole is calling for as much as $1 million in the upcoming fiscal year to develop two plans to speed up infrastructure projects in southeast San Diego, according to city documents released late Wednesday.

Small New Mexico Town Runs Out Of Water

June 6
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe
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If you turn on a faucet in the town of Magdalena in central New Mexico, nothing will come out.

Military Moms Seeing Red Over Ketchup Gate 2013

June 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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A Washington Post article suggesting military families are taking advantage of the American taxpayer because they pay wholesale costs on food items like ketchup has many military moms seeing red.

Vinnie Pompei Creates Safe Haven for LGBT Children

LGBT Pride Month 2013 Honoree

June 6
By Monica Medina
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Vincent “Vinnie” Pompei will never forget the first time he witnessed the bullying. He was a newly-hired teacher at a Los Angeles County middle school. It was recess, and when he heard the words one child shouted to another, it struck a chord deep inside, leaving him cold and shaking.

LGBT Local Heroes Max Disposti and Carolyn Bolton Achieve Success Together

LGBT Pride Month 2013 Honoree

June 6
By Monica Medina
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When it comes to collaboration, seems to me that the key to success is in finding balance. At least, that’s been the case for Max Disposti and Carolyn Bolton, who for the past five years have been working together effectively. And, the way they make it work is by building on each other’s strengths.

San Diego Enterprise Zones Have Pros, Cons

June 6
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South Bay leaders rally today to keep business enterprise zones. Critics, including California Governor Jerry Brown have said the zones are not creating enough jobs.

3 Ex-Camp Pendleton Marines Found Guilty Of Murdering Marine Sgt. And Wife

June 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two separate Riverside County juries found three ex-Camp Pendleton Marines guilty of first-degree murder in the brutal killings of MCAS Marine Sgt. Jan Pietrzak and his wife, Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak in 2008.

Christie Names N.J. Attorney General To Be Interim Senator

June 6
Mark Memmott / NPR
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New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa is going to be New Jersey's interim senator -- filling the seat vacated Monday by the death of Democrat Frank Lautenberg.

A Day In The Life Of The Relentlessly Tracked

June 6
Elise Hu / NPR
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Controversy is raging over a court order allowing the FBI and the National Security Agency to seize aggregate information of millions of Verizon customer phone calls. The scale is massive and indiscriminate, and the American Civil Liberties Union said it "could hardly be more alarming." The Obama administration defends the collection, saying it's necessary for protecting national security.

Should There Be A Common Combat Uniform For All Branches Of US Military?

June 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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The different branches of the U.S. military currently use ten different patterns of camouflage for their uniforms. But under a measure passed Wednesday by the House Armed Services Committee, the services would have to agree on one common pattern.

In Letter To Senators, DoJ Explains How Secret Court Works

June 6
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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Back in October of 2011, then-Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich wrote a letter to Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) concerning section 215 of the USA Patriot Act.

Weekend Preview: Sunset Sessions, She's So Unusual Tour And 'Making Rumours'

June 6
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This weekend's lineup of events is music-centric, featuring not one, but three live shows and a book signing that Fleetwood Mac fans will want to take note of.

San Diegans Wait For Prop 8, DOMA Rulings

June 6
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The countdown is underway for U.S. Supreme Court watchers as the high court gets ready to rule on two major cases.

Get Buzzed When You're Blissed Out

June 6
By Angela Carone
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A computer engineer at UCSD is using the latest technology to help combat stress and encourage bliss.

Hundreds Of Calif. Communities Rely On Contaminated Drinking Water

June 6
Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio
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More than 600 mostly disadvantaged farming communities statewide rely on contaminated groundwater, mostly from nitrates. The EPA says the state is in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Lawmakers are hoping legislation will fix the problem.

Judge Gives Girl Who Needs New Lungs A 'Fighting Chance'

June 6
Mark Memmott / NPR
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A federal judge's ruling that moves 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan up the waiting list for a lung transplant means the little girl now has a "fighting chance at life," says Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa.

San Diego County To Hire Nearly 600

June 6
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San Diego County plans to hire 590 new workers in the next 12 months, it was reported today.

Lenovo Holds Grand Opening For Its N.C. Assembly Plant

June 6
Leoneda Inge / NPR
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Chinese computer maker Lenovo celebrated the opening of its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Whitsett, N.C., on Wednesday. The company is trying to boost its brand and U.S. market share. Other high-tech firms, including Motorola, have announced plans to manufacture in the U.S.