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Stories for June 11, 2013

Immigration Bill May Keep Wage Exemption For Foreign Herders

June 11
Sara Hossaini / NPR

When Patrick and Sharon O'Toole began their ranching business on the Wyoming-Colorado border, they tended the sheep themselves. But eventually, the O'Tooles wanted to settle down and have kids, so they hired foreign ranch hands with H-2A, or guest worker, visas to work on the ranch for $750 a month.

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Basketball: The 'Ultimate Contradiction'

June 11
Frank Deford / NPR

Basketball offers its fans the ultimate contradiction. On the one hand, it's the sport that most depends on its stars. On the other, it's the most intimate -- even organic -- of all the team games, with its players more fundamentally involved with one another. Both of these opposing realities are rooted in the same base.

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Senate's New GOP Stars Show Party's Range On Immigration

June 11
Frank James / NPR

Forget, for a moment, about the bipartisan Gang of Eight, whose members crafted the original version of the immigration bill being taken up by the Senate this week.

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Preschool Could Pave Way To School, Military Readiness

June 11
By Kyla Calvert

Retired military leaders say an investment in early childhood education is an investment in national security.

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Privacy In Retreat, A Timeline

June 11
Charles Mahtesian / NPR

Viewed out of context, recent Washington revelations paint a disturbing portrait of the vast amount of electronic data the nation's spy agencies are collecting. But the blockbuster news stories belie a simple truth: Personal privacy rights have been under sustained assault since well before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. And it's not just government that's vacuuming up information.

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Winfrey Gives Millions To New African-American Museum In D.C.

June 11
Allison Keyes / NPR

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is giving a multimillion-dollar boost to the Smithsonian's new facility, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). She gave the museum, which is being built in Washington, D.C., $12 million Tuesday, in addition to a previous $1 million donation.

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Camp Pendleton Marine Surprises Daughter At Graduation (Video)

June 11
By Beth Ford Roth

Camp Pendleton Marine Staff Sgt. Luis Del Valle wasn't able to make his daughter's graduation from eighth grade several years back because he was deployed to Afghanistan. Del Valle wanted to make sure that when his daughter graduated from high school, he would be front and center.

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United Healthcare Sued Over HIV/AIDS Mail Order Drug Service

June 11
By Kenny Goldberg

Claiming the new policy is illegal, the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog is suing United Healthcare over its new policy requiring HIV/AIDS patients to use a mail-order pharmacy.

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Michael Feinstein's American Songbook: Season Three

June 11

Michael Feinstein, America’s most passionate music preservationist, returns to PBS in a star-studded, third series of his celebration of the Great American Songbook. In this new three-part season, he explores the enduring popularity of show tunes, the pas de deux between music and choreography, and the indelible impact that radio in its heyday had on the American musical canon.

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Massive Bat Cave Stirs Texas-Sized Debate Over Development

June 11
Ryan Loyd / NPR

The Bracken Bat Cave, just north of San Antonio, is as rural as it gets. You have to drive down a long two-mile rocky road to reach it. There's nothing nearby -- no lights, no running water. The only thing you hear are the katydids.

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What Did Congress Really Know About NSA Tracking?

June 11
Ailsa Chang / NPR

If you're a member of Congress and you didn't know about the National Security Agency's phone records program before it was disclosed last week, President Obama has this to say to you: Where have you been?

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Tender Beef, Without The Pathogens: USDA Proposes Labeling Rules

June 11
Allison Aubrey / NPR

In order to make tough cuts of beef more tender, the industry uses a mechanical tenderizing process that involves piercing the meat with needles.

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SDG&E: Energy Needs Can Be Met Despite San Onofre Shutdown

June 11
City News Service

San Diego Gas & Electric can meet its customers' electricity needs this summer despite the absence of power from the permanently shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, although users may be asked to conserve energy, utility officials said Tuesday.

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Brush Fire Halted In Paradise Hills-Area Canyon

June 11
City News Service

Crews have halted the spread of that roughly five-acre canyon brush fire off the 600 block of Briarwood Road in Bay Terraces, according to fire department officials.

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Administration's Plan For Morning-After Pill Pleases No One

June 11
Julie Rovner / NPR

Reaction was swift to the Obama administration's announcement Monday night that it was dropping a long-running legal battle to keep age restrictions on one type of the morning-after birth control pill.

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Can Federal Funds Help Social Service Groups Work Smarter?

June 11
Pam Fessler / NPR

When President Obama first took office in 2009, he had an idea called the Social Innovation Fund.

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Border Drones Fly Into Fight Over Immigration

June 11
Ted Robbins / NPR

The runways at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., are busy. This is where the Army tests its military drones, where it trains its drone pilots, and where four Customs and Border Protection drones take off and land.

SD GOP Endorsements

June 11
City News Service

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Republican Party of San Diego County announced today that it is endorsing Councilwoman Lorie Zapf for reelection next year and Chris Cate's bid to join her on the City Council.

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Google Asks Permission To Publish Info About FISA Requests

June 11
Bill Chappell / NPR

As Google and other large tech companies cope with the aftermath of recent reports that the National Security Agency has had broad access to their users' data, the search giant is asking the U.S. government for permission to publish the number of national security requests it receives, including those made under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

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Obama's Immigration Dilemma: Leading While Following

June 11
Frank James / NPR

If you want to observe one of Washington's most delicate balancing acts, look no further than President Obama's effort to assert leadership on immigration legislation without its coming to be identified as a new Obamalaw.

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Comic-Con Badge Resale Now Open

June 11
By Beth Accomando

Comic-Con badges sold out in less than two hours on February 16 but anyone who registered for passes but failed to get any will have one more chance to get into the largest pop culture convention in America.

Pushed Off The Job While Pregnant

June 11
Jennifer Ludden / NPR

At a time when most pregnant women work, there are new efforts to keep companies from unfairly targeting employees because of a pregnancy. The allegations of pregnancy discrimination persist and have even risen in recent years despite a decades-old law against it, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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Green Beret Veteran Accidentally Shot To Death By 4-Year-Old Son (+Video)

June 11
By Beth Ford Roth

The four-year-old son of former Green Beret Justin Stanfield Thomas accidentally shot and killed his father when he discharged a handgun found at the house of a family friend.

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He Broke The NSA Leaks Story, But Just Who Is Glenn Greenwald?

June 11
Mark Memmott / NPR

He's an advocate, an activist, a lawyer, a blogger, a columnist, an author and an award-winning investigative journalist.

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Mom Of Murdered Pendleton Marine Testifies During Penalty Phase (Video)

June 11
By Beth Ford Roth

The mother of murdered Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Jan Pietrzak gave her victim impact statement Monday during the penalty phase of the trial against three other Camp Pendleton Marines who killed her son and his wife in 2008.

Gunman Wounds 2 In Santa Monica Alley, Flees

June 11
Associated Press

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Santa Monica police say two men have been shot and wounded in an alley not far from the college where a gunman was killed last week after a deadly rampage.

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MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Inspector Lewis, Series VI

June 11
By Jennifer Robinson

Murder extends its reach even beyond the medieval walls of Oxford in season six of INSPECTOR LEWIS. In three new cases, Inspector Robbie Lewis (Kevin Whately) and Detective Sergeant Hathaway (Laurence Fox) investigate the double-life of a murdered psychic in "Down Among the Fearful" (June 23), a missing former colleague in "The Ramblin' Boy" (June 30), and the 15-year-old mystery of a missing Oxford student in Intelligent Design (July 7).

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How CT Scans Have Raised Kids' Risk For Future Cancer

June 11
Nancy Shute / NPR

Doctors are prescribing too many CT scans for children, a study says, even though they know that the radiation used in the tests increases children's lifelong risk of cancer.

Southern California Wildfire Slowly Spreading

June 11
Associated Press

A wildfire burning near a Southern California Indian reservation continues to plow through century-old brush and dead trees in high, steep terrain.

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Data Leak Could Undermine Trust Of Government Contractor

June 11
Jim Zarroli / NPR

In recent decades, a quiet revolution has been transforming the way Washington works.

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House Minority Leader Helps Celebrate 50th Birthday Of Equal Pay Act

June 11
By Sandhya Dirks

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi paid a visit to Southwestern College Monday to celebrate the birthday of the Equal Pay Act.

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Auditor Finds Major Deficiencies In NCTD's Contracts Department

June 11
By Brad Racino / inewsource

A scathing audit of NCTD's Contracts Department finds deficiencies throughout 19 areas. An LA transportation board chair weighs in on the report.

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Donald Lipski Artwork Installed At New Central Library

June 11
By Angela Carone

There won’t be just books under the dome in the new Central Library in downtown San Diego. There will also be art. The first of four large pieces has just been installed.

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How The Senate Farm Bill Would Change Subsidies

June 11
Tamara Keith / NPR

The Senate voted Monday to approve its version of the farm bill, a massive spending measure that covers everything from food stamps to crop insurance and sets the nation's farm policy for the next five years.

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A Daughter's Struggle To Overcome A Legacy Of Segregation

June 11
Michele Norris / NPR

As we head into the summer months, NPR is looking back to the summer of 1963, a momentous year in civil rights history. As part of NPR's partnership with The Race Card Project, which asks people to distill their thoughts on race to six words, Host/Special Correspondent Michele Norris is asking people who were on the front lines of history to share their memories and their thoughts on race in America today.