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Stories for June 12, 2013

U.S. Treasury Sanctions Mexican Drug Lord's Family

June 12
By Michel Marizco
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The U.S. Treasury Department froze the assets of 18 people linked to a Mexican drug lord who has been in prison for nearly 30 years.

Southern Baptists Condemn Policy Shift On Gay Boy Scouts

June 12
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution at its annual meeting Wednesday to condemn the Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow openly gay boys to become Scouts. The resolution, which did not receive unanimous support, stops short of requiring member churches to break with the organization.

ACLU Opposes Anonymity For Border Agents Accused Of Abuse

June 12
By Adrian Florido
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Government says accused border agents' names should remain secret in court, but the ACLU disagrees.

Mayor Filner Could Veto Money For City Attorney's Office

June 12
By Sandhya Dirks
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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner wont say if he will axe a budget amendment that restores some funding to the city attorney.

Street Dealers Fuel Spike In Violence In Tijuana

June 12
By Jill Replogle
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Tijuana newspapers have reported a recent spike in violent crime in the city. Street-level dealers are behind much of the violence, experts say.

U.S. Olympic Skater's Sabotage Gets Day In 'Court'

June 12
Howard Berkes / NPR
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Months of claims and counterclaims come to a head in a hotel conference room in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, when the International Skating Union considers the deliberate sabotage of a speed skate involving an American Olympic medalist and, allegedly, his former coach.

Massachusetts Senate Race May Be Feeling DC Scandal Fallout

June 12
Frank James / NPR
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With two weeks until the Massachusetts special Senate election, the obvious question is: can Republicans pull off another stunning upset they did three years ago?

Bill Would Dedicate Some Revenue Surplus To Classroom Safety

June 12
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego State Senator Joel Anderson is pushing for school safety spending that would kick in immediately.

Army Doctor Files Civil Suit Against Boy Scouts Over Sexual Abuse

June 12
By Tarryn Mento
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It's been more than two decades since an Army major said he was sexually abused as a teenage Boy Scout, but he hasn't forgotten the incident. And he wants to make sure the Boy Scouts of America don't forget either.

Net Giants Try To Quell Users' Jitters About Their Data

June 12
Jim Zarroli / NPR
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Companies like Google and Facebook are very much caught in the middle of the current debate about national security and privacy. Press reports have said the companies are required to turn over huge amounts of customer data to government agencies like the National Security Agency, but the companies are often barred from saying anything publicly about the requests they receive.

As Drought Turns To Flood, Farmers Get 'Weather Whiplash'

June 12
Peggy Lowe / NPR
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As Chris Webber checked the 40 acres of muddy field he wanted to plant on a recent morning, he worried about getting more rain, even as he worried about the lack of it.

Hockey's Hottest Teams Hit The Ice In Stanley Cup Finals

June 12
David Schaper / NPR
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The National Hockey League's Stanley Cup championship gets underway in Chicago Wednesday night, with the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins facing off in the first game of the best-of-seven series. It's a classic matchup between two of the NHL's original six teams.

In Arizona, An Unlikely Ally For Medicaid Expansion

June 12
Ted Robbins / NPR
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The Arizona Legislature is debating whether to extend Medicaid to about 300,000 people in the state. The expansion is a requirement to get federal funding under the Affordable Care Act.

Huge System Of Storms Predicted To March East From Midwest

June 12
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The National Weather Service warns of a massive storm system that will make its way eastward from Iowa to Maryland in the next 24 hours, as strong winds, thunderstorms, and hail are predicted to hit areas from the upper Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic beginning Wednesday and continuing Thursday.

TMD Director: San Diego Hotels Slow To Issue Legal Waivers

June 12
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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner wants major hotels to commit money to the city in case lawsuits against the Tourism Marketing District prevail, but only 10 percent have done so, the agency's executive director said Wednesday.

Can The Patriots Groom Tebow To Be A Good NFL Quarterback?

June 12
Tyler Greenawalt / NPR
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Tim Tebow, the polarizing quarterback everyone has come to know and love (or hate), found a new home this week in New England, when the Patriots signed him to a two-year, nonguaranteed contract, igniting yet another cycle of Tebowmania.

US Marines Learn Ups And Downs Of Aussie Rules Football (Video)

June 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Roughly 200 United States Marines are stationed near Darwin in Australia. Recently, some of them took a little time off from training to learn Australian Rules Football. The Marines caught on quite quickly, despite the language barrier. Oi, oi, oi!

Federal Defender Wants Out Of Terrorism Case Due To Budget Cuts

June 12
Howard Berkes / NPR
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A federal public defender in Idaho wants a judge to find another lawyer for an Uzbek national charged with aiding a terrorist group and training others in how to build and use a weapon of mass destruction.

Stem Cell Research In San Diego Uses Patient's Own Cells

June 12
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Research in San Diego could led to helping patients with Parkinson's Disease using non-embryonic stem cells. And a grassroots volunteer fundraising organization to help fund stem cell research has been started by eight patients.

Alleged Sexual Misconduct Prompts Army To Suspend Missile Defense Commander

June 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army officials have suspended Lt. Col. Joseph Miley, commander of the Alaska Army National Guard’s 49th Missile Defense Battalion, as they investigate allegations of sexual misconduct.

50 Years Later, Medgar Evers' Widow Relives The Pain

June 12
Mark Memmott / NPR
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As NPR's Debbie Elliott has reported for Morning Edition and on the Code Switch blog, "for Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain NAACP leader Medgar Evers, the memories of 1963 are still raw."

3rd American Killed In Afghan Insider Attack Was Female Soldier

June 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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The third person killed when an Afghan soldier turned his gun on the Americans who were training him has been identified by the Pentagon as Maj. Jaimie E. Leonard, 39, of New York.

Commissioners Make Major Cuts To Public Art Program

June 12
By Angela Carone
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San Diego's Port commissioners voted Tuesday to adopt a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 that includes extensive cuts to the Port's public art program.

NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs Open Tonight

June 12
Korva Coleman / NPR
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Yes, the NBA finals are well underway, and yes it's mid-June, but tonight marks Game 1 of the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup championship. A strike-shortened season pushed the finals later into the spring than usual.

Public's Opinion Of George W. Bush Is Turning Positive

June 12
Mark Memmott / NPR
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For the first time since 2005, when George W. Bush was in the Oval Office, the public's opinion of the former president is "more positive than negative," the pollsters at Gallup say.

Hands-Free Gadgets In Car Don't Mean Driving Is Risk-Free

June 12
Howard Berkes / NPR
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If you've felt smug and safe using built-in, voice-controlled technology for text messages, email and phone calls while driving, forget it. There are some sobering findings about the risk of distraction from the American Automobile Association and the University of Utah.

Rick Perry's War On The Blue States

June 12
Elise Hu / NPR
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Gov. Rick Perry's outsized Texas swagger is coming to the heart of blue state America.

Live Blog: Boston Gangster Whitey Bulger Goes On Trial

June 12
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Whitey Bulger is finally getting his day in court.

San Diego Musician Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez Honored Locally, Nationally

June 12
By Katie Schoolov
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A San Diego musician and Chicano rights activist is being honored locally and nationally, with the naming of a school auditorium in Logan Heights and a prestigious arts fellowship.

Homeowners Overcharged Thousands In Special Property Taxes

June 12
Joanne Faryon and Kelly Paice/inewsource
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An inewsource investigation has prompted the city of San Diego to review property tax bills for hundreds of homeowners.

San Onofre Shutdown: Will It Affect California's Push For Clean Air?

June 12
By Sandhya Dirks
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San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts weighs in on how the nuclear plant's shutdown will affect California's mandate for fewer greenhouse emissions by 2020.

Senate Farm Bill Would Hurt Some San Diego Seniors

June 12
By Megan Burks
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The U.S. Senate proposal would eliminate a program that lets seniors collect food stamps despite their retirement savings.

Sequestration Set To Hit San Diego's Low-Income Seniors

June 12
By Susan Murphy
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The sequestration fallout is set to reach one of San Diego’s most vulnerable populations — low-income seniors. The drastic cuts to vital programs could take effect starting July 1.

Colorado Fires: Thousands Evacuated; Prisoners Moved

June 12
Mark Memmott / NPR
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More than 900 prisoners were evacuated from a state prison near Colorado Springs, Colo., early Wednesday as one of four wildfires across the Front Range moved toward the facility, The Associated Press writes.

Surveillance Revelations Spark Lackluster Public Discord

June 12
Mara Liasson / NPR
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When a former IT contractor at the National Security Agency gave The Guardian U.S. government surveillance information, he told the paper that his only motivation was to spark a public debate about government surveillance.

Experts Doubt NSA Leaker's Claim About Wiretaps

June 12
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Edward Snowden's claim that as systems administrator for a defense contractor in Hawaii he had the authority "to wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant to a federal judge to even the president," just isn't plausible, says a former national security lawyer at the Justice Department and Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Why You'll Be Paying More For Beef All This Year

June 12
Luke Runyon / NPR
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If you've experienced sticker shock shopping for ground beef or steak recently, be prepared for an entire summer of high beef prices.