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Stories for June 21, 2013

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FRONTLINE: Rape In The Fields

June 21

For the women who pick and process the food we eat every day, getting sexually assaulted, and even raped, is sometimes part of the job. FRONTLINE and Univision partner to tell the story of the hidden price many migrant women working in America's fields and packing plants pay to stay employed and provide for their families. This investigation is the result of a yearlong reporting effort by veteran FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman, the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Vintage Los Angeles

June 21

Fifteen years after visiting Los Angeles, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW takes a look back to see what some of the most memorable appraisals are worth today. Some items have increased in value, while others haven't fared as well. Tune in to see items like Disney animation art, a 1906 Van Briggle vase, and a Tiffany lamp that was first appraised in 1998 at $30,000 to $40,000 and is newly appraised at $50,000 to $75,000.

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Feds Charge NSA Leaker With Spying, Theft

June 21
Scott Neuman / NPR

The Washington Post reports that federal prosecutors have charged Edward Snowden -- the former NSA contractor who leaked classified information on secret U.S. electronic surveillance operations -- with espionage, theft and conversion of government property.

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Sequestration Hits San Diego Refugee Resettlement Agencies

June 21
By Megan Burks

Across-the-board federal budget cuts are being felt locally by resettlement agencies and the refugees they help.

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FAA To Examine Near Collision Of Passenger Jets Over NYC

June 21
Scott Neuman / NPR

The FAA says it's investigating how two passenger jets managed to come within just a few hundred feet of each other last week over New York City.

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Marco Rubio's Big Problem: Explaining His Immigration Shift

June 21
Frank James / NPR

Sen. Marco Rubio has a problem. He has transformed from conservative hero to suspect in the eyes of many on the political right because he now supports "a path to citizenship" for people unlawfully in the U.S. after forcefully opposing it in 2010 when he was running for U.S. Senate.

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Judge Shaves 10 Years From Ex-Enron CEO's Prison Sentence

June 21
Scott Neuman / NPR

Disgraced former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling -- convicted of conspiracy, fraud and insider trading related to the 2001 collapse of the Houston-based energy company -- has gotten a decade subtracted from his 24-year sentence.

Teen Who Served Time For Bomb Plot Wants Your Vote For Mayor

June 21
Howard Berkes / NPR

Joshua Kyler Hoggan of Roy, Utah, probably wasn't thinking this far ahead when he conspired to blow up his high school last year.

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City Attorney Calls Filner's Actions "Cruel," "Over The Line"

June 21
KPBS News

Following reports from San Diego City Hall that Mayor Bob Filner had his second-in-command escorted from a closed-session meeting Tuesday, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith today released a statement announcing that his office "will have more to say about this issue next week on the steps we will be taking."

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Ghost Island Looms Large Among Displaced Inupiat Eskimo

June 21
NPR Staff / NPR

Out in Alaska's Bering Sea, about 90 miles from Nome, sits a small, rocky island that used to be home to a couple of hundred Inupiat Eskimo. They lived in houses built on stilts, perched on rocky cliffs.

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Peters, Vargas Call For Action On Student Interest Rates

June 21
By Kyla Calvert

Local Democratic Congressmen say it is time to act on keeping interest rates low for federal student loans.

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Hope For Immigration Bill With Injection Of Border Security

June 21
By Jill Replogle

The Senate is expected to take a key vote on the immigration reform bill on Monday, with the hopes of passing it by the end of the week. Some border leaders are skeptical of the bill’s border security super-boost.

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After Quick-Fire Criticism, Paula Deen's Contract Is Toast

June 21
Dana Farrington / NPR

Paula Deen's contract with The Food Network expires at the end of June -- and it won't be renewed.

NSA Leak Could Be Bad Business For U.S. Tech Companies

June 21
Tom Gjelten / NPR

The disclosure of previously secret National Security Agency surveillance programs has left many Americans worried that the privacy of their personal data and communications is in jeopardy.

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At Coney Island, The (Mermaid) Show Must Go On

June 21
Joel Rose / NPR

Not even Superstorm Sandy could keep the mermaids from coming back to Brooklyn.

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Is It Ethical? Universities Pay Newspaper For Coverage

June 21
Ben Bergman / NPR

This spring, readers of The Orange County Register in Southern California started seeing much more coverage of local universities. What they probably did not know is that the stories are paid for by the schools. Depending on whom you ask, it is either a smart way to bring in revenue, or a serious breach of journalism ethics.

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Octogenarian Heir To Astor Fortune Begins Prison Term

June 21
Scott Neuman / NPR

Anthony Marshall, the 89-year-old heir to the Brooke Astor fortune, is heading to prison in New York after exhausting appeals in his 2009 conviction for defrauding his famous mother.

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James Comey Nominated To Be New FBI Director

June 21
Scott Neuman / NPR

President Obama has formally nominated James Comey, a registered Republican and former Justice Department official under President George W. Bush, to become the next FBI director. If he's confirmed by the Senate, Comey will replace outgoing director Robert Mueller, who has held the post since 2001.

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Roundtable: DeMaio Fundraising, Public Records Access, Teacher Training Grades

June 21
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer

DeMaio asserts that the Reform San Diego funds and his campaign funds are completely separate, even through they shared a P.O. box and a phone number. California legislators are backtracking on a move to gut the state's Public Records Act. Two local universities receive rare good marks in the brand-new U.S. News rankings of teacher training programs. Why don't they seem to care?

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4 US Soldiers Killed In Bagram Rocket Attack ID'ed (Video)

June 21
By Beth Ford Roth

Army Sgt. Justin R. Johnson, 25, Spc. Ember M. Alt, 21, Spc. Robert W. Ellis, 21, and Spc. William R. Moody, 30, were all killed June 18 when the Taliban attacked Bagram Air Base with mortar fire.

Report: U.K. Spy Agency Taps Trans-Atlantic Fiber Optic Cables

June 21
Eyder Peralta / NPR

The drip-drip of classified information has now moved overseas: Citing more classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden, The Guardian newspaper reports that the British spy agency taps into trans-Atlantic fiber optic cables, sucking up vast amounts of data that includes communication sent by Americans and Britons.

San Diego County Unemployment Drops To 6.7 Percent

June 21
City News Service

The unemployment rate in San Diego County last month was 6.7 percent, down from a revised 7 percent in April and below the estimate of 8.8 percent in May 2012, the state Employment Development Department reported today.

Online Sales Cost Cities And Counties Billions In Taxes, Mayors Say

June 21
Bill Chappell / NPR

Online retail sales are cutting into tax revenue in counties and cities, according to a report issued by the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Friday. They estimate the lost revenue for America's largest cities and counties came to about $2.8 billion for 2011 and 2012, combined.

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Navy Cites 'Lack Of Leadership' In Probe Of USS Guardian Grounding (Video)

June 21
By Beth Ford Roth

The Navy cites a "lack of leadership" as one of the reasons for the grounding of the USS Guardian near the Philippines on January 17, 2013 - based on the results of its investigation released this week.

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Farm Free Or Die! Maine Towns Rebel Against Food Rules

June 21
Maria Godoy / NPR

New Englanders have never been shy about revolting against what they see as unfair food regulations. Remember that whole Boston Tea Party thing?

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FDA OKs Prescription-Free Plan B For All Ages, Ending Battle

June 21
Julie Rovner / NPR

The Food and Drug Administration Thursday evening approved over-the-counter sale, with no age restrictions, of Plan B One-Step. That's the morning-after pill whose status has been the subject of a dozen years of political wrangling and legal dispute.

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San Diego Marks World Refugee Day

June 21
By Susan Murphy

People around the world are marking a somber World Refugee Day on Saturday as more than 45 million people globally are displaced from their homes because of war and violence. San Diego provides a welcome mat to approximately 3,500 refugees every year.

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La Jolla Sidesteps Public Art Hurdles By Going Private

June 21
By Angela Carone

When it comes to public art, there’s always controversy. The Port just had their public art budget cut in half. A group in La Jolla is using a different approach to public art. It seems to be working.

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Nonprofit Connects City Parking Plans With Fuel Waste

June 21
By Erik Anderson

Municipal rules aimed at dealing with problems like parking may have unexpected consequences on the state's environment.

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Encinitas' Right To Vote Initiative May Set Precedent

June 21
By Alison St John

Encinitas' Proposition A, which passed this week, could set a precedent for other communities looking for more local control over future growth. Some, however, worry about the effects of ballot box planning.

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City Heights Farmers Market Celebrates Five Years, But Not Without Some Bumps

June 21
Bianca Bruno

A City Heights program that proved to the nation low-income communities can sustain farmers markets endures cutbacks.

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The Death Penalty's Slow But Seemingly Sure Decline

June 21
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

The death penalty has become a bit like the Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland. It may never fade away entirely, but capital punishment is certainly less visible or actively pursued than it used to be.

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Obama's Pick To Lead FBI Adds New Layer To Privacy Debate

June 21
Carrie Johnson / NPR

President Obama will formally nominate Jim Comey to be the country's next FBI director on Friday.