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Stories for June 26, 2013

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Six Words: 'Black Babies Cost Less To Adopt'

June 26
NPR Staff / NPR

NPR continues a series of conversations aboutThe Race Card Project, where thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words. Every so often NPR Host/Special Correspondent Michele Norris will dip into those six-word stories to explore issues surrounding race and cultural identity for Morning Edition. You can find hundreds of six-word submissions and submit your own at www.theracecardproject.com.

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Filner To Issue Permits For Over-The-Line Tournament

June 26
City News Service

Mayor Bob Filner is scheduled to announce Thursday that he will issue permits for next month's Over-the-Line tournament, despite legal action against the long-standing San Diego tradition.

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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Raphael Saadiq/Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

June 26
By Jennifer Robinson

R&B grooves the AUSTIN CITY LIMITS stage with Raphael Saadiq and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears. Saadiq highlights songs from his old-school soul LP "Stone Rollin’." Lewis & his Honeybears rock their bluesy soul nuggets from "Scandalous."

Man Indicted In Scheme To Blackmail Romney Over Tax Returns

June 26
Bill Chappell / NPR

A Tennessee man faces federal charges after a grand jury indicted him on counts of fraud and extortion, in a case stemming from claims made about tax documents of Republican Mitt Romney during last year's presidential campaign.

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Camp Pendleton Marine's Murder Conviction In Hamdaniya Case Overturned

June 26
By Beth Ford Roth

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces has overturned the murder conviction of ex-Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III.

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Same-Sex Marriage Fight Shifts Back To States

June 26
Frank James / NPR

The dual victories the Supreme Court handed to gay marriage supporters Wednesday seemed to temporarily shift the focus of the fight from Washington to the states.

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Young Widows And Widowers Learn To Cope

June 26
By Megan Burke, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

Camp Widow is a program of the Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation. It's coming to San Diego this weekend to help young widows cope with difficulties.

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The Wendy Davis Rocket Ride

June 26
Elise Hu / NPR

Overnight, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis became a national political name and a hero to abortion-rights supporters around the country.

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Heat Hits San Diego County, But There's Enough Power

June 26
By Erik Anderson

The first heatwave of the summer arrives, but there should be enough electricity to handle demand.

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Texas Legislators Called Back For Special Session On Abortion Bill

June 26
Bill Chappell / NPR

After a vote on a controversial bill to restrict abortion in Texas was deemed to have fallen outside of the state's legislative session, Gov. Rick Perry has called for a special session to take up the issue, along with other topics. The session is scheduled to begin July 1 at 2 p.m., ET.

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Camp Pendleton Partners With Japan, Canada, New Zealand Militaries For Training

June 26
By Alison St John

Marines and sailors stormed a beach on Camp Pendleton this week. This year‘s amphibious landing exercises involved new Pacific partners.

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Kaiser Says $4 Million State Penalty Is Unfair

June 26
By Kenny Goldberg

State regulators have fined Kaiser for not providing better access to its mental health services, but Kaiser officials maintain they've already made improvements.

How The End Of DOMA Will Affect Obamacare, Federal Employees

June 26
Joe Neel / NPR

The Supreme Court's ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional will not only make a big difference in health benefits for some federal employees, it could also affect people who will be newly eligible for Obamacare beginning next year.

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New Bugs In Florida Stymie Researchers, Threaten Crops

June 26
Greg Allen / NPR

With its pleasant climate, Florida has become home to more exotic and invasive species of plants and animals than any other state in the continental U.S. Some invasive species have been brought in deliberately, such as the Burmese python or the Cuban brown snail. But the majority of species are imported inadvertently as cargo.

Martin Says It's Time To Move On From The Past

June 26

I've been thinking a lot about forgiveness - a subject that's been coming up quite a bit lately because, really, how could it not?

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Translation, Please: Hand-Held Device Bridges Language Gap

June 26
Conrad Wilson, Minnesota Public Radio

Communicating between languages is an age-old challenge. Today computer programs can translate words instantly. But what about conversations? Intense ones? Maybe even the kind where life or death hangs in the balance?

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Annie: It's The Hard-Knock Life, From Script To Stage

June 26

The show-stopping musical "Annie," its characters and its songs are timeless and classic. It’s been 35 years since the little orphan Annie first stepped onto a Broadway stage. For Annie’s return to Broadway, this documentary offers a memorable behind-the-scenes look at every step of a single "Annie" production number, from the earliest phases of discussion among the creative team, rehearsals with actors, to opening night on Broadway.

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Being Postmaster General Isn't What It Used To Be

June 26
Yuki Noguchi / NPR

The job of postmaster general was once one of the country's most politically powerful. It is also one of the oldest; a version of the position existed before the Declaration of Independence.

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The Beginning Of The End For U.S. Chimp Research

June 26
By David Wagner

The National Institutes of Health has taken a major step toward winding down experiments on chimpanzees, pleasing biomedical groups that have been calling for an end to such research for years. But one UC San Diego scientist thinks the move may actually harm chimp well-being.

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NFL Tight End Aaron Hernandez Charged With Murder

June 26
Bill Chappell, Tyler Greenawalt

Pro football player Aaron Hernandez, who until today was a member of the New England Patriots, was charged with murder and other crimes in a Massachusetts courtroom Wednesday. He was arrested this morning and formally charged this afternoon, with authorities blaming him for the death of Odin Lloyd, 27, whose body was found on June 17.

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Ratepayer Advocates File To Stop Paying For San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant

June 26
By Alison St John

A ratepayer advocacy group is petitioning to stop the operators of the now closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station from charging ratepayers for the plant.

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Black Bear Roams In D.C., Days After Red Panda's Jaunt

June 26
Bill Chappell / NPR

First there was Rusty, the red panda. Now there are reports that a bear was captured after roaming around in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, prompting (mostly unserious) concerns of a possible siege on the nation's capital.

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Justice Kennedy At Center Of Gay Rights Decisions For A Decade

June 26
Liz Halloran / NPR

Ten years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas "Homosexual Conduct" law that criminalized some sexual acts.

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A GROWING PASSION: Grow Your Own

June 26

If you've ever wondered if you could grow your own vegetables, we'll show you that you can. From starting seeds and seedlings, to gardening with children, to building your own raised bed, host Nan Sterman shows how experts and novices grow edibles.

Weekend Preview: Summer Fun, History Happy Hour And Baths

June 26
By Carissa Casares, Maureen Cavanaugh

It's officially summertime in San Diego, and we've got you covered when it comes to events. From a roundup of summertime's best to a brew-tastic happy hour in Balboa Park, summer is officially in full swing.

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Study: PTSD Linked To Heart Disease In Veterans

June 26
By Beth Ford Roth

Veterans of the Vietnam War-era with post-traumatic stress disorder were more than twice as likely as their counterparts without PTSD to develop heart disease, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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Supreme Court Rules On Same-Sex Marriage, But What Does It Mean?

June 26
KPBS News

We speak with a Thomas Jefferson School of Law professor to help explain the effect of Wednesday's historic rulings.

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The Globe Makes Shakespeare More Accessible

June 26
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

The Old Globe Theater's new artistic director Barry Edelstein is on a mission to make William Shakespeare more accessible to more people.

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Angry Chinese Workers Resort To Direct Action

June 26
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

When Chinese workers have a grievance, they are increasingly taking dramatic and direct action.

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Men Pick Robotic Surgery For Prostate Cancer Despite Risks

June 26
Nancy Shute / NPR

Pretty much every medical organization has told men to back off on screening for prostate cancer, because it can lead to unneeded treatment, including surgery that can leave a man incontinent and impotent.

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After DOMA: What's Next For Gay Married Couples

June 26
Liz Halloran / NPR

The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision Wednesday to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act is a monumental victory for advocates of same-sex marriage.

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How Supreme Court DOMA Ruling Affects Same-Sex Military Couples

June 26
By Beth Ford Roth

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision today to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act clears a pathway for same-sex military couples to receive the same benefits as heterosexual married military couples.

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Court Overturns DOMA, Sidesteps Broad Gay Marriage Ruling

June 26
Eyder Peralta / NPR

The Supreme Court issued rulings on two highly-anticipated cases on gay marriage today. By 5-4, it ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.

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Supreme Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional, Prop 8 Petitioners Have No Legal Standing

June 26
KPBS

The Supreme Court ruled Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. We break down what it means for San Diegans.

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Cab Company Owners Fear San Diego Might Stop Underground Market For Taxi Permits

June 26
By Amita Sharma

Owners accuse taxi workers' group of trying to "grab taxi medallions" for free by influencing city officials. Accusations come amid Mayor Bob Filner's push to have oversight of industry transferred back to the city.

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Clock Runs Out On Controversial Texas Abortion Bill

June 26
Elise Hu / NPR

The official clock ran out on Texas lawmakers overnight, which effectively killed a bill that would have dramatically restricted abortion in the nation's second most populous state. Hours of chaos and confusion in Austin finally lifted as Texas Senate leaders decided that the vote on Senate Bill 5 did not clear a constitutionally-mandated hurdle that it pass before midnight.

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Let's Separate The Schoolin' From The Sports

June 26
Frank Deford / NPR

We usually think of college sports in terms of classic big-time schools, polls and bowls.

Some Tech Companies Find Ways Not To Hire Americans

June 26
Martin Kaste / NPR

Lawmakers continue to wrangle over a bill that would overhaul the nation's immigration system. One provision in this bill would allow companies to import a lot more skilled workers. The tech industry has lobbied hard for this, despite fears among some American workers about the extra competition.

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Real Estate Sizzles Again In Las Vegas

June 26
Nathan Rott / NPR

High-paying investors have helped Las Vegas' real estate prices to bloom in a place that once ranked as the country's foreclosure capital.