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Stories for June 27, 2013

For A Mom, Learning To Accept A Gay Son Was 'Nonnegotiable'

June 27
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Samuel Taylor was raised in a religious family. When he came out to his mother, Connie Casey, she sent him to a series of conversion therapy ministries affiliated with Exodus International, the Christian organization that folded this month and apologized to the gay community for trying to "correct" same-sex attraction.

Over-The-Line Tournament To Go On After Mayor Filner Signs Off

June 27
By Sandhya Dirks
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Giant beach party and sporting event Over-the-Line will proceed as normal despite a lawsuit against the city.

Brown Signs $96 Billion Spending Plan

June 27
Capital Public Radio
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California Governor Jerry Brown has signed the state’s new budget that takes effect when the new fiscal year starts Monday.

Senate's Immigration Joy Could Turn To Ashes In House

June 27
Frank James / NPR
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The Senate's "Gang of Eight" on the immigration overhaul legislation became a gang of 68 when all was said and done Thursday.

Passage Of Senate Immigration Bill Met With Lukewarm Response

June 27
By Jill Replogle
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The Senate passed a bill that would overhaul the nation’s immigration system while dramatically boosting border security. In the border region, support for the bill was mixed.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Mount Rushmore

June 27
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High on a granite cliff in South Dakota’s Black Hills tower the huge carved faces of four American presidents. Together they constitute the world’s largest sculpture. The massive tableau inspires awe and bemusement. How, and when, was it carved? Who possessed the audacity to create such a gargantuan work? The story of Mount Rushmore’s creation is as bizarre and wonderful as the monument itself. It is the tale of a hyperactive, temperamental artist whose talent and determination propelled the project, even as his ego and obsession threatened to tear it apart.

Regulators File Charges Against Corzine Over MF Global Debacle

June 27
Bill Chappell / NPR

Federal regulators are suing former MF Global Holdings CEO Jon Corzine, accusing him of not properly supervising the company that filed for bankruptcy back in 2011. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission says Corzine failed to keep money that belonged to the brokerage's customers from being used to cover MF Global's obligations.

Composting On The Way Up In New York City High-Rises

June 27
Joel Rose / NPR
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High-rise apartment buildings might not seem like fertile ground for making compost.

IG Changes Tune On IRS Scandal

June 27
Tamara Keith / NPR
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Changing its story. Walking it back. Clarifying.

San Diego Marks National HIV Testing Day

June 27
By Kenny Goldberg
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Public health officials say National HIV Testing Day serves as a reminder for everyone to get tested for the virus.

Maine Once Again Allows Mail-Order Canadian Drugs To Cut Costs

June 27
Julie Rovner / NPR
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For the first time in several years, a state has acted to allow its citizens to purchase prescription drugs by mail from other countries. The idea is to take advantage of those nations' lower prices, which can be half the cost of those at American pharmacies.

Senate Approves Sweeping Immigration Overhaul, In Final Vote

June 27
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The Senate approved a sweeping immigration bill Thursday, endorsing a bill that would put millions of immigrants who illegally entered the United States on a path to citizenship. The final vote tally on the bill was 68 in favor, with 32 opposed.

How Head Injuries Seem To Affect The Risk For Stroke

June 27
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Twenty percent of strokes hit people under age 65, and the cause of many of those strokes remains a mystery. Having had a concussion or other traumatic brain injury might make the risk of a stroke more likely, a study says.

The Statue Of Liberty

June 27
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This 1985 Ken Burns film explores the creation and history of the remarkable Statue of Liberty and what she represents to all Americans. Narrated by David McCullough, the film traces the development of the monument — from its conception to its fascinating and often controversial construction to its final dedication — and offers interviews with a wide range of Americans, including former New York governor Mario Cuomo, the late congresswoman Barbara Jordan and the late writers James Baldwin and Jerzy Kosinski.

U.S. Bank Must Refund $6.5 Million To Troops Due To Shady Car Loans

June 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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An estimated 50,000 U.S. military service members will receive refunds from U.S. Bank and one of its partners because of deceptive car loans the bank and its partner offered the military community.

NFL's Aaron Hernandez Loses Appeal For Bail In Murder Case

June 27
Bill Chappell / NPR
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NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was charged with first-degree murder and weapons crimes Wednesday, will not be released on bail, the Fall River Superior Court has ruled. Hernandez, 23, was released by the New England Patriots within hours of his arrest yesterday.

What You Suggested For Our Tech Blog Reboot

June 27
Elise Hu / NPR
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In case you missed it Monday, we're rebooting our technology blog to focus on the intersection of innovation and culture. The updated approach both widens our view of technology -- for example, two-ply toilet paper was innovative at one point -- and sharpens our gaze. You won't find general tech business news in this space anymore.

'Tank Fire' At Camp Pendleton Contained

June 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Camp Pendleton Fire Department is reporting that it has contained the "Tank Fire." The blaze burned more than 490 acres in the San Mateo area of the base.

Will Prop 8 Decision Impact Initiative Process In California?

June 27
Midday Edition
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Some legal experts say the issue of standing could complicate the future of state ballot initiatives.

Boston Bombing Suspect Indicted On 30 Counts

June 27
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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A federal grand jury handed down a 30-count indictment against the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing today.

A Capitol Fourth 2013

June 27
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America’s favorite host, two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron (“Dancing With the Stars”) returns to host "A Capitol Fourth," starring music legend Barry Manilow, who is back by popular demand following his powerful debut performance on the show in 2009. Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning musician and songwriter Neil Diamond will nationally debut “Freedom Song (They’ll Never Take Us Down),” inspired by the Boston Marathon bombing.

Joyous 'Bedlam' Expected When San Francisco Gay Marriages Resume

June 27
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

Bernice Frucht performed San Francisco's last same-sex marriage in 2008. She finished just under the wire.

F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes Near Phoenix, Crew Survives (Video)

June 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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Both pilots ejected safely before their F-16 fighter jet crashed near in suburban Phoenix Wednesday evening. The jet was assigned to the 309th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base.

A Look At The Nastiest And Cleanest U.S. Beaches

June 27
Jessica Naudziunas / NPR
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From California to the Great Lakes, persistent water pollution shows that no beach is an island when it comes to public health threats like hepatitis, dysentery and stomach flu.

Moonshine As Moneymaker? Eastern Tennessee Will Drink To That

June 27
Amy Guttman / NPR
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Moonshine is trendy these days, with distillers large and small throughout the country offering up their own variety. But in eastern Tennessee, locals will tell you they've got the real "white lightning." Everyone seems to boast a family connection, and everyone has their own recipe.

San Diegans Celebrate Same-Sex Marriage Rulings

June 27
By Sandhya Dirks
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The celebration that began at 7 a.m. Wednesday over the Supreme Court's rulings on same-sex marriage continued late into the night in San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood.

Supreme Court Ruling Brings Relief To Gay Bi-National Couples

June 27
By Adrian Florido
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The Supreme Court's ruling overturning the Defense of Marriage Act doesn't legalize gay marriage nationwide, but it does require the federal government to recognize marriages carried out in states where it is legal, which has big implications for immigration law.

Excessive Heat Warning Issued For San Diego County

June 27
By Susan Murphy
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Temperatures are expected to be dangerously high this weekend in the inland valleys and mountains as San Diego County experiences its first heat wave of the year.

600 To Get Pink Slips At San Onofre Nuclear Plant

June 27
Associated Press
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Operators of the San Onofre nuclear power plant are laying off 600 employees as the troubled facility begins to shut down for good.

Obama: NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Has More Documents

June 27
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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During a news briefing in Senegal, President Obama said NSA leaker Edward Snowden was in possession of more classified documents and that the government did not know "what other documents he may try to dribble out there."

Feds Among Long List Of Creditors In San Diego Hospice Bankruptcy Case

June 27
By Joanne Faryon
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The feds aren't likely to see much of their $112 million claim against San Diego Hospice.

Military Quietly Becoming A Major Environmental Steward

June 27
By Erik Anderson
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The military has long been recognized as a defender of endangered habitats on base, but the Department of Defense is moving the focus to land around military installations.

San DIego Club To Host Same-Sex Weddings Debate

June 27
City News Service
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One day after a pair of rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court on the gay marriage issue, the San Diego Debate Club will host a couple of panel discussions in Kearny Mesa over whether same-sex weddings should be legal.