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Stories for March 5, 2013

President Could, In Theory, Order Drone Strike Inside U.S., Holder Says

March 5
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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Attorney General Eric Holder has said in a letter to Sen. Rand Paul that the president could in an "entirely hypothetical" situation authorize the military to use lethal force within U.S. territory.

Hundreds of Thousands of Californians May Leave Employer-Sponsored Health Plans

March 5
Pauline Bartolone, Capital Public Radio

The director of California’s health benefit exchange says hundreds of thousands of people may choose to leave their company’s health plan over the next five years and go to the exchange.

Judge Intervenes In Heated Battle Over Alabama's Education Bill

March 5
Bill Chappell / NPR
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A judge in Alabama has blocked the state's governor from signing a school choice bill, after a lawsuit alleged that lawmakers bypassed state rules when they substantially revised the legislation in committee. The vote to pass the bill last week was marked by confusion, anger, and accusations of "sleaziness" and "hypocrisy," as AL.com reported.

Parents Show Support For San Diego Schools Superintendent

March 5
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego Unified parents are joining San Diego Unified's incoming superintendent, Cindy Marten, to announce a new partnership.

At 106, Man Finally Gets An Elusive High School Diploma

March 5
Bill Chappell / NPR

Fred Butler has done many things in his 106 years, from serving in two military theaters of World War II to helping raise five children. But he had never gone to high school, or earned a diploma -- the result of leaving school after the eighth grade to work full-time in a print shop to help support his family.

Hugo Chavez, Fiery Venezuelan Leader, Dies At 58

March 5
FRANK BAJAK, ASSOCIATED PRESS
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President Hugo Chavez, the fiery populist who declared a socialist revolution in Venezuela, crusaded against U.S. influence and championed a leftist revival across Latin America, died Tuesday at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer.

Navy To Hold Decommissioning Ceremony For USS Guardian

March 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S. Navy will conduct a formal decommissioning ceremony for the USS Guardian on March 6 in Japan.

Green Jacket Auction Halted After Augusta National Asserts Ownership

March 5
Bill Chappell / NPR

The Masters Tournament is still a month away, but the green jackets that grace the winners' shoulders are already in the news, thanks to a lawsuit over a proposed auction of a former champion's jacket.

Sequestered Spring Means Fewer Rangers, Services At National Parks

March 5
Kirk Siegler / NPR
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Spring has come early to the Yosemite Valley, and the melting snow makes for a spectacular rush of water off the granite face of Yosemite Falls, the tallest in North America.

Infections With 'Nightmare Bacteria' Are On The Rise In U.S. Hospitals

March 5
Rob Stein / NPR

Federal officials warned Tuesday that an especially dangerous group of superbugs has become a significant health problem in hospitals throughout the United States.

Rick Steves' Delicious Europe

March 5
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In this tasty, half-hour program, we dine with Rick Steves as he enjoys Europe's very best — from gourmet tapas in Galicia to the trattoria of your dreams in Rome, and from the catch of the day in Greece to the ancient vines and wines of Burgundy. For garlicky snails, creamy buffalo mozzarella, savory bouillabaisse, the best of the wurst, and much more, join Rick on this fun celebration of European cuisine — "Delicious Europe."

San Diego Hoteliers Win First Court Battle Against Filner

March 5
By Katie Orr and City News Service
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A judge weighed in today on the fight between Mayor Bob Filner and San Diego hoteliers and the hoteliers walked away with a small victory.

Who Needs Rehab?

March 5
Midday Edition
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Celebrated health writer Anne Fletcher takes readers inside rehab centers. She examines what works and what doesn't when it comes to addiction treatment in a new book.

Ex-Camp Pendleton Marine Who Faked Own Death Back In Jail

March 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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Lance Hering, a former Camp Pendleton Marine who faked his own death back in 2006, is back in jail on unrelated charges.

Three Arrested In Booze Cruise Gone Bad Aboard Stolen Luxury Yacht

March 5
Scott Neuman / NPR

Three people are in custody Tuesday in California after commandeering an 82-foot luxury sailboat in Sausalito, partying through the night and then running the yacht aground in the pounding surf off the beach at Pacifica.

Old Triumph Over Young In Federal Spending, And Sequester Makes It Worse

March 5
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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For years, federal programs for seniors and those that help kids have been on a collision course.

San Diego County Restaurant Grading Systems Expands To Food Trucks

March 5
Midday Edition
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San Diego County will become one of the first in the nation to expand the grading of food service to cover the growing food-truck industry. Today Supervisor Ron Roberts issues the first food-truck grade.

Northrop Closing Southern Calif. Facility

March 5
AP / Associated Press

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Nearly 800 jobs will be affected when Northrop Grumman closes a Southern California facility near Carson this year, as the military contractor seeks to consolidate and cut costs.

Give Me Liberty, And Give Me Government-Subsidized Broccoli

March 5
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Americans are all for government efforts to get them to eat more healthfully, as long as they don't feel like they're being bullied into it. That's what people said in a new survey about government efforts to influence how we eat, like New York City's ban on supersized sodas.

An Evening With Jerry Lewis: Live From Las Vegas

March 5
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The legendary Jerry Lewis performs live in this special, telling stories of his eight-decade career through words and music, with video montages from his television and film appearances, including rare, never-before-seen clips from his personal and private vaults. Lewis jokes, sings and reminisces about his early days as a young comedian, the golden years of his partnership with Dean Martin and his subsequent solo career in many hit films and television shows.

Cyclists Do No Emit More Carbon Than Cars, State Legislator Admits

March 5
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Days after angering cyclists with his contention that people who ride bikes don't help pay for roads -- and stating that "the act of riding a bike results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider," Washington State Rep. Ed Orcutt has apologized for his words, and any confusion they created.

San Diego Man Sentenced For Child Sex Trafficking

March 5
AP / Associated Press
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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A San Diego man convicted of using underage teenage girls as prostitutes has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Sequestration Cuts Hurt Military Base Schools

March 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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Sequestration cuts will affect the number of days civilian teachers employed by the Department of Defense can work, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

Interactive: Compare Your Commute To Nation's Longest

March 5
Matt Stiles / NPR
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That's a term used by the U.S. Census Bureau to describe people who commute at least 90 minutes and 50 miles to work. Nearly 600,000 Americans spend that much time in vehicles, carpools lanes and trains and buses each day, according to the bureau.

Pilot Reports Seeing Drone In Sky Near JFK

March 5
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The pilot of an Alitalia pilot flying into New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport told controllers Monday afternoon that he had spotted "a drone aircraft" 1,500 feet high in the sky and approximately 5 miles west of the airport.

WWII Veteran Who Captured Japan’s Tojo Dies

March 5
Associated Press
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John J. Wilpers Jr., the last surviving member of the Army intelligence unit that captured former Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo after World War II, has died at 93.

Man Linked To Hit-And-Run Deaths Of Parents And Baby Has Long Rap Sheet

March 5
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The man who authorities want to question about Sunday's hit-and-run car crash in Brooklyn that killed a young couple and the baby that the 21-year-old pregnant mother was carrying has "a history of violence and a prior drunken driving arrest," The Associated Press writes.

San Diego Biotechs Team Up To Give Free Job Guidance To Veterans

March 5
By Susan Murphy
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Some San Diego veterans headed back to boot camp on Tuesday. This time it was to learn about careers in the biotech industry.

Bald Eagles Nursing An Egg In Ramona

March 5
By Erik Anderson
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There could be an egg in the bald eagle nest near the Ramona Airport.

San Diego Emergency Departments To Crack Down On Painkiller Abuse

March 5
By Kenny Goldberg
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San Diegans who want to get a refill of their narcotic painkillers from hospital emergency departments will soon have to look elsewhere.

For Baby Boomers, Lessons In Financial Basics

March 5
NPR Staff / NPR

The oldest of the baby boomers came of age in the 1960s and are beginning to retire. Their younger cohorts are still putting kids through college and building careers. Baby boomers are a giant portion of the population -- 78 million people, by one estimate.

Jeb Bush: Legal Residency, Not Citizenship, For Illegal Immigrants

March 5
NPR Staff / NPR
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the son and brother of presidents, says the United States should overhaul its laws to make immigration easier and to give illegal immigrants a way to legal residence, not citizenship.