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Stories for March 11, 2013

Straight No Chaser - Songs Of The Decades

March 11
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This performance, filmed live at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is a journey through the decades of the pop songbook, including Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel,” the Four Seasons’ “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” and Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road,” all done with Straight No Chaser’s trademark harmonies and unique charm.

Study Shows Drop In San Diego Trolley Trips

March 11
By Tom Fudge
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Volatile gas prices have boosted public transit ridership in most of the country. But not in San Diego, where trolley trips were down nearly 5 percent last year.

Sleep Less, Eat More, Gain Weight

March 11
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Tired? Surely those cookies will help. And a burger. Chips. And a cupcake. Yeah, soda, too.

Obama Team Stops Saying 'Global War On Terror' But Doesn't Stop Waging It

March 11
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After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush often made a provocative claim: He argued the U.S. was fighting a war without a typical battlefield. In effect, he said, this war is everywhere.

Judge Overturns New York City Ban On Big Sugary Sodas

March 11
Maria Godoy, Allison Aubrey
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A New York state judge has knocked down New York City's landmark new ban on big, sugary drinks, just one day before it was set to take effect.

Court Limits Border Agents' Ability To Search Personal Computers

March 11
By Adrian Florido
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A federal court has ruled that border agents can only go so far when it comes to searching border crossers' digital devices without reasonable suspicion of a crime.

In Trendy World Of Fast Fashion, Styles Aren't Made To Last

March 11
Jim Zarroli / NPR
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When she got out of college and moved to New York, Elizabeth Cline liked to shop at vintage-clothing stores. They were the kinds of places tucked away on side streets in Manhattan and Brooklyn, where a lot of hunting and a little luck might reward you with a great, inexpensive cocktail dress that no one else had.

Four-Legged Warriors Show Signs Of PTSD

March 11
Ryan Loyd / NPR
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For years, PTSD -- or post-traumatic stress disorder -- has been an issue for military members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Celtic Thunder Mythology

March 11
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"Mythology" is the latest show from Celtic Thunder and the show's 9th special for Public Television. Filmed on location at the Helix Theater in Dublin (where they filmed their debut show in 2007), it's fitting that Celtic Thunder have chosen to return to their roots in order to film this musical odyssey back to the heart of the Celt. All six Celtic Thunder principals feature prominently in "Mythology," from haunting solo numbers to rousing ensembles and great original tracks that were written especially for "Mythology," such as the show opening number "Voices" and the finale "My Land."

New Research Links Sleep Drugs To Improved Memory

March 11
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Sleep researcher Sara Mednick talks about how losing just one hour at Daylight Saving Time can have a big impact and her discovery on how sleep aids affect memory.

Military Plane Crashes In Washington State, 3 Feared Dead

March 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Several TV stations in Washington state are reporting a military plane that took off this morning from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island has crashed, killing three people.

Soldier's Death In Afghanistan Under Investigation

March 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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The military is investigating the death of Ohio National Guard Spc. Cody D. Suggs, 22, who died March 7 in Afghanistan in what the Pentagon calls a "non-combat incident."

South Bay Gears Up For District 40 State Senate Race Tuesday

March 11
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Voters in San Diego County's South Bay and Imperial County will go to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new state senator to replace now-Congressman Juan Vargas.

Moderate Earthquake Rocks San Diego County

March 11
By Susan Murphy
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A magnitude-4.7 earthquake struck just before 10 a.m. near Anza, California and was felt throughout San Diego County.

Harvard Offers 'Partial Apology' For Email Search Of Resident Deans' Accounts

March 11
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Saying that the action was required because a confidential email that was leaked to the news media "threatened the privacy and due process afforded students," Harvard University administrators on Monday issued a statement explaining why they last year authorized searches of 16 resident deans' email accounts.

US Senators Send Letter To Hagel Urging 'Drone Medal' Demotion

March 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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A bipartisan group of 22 U.S. senators has sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, urging him to demote the so-called drone medal.

Insider Attack Kills 2 US Troops, 2 Afghan Police

March 11
Heidi Vogt and Amir Shah - Associated Press
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A police officer opened fire on U.S. and Afghan forces at a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, sparking a firefight that killed two U.S. troops and two other Afghan policemen. The attacker was also killed in the shootout, officials said.

San Diego's Downtown Permanent Homeless Shelter Opens Its Doors

March 11
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A 223-bed permanent homeless shelter in downtown San Diego opened today, following months of delays.

San Diego Hospice Failed To Report Patient Data To State

March 11
By Joanne Faryon, Ryann Grochowski
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The troubled San Diego Hospice did not report patient information to the state back in 2009 and 2010 - information that would have indicated how long hospice patients received care.

Del Mar Gun Show Draws Record Crowd

March 11
By Alison St John
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More than 12,000 people descended on Del Mar for the gun show over the weekend. It was the biggest turn out ever. A staggering amount of ammunition was snapped up and hauled away.

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Adding High-Demand Courses

March 11
By Kyla Calvert
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Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District is adding short-term, high-demand classes to their offerings midterm.

Judge Tentatively Approves Funding Plan For San Diego Convention Center Expansion

March 11
By Katie Orr and City News Service
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A tentative ruling has been issued on whether San Diego’s method of paying for the latest Convention Center expansion is legal.

In Ohio, Town Mourns Death Of Six Teens Killed In Crash

March 11
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Warren, Ohio, is in mourning after the deaths of six teenagers who died Sunday when the SUV they were in ran off a highway, flipped over a guardrail and landed in a small pond.

The Most Talked About Tech And Culture Trends At SXSW Interactive

March 11
Elise Hu, Laura Sydell
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Everywhere you walk in downtown Austin, Texas, new names compete for the attention of the tens of thousands wandering the SXSW Interactive festival. Which of this year's emerging ideas and brands -- MakerBot, Leap Motion, Geomagic -- will break into mainstream consciousness? Here's a quick rundown of the conversation topics in coffee lines, and some notes on appearances and panels that caught our attention: