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Stories for March 20, 2013

Radioactive Material Found at Navy Helicopter Field

March 20
Khari Johnson / Coronado Patch

Radioactive material has been discovered at Naval Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach as crews worked to excavate and remove toxic soil, Navy Facilities Engineering Command Southwest announced Wednesday.

California Regulators Cite Kaiser Permanente For Mental Health Lapses

March 20
By Kenny Goldberg
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In a new report, California regulators say Kasier Permanente has been giving short shrift to mental-health care.

U.S. Offering $5 Million Reward For Former San Diego Man On FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List

March 20
By Amita Sharma
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Officials believe Jehad Mostafa is a key figure in the Somali terrorist group Al Shabab.

44th Street Residents Ask SD Unified To Get Trauma-Informed

March 20
By Megan Burks
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Residents overcoming a double homicide on their block ask the Board of Education to provide training for teachers on recognizing the signs of trauma.

Bill That Could Help The Unemployed Start Businesses Clears First Hurdle

March 20
Marianne Russ, Capital Public Radio

A bill that could help some unemployed Californians start their own businesses has cleared its first hurdle in the state legislature. As Marianne Russ reports from Sacramento, an Assembly committee approved the measure Wednesday.

Wide Range Of Potential Outcomes On Gay Marriage

March 20
Mark Sherman, Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court can choose from a wide array of outcomes in ruling on California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Biden: Administration Still Fighting For Assault Weapons Ban

March 20
Frank James / NPR
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Vice President Biden told All Things Considered co-host Melissa Block in an interview Wednesday that he and the Obama administration plan to continue to fight for a ban on assault weapons to be included in a larger bill in Congress.

Yes, Your New Car Has A 'Black Box.' Where's The Off Switch?

March 20
Martin Kaste / NPR
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If you're a vehicle owner and happen to have a car accident in the near future (we hope you don't), it's likely the crash details will be recorded. Automotive "black boxes" are now built into more than 90 percent of new cars, and the government is considering making them mandatory.

US Offers $10 Million For Info Leading To Al-Shabab Members

March 20
BRADLEY KLAPPER / Associated Press

The United States is offering $10 million for information leading to the arrest of two Americans in Somalia who are on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists List.

Scientists: 'No Options' To Stop Massive Asteroids On Collision Course

March 20
Elise Hu / NPR
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Without "a few years" warning, humans currently have no capacity to stop an asteroid on a collision course with the planet, scientists told a Senate panel Wednesday.

Pew Poll: For Many Who've Changed Same-Sex Marriage Views, It's Personal

March 20
Frank James / NPR
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Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio conservative Republican who recently said he now supports same-sex marriage because he has a gay son, evidently has plenty of company.

New Governor Brown Proposal Would Charge $10 To Search Court Records

March 20
JUDY LIN / Associated Press / Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- In a move that is raising concern about limiting access to public documents, California courts could charge $10 for each record search under a proposal included in Gov. Jerry Brown's budget.

How A Patient's Suicide Changed A Doctor's Approach To Guns

March 20
Eric Whitney / NPR
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Dr. Frank Dumont knew one of his favorite patients was getting depressed.

USS Peleliu Sailors Talk About 'FOD' (Video)

March 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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Foreign Object Damage - or FOD - costs the Navy almost $90 million a year. That's why combating FOD is a priority for sailors on the San Diego-based USS Peleliu.

San Diego Cooks: Flavors of East Africa

March 20
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June Owino, who hails from Kenya, is a gregarious man who loves telling stories and making people laugh. He arrived in San Diego in 2001, with the idea that he would find work as an accountant, which is his area of expertise. But when the downturn in the economy came and he found himself without a job, he began to look around to figure out what else he could do.

Voter Cast Off Charlie Crist Tops Florida Governors's Race Poll

March 20
S.V. Date / NPR

Democrats who haven't controlled the governor's mansion in Tallahassee in 14 years could have a good opportunity to win it back next November.

Tijuana Sewage Spill Closes Border Beaches

March 20
By John Rosman

Several beaches along the Tijuana-San Diego border are closed due to a sewage spill, however the extent remains unknown.

Wide range of potential outcomes on gay marriage

March 20
MARK SHERMAN / Associated Press / Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court can choose from a wide array of outcomes in ruling on California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

We Have Liftoff: Apollo Rocket Engines Reportedly Pulled From Ocean Floor

March 20
Wright Bryan / NPR
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Rocket engines that may have powered the flight of the first man to walk on the moon have been recovered off the coast of Florida from a depth of nearly three miles beneath the ocean's surface.

Names Of 7 Marines Killed In Explosion To Be Released Tonight (Video)

March 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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Residents of the small, tight-knit town of Hawthorne, Nevada are mourning the loss of seven Marines killed there in a training exercise accident Monday night. The Pentagon has since suspended the use of 60mm mortar rounds, believed to be a factor in the accident, until an investigation is completed.

Supervisors Push For Changes To Homeless Funding Formulas

March 20
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to push for changes to formulas used by the federal government to determine funding levels for local homeless programs around the country.

Four Arrested In Connection With Libby Lake Gang Shooting

March 20

OCEANSIDE (CNS) - Three young men and a juvenile were arrested in connection with a possibly gang-related shooting at an Oceanside park earlier this month that left a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy dead and two other teens wounded, a police lieutenant said today.

San Diego To Consider Laura's Law

March 20
By Alison St John

San Diego County is considering whether to adopt Laura's Law, a state law that allows court-ordered treatment for mentally ill patients who refuse to take medication.

Sen. Rand Paul Shifts To The Left On Immigration Reform

March 20
By David Martin Davies
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Senator Rand Paul is dramatically softening his stance on immigration reform. Paul told the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday there could be a place in America for undocumented workers.

Encinitas Teens' Nonprofit Recognized By White House

March 20
Daniel Woolfolk / Encinitas Patch
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Donate Don’t Dump has become a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Ramona Airport Traffic Control Tower Decision On Hold Until Friday

March 20
Melissa Phy / Ramona Patch
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Supervisor Dianne Jacob urged residents last week to petition the possible closure of the local airport’s traffic control tower.

Three Carlsbad-Area Bridges Classified As 'Structurally Deficient'

March 20
Deanne Goodman / Carlsbad Patch
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Transportation for America listed three bridges in Carlsbad as structurally deficient.

Weekend Preview: Street Food Market, Gordon Lightfoot and 'Assassins'

March 20
Midday Edition
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Craft beer, street food, a controversial new play and a performance by a folk legend are what's on this weekend's agenda.

Measure To Reinstate Military Tuition Assistance Dies In Senate

March 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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A bipartisan measure put forth by two U.S. senators to reinstate military Tuition Assistance programs failed to make it out of the Senate this week.

Final Report Says Recycling Water Is Not So Expensive

March 20
By Tom Fudge
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The San Diego water department today presents its final report on water recycling and estimates it would cost no more to recycle water than to import it.

USS Ronald Reagan Returning To San Diego On Thursday

March 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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The USS Ronald Reagan is scheduled to return to its homeport of San Diego on Thursday, after spending 14 months in Washington state for maintenance.

How Ideas To Cut ER Expenses Could Backfire

March 20
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Cash-strapped states are coming up with an appealingly simple fix for soaring Medicaid costs: Don't pay for emergency room visits for people who aren't sick enough to be there.

Obama In Israel For First Trip As President

March 20
Associated Press
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Calling the U.S. Israel's "greatest friend," President Barack Obama assured the Middle East ally of his administration's commitment to Israel's security while cautioning that the region's "winds of change bring both promise and peril."

California National Guard Says Sequester Means $100 Million in Cuts

March 20
Bob Moffit, Capital Public Radio

The California National Guard says its ability to respond to calls for service will be hampered if its budget is cut due to sequestration.

Calif. GOP Lawmakers: Realignment Not Working, So Fix It

March 20
Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio
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Republicans in the California legislature are criticizing Governor Jerry Brown’s shift of prisoners from the state to counties – and putting forth legislation they say would help reduce the risk to public safety.

Feds Say Californians Reaping Benefits Of Obamacare

March 20
By Kenny Goldberg
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On the 3rd anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, federal officials say Californians have already gotten their money's worth.

California Utility Commissioners Deliberate In Public And Private Meetings In San Diego

March 20
Midday Edition
By Alison St John
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An invitation-only meeting with California’s Public Utility Commissioners today in La Jolla is generating protests.

Good Luck With That 'Perfect' March Madness Bracket. You'll Need It

March 20
Adam Cole / NPR
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Basketball fans have one more day to fill out their March Madness brackets. They'll need to predict not just the champions and their route to victory, but also the paths of all the losers. It's not easy. In fact, no person or computer has yet been able to do it.

How To Be The Good Guy With A Gun At School

March 20
Richard Gonzales / NPR

Ever since the Newtown Connecticut school shooting, there's been a raging debate over how to keep America's school children safe. National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre proposed stationing an armed guard in every school in the country. Critics said that idea was impractical and would be too expensive to carry out.

Law Says Insurers Should Pay For Breast Pumps, But Which Ones?

March 20
Kristian Foden-Vencil / NPR
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Pediatricians and health officials are eager to encourage breast-feeding as one of the best and most economical ways to protect a baby's health.

Off The Battlefield, Military Women Face Risks From Male Troops

March 20
Quil Lawrence, Marisa Peñaloza
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Dora Hernandez gave a decade of her life to the U.S. Navy and the Army National Guard, but some of the dangers surprised her.

For Some Ready To Buy, A Good Home Is Hard To Find

March 20
Yuki Noguchi / NPR
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The first day of spring typically signals the high season for open houses and home sales.