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Stories for March 25, 2013

Supreme Court Could Avoid Ruling On Gay Marriage Ban

March 25
Mark Sherman, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Supreme Court suggested today it could find a way out of the case over California's ban on same-sex marriage without issuing a major national ruling.

Spring Break Alert: 'Black' Henna Tattoos May Not Be Safe

March 25
Nancy Shute / NPR
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A henna tattoo looks like a fun beach souvenir -- until you break out in a rash and blisters.

Supreme Court To Examine State Ban On Affirmative Action

March 25
Nina Totenberg / NPR
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As the national spotlight turns to the U.S. Supreme Court this week with two historic arguments on same-sex marriage, the court on Monday made headlines on another high-profile issue: affirmative action.

Breakthrough Results Lead To Multi-Million Dollar Donation

March 25
By Deb Welsh

Former Padres owner John Moores wants to strike-out river blindness.

Local Business Leaders Seek Drone Industry Dominance

March 25
By David Wagner
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One of today's most controversial growth industries is still looking for a home, and a new coalition of business leaders is working to make sure that when people think drones, they think San Diego.

California's Prop 8 Set To Go Before Nation's Highest Court

March 25
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California's ban on same-sex marriage is set to go before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. Both supporters and opponents to Prop 8 plan rallies in D.C. and in San Diego.

Soldier Killed By IED In Afghanistan (+Video)

March 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Sgt. Tristan M. Wade, 23, died March 22 in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Local Leaders To Honor Young Artist, Subject Of Oscar Winning Film

March 25
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San Diego City Officials will proclaim Tuesday March 26th "Inocente Day", after the 19-year old homeless undocumented teen and artist who was the subject of an Oscar winning documentary.

Interpreter's Career Rises, Then Falls, Amidst Tehran-Washington Standoff

March 25
By Jill Replogle
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A San Diego man who makes a living interpreting for others may now be facing a forced career change.

President's Pen Establishes New National Monuments

March 25
Scott Neuman / NPR
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President Obama on Monday designated five new national monuments, including one in Maryland dedicated to anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman and another setting aside Washington state's San Juan Islands.

As Qualified Men Dwindle, Military Looks For A Few Good Women

March 25
Tom Bowman, NPR
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When the Pentagon said earlier this year that it would open ground combat jobs to women, it was cast in terms of giving women equal opportunities in the workplace — the military workplace.

Quantico Shooter And Female Victim From California (Video)

March 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine Lance Corporal Sara Castro Mata, 19, of Oakley, California was one of the alleged shooting victims of Sgt. Eusebio Lopez, 25, of Pacifica, California at Quantico last Thursday night.

San Diego Amputee Veteran Helps Train Others For Combat (Video)

March 25
Julie Watson - Associated Press
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Joel Booth of San Diego lost a leg below the knee while serving in Afghanistan. Now, he is participating in war simulation training and helping to prepare young medics for their own deployments.

As Qualified Men Dwindle, Military Looks For A Few Good Women

March 25
Tom Bowman / NPR
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When the Pentagon said earlier this year that it would open ground combat jobs to women, it was cast in terms of giving women equal opportunities in the workplace -- the military workplace.

California Green Beret Dies From Wounds Suffered In Afghanistan

March 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Sgt. 1st Class James F. Grissom, 31, of Hayward, California, died March 21 in Germany from injuries he suffered in Afghanistan on March 18.

Supreme Court Hears 'Pay To Delay' Pharmaceutical Case

March 25
Nina Totenberg, NPR
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Can brand name drug makers pay generic drug makers to keep their cheaper products off the market?

Rady Students Make Second Investment For Venture Fund

March 25
By Kyla Calvert
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A student-led venture capital fund at UC San Diego's Rady School of Management teaches students the ins and outs of start-ups.

New Classes Target Students Who Struggle To Master English

March 25
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego Unified School District is piloting classes for students who have spent years in U.S. schools without mastering English.

Teens Train To Be Firefighters In Chula Vista

March 25
City News Service
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More than 170 teens and young adults from throughout California will gather in Chula Vista today to learn what it takes to be a firefighter.

Spring Is Just A State Of Mind As Wintry Weather Wallops Much Of Nation

March 25
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The calendar says one thing, but the snow, slush and ice coating the nation from the Central Rockies through parts of the Midwest and on into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast say something else entirely.

Supreme Court Hears 'Pay To Delay' Pharmaceutical Case

March 25
Nina Totenberg / NPR
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The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in a case worth billions of dollars to pharmaceutical companies and American consumers. The issue is whether brand-name drug manufacturers may pay generic drug manufacturers to keep generics off the market. These payments -- a form of settlement in patent litigation -- began to blossom about a decade ago when the courts, for the first time, appeared to bless them.

Free Tax Help Protects Low-Income Filers From Pricey Loans

March 25
Pam Fessler / NPR

As this year's tax deadline approaches, hundreds of thousands of low-income Americans are relying on free services to help them with their returns.