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Stories for May 2, 2013

Crews Battle Wildfires In Southern California

May 2
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Crews in Southern California are battling a fast-moving wildfire that has forced evacuations of hundreds of homes.

Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dies

May 2
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Jeff Hanneman, a guitarist for the thrash metal band Slayer, died Thursday of liver failure, the band announced in a statement on its website.

La Costa Canyon High Newspaper Fights For Journalism Curriculum

May 2
By Alison St John
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The editor of a student newspaper in Carlsbad is fighting to have the journalism class at her school reinstated.

Ayotte Becoming Gun Control Lightning Rod

May 2
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Of the senators who have become lightning rods for voting against expanded criminal background checks for gun buyers, New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte is drawing the most bolts.

Soda Tax Has Some Fizz In State Senate

May 2
By Kenny Goldberg
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A bill that seeks to reduce childhood obesity by taxing soft drinks is under consideration in the state Senate.

Housing Recovery Lifts Other Sectors, Too

May 2
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The government's employment report for April comes out Friday. It's an important measure of the economy's health and the advance signals have been mixed. One report this week showed layoffs falling to a five-year low, but another suggests disappointing jobs creation.

National Push For Chelsea's Law Gets Backing From Ex-Facebook Counsel

May 2
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The effort to spread Chelsea's Law — named after slain Poway High School senior Chelsea King — to all 50 states gained momentum today with the financial backing of ex-Facebook general counsel Chris Kelly.

Rants And Rave: Bugs and Beer!

May 2
By Beth Accomando
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Since I covered the opening of the Dr. Entomo's Palace of Exotic Wonders at TheNAT I feel a certain affinity for anything creepy and crawly going on over there, so naturally I attended the Bugs and Beer event last night.

Bill Would Put Immigration Verification System To The Test

May 2
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Some employers around the nation have been using E-Verify to check the immigration status of employees for years. Operated by the Department of Homeland Security, the online system is designed to make it harder to hire unauthorized workers -- and harder for those workers to find jobs.

When It Comes To Guns, How Young Is Too Young?

May 2
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The shooting death of a 2-year-old girl in Kentucky at the hands of her 5-year-old brother has opened up yet another debate about gun control.

Colorado Weighs Reopening A Psychiatric Hospital To Serve the Homeless

May 2
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Last summer's mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., led Gov. John Hickenlooper to call for stricter gun control and big new investments in mental health care.

Ethical Fashion: Is The Tragedy In Bangladesh A Final Straw?

May 2
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A garment factory that manufactures products for international clothing companies collapsed outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh, last month, killing more than 400 workers and injuring scores of others. It came on the heels of a fire at another factory in November 2012; that incident killed 112 workers.

Caltrans Holds 23rd Workers Memorial Day at State Capitol

May 2
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Caltrans remembered the deaths of its employees at the 23rd annual Workers Memorial Day today at the State Capitol. The ceremony comes eight days after two Caltrans workers were killed by a rockslide during a stabilization job near Yreka.

Film Consortium San Diego Pitchfest And Mixer

May 2
By Beth Accomando
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The Film Consortium San Diego launched last year with what it called a Pitchfest and Mixer in October that attracted a couple hundred people. Its February event drew more than 700, and organizers hope tomorrow night’s event will draw even more.

California Fires At A Glance

May 2
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A look at fires burning around California on Thursday:

Produce Growers Hope To Find Place In Local School Cafeterias

May 2
By Betsy Galchutt
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The farm-to-table trend may soon make its way into your child’s school cafeteria.

USS Peleliu Halts Search For Missing British Yachtsman

May 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S. Coast Guard and Navy have called off their search for a missing British yachtsman who fell overboard - a search that involved the San Diego-based USS Peleliu.

Navy Launches Its First Drone Squadron

May 2
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The U.S. Navy is inaugurating its first squadron that mixes advanced unmanned drones with conventional aircraft.

Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas to Celebrate 50 Years

May 2
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Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas will unveil a historic photo display tomorrow as part of a ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the facility’s groundbreaking.

Crunch The Numbers On Blacks' Views On Gays

May 2
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A relatively high-profile black man came out this week. And with it, a hardy old narrative got another moment in the sun.

Military Criminal Charges Filed In Deaths Of Two Navy Divers (Video)

May 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy is charging two Naval diving unit senior leaders with involuntary manslaughter and dereliction of duty in connection with the drowning deaths of two Navy divers in February.

Constitution USA With Peter Sagal

May 2
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Breathing new life into the traditional civics lesson, Peter Sagal (host of NPR’s “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me”) travels across the country on a Harley Davidson to find out where the U.S. Constitution lives, how it works and how it doesn’t; how it unites us as a nation and how it has nearly torn us apart. Sagal introduces some major constitutional debates today and talks with ordinary Americans and leading constitutional experts about what the Constitution actually says and what it means, the dramatic historical events and crises that have defined it, and why all this matters.

After Socking The Rockies, Snowstorm Moves East

May 2
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Arbor Day celebrations have come and gone, but winter weather is gripping the Plains and Upper Midwest. The storm that dumped snow in the Rockies a day earlier is threatening to blanket parts of the region with up to 8 inches of snow on Thursday.

Charges Possible In Death Of Ky. 2-Year-Old Shot By Brother

May 2
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The heartbreaking death of a 2-year-old Kentucky girl who was shot and killed Tuesday by her 5-year-old brother with a rifle he had been given as a gift might lead to criminal charges.

Grocery Home Delivery May Be Greener Than Schlepping To The Store

May 2
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Home grocery delivery sounds like a frill for people too lazy to schlep to the store. But having food delivered can be more environmentally friendly than driving to the store, researchers say.

Navy's 1st Squadron Of Drones Based At NAS North Island (Video)

May 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy's very first squadron of drones will be based at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado. The base is holding a ceremony Thursday to show off the new squad of manned and unmanned helicopters.

Obama Picks Major Fundraiser To Be Next Commerce Secretary

May 2
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Penny Pritzker, one of the nation's richest people and a "longtime political supporter and heavyweight fundraiser," as TheChicago Tribune writes, is President Obama's choice to be his next secretary of commerce.

Detained U.S. Citizen Gets 15 Years Hard Labor In North Korea

May 2
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North Korea has sentenced a U.S. citizen to 15 years in one of the country's notorious labor camps for allegedly attempting to overthrow the Pyongyang government.

Boston Bombings: A Guide To Who's Who

May 2
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As the investigation continues into the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon and the crimes that followed, more names are being added to the story. Here's a guide that we'll keep updating, with links to relevant posts or stories. As always, if new information comes in that changes what is being said about anyone, we will pass that along:

San Diego Proposal To Ban Retail Sale Of Dogs, Cats And Rabbits Moves Forward

May 2
By Susan Murphy
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A San Diego proposal to ban the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores and commercial establishments was approved Wednesday by the City Council's Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee.

Rapper Chris Kelly Dies, 'Jump' Was Hit For Duo Kris Kross

May 2
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Chris Kelly, who rose to fame in the early '90s as half of the young rap duo Kris Kross, died Wednesday in Atlanta. He was 34.

Southern California Fire 40 Percent Contained, Evacuations Lifted

May 2
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A fire that destroyed a home in rural Southern California is 40 percent contained, and all evacuations have been lifted, but winds are kicking up and could make hard work for hundreds of firefighters battling it.

Transit Agency’s Revolving Door Costs Big, Causes Turmoil

May 2
By Brad Racino
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Twenty-one of the agency's top 25 positions have turned over since 2009 when Executive Director Matthew Tucker arrived. Some of the positions revolved as many as five times in three years.

North County Rail And Bus Service Suffers Without Contract Oversight

May 2
By Brad Racino
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In its ongoing investigation of the North County Transit District, inewsource has found that decisions made at the top have had serious consequences on the ground.

New York Tobacco Regulations Light Up Public Health Debate

May 2
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If you're under 21, you may soon have a hard time lighting up in New York City. Public health officials in New York want to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes.