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Stories for May 6, 2013

Three Women Found In Ohio Years After Disappearing

May 6
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Three women, at least two of whom had been missing since they were teenagers a decade ago, were found alive in a residential area near Cleveland, news agencies reported.

San Diego County Schools Get Future Testing Sneak Peek

May 6
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego County students get to see what taking a test without pencil and paper will be like.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: Death On The Railroad

May 6
By Jennifer Robinson
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This is a classic story involving foul play, cover ups, a murder mystery and a voyage of discovery explains what happened to a group of Irish men who immigrated to America. In 1832, railroad contractor Philip Duffy hired 57 Irish immigrants to lay railroad tracks in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Less than two months after their arrival, all 57 were dead. Did they all die — as was widely believed — from cholera? Or were some murdered?

FBI Says It Prevented Terrorist Attack In Rural Minnesota

May 6
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The FBI says Monday it foiled a terrorist attack in a small Minnesota town, but officials offered few details.

DeMint's Departure: One-Time Ally Spurns Rubio

May 6
Frank James / NPR

There was a time when Jim DeMint was committed to helping Sen. Marco Rubio achieve his goals.

Some Net Retailers Aren't Buying Online Sales Tax Proposal

May 6
Yuki Noguchi / NPR
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Congress is considering a bill that would allow states to collect sales taxes from online retailers. Proponents say a law is necessary to level the playing field with brick-and-mortar stores and to raise revenue for states.

Another Vote Ahead For Pot In Colorado: This Time, On Taxes

May 6
Ben Markus / NPR
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This week, Colorado lawmakers hope to pass the first comprehensive set of recreational pot regulations in the country. The proposed rules involve who can sell it, where and to whom, and also include a big new tax -- one that voters must go back to the polls to approve.

NATURE: The Private Life Of Deer

May 6
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From coast to coast, some 30 million white-tailed deer make their home in the United States. Deer are the most highly studied mammals in the world, but does the typical homeowner with deer in the yard know how long deer can live? When they sleep? How many babies a doe can have each year? Enter the hidden world of white-tailed deer outfitted with night-vision cameras and GPS tracking equipment to see them not as common backyard creatures, but as intelligent, affectionate family members.

Some Lawmakers Want To Restore Dental Benefits To Medi-Cal

May 6
By Kenny Goldberg
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Some 3 million Californians on Medi-Cal may get their dental benefits back if some Democratic lawmakers have their way.

San Diego Mayor Announces City Will Lease Office Space To Save Millions Of Dollars

May 6
City News Service
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The City of San Diego has agreed to a lease of downtown office space that is expected to save millions of dollars over the next five fiscal years, Mayor Bob Filner announced today.

Brown Mystified At Continuing Prison Legal Case

May 6
JUDY LIN / Associated Press
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Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday defended his combative approach to the federal court case over California's prison system by saying the state has undergone an "incredible transformation" since the courts took over the inmate health care system.

Some Democrats Back Same-Sex Amendment To Immigration Bill

May 6
Brian Naylor / NPR
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The immigration overhaul bill before the Senate would provide, among other things, more visas for migrant farm workers and high-tech workers, and a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Pentagon: China's Government Hacked U.S. Networks

May 6
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The Pentagon has for the first time fingered Beijing directly for cyberattacks against both U.S. government networks and commercial computers, calling the practice a "serious concern."

Aetna Members Eligible For Care At Two San Diego Area Facilities

May 6
City News Service

Aetna announced today that it has reached agreement on a new contract with Prime Healthcare Services, returning 13 of the hospital company's medical centers to Aetna's Southern California network for the first time since 2007, including two in the San Diego area.

Wendy Williams Dishes Her Own Dirt

May 6
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Daytime television talk show host Wendy Williams is known for pushing the envelope and dishing the dirt on celebs. She got her start over 20 years ago, as a radio DJ and host. Williams quickly became known in New York as a "shock jockette" who never bit her tongue.

Mood Watch App - Track Your Mood Disorder

May 6
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One of the ways to get a handle on bipolar disorder and other severe mood swings is to keep a record of what's going on in your life. A San Diego woman has created an app to help those with mood disorders track how they're feeling and share the results with their doctor of therapist.

Green Beret Dies Of Injuries Sustained In Afghan IED Blast

May 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Staff Sgt. Michael H. Simpson, 30, died May 1 in Landstuhl, Germany of wounds he suffered in an April 27 improvised explosive device attack in Afghanistan.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Talks Pot Ruling, Budget

May 6
Midday Edition

Mayor Filner says Monday's medical marijuana ruling does not affect his commitment to safe access to medical marijuana.

TED Talks Education

May 6
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Hear inspiring and forward-looking leaders and thinkers on the topic of learning, including Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth, Bill Gates, Rita F. Pierson, Sir Ken Robinson and Geoffrey Canada, among others. Hosted by John Legend, this special focused solely on education marks the first TED project produced specifically for television.

Gun Made With 3-D Printer Is Successfully Fired

May 6
Mark Memmott / NPR

The Texas-based company Defense Distributed is getting quite a bit of attention this week for its Liberator -- a handgun made almost entirely by a 3-D printer.

Jerry Brown Called 'Trailblazer' In New Biography

May 6
Midday Edition
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This first biography of California's governor in more than 30 years examines Jerry Brown's personal history and his unusual political career.

Court: California Cities Can Ban Pot Shops

May 6
Lisa Leff / Associated Press
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Local governments in California have legal authority to ban storefront pot shops within their borders, California's highest court ruled on Monday in an opinion likely to further diminish the state's once-robust medical marijuana industry.

San Diego Soldier Killed In Kuwait Vehicle Accident

May 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Spc. Trinidad Santiago Jr., 25, of San Diego, was one of two soldiers killed May 2 in a vehicle accident at Camp Buehring in Kuwait. Santiago's wife is pregnant with their first child, a baby due in October.

Two Californians Among 3 Killed In Kyrgyzstan Plane Crash

May 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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Air Force Capt. Victoria A. Pinckney, 27, of Palmdale and Tech Sgt. Herman Mackey III, 30, of Bakersfield were killed along with Capt. Mark T. Voss, 27, of Colorado when their plane crashed in Kyrgyzstan on May 3.

No More Fakelore: Revealing The Real Pennsylvania Dutch Cuisine

May 6
Nancy Shute / NPR
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News flash: Whoopie pies are not indigenous Pennsylvania Dutch food, no matter what the tourist traps say. Nor are the seafood bisque, chili, roast beef, and other dishes crowding the steam tables at tourist restaurants in Lancaster County, Pa.

U.S. Courts More Lenient With Offshore Cheats, Analysis Finds

May 6
Eyder Peralta / NPR

The Wall Street Journalhas an interesting bit of analysis today: U.S. courts tend to hand out more lenient punishments to those who hide money offshore to cheat on their taxes than they do to more mundane tax evaders.

Joy Turns To Tragedy As Bride And 4 Others Die In Limo Fire

May 6
Mark Memmott / NPR
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This is one of the weekend's saddest stories.

San Diego Could Get New Pollution Rules For Storm Water

May 6
By Erik Anderson
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Regional water quality officials are poised to approve a new storm water permit this week.

Discussion Of Filner's Budget Likely To Focus On Use Of One-Time Funds

May 6
By Claire Trageser
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This week, the San Diego City Council will begin reviewing Mayor Bob Filner’s initial budget proposal, department by department.

Escondido Residents Fight Proposal To Build On Golf Course

May 6
By Alison St John
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Signature gatherers are gearing up in Escondido for a campaign to prevent a developer from turning a bankrupt golf course into a housing tract.

San Diego Gasoline Price Rises For Third Consecutive Day

May 6
City News Service
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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose a half-cent today to $3.925, the third consecutive increase following a 17-day streak of falling prices.

Boston-Area Cemeteries Say No To Burying Bombing Suspect

May 6
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Officials in Cambridge, Mass., have urged the family of deceased Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev not to ask that he be buried in a city-owned cemetery. Meanwhile, at least four private cemeteries in the area have already turned down such a request.

Showers, Thunderstorms Expected In San Diego County

May 6
City News Service
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Occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected today throughout San Diego County, along with gusty winds in mountain and desert areas, forecasters said.

Port Of Baltimore Seeks Boost From Panama Canal Expansion

May 6
Jackie Northam / NPR
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There is constant motion around four new supersized, Chinese-made cranes as they unload cargo from a ship at the Port of Baltimore's freshly constructed Seagirt Marine Terminal.

McConnell Tries To Show He's Still At Home In Kentucky

May 6
Ailsa Chang / NPR
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Republican Mitch McConnell has been the Senate minority leader since 2007, and he's the longest-serving senator in the history of Kentucky. He's up for re-election next year -- and polling in the state shows his popularity is suffering.

Cash Crunch Prompts Controversial Sales At Chicago's Field Museum

May 6
Cheryl Corley / NPR
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The economy may be on the rebound, but many cultural institutions are still struggling to regain their financial footing. That's especially true for one of the country's most recognized museums -- the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Known internationally for its research as well as its exhibits, the Field Museum must pay off millions in bond debt -- and toe an ethical line as it does.