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Stories for May 13, 2013

For Supreme Court, Monsanto's Win Was More About Patents Than Seeds

May 13
Nina Totenberg / NPR
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that when farmers use patented seed for more than one planting in violation of their licensing agreements, they are liable for damages.

Group Fighting San Onofre Restart Deserves Hearing, Licensing Board Rules

May 13
City News Service
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An anti-nuclear group fighting plans to restart the idled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station deserves a hearing over a license amendment for the northern San Diego County plant's operator and majority owner, Southern California Edison, the Atomic Safety Licensing Board ruled today.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: Cavemen Cold Case

May 13
By Jennifer Robinson
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A tomb of 49,000 year-old Neanderthal bones discovered in El Sidron, a remote, mountainous region of northern Spain, leads to a compelling investigation to solve a double mystery: How did this group of Neanderthals die? And could the fate of this group help explain Neanderthal extinction? Scientists examine the bones and discover signs that tell a shocking story of how this group may have met their deaths.

O.J. Simpson Seeks Retrial On Robbery-Kidnapping Conviction

May 13
Scott Neuman / NPR
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O.J. Simpson, shackled and wearing a blue prison uniform, was back in court on Monday asking for a new trial in the 2008 robbery-kidnapping case that landed him in prison.

Clinton White House Crisis Manager Dings Obama's Message Team

May 13
Frank James / NPR
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Lanny J. Davis, a former special counsel for President Clinton, is a man who knows something about managing a White House crisis. And he isn't exactly impressed by how President Obama's aides have handled the fallout from numerous crises, from Solyndra to Benghazi and now with the Internal Revenue Service controversy.

Supreme Court Sides With Monsanto In Seed Patent Case

May 13
Nina Totenberg / NPR

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that when farmers use patented seed for more than one planting in violation of their licensing agreements, they are liable for damages.

Associated Press: Feds Secretly Obtained Reporter Phone Logs

May 13
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The Associated Press news agency says that the Department of Justice secretly obtained two months of telephone records on 20 lines used by its reporters and editors.

Exactly What Did The IRS Want To Know?

May 13
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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What would you do if the IRS wanted to see your interactions on social media?

NATURE: Great Zebra Exodus

May 13
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When thunderclouds begin to gather over Botswana’s Kalahari each year, 20,000 zebras get itchy feet. As the first fat raindrops hit the dust, southern Africa’s biggest animal migration gets underway. In a never-ending quest for grass and water, the striped herds undertake an annual epic trek across the vast lunar landscape of the Kalahari’s Makgadikgadi Pans. See the story of this spectacular annual migration through the eyes of a single zebra family: a stallion, his three mares and their offspring.

Poll: Americans Split Over Benghazi Issue

May 13
Scott Neuman / NPR

Americans appear to be split over the Obama administration's handling of the aftermath from the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Card-Carrying Cajuns? Louisiana Lawmakers Weigh ID Change

May 13
Bill Chappell / NPR
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A bill making its way through the Louisiana Legislature would let Cajun citizens celebrate their ancestry by customizing their driver's license, adding the phrase "I'm a Cajun" below their photograph.

University Of California Healthcare Workers Threaten Strike

May 13
By Kenny Goldberg
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Care at the five UC Medical Centers could be disrupted next week if some 13,000 union healthcare workers go out on strike.

PACIFIC HEARTBEAT: Tonga: The Last Place On Earth

May 13
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Tonga, an archipelago of 169 islands in the South Pacific, cut off from modernity as it is physically from the Western world. Each month, however, the United States deports ethnic Tongans convicted of murder, gang violence and other serious crimes to this peaceful island kingdom. Forced to leave behind spouses, children, and family in the U.S., the convicts arrive to an unfamiliar homeland and met by a community wary of their presence.

An 'Entrepreneurial Seedling' Sprouts In Detroit

May 13
Lizzie O' Leary / NPR
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Detroit is littered with empty warehouses -- more than 7,000, by one estimate. They've become skeletons of the city's industrial past.

Feds Prepare For Tough Fire Season

May 13
By Laurel Morales
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Federal officials are preparing for the worst this fire season. Severe drought conditions and beetle ravaged trees throughout the west combined with reduced firefighting budgets do not bode well for the coming weeks.

One Book, One San Diego Unveils 2013 Title

May 13
Midday Edition
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KPBS is proud to announce the One Book, One San Diego book winner for 2013: Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks.

Parents Get Crib Sheets For Talking With Kids About Drinking

May 13
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Parents often dread talking to tweens and teens about alcohol. So the government is here to help. Really.

Derek Boogaard's Family Sues NHL Over Player's Death In 2011

May 13
Bill Chappell / NPR
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A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the NHL by the family of hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard, who was 28 when he died from an accidental overdose of alcohol and oxycodone in May of 2011. The suit accuses the NHL of being negligent and with supplying the painkiller to Boogaard.

San Diego Council Committee Report Recommends Change In Pothole Protocol

May 13
City News Service
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A report that recommends the city of San Diego change its strategy for repairing potholes was unanimously approved Monday by the City Council's Audit Committee.

Doctor Found Guilty Of Murder In Late-Term Abortions

May 13
Scott Neuman / NPR
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A jury in Philadelphia has found Dr. Kermit Gosnell guilty of first-degree murder in three illegally performed late-term abortions.

Man Convicted of Drug Smuggling Will Get New Trial

May 13
By Adrian Florido

The Tijuana perfume salesman, who said he didn't know drugs were in the car, won an appeal after the government destroyed evidence in the case.

PACIFIC HEARTBEAT: Na Lani 'Eha From 'Iolani Palace: The Music Of Hawaiian Royalty

May 13
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This historic production brings together some of Hawai‘i’s most beloved musicians to perform songs composed by the last members of Hawai‘i’s ruling monarchy. ‘Iolani Palace’s executive director and curator provide a historical background of the royal palace — the only one of its kind in the United States — and the musicians explain the cultural significance of the royal repertoire.

New Medicare Program Penalizes Hospitals With High Re-Admit Rates

May 13
Deborah Schoch / CHCF Center for Health Reporting
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A new Medicare program that punishes hospitals with high patient readmissions rates is forcing administrators to reach out and improve how patients are cared for even after they’re wheeled out the hospital doors.

Adapting To The New Reality Of Increased Wildfire Danger

May 13
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Governor Jerry Brown is warning Californians that climate change will make wildfires more frequent and dangerous. We'll assess what the governor means about adapting to this new reality.

FRONTLINE: Never Forget To Lie

May 13
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Filmmaker and Holocaust survivor Marian Marzynski returns to Poland and the Jewish ghettos of his childhood to chronicle the poignant, painful recollections of other child survivors. The film rescues haunting pieces of the past while exploring the conflicting feelings about national, cultural and religious identity that mark many survivors.

San Marcos Helps CSU Reach Out To American Indian Students

May 13
By Kyla Calvert
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CSU San Marcos helped the California State University system create its first brochure in one of the state's indigenous languages.

29 Palms Marine Takes 1st Gold Medal Of Warrior Games (Video)

May 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine Staff Sgt. Ronnie Jimenez won the 10K hand-cycle race, earning him the first gold medal of the 2013 Warrior Games. Jimenez is part of a Wounded Warrior Regiment at Twentynine Palms in Southern California.

In 'Passage', Caro Mines LBJ's Changing Political Roles

May 13
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For the past 37 years, Robert Caro has devoted his life to writing the definitive biography of Lyndon Johnson. So far, The Years of Lyndon Johnson has four acclaimed volumes and has shown readers just how complex the 36th president was, as both a politician and a man.

Arrests Made In Malcolm Shabazz Murder Investigation

May 13
Bill Chappell / NPR

Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of civil rights-era leader Malcolm X who died Thursday in Mexico City. The suspects, who work at a bar Shabazz visited, could face charges of homicide and robbery, the BBC reports.

How Do You Celebrate Top Gun Day? (Video)

May 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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Today is Top Gun Day, according to the organizers of Top Gun Day. If you've ever wanted to play volleyball in jeans or serenade a perfect stranger with "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" - today is the day to do it.

Holmes Enters Not Guilty By Insanity Plea In Colo. Shootings

May 13
Mark Memmott / NPR
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James Holmes on Monday formally changed his plea from not guilty to "not guilty by reason of insanity" for the July 20, 2012, movie theater shooting rampage in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 people dead and an additional 70 injured.

INDEPENDENT LENS: The Invisible War

May 13
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The most shameful and best-kept secret in the U.S. military is the epidemic of rape and sexual assault within the ranks. An American female soldier in a combat zone is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. A culture of privilege and impunity has resulted in few prosecutions and the systematic isolation of women who dare to report the crimes.

Obama On IRS Actions: 'Outrageous' If True

May 13
Mark Memmott / NPR
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It's "outrageous and there's no place for it" if the Internal Revenue Service did, as it has admitted, single out some conservative groups for extra scrutiny in recent years, President Obama said Monday morning during a news conference at the White House.

15th MEU Returning To Camp Pendleton Monday (Video)

May 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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It's been eight long months, but today the families of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit will get to see their loved ones again, as the Marines return home to Camp Pendleton. The 15th MEU has been deployed with the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group since September.

Comp Time Or Cold Cash. Which Would You Pick?

May 13
Marilyn Geewax / NPR

Overtime or comp time? Which one suits you best?

Teens Who Text And Drive Often Take Other Risks

May 13
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Almost half of teenagers cop to texting while driving. And those texting teens are more likely to make other risky moves while in the car, too.

Supreme Court Rules For Monsanto In Case Against Farmer

May 13
Mark Memmott / NPR

A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that an Indiana farmer infringed on Monsanto's patent when he planted soybeans that had been genetically modified by Monsanto without buying them from the agribusiness giant.

Another Day Of Heat Expected In San Diego

May 13
By Susan Murphy
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Another day of record-breaking heat is expected in San Diego County today, as a high pressure system remains settled over the region.

Video Shows Suspect In New Orleans Shootings, Police Say

May 13
Bill Chappell / NPR
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New Orleans police have released images of a suspected gunman in Sunday's shootings that wounded 19 people at a local Mother's Day parade. Authorities are asking for the public's help to identify the man, one of three suspects in the shootings.

San Diego Could Be Exporting More, Report Finds

May 13
By Claire Trageser
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San Diego's exports are far behind where they could be, a new report finds.

San Diego City Council To Consider Allowing Breweries To Open Bigger Restaurants, Tasting Rooms

May 13
By Claire Trageser
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On Tuesday, the City Council will decide whether to allow breweries to have attached restaurants or tasting rooms.

'I Hope He Rots,' Says Brother Of Cleveland Kidnaps Suspect

May 13
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Calling his brother a hateful monster, Onil Castro has told CNN he hopes Ariel Castro "rots in that jail."

After Leaving Senate, Snowe Is Still 'Fighting For Common Ground'

May 13
NPR Staff / NPR
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As a Republican senator from Maine, Olympia Snowe was known for her willingness to stand alone. A moderate with independent views, she had substantial influence in the healthcare debate as both sides vied for her vote. Earlier this year she left the Senate, out of frustration, she says, with the inability to get anything done.