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Stories for May 14, 2013

Sale Of Mission Beach School Goes To Developer, Not City Of San Diego

May 14
City News Service

The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education voted 4-1 Tuesday night to accept a developer's $18.5 million offer to buy the former Mission Beach Elementary School, despite one trustee's alternative proposal of helping the city of San Diego purchase the property.

Member Of Fort Hood Sexual Assault Response Team Accused Of Abuse

May 14
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

An Army sergeant who was part of the Fort Hood, Texas, sexual-assault response office is under investigation for abusive sexual contact.

Benghazi Review Board Chair Asks Issa For Chance To Testify

May 14
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Former Ambassador Thomas Pickering on Tuesday defended the investigative board he led looking into last year's attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, saying he wanted the opportunity to clear up "unfounded" criticisms leveled against it during last week's Congressional hearings.

Senate Limits Border Drones In California

May 14
By Michel Marizco
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The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday to keep drone planes limited to patrolling only within three miles of the border in California.

Report Scrutinizes New Border Patrol Punishments

May 14
By Adrian Florido and ELLIOT SPAGAT / Associated Press
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A widely touted Border Patrol initiative to send migrants back to Mexico far from the points they are caught entering the U.S. illegally has one of the worst track records at discouraging people from trying again, according to a new study.

New Marijuana Dispensary Rules In Front Of Mayor, City Council

May 14
City News Service
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A draft law regulating medical marijuana establishments in the city of San Diego is now in the hands of Mayor Bob Filner and members of the City Council, a spokesman for the City Attorney said today.

Hotly-Contested District 4 Election Less Than A Week Away

May 14
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Next week voters in San Diego's southeastern neighborhoods will pick a new city council member and there's a lot at stake.

With No Unified Database, Many Murder Victims Remain Nameless

May 14
Daysha Eaton / NPR
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A serial killer who committed suicide in an Alaska jail last year confessed to murdering at least 11 people across the country. But Israel Keyes didn't name names, and investigators trying to figure out who he killed are running into a major stumbling block: There is no unified, mandatory national database for missing persons.

San Diego City Council Passes Measure Allowing Breweries To Expand

May 14
By Claire Trageser
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Large craft brewers in San Diego are one step closer to being able to build bigger tasting rooms and restaurants, thanks to a measure the City Council passed today.

Convicted Philadelphia Abortion Doctor Gets Life In Prison

May 14
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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The Philadelphia abortion provider who was found guilty of first-degree murder in three illegally performed late-term abortions will be spared the death penalty.

Baseball's 'Most Durable Bat Boy' Marks 55 Years On The Field

May 14
Sara Hoover / NPR
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The University of Memphis baseball team plays its final home game of the season Tuesday. In addition to rooting for the players, Memphis fans will cheer for someone else: bat boy Stan Bronson Jr.

Huge Boost In U.S. Oil Output Set To Transform Global Market

May 14
Scott Neuman / NPR
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U.S. oil production is rising sharply and increased output from shale will be a "game changer" in global energy markets in the coming years, according to a new report out Tuesday by the International Energy Agency.

Controversies Risk Starving Obama's Agenda Of Air

May 14
Frank James / NPR
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This was the critical moment, the brief time between his inaugural and when the nation's collective focus turns to whom his successor will be, when President Obama had to make real progress on his second-term agenda and thus forge his legacy.

Holder Defends Subpoena Of Journalists' Phone Logs

May 14
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Attorney General Eric Holder has defended the Justice Department's actions in secretly obtaining journalists' phone records as part of a probe into leaks of classified material, but said he himself had nothing to do with the subpoena.

With Rising Seas, America's Birthplace Could Disappear

May 14
Christopher Joyce / NPR
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By the end of the century, the birthplace of America may be underwater.

Salk Researchers Halt The Progression Of Alzheimer's In Very Old Mice

May 14
By David Wagner

Researchers at the Salk Institute are making progress on a compound that they believe could potentially stop Alzheimer's disease in its tracks. To show just how promising their drug candidate is, they put it through unusually hard experiments.

Peleliu ARG Back Home In San Diego (Video)

May 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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The USS Peleliu, USS Green Bay, and USS Rushmore - all part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group - returned to homeport Naval Base San Diego this morning, completing an eight-month deployment to the Middle East.

Two Children Drown In Swimming Pool

May 14
10News

Two unattended La Mesa children drown in residential swimming pool.

The Legacy Of Gen. Ridgway And America's War In Korea

May 14

The ongoing conflict between North Korea and South Korea is the legacy of the Korean War, which can help explain relations between the two countries. In a new book, historian Victor Davis Hanson discusses how the strategies of U.S. Gen. Matthew Ridgway helped to turn around what appeared to be "a lost war."

Has The Job Market Rebounded For San Diego's 2013 College Grads?

May 14
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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As the 2013 college grads get ready to grab their diplomas, many will also be hitting the streets in search of that perfect job. What does the job market hold for new grads in light of the economic downturn of the past few years? We take a look.

Justice Department To Open Probe Of IRS's Actions

May 14
Mark Memmott / NPR

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder has ordered the Justice Department to open an investigation into whether any laws were broken when the Internal Revenue Service singled out some conservative groups for extra scrutiny, he told reporters Tuesday.

It's True: 'Mistakes Were Made' Is The King Of Non-Apologies

May 14
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Make no mistake, the acting commissioner of the IRS put himself in historic company Tuesday by writing in USA Today that "mistakes were made" when his agency singled out for extra scrutiny some conservative groups.

And, The 2013 One Book Selection Is…

May 14
By Monica Medina
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The verdict is in. The new One Book, One San Diego selection has been chosen. Starting in October, this will be the book that the entire community will come together to read for one extraordinary purpose—to enrich our lives through reading, and discover new worlds while sharing a common experience.

Agent Orange Linked To Lethal Prostate Cancer In Veterans

May 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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New research links Agent Orange exposure to a lethal, aggressive form of prostate cancer in Vietnam War veterans.

On Way To Prom, Teens Pile Out Of Limo To Aid Flipped Van

May 14
Bill Chappell / NPR

A limousine filled with students headed to prom night at Western High in Davie, Fla., stopped for a detour Saturday, after a Honda van veered into a concrete wall and flipped in front of the limo. The van's seven passengers had trouble getting out -- until the limo's driver and the students came to their aid.

Jake Shimabukuro: Life On Four Strings

May 14
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Follow ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro over the course of a musical season. Enjoy dynamic performances before sold-out crowds, intimate moments of life on the road and visits to Shimabukuro’s native Hawai’i, where he has risen from local hero to international star.

What Ever Happened To The Economy?

May 14
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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The election year was dominated by talk about jobs and the economy, but neither the administration nor Congress seems to have any grand ideas for jump-starting a still sluggish recovery -- and they're not even talking about it much.

Three US Troops Killed In Afghan Roadside Bomb Blast

May 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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Three United States service members were killed today in Kandahar province, Afghanistan when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb.

Governor Brown Pushes Fiscal Moderation In Revised Budget Proposal

May 14
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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California is expecting to end the fiscal year with a few billion dollars more than anticipated. Governor Jerry Brown is proposing spending the money on schools, but not much else.

She's No Diva: Unruly Flier Sings 'I Will Always Love You'

May 14
Mark Memmott / NPR
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In case you haven't seen and heard it yet, there's a short video clip circulating of what it was like last Friday as a woman aboard a flight from Los Angeles to New York was taken off the plane after an unscheduled stop in Kansas City.

Actress Angelina Jolie Shares Story Of Her Double Mastectomy

May 14
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Saying she is "writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience," actress Angelina Jolie reveals on the op-ed pages of The New York Times that she had a double mastectomy earlier this year to substantially reduce the chances she will develop breast cancer.

Cooler Temperatures To Follow Heat Wave In San Diego County

May 14
City News Service
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A spell of unseasonably high temperatures in San Diego County will conclude today before a cooling trend sets in for the rest of the week, meteorologists said.

San Diego Gasoline Price Rises for 11th Consecutive Day

May 14
City News Service
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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose today for the 11th consecutive day, increasing 1.1 cents to $4.06.

May Budget Revise: Governor Brown Proposes $1B For New School Standards

May 14
Midday Edition
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Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing giving California school districts an additional $1 billion to implement new, more rigorous academic standards and $240 million more for his sweeping school funding overhaul.

Michigan Apple Orchards Blossom After A Devastating Year

May 14
Noah Adams / NPR
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Last year, almost the entire Michigan apple crop was lost because of 80-degree days in March and then some freezing April nights. This year, the apples are back, but everything always depends on the weather. The state was under a freeze warning Sunday night -- a scary prospect if you're an apple grower and your trees have just come into bloom.

Justice Department Secretly Obtains AP Phone Records

May 14
Carrie Johnson / NPR
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The Associated Press is protesting what it calls a massive and unprecedented intrusion into its gathering of news. The target of that wrath is the U.S. Justice Department, which secretly collected phone records for several AP reporters last year. The AP says it's caught in the middle of a Justice Department leak investigation.