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Stories for May 21, 2013

inewsource Responds To NCTD

May 21
By Brad Racino
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For the second time in less than a month, NCTD has sent inewsource and KPBS a letter demanding retractions. We have responded.

Backing Becks: Don't Knock The Soccer Star's Talents

May 21
Frank Deford / NPR
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The most unforgiving criticism in sport is directed at any athlete who fans believe is celebrated too excessively above his true talent level -- especially those stars who are gloried because they're such pretty people.

IRS Official In Charge Of Nonprofits Declines To Testify

May 21
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service official who handled the division that deals with nonprofit groups seeking tax-exempt status, will invoke her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination rather than answer questions at a congressional hearing set for Wednesday.

Mayor Filner's Budget Revise Addresses Some Council, IBA Concerns

May 21
JAMES R. RIFFEL, City news Service
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Mayor Bob Filner Tuesday released his May revisions to his City of San Diego budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, in which he anticipates having $13.6 million more to spend than initially expected.

Why Oklahomans Don't Like Basements

May 21
Scott Neuman / NPR
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When Randy Keller moved from Texas to the Oklahoma City area seven years ago, he couldn't find the house he was looking for.

Grand Jury: Alpine Residents Deserve Answer On High School Construction

May 21
By Kyla Calvert
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Alpine residents have been calling on Grossmont Union High School District to build a high school in their community for at least 15 years.

Rep. Barber Contests Border Patrol Overtime Cuts

May 21
By Michel Marizco
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U.S. Border Patrol agents are safe from sequestration budget cuts, but will face reductions to overtime pay under a budget plan introduced by the Department of Homeland Security.

Teacher Led Students Through Storm Despite Peril To Daughter

May 21
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Suzanne Sells lost her house to Monday's tornado in Moore, Okla., but she's still helping other people.

Foreign Retirees Could Benefit From Immigration Bill

May 21
By Jude Joffe-Block
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Two provisions in the Senate immigration bill would make it easier for foreigners over the age of 55 to spend time in the U.S. One provision specifically helps Canadian snowbirds visit the States longer.

The Scramble At Moore Medical Center As The Tornado Hit

May 21
Maureen Chowdhury / NPR
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A massive tornado swept through the Oklahoma City area Monday afternoon, leaving ruin in its path.

Former IRS Head to Senate: It Wasn't My Fault

May 21
Frank James / NPR
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It was the Senate's turn Tuesday to grill the Internal Revenue Service, or more accurately, former agency officials, about its handling of the scandal involving the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax exempt status.

Census: Immigration Will Be Main Driver Of U.S. Population Growth

May 21
By Adrian Florido
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Immigration is expected to account for more of the nation's growth than births on United States soil by 2038.

Latest Health Hurdle: Buying Insurance Without A Bank Account

May 21
Sarah Varney / NPR
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When movie stars become unbankable, they're no longer a slam dunk at the box office. When investments become unbankable, they're relegated to the Wall Street's junk pile. For ordinary Americans deemed unbankable -- those who don't have a traditional checking or savings account -- it can be hard to simply pay bills.

LA Medical Marijuana Vote Could Carry Implications In San Diego

May 21
Associated Press / KPBS
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The result of LA's vote on three medical marijuana proposals could push the San Diego City Council to act.

Game-Changer: Obamacare's New Coverage Rules And Costs

May 21
Emily Bazar / CHCF Center for Health Reporting
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Questions and answers about how the Affordable Care Act affects the price, accessibility and rules of health care.

Catholic Education Will Be History In O.B. As Sacred Heart Closes Its Doors

May 21
By Tom Fudge
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Falling enrollment makes Sacred Heart Academy in Ocean Beach part of a national trend, and the third San Diego Catholic school to close in as many years.

SAVOR SAN DIEGO WITH SU-MEI YU: Farm To Farmers Market

May 21
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Su-Mei Yu visits Noel Stehly of Stehly Farms in Valley Center to learn how a modern organic farmer operates in San Diego. She then follows some of the farm’s produce to the Linda Vista Farmers Market. At the market, Su-Mei creates a delicious rice salad using the freshly harvested ingredients from the farm.

Oklahoma's GOP Senators Find Themselves In Tornado Aid Bind

May 21
Liz Halloran / NPR
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Even as President Obama was declaring that tornado-devastated Oklahoma would get "everything it needs right away," the state's most vociferous critic of federal emergency aid vowed that he, too, would push for assistance "without delay."

Honeybees: The New Secret Weapon In Detecting Land Mines? (Video)

May 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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It's better to bee safe than to bee sorry. That's the attitude of a group of Croatian researchers who are training honeybees to detect the thousands of buried land mines hidden all over the Balkan country.

Dolphins Find 19th Century Navy Torpedo In Pacific Ocean

May 21
Bill Chappell / NPR

A rare piece of America's military history was located this spring, when dolphins from the Navy's Marine Mammal Program located an unusual artifact: a torpedo from the 19th century. Discovered during a training exercise in the ocean near San Diego, the torpedo will eventually make its way to a museum.

San Diego Schools Honored For Pledge To Technology In The Classroom

May 21
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Technology is changing fast and schools are doing their best to keep up. We take a look at what's going on in San Diego's schools to help advance learning with the use of technology.

Court Backs Withholding Of 'Potent' Images Of Bin Laden's Body

May 21
Scott Neuman / NPR
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A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in favor of the government's decision to keep photos and video of the May 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden a secret, rebuffing a conservative watchdog group that had sought their release.

Forecast: If Vote Was Today, Immigration Reform Would Fail House

May 21
Midday Edition
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According to one academic, if voted upon today, the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill would fail by 15 votes in the House. But this academic is using his data with the hope of changing the bill's fate.

Strike Underway At UC Medical Centers

May 21
Midday Edition
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Thousands of health care workers at UC San Diego Medical Center and University of California hospitals across the state began a two-day strike today, walking picket lines as they push for a new contract.

SHELTER ME: Let's Go Home

May 21
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SHELTER ME is an inspiring series that celebrates shelter pets with positive and uplifting stories. We tell stories about people's lives being improved when they adopt a shelter pet. Episode two features stories about shelter pets that went from rescued to rescuer. The first story is about our hero firefighters who use shelter dogs for search-and-rescue. These teams have been to the World Trade Center and helped look for survivors in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Rita, Superstorm Sandy and the Joplin tornadoes. When a disaster strikes and people are buried, these search dogs will be the first on the scene to save you.

More Immigration Officers Oppose Senate Reform Bill

May 21
By Jill Replogle
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The union representing officers who process immigration applications declared its opposition Monday to the Senate immigration reform bill.

Big Night For Labor With Cole, Gonzalez Wins On City Council, State Assembly

May 21
Midday Edition
By Claire Trageser
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Myrtle Cole won over Dwayne Crenshaw in the race to fill an empty seat on the San Diego City Council. Lorena Gonzalez won in a landslide against Chula Vista Councilman Steve Castaneda to replace Ben Hueso, who was elected to the state Senate.

Soldiers Killed In Afghan Suicide Car Bomb Attack ID'ed (Video)

May 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two young soldiers from the U.S. territory of Guam lost their lives in suicide car bomb attack near Kabul, Afghanistan on May 16. Killed were: Sgt. Eugene M. Aguon, 23, of Mangilao, Guam, and Spc. Dwayne W. Flores, 22, of Sinajana, Guam.

Airbnb Stays Are Illegal In New York, Court Rules

May 21
Bill Chappell / NPR
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People who use Airbnb, the web company that pairs travelers with residents who rent out their homes on a short-term basis, are breaking New York City's laws, according to an administrative law judge. The vacation rental business was found to run afoul of the city's occupancy code; it also doesn't conform with a state law.

VIDEO: Tears Flow As Mom Finds Son After Tornado

May 21
Mark Memmott / NPR
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We don't need to say much. Just watch this video from The Oklahoman of Trenda Purcell's reunion Monday with her 8-year-old son Kamden, who she found safe and sound after the tornado that swept through Moore, Okla.

Death Toll From Devastating Tornado Revised Down

May 21
Mark Memmott / NPR
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State officials announced Tuesday morning that fewer people than feared may have lost their lives after a tornado ripped through Moore, Okla.

National Guard Uses Thermal Imaging In Search For Oklahoma Tornado Victims (Video)

May 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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More than 240 members of the Oklahoma National Guard are scouring the devastation for signs of life in Moore, Oklahoma, where a deadly tornado virtually flattened the town and killed at least 24 people - seven of them children.

Big Changes At U.S. Speedskating Body, But Scandals Linger

May 21
Howard Berkes / NPR
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Rebellious athletes, drained budgets, dysfunctional management and a string of embarrassing scandals forced a major reorganization of U.S. Speedskating over the weekend.

'I Was Dismayed' To Learn What Agency Did, Ex-IRS Chief Says

May 21
Mark Memmott / NPR

Facing questions for the first time about why Internal Revenue Service personnel singled out some conservative groups for inappropriate scrutiny while he was head of the agency, former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told Congress on Tuesday that "I was dismayed and I was saddened" to learn about what had happened under his watch.

After Tornado, A Dog Rescue Raises Spirits, And Gains Fans

May 21
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Before Monday's tornado hit, Barbara Garcia says, she had a gameplan. In the event of an emergency, the Moore, Okla., resident would gather up her little dog and retreat to a bathroom to wait out the storm. But after Monday's powerful twister blew through her neighborhood, Garcia tells CBS News, she couldn't find her dog.

Navy-Trained Dolphins Find Rare Torpedo Off San Diego Coast

May 21
By Susan Murphy
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Navy-trained dolphins have discovered a rare 19th-century torpedo off San Diego's coast.

San Diego Agrees To Pay Boy Hit By City Trash Truck

May 21
Associated Press

San Diego has agreed to pay $18.5 million to a boy who lost a leg when he was struck by a city trash truck.

Less Sleep For Teens Means Higher Risk For Car Crashes

May 21
Nancy Shute / NPR

Parents who want to keep their teenagers safe while they're driving might want to tuck them in bed early the night before.

Oklahoma Tornados: Finding Aid, Giving Aid

May 21
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Residents of Moore, Okla, are searching for survivors and coming to terms with a massive tornado that left more than 50 people dead and injured more than 200 others Monday afternoon. As aid and recovery groups search for victims and try to reunite loved ones, they're also seeking donations and coordinating housing:

IRS Officials To Be On Hot Seat

May 21
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Both the former IRS commissioner who was in charge when the agency singled out some conservative groups for extra scrutiny and the man who replaced him will be appearing at a Senate Finance Committee hearing Tuesday morning.

LA voters back measure to cap number of pot shops

May 21
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles voters have approved a proposition limiting the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

Texas Medicaid Debate Complicated By Politics And Poverty

May 21
Sarah Varney / NPR
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When the sun rises over the Rio Grande Valley, the cries of the urracas -- blackbirds -- perched on the tops of palm trees swell to a noisy, unavoidable cacophony. That is also the strategy, it could be said, that local officials, health care providers and frustrated valley residents are trying to use to persuade Gov. Rick Perry and state Republican lawmakers to set aside their opposition and expand Medicaid, a key provision of the federal health law.

The Global Afterlife Of Your Donated Clothes

May 21
Jackie Northam / NPR
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On a bright and warm Saturday morning, there's a steady flow of people dropping off donations at Martha's Table, a charity in downtown Washington, D.C. A mountain of plastic and paper bags stuffed with used dresses, scarves, skirts and footwear expands in one corner of the room. Volunteers sort and put clothes on hangers. They'll go on sale next door, and the proceeds will help the needy in the area.