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Stories for May 30, 2013

Cherishing The Gift Of Friendship Through A Cancer Bout

May 30
NPR Staff / NPR
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In 2004, Peter Obetz was in the middle of a divorce when he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

A Spelling Bee Veteran Finally Wins With Knaidel

May 30
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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Fourth time's the charm: After finishing third two years in a row and ninth in 2010, Arvind Mahankali of New York won the Scripps National Spelling bee on Thursday night.

Court: Calif. Erred In New Lethal Injection Rules

May 30
JASON DEAREN / Associated Press

Executions in California will remain suspended after a state appeals court ruled that corrections officials made several "substantial" procedural errors when they adopted new lethal injection rules.

American Woman Killed In Syria Fighting, Family Says

May 30
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

We're getting word late Thursday that an American woman has been killed in Syria while fighting alongside rebel forces against the Assad regime.

Rape victim: Retaliation prevalent in military

May 30
JULIE WATSON / Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Stacey Thompson had just been stationed at a Marine Corps base in Japan when she said her sergeant laced her drinks with drugs, raped her in his barracks and then dumped her onto a street outside a nightclub at 4 a.m.

Report Says Al-Qaida Diminished, But Affiliates Still A Threat

May 30
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The State Department says Iran has stepped up its efforts on behalf of global terrorism to a level not seen for 20 years, but that the core elements of al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan are heading for defeat even as the network's affiliates remain a threat.

TSA: No More Graphic, Full-Body Airport Scans

May 30
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The Transportation Security Administration has told Congress that it's finished retrofitting airport scanners to blunt a widely criticized technology that shows graphic detail of a passenger's body as he or she goes through security checkpoints.

Will Ill. Legalize Gay Marriage Before Legislature Adjourns?

May 30
David Schaper / NPR
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The clock is ticking for those who hope Illinois will become the 13th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

War Zone Visit A McCain Trademark

May 30
Frank James / NPR
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There are risks aplenty for a U.S. lawmaker who makes a surprise visit to a war zone, as Sen. John McCain recently did when he crossed the border from Turkey into Syria.

Congress Poised To Make Crop Insurance Subsidies More Generous

May 30
Allison Aubrey / NPR
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For decades, farmers have been getting checks from the federal government as part of a safety net to help protect against, for instance, the financial ruin of drought or floods.

Crop Insurance Subsidies To Farmers Poised To Get More Generous

May 30
Allison Aubrey / NPR
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For decades, farmers have been getting checks from the federal government as part of a safety net to help protect against, for instance, the financial ruin of drought or floods.

Administration Touts Competition In Insurance Exchanges

May 30
Julie Rovner / NPR

The Obama administration is countering criticism that the new health insurance exchanges will be lacking in competition, though it's doing so a bit quietly.

The Omni Health Revolution With Tana Amen, R.N. & Dr. Daniel Amen, M.D.

May 30
The Omni Health Revolution With Tana Amen, R.N. & Dr. Daniel Amen, M.D.  Tease photo

"Omni Health Revolution" is a new show by psychiatrist Daniel Amen and his wife, neurosurgical intensive care nurse Tana Amen. The program is designed to help viewers take control of their physical and mental health using the science of nutragenomics – a big word, but it’s very simple.

Online College Courses Get A Big Boost, But Doubts Persist

May 30
Claudio Sanchez / NPR

From New Mexico to New York, 10 state university systems have announced they are joining the ranks of elite institutions embracing the massive open online course, or MOOC, system.

The Survivor: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Outlasts Political, Legal Trouble

May 30
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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The Associated Press reports that organizers of a petition to recall Sheriff Joe Arpaio fell short of Thursday's deadline to collect 335,000 signatures.

Drive-Ins Face Hollywood's Digital Switch

May 30
Brenna Angel / NPR
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Pull into the Bourbon Drive-In just off U.S. Highway 68 near Paris, Ky., and it's like stepping back in time. Patricia and Lanny Earlywine own the seven-acre Bourbon Drive-in. It's been connected to the family since the theater opened in 1956. Even the popcorn machine is original.

Public Servant Herman Boudreau, Heroic Under Enemy Fire

May 30
NPR Staff / NPR
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When Herman Boudreau joined the U.S. Army in 1941, he set in motion a lifetime of public service. Boudreau, who died in April at age 93, served in the Army in New Zealand and the South Pacific during World War II.

U.S. Shot Putter Awarded Gold, Years After 2004 Olympics

May 30
Bill Chappell / NPR
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U.S. shot putter Adam Nelson has been awarded a gold medal from the 2004 Athens Olympics, after his rival at those games, Yuriy Bilonog of Ukraine, was stripped of the victory last December for violating doping rules. The International Association of Athletics Federations and the International Olympic Committee made the change official Thursday.

Filner Withholding Tourism Money, Agency To Shut Down Monday

May 30
City News Service
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A new squabble over tourism funding erupted today when Mayor Bob Filner blasted the agency that promotes San Diego to prospective tourists for failing to honor a commitment to fund organizers of an upcoming celebration of Balboa Park's centennial.

No, Frosted Mini-Wheats Won't Make Your Kids Smarter

May 30
Maria Godoy / NPR

If you thought sugar-coated pockets of shredded wheat could boost your brain power, we're here to break it to you gently: No, they can't. But a check in the mail may soon ease your disappointment.

Father Of Chechen Killed In Florida Says His Son Was Executed

May 30
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The father of the Chechen immigrant who was killed in Florida during an FBI interrogation over his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects says his son was killed execution-style.

Family Cat Killed By Military Artillery, Government Sued (Video)

May 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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The family pet of Frederick and Cheryl Angle died in a most unusual way. Sarah the cat was sitting on a bed in the Angle family's New Jersey home when she was hit by a stray piece of artillery that crashed through the roof. Now the Angles are suing the government for their loss.

Four Men In A Small Boat Face The Northwest Passage

May 30
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Only a few years ago, even large commercial vessels wouldn't take on the ice-bound Northwest Passage linking the Atlantic and Pacific via the Canadian north -- but climate change has changed all that.

Joblessness Shortens Life Expectancy For White Women

May 30
Jennifer Ludden / NPR

At a time when many people live longer, it's been a mystery why white women without a high school diploma have been dying increasingly earlier those with more education.

Immigration Reform - The Debate Continues

May 30
Midday Edition
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The Immigration Reform bill moves to the Senate floor for a vote next month, but even if it passes in the Senate, there are doubts about its chances in the House. A rally in support will be held in San Diego tonight.

James Cameron Given Scripps Prize For Deep Sea Exploration

May 30
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Academy-award winning director James Cameron will step from behind the camera to accept a science award at Scripps. Cameron will be honored for his record-setting DeepSea Challenge.

'Chicago Sun-Times' Fires Its Photographers

May 30
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The shrinking of the staffs in the nation's newsrooms continues.

Amelia Earhart's Plane May Be Visible By Sonar (Video)

May 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), led by Army veteran Richard Gillespie, may have discovered the lost plane of Amelia Earhart on sonar.

Immigrants Subsidize, Rather Than Drain, Medicare

May 30
Jordan Rau / NPR
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As Congress mulls changing America's border and naturalization rules, a study finds that immigrant workers are helping buttress Medicare's finances.

Another Letter Sent To The President Being Tested For Ricin

May 30
Mark Memmott / NPR

A letter mailed to President Obama that is similar in some way to two possibly ricin-laced letters sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was intercepted Thursday at a mail-handling facility, the Secret Service and other law enforcement authorities confirm.

Texas Man To Serve 25 Years In Plot To Kill Saudi Ambassador

May 30
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Manssor Arbabsiar, a naturalized U.S. citizen who has lived in Texas for three decades, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for conspiring to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States.

Military Recruits Would Be Required To Buy Shoes 'Made in USA' Under New Bill

May 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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Military recruits would be required to purchase athletic shoes made in America, under new proposed federal legislation.

The La Jolla Playhouse Debuts 2013-14 Season

May 30
Midday Edition
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The La Jolla Playhouse rolls out its brand new season this week, featuring a dynamic collection of new works. Its artistic director, Christopher Ashley, gives us a preview of what to expect from the season.

Priest, Author And Critic Rev. Andrew Greeley Dies

May 30
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Rev. Andrew Greeley, who was a best-selling novelist as well as a liberal thinker known for "sometimes scathing critiques of his church," died Wednesday night in his sleep, The Chicago Tribune and other news outlets report. He was 85.

Even Terrorists Have To Fill Out Expense Reports

May 30
Matt Thompson / NPR
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The Internet is abuzz with the news of a scathing employee performance review given to an associate of al-Qaida's North African branch. The employee in question, a man by the name of Mokhtar Belmokhtar, is criticized for neglecting his expense reports, blowing off meetings and wasting his employer's money, among other complaints.

Paterno Family To Sue NCAA To Reverse Sandusky Sanctions

May 30
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The family of late football coach Joe Paterno says it will file a lawsuit Thursday in Pennsylvania seeking the reversal of NCAA sanctions against Penn State that resulted from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Tornadoes, Severe Storms Again In Forecast

May 30
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Unfortunately, the forecasts have been pretty accurate in recent days. The National Weather Service warned there would be more tornadoes and severe storms on Wednesday -- and there were.

Former Councilman, Mayoral Candidate Carl DeMaio To Run For Congress

May 30
By Claire Trageser
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Former San Diego City Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio today formally announced his candidacy for the 2014 race for the 52nd Congressional District.

Arab Americans: A 'Growing' Community, But By How Much?

May 30
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR
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One and a half million Americans today claim Arab ancestry, according to a new Census Bureau report.

Foreclosed Home Sales Down In California

May 30
Bob Moffitt, Capital Public Radio

Fewer foreclosed homes were sold in California compared to a year ago, but the price of those homes has gone up.

Price Tag for California Water Plan: $25 Billion

May 30
Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio

The plan to restore habitat in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and provide a reliable water supply in California is expected to cost about 25-billion dollars.

Brown On Budget Talks: "I Want $2 Billion Too. But I Don't Believe It"

May 30
Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio

California Governor Jerry Brown says he hopes to reach a state budget deal by the legislature’s June 15th constitutional deadline.

Homeless Babies And Toddlers Endure Tough, Long Days On San Diego Streets

May 30
By Susan Murphy
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A growing number of young homeless children are spending their nights in a San Diego emergency shelter and their days on the streets. This is the first of a two-part series.

Retiring In Costa Rica: The Dream And The Reality

May 30
Jim Paluzzi
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As would-be expats search for adventure and cheap living in their golden years, they need to know about the harsh realities of retiring abroad.

VIDEO: Miranda Lambert's Tears At 'Healing In The Heartland'

May 30
Mark Memmott / NPR
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There were several emotional moments during Wednesday's nationally broadcast "Healing in the Heartland" benefit concert to raise money for victims of the May 20 tornado that devastated Moore, Okla., and nearby communities.

San Diego's Food Network Star Stacey Poon-Kinney

May 30
Evening Edition
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Running The Trails Eatery is tough work but being a finalist in a reality TV show can be even more challenging. Stacey Poon-Kinney prepares for her Sunday debut as one of 12 finalists for Food Network Star.

Breathing Easier: How Houston Is Working To Clean Up Its Air

May 30
Richard Harris / NPR

The Houston area produces about a quarter of the nation's gasoline, and about a third of the plastics that are in our cars, cupboards and just about everywhere else. So it is no surprise that this heavily industrial area has a problem with air pollution. But in the past decade, Houston's air has improved dramatically.

GMO Wheat Found In Oregon Field. How'd It Get There?

May 30
Dan Charles / NPR
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A farmer in Oregon has found some genetically engineered wheat growing on his land. It's an unwelcome surprise, because this type of wheat has never been approved for commercial planting.