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Stories for May 31, 2013

James Cameron Receives Award for Promoting Deep-Sea Exploration

May 31
By David Wagner
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James Cameron has attended his fair share of Hollywood award ceremonies. But on Friday, the Oscar-winning director came to San Diego for a very different kind of ceremony, one found him hobnobbing with scientists instead of movie stars.

Academy Investigates Alleged Sex Assault Of Female Midshipman

May 31
Scott Neuman / NPR

The U.S. Naval Academy is investigating allegations that a female midshipman was sexually assaulted last year by members of the academy's football team, a Pentagon spokesman says.

Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked To Frozen Berries

May 31
City News Service
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Six cases of hepatitis A that are believed to be linked to frozen berries sold at Costco stores have been confirmed in California, including patients in San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties, state Department of Public Health officials said today.

Judge Orders Google To Give Customer Data To FBI

May 31
PAUL ELIAS / Associated Press
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A federal judge has ruled that Google Inc. must comply with the FBI's warrantless demands for customer data, rejecting the company's argument that the government's practice of issuing so-called national security letters was unconstitutional and unnecessary.

Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill Fails in Assembly

May 31
Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio
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The California Assembly has rejected legislation that would regulate medical marijuana. But the bill’s author says he’ll try again later this year.

Woody Guthrie At 100! Live At The Kennedy Center

May 31
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Celebrate the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birthday with John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne, Tom Morello, Donovan, Ani DiFranco, Rosanne Cash, The Old Crow Medicine Show and more. Recorded live at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, this concert honors the music of America’s great folk singer.

Extra Security In Place For Sunday's Marathon

May 31
By Dwane Brown
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Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon officials are increasing security measures this weekend, about six weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured dozens more.

Filner Releases $6M To Tourism Agency After Balboa Park Celebration Compromise

May 31
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has reversed his position and says he'll release money owed to the city's Tourism Marketing District. That ends a couple of days of uncertainty that could have shut down an agency that markets San Diego to tourists.

Il Volo: We Are Love

May 31
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Fall in love with Il Volo, the young tenor trio that has won hearts across America with exquisite vocals, in this live concert of love songs filmed in Miami Beach. Il Volo performs “Questo Amore,” “I Bring You to My Senses,” “We Are Love” and other songs in Spanish, English, Italian and French.

Kinder Morgan Shelves Texas-California Pipeline

May 31
Associated Press
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Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP said Friday that it has shelved plans for a pipeline carrying crude oil from Texas to California because refineries weren't interested enough.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Invites Communuty Leaders to San Onofre Discussions

May 31
City News Service
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced it is sending invitations to community leaders to participate in small group discussions on the future of the idled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Firefighters Killed In Houston Motel Blaze

May 31
Scott Neuman / NPR

Four firefighters have been killed battling a five-alarm fire at a Houston motel. At least five others have been injured.

D.C. Agency Approves 2 High-Tech Cancer Centers

May 31
Jenny Gold / NPR

After months of heated debate, two of the biggest hospital systems in Washington, D.C., won approval Friday to build expensive proton beam centers for cancer treatment.

Survivor Of Boston Marathon Bombings Has Long Road Ahead

May 31
Martha Bebinger / NPR

Marc Fucarile reached a huge milestone this week: He was one of the last two Boston Marathon bombing survivors to be released from the hospital.

'Atari Dump' Will Be Excavated, After Nearly 30 Years

May 31
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The New Mexico landfill or "Atari Dump" where the game console maker buried its mistakes -- the biggest being the game E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial -- will be dug up by game developer Fuel Industries, which hopes to make a documentary about the project.

U.S., Russia At Odds Over Moscow's Plan To Arm Syria

May 31
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Russian media has hinted that Moscow could speed up delivery of S-300 surface-to-air missiles to Syria if the U.S. and its allies decide to impose a no-fly zone to aid rebels there. Meanwhile, a Russian airplane maker says Syria is discussing the purchase of additional MiG-29 fighters.

In Ohio Town, Okla. Twister Conjures Echoes Of 1974 Disaster

May 31
Noah Adams / NPR
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When a tornado roars into a populated area, the change is often drastic and deadly, and it happens within minutes. As the people of Oklahoma struggle to look beyond this month's devastating storms, residents of Xenia, Ohio, are reflecting on the tornado of 1974.

High-Speed Rail Plan Hinges On Voter Promises

May 31
JULIET WILLIAMS / Associated Press
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California's high-speed rail authority is breaking the promises made to voters when they approved $10 billion in bonds to build the nation's first bullet train line, attorneys who represent Central Valley landowners argued Friday.

Army Nurse Mildred Manning: An 'Angel' POW With A Job To Do

May 31
NPR Staff / NPR
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Sixteen million men and women served in uniform during World War II. Today, 1.2 million are still alive, but hundreds of those vets are dying every day. In honor of Memorial Day, NPR's All Things Considered is remembering some of the veterans who died this year.

Romney Not Finished With Politics

May 31
Frank James / NPR
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Mitt Romney may have lost the biggest prize in American politics last year, but that doesn't mean he's left the game for good.

Council President Todd Gloria Plays KPBS Budget Game

May 31
By Claire Trageser
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City Council President Todd Gloria wishes designing a budget was as easy as playing the KPBS Budget Game.

Family Of Camp Pendleton Marine Killed By OC Deputy Settles Lawsuit (Video)

May 31
By Beth Ford Roth
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The family of Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins has agreed to settle its federal lawsuit for $4.4 million. An Orange County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed Loggins in front of his young daughters in February 2012.

Matthew Morrison: Where It All Began - Live from The Bushnell

May 31
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GLEE's Mr. Schuester — singer, dancer and performer Matthew Morrison — puts his energetic, creative stamp on American standards, including "The Lady Is a Tramp," "Younger Than Springtime," "It Don’t Mean a Thing," a West Side Story medley and more in this live concert taped at Connecticut’s Bushnell Theatre.

Roundtable: City Labor Deal, Colorado River Talks, Homeless Children, Grandal Returns To Padres

May 31
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The city reaches a tentative deal with employee unions. Colorado River water users reach point of cooperation. Homeless families reach out. Padres reaching for .500.

Young Women With Breast Cancer Opting For Mastectomy

May 31
Richard Knox / NPR
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Most women diagnosed with breast cancer when they're 40 or younger are choosing mastectomy rather than more limited and breast-conserving lumpectomy plus radiation, a study of women in Massachusetts finds.

70s And 80s Soul Rewind (My Music)

May 31
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Whoopi Goldberg hosts this new special capturing the smooth, sexy and sophisticated sounds of the greatest groups and solo artists from the 1970s and 1980s. With performances by the Spinners, Lou Rawls, Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, Bill Withers, the Trampps, the Jackson 5 and more, this retrospective is a follow-up to two previous popular MY MUSIC programs — "Superstars Of ’70S Soul With Patti Labelle" and "Aretha Franklin Presents Soul Rewind."

Camp Pendleton Marine Killed In Missouri ATV Crash

May 31
By Beth Ford Roth
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A Camp Pendleton Marine was killed over Memorial Day weekend in an ATV crash while visiting family in Missouri. The funeral for Cpl. Devin J. Scholl, 24, was held this morning in his hometown of Festus, Missouri.

Calmly, From Portland, It's The Quiet Music Festival

May 31
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Not all music festivals are carnivals of noise, propelled by thudding drums and screeching guitars. In fact, for the annual Quiet Music Festival of Portland, which begins today, the goal is to experience calming sounds.

No Smoking Outside Starbucks Shops Starting Saturday

May 31
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Starbucks is moving its smoking ban outdoors.

Navy Fires Carrier Air Wing Official Amid Adultery Allegations

May 31
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy has fired Master Chief Petty Officer Brian K. Page from his position as command master chief of Carrier Air Wing 2, amid allegations he continued an extramarital affair after being reprimanded for the relationship. Carrier Air Wing 2 is attached to the San Diego-based USS Ronald Reagan.

Burt Bacharach's Best (My Music)

May 31
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Celebrate legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach, with host Robert Wagner introducing archival performances by the original artists who made the music famous, including Dionne Warwick (“Walk On By,” “I Say a Little Prayer”), B.J. Thomas (“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”), The Carpenters (“Close to You”), The Fifth Dimension (“One Less Bell to Answer”), Dusty Springfield (“The Look of Love”), Herb Alpert (“This Guy’s in Love With You”) and many more.

Video Shows Truck's Cab Crossing Tracks, Just Before Train

May 31
Bill Chappell / NPR
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New video has emerged of Tuesday's freight train derailment near Baltimore, Md., that caused a huge explosion and led to the area being evacuated. Many people captured the crash's aftermath on camera.

2 Years Added To Expected Life Of Medicare Trust Fund

May 31
NPR

"The trust fund that finances Medicare's hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2026, two years beyond what was projected in last year's report," the program's trustees reported Friday.

Can A Huge Hog Deal Pose A National Security Risk?

May 31
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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Americans do love their bacon, but is that romance a national security issue?

Two More Days Of Severe Weather Warnings For Hard-Hit States

May 31
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The National Weather Service is warning -- as it has each day for the past couple weeks -- that there could be dangerous storms across much of the nation's mid-section.

3 San Diego Men Held For Alleged Pot Mail Ring

May 31
Associated Press
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Three San Diego men have been arrested on suspicion of running a marijuana ring that mailed pot to customers around the country.

Huge Asteroid Makes Its Closest Pass To Earth Today

May 31
Bill Chappell / NPR
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An asteroid nine times the size of a cruise ship is dropping by Earth on Friday, and it's not coming alone. It has its own moon, measured at about 2,000 feet wide.

Leonard Knight Makes A Visit To Salvation Mountain

May 31
By Angela Carone
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Leonard Knight began building Salvation Mountain in the early 80s and never stopped. Just more than a year ago, Knight entered a nursing home, raising questions as to what would happen to his creation. We join Knight on a rare visit to his mountain, which has been called a national treasure.

Parts Of County To See Warmer Than Usual Temperatures Over Weekend

May 31
City News Service
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Warmer than usual temperatures are expected in the inland valleys, mountains and deserts of San Diego County this weekend.

How Poop-Eating Bacteria Could Clean La Jolla Cove

May 31
By Claire Trageser
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The La Jolla Cove cleanup plan has been fast-tracked. The question is what agencies will be watching the cleanup and whether additional permits should be required.

Homeless Families Crowd San Diego Shelters

May 31
By Susan Murphy
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A growing number of San Diego homeless families are waiting to get into long-term shelters. During the wait, many families, like the Riddles, stay at the Rescue Mission's emergency shelter.

Bill Limits When California Students Can Be Suspended

May 31
Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

It could become harder to suspend California students who show “willful defiance” in school.

Assembly Approves Minimum Wage Increase

May 31
Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio

California’s minimum wage would go up for the first time in six years under a bill passed by the state Assembly Thursday.

All Are OK After Small Plane Crashes Through Apartment Roof

May 31
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Amazingly, no one was seriously hurt early Friday morning when a small plane with two people aboard crashed through the roof of an apartment building in Herndon, Va., about 30 miles west of Washington, D.C.

Arizona Mom Released From Mexican Jail

May 31
Mark Memmott / NPR
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This is our first, and possibly last, mention of a story that's been getting lots of play on cable news:

Obama To Press Congress On Student Loan Rates

May 31
Scott Horsley / NPR
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President Obama will surround himself with college students at the White House on Friday and warn that the cost of student loans is about to go up.

Proton Beam Therapy Sparks Hospital Arms Race

May 31
Jenny Gold / NPR
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When it comes to reining in health care spending, it still seems like each hospital administrator thinks the guy at the other hospital should do it.

Michigan Tracks Cattle From Birth To Plate

May 31
Dan Charles / NPR
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When you pick up a cut of beef at the store, would you like to know that animal's life history? The technology to do this does exist -- at least in Michigan, where the state requires all cattle to carry electronic ear tags. It's the only state that requires such tags.