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Stories for November 1, 2013

Alleged LA Airport Shooter Reportedly Wanted To 'Kill TSA'

Nov. 1
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Not much is known about Paul Anthony Ciancia, the man police say killed one transportation security official and wounded another at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday. Several other people were injured in the shooting.

Millions In Federal Funds Create Few Jobs For Veterans

Nov. 1
By Alison St John

A state audit shows hundreds of millions of federal dollars in veteran employment programs have resulted in only a few hundred jobs in California.

VIDEO: Idaho Sportscast Is A Homage To Ron Burgundy

Nov. 1
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Fans of televised sports were treated to a stellar Ron Burgundy performance in Idaho Thursday, as the sports director of a Boise news station put a charge into a Halloween newscast with a spot-on impersonation that included a visit to a high school football game while in character.

U-T San Diego Buys Eight Community Weekly Newspapers

Nov. 1
By City News Service

U-T San Diego announced Friday that it has bought the firm that publishes eight community weeklies around the county.

3 Lessons For Future Presidents From Obamacare's Ills

Nov. 1
Frank James / NPR
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The Affordable Care Act's early travails are yielding some lessons for future presidents and lawmakers. Here are three:

Law Enforcement Volunteers Recruit Bone Marrow Donors

Nov. 1
By Erik Anderson

The Officers Give Hope Foundation comes to town to register San Diegans as bone marrow donors.

Kevin Faulconer Releases Five-Point ‘Transparency First’ Plan

Nov. 1
By City News Service
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San Diego mayoral candidate Kevin Faulconer said he would establish what he called a "comprehensive open data policy" under which city information is made available online.

San Diego Special Mayoral Election Now Estimated To Cost $4.7 Million

Nov. 1
By City News Service

The most recent price tag estimate is $4,665,700, down from the initial estimate of $6 million.

Three Serra High Employees Suspended Over Blackface Halloween Costumes

Nov. 1
By Kyla Calvert
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A coach, an assistant coach and a teacher are suspended without pay for two days after being spotted dressed as members of the Jamaican bobsled team depicted in the movie "Cool Runnings."

Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

Nov. 1
Larry Abramson / NPR
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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has directed the National Guard Bureau to resolve a dispute that is making it difficult for same-sex couples to receive military benefits.

Appeals Court Sides With Employers On Covering Birth Control

Nov. 1
Bill Chappell / NPR

A federal appeals court has sided with the owners of a fruit and vegetable distributor who challenged part of the 2010 health care law requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for birth control. Federal courts have split on the issue, which is the subject of dozens of similar cases.

Kraft Dims Artificial Orange Glow Of Its Mac And Cheese

Nov. 1
Alan Yu / NPR

One of the iconic foods of American childhood is becoming a bit less startlingly orange.

GOP Establishment Digs Deep For Alabama Special Election

Nov. 1
S.V. Date / NPR
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If the Republican establishment doesn't get its preferred candidate in Tuesday's Alabama special congressional runoff election, it won't be for want of an overwhelming cash advantage.

BART Union Ratifies Contract That Ended Strike

Nov. 1
Associated Press

Members of a Bay Area Rapid Transit labor union that went out on strike twice in recent months overwhelmingly ratified a contract agreement that officials said will increase pay and lead to improved safety conditions.

HealthCare.gov's Rocky First Month Leaves Plenty Of Questions

Nov. 1
Elise Hu / NPR
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When the federal health exchange marketplace opened Oct. 1, we visited jazz musician Suzanne Cloud in Philadelphia. She tried to start an account early in the morning, but technology thwarted her plans.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Dallas, Texas - Hour Three

Nov. 1
By Jennifer Robinson
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In Dallas, Texas, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Stuart Whitehurst mine a rich vein of silver objects at the Dallas Museum of Art, looking for examples of 20th-century modernism. Highlights include an early 17th-century Brussels tapestry; a circa 1890 Makuzu Kozan porcelain teapot; and a Western-themed painting by Saturday Evening Post illustrator William H.D. Koerner, valued at $150,000.

IRS Change Allows Rollover For Flexible Spending Accounts

Nov. 1
Scott Neuman / NPR

Workers who put money into "use it or lose it" Flexible Spending Accounts each year could benefit from a new IRS rule letting them roll over up to $500 at the end of each year.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Junk In The Trunk 3

Nov. 1
By Jennifer Robinson
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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW packed a trunkful of treasures to share from the six cities visited during the Season 17 tour. “Junk in the Trunk 3” is a new episode with never-before-seen appraisals from ROADSHOW’s 2013 season, including a Myrtle Beach guest with a sports collection that would make any Celtics fan turn green with envy, a diamond and platinum ring in Corpus Christi, and a valuable old book with a mysterious past in Rapid City that is valued at $35,000 to $50,000.

Registration Deadline For San Diego's Special Mayoral Election Approaching

Nov. 1
City News Service

Monday is the deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 19 special mayoral election in San Diego.

Secrets Of Selfridges

Nov. 1
By Jennifer Robinson
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Two words are synonymous with Selfridges: luxury and London. However, Selfridges was the brainchild of an American — Harry Gordon Selfridge — whose life was depicted in the MASTERPIECE series “Mr. Selfridge.” The real, flamboyant Mr. Selfridge brought about a complete revolution in the way Londoners shopped, introducing a new American retail model that made shopping less a practical pursuit and more a luxurious adventure. Keen to put the shopper’s experience above anything else, Selfridge coined the expression “The customer is always right,” which has become the mantra of shops all over the world. The program reveals the grandiose store’s hidden stories and delves deep into the mind of its ambitious creator.

Behind The Scenes: 'She-Rantulas From Outer Space In 3D'

Nov. 1
Evening Edition
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Diversionary Theater opened “She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D” on Halloween. But don’t be tricked by it’s B-movie trappings.

Reports: Pakistani Taliban Chief Killed In U.S. Drone Strike

Nov. 1
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The head of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, Taliban and U.S. sources have said, according to various news reports.

A Spice Buyer On Why Pepper Is Dirty, And How It Gets Clean

Nov. 1
Nancy Shute / NPR
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This week's news that the Food and Drug Administration found that 12 percent of spices imported to the U.S. are contaminated was a little disheartening.

Roundtable: Sara Kruzan Is Out, Mayoral Plans Are In, City Moves Forward On New EMS Provider

Nov. 1
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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Sara Kruzan, whose life sentence without parole at age 16 became a cause celébré, has been released. The top three mayoral candidates have plans for just about everything. And this week the city decided to move ahead on competitive bids for its 911 ambulance service, effectively eliminating San Diego Fire from the bidding.

Two Flights Delayed At San Diego Airport After LAX Shooting

Nov. 1
By Claire Trageser
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Two flights at San Diego International Airport have been delayed Friday morning due to a reported shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport.

MARTHA BAKES: Biscuits And Scones

Nov. 1
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Biscuits and scones are the perfect way to start the day; with Martha’s recipes and tips, they’re easy to make anytime. Learn how to make buttermilk biscuits, angel biscuits and cream scones. If it looks easy, that’s because it is — the key is actually to work the dough as little as possible.

Gunman Kills TSA Agent At LAX, Injures 2 Others

Nov. 1
NPR

A man carrying a bag with a hand-written note that said he "wanted to kill TSA" opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, killing a TSA officer and wounding at least three others, authorities said.

Are Low Early Enrollment Nos. A Repeat Of Mass. Experience?

Nov. 1
Mark Memmott / NPR

Documents released by a congressional committee reveal just how few people successfully enrolled in health insurance plans on the troubled HealthCare.gov website in early days after its Oct. 1 launch. (That summary is courtesy of our colleagues on the NPR Newscast Desk.)

Man Behind Oregon's Famous Exploding Whale Dies

Nov. 1
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Oregon highway engineer George Thornton, who in 1970 led an operation to blow up a dead beached whale with half a ton of dynamite, died this week at age 84. Thornton's decision resulted in a foul shower of whale blubber; video of the event has resurfaced periodically, often leading viewers to declare the whole thing a hoax.

Top Pollster Sees Evidence Of Political 'Shock Wave'

Nov. 1
Mara Liasson / NPR

Here's an email that caught my eye Thursday. It's from Republican Bill McInturff, one of the best pollsters around and not someone known to hyperbolize. He was discussing the results of this month's NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, which he conducts with Democrat Peter Hart.

Southwest Permian Basin Declared Nation's Largest Oil Production Center

Nov. 1
Lorne Matalon
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This week the U.S. Energy Information Administration declared the Permian Basin of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico to be the greatest regional producer of crude oil in the nation.

Can You Smile Your Way To Success?

Nov. 1
NPR/TED Staff / NPR

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episodeSuccess.

Are People With 'Dirty Jobs' The Most Successful?

Nov. 1
NPR/TED Staff / NPR

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episodeSuccess.

Is Having Grit The Key To Success?

Nov. 1
NPR/TED Staff / NPR

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episodeSuccess.

How Can Drive Make You A Success?

Nov. 1
NPR/TED Staff / NPR

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episodeSuccess.

Senate Judicial Fights Become As Much About Obama As His Picks

Nov. 1
Frank James / NPR
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Senate judicial confirmation fights sure have changed over the past decade.

Legal Issues Settled, Dylan's Guitar May Sell For $500,000

Nov. 1
Mark Memmott / NPR

Now that Bob Dylan's no longer talking about it not being the guitar he played when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, a sunburst Fender Stratocaster is to be auctioned by Christie's on Dec. 6.

Teens On Probation Run Through Problems At San Diego's Reflections Central

Nov. 1
By Claire Trageser
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A teacher and probation officer at a Juvenile Court school started a running club where students train for races to help them cope with their pasts and improve their behavior.

Friday Political Mix: Democratic Jitters Over Obamacare's Woes

Nov. 1
Frank James / NPR
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It's one month since the Affordable Care Act's health-exchange website went live and many Democrats would clearly love a do-over.

U.S. Spying Efforts Sometimes 'Reached Too Far,' Kerry Says

Nov. 1
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Some of the electronic surveillance programs of the National Security Agency have been on "automatic pilot" in recent years and have inappropriately "reached too far," Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.

What It Takes (And Means) To Learn English As An Adult

Nov. 1
Kavitha Cardoza / NPR
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This is the second report in a four-part series on adult education.

For The Tablet Generation, A Lesson In Digital Citizenship

Nov. 1
Eric Westervelt / NPR

This week on All Tech, we're exploring kids and technology with posts and radio pieces about raising digital natives. Look back at the storiesand share your thoughts and ideas in the comments, by email or tweet.

Which Plans Cover Abortion? No Answers On HealthCare.gov

Nov. 1
Julie Rovner / NPR
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As if the rollout of the federal health law didn't have enough problems, abortion is back in the spotlight.

Can Starbucks Do For Tea What It Has Done For Coffee?

Nov. 1
Margot Adler / NPR
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Starbucks, which revolutionized the coffee industry, is now taking on tea. It has opened its first tea bar, and it's creating mixed tea beverages, some even more complex and customized than the coffee beverages we all know.

Are Farm Veterinarians Pushing Too Many Antibiotics?

Nov. 1
Dan Charles / NPR
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In a barn outside Manhattan, Kan., researchers from Kansas State University are trying to solve the riddle of bovine respiratory disease. They're sticking plastic rods down the noses of six-month old calves, collecting samples of bacteria.