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Stories for November 6, 2013

How The Affordable Care Act Pays For Insurance Subsidies

Nov. 6
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The new health care law will provide around $1 trillion in subsidies to low- and middle-income Americans over the next decade to help them pay for health insurance.

Sightings Of Fiery Streak Across Southern Calif. Sky

Nov. 6
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Southern Californians from Santa Barbara to San Diego have reported seeing a fireball that forecasters said was most likely a meteor streaking across the sky.

Lawmakers Demand Answers On Unemployment Check Delays

Nov. 6
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Top officials from the Employment Development Department answered to lawmakers at a legislative hearing Wednesday as to why thousands of payments were delayed this fall.

La Jolla Cove Faces Another Smell Problem

Nov. 6
By Dwane Brown
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The decades-old problem of smelly bird poop in La Jolla Cove is being replaced by a new problem — smelly sea lion poop.

Supporters Say Minimum Wage Hike Gaining Support

Nov. 6
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On many economic issues, Americans are deeply divided. But when it comes to giving pay raises to minimum wage workers, voters overwhelmingly say: Do it.

Todd Gloria Listed As One Of Nation's Most Promising Young Politicians

Nov. 6
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The 24 Aspen Institute fellows will take part in three weekend-long seminars plus weeklong overseas trips over a two-year period.

Joe Biden, Congratulator-In-Chief

Nov. 6
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Vice President Joe Biden's name didn't appear on any ballots Tuesday, but he still had a busy election night.

Judge: MF Global Customers To Recover All Their Losses

Nov. 6
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One thread runs through nearly every story of financial fraud, from Enron to Madoff: Investors bilked out of their money rarely get it back.

Virginia Result Driven by Obamacare? Shutdown? Not So Much

Nov. 6
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Virginia Tea Party Republican Ken Cuccinelli lost a closer-than-expected contest for governor Tuesday to Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a weak but well-financed and well-connected candidate.

IVF Doesn't Raise Overall Risk For Childhood Cancers

Nov. 6
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Children who were conceived with in vitro fertilization have the same overall chance of developing childhood cancers as those conceived naturally, scientists reported Wednesday.

How Long Must Rand Paul Stay In Detention For Plagiarism?

Nov. 6
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If you were a high-profile politician caught plagiarizing, would you:

This Is Nuts! Heist Nabs $400,000 Worth Of Walnuts

Nov. 6
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This case is proving a tough nut to crack: Thieves have been making off with shipments of walnuts and almonds in California's Central Valley. The latest heist is valued at $400,000.

There May Be A Green Light For Pot, But Not For Driving High

Nov. 6
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Western states have led the way in the legalization of marijuana, first with medical marijuana, and then with the legalization of recreational pot in Colorado and Washington last November.

4-D Printing Means Building Things That Build Themselves

Nov. 6
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In our Weekly Innovation series, we pick an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Got an innovation you think we should feature? Fill out our form.

Michigan Works To Match Dropouts With Degrees Already Earned

Nov. 6
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There's a nationwide search underway to find former students who don't know they've already done all or most of the work needed to earn a credential that might help them land a better-paying job.

Great Performances: Stephen Sondheim's Company With The New York Philharmonic

Nov. 6
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Legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical Company centers on Bobby, a confirmed bachelor celebrating his 35th birthday with his 10 closest friends (five couples). This 2011 New York Philharmonic concert production starring Neil Patrick Harris as Bobby won rave reviews. Harris’ co-stars include Patti LuPone, Stephen Colbert, Christina Hendricks, Anika Noni Rose, Jon Cryer and Martha Plimpton performing the show’s many Sondheim standards.

Despite Barriers, One Woman Breaks Silence About Farm Rape

Nov. 6
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This is the second story in a two-part report about sexual assault of agricultural workers in the U.S.

Another Election?! Relax, This One's To Name A Baby Panda

Nov. 6
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Fresh off Tuesday's election, another is just around the corner: The National Zoo wants you to help name its new panda cub by casting a vote at Smithsonian.com.

Naval Medical Center San Diego Begins High-Tech Lung Cancer Screenings (Video)

Nov. 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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Naval Medical Center San Diego has started offering cutting-edge lung cancer screenings as a way to catch the deadly disease in its early stages.

SDSU Biologist Receives $8.5M Grant To Research Stem Cells To Treat Heart Failure

Nov. 6
City News Service
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A San Diego State University biologist won an $8.5 million, five-year federal grant to conduct research into using stem cells to treat heart failure, the school announced Wednesday.

Google: Barge Will Be Interactive Learning Space

Nov. 6
Associated Press
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Internet giant Google says it is exploring using a large barge as an interactive learning center.

Libera: Angels Sing Christmas In Ireland

Nov. 6
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Warm your heart and soul with the angelic voices of one of the world’s most acclaimed boy choirs as they perform traditional Christmas carols infused with the musical sounds of Ireland. Recorded in the spectacular St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh, Ireland, the concert also features virtuoso musicians, including Irish flute player Brian Dunning and violinist Zoe Conway.

Forget Barley And Hops: Craft Brewers Want A Taste Of Place

Nov. 6
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Last week, Aaron Kleidon went for a walk in the Illinois woods and returned with a bag of lotus seeds. The seeds were bound not for his dinner plate, but for his pint glass.

Burmese Refugees Making San Diego Home

Nov. 6
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San Diego artists and musicians kick in to help local Burmese refugees. The community is trying to reunite families as the U.S. ends refugee status for Burma.

Wife Beats Husband In Local Maine Election

Nov. 6
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The election Tuesday for Ward 1 warden in Waterville, Maine, might have had as much to say about marital politics as partisan politics.

Hidden Letters: Keeping Alive The Message Of The Holocaust

Nov. 6
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Discovered in Amsterdam in 1997, a batch of 1940s letters show communication between a teen Dutch Jew working in a labor camp and his parents, revealing life of Dutch Jews in Holland during the Nazi terror in Europe in the 1940s.

Mexican Coke In US Will Still Use Cane Sugar

Nov. 6
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Americans who buy the glass bottles of Coke exported from Mexico may have been dismayed by recent online reports that a Mexican independent bottler planned to switch from sugar to fructose to cut costs.

Comediennes Of Color: 'Look, I Am Funny'

Nov. 6
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This past weekend's Saturday Night Live was the most-watched episode of the season, but viewers may have been looking for something other than laughs. Saturday's show followed weeks of criticism over SNL's painfully obvious lack of diversity.

Camp Pendleton Marines Get Touching Thank You At Chicago Airport

Nov. 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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A baker's dozen of Camp Pendleton Marines were surprised with a trio of treats at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport this week on the final leg of their trip home to San Diego from Afghanistan. The homage included a fire truck water salute and an upgrade to first class for all 13 Marines.

Where Do 'Hoodlums' Come From? San Francisco

Nov. 6
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Singer Chris Brown was in the news last week after being accused of punching a fan outside a Washington, D.C., hotel. Police later identified the alleged victim as 20-year-old Parker Isaac Adams. Brown maintains it was his bodyguard who threw the punch and only after Adams tried to board the singer's tour bus.

Turnover Time: Celebrated Generation Of Mayors Leaves Office

Nov. 6
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Many of the nation's largest cities are about to get what polls suggest Americans want in Washington: an entirely new group of leaders.

A New Look At An Old Epilepsy Drug Yields Treatment Clue

Nov. 6
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About one-third of people with epilepsy aren't helped by existing drugs.

Splattered Flag-Themed Football Uniforms Have Many Seeing Red

Nov. 6
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Special uniforms that Northwestern University's football team will wear on Nov. 16 have sparked controversy because of red streaks across the flag-themed patterns that look like blood to many observers.

7 Election Lessons We Should Have Seen Coming

Nov. 6
Ron Elving / NPR
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In the end, they pretty much all won. The people who were expected to prevail Tuesday night wound up in the winner's circle. In New Jersey and New York, of course, and in Virginia, too, in the end. The ballot measures also went according to script.

Hazardous Weather Brings Elevated Fire Danger To San Diego County

Nov. 6
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The weather will pose an elevated risk of wildfire in San Diego County starting Wednesday, meteorologists said.

Statewide Amber Alert Suspect Arrested In Mexico, Infant Recovered Unharmed

Nov. 6
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A Sunnyvale man who prompted a statewide "Amber Alert" after abducting his infant son was arrested by Mexican authorities at a checkpoint in Mexico.

Astrodoomed? Famed Houston Stadium May Fall To Wrecking Ball

Nov. 6
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Voters in Houston on Tuesday rejected a bond referendum that would have allowed Harris County, Texas, to borrow $217 million that it could then spend on turning the Astrodome into one very large convention and exhibition hall.

The Tech Team Podcast, Episode 1: Kids And Technology

Nov. 6
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As loyal readers and listeners know, your NPR tech reporters are organizing our enterprise reporting by exploring a single theme in technology over the course of a week. Our first theme week was on kids and technology and it aired last week. We featured stories about babies and screen time, teens and social media, the science behind video games and more.

Secret Persuasion: How Big Campaign Donors Stay Anonymous

Nov. 6
Peter Overby, Viveca Novak, Robert Maguire
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Part two of our "Secret Persuasion" story reported with the Center for Responsive Politics. Read the first part here.

I Applied For An Online Payday Loan. Here's What Happened Next

Nov. 6
Pam Fessler / NPR
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Payday lenders made about $49 billion in high-interest loans last year. More than a third of those loans were made online. I wondered what happens when you apply for such a loan, so I decided to find out.

Supreme Court Case Puts Public Prayer Back In The Spotlight

Nov. 6
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The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case questioning the use of prayer at government meetings. But first, the marshal will ask "God" to "save the United States and this honorable court."