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Stories for November 11, 2013

Philippine Ex-Pats In Calif. Contribute To Typhoon Relief

Nov. 11
Kirk Siegler / NPR
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Many Filipinos living in the United States are frantically trying to get in touch with loved ones in some of the areas hardest hit by the typhoon. California, with about a million Filipino immigrants, is the center for a large fundraising effort.

Memorial Service Tuesday For Slain TSA Officer

Nov. 11
Associated Press

The Transportation Security Administration officer who was killed by a rampaging gunman at Los Angeles International Airport is being honored Tuesday at a public memorial service.

Defense Department Confirms Senator's Son Killed In Plane Crash

Nov. 11
Steve Mullis / NPR

In a statement released by the Department of Defense Monday night, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel confirmed that Sen. Jim Inhofe's son, 52-year-old Perry Inhofe, was killed in a weekend plane crash.

San Diego-Based USS Cowpens Heading To Philippines To Help Typhoon Victims

Nov. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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The USS Cowpens - homeport Naval Base San Diego - will head to the Philippines immediately to provide humanitarian assistance to the hundreds of thousands of Typhoon Haiyan victims. The Cowpens is on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group, and is currently in Hong Kong for a port visit.

Record Number Of International Students Attend U.S. Colleges

Nov. 11
Bill Chappell / NPR

International students who come to the U.S. for college contribute more than $24 billion to the economy, according to an analysis that came out Monday. A record number of international students -- nearly 820,000 -- came to U.S. colleges in the 2012/2013 school year, says the Institute of International Education.

California Top Destination For International Students

Nov. 11
By Jill Replogle
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The number of international students at San Diego colleges and universities is on the rise, according to an annual report.

The First Estimate On Insurance Signups Is Pretty Darned Small

Nov. 11
Julie Rovner / NPR
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The Obama administration later this week will issue much anticipated enrollment numbers for the first month of the Affordable Care Act.

Atlanta Braves Shock Fans With Plan To Move To Suburbs

Nov. 11
Bill Chappell / NPR
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In a move that took many fans by surprise, the Atlanta Braves announced Monday that the team will move to the city's suburbs, where it will build a new stadium. The team's lease on Turner Field, the Braves' home since 1997, will expire in 2016.

San Diego Shelters Offering Discounted Cost Pet Adoptions To Veterans

Nov. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Are you a veteran looking for unconditional love? In honor of Veterans Day, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, and the San Diego County Department of Animal Services, are offering 50 percent off adoption fees to those who have served in our Armed Forces.

Q&A: A Time Of Collaborative Consumption

Nov. 11
NPR Staff / NPR
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This week on-air and online, the tech team isexploring the sharing economy. You'll find the stories on this blog and we would love to hear your questions about the topic. Justemail, leave a comment or tweet.

It's A New Orleans Mantra, But Using 'Who Dat' May Cost You

Nov. 11
Eve Troeh / NPR
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During pro football season, New Orleans becomes " 'Who Dat' Nation." Fans open New Orleans Saints games with the signature chant and use it to rattle the eardrums of opponents during play.

Senate Votes To Send A Message Ahead Of Next Year's Election

Nov. 11
David Welna / NPR
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Midterm elections are still a year off, but the scramble to gain a political edge at the polls is already well underway on Capitol Hill.

In California, A High School That Cheers A-R-A-B-S

Nov. 11
Sam H. Sanders / NPR
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Last week, Coachella Valley High School came under fire for the name of its mascot -- the Arab. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee sent a letter to the school, complaining about the way the mascot depicts people of Arab descent. The complaint made the school national news.

Thanking Veterans And Remembering Their Sacrifices

Nov. 11
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Americans are marking Veterans Day in a variety of ways Monday, from public ceremonies to proud notes on social media and quiet remembrances in homes and offices. Photos of husbands and grandfathers, mothers and sisters popped up on Facebook as a way to honor military veterans; on Twitter, the top four tags Monday afternoon revolved around veterans.

Police: Indie Musicians Killed By Former Bandmate In NYC

Nov. 11
Scott Neuman / NPR

Police say three musicians, two from an Iranian-American indie rock group, were shot and killed early Monday and a fourth person was wounded in the East Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, New York. The alleged assailant, who took his own life, was also a musician, they said.

SDG&E Donating $1.2M To San Diego And Orange County Nonprofits

Nov. 11
By City News Service

More than 120 nonprofit organizations will receive grants from totaling more than $1.2 million to groups in San Diego and Orange counties.

Addiction, Unemployment, PTSD: Challenges Facing San Diego Veterans

Nov. 11
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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On Veterans Day, KPBS honors our military members and looks at some of the issues facing San Diego's veteran population.

A Few Places Where Government Tech Procurement Works

Nov. 11
Elise Hu / NPR
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The botched start of HealthCare.gov is just the latest big federal tech system to fail at launch, but information technology research group Standish found that during the last decade, 94 percent of the large-scale federal IT projects have been similarly unsuccessful.

Memories Of Combat Still Haunt Veterans Of WWII, Korea And Vietnam (Video)

Nov. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Three veterans who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War talk about what they witnessed in combat. As one of the veterans said about his war memories, "We're not supposed to forget 'em."

A Week Later, Still Too Close To Call In Virginia

Nov. 11
Adam Wollner / NPR
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There's still one election yet to be decided from last Tuesday: the Virginia attorney general's race.

In 'Fire And Forget,' Vets-Turned-Writers Tell Their War Stories

Nov. 11
NPR
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This Veterans Day, considers these lines from the preface to Fire And Forget, a collection of short stories by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:

Movies Rated PG-13 Feature The Most Gun Violence

Nov. 11
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Parents who rely on movie ratings to decide what their children can watch may think that PG-13 films have fewer villains flashing guns than R-rated movies.

Forget The 50 States, U.S. Is Really 11 Nations, Says Author

Nov. 11
Tell Me More Staff / NPR
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According to author and journalist Colin Woodard, the United States of America is neither united, nor made up of 50 states.

Veterans Day Means Many San Diego Offices Are Closed Monday

Nov. 11
By City News Service

Because Veterans Day is a federal holiday, banks will be closed but county parks will be open.

Military Women Combat Challenges in Service

Nov. 11
NPR Staff / NPR

On Veteran's Day, we honor those who have served by talking with five women who have fought for this country. All five are also authors. We hear how they hope to encourage a new generation of women in the military. Join @TellMeMoreNPR for a Live Twitter chat at 11:00am ET. We will talk about women in combat, race in the military, balancing career & motherhood and why women choose to serve.

Amazon Taps Post Office For Sunday Deliveries; A Win-Win?

Nov. 11
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Much of the talk in recent years about how the U.S. Postal Service could stem its huge losses has been about the things it might stop doing -- most notably, delivering the mail on Saturdays (something Congress won't let it discontinue).

San Diego Veterans Day Parade To Honor 50th Anniversary Of Vietnam War

Nov. 11
Midday Edition
By City News Service
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The one-mile parade began at 11 a.m. adjacent to the County Administration Building at North Harbor Drive and Grape Street, and wound along Pacific Highway and G Street.

SDSU Biologist Wins $8.5 Million Grant For Heart Research

Nov. 11
By Kenny Goldberg

A San Diego State biologist has won an $8.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue his cutting-edge research into heart health.

A Feast For Young Tastes At New Children's Museum

Nov. 11
By Angela Carone
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The New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego changes exhibits every couple of years. The museum’s newest show is called "Feast: The Art of Playing With Your Food." Here's a taste of what families can expect.

CSU San Marcos Makes Room For Veterans Center

Nov. 11
By Kyla Calvert
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CSUSM President Karen Haynes said school faculty and staff take pride in the many recognitions the campus has received for being one of the country's most veteran friendly.

Second Opinion: What Does Obamacare Mean For Health Savings Accounts?

Nov. 11
By Megan Burks
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A La Jolla resident wants to know if she can window-shop on Covered California if she has a health savings account.

Federal Government Is Major Employer Of Veterans

Nov. 11
By Alison St John

Veterans now make up almost 30 percent of the federal workforce and not surprisingly, 45 percent of Defense Department employees nationwide are veterans.

Homeless Veteran's Makeover Goes Viral: VIDEO

Nov. 11
Mark Memmott / NPR
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On this Veterans Day, a video showing a homeless veteran's transformation as a stylist cuts his hair, trims his beard and puts him in a new suit, is going viral. It's already drawn more than 10 million views in just 5 days.

Monday Political Mix: GOP To Keep Obamacare Fans On Defensive

Nov. 11
Frank James / NPR
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It's Veteran's Day 2013. Our deepest thanks to those who've worn the nation's uniform both home and abroad and made countless sacrifices to serve it with courage and integrity.

Doolittle Raiders Offer Last Toast To 71-Year-Old Mission

Nov. 11
Jerry Kenney / NPR

On April 18, 1942, in response to the attack on Pearl Harbor, 80 men, in 16 B-25 bombers, took off on a secret mission to bomb Japan. Led by James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, they became known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.

Seeing Opportunity In A Question: 'Where Are You Really From?'

Nov. 11
NPR Staff / NPR
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NPR continues a series of conversations about The Race Card Project, where thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words. Every so often NPR Host/Special Correspondent Michele Norris will dip into those six-word stories to explore issues surrounding race and cultural identity for Morning Edition.

Self-Employed And With Lots Of Questions About Health Care

Nov. 11
Julie Rovner / NPR
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The health care exchanges may be open, but there's no question they're still kind of a mess.

Vets-Turned-Firefighters Find Brotherhood, Purpose

Nov. 11
Quil Lawrence / NPR
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Employment for veterans of recent wars remains a stubborn problem, with the jobless rate for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan sometimes reaching double the national rate.