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Stories for November 12, 2013

Meeting Planned On Calif. School's Arab Mascot

Nov. 12
Associated Press

A special meeting will be held to discuss the growing controversy over a Southern California high school's longstanding Arab mascot.

ACLU Challenges Police Use Of 'Papers Please'

Nov. 12
By Jude Joffe-Block

It's the first challenge of its kind since this section of Arizona's SB 1070 took effect more than one year ago.

Bill Wells Sworn In As El Cajon Mayor

Nov. 12
By City News Service

Wells had been filling the mayoral duties on an interim basis since Mark Lewis stepped down after making controversial remarks about El Cajon's substantial Chaldean population.

Lemon Grove Boy Admits Lying About Attempted Kidnapping

Nov. 12
By City News Service

The 9-year-old said he had managed to break free from the assailant's grasp and escape, only to admit several hours later the abduction attempt had not occurred.

It's A Dolphin! SeaWorld San Diego's Newest Baby In Good Health

Nov. 12
By City News Service
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Kolohe and her 40-pound baby were swimming together and bonding in the pool, SeaWorld officials said. Its gender will be determined in a few weeks.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: JFK: One PM Central Standard Time

Nov. 12
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This program tells the story of two men: one, the president of the United States — shot in Dallas and rushed to Parkland hospital, his fate unknown — the other, respected CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, knowing he had to get the story right amid the uncertainties of that tragic day.

With Pressure From All Sides, Obamacare Vise Tightens On Dems

Nov. 12
Frank James / NPR

Democrats at the White House and in Congress find themselves in an ever-tightening vise over all those canceled health insurance policies.

Housing For Sexual Predator Douglas Badger To Be Determined By Judge

Nov. 12
Midday Edition
By Dwane Brown
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Douglas Badger, who has been diagnosed with a schizophrenic disorder and sexual sadism, has a history of sexual assaults dating back to 1974.

Proposed Water Rate Increase To Have Public Hearing On Nov. 21

Nov. 12
By City News Service

The city's Water Utilities Department has proposed hiking rates by 7.25 percent in calendar year 2014 and by up to 7.5 percent the following year. Water rates in San Diego were last raised two years ago.

Shift In Cholesterol Advice Could Double Statin Use

Nov. 12
Richard Knox / NPR

After decades of cajoling Americans to know their cholesterol level and get it down as low as possible, the nation's leading heart specialists are changing course.

Airline Antitrust Deal Seen Boosting Competition At Airports

Nov. 12
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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From the start, airline analysts had been predicting that an antitrust lawsuit would not stop the $11 billion deal to combine US Airways and American Airlines.

Military Commissaries Will Scan ID Cards At Checkout

Nov. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Shoppers at military commissaries will soon have to hand over their ID cards to be scanned during checkout. Defense Commissary Agency officials say the scans will allow them to obtain more information about their customers.

Administration Invites HealthCare.gov Users To Try Again

Nov. 12
Scott Neuman / NPR
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That's the message from the White House on Tuesday, with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) asking more than 275,000 people who tried and failed to sign up for health plans on the stalled HealthCare.gov website to give it another shot.

Close, Closer, Closest: A Guide To Election Photo Finishes

Nov. 12
Adam Wollner / NPR
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The Virginia attorney general's race, which cut a relatively low profile heading into Election Day, now has a chance to end up as part of history.

Medicaid Questions Slow Insurance Purchases On Colorado Exchange

Nov. 12
Eric Whitney / NPR
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If you want to meet somebody who's really happy with the Affordable Care Act, then say hello to Sue Birch, Colorado's Medicaid director.

Chris Christie's Surprising Role Model For Minority Outreach

Nov. 12
Frank James / NPR
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he can teach national Republicans an important lesson: If they want to appeal to voters beyond their traditional conservative base, they need to go to where those voters are.

Larry Flynt Seeks To Block Execution Of Man Who Shot Him

Nov. 12
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Larry Flynt doesn't want the man who shot him to die.

How About A Coke? Warhol Painting Up For Grabs

Nov. 12
Tanya Ballard Brown / NPR
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On Tuesday, artist Andy Warhol's oversized and iconic Coca-Cola (3) will hit the auction block at Christie's, and to borrow an old slogan from the company, It's The Real Thing.

Vapor Vs. Smoke: A Look At The E-Cigarette Craze In San Diego

Nov. 12
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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E-cigarettes claim to pose fewer health risks than cigarettes, but some San Diego cities disagree.

How Much Is Too Much Media For Kids? San Diego Experts Weigh In

Nov. 12
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The American Academy of Pediatrics encourage parents to come up with a media use plan for their kids. We speak with local experts about how to set some guidelines.

Have Bitcoin To Burn? Next Stop Could Be The Farm

Nov. 12
Thomas Andrew Gustafson / NPR
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For food producers who sell directly to consumers, credit cards are both a blessing and a curse.

Challenges Ahead For International Criminal Court, Says Leading War Crimes Expert

Nov. 12
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Eric Stover of the Human Rights Center talks about the challenges faced by the fledgling International Criminal Court.

NATURE: Parrot Confidential

Nov. 12
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From the wilds of Costa Rica to the suburbs of our own country, NATURE explores the difficulties of raising parrots, why some breeders and owners become rescuers, and conservation efforts in the wild. Owners and rescuers of the popular bird talk about the ups and downs of caring for these colorful characters and the impact of “Baretta.”

Study: State, Local Immigration Enforcement Doesn't Drive Self-Deportation

Nov. 12
By Jill Replogle
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Attempts by state and local authorities to enforce federal immigration laws haven’t caused immigrants to voluntarily leave the United States, a new study finds.

Military Suicides Drop By More Than 22 Percent

Nov. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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The latest numbers from the Department of Defense show suicides in the military are down 22 percent this year. The reason why has many Pentagon officials perplexed.

California Voters May Decide Transgender Law

Nov. 12
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

California may be headed for a new battle over legal rights for the LGBT community.

Justice Reaches Deal To Allow American, US Airways Merger

Nov. 12
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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The Justice Department has reached a deal that will allow for the merger of American and US Airways, opening the door to the creation of the world's largest airline.

New York's 1 World Trade Center Declared Tallest Building In U.S.

Nov. 12
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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One World Trade Center -- the skyscraper that now rises from the site of the Twin Towers, destroyed during the terrorists attacks of Sept. 11 -- has been declared the tallest building in the U.S. by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

Border Agents Get Jail Time For Force-Feeding Pot To Smugglers

Nov. 12
By Jill Replogle
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Two Border Patrol agents will serve jail time for violating the civil rights of smugglers by forcing them to eat marijuana leaves and flee shoeless into the Tucson desert.

Mexican Officials Say Former U.S. Cop Led Kidnap Ring

Nov. 12
Bill Chappell / NPR

A man who served in the U.S. military and as a Texas police officer has been arrested near Monterrey, Mexico, where authorities say he led a kidnapping gang. The suspect, 32, is known by two names: Luis Ricardo Gonzalez Garcia and Javier Aguirre Cardenas, according to Mexican law enforcement officials. The 16-member gang is blamed for several violent crimes.

El Cajon To Consider How To Fill Vacant Mayor's Seat

Nov. 12
City News Service

After longtime Mayor Mark Lewis resigned in October, the El Cajon City Council will consider how to fill his seat.

Tuesday Political Mix: Treasury, Tribes, and Christie 2016

Nov. 12
Liz Halloran / NPR

Before we get to the president's Treasury appointment, continuing Obamacare problems, and a presidential poll du jour, let's turn our thoughts to the people of the typhoon-devastated Philippines.

Food Stamp Cuts Could Hurt City Heights Farmers Market

Nov. 12
By Megan Burks
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Families who use food stamps have $36 less this month for stocking their cupboards. The cuts are also affecting businesses and, ultimately, the communities they serve.

Ramona Seeks To Move Up The Vine As A Wine Tasting Region

Nov. 12
Midday Edition
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When you think of wine tasting destinations, places like Napa, Sonoma or Temecula Valley probably come to mind, but one San Diego community is hoping to add its name to the map.

Escondido Residents Debate BMX Race Track At Kit Carson Park

Nov. 12
Midday Edition
By Alison St John
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BMX racing is growing in popularity, but the idea of putting a commercial track in a public park has its critics.

New Software Tied To Calif. Agency's Work Backlog

Nov. 12
Associated Press

Workers at the California agency investigating discrimination claims say the speed and quality of their work has slowed because of flaws in a new state computer system that was designed to boost efficiency.

Report Addresses Public Safety On Tribal Land

Nov. 12
Associated Press

A national panel of judicial and law enforcement experts traveled the country taking comment on public safety issues on American Indian reservations, where federal statistics show the violent crime rates can be 20 times the national average.

Key West Awash With Plans For Rising Sea Level

Nov. 12
Greg Allen / NPR
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Florida -- especially South Florida -- is very flat and very low, and in places like Miami Beach and Key West, buildings are just 3 feet above sea level. Scientists now say there may be a 3-foot rise in the world's oceans by the end of the century.

Brain Scans Shouldn't Get Their Day In Court, Scientists Say

Nov. 12
Jon Hamilton / NPR

It's not just people who go on trial these days. It's their brains.

Reinventing The Dwindling Middle Class May Take A Revolution

Nov. 12
Kelly McEvers / NPR
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My parents moved away from Lincoln, Ill., two decades ago, when I was in college. I hardly ever get back there. But my mom still works in Lincoln, and it was to Lincoln I headed to meet her this fall, after returning to the U.S. from the Middle East.