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Stories for November 13, 2013

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Barrio Logan Community Plan Highlights Split Between San Diego Mayoral Hopefuls

Nov. 13, 2013
By Sandhya Dirks

For the two San Diego councilmen who want to be the next mayor, the divide over a community plan in Barrio Logan offers a look at their political differences.

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Bayfront Expansion Project Breaks Ground In Chula Vista

Nov. 13, 2013
By Dwane Brown, Emily Burns

The $7.2 million-project will run between Bay Boulevard and Marina Parkway and connect the marina to the main streets on the west side of Chula Vista.

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Hospital Ship USNS Mercy Preps For Possible Deployment To Philippines

Nov. 13, 2013
By City News Service

The Navy on Wednesday ordered personnel on the San Diego-based hospital ship USNS Mercy to prepare for possible deployment in the next few days to typhoon-stricken areas of the Philippines.

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Air Force Officer Acquitted Of Groping Woman At Bar

Nov. 13, 2013
Scott Neuman / NPR

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, who once oversaw the Air Force's sexual assault response team, was found not guilty of groping a 23-year-old woman at a bar in Virginia earlier this year.

New UC President Wants Tuition Freeze For 2014 School Year

Nov. 13, 2013
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

New University of California president Janet Napolitano is laying out her agenda for the state’s flagship public university system — starting with a tuition freeze for the 2014-15 school year.

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Print Your Own Revolutionary War Boat, In 3-D

Nov. 13, 2013
April Fehling / NPR

Have you ever wanted to see a woolly mammoth skeleton? How about Amelia Earhart's flight suit (one worn before her fateful last flight, mind you)?

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Four Marines Killed In Camp Pendleton Training Accident

Nov. 13, 2013
Scott Neuman / NPR

Four Marines have been killed in a training accident at Camp Pendleton, near San Diego, Calif., base officials said.

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'Holy Cow' And 'Kangaroo Court': Panel Grills HealthCare.gov Officials

Nov. 13, 2013
Bill Chappell / NPR

A House oversight hearing examining the troubled start of HealthCare.gov was contentious from the start Wednesday, as Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., sought to cut short the opening remarks of one of the first officials to speak, Frank Baitman, the deputy assistant secretary for Information Technology in the Department of Health and Human Services.

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The Map Of Gay Marriage: Hawaii Becomes Latest To Legalize

Nov. 13, 2013
Adam Wollner / NPR

Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed legislation Wednesday making Hawaii the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Four Camp Pendleton Marines Killed In Base Accident

Nov. 13, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Four Camp Pendleton Marines were killed Wednesday as they conducted maintenance operations on the base.

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Intelligence Officials Aim To Pre-Empt More Surveillance Leaks

Nov. 13, 2013
Tom Gjelten / NPR

NSA officials are bracing for more surveillance disclosures from the documents taken by former contractor Edward Snowden -- and they want to get out in front of the story.

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San Diego On Track For One Of The Driest Years On Record

Nov. 13, 2013
By Susan Murphy

San Diego may get a trace of rain this weekend, according to the National Weather Service, but it’s not likely to veer us off course for being one of the driest years on record.

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The Tech Stats We Now Know About HealthCare.gov

Nov. 13, 2013
Elise Hu / NPR

The big numbers out today are the administration's counts of how many people actually enrolled in health exchanges between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2. More than 106,000 Americans selected health plans in the first month, the government said.

Arrest Rates In San Diego County Fall To 10-Year Low

Nov. 13, 2013
By City News Service

According to a recent report on arrest rates in San Diego County, 35 adults per 1,000 in the county were booked for a crime in 2012, compared to 43.7 per thousand in 2003.

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It's National Indian Pudding Day! Here's Why You Should Celebrate

Nov. 13, 2013
Katherine Perry / NPR

Turns out, Nov. 13 is National Indian Pudding Day. It snuck up on you again, didn't it?

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More Than 106,000 Choose Health Plans Under Affordable Care Act

Nov. 13, 2013
Bill Chappell / NPR

More than 106,000 Americans selected health plans in the first reporting period of open enrollment for the new health insurance marketplace, according to data released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Calif. Health Exchange Enrolls Fraction Of Target

Nov. 13, 2013
Associated Press

California's new health insurance exchange tentatively enrolled 35,000 people during its first month of operation, a fraction of the eventual goal in the state with the nation's largest uninsured population.

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Great Performances: Rodgers And Hammerstein's Oklahoma!

Nov. 13, 2013

Still “doin’ fine” after 60 years, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s landmark American musical "Oklahoma!" is reborn in this film version of the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain’s award-winning production.

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UCSD Students Presenting Latest Ocean Research At UN Climate Conference

Nov. 13, 2013
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Ten UC San Diego graduate students are presenting the latest ocean research before delegates at a major international climate change conference underway in Warsaw, Poland.

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Spying Review Panel Briefs President Obama

Nov. 13, 2013
Scott Neuman / NPR

A team appointed by President Obama to review U.S. spying policies in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations has delivered an interim report to the White House.

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CROSSING SOUTH: Mexicali And San Felipe

Nov. 13, 2013
By Jennifer Robinson

Host Jorge Meraz travels by boat and by kayak around the Hardy River. He travels to San Felipe to meet fishermen; take an ocean boat ride; visit the hot springs; and sample the tasty seafood.

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Camp Pendleton Marines First-Ever To Test Robotic Mule (Video)

Nov. 13, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

A small group from Camp Pendleton's 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment became the first Marines to use a robotic mule called the LS3, when they traveled last week to Massachusetts to field test the machine.

Earthquake Jolts Eastern San Francisco Bay Area

Nov. 13, 2013
Associated Press

Authorities say an earthquake has jolted the San Francisco Bay Area, making it at least the sixth small quake to hit the area within a week.

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LA Education Board Approves Continuing iPad For Every Student Plan

Nov. 13, 2013
Associated Press

The nation's second-largest school district will move ahead with an ambitious $1 billion plan to provide iPads to all students.

Napolitano Seeks 2014-2015 Tuition Freeze For UC

Nov. 13, 2013
Associated Press

University of California President Janet Napolitano proposed a tuition freeze on Wednesday for the 2014-2015 school year in her first address to the Board of Regents.

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ANALYSIS: Why Is '60 Minutes' So Tight-Lipped In Its Benghazi Apology?

Nov. 13, 2013
Eric Deggans / NPR

How did TV's most storied newsmagazine make such a huge mistake? And why won't they explain exactly what happened?

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'Got You, You Rat,' Woman Tells 'Whitey' Bulger At Sentencing

Nov. 13, 2013
Mark Memmott / NPR

Confronting James "Whitey" Bulger, who she believes murdered her father as well as the 11 other people he's been convicting of killing, a woman told the mob boss Wednesday morning that "we got you, you rat."

In Albuquerque, Human Trafficking Evolves And Grows

Nov. 13, 2013
By Tristan Ahtone

Human trafficking is a growing problem in the Southwestern United States, and the black market trade is expanding in New Mexico.

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Democrats Join Calls To Rectify Canceled Health Insurance

Nov. 13, 2013
Julie Rovner / NPR

In Washington this week, calls to fix the problem of people getting insurance cancellation notices are getting louder and coming from all sides. But turning back the clock on health insurance cancellations turns out to be a lot harder than it sounds.

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Creation Museum Denied Membership By San Diego Museum Council

Nov. 13, 2013
By Angela Carone

The San Diego Museum Council has voted to reject the membership application of the Museum of Creation and Earth, located in Santee.

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Who’s Really Behind Those Mayoral Twitter Accounts?

Nov. 13, 2013
By Claire Trageser

If Twitter profiles and Facebook pages are like the booming voice of the Wizard of Oz, here the campaigns allow a quick glimpse at the men and women behind the curtain.

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Fletcher's Mayoral Candidacy Creates Crack Among San Diego Progressives

Nov. 13, 2013
By Amita Sharma

Nathan Fletcher’s candidacy as a Democrat in the special election to replace disgraced former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has created a division among progressives.

Wednesday Political Mix: Obamacare IT Officials Face Issa

Nov. 13, 2013
Frank James / NPR

Pressure continues to rise on congressional Democrats with every new story about someone whose health plan was cancelled as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

Calif. Board Weighs Disputed Desalination Plant

Nov. 13, 2013
Associated Press

State coastal officials say a hotly disputed proposal to turn ocean water into tap in Orange County should be revamped to protect marine life but the company planning to build what would be one of the Western Hemisphere's two biggest desalination plants called the recommended changes a deal killer.

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Relatives To Face Whitey Bulger At Sentencing Hearing

Nov. 13, 2013
Tovia Smith / NPR

It's the moment many victims of former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger have been waiting decades for. In federal court in Boston, relatives of those killed by Bulger will face the former gangster and describe their pain.

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How A Free Bus Shuttle Helped Make A Small Town Take Off

Nov. 13, 2013
Richard Gonzales / NPR

This story is part of an ongoing project on commuting in America.

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Forget The Car Keys -- This Commute Requires A Paddle

Nov. 13, 2013
Casey Miner / NPR

This story is part of a project on commuting in America.