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Stories for November 14, 2013

Four Fallen Camp Pendleton Marines Identified

Nov. 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Pendleton has released the names of the four Marines killed Wednesday morning on base.

San Diego Judge Denies New Trial For 4 Somali Men Convicted Of Supporting Terrorism

Nov. 14
By Amita Sharma

Defense lawyers argued secrecy surrounding NSA surveillance hindered discovery and violated Fourth Amendment rights of the defendants, found guilty of aiding terrorist group. Three of the four men are scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

Snapchat's Big News Week And Questions About Its Worth

Nov. 14
Elise Hu / NPR
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Snapchat has been occupying a space somewhere between people's fears -- it's for porn! -- and the company's pitch -- a service widely adopted by young users who want a "fast way to share a moment" and feel it's consequence-free.

Lawsuit Claims Maritime Industry Lied About Barrio Logan Referendum

Nov. 14
By Sandhya Dirks
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The controversial Barrio Logan Community Plan seemed headed to the ballot box, but now it might be making a pit stop in a courtroom.

Removal Of Blind Man, Service Dog From Flight Sparks Outrage

Nov. 14
Scott Neuman / NPR

When the crew members aboard a US Airways plane removed a blind man and his service dog from a flight before takeoff on Wednesday, they probably weren't expecting a full-scale passenger mutiny.

USS Preble Returns Monday To San Diego After 7-Month Deployment

Nov. 14
By City News Service

The USS Preble and its crew of 300 departed its San Diego home port April 19 and will be back Monday after a seven-month deployment.

Marines Killed At Camp Pendleton Were Clearing Unexploded Ordnance

Nov. 14
By KPBS

Marine Corps officials said Thursday the four Marines killed a day earlier while clearing unexploded ordnance from a range at California's Camp Pendleton were bomb technicians.

MARTHA BAKES: Coffee Cakes

Nov. 14
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If you love coffee cakes as much as Martha does - you'll love learning all four of the indispensable recipes featured in this episode. Watch as Martha demonstrates a rhubarb upside-down crumb cake, jam-filled crumb-topped coffee cake muffins, a streusel cake with a confectioners' sugar glaze, and a glazed lemon blueberry coffee cake.

Insurers Aren't Keen On Obama's Pledge To Extend Coverage

Nov. 14
Julie Rovner / NPR
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Remember President Obama's phrase "If you like your health plan you can keep it?" Now it's more like "if you like your health plan you can keep it - for another year, and only if your insurance company says it's OK."

Obama To Congress: 'Let's See' Before New Iran Sanctions

Nov. 14
Scott Neuman / NPR

President Obama on Thursday asked Congress to hold off on imposing any new economic sanctions on Iran to give negotiators more time to forge a deal on Tehran's nuclear program.

US Border Patrol Has 'Alarming' Alcohol Problem, Says Internal Memo And Inside Source

Nov. 14
Mitch Blacher / 10News

U.S. Border Patrol chief concerned about agents' drinking and driving, internal memo obtained by 10News shows.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Spicy Fall Sweets

Nov. 14
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Test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the best Pumpkin Bread. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of molasses. Next, science expert Guy Crosby explains the science of baking soda. And finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to perfect Gingersnaps.

Denver's Smell-O-Scope Targets Marijuana's Skunky Scent

Nov. 14
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado. But that doesn't mean residents want the air to smell like a pot rally. Denver is getting more calls to enforce an odor ordinance that can impose a buzz-killing fine on violators. To find them, the city relies on a device called the Nasal Ranger.

For Ridesharing Apps Like Lyft, Commerce Is A Community

Nov. 14
Sonari Glinton / NPR
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In the past several years, the idea of sharing cars and bikes has begun to take hold in major American cities.

Cook's Country From America's Test Kitchen: Sweet On Texas

Nov. 14
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Test cook Bridget Lancaster reveals the secrets to a Texas favorite, Tres Leches Cake. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Christopher Kimball to a tasting of sweetened condensed milk. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows Chris how to make Magic Chocolate Flan Cake.

JFK's Lasting Economic Legacy: Lower Tax Rates

Nov. 14
Marilyn Geewax / NPR

As the young U.S. senator takes the oath to become president, he sets out to fix an economy struggling with rising unemployment, slumping profits and depressed stock prices.

Electric Cars Drive Demand For Cheaper, More Powerful Batteries

Nov. 14
Lauren Sommer / NPR
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If there's one person you'd expect to have an electric car, it's Venkat Srinivasan. He's in charge of battery research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.

Oregon Shines On Medicaid, As Texas Stalls On Sign-Ups

Nov. 14
Carrie Feibel, Kristian Foden-Vencil
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Oregon might be seen as a complete failure or a surprising success when it comes to its health insurance exchange.

Police Arrest Hundreds In Global Child Porn Sting

Nov. 14
Scott Neuman / NPR

Toronto police say they've cracked a massive child porn network, rescuing 386 children around the world and nabbing hundreds of suspects, including teachers, clergymen and doctors.

San Diego-Based USS Cowpens Arrives In Philippines To Help Typhoon Victims (Video)

Nov. 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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The San Diego-based USS Cowpens arrived in the Philippines today to begin "Operation Damayan" - a humanitarian mission that will provide aid to the typhoon-ravaged nation.

Small Fire Closes San Diego's Laurel Street Bridge

Nov. 14
City News Service
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A worker helping retrofit the century-old Cabrillo Bridge accidentally set old wooden framing ablaze inside the Balboa Park landmark. The fire was reported out at 3:25 p.m.

Preview: Malashock/RAW4

Nov. 14
By Beth Accomando
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A trio of dynamic choreographers team up to shock and amaze audiences with the fourth installment of Malashock/RAW4. Guest choreographer Michael Mizerany talks about pushing the envelope in dance.

Antiques Roadshow: Survivors

Nov. 14
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In this special episode, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW highlights amazing tales of rescues, near misses, and beating the odds with treasures that have endured wars, natural disasters, fires and more. A French Blue John urn that remains largely intact despite multiple gunshots is appraised for $3,000 to $5,000. Other highlights include a New Orleans Chess Table that held strong through Hurricane Katrina and hotel stationary — bearing the names of three of the four Beatles — that escaped a fiery end.

Why Is Military Service The 'Unasked Question' At The Doctor's Office?

Nov. 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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Less than half of patients who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces report their doctors asking about their past military service — which could be detrimental to their health care needs.

Philadelphia Children's Hospital Bars Herbs And Supplements

Nov. 14
Elana Gordon / NPR
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One of the nation's largest and oldest children's hospitals is cracking down on parents who bring their kids herbs, extracts or other dietary supplements.

San Diego Financial Outlook Reveals Surplus In Store If No Additional Spending

Nov. 14
James R. Riffel / City News Service
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The city of San Diego will be able to maintain current service levels over the next five years, but mayoral candidates and the City Council will need to temper their demands for new spending, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said Wednesday.

San Diego Latinos Surveyed About Beliefs, Experiences

Nov. 14
Midday Edition
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A survey finds interesting complexities in San Diego's Latino population. KPBS and San Diego Magazine commissioned a survey to determine the range of attitudes and aspirations in the Latino community.

Federal Reserve Nominee Yellen Navigates Confirmation Hearing

Nov. 14
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Janet Yellen cleared a key hurdle Thursday, as her confirmation hearing to become the next chair of the Federal Reserve went smoothly. There were only a few snags in roughly two hours of questions and discussions between Yellen and members of the Senate banking committee.

Undocumented Writer's New Film Screens At San Diego Asian Film Festival

Nov. 14
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Award-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas' new film 'Documented' chronicles his announcement that he is living in the country illegally and his long-distance relationship with him mom.

Governments Mining Google For More Personal Data

Nov. 14
Associated Press
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Google is becoming less likely to comply with government demands for information on its users' activities as authorities in the U.S. and other countries get more aggressive about mining the Internet for personal data.

Democrats Try To Stanch Political Bleeding From Obamacare

Nov. 14
Frank James / NPR
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Among the Affordable Care Act's accomplishments is that it took the remarkable Democratic Party unity that existed during the government shutdown and smashed it to smithereens in near record time.

Marine Family Grieves Over Death Of Retired Military Dog (Video)

Nov. 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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Chaak was a military working dog who spent 11 years in the Marine Corps. Sgt. Daniel Cornier was Chaak's handler, and adopted the Belgian Malinois when the dog was retired at Camp Pendleton. On Veterans Day, Chaak passed away after a brief illness.

San Diego Chargers Announce No Service Fees On Tickets For Last Home Games

Nov. 14
City News Service
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Good news, Chargers fans: No service fees on tickets purchased Wednesday or Thursday for the team's last home games.

Judge Sentences 'Whitey' Bulger To Two Life Terms In Prison

Nov. 14
Bill Chappell / NPR
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James "Whitey" Bulger has been sentenced to two terms of life in prison, to run consecutively, plus five years for his role in the murder of 11 people. Bulger, 84, is also being punished for racketeering and other crimes. Before announcing the sentence, U.S. District Judge Denise Casper read aloud the names of Bulger's victims.

Texas Silver Mine, Border County's Largest Taxpayer, Shuts Down

Nov. 14
Lorne Matalon / Fronteras Desk
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A mine at Shafter, Texas has shut down leaving only non-essential employees working to maintain the mine until a hoped-for reopening. This is hampering budget planning in one of the border's poorest counties.

Obama Moving To Delay Cancellations Of Insurance Plans

Nov. 14
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The White House is saying President Obama has "an announcement" to make about the Affordable Care Act at 11:45 a.m. ET.

Gusty Winds To Blow Through San Diego County's Mountains, Deserts

Nov. 14
City News Service

Meteorologists expect strong winds for San Diego's mountains and deserts Wednesday night and through the weekend.

Obamacare Fallout Hits Senate Democrats, But Not Equally

Nov. 14
Liz Halloran / NPR
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The Republicans have dubbed them the "Obamacare Dozen," the 12 Democratic senators up for re-election in 2014, all of whom voted for the president's health care and insurance overhaul law.

Secret Service Shaken By New Report Of Misconduct

Nov. 14
Mark Memmott / NPR
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A Secret Service supervisor has been removed from his post on the team that protects President Obama and another supervisor has been shifted to a different position after allegations of misconduct that have "sent tremors through an agency still trying to restore its elite reputation," The Washington Post reports.

Escondido Golf Course Dispute Could Become Landmark Private Property Rights Case

Nov. 14
By Alison St John
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A legal battle between the city of Escondido and a private developer over the future of a golf course is shaping up to be a landmark property rights case.

Thursday Political Mix: Obamacare Enrollment Fallout

Nov. 14
Frank James / NPR

Well, the Obama administration warned us that the enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act would be low and (surprise!) they were.

6 Ideas Being Floated To 'Fix' Obamacare Sign-Up Woes

Nov. 14
Scott Horsley / NPR
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As technical problems with the government's new health insurance marketplace slow the pace of sign-up, a variety of "fixes" have been proposed. But some of these would create their own challenges. In rough order from least to most disruptive, here are some of the ideas:

California Among States Trying To Keep Cursive Alive In Classrooms

Nov. 14
Associated Press

The swirling lines from Linden Bateman's pen have been conscripted into a national fight to keep cursive writing in American classrooms.

Plastic Guns Made With 3-D Printers Pose New Security Concerns

Nov. 14
Carrie Johnson / NPR
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Technology helps police solve crimes every day. But some innovations can also present new public safety concerns -- and such is the case with guns built using 3-D printers.

How The Sharing Economy Is Changing The Places We Work

Nov. 14
Elise Hu / NPR
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This week, we've been reporting onthe sharing economy-- a term that describes the couch-surfing, car-sharing and community-garden-growing world where so many people are using their existing talents, space or tools. You'll find the stories on this blog andaggregated at this link, and we would love to hear your questions about the topic. Justemail, leave a comment ortweet.