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Stories for November 26, 2013

Nevada Judge Rejects New Trial For Jailed O.J. Simpson

Nov. 26
Greg Henderson / NPR
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A Nevada judge on Tuesday denied a new trial for fallen football great O.J. Simpson in his 2008 convictions for armed robbery and kidnapping.

Barrio Logan Referendum To Be Ruled On By Judge Next Week

Nov. 26
By Sandhya Dirks
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The fate of a citywide referendum over the hotly contested Barrio Logan Community Plan is now in the hands of a San Diego Superior Court judge.

Report: San Diego Home Prices Up 20 Percent Since September 2012

Nov. 26
By City News Service

Housing prices in San Diego have risen at the third-fastest rate in the country over the last 14 years, trailing only Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

San Diego-Born Teen Cartel Killer ‘Ponchis’ Freed From Mexico, To Leave For U.S.

Nov. 26
Associated Press
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Born in San Diego, but was raised in Mexico, Jimenez Lugo said he had been forcibly recruited by drug traffickers when he was 11, and at age 14 confessed to killing four people whose beheaded bodies were found suspended from a bridge.

Judge Suspends Sentencing Would-Be Bomber After NSA Revelations

Nov. 26
Carrie Johnson / NPR
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The sentencing of a Somali-American man convicted of trying to bomb a holiday tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., in 2010 has been put on hold indefinitely. That move comes just days after the Justice Department notified his lawyers that part of the case against him had been "derived from" secret NSA electronic surveillance.

More Than 2,000 Donate At San Diego Chargers Annual Blood Drive

Nov. 26
By Dwane Brown
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The 35th annual Chargers Blood Drive drew close to 2,500 people to the Town & Country Convention Center in Mission Valley on Tuesday.

San Ysidro Border Rush Had Been Planned For A Week

Nov. 26
By Jill Replogle
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Authorities say more than 100 people had crossed into the U.S. west of the San Ysidro border checkpoint and became unruly.

SeaTac Voters OK $15 Minimum Wage; Recount Requested

Nov. 26
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Officials in the Seattle suburb of SeaTac, Wash., say the town's voters have approved a $15 minimum wage for workers in and around its international airport, by a margin of just 77 votes, according to local government data.

Il Volo Buon Natale

Nov. 26
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Join the Italian vocal trio Il Volo to usher in the holiday season with performances of favorite Christmas classics. Filmed at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, this new special features “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “It’s the Most Wondeful Time of the Year,” “O Holy Night,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and many more.

Supreme Court Case Challenges Obamacare Contraceptive Provision

Nov. 26
Nina Totenberg / NPR

President Obama's Affordable Care Act will be back before the Supreme Court this spring. This time, the issue is whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to provide contraceptive services in health insurance plans offered to employees.

The Stock Market Loves The Fed For Now, But Can It Last?

Nov. 26
John Ydstie / NPR
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Major stock indexes have shot to record highs in the U.S. this year, gaining more than 20 percent, and yet economic growth remains at disappointing levels. A lot of analysts believe the stimulus efforts by the Federal Reserve are behind the stock boom and a possible bubble.

Deepak Chopra, M.D. - What Are You Hungry For?

Nov. 26
By Jennifer Robinson
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Join world-renowned physician, best-selling author and educator Deepak Chopra for a step-by-step action plan for permanent weight loss, healthy eating and healing our bodies. With information on food cravings, nutritional imbalances, emotional “starvation” and other root causes of overeating, this special provides guidance on how to approach healthy eating so we feel truly satisfied.

Still A Teenager, Freed Cartel Killer Will Leave Mexico For U.S.

Nov. 26
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Three years after the startling arrest of a 14-year-old boy for acting as a gang's assassin in Mexico, the boy, now 17, is reportedly heading to the United States, according to media and government reports. Edgar Jimenez, nicknamed El Ponchis -- "The Cloak" -- is a U.S. citizen who was born in San Diego.

San Diego-Based Hospital Ship USNS Mercy Won't Deploy To Philippines

Nov. 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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The San Diego-Based hospital ship USNS Mercy will not be deploying to the Philippines.

Colo. Fracking Votes Put Pressure On Energy Companies

Nov. 26
Grace Hood / NPR
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The 2013 election marked a victory for foes of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Colorado. Voters in three Front Range communities decided to put limits on the practice.

You Can Vote, You Can Enlist -- But Can You Buy A Cigarette?

Nov. 26
Liz Halloran / NPR
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So, a uniformed Marine walks into a convenience store, and says to the clerk, "Pack of Marlboro Reds, in a box -- and some matches."

In Vermont, A Wild Game Church Supper Feeds The Multitudes

Nov. 26
Charlotte Albright / NPR
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The wild game supper has traditionally been a way for rural America to share the harvest before winter sets in. Food historians trace the ritual back to Colonial times, when families had to hunt in order to eat well, and some providers were better shots than others.

Army IDs Two Soldiers Who Drowned In South Korea

Nov. 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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A memorial service was held today for the two soldiers who died last week in South Korea. Maj. Evans Hanson, 35, and Pfc. Justin Adams, 21, drowned when their Humvee fell into the Hantan River on Nov. 21.

The Best Of The 60s (MY MUSIC ARCHIVES)

Nov. 26
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For the past dozen years, the MY MUSIC series has been preserving and archiving the greatest songs of the 1960s. Now, MY MUSIC ARCHIVES presents "The Best Of The 60s," a special selection of original hit songs from "My Generation: The 60s"; "The British Beat"; "Motown"; "60s Pop, Rock & Soul" and "The 60s Generation." This new program features the greatest moments from these specials devoted to the classic era of rock, pop and folk.

Trove Of Artifacts Highlights Realities Of Slavery

Nov. 26
Allison Keyes / NPR
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More than 400 documents, artifacts and artwork make up the Kinsey Collection, that covers 400 years of African-American triumphs and tragedies in this nation.

After Internal Review On Benghazi Report, CBS Puts Logan On Leave

Nov. 26
Bill Chappell / NPR

CBS has asked 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan to take a leave of absence, along with her producer, after her recent story on the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was found to have multiple flaws. An internal report also found broader failings in how the news division handled the story. A summary of the report's findings was obtained by NPR on Tuesday.

Sewage Spill In Carlsbad Creates Pollution Alert At North County Lake

Nov. 26
By City News Service

A broken water main in Oceanside created a sinkhole that caused an adjacent sewage pipe to rupture and begin overflowing Monday morning into a Carlsbad lake.

New Research Targets How To Fight Influenza

Nov. 26
Midday Edition
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We're told the flu virus spreads from person-to-person contact, but new research from UC San Diego shows how the virus actually infects our bodies. Researchers say it can lead to new more effective flu therapies.

San Diego Transfers Low-Level Prisoners To Help Fight Wildfires

Nov. 26
Midday Edition
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San Diego County's program to transfer low-level offenders to state-run fire camps is underway.

StoryCorps: Ten Years Of Getting Choked Up Listening To Public Radio

Nov. 26
Midday Edition
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Over the last 10 years more than 100,000 people have participated in StoryCorps, making it the largest single collection of human voices.

IRS Proposes Guidelines On Politicking By Tax-Exempt Groups

Nov. 26
Mark Memmott / NPR

Ending the year by weighing in again on a topic that caused it great grief back in the spring, the Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday defined limits on the political activity of tax-exempt "social welfare" organizations.

Court Blocks California High-Speed Rail Plan To Sell $8 Billion In Bond Funding

Nov. 26
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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California’s high-speed rail project might have stalled out in court. A judge ruled Monday the Rail Authority cannot sell $8 billion in bonds to help fund the project.

Part-Time Workers With Minimal Health Coverage Get New Options

Nov. 26
Michelle Andrews / NPR
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In January, part-time workers who have so-called mini-med health insurance plans with very limited benefits and annual caps on payments will begin to lose that coverage.

Marine Veteran Who Saved Suicidal Woman Speaks Out (Video)

Nov. 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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Once a Marine, always a Marine. That's what Lori Navidad says about her husband Donnie, who saved the life of a suicidal woman on Sunday as she jumped from the upper deck of the Oakland Coliseum. Donnie Navidad is speaking out for the first time after being nationally lauded as a hero.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Barbra Streisand: Back To Brooklyn

Nov. 26
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The legendary Barbra Streisand makes a historic homecoming to Brooklyn at the new Barclays Center arena, marking the superstar’s first Brooklyn concert since her childhood years. Joined by special guests Il Volo and Chris Botti, Streisand performs an extensive selection of songs from throughout her five-decade career, including a touching duet with her son, Jason Gould.

Elf On The Shelf Meets Jewish Counterpart: Mensch On A Bench

Nov. 26
NPR
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During a visit to a store last holiday season, Jewish dad Neal Hoffman felt bad telling his son Jake that he couldn't have an Elf on the Shelf. The widely popular Christmas toy is intended to watch children's behavior for Santa. Hoffman kept thinking, maybe there could be something similar, but rooted in Jewish tradition.

Illinois Judge Allows Same-Sex Couple To Wed Before Law Takes Effect

Nov. 26
Emily Siner / NPR
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Seven months before Illinois' same-sex marriage law goes into effect, a judge ruled Monday that two Chicago women can marry immediately because one of them has terminal cancer.

Supreme Court Will Hear New Challenge To Health Law

Nov. 26
Mark Memmott / NPR

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear cases brought by companies who say they have religious objections to the Affordable Care Act's requirement that they offer employees health insurance that includes contraception benefits.

Debate: Does Spying Keep Us Safe?

Nov. 26
NPR Staff / NPR
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The recent revelations about National Security Agency surveillance programs have renewed the debate over the balance between national security and civil liberties.

Latino Enrollment Lagging On Covered California

Nov. 26
By Kenny Goldberg
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Latinos make up nearly half of California’s 7 million uninsured population but Latino enrollment on the online Covered California web site has been dismal.

San Diego Woman Celebrates 108th Birthday

Nov. 26
By Joanne Faryon
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Laura Simon says never in her wildest dreams did she expect to be blowing out the candles on her 108th birthday cake.

If You Must Fry A Turkey, Listen To William Shatner First

Nov. 26
Mark Memmott / NPR
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In our annual quest to keep Two-Way readers from burning down their homes on Thanksgiving, we once again round up videos about how to safely deep fry a turkey.

'I Am Alive For A Reason,' Says Lawmaker Stabbed By Son

Nov. 26
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Saying he is "alive for a reason and I will work for change," Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds has told a Virginia news outlet that his life's work now "is to make sure other families don't have to go through what we are living."

Big Travel Day Could Be Big Mess Due To Weather

Nov. 26
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Rain, sleet, snow and an estimated 43.4 million Americans traveling to be with family or friends.

These Californians Greeted Canceled Health Plans With Smiles

Nov. 26
Stephanie O'Neill / NPR
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Barbara Neff of Santa Monica is one of the roughly 1 million Californians who recently got word that their health insurance coverage would be expiring soon.

Infamous Reporter Stephen Glass Vies For Bar Admission

Nov. 26
Emily Green / NPR
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Fifteen years ago, Stephen Glass fabricated dozens of articles. Now, he is facing off against the California bar over whether he has the moral character required of lawyers.