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Stories for November 8, 2013

Man Pulls Out Unloaded Gun, Causes Panic At LAX

Nov. 8, 2013
Associated Press

An arriving passenger has been arrested on suspicion of brandishing a weapon in the baggage claim area of Los Angeles International Airport's Terminal 3, causing momentary panic before authorities determined his handgun was unloaded.

Thick Fog Disrupts Flights In, Out Of San Diego

Nov. 8, 2013
Associated Press

Thick fog has caused several flights destined to San Diego International Airport to be diverted elsewhere, and led to numerous flight delays and cancellations.

California State Sen. Bill Emmerson Announces Resignation

Nov. 8, 2013
Associated Press

Republican state Sen. Bill Emmerson announced Friday that he is resigning in midterm, citing his waning enthusiasm for a job he has held since 2010.

San Diego Groups Plan Relief Efforts For Typhoon Disaster

Nov. 8, 2013
By Susan Murphy

San Diego’s Filipino community began organizing relief efforts hours after a massive typhoon struck their homeland on Thursday.

Navy Yanks Admirals' Access To Classified Material

Navy Yanks Admirals' Access To Classified Material

Nov. 8, 2013
Scott Neuman / NPR

Two of the nation's top naval intelligence officers, Vice Adm. Ted Branch and Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, have had their access to classified material suspended in connection with a bribery scandal involving a Singapore-based contractor.

Deadline Is Tuesday To Apply For San Diego Mayor Mail-In Ballots

Nov. 8, 2013
By City News Service

The Registrar of Voters office needs to have mail-in applications in hand by Tuesday at midnight, per state law, so a postmark won't do.

Two Admirals Sanctioned In Bribery Scheme

Nov. 8, 2013
Associated Press

Vice Adm. Ted Branch, director of naval intelligence, and Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, director of intelligence operations, are on temporary leave following suspension of their classified access.

Report Shines Light On County Variation In California's H...

Report Shines Light On County Variation In California's Health Safety Net

Nov. 8, 2013
Pauline Bartolone / Capital Public Radio

A new report from California health advocates suggests the state’s safety net for the uninsured looks vastly different depending on what county you live in.

Farrah Pirahanchi Qualifies As San Diego Mayor Write-In C...

Farrah Pirahanchi Qualifies As San Diego Mayor Write-In Candidate

Nov. 8, 2013
By City News Service

Farrah Pirahanchi, an electrical engineer and Tehran native, qualified as a write-in candidate for the Nov. 19 special election, according to the City Clerk's Office.

USS Stockdale, USS Lawrence Return To San Diego After 10-...

USS Stockdale, USS Lawrence Return To San Diego After 10-Month Deployment

Nov. 8, 2013
By City News Service

The ships and their combined crews of 600 sailors left San Diego on Jan. 14 and sailed to the Middle East, Mediterranean and Black seas, and in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean.

Obama Donor Behind Third-Party Va. Candidate? Maybe Not

Obama Donor Behind Third-Party Va. Candidate? Maybe Not

Nov. 8, 2013
Peter Overby / NPR

This week's hot rumor in Virginia: Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis was a spoiler, bankrolled by an Obama bundler from Texas, to undercut Republican gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli.

The Enigmatic Pecan: Why So Pricey And How To Pronounce It?

The Enigmatic Pecan: Why So Pricey And How To Pronounce It?

Nov. 8, 2013
NPR Staff / NPR

The price of pecans is going up, up, up, which may mean that if you're planning a pecan pie for Thanksgiving, the time to buy them is now. That escalating price all comes down to natural forces: supply and demand and weather.

White House Releases Long-Awaited Rules On Mental Health

Nov. 8, 2013
Julie Rovner, Audie Cornish

The Obama administration delivered on a long-delayed health care promise when it issued rules to ensure equal health insurance treatment for people with mental health and substance abuse problems.

Blockbuster Fades Out, But Some Zombie Stores Will Live On

Blockbuster Fades Out, But Some Zombie Stores Will Live On

Nov. 8, 2013
Serri Graslie / NPR

Blockbuster was once the king of movie rental stores. At its peak, it had about 60,000 employees and more than 9,000 stores.

In Massachusetts, Health Care Prices Remain Hard To Get

In Massachusetts, Health Care Prices Remain Hard To Get

Nov. 8, 2013
Martha Bebinger / NPR

I threw out my back in September playing squash and went to the doctor. She sent me down the hall for X-rays. I may need more of them.

Mental Health Moves Closer To Parity In New Insurance Rules

Mental Health Moves Closer To Parity In New Insurance Rules

Nov. 8, 2013
Bill Chappell / NPR

Many health insurers must treat coverage of mental health and substance abuse in the same way they handle treatments for physical illness, according to a new rule issued Friday by the Obama administration.

Time-Lapse Video Of Homeless Veteran's Transformation Goe...

Time-Lapse Video Of Homeless Veteran's Transformation Goes Viral (Video)

Nov. 8, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Time-lapse video of a homeless veteran undergoing a physical transformation has gone viral, garnering more than one million hits in just two days.

Which Is It? Hurricane, Typhoon Or Tropical Cyclone?

Which Is It? Hurricane, Typhoon Or Tropical Cyclone?

Nov. 8, 2013
Scott Neuman / NPR

What's the difference between a hurricane, a typhoon and a cyclone? Nothing more than location.

NOVA: Cold Case JFK

NOVA: Cold Case JFK

Nov. 8, 2013

Fifty years later, what can science tell us about the Kennedy assassination — and the investigations that followed? The 1963 murder, in broad daylight in front of hundreds of witnesses, was a homicide investigator’s best-case scenario. Yet somehow the JFK assassination became a forensic nightmare, plagued by mishandled evidence, a controversial autopsy and, incredibly, a prime suspect murdered while in police custody before he could be tried — all of it captured on film. Now, NOVA follows a group of experts trying to unravel the lingering mysteries of the assassination.

Tech Week: Twitter Takes Off, Audie Cornish In Silicon Va...

Tech Week: Twitter Takes Off, Audie Cornish In Silicon Valley

Nov. 8, 2013
Elise Hu / NPR

It's time for our Friday round-up of the tech and culture stories from NPR and beyond. Here we go ...

Retailers Offering Discounts To Military Families For Vet...

Retailers Offering Discounts To Military Families For Veterans Day

Nov. 8, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

A host of retailers are offering discounts this Veterans Day weekend for active-duty military, veterans, reservists, and military spouses.

Philadelphians Elect First Whig Since 19th Century

Philadelphians Elect First Whig Since 19th Century

Nov. 8, 2013
Bill Chappell / NPR

After winning an election on a platform of pragmatism and compromise, Robert "Heshy" Bucholz, 39, is set to become what many believe will be the first Whig to hold elected office in Philadelphia since before the Civil War. A member of the upstart Modern Whig Party, Bucholz won the post of judge of elections in one of the city's wards.

Roundtable: Money, Polls & Debates in Mayor's Race; Anger...

Roundtable: Money, Polls & Debates in Mayor's Race; Anger Developing Over Linkage Fees

Nov. 8, 2013
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Big money being spent, positions staked out and voter sentiment gauged in the San Diego mayor's race. Plus, local developers angry over higher fees to support affordable housing.

House Lawmakers Seek Federal Probe Of Black Lung Program

Nov. 8, 2013
Howard Berkes / NPR

Two Democratic congressmen have formally asked the Labor Department's Inspector General to investigate "allegations of misconduct by doctors and lawyers working on behalf of the coal industry" and their roles in the denials of benefits for coal miners stricken with black lung disease.

California Congressman Wakes Up To Tough Re-Election Fight

California Congressman Wakes Up To Tough Re-Election Fight

Nov. 8, 2013
Adam Wollner / NPR

As a general workplace rule, it's never a good idea to fall asleep on the job. That's especially true if you're a member of Congress.

Presidential Apologies: Regrets, They Have A Few

Presidential Apologies: Regrets, They Have A Few

Nov. 8, 2013
Frank James / NPR

Now that President Obama has apologized to those who've seen their health care plans canceled due to the Affordable Care Act, losses he pledged beforehand wouldn't happen, he joins the line of modern presidents who have had to look the American people in the eye and give their regrets.

What Really Got Measured In This Month's Jobs Report?

What Really Got Measured In This Month's Jobs Report?

Nov. 8, 2013
Marilyn Geewax / NPR

In October, private employers did a lot of hiring, but a government shutdown forced hundreds of thousands of workers to stay home.

MARTHA BAKES: Muffins And Popovers

MARTHA BAKES: Muffins And Popovers

Nov. 8, 2013

Breakfasts and brunches call for homemade muffins or popovers. Martha makes her blueberry muffins two ways, flavored with a little spice or finished with a crumb topping. She then demonstrates how to make airy popovers, equally suited to serving with fresh blueberry preserves or savory creamed spinach.

How Tall Is The Washington Monument? Surveyors Take To Th...

How Tall Is The Washington Monument? Surveyors Take To The Top

Nov. 8, 2013
Andrew Prince / NPR

The National Geodetic Survey doesn't often get the opportunity to take detailed measurements of the massive stone obelisk that sits in the middle of Washington, D.C.

Hunger Games: What's Behind Yelp's Fake Reviews?

Nov. 8, 2013
Serri Graslie / NPR

When it comes to scouting out a new bakery, pizzeria or noodle shop, there are few review sites that compare to Yelp. In turn, the reviews left on sites like Yelp can have a big effect on many restaurants' bottom lines.

Snowden Reportedly Used Others' Login Info To Get Secret ...

Snowden Reportedly Used Others' Login Info To Get Secret Data

Nov. 8, 2013
Bill Chappell / NPR

Some of the classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden were acquired using the credentials of other NSA workers -- including people who had higher security clearance than the former spy agency contractor, according to Reuters. As many as 25 people may have been duped, the news agency says, citing people close to the inquiry.

Mayor’s Race: More Than $4 Million Raised

Mayor’s Race: More Than $4 Million Raised

Nov. 8, 2013
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

In the race for cash in the special mayoral election, former assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and Councilman David Alvarez — both Democrats — are neck and neck.

Friday Political Mix: Obama, CBS Apologize; Rand Paul Copied

Nov. 8, 2013
Liz Halloran / NPR

This was a week that gave Virginia a new governor, New Jersey the same one for another term, and ended with some big apologies.

Social Media Analysis And The San Diego Mayor's Race

Social Media Analysis And The San Diego Mayor's Race

Nov. 8, 2013
By Brad Racino / inewsource

To better predict San Diego’s upcoming mayoral election, a professor at San Diego State University has tapped into the seediest and most vile underbelly of American politics.

Shaping San Diego Surfboards In North Park

Shaping San Diego Surfboards In North Park

Nov. 8, 2013
By Erik Anderson

Hoping to tap into the desire for the perfect board, Shaper Studios is the first San Diego business designed to help people make their own surfboards.

Persistence Pays Off For Uninsured Alaskan

Persistence Pays Off For Uninsured Alaskan

Nov. 8, 2013
Annie Feidt / NPR

Despite all the problems with HealthCare.gov, a few dozen Alaskans have managed to enroll in a health plan through the marketplace. Lara Imler is one of them.

Size Does Matter, At Least In The Tallest Building Debate

Size Does Matter, At Least In The Tallest Building Debate

Nov. 8, 2013
David Schaper, Joel Rose

There's a question that's looming over the new skyscraper at the World Trade Center site in New York: Should it count as the tallest building in the country?