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Stories for October 3, 2013

Language Barriers Cause Challenge For Health Care Outreach

Oct. 3
Jude Joffe-Block / Fronteras Desk
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PHOENIX - The California telephone hotline for the state's insurance marketplace includes options to press one for English, and two for Spanish.

White House Cancels Obama's Asia Trip, Citing Shutdown

Oct. 3
Greg Henderson / NPR

President Obama's already shortened trip to Asia was canceled Thursday, the White House calling it a casualty of the government shutdown.

Sport, Active Lifestyle Companies Thrive In San Diego

Oct. 3
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego's sports and active lifestyle industry is an economic cluster that's created more than 23,000 local jobs, according to a new report.

What We Learned When Twitter Filed For Its IPO

Oct. 3
Elise Hu / NPR
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Twitter filed for its initial public offering Thursday, which means we get to see a lot of previously private money and traffic numbers about the San Francisco-based social media giant. Some takeaways from the public IPO filing, or "Form S-1," of the seven-year-old company:

Shutdown Diary, Day 3: More Talk, No Action

Oct. 3
Frank James / NPR
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Congress: On Day 3 of the shutdown, a Washington made tense by partisan acrimony was put even more on edge by a bizarre incident. A woman who drove erratically near the White House and then the U.S. Capitol, causing the legislative complex to be locked down, ended up dead after a high speed chase that left a Capitol Hill police office injured.

Some Online Journals Will Publish Fake Science, For A Fee

Oct. 3
Richard Knox / NPR
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Many online journals are ready to publish bad research in exchange for a credit card number.

Asylum Application Surge And The Shutdown

Oct. 3
Alisa Barba / Fronteras Desk
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Asylum requests at the border are on track to more than double this year, with many of those requests coming from Central American immigrants crossing in South Texas.

Shutdown Quiets NASA, So Space Station Astronauts Enjoy View

Oct. 3
Geoff Brumfiel / NPR

Of all the government agencies, NASA is among the hardest hit by the government shutdown. As of Oct. 1, nearly all of its employees have been told to pack up and head home.

Time For Superstorm Sandy Evacuees To Check Out Of Hotels

Oct. 3
Joel Rose / NPR
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Almost 300 Sandy victims are still living in hotel rooms on the taxpayers' dime -- but not for long. City officials say the program is expensive, and it's time for those remaining Sandy evacuees to move out.

'Hello, This Is Your Senator Speaking. No, Really.'

Oct. 3
Adam Wollner / NPR
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Many congressional staff members have been furloughed due to the government shutdown. But that hasn't stopped the phones from ringing, or tourists from visiting.

San Diego Federal Workers Want Congress To Wrap Up The Shutdown

Oct. 3
By Claire Trageser
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About 33,000 non-military federal workers in San Diego had their third day of no work and no pay today because of the government shutdown.

Superstorm Sandy Evacuees Face Eviction From Hotel Rooms

Oct. 3
Joel Rose / NPR
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Almost 300 Sandy victims are still living in hotel rooms on the taxpayers' dime -- but not for long. City officials say the program is expensive, and it's time for those remaining Sandy evacuees to move out.

2 By 2 and 2x4s: The Building Of Noah's Arks

Oct. 3
Kenny Malone / NPR
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There are just about 30 days -- and 30 nights -- left in South Florida's rainy season. That will not deter a monumental building task being attempted by a group of people near Miami.

CDC: Shutdown Strains Foodborne Illness Tracking

Oct. 3
Allison Aubrey / NPR

As we reported Tuesday, the government shutdown is pushing the nation's food safety system to its limits.

Insurance Brokers Look For Relevance As Health Exchanges Grow

Oct. 3
Eric Whitney / NPR
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When states and the federal government rolled out online marketplaces to help people buy health insurance on Tuesday, you'd think that old-fashioned insurance brokers would be worried.

California Grants Driver's Licenses To Immigrants Living In US Illegally

Oct. 3
By Adrian Florido

The governor signed a bill that will make California the 10th state in the nation, plus Washington D.C., to grant driver's licenses to immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

Calif. Exchange Website Had 514K Initial Visitors

Oct. 3
Associated Press

Officials with California's health insurance exchange are clarifying the level of interest shown in their website, saying more than 514,000 people visited the online marketplace on its first day.

What We Know About Ross Ulbricht, Or 'Dread Pirate Roberts'

Oct. 3
Elise Hu / NPR
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When federal agents made their bust of Silk Road, the Internet's largest and most sophisticated underground illicit goods market, they unmasked its mastermind and owner, who went by the alias "Dread Pirate Roberts." According to the FBI, he is a 29-year-old Texan named Ross Ulbricht.

California Gives Immigrants Driver's Licenses

Oct. 3
Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday adding California to the growing list of states allowing immigrants living in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses.

Government Shutdown Halts Military Tuition Assistance Programs

Oct. 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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Military tuition assistance programs have become yet another casualty of the government shutdown.

Medicaid Looks Good To A Former Young Invincible

Oct. 3
Sarah Varney / NPR
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Have you heard about the young invincibles? That's the name given to young people who think nothing bad can happen to them.

San Diego Conference Examines Link Between Peace And Commerce

Oct. 3
Midday Edition

Conflict and violence in a country can affect its people, their surroundings and economy, but what effect does peace have on a nation's commerce? A conference gets underway this week at the University of San Diego examining the link between peace and commerce and how the private sector can get involved.

KPBS Gala Returns To Downton Abbey

Oct. 3
By KPBS
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On the heels of Downton Abbey’s season 4 debut, the KPBS Celebrates! event will transport guests to 1920s England and the age of jazz. Among the planned festivities: an exclusive musical tribute to the acclaimed series.

A Conversation With San Diego Mayoral Candidate David Alvarez

Oct. 3
Midday Edition
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First-term Councilman David Alvarez is said by some to be the progressive voice in this Mayoral special election. We'll find out where he stands on policy and politics.

Miramar Air Show Cancelled Due To Government Shutdown (Video)

Oct. 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Miramar Air Show has been cancelled because of the government shutdown. The event was scheduled for October 4 and 5.

Extended Government Shutdown Could Slow University Research Funding

Oct. 3
By Kyla Calvert

Government shutdown will leave most public schools largely untouched, as long as it doesn't last too long.

San Diego Researchers And Contractors Feel Shutdown Pinch

Oct. 3
By Erik Anderson
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Federal standoff touches San Diego life sciences industry and military contractors.

How A Federal Grant For Promise Neighborhoods Is Changing A Chula Vista Community

Oct. 3
By Kyla Calvert
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Last year, a partnership of almost 30 organizations in Chula Vista's Castle Park neighborhood received a five-year grant to provide "cradle-to-career" support for the neighborhood’s children and families.

Documentary About Pacific Beach Rollerblader Screens At Festival

Oct. 3
By Angela Carone
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One of the films screening at the San Diego Film Festival features Slomo, a colorful skating enthusiast who spends his days rollerblading along Pacific Beach.

Strong Santa Ana Winds Blowing Into San Diego County, Meteorologist Warns

Oct. 3
By Susan Murphy
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A red flag fire warning has been issued for most of San Diego County as strong Santa Ana winds are expected to blow into the region.

Preview: San Diego Comic Fest

Oct. 3
By Beth Accomando
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The San Diego Comic Fest is not affiliated with Comic-Con but it wants to create an event that harkens back to the early days of Comic-Con when it was smaller, more intimate, and you had a chance to hang out with guests.