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Stories for October 5, 2013

Reports: U.S. Captures Al-Qaida Leader In Libya Raid

Oct. 5
Greg Henderson / NPR
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An al-Qaida leader indicted in the United States for coordinated 1998 attacks on two U.S. embassies in East Africa was captured on Saturday in a daytime military raid in Libya, according to several published and broadcast reports.

U.S. Shutdown May Be Driving Traffic To 'Sugar Daddy' Sites

Oct. 5
Elise Hu / NPR
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sugar daddy (noun): a well-to-do usually older man who supports or spends lavishly on a mistress, girlfriend, or boyfriend

Angola 3 Inmate Tastes Brief, 'Bittersweet' Freedom

Oct. 5
Arun Rath / NPR
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Herman Wallace died early Friday in New Orleans, three days after gaining his freedom. Wallace had spent the previous 41 years in solitary confinement in Louisiana.

Brush Fire Burning On Camp Pendleton

Oct. 5
By Tarryn Mento
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Smoke from a brush fire on Camp Pendleton can be seen around North County.

What A Downed Black Hawk In Somalia Taught America

Oct. 5
NPR Staff / NPR
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This week marked the 20th anniversary of the Battle of Mogadishu, the deadliest firefight U.S. forces had faced since Vietnam.

Texas No. 1 In Gun Purchase Applications

Oct. 5
Associated Press

Texas is leading the nation in the number of people seeking federal permission to buy guns, followed by California and Illinois.

SDG&E Cuts Electricity To East County Areas As Precaution Amid Santa Ana Winds

Oct. 5
City News Service

Electric service was cut to scattered remote sections of East County, a precaution as Santa Ana winds raked the area Saturday.

Pentagon Recalls 'Most' Civilian Workers Furloughed By Shutdown

Oct. 5
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The Department of Defense is ordering most of its furloughed civilian employees back to work, in a move announced just after midday Saturday. The plan will put hundreds of thousands of workers back on the job next week.

Brown Signs Laws Limiting Detention Of Immigrants

Oct. 5
By KPBS and Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that prohibits local law enforcement agencies from detaining people for deportation if they are arrested for a minor crime and otherwise eligible to be released from custody.

Pirate Joe's Celebrates Dismissal Of Trader Joe's Lawsuit

Oct. 5
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Pirate Joe's, the grocery store that made waves -- and attracted a lawsuit -- for selling Trader Joe's items in Canada, has won a battle in its legal fight with the supermarket chain. A U.S. district court judge has granted the Vancouver store's motion to dismiss a trademark infringement lawsuit.

Oxnard Fire Burns 9 Buildings, Displaces Workers

Oct. 5
Associated Press

About 75 people have been left without a home after a fire destroyed nine buildings in Oxnard, including mobile homes and apartments.

Man Who Set Fire To Himself On On National Mall Reportedly Dies

Oct. 5
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The man who set himself on fire on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Friday has died of his injuries, according to a police spokesman cited by the AP. The man reportedly used gasoline to commit the act, which drew attempts from passers-by to extinguish the flames.

House Passes Bill Allowing Back Pay For Furloughed Workers

Oct. 5
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Federal workers who were furloughed by a government shutdown will receive back pay once they return to work, if a bill approved by the House of Representatives Saturday meets Senate approval. The White House has said it favors such a move.

Obama: Shutdown Could Be Over By Now [Interview Highlights]

Oct. 5
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The federal shutdown that has idled some 800,000 government workers could be over by now -- if members of Congress were able to vote on a bill that doesn't include an attack on the new U.S. health care system, President Obama says. "There are enough votes in the House of Representatives to make sure that the government reopens today," he told the AP Friday.

Storm Brings Blizzard To Wyoming And South Dakota

Oct. 5
Bill Chappell / NPR
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More than two feet of snow has crippled roadways in western South Dakota, the worst-hit target of a storm that brought snow to Wyoming and tornadoes to Nebraska Friday. Heavy snowfall and low visibility have combined to cause crashes and shut down roads.

Best Of The Border (9/30 - 10/4)

Oct. 5
Crystal Chavez / Fronteras Desk
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Tourists Find Ways Around National Parks Shutdown

Family Questions Shooting Death Of Woman At U.S. Capitol

Oct. 5
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The death of Miriam Carey, killed by police gunfire Thursday after leading a car chase from the White House to the Capitol, is prompting questions from her family about whether she deserved to die. The incident, of which details remain unexplained, is leading experts to analyze the actions of the officers present.

Preview: German Currents

Oct. 5
By Beth Accomando
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What better way to celebrate Oktoberfest than with German Currents: Third Annual Festival of German Film (October 5 and 6 at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park) and a film about beer.

Audio Postcard: It's Spearfishing Season In Alaska

Oct. 5
Emily Schwing / NPR

For one month each fall, residents of interior Alaska don chest waders and splash through the clear, frigid water of the Chatanika River. With large homemade lanterns hanging from their necks and spears in their hands, the fishermen keep their eyes peeled for whitefish.

Does Capitalism Work? A True/False Quiz In Times Square

Oct. 5
Margot Adler / NPR
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I'm walking through Times Square, the crossroads of the world. Just when I reach the line for cheap Broadway tickets, I see it: a giant billboard with the word "capitalism" in bright white lights and the words "works for me!" in cursive below. There's a podium and two buttons where you can vote whether the statement is "true" or "false."

Morale Plummets For Federal Workers Facing Unending Furlough

Oct. 5
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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The work that Shaun O'Connell does is required by law, yet now he's sidelined by the government shutdown.

Tea Party Patriots See A Silver Lining In The Shutdown

Oct. 5
NPR Staff / NPR
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The Affordable Care Act has been at the center of the budget debate that has shut down the government.

What Furlough? GOP Legislators Keep Staff Working

Oct. 5
Ailsa Chang / NPR
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As the government shutdown enters its fifth day, House Republicans and Senate Democrats continue to spar over who's being more unreasonable in this fight.

Tropical Storm Karen Weakens As It Approaches The Gulf Coast

Oct. 5
Associated Press / NPR
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Tropical Storm Karen continued losing strength Saturday as it headed toward the central Gulf Coast, but forecasters were still expecting it to bring significant rain and potential flooding to low-lying areas.