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Stories for October 7, 2013

San Diego-Based Destroyer Returns Home After Deployment To Middle East

Oct. 7
By City News Service
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The USS Higgins and its crew of 250 returned home Monday following a lengthy deployment that began in January.

NOVA: Megastorm Aftermath

Oct. 7
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In October 2012, superstorm Sandy cut a path of devastation across the Caribbean and the East Coast, killing hundreds and doing tens of billions of dollars in damage. Now, a year after Sandy’s deadly strike, correspondent Miles O’Brien and NOVA follow up on the 2012 film “Inside the Megastorm” with a fresh investigation of the critical questions raised by this historic storm.

With TRUST Act, California Blocks Key Deportation Tool

Oct. 7
By Jill Replogle
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California’s new TRUST Act law could keep up to 20,000 people from being deported each year.

USDA Issues Health Alert For Some California Chicken

Oct. 7
Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing a public health alert for raw chicken packaged at three Foster Farms facilities in California after 278 people have fallen ill.

Bruce Coons Drops Out Of San Diego Mayoral Race, Supports Alvarez

Oct. 7
City News Service
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Bruce Coons, one of the better known candidates for San Diego mayor, is planning to drop out of the race Monday.

Free Depression Screenings Available This Week Throughout San Diego

Oct. 7
By Dwane Brown

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is urging everyone to check your mood this week and get screened for depression.

Delaying Aging May Have A Bigger Payoff Than Fighting Disease

Oct. 7
Ina Jaffe / NPR

Curing cancer and eliminating heart disease has been the holy grail of medical research. But there could be even greater benefits if aging itself could be delayed, a study finds.

Shutdown Voting Math Fails To Add Up

Oct. 7
S.V. Date / NPR
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A lot of words have been spilled since the government shutdown began nearly a week ago, but some of the most noteworthy came from the lips of House Speaker John Boehner Sunday on ABC's This Week:

KPBS Explore Winners Announced

Oct. 7
By KPBS
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The winners of the 2014 KPBS Explore project will showcase local animals and images when the TV programs debut in 2014.

Undocumented Immigrants In Calif. Will Benefit From New Laws

Oct. 7
Karen GrigsBates / NPR
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The federal government remains shut down over a budget stalemate, but California's Gov. Jerry Brown decided not to wait for Congress to make decisions on the Gordian knot that is U.S. immigration policy. On Saturday, Brown signed into law a group of bills related to immigration because, he said, enough time has passed.

Even Antarctica Feels The Effects Of The Government Shutdown

Oct. 7
Nell Greenfieldboyce / NPR
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It looks like even Antarctica isn't far away enough to avoid getting caught up in the government shutdown.

Which San Diego Congress Members Have Pledged Their Paychecks During Shutdown?

Oct. 7
By Susan Murphy
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As the partial government shutdown enters its second week of leaving thousands of San Diego federal workers without pay, some of San Diego’s congressional representatives are standing in solidarity and pledging to part with their own paychecks.

Raids Project Presidential Power Amid Shutdown's Gridlock

Oct. 7
Ari Shapiro / NPR
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The American system of government was built on gridlock. Yet even by that standard, this past week has demonstrated new levels of immobility.

In A Debt Crisis, U.S. May Have To Decide Payment Priorities

Oct. 7
John Ydstie / NPR
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The government is just 10 days away from defaulting on its debt. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has said that by Oct. 17, the department will likely have less money on hand than it needs to pay all its bills.

GOP Governors Chart Different Paths On Shutdown

Oct. 7
Adam Wollner / NPR
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The federal government shutdown has given governors across the country an opportunity to take part in one of their favorite pastimes: scolding Washington.

The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer

Oct. 7
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The brainchild of visionary youth sports health and safety and parenting expert and author, Brooke de Lench, and drawing on her more than twenty years of experience, both as a parent of a concussed high school football and lacrosse player and as the founder and publisher of MomsTEAM.com, the acknowledged “pioneer” in youth sports concussion education; "The Smartest Team" shows de Lench working with the football program at Newcastle High School in rural Oklahoma to address the challenges concussions pose to the sport. In just one season she and her team were able to reduce the concussion rate by 75 percent.

Death Of Marine In Afghanistan Under Investigation

Oct. 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremiah M. Collins, Jr., 19, died October 5 at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The Department of Defense has not released the cause of his passing, and his death is under investigation.

Here's Why The Navy Is Holding A Terror Suspect At Sea

Oct. 7
Greg Myre / NPR
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After seizing terror suspect Abu Anas al-Libi in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, U.S. forces took him to a ship in the Mediterranean where he could be interrogated for weeks or even months to come.

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Head Back To Court

Oct. 7
Midday Edition
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We take a look at some of the most watched Supreme Court cases this year, from labor unions to copyright law.

Photo Gallery: Re-Opening The Border At Boquillas

Oct. 7
Lorne Matalon / Fronteras Desk
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An unmanned border station in West Texas has opened almost 11 years after the border was sealed following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Military Commissaries Reopen After Government Shutdown Forced Closure

Oct. 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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Stateside military commissaries forced to shut their doors because of the government shutdown are once again open for business. The Pay Our Military law allowed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to recall many Department of Defense employee furloughs, giving the commissaries the workers they needed to open back up.

On Recall's 10-Year Anniversary, Schwarzenegger's Legacy Up for Debate

Oct. 7
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio
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Ten years ago Monday, Arnold Schwarzenegger unseated Gray Davis in a unique election in California history. But the debate over Schwarzenegger’s legacy — and the recall itself — persists to this day.

Justice Scalia Talks Satan, 'Seinfeld' and Gays

Oct. 7
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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It's the first Monday in October, which means the Supreme Court is back in business after its long summer break.

Blitz: The Ambassador Of Hip-Hop And African Music

Oct. 7
Tell Me More Staff / NPR
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Rapper Blitz the Ambassador explains to Tell Me More for the occasional series "In Your Ear," that his favorite songs are the ones that helped shape his sound. "I keep these songs really close because they always remind me of where it all begins, and what makes me the artist that I am," he says.

Overseas Troops Now Ready For Some Football - Sports Once Again Broadcast On AFN

Oct. 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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Service members and their families stationed overseas will be able to enjoy Monday Night Football, and all of the sports programming they've become accustom to. That's because the American Forces Network has started broadcasting again on its sports channel - a channel the government shutdown took off the air last week.

Large Research Ship Evacuated Due To Electrical Fire

Oct. 7
Associated Press

A large research ship docked in San Diego Bay was evacuated due to an electrical fire.

A Conversation With San Diego Mayoral Candidate Nathan Fletcher

Oct. 7
Midday Edition
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Our series of San Diego mayoral candidate interviews continues with former State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher.

Northern California School Buses Go High-Tech

Oct. 7
Associated Press
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School buses in two Northern California districts will soon install bar-code readers linked to GPS tracking on 78 buses.

Fan's Video Captures Scary Scene Of Franchitti's IndyCar Crash

Oct. 7
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The Houston Grand Prix was the scene of a scary crash Sunday, as driver Dario Franchitti's race car went airborne into a safety fence on the last lap of the day's second race. Franchitti was injured, as were a number of spectators when debris flew into the stands.

Camp Pendleton Fire Burns 2,500 Acres, Now 41 Percent Contained (Video)

Oct. 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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The brush fire burning on Camp Pendleton has scorched 2,500 acres, and is now 41 percent contained. Families forced to evacuate from base housing on Saturday returned home on Sunday.

Labor-Starved Pear Farmers Buckle Under Bumper Crop

Oct. 7
Deena Prichep / NPR
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It's always a bit sad to say goodbye to summer corn and tomatoes, and settle into fall.

De Luz Fire On Camp Pendleton Near Containment

Oct. 7
By John Rosman
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The De Luz fire that started Saturday afternoon on Camp Pendleton could be fully contained by Tuesday.

Four US Troops Killed In Afghanistan By IED

Oct. 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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Four members of the United States military were killed Sunday in Afghanistan by a homemade bomb.

CSU, SDSU Look To Chip Away At Maintenance Backlog

Oct. 7
By Kyla Calvert
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Cal State campuses, including SDSU, are looking to address their long list of deferred maintenance.

Second Opinion: Does Obamacare Give Employees More Choice Over Coverage?

Oct. 7
By Megan Burks
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A Scripps Ranch health care advocate says the Affordable Care Act hasn't necessarily helped consumers who don't like their employer's insurance options.

Turnout Could Be Low In Special Mayoral Election

Oct. 7
By Sandhya Dirks
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As San Diego marches towards a special mayoral election on Nov. 19, a new policy study finds the turnout rate may be a bit on the lighter side.

Taxpayers Could Be On Hook For Convention Center Expansion, Attorney Says

Oct. 7
By Claire Trageser
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The financing for the San Diego Convention Center expansion is being called into question in advance of the California Coastal Commission vote Thursday.

Building With Trash To Mend Border Environment

Oct. 7
By Jill Replogle
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These last dry months of the year in Southern California bring a flurry of cleanup efforts in the Tijuana River Valley. Some are putting trash to use while enticing people to discover, and care for, the border region’s environment.

No End In Sight: Shutdown Showdown Enters Week Two

Oct. 7
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The second week of the shutdown is, so far, looking a lot like week one. Even so, here are a few data points that might be worth your attention:

Monday Morning Political Mix

Oct. 7
Frank James / NPR
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Good Monday morning, fellow political junkies. The partial shutdown of the government enters its second week and on Day 7 of the crisis neither side appears to have softened its position.

U.S. Raids In Libya And Somalia Target Al-Qaida Network

Oct. 7
Scott Neuman / NPR
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More details are emerging after a pair of U.S. commando raids over the weekend that targeted alleged terrorists in Libya and Somalia.

Despite Shutdown, Supreme Court Opens Its Doors For New Term

Oct. 7
Nina Totenberg / NPR
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When the rest of the government shuts down for a blizzard, the U.S. Supreme Court soldiers on. And so it is that this week, with the rest of the government shut down in a political deep freeze, the high court, being deemed essential, is open for business.

Wanted: A New Generation of High-Tech Aviation Workers

Oct. 7
Jeff Tiberii / NPR

Across North Carolina, many license plates read "First in Flight" -- a tribute to Orville and Wilbur Wright. Their plane first flew there 110 years ago.

For Boys With Eating Disorders, Finding Treatment Can Be Hard

Oct. 7
Rhitu Chatterjee / NPR
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Last year, Kathy Noyes began to notice that her 12-year-old son, Jonathan, was eating more than usual. She caught him eating late at night. She found empty peanut butter jars and chip and cookie bags stashed around the house.