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Stories for October 8, 2013

NASA Spacecraft Zips By Earth En Route To Jupiter

Oct. 8
Associated Press

A NASA spacecraft bound for Jupiter will swing by Earth on Wednesday to get the boost it needs to arrive at the giant gas planet in 2016.

Texas County Mulls Lawsuit Over Government Shutdown

Oct. 8
Lorne Matalon / Fronteras Desk

A Texas county dependent on tourism in is considering court action that would force the federal government to reopen Big Bend National Park during the shutdown.

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Immigration Reform Rally Ends In Arrests In Front Of U.S. Capitol

Oct. 8
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR

UPDATE October 9,2013: As of early Wednesday morning, all of the demonstrators arrested at Tuesday's rally have been processed and released. A U.S. Capitol Police spokesperson also provided the final tally of protesters arrested, and the article below has been updated to reflect that number.

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San Diego Housing Market Slowed In September

Oct. 8
By City News Service

The recently booming San Diego housing market cooled off last month but is still strong compared to last year's numbers, according to a recent realtor report.

Congress Members Arrested In D.C. Immigration Reform Protests

Oct. 8
Michel Marizco / Fronteras Desk

United States Rep. Raul Grijalva was arrested during an immigration reform protest in Washington D.C., on Tuesday afternoon.

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Chargers Host Free Mammogram Testing At Qualcomm For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Oct. 8
By Dwane Brown

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and free mammogram testing is being offered throughout the county. On Tuesday, the Chargers provided about 100 free mammograms at Qualcomm Stadium.

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Oregon's Mile Of Glacier Caves: A Hidden, And Disappearing, World

Oct. 8
Bill Chappell / NPR

In the past two years, explorers Eddy Cartaya and Brent McGregor have used ropes, ice screws, wet suits and flashlights to map out more than a mile of passages underneath a glacier on Oregon's Mount Hood, in what are thought to be America's largest known glacier caves outside Alaska.

Shutdown Diary: Obama Takes On The Default Deniers

Oct. 8
Frank James / NPR

On Day 8 of the federal government's partial shutdown, President Obama called House Speaker John Boehner. But the morning phone call produced no movement toward resolution, according to readouts by aides to both men.

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CPUC Will Oversee California Electricity Rates For First Time Since 2001

Oct. 8
By Erik Anderson

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 327, giving California regulators another chance to handle how power customers are charged for using electricity.

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Does Where You Shop Depend On Where You Stand?

Oct. 8
Nathalie Boyd and Ron Elving / NPR

The federal government shutdown is now in its second week, and one big reason for the division in Washington is the growing divide between different kinds of voters back home. Those differences make news on Election Day, but they're visible every day.

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CROSSING SOUTH: San Quintin: Seafood Farming

Oct. 8
By Jennifer Robinson

Host Jorge Meraz takes a trip down to San Quintin, which is about four hours south of San Diego. We learn a little history about the British settlements that helped to start this town. After getting a bite to eat at Molino Viejo Restaurant, we explore the fascinating world of seafood farming. Learn about the new oyster farming processes being used and observe a hesitant Jorge slurp one down with salsa and lime. Our last adventure takes us to Ensenada where we watch the ocean water fly into the air at the largest ocean geyser in North America, La Bufadora.

Scripps Health Hedges Its Bets On Obamacare

Oct. 8
By Kenny Goldberg

Scripps HealthCare isn't immersing itself fully in Covered California, the state's online insurance exchange.

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NSA Says It Has 'Mitigated' Meltdowns At Utah Data Farm

Oct. 8
Howard Berkes / NPR

This was supposed to be the month the National Security Agency cranked up its biggest data farm yet, in a Salt Lake City suburb.

Delaying Aging May Have A Bigger Payoff Than Fighting Disease

Oct. 8
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.

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Flood Forensics: Why Colorado's Floods Were So Destructive

Oct. 8
Christopher Joyce / NPR

Parts of Colorado are still drying out after floods hit the state last month. Eight people died, and damage from the worst flooding in decades is in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Calif. Health Exchange Processed 16K Applications

Oct. 8
Associated Press

Officials with California's health insurance exchange said more than 16,300 applications were processed during the marketplace's first five days of operation.

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Amidst Big Salmonella Outbreak, USDA Says It's On The Job

Oct. 8
Allison Aubrey / NPR

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a health alert warning that an estimated 278 illnesses caused by Salmonella Heidelberg are associated with raw chicken produced by Foster Farms at three facilities in California.

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Health Exchange Tech Problems Point To A Thornier Issue

Oct. 8
Elise Hu / NPR

One week after its rocky rollout, the federal site to help you sign up for health insurance exchanges went down again overnight for additional software fixes. The Obama administration says the technology powering the marketplaces buckled under unexpectedly high traffic. But the ongoing software hiccups for healthcare.gov point to a much thornier problem: procurement processes.

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House GOP's Latest Idea: A Fiscal Supercommittee, Sort Of

Oct. 8
Frank James / NPR

The latest House GOP gambit in the fiscal fight is ... wait for it ... a supercommittee.

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Botanic Garden Shuts Down, But Who'll Water The Plants?

Oct. 8
Bill Chappell / NPR

Among the casualties of the federal government shutdown is the U.S. Botanic Garden, which has been closed since Oct. 1.

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San Diego County Considers Easing Beekeeping Restrictions

Oct. 8
By Susan Murphy

San Diego County supervisors are set to consider on Wednesday easing beekeeping restrictions in the backcountry as part of an effort to promote the industry and preserve the declining honey bee population.

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Many Teens Admit To Coercing Others Into Sex

Oct. 8
Nancy Shute / NPR

Almost 1 in 10 high school and college-aged people have forced someone into sexual activity against his or her will, a study finds. The majority of those who have done it think that the victim is at least partly to blame.

San Diego Officials Hope Students Leave Car Behind On Walk To School Day

Oct. 8
City News Service

Wednesday is International Walk to School Day, which government and school officials hope will raise awareness of the health benefits of getting to class in some way other than by car.

San Diego Music Awards Postponed Due To Rain

Oct. 8
City News Service

The San Diego Music Awards program is being postponed for one week because of the threat of rain Wednesday, according to the organizers.

Immigration Reform Advocates Escalate Tactics

Oct. 8
Jude Joffe-Block / Fronteras Desk

PHOENIX -- In spite of the federal government shutdown, thousands are gathering on the National Mall in Washington on Tuesday to push Congress to act on immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.

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10 Years After Cedar Fire: Lessons Learned And Stories Of Survival

Oct. 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

From Ramona to Escondido, Mt. Laguna to Julian, Lakeside to Scripps Ranch, the blaze was responsible for 15 deaths and the destruction of more than 2,200 homes. We take a look at those who survived the blaze and lessons learned.

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Frontline Documentary Investigates NFL And Brain Injuries

Oct. 8
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

A new documentary challenges the National Football League on its response to concussions and brain injury.

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Food Truck Pioneer Battles Food Deserts With High Cuisine

Oct. 8
Eliza Barclay / NPR

What do restaurant chefs dream of? Most would be satisfied with a great review, a full house every night, maybe a restaurant or three of their own, a television show.

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Families Of Fallen Military Won't Get Death Benefits During Government Shutdown (Video)

Oct. 8
By Beth Ford Roth

The family of any service member killed during the government shutdown will not get paid death benefits until the government is back up and running again.

Arizona Versus Texas For Border Trade? Not Even A Contest

Oct. 8
David Martin Davies / Fronteras Desk

SAN ANTONIO - While the U.S. Federal Government remains shut down, border trade with Mexico is not. And that's good news for Texas, where the lion's share of Mexican trade flows through, much to the dismay of other border states like New Mexico and Arizona.

Study: U.S. Adults Below Average In Literacy, Basic Math

Oct. 8
Scott Neuman / NPR

Adults in the U.S. fall behind many of their developed-world counterparts in such basic areas as math, reading and problem-solving using technology, according to a newly released report authored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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Obama Calls Boehner To Say He'll Negotiate -- Later

Oct. 8
Bill Chappell / NPR

President Obama phoned House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday morning to tell him that he's open to discussing Republicans' fiscal ideas, but not until the government shutdown is over and the federal debt ceiling has been raised.

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Solved: The Minds Behind 'NSA' Billboard Reveal Themselves

Oct. 8
Emily Siner, Elise Hu

Someone's taken credit for the shadowy billboard on the 101 Freeway near San Francisco -- a plain white sign with black text reading "Your Data Should Belong To The NSA." We wondered about it last week, and got some interesting theories in the comments.

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How Do You Build A Tourism Co-Op In Boquillas, Mexico?

Oct. 8
John Rosman / Fronteras Desk

In April, we reported on a formal border crossing re-opening in West Texas. For years, thousands of tourists flocked to the tiny village of Boquillas Mexico, propping up their local economy.

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D.C. Bars And Restaurants Feel Shutdown Squeeze

Oct. 8
Eric Krupke / NPR

Federal employees aren't the only ones feeling the heat in Week 2 of the government shutdown.

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Obama's Absence At Asia Summit Seen Hurting U.S. Trade

Oct. 8
Marilyn Geewax / NPR

At one seat, China's President Xi Jinping studies his cards. At another, Russian President Vladimir Putin is stroking his chin. Asian leaders fill the other seats, each trying to win the pot, which is filled -- not with poker chips -- but with jobs.

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Female Soldier From San Diego One Of Four Troops Killed In Afghanistan

Oct. 8
By Beth Ford Roth

Army 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego was one of four soldiers killed on October 6 when her unit was attacked by an improvised explosive device.

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What's In A Mayoral Endorsement?

Oct. 8
By Sandhya Dirks

Almost every day we hear of one group or another throwing its support behind one of the San Diego mayoral candidates, but what does it really mean?

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Family Of Man Who Set Himself On Fire Says Act Wasn't Political

Oct. 8
Bill Chappell / NPR

Officials have identified the man who died after setting fire to himself last week on the National Mall as John Constantino, 64, of Mount Laurel, N.J.

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Cool Temperatures, Light Rain Moving Into San Diego

Oct. 8
By Susan Murphy

After several days of hot temperatures and dry Santa Ana winds, a big cool-down and the first rain of the season are in the forecast for San Diego County starting Wednesday.

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New on Blu-ray: "Curse Of Chucky"

Oct. 8
By Beth Accomando

Sometimes I don’t understand Hollywood. Okay most of the time I don’t. But why “Curse of Chucky” (coming out on Blu-ray October 8) is going straight to video is a head scratcher.

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Retiring Air Force Cargo Planes Might Be Useful For Firefighting In San Diego

Oct. 8
By Erik Anderson

An Air Force cargo plane could be just the medicine to improve the aging fleet of the U.S. Forest Service firefighting aircraft. County supervisors hope federal officials agree with their assessment.

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Camp Pendleton Brush Fire To Be Fully Contained

Oct. 8
City News Service

Full containment was expected Tuesday evening over a wildfire that has scorched 2,236 acres on the grounds of Camp Pendleton.

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Senate Democrats Could Set Up Test Vote On Debt Ceiling

Oct. 8
Scott Neuman / NPR

Senate Democrats might introduce a measure to raise the debt ceiling, even as the debate over a spending bill to restart the federal government drags on.

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Tuesday Morning Political Mix

Oct. 8
Frank James / NPR

Good morning, fellow political junkies. It's Day 8 of the partial shutdown of the federal government. Among the only certainties: many federal workers are a day closer to missing a paycheck and the nation is a day closer to hitting the debt ceiling.

Chargers Host Free Mammograms For Uninsured Women

Oct. 8
City News Service

The San Diego Chargers will host an event at Qualcomm Stadium Tuesday to provide free mammograms to uninsured woman as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Construction On Airport Terminal Linking Tijuana To San Diego Is Off The Ground

Oct. 8
By Adrian Florido

A 500-foot bridge will allow travelers using the Tijuana airport to walk over the border fence directly into San Diego.

Top 4 San Diego Mayoral Candidates Gear Up For First Debate Together

Oct. 8
City News Service

The first mayoral debate featuring all four of the top candidates is scheduled for Tuesday, with an important endorsement possibly riding on the outcome.

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Calif. Law Allows Undocumented Immigrants To Practice Law

Oct. 8
Emily Green / NPR

Sergio Garcia passed the California Bar exam four years ago. The bar granted Garcia a law license, but then rescinded it because he was undocumented.

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Hastert: Primary Challenges Making Congress 'Kind Of Neurotic'

Oct. 8
Erica Ryan / NPR

When it comes to political deal-making, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert speaks from experience.

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Phase Two Of BP Trial Focuses On Amount Of Spilled Oil

Oct. 8
Jeff Brady / NPR

In a New Orleans court room this week, BP and the federal government are arguing over how much oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Supreme Court Hears Another Challenge To Campaign Finance Law

Oct. 8
Nina Totenberg / NPR

The U.S. Supreme Court returns to the campaign finance fray on Tuesday, hearing arguments in a case that could undercut most of the remaining rules that limit big money in politics.

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Enter The Quiet Zone: Where Cell Service, Wi-Fi Are Banned

Oct. 8
Elise Hu / NPR

There are no physical signs you've entered the National Radio Quiet Zone, a 13,000-square-mile area that covers the eastern half of West Virginia. But the silence gives you a signal. Somewhere around the Virginia-West Virginia state line, the periodic buzzes and pings of our smartphones stopped.