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Stories for October 10, 2013

Utah Reopening National Parks, Others Eye Options

Oct. 10
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Utah is set to become the first state to reopen national parks within its borders as other states also consider whether to send money to the federal government to save lucrative tourist seasons.

California Has Longer ER Wait Times, But Fares Better By Other Health Measures

Oct. 10
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A new analysis of Californians and their health care suggests quality is improving in some areas, but California is behind the nation by other measures.

A Metaphor Meltdown At The White House

Oct. 10
Ari Shapiro / NPR
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Thursday's White House briefing came just after House Republicans offered to raise the debt ceiling for six weeks, without reopening the government.

Meet The 21 Republicans Who Back A 'Clean' Spending Bill

Oct. 10
Adam Wollner and Matt Stiles / NPR
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As the federal government shutdown drags on, a potentially pivotal group of House Republicans has entered the spotlight: the roughly 20 or so members who have publicly signaled their support for a so-called "clean" spending bill that would provide the funding necessary to reopen the government without strings attached.

Shutdown Imperils Costly Lab Mice, Years Of Research

Oct. 10
Jon Hamilton / NPR
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The government shutdown is likely to mean an early death for thousands of mice used in research on diseases such as diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer's.

16,000 Homes In San Diego County At High Wildfire Risk

Oct. 10
By Susan Murphy
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More than 16,000 homes in San Diego County are at a high risk for wildfire damage, with nearly 4,500 of those vulnerable properties located in Julian, Ramona and Alpine.

Shutdown Diary: Boehner Offers Debt Limit Deal

Oct. 10
Frank James / NPR
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Day 10 of the partial government shutdown brought a flurry of excitement -- enough to get Wall Street's animal spirits going as investors were optimistic that the U.S. might avoid a default.

Review: 'Escape From Tomorrow'

Oct. 10
By Beth Accomando
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Filmmaker Randy Moore shot his film “Escape From Tomorrow” (opening October 11 at the Digital Gym Cinema) at the happiest place on earth, but without permission from Disney World.

Main Street Frustrated By Washington's 'Total Absurdity'

Oct. 10
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Steve Stevens wants politicians in Washington to know that the budget stalemate is having real consequences back home.

Maybe Next Year? Antarctic Research Suspended Under Government Shutdown

Oct. 10
By David Wagner
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An Antarctic research trip planned by San Diego researchers could be canceled if Congress doesn't manage to reopen the federal government in the next few days.

Furloughed FDA Worker Hits The Streets To Drum Up Extra Cash

Oct. 10
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Ten days into the partial government shutdown, the estimated 800,000 furloughed federal workers have got to be feeling a bit stir crazy.

Starbucks Pours Money, And Health Hype, Into Pricey Juice

Oct. 10
Eliza Barclay / NPR
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Most Americans don't get the 4 to 6.5 cups of fruits and vegetables we're supposed to consume every day, per government guidelines. But companies that make juice, especially high-end, "fresh" juice, are ready to come to our rescue.

How Political Miscalculations Led To The Shutdown Standoff

Oct. 10
Mara Liasson / NPR
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The standoff over the debt ceiling and the government shutdown showed signs of softening Thursday.

MARTHA BAKES: Meringue

Oct. 10
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Join Martha as she shares the secrets to foolproof meringue, such as using a copper bowl and adding a touch of cream of tartar. Once the basics are mastered, Martha teaches one of her favorites, pavlova with passion fruit, plus an impressive île flottante and a Huguenot torte.

San Diego Interim Mayor Gloria Wants To Reorganize City Management Structure

Oct. 10
James R. Riffel/City News Service
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Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said Thursday he plans to overhaul the city of San Diego's executive management structure and will present his proposals to the City Council by the end of this month

Catcher In The Fry? McDonald's Happy Meals With A Side Of Books

Oct. 10
Maria Godoy / NPR
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Fast-food giant McDonald's is set to become a publishing giant as well -- at least temporarily. For two weeks next month, McDonald's says it will oust the toys that usually come in its Happy Meals and replace them with books it has published itself.

Valerie Plame: From Real Life Covert CIA Operative To Writing Fiction

Oct. 10
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Valerie Plame became a household name back in 2003 when it was revealed she was a covert CIA operative and left the agency. Now she's channeling her experiences into a spy thriller "Blowback." We find out why she's turned to fiction and what it was like being a female in the CIA.

A Conversation With San Diego Mayoral Candidate Kevin Faulconer

Oct. 10
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Our series of San Diego mayoral candidate interviews continues with San Diego City Councilman Kevin Faulconer.

Navy Fires No. 2 Nuclear Commander After Gambling Probe (Video)

Oct. 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy has fired Vice Adm. Tim Giardina, the second most powerful man in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces, for allegedly using counterfeit chips at an Iowa casino.

Shutdown Means A Windfall For A Few Arizona Tribes

Oct. 10
Laurel Morales / Fronteras Desk
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PAGE, Ariz. - American Indian Tribes are feeling the impacts - both positive and negative - of the government shutdown.

Want To Feel Five Years Older? Just Take A Memory Test

Oct. 10
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Researchers in a memory lab at Texas A&M; University noticed that all the older people coming in as volunteers were really worried about how they'd do.

Stay Away From San Diego's Waters For At Least 72 Hours, Health Officials Warn

Oct. 10
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The county of San Diego Department of Environmental Health Thursday issued a general advisory to warn swimmers and surfers to avoid ocean and bay waters for at least 72 hours after Wednesday's rain.

Report: Parks Shutdown Saps $750 Million In Visitor Spending

Oct. 10
Howard Berkes / NPR
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An estimated 7 million people have been shut out at 12 of the busiest and biggest U.S. national parks, costing parks and nearby communities about $76 million in lost visitor spending for each day the partial government shutdown drags on.

Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Within Weeks Of Returning Home (Video)

Oct. 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Spc. Angel L. Lopez, 27, was killed October 5 in Zabul province, Afghanistan. His family says he was scheduled to return home within the month.

Camp Pendleton Wildfire Fully Contained

Oct. 10
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A wildfire that broke out last weekend at the Marine Corps' Camp Pendleton has been contained.

Coastal Commission Approves $520 Million San Diego Convention Center Expansion

Oct. 10
By Claire Trageser and City News Service
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The proposed expansion of the San Diego Convention Center cleared its final regulatory hurdle today when it was approved unanimously by the California Coastal Commission.

As Health Insurance Choices Multiply, Buyers Face Challenges

Oct. 10
Michelle Andrews / NPR
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The state health insurance marketplaces that opened Oct. 1 give consumers who are looking for coverage on the individual market a whole new way to shop for health plans. At the same time, health insurance brokers and insurers will also continue to sell plans directly to customers. Sorting out who's selling what can be a challenge.

Rep. Gutierrez: I Am A Product Of The Civil Rights Movement

Oct. 10
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The nation is in the 10th day of a government shutdown, and the deadline over raising the debt limit is quickly approaching. But all that might seem like a day at the park for Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.). He explains why in his new memoir Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill.

Treasury Secretary: Debt Default Would Have Dire Consequences

Oct. 10
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urged lawmakers on Thursday to raise the government's borrowing limit or face the prospect of causing lasting damage to the U.S. economy.

New Numbers Back Up Our Obsession With Phones

Oct. 10
Elise Hu / NPR
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How's this for a sign of our digitally addicted times: Users swipe their screens to unlock their phones an average of 110 times a day, according to data from the app company Locket.

Boehner Proposes Deal On Debt Ceiling, More Talk On Shutdown

Oct. 10
Scott Neuman / NPR
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House Speaker John Boehner says he and fellow Republicans are willing to compromise and pass a temporary extension of the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling in exchange for substantive negotiations on other fiscal matters. But their proposal would not affect the partial government shutdown.

Koch Brothers Push Back Against Harry Reid

Oct. 10
Peter Overby / NPR
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Most business interests would do anything to avoid a public fight with the most powerful man in the Senate.

Some Republicans Say Debt Limit Fuss Is A Lot Of Hype

Oct. 10
Ailsa Chang / NPR
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For weeks, economists and bankers have been warning that there will be catastrophic consequences if Congress fails raise the nation's borrowing limit.

Hundreds Of Fire Alarms In Sweetwater Union High School District Not Working

Oct. 10
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Team 10 discovered more than 300 fire alarms that were not working properly in the Sweetwater Union High School District.

Unemployment Claims Spike; Shutdown Gets Some Of The Blame

Oct. 10
Scott Neuman / NPR
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First-time claims for unemployment insurance were up sharply to 374,000 from 308,000 the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reported Thursday.

Everyone The U.S. Government Owes Money To, In One Graph

Oct. 10
Quoctrung Bui / NPR
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If Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling soon, the U.S. government won't be able to pay its debts. Here's who the government owes money to -- all the holders of U.S. Treasury debt, broken down by category and by how much government debt they hold.

Thursday Morning Political Mix

Oct. 10
Frank James / NPR
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Good morning, fellow political junkies. It's Day 10 of the federal government's partial shutdown. And while it's a dreary, rainy day in Washington, there did appear to be more glimmers of hope this morning than in recent days.

Shutdown Day 10: Obama, GOP To Meet Amid Signs Of A Thaw

Oct. 10
Scott Neuman / NPR
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It's Day 10 of the partial federal government shutdown, and the big news is a meeting between President Obama and a select group of House Republicans.

What A U.S. Default Would Mean For Pensions, China And Social Security

Oct. 10
David Kestenbaum / NPR
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What would happen if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling and the U.S. defaults on its debt later this month? The broad economic implications are unpredictable, but a default could cause huge trouble for the global economy.