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Stories for October 13, 2013

15 Years Later, Where Did All The Cigarette Money Go?

Oct. 13
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Fifteen years after tobacco companies agreed to pay billions of dollars in fines in what is still the largest civil litigation settlement in U.S. history, it's unclear how state governments are using much of that money.

Birds Of A Feather Spy Together

Oct. 13
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The scene: Two men in a chilly Soviet apartment converse in whispers, careful to protect their plans from enemy ears. Little do they know, the benign-looking raven outside their window is not merely a city scavenger hunting for food, but a spy for the U.S. government.

Sequester Emerges Anew In Senate Shutdown Debate

Oct. 13
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The federal government shutdown is in its 13th day, with little sign of a budget deal that could win the approval of both houses of Congress, as well as the White House. The debate now includes efforts to avoid a default if the government's debt limit isn't raised by Thursday.

Coast Guard Rescues Injured Navy Sailor From Submarine Off San Diego Coast (Video)

Oct. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego came to the rescue of an injured sailor aboard a Navy submarine on Friday night. The Coast Guard's helicopter crew medically evacuated the 22-year-old man via MH-60 Jayhawk from the sub to dry land, where he was then taken a San Diego-area hospital.

US Soldier Killed In Afghan Insider Attack

Oct. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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Green on blue violence has taken the life of another American service member. A man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire Sunday on a group of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, killing at least one.

Barriers Breached At World War II Memorial On Mall

Oct. 13
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A crowd of demonstrators converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Sunday morning, protesting the government shutdown that has included blocking full access to monuments in Washington.

Fletcher Leads In Latest Poll For San Diego Mayor, But Faulconer Is Close Behind

Oct. 13
By John Rosman
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San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher still leads in the polls, but City Councilman Kevin Faulconer is not far behind, according to a new 10News/U-T San Diego poll.

U.S. Olympic Committee Adds Sexual Orientation To Discrimination Rules

Oct. 13
Bill Chappell / NPR

Months ahead of the Winter Olympics in Russia, where controversy surrounds a law that targets homosexuality, the U.S. Olympic Committee adds protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation to its policies.