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Stories for October 15, 2013

Are We Moving To A World With More Online Surveillance?

Oct. 15
Tom Gjelten / NPR
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Many governments around the world have expressed outrage over the National Security Agency's use of the Internet as a spying platform. But the possible response may have an unforeseen consequence: it may actually lead to more online surveillance, according to Internet experts.

San Diego Catering Company Prepares For The Olympic Games

Oct. 15
Evening Edition
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San Diego-based Behind the Scenes catering company will supply food for thousands of people at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Alcazar Garden Parking Lot In Balboa Park To Get $150K Facelift

Oct. 15
By City News Service
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The San Diego City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to pay for improvements to the Alcazar Garden parking lot in Balboa Park and increase number of handicapped spaces.

Shutdown Diary: Hope Turns Into Wall Street Warning

Oct. 15
Frank James / NPR
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Day 15 of the government shutdown started with as much promise as any recently: There was a bipartisan proposal by Senate leaders to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.

The IRS Can't Take Your Questions. It Will Take Your Return.

Oct. 15
Dan Bobkoff / NPR
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Tuesday, Oct. 15is the filing deadline for the roughly 12 million Americans who received an extension on their 2012 taxes. And having 90 percent of its staff furloughed in the partial government shutdown doesn't mean the IRS doesn't want your money.

CROSSING SOUTH: Ensenada: Fishing And Seafood

Oct. 15
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CROSSING SOUTH is a travel show that explores Tijuana and Northern Baja. Bilingual travel companion and host, Jorge Meraz, takes you on a journey and demystifies the area. On this episode, Jorge goes deep sea fishing with Captain Sammy, dolphin watching, takes a harbor tour of Ensenada Bay, and enjoys the world class seafood at a food cart called "La Guerrerense."

Why A Medical Device Tax Became Part Of The Fiscal Fight

Oct. 15
Peter Overby / NPR
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Among the bargaining chips in the budget crisis on Capitol Hill, there's the small but persistent issue of taxing medical device manufacturers.

Feel Old Yet? Roddick And Blake Will Play On Senior Circuit

Oct. 15
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Neither of them is over 35 years old. One of them played in ATP World Tour events just months ago; the other did so last year. But none of that will keep recently retired tennis players Andy Roddick, 31, and James Blake, 33, from joining a circuit of senior players.

Raw To Ready: Komatsu (New Series Premiere)

Oct. 15
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Explore the science, innovation and sheer genius it takes to transform the most basic ingredients into powerhouse machines. To extract precious metals found beneath the earth requires a massive 232-ton, two-story-tall dump truck with a load capacity of 320 tons — a giant earth-mover like the Komatsu 930E. This amazing engineering achievement is made possible by five essential raw ingredients: coal, chromium, mineral oil, latex rubber and sulphuric acid, an electron superhighway that generates massive power.

Supreme Court To Weigh EPA Permits For Power Plant Emissions

Oct. 15
Elizabeth Shogren / NPR
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The Supreme Court has agreed to review an Obama administration policy that requires new power plants and other big polluting facilities to apply for permits to emit greenhouse gases.

Is Pitbull 'Mr. Education'? Rapper Opens Charter School In Miami

Oct. 15
Claudio Sanchez / NPR
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Pitbull (Armando Christian Pérez) is the latest in a long list of celebrities lending their star power to the flourishing charter school movement. Alicia Keyes, Denzel Washington, Shakira, Oprah -- all support or sponsor charter schools.

What Happens If Congress Can't Make A Deal On The Debt?

Oct. 15
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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If you don't pay your electric bill on time, you'll probably get charged a buck or two in interest. As long as you pay off the balance in a reasonable amount of time, your lights will stay on.

Among The Shutdown Victims: The White House Kitchen Garden

Oct. 15
Eliza Barclay / NPR
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The government shutdown has forced a lot of hard-working people into idleness. That includes most of the staff that tends the famed White House kitchen garden, according to Obama Foodorama.

Medicare Begins Open Enrollment, With An Online Caveat

Oct. 15
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The open enrollment for Medicare programs that began Tuesday will run into December. While the Medicare website doesn't have the problems found in the new federal health system's sites, the government shutdown means that information "may not be up to date," the site warns its users.

How To Navigate Frustrating Customer Service Experiences 'The Smart Way'

Oct. 15
Midday Edition
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A new guidebook can help you through your next encounter with an unresponsive service worker, and even build some respect.

Chula Vista Nature Landmark In Danger Of Closing Its Doors

Oct. 15
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A 28-year-old South Bay nature landmark is in danger of closing its doors. Financial pressures may force the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista to shutdown. The center needs to raise $200,000 by the end of October to remain open.

NOVA: Making Stuff: Faster

Oct. 15
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Are there physical limits to how fast humans can go? David Pogue wants to find out how much we can tweak physiology and engineering to move humans and machines even faster. He investigates everything from lightning-fast electric muscle cars to ultra-sleek sailboats to ultra-fast cameras and quantum teleportation. But faster is also about efficiency and the science of optimization: getting things done in less time.

Fire At SDSU Damages Trolley Stop

Oct. 15
City News Service
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It took engine crews about 15 minutes today to quell a fire that damaged a trolley stop at San Diego State University.

Report: NSA Harvests Contact Lists From Email, Facebook

Oct. 15
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The Washington Post has published new revelations about the National Security Agency's electronic snooping, indicating that the intelligence branch gathers millions of contact lists from personal email accounts and instant messaging around the world.

18-Foot Oarfish Livens Up A 'Leisurely Snorkel' In California

Oct. 15
Bill Chappell / NPR
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A snorkeler off the coast of California found more than she bargained for on the ocean floor Sunday, when she saw the large eyes of an 18-foot fish staring back at her. It turned out to be a dead oarfish, a mysterious creature known to live in waters thousands of feet deep.

Random Bedtimes Breed Bad Behavior In Kids

Oct. 15
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Parents learn the hard way that late bedtimes make for cranky kids the next day. But inconsistent bedtimes may have a greater effect on children's behavior, a study says.

Green Beret Killed In Afghan Insider Attack ID'ed

Oct. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S. soldier killed Sunday in an insider attack was a Green Beret with a wife and three children. Staff Sgt. Patrick H. Quinn, 26, died in Paktika Province when a man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire at his base.

Monty Python Conquers America

Oct. 15
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Follow the evolution of Monty Python from its beginnings as a wacky British sketch comedy troupe to its current standing as a certified global phenomenon that redefined humor and shaped an entire generation of American comics. Judd Apatow, Hank Azaria, David Hyde Pierce and other performers share their favorite Python moments and explain how the group influenced their work and inspired them to push the boundaries of entertainment.

Watch Live Feed Of Medal Of Honor Ceremony For Capt. William Swenson (Video)

Oct. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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President Obama will award former U.S. Army Capt. William Swenson the Medal of Honor today at 2:10 PM EDT. Home Post will carry a live feed of the ceremony from the White House.

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Pleads Guilty To Felony, Misdemeanors

Oct. 15
Midday Edition
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Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner on Tuesday pleaded guilty to one felony count of false imprisonment by violence, menace and deceit, as well as two misdemeanor counts of battery.

Political Parties And A Campaign Finance No-Man’s Land

Oct. 15
By Joe Yerardi
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The Republican Party of San Diego County has spent more than $60,000 in a push to educate its party members and persuade them to vote for Kevin Faulconer.

High Court Rejects Calif. Inmate Crowding Appeal

Oct. 15
Associated Press
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The Supreme Court has rejected California's appeal of a lower-court order that could force the state to release thousands of California prison inmates before they complete their sentences.

18-foot-Long Sea Creature Found Off Calif. Coast

Oct. 15
Associated Press
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A marine science instructor snorkeling off the Southern California coast spotted something out of a fantasy novel: the silvery carcass of an 18-foot-long, serpent-like oarfish.

Tuesday Morning Political Mix

Oct. 15
Liz Halloran / NPR
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Good morning from Washington, D.C., your nation's capital, where we are now into Day 15 of your government's shutdown and counting down to your government's looming default on its debt.

More Than Half Of Fast Food Workers Rely On Public Assistance

Oct. 15
By Susan Murphy
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Tax payers carry the cost burden for fast food companies’ low wages and lack of benefits, according to a new study by the University of California Berkeley Labor Center.

Second Dry Ice Bomb Goes Off At L.A. Airport

Oct. 15
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Authorities in Los Angeles were investigating a dry ice bomb that went off at the city's international airport late Monday -- the second blast in as many days. Two other devices were found unexploded.

UC San Diego Surgeons Reach Lung Surgery Milestone

Oct. 15
By Kenny Goldberg
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For people who suffer from blocked arteries in the lungs, the only viable solution is a unique surgical procedure developed at UC San Diego.

The Motivation of Nathan Fletcher And His Political Metamorphosis

Oct. 15
Joanne Faryon/inewsource
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Is Nathan Fletcher willing to break from party ranks because he values compromise or is he voting to secure his political future?

Welcome To Week Three Of The Shutdown

Oct. 15
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The partial government shutdown begins its third week on Tuesday as the debt ceiling deadline looms just two days from now. Congressional leaders seem to be inching toward a deal that could prove acceptable to both sides and the White House. But, we've been here before.