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Stories for October 2, 2013

Santa Ana Conditions Have Fire Crews On High Alert

Oct. 2
By Dwane Brown
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With possible winds up to 50 mph for the inland valleys and even stronger gusts in the mountain and desert areas, front-line fire engines are fully staffed this weekend.

Elton John In Concert

Oct. 2
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Legendary artist Elton John returns to the stage in this special concert. With a hit list spanning five decades, John performs his greatest hits, including "Your Song," "Candle in the Wind," "Rocket Man" and more, as well as songs from his new album, "Diving Board."

Lawmakers Call On Craigslist To Ban Prescription-Free Painkiller Ads

Oct. 2
Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio
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A California state senator has joined Ventura County law enforcement agencies to ask Craigslist to ban ads selling pharmaceuticals without a prescription.

Unleashing Boy Scouts To Counter Drug Cartels

Oct. 2
By Adrian Florido

The United States has started funding community programs in Mexico in an effort to prevent young people from joining drug cartels.

Legal Advocates Want Overhaul Of Public Defender System

Oct. 2
Carrie Johnson / NPR
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Prominent members of the legal community are pressuring the Obama administration to do more to ensure that poor criminal defendants have access to a lawyer, a situation that Attorney General Eric Holder has already likened to a national crisis.

Calif. Bans Jilted Lovers From Posting 'Revenge Porn' Online

Oct. 2
Laura Sydell / NPR

After a breakup, raw feelings can set off a desire for revenge. Some jilted lovers have taken to posting intimate pictures of a former partner on the Internet. It's a phenomenon known as "revenge porn," and on Monday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law making it a crime.

GOP Establishment Grapples With A Tea Party That Won't Budge

Oct. 2
Don Gonyea / NPR
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The old line in Washington is that the "establishment" controls everything.

Truly CA: Rabbit Fever

Oct. 2
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You’ve heard of dog and horse shows, but are you familiar with rabbit shows? "Rabbit Fever" is a coming-of-age story that follows six competitors as they strive to win the top title at the National American Rabbit Convention – an event that draws more than 20,000 rabbits in one building, the largest mass of rabbits in the world. While adult members of the rabbit habit compete for BEST IN SHOW, the teenage enthusiasts quest for an even more coveted honor in the rabbit community – RABBIT KING and QUEEN!

Obama's Shift In Rhetoric Helping Democrats Stick Together

Oct. 2
Ari Shapiro / NPR
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President Obama has been railing against Republicans in Congress nearly every day this week.

Clapper: Shutdown Hurts Intelligence, Counterterrorism Efforts

Oct. 2
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate panel on Wednesday that the government shutdown - which forced the furlough of 70 percent of the CIA and NSA workforce - amounted to a 'dreamland' of opportunity for foreign spies agencies.

Construction On Border Crossing Continues Despite Government Shutdown

Oct. 2
By Adrian Florido
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SAN DIEGO - Construction will continue on the ongoing expansion of the San Ysidro border crossing between Tijuana and San Diego despite the temporary United States government shutdown.

San Diego Navy Dolphins In Croatia To Help Find Explosives (Video)

Oct. 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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Six dolphins from the U.S. Navy's Marine Mammal Program have been flown halfway around the world to Croatia to aid in an explosives-detection program in the Adriatic Sea.

Construction On Border Crossing Continues Despite Government Shutdown

Oct. 2
By Adrian Florido
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The expansion of the port of entry between San Diego and Tijuana is the busiest land border crossing in the world.

Brown Signs Bill Ending Current Standardized Tests

Oct. 2
Associated Press

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill ending the traditional standardized tests that the state's public school students have taken in reading, math and social science since 1999.

Calif. Health Exchange Back Online After Upgrades

Oct. 2
Associated Press

Online enrollment is available for California's new health insurance exchange after technical glitches on the system's opening day forced overnight upgrades.

Why We're Losing The War On Cancer And How We Can Win It

Oct. 2
Midday Edition
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It's been 40 years since America declared "war on cancer," sinking hundreds of billions of dollars into research. While survival rates for some forms of cancer have improved, many are just as deadly as they were decades ago. Health writer and former cancer patient Clifton Leaf joins us to explore the topic. He will speak tonight at UC San Diego's Exploring Ethics Series.

Navy Investigating Death Of Sailor Who Died After Running Guam Relay Race

Oct. 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Andrew Sanders, 22, died September 29 after running in the Navy Birthday Beast 60 Mile Relay in Agana Heights, Guam. Sanders was assigned to U.S. Naval Hospital Guam. The cause of his death is still unknown.

Strong Wind, Low Humidity Bumps Up Risk Of Wildfires In San Diego This Weekend

Oct. 2
City News Service

A Santa Ana wind event combined with low relative humidity will increase the risk of wildfires in San Diego. A fire weather watch is scheduled this weekend for the inland valleys and mountain areas.

Government Shutdown Impacts Grand Canyon River Outfitters

Oct. 2
By Laurel Morales
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If the government shutdown lasts a month, as some suspect it will, Grand Canyon river outfitters estimate a million dollars in total lost revenue.

One Biker Released; Investigation Of NYC Attack Continues

Oct. 2
Mark Memmott / NPR

One of the two men taken into custody has been released as authorities in New York City continue to investigate an incident Sunday in which dozens of motorcyclists chased a driver. Some then surrounded his SUV, smashed its windows and beat the man in front of his wife and young child.

'Hoax Bomb' Charge Filed Against Man In Fla. Airport Scare

Oct. 2
Mark Memmott / NPR

A 39-year-old man has been accused of making and possessing a "hoax bomb" and making a false report about an explosive device following the scare that shut down Jacksonville (Fla.) International Airport for five hours on Tuesday.

Caring, Empathy Front And Center At Student-Run Nursing Clinic In Ocean Beach

Oct. 2
By Kenny Goldberg
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A student-run clinic for the homeless in Ocean Beach teaches aspiring nurses human skills they just can't learn in school.

Encinitas Tackles Height Limits Again

Oct. 2
By Alison St John
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Encinitas city council will consider tonight possible 2014 ballot measures to address the state’s mandate to provide affordable housing.

San Francisco Supervisors Back Flexible Work Law

Oct. 2
Associated Press

San Francisco legislation requiring businesses to consider requests for flexible work schedules from employees who serve as caregivers appears set to become law.

166,000 Jobs Added In September, Survey Says

Oct. 2
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Private employers added 166,000 jobs to their payrolls in September, a modest gain after slightly less growth the month before, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.

Wednesday Morning Political Mix

Oct. 2
Frank James / NPR
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It's Day Two of the Federal Government Shutdown, 2013 edition with no end in sight.

Shutdown Solution? There's None To Be Seen Just Yet

Oct. 2
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Pardon us for being repetitive, but there's no end in sight to the partial shutdown of the federal government.

Preview: San Diego Film Festival

Oct. 2
By Beth Accomando
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The San Diego Film Festival kicks off its 12th year tonight with the San Diego premiere of “12 Years a Slave.”

Tech Problems Plague First Day Of Health Exchange Rollout

Oct. 2
Elise Hu / NPR
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Many Americans got "please wait" messages Tuesday when they tried to start shopping for health coverage on the federal government's new health insurance website, healthcare.gov. A series of technological glitches, delays and crashes kept people from getting to several of the 16 state exchanges, too.

Can Millet Take On Quinoa? First, It'll Need A Makeover

Oct. 2
Luke Runyon / NPR
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Walk through a health food store and you'll find amaranth, sorghum, quinoa -- heritage grains that have been staples around the world for generations. Americans are just discovering them.

Obamacare Day One: A Tale Of Two States

Oct. 2
Jenny Gold and Sarah Varney / NPR
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In a call center in Rancho Cordova, Calif., on Tuesday, all the workers wore the same T-shirt: "Keep Calm And Go Live."