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Stories for September 26, 2013

Retailer sues West Hollywood over landmark fur ban

Sept. 26
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Less than a week after West Hollywood became the nation's first city to ban the sale of fur, a retailer has filed suit to have the new law overturned.

Famous For Filibuster, Wendy Davis To Run For Texas Governor

Sept. 26
Greg Henderson / NPR
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A Texan known for talking is making news again.

Multiple Brush Fires In East County Under Control

Sept. 26
10News
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The multiple brush fires that burned along I-8 in East County are now under control.

With Incumbents Struggling, Former Officeholders Stage Comebacks

Sept. 26
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Lots of people feel that way -- particularly when the current state of politics inspires such despair. Maybe for that reason, former officeholders are much in demand these days.

Mammals In Carved-Up Forests Can Go Extinct In Just 25 Years

Sept. 26
By David Wagner
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Conservationists have long known that clearing forests will cause animals to die off. But what happens when you carve up forests into a bunch of tiny islands?

More Military Cutbacks Will Be Felt In San Diego's Pocketbook

Sept. 26
By Erik Anderson
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The military remains an economic force in San Diego, but the region is already feeling the impact of a shrinking defense budget.

Outside The Senate, DeMint Appears More Powerful Than Ever

Sept. 26
David Welna / NPR
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Congress has been getting most of the attention during this latest round of budget brinksmanship. But some of the biggest players in the debate have been outside conservative groups with close ties to Republicans on Capitol Hill.

What The House Wants: A Debt-Ceiling Preview

Sept. 26
Adam Wollner, Erica Ryan
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The showdown over a possible government shutdown is still going on, but already some Republicans are thinking about the next big battle on the horizon -- the debt ceiling.

Putting Good Deeds In Headlines May Not Be So Good

Sept. 26
Tovia Smith / NPR
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An online collection has raised more than $145,000 for a man who stumbled onto a pile of money and turned it over to police.

Doctors Say Changes In Wheat Do Not Explain Rise Of Celiac Disease

Sept. 26
Allison Aubrey and Eliza Barclay / NPR
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Many folks are experimenting with the gluten-free diet, and a best-selling book called Wheat Belly has helped drive a lot of the interest.

Fresno Officials Dismantle Homeless Encampments

Sept. 26
Kirk Siegler / NPR
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Any day now, Fresno plans to raze a large homeless encampment that's grown up near downtown. The poor, farm-dependent city in California's Central Valley has one of the highest per capita homeless populations in the country.

Calif. Law Will Require OT For Domestic Workers

Sept. 26
Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will temporarily require overtime pay for domestic workers in California.

Republican Tactics Slow Down Obamacare Prep

Sept. 26
Ailsa Chang / NPR
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As Republicans try to figure out how to defund President Obama's health care law, some members of the party are attacking Obamacare on other fronts, too.

Tea Party Strains GOP's Ties To Big Business

Sept. 26
Don Gonyea / NPR
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With the party's long-standing and ongoing push for lower taxes and fewer regulations -- both in Washington and in state legislatures -- Republicans can reasonably make that claim.

In Border Town Criminal Cases, Close Ties Complicate

Sept. 26
Michel Marizco / Fronteras Desk

The intricate relationships of small town residents are complicating major drug and gun investigations in two border cities.

State Insurance Regulators Warn Californians Of Obamacare Scams

Sept. 26
By Kenny Goldberg
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Covered California opens for business next week, but the scams have already begun.

College Board 'Concerned' About Low SAT Scores

Sept. 26
Claudio Sanchez / NPR
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The College Board, sponsor of the SAT, says latest scores show that roughly 6 in 10 college-bound high school students who took the test were so lacking in their reading, writing and math skills, they were unprepared for college-level work.

Judge Wants Feds To Reassess Navy Sonar Permits

Sept. 26
Associated Press

The U.S. Navy's expanded use of sonar in training exercises along the West Coast will be reassessed after a federal judge found that regulators failed to consider the long-term effects of the ongoing activities on whales and other ocean life.

Big Pharma And Meth Cooks Agree: Keep Cold Meds Over-The-Counter

Sept. 26
NPR
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Millions of Americans have seen the fictional world of meth use and production in AMC's Breaking Bad, but journalist Jonah Engle has spent a lot of time in the real world of meth.

55 Indicted For Allegedly Claiming Millions In Refunds From Federal Government

Sept. 26
City News Service

Fifty-five people were indicted for allegedly claiming a total of $20 million in bogus refunds from the federal government and illicitly obtaining money from financial institutions, the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego announced Thursday.

Peg + Cat Joins the KPBS Kids Lineup

Sept. 26
By KPBS
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PBS KIDS’ newest animated preschool series PEG + CAT is coming to KPBS-TV this fall.

Funeral Held For Camp Pendleton Marine Killed In Training Accident

Sept. 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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Loved ones of Cpl. Nicholas Sell gathered today to celebrate the life of the fallen Camp Pendleton Marine, who died at the tender age of 21 in a training accident at Twentynine Palms on September 16.

City Of San Diego Rehires Lobbying Firms

Sept. 26
Sarah Sapeda / City News Service

Two lobbying firms whose contracts former Mayor Bob Filner ended were rehired by the city to nurture San Diego friendly legislation at the state and federal levels, interim Mayor Todd Gloria said Thursday.

San Diego's Sempra Energy Acquires Wind Farm Project

Sept. 26
City News Service
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San Diego-based Sempra Energy announced Thursday morning it has acquired and will develop a wind farm project in Nebraska.

Weekend Preview: From Adams Avenue Street Fair To An International Book Fair

Sept. 26
Midday Edition
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Summer is over, but that doesn't mean the fun is done — if you're into festivals, music and books, there's plenty to choose from this weekend.

ATF Lost Track Of 2 Million Cigarette Cartons In Sting Operation

Sept. 26
Michel Marizco / Fronteras Desk

Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents lost track of millions of cigarettes and let an informant keep most of $5 million received during a sting operation, a new audit finds.

Take A Sneak Peek At San Diego's New Central Library

Sept. 26
By Dwane Brown
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The new San Diego Central Library is more than just books and computers, and this weekend, San Diegans can check it out for themselves.

U.S. Service Member Killed In 2nd Afghan Insider Attack This Week

Sept. 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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For the second time this week, an insider attack has taken the life of U.S. service member in Afghanistan. The assailant who killed the American serviceman was identified as wearing a Afghan Army uniform.

'Green Eggs And Ham': A Quick Political History

Sept. 26
Adam Wollner / NPR
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During the fifth hour of his televised marathon speech protesting Obamacare, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz caught the attention of Dr. Seuss fans everywhere by pulling out a copy of Green Eggs and Ham on the Senate floor to read as a bedtime story to his children.

What Parents Tell Their Kids About Race

Sept. 26
Gene Demby / NPR
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Like so much of the advice that parents give their children, conversations about race often say a great deal about the values parents hold most dear. And like so much other parental advice, kids are often keen to reject it outright -- or remix it for themselves. (In July, when news broke that George Zimmerman was acquitted of manslaughter, we asked parents to share what they told their kids after the verdict was announced.)

Montana Rapist Being Freed After Serving 30-Day Sentence

Sept. 26
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Stacey Dean Rambold, the Montana teacher who got sentenced to 30 days in jail for the 2007 rape of a 14-year-old student who later killed herself, is to be released from custody Thursday.

Breastfeeding Mothers Stage San Diego 'Nurse-In' Protest

Sept. 26
Associated Press

Calling it a "nurse-in," a group of breastfeeding mothers staged a protest against what they say is discrimination by a San Diego County school district.

Amish School Shooting Subject Of Local Play

Sept. 26
By Angela Carone
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After a mass shooting, there’s the struggle to make sense of tragedy. Sometimes art can help. At a downtown San Diego theater, cast and crew rehearse for "The Amish Project," a play based on a shooting in an Amish community.

For Refugee Doctors, Journey Back To Practicing Medicine Is The Longest

Sept. 26
By Megan Burks
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Here's something you don't think about when you get into a taxi: your driver could be a doctor. Why foreign-licensed medical professionals have a tough time getting into a health system that needs more doctors.

Deconstructing The Future For San Onofre

Sept. 26
By Erik Anderson
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The owners of the San Onfre Nuclear Generating Station are preparing to walk down the decades-long process of decommissioning two nuclear reactors. Federal regulators are here to help answer questions.

Thursday Morning Political Mix

Sept. 26
Frank James / NPR
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Good morning, fellow political junkies.Today finds the Senate in continued debate aimed at reaching a legislative agreement that keeps the federal government open into the new fiscal year which starts Oct. 1.

Sports Fans Mourn Death Of Former Chargers Safety Paul Oliver

Sept. 26
City News Service

San Diego sports fans Thursday were mourning the death of former Chargers safety Paul Oliver, who took his own life at his home in Georgia at the age of 29.

The Worst Kind Of Email CC: Not A BCC, But An A(nnoying)CC

Sept. 26
Elise Hu / NPR
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A middle school jab goes something like this: "We're having an A-B conversation, so you can C your way out." I bring this up because there's a workplace parallel to this that doesn't seem to have a name. It's when you're having an A-B email conversation and one party suddenly copies your boss, manager or someone more senior, in order to get an advantage in the discussion at hand.

George H.W. Bush Is Witness At Same-Sex Wedding Of Friends

Sept. 26
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Former President George H.W. Bush's presence as a witness and guest at the marriage of two women in Maine last weekend is being treated by some as his quiet endorsement of same-sex marriage.

USD To Dedicate New Engineering School

Sept. 26
City News Service

The University of San Diego is scheduled to dedicate its new engineering school Thursday morning.

In Wake Of Colo. Floods, A Scramble To Clean Up Spilled Oil

Sept. 26
Grace Hood / NPR
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The heavy floodwaters in Colorado this month caused more than 37,000 gallons of oil to spill into or near rivers, and the state's oil and gas industry is rushing to fix equipment damaged during the storm. It comes at a time when there's growing public concern about the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing in the state.

With Murky Water And Manatee Deaths, Lagoon Languishes

Sept. 26
Greg Allen / NPR
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Something is wrong in Florida's Indian River Lagoon.

L.A. Puts Chronically Homeless In The Front Of Housing Line

Sept. 26
Aaron Schrank / NPR
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An initiative in Los Angeles County is trying to help the homeless by first connecting them with a place to live. The "housing first" model has been used in cities across the country in recent years to combat long-term homelessness.

A Medicaid Expansion In Pennsylvania May Take Time

Sept. 26
Jeff Brady / NPR
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In Pennsylvania, more than a half-million people who don't have insurance are waiting to hear whether the state will take advantage of a Medicaid expansion that's part of the Affordable Care Act.

NBA Rookie Wants To Bring Hope To Greece, And To Milwaukee

Sept. 26
Joanna Kakissis / NPR
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Just a few months ago, most Greeks had never heard of a teenager named Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Former Guatemala Soldier On Trial In California

Sept. 26
Associated Press

A former Guatemalan soldier told a jury he was sobbing as he took a 3-year-old boy to be killed -- but an officer said he was just doing his duty.