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Stories for September 28, 2013

The Religious Alternative To Obamacare's Individual Mandate

Sept. 28
NPR Staff / NPR
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The Affordable Care Act requires nearly every American to have health insurance or pay a penalty, beginning Jan. 1. The so-called "individual mandate" has been controversial ever since the law was passed.

NSA Reportedly Uses Data To Chart Americans' Social Ties

Sept. 28
Bill Chappell / NPR

Efforts by the National Security Agency to track potential suspects and find connections between them have led the agency to collate its reams of data with information drawn from sources that include GPS locators and Facebook profiles, according to The New York Times. The newspaper cites documents provided by Edward Snowden, the former NSA contract worker, as well as interview with officials.

Report On Arizona Hotshots' Deaths Finds A Communications Gap

Sept. 28
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The 19 firefighters who died after being trapped by an Arizona wildfire in late June were only about 600 yards from a designated safety zone at a ranch, according to a task force formed by the Arizona State Forestry Division to investigate the firefighters' deaths.

My Governor Can Beat Up Your Governor (Or Thinks He Can)

Sept. 28
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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The Republican governor has been turning up in other states, touting the wonders of Texas and promising business owners they'll find lower taxes and more manageable regulation there.

San Diego Files Complaint To Shut Down North Park Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Sept. 28
City News Service

The San Diego City Attorney's Office Code Enforcement Unit filed a civil complaint in Superior Court to force a medical marijuana dispensary in North Park to shut down because it was operating illegally under city zoning laws, it was announced Friday.

Calif. Has Taken Lead On Implementing 'Obamacare'

Sept. 28
Associated Press

President Barack Obama's health care overhaul gets its public unveiling Tuesday when those marketplaces, also called exchanges, open for business, allowing consumers to comparison shop between insurance plans online.

House GOP Proposes One-Year Delay To Obamacare

Sept. 28
Tamara Keith / NPR
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House Republicans have settled on a plan to amend the government funding bill.

Best Of The Border (9/23 - 9/27)

Sept. 28
Tracy Greer / Fronteras Desk
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Managed Care Organizations Look To Cash In On Native American Patients

Events Celebrating New San Diego Central Library Begins With Dedication, Street Fair

Sept. 28
City News Service
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A series of events to celebrate the long-awaited grand opening of the San Diego Central Library in the East Village will get underway Friday with a dedication, a street festival and a sneak peak at the nearly $185 million facility ahead of Monday's public opening.

With Government Shutdown Looming, All Eyes Turn To House GOP

Sept. 28
Ailsa Chang / NPR
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As expected, the Senate passed a bill Friday to keep the government funded through mid-November -- without stripping any funding away from the president's health care law.

In Washington's Fiscal Tango, Obama's Lacking A Dance Partner

Sept. 28
Ari Shapiro / NPR
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Top White House aides constantly refer to a "civil war" in the Republican Party.