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Stories for February 3, 2014

California: Google Must Move 'Mystery' Barge

Feb. 3
Associated Press

Google must move a mystery barge from a construction site on an island in the middle of San Francisco Bay because the permits are not in order, a state official said Monday.

Study: San Diego Mayor's Race Will Be Tight

Feb. 3
By City News Service
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Though early returns of absentee ballots put Councilman Kevin Faulconer in the driver's seat for the Feb. 11 runoff election for San Diego mayor, the race will be close.

Three Plead Guilty To Smuggling Immigrants By Plane

Feb. 3
By Jill Replogle

The smuggling ring transported undocumented immigrants by plane in order to avoid Border Patrol checkpoints.

San Diego Sheriff's Hiring Deputies For Women's Detention Facility

Feb. 3
By Susan Murphy
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The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is hiring deputies in preparation for the opening this summer of the San Diego County Women's Detention Facility.

City Heights Opens New Park Designed For Adults

Feb. 3
By Dwane Brown
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A new mini-park designed for adults opened in City Heights, with plenty of open space and public art.

Christie: I Knew Nothing About The Lane Closures

Feb. 3
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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First there were revelations - and an apology from the New Jersey governor -- that his aides punished the mayor of Fort Lee by closing lanes that lead to the George Washington Bridge.

Mexican Pop Singer Tries To Distance Herself From Drug Lord Father

Feb. 3
By Jill Replogle
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Pop singer Melissa Plancarte tries to salvage her career after evidence surfaces of ties to her drug lord father.

Report: December Freeze Cost California One-Quarter Of Citrus Crop

Feb. 3
Associated Press

A week of freezing temperatures in early December wiped out about a quarter of California's $2 billion citrus industry.

Outdoor Show Reopens Under New Management: The NRA

Feb. 3
Ben Allen / NPR
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Last year, organizers of one of the nation's largest outdoor shows tried to ban certain guns in the wake of the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But the industry struck back with a boycott, and the Eastern Sports and Outdoor show was eventually canceled.

Super Skyscrapers: One World Trade Center

Feb. 3
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As urban space shrinks, we build higher and faster than ever before, creating a new generation of skyscrapers. One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the western hemisphere and a famous modern landmark, is engineered to be the safest and strongest skyscraper ever built. This episode follows the final year of exterior construction, culminating with the milestone of reaching the symbolic height of 1,776 feet.

Keystone XL Pipeline Report Creates Political Headache For Obama

Feb. 3
Liz Halloran / NPR
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Any expectation that a new State Department report would clarify the Keystone XL pipeline issue went up in smoke in recent days.

Part-Time Professors Demand Higher Pay; Will Colleges Listen?

Feb. 3
Claudio Sanchez / NPR
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When you think about minimum-wage workers, college professors don't readily come to mind. But many say that's what they are these days.

Lots Of Little Credit Charges Add Up To One Big Scam

Feb. 3
Cheryl Corley / NPR
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Would you notice an unexpected charge of $10 or less on your credit card statement? Lots of consumers don't -- and scammers count on that, says Steve Barnas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau in northern Illinois.

'Time Is Short' On Debt Ceiling, Treasury Secretary Says

Feb. 3
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Warning that "simply delaying action on the debt limit can cause harm to our economy," Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew repeated Monday that he believes Congress should act soon to raise that limit so the federal government avoids even looking like it might default on its debts.

In the Presence of Greatness: Montford Point Marines Jackson, Inge & Reavis

Black History Month 2014 Honorees

Feb. 3
By Monica Medina
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True heroism. You can see it in their hands, brown and weathered. Their long fingers, slightly bent from the weight of the load they've had to carry. It's in their faces too, which exemplify a quiet dignity, and in their eyes, which glisten like gems from beneath the Pacific. An homage perhaps, to their time in Hawaii, Saipan, Guam and Okinawa. The crevices that line their faces and their somber, knowing smiles reveal a measure of the life they've lived.

Archeologists Study Howell Torpedo Found By Dolphins Off San Diego Coast (Video)

Feb. 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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Remember back in March of last year, when Navy dolphins discovered a 19th century torpedo off the coast of San Diego? Now archeologists from the Naval History and Heritage Command are studying the artifact, hoping it will unlock some secrets from the past.

NOVA: Roman Catacomb Mystery

Feb. 3
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Beneath the streets of Rome lies an ancient city of the dead known as the catacombs — a labyrinth of tunnels, hundreds of miles long — a cemetery for the citizens of ancient Rome. In 2002, maintenance workers stumbled through an opening in one of the tunnel walls and discovered a previously unknown complex of six small rooms, each stacked floor to ceiling with skeletons. It was a mass grave, locked away for nearly 2,000 years. Who were these people? Why were so many interred in one place, piled atop each other? And most important, what killed them?

'Hero's Welcome' Super Bowl Ad Showing Soldier's Homecoming Popular With Fans (Video)

Feb. 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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A town warmly welcoming home Army Lt. Chuck Nadd from Afghanistan with a ticker tape parade was the third most popular ad during Super Bowl 2014, according to USA TODAY's Ad Meter.

Decoding The Paleo Diet

Feb. 3
Midday Edition
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Discussions of diet have some people arguing that our modern use of grains, including bread and cake, is unhealthy. The premise of the "paleo diet" says we're best off going back to the kind of diet that preceded the agricultural revolution of early human civilization.

Proposal: Monitoring Foreign Flight Students In San Diego

Feb. 3
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors this week takes up an ordinance that would put into place new restrictions to flight schools in our region who train foreign nationals. We take a look at those backing the proposal that's opposed by pilot groups, flight schools and instructors.

San Diego Journalist Neil Morgan Dies At 89

Feb. 3
Associated Press
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Neil Morgan, a San Diego journalist whose career spanned more than a half-century and included a stint as editor of The San Diego Tribune, has died at the age of 89.

One Year After 'Blackfish,' SeaWorld Goes On Offensive

Feb. 3
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The documentary "Blackfish," about SeaWorld and killer whales in captivity, premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2013. A year later, the debate continues and SeaWorld is going on the offensive.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Amish: Shunned

Feb. 3
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Follow seven former members of an Amish community, filmed over the course of 12 months, as they reflect on their decisions to leave one of the most closed and tightly knit communities in the United States. Estranged from family, the ex-Amish find themselves struggling to understand and make their way in modern America. Interwoven through the stories are the voices of Amish men and women who remain staunchly loyal to their traditions and faith.

10 Places Where Health Insurance Costs The Most

Feb. 3
Jordan Rau / NPR
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If you are buying health coverage in the Colorado ski resort towns, the Connecticut suburbs of New York City or a bunch of otherwise low-cost rural regions of Georgia, Mississippi and Nevada, you have the misfortune of living in the most expensive insurance marketplaces under the new health law.

Joe Namath's Fur Coat; Nothing New, But It's A Talker

Feb. 3
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The Seattle Seahawks' "Legion of Boom" defense delivered on its promise. Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos couldn't do anything right. Bruno Mars came through with a "red-hot" halftime performance.

Janet Yellen Sworn In As Fed Chair In Brief Ceremony

Feb. 3
Associated Press

Janet Yellen has been sworn in to succeed Ben Bernanke, becoming the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve in its 100-year history.

Altria Acquires E-Cig Maker Green Smoke For $110M

Feb. 3
Associated Press

Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. says it is buying electronic cigarette company Green Smoke Inc. for about $110 million.

Homeless Man 'Lucky To Be Alive' After Lion Attack In Riverside

Feb. 3
Associated Press

A homeless man was repeatedly bitten and clawed by a mountain lion at a Southern California encampment, but was expected to survive.

San Diego County Gets Some Light Rain Early Monday

Feb. 3
By City News Service

A band of light to moderate rain swept across coastal and valley areas of San Diego County early Monday at the same time as snow fell in the mountains, prompting meteorologists to issue a travel warning.

Cities Sign Up For 'NextGen' Regional Communication System

Feb. 3
By Alison St John

San Diego County is gathering support for the purchase of a new regional communication system that will ultimately cost more than $100 million.

How Does California's 'Zero Water Allocation' Affect San Diego?

Feb. 3
By Susan Murphy
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Amid California's severe drought, water officials announced Friday the State Water Project might not make any deliveries this year, but this won't have an immediate impact on San Diego County, according to San Diego County Water Authority.

Why Is It So Hard To Catch Illegal Campaign Contributions?

Feb. 3
By Brad Racino
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At the root of San Diego’s recent campaign finance scandal lies the topic of outside donations, and the illegality of foreign money used to influence stateside elections.

Fletcher Cove Community Center Debacle On Feb. 11 Ballot

Feb. 3
Evening Edition
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The normally tight-knit and friendly little city of Solana Beach has become bitterly divided over the proposed use of the Fletcher Cove Community Center.

Obama And O'Reilly Hit Harder Than Denver And Seattle: VIDEO

Feb. 3
Mark Memmott / NPR
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There wasn't anything close about Sunday's Super Bowl -- a 43-8 blowout win for the Seattle Seahawks over the Denver Broncos.

Budweiser's 'Puppy Love' Ad Wins Super Bowl Viewers' Hearts

Feb. 3
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The Super Bowl sure didn't live up to expectations. Pigskin prognosticators told us it would be a close game between the NFL's two best teams.