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Stories for February 10, 2014

Leonard Knight, Creator of Salvation Mountain, Dies At 82

Feb. 10
By Angela Carone
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Leonard Knight devoted his life to painting a desert mountain that carried the message 'God is Love.' He died Monday in El Cajon.

Solana Beach Votes 'Yes' On Prop B Over Fletcher Cove Community Center

Feb. 10
By KPBS , Alison St John
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With 100 percent of the vote counted, Prop B in Solana Beach has passed with 52 percent of the vote.

PACE Program Helps Seniors Find Affordable Housing In Downtown San Diego

Feb. 10
By Dwane Brown
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For seniors who want to remain independent, finding affordable housing in San Diego is a challenge.

Drought Could Take Toll On San Diego Bird Populations

Feb. 10
By Susan Murphy
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The lack of rain in San Diego County could cause dozens of bird species to skip breeding and nesting this spring.

Home Prices Hold Steady But Sales Are Down

Feb. 10
By Erik Anderson
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Home prices in January lost no ground in San Diego home but fewer homes are changing hands.

The Norwegian Athlete Who's One Medal Away From History

Feb. 10
Robert Smith / NPR
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On Monday, Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen came a ski-length away from winning a 13th Olympic medal and becoming the most-decorated athlete ever at the Winter Games.

San Diego County Water Authority Mulls Added Conservation Efforts

Feb. 10
By City News Service

The San Diego County Water Authority announced Monday that its Board of Directors will consider calling for stepped-up conservation measures in the face of California's drought.

Report: San Diego Zoo Group Added $856M To Economy In 2012

Feb. 10
By Erik Anderson
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The report by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and Applied Development Economics of Walnut Creek found that around 9,920 jobs were dependent on San Diego Zoo Global, which employed about 2,300 people and had a payroll of $117 million.

Time-Delay Question: When Do Announcers Tape?

Feb. 10
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The Winter Olympics brings up many questions about the sports themselves. But people are also wondering whether announcers might use the big time difference between Sochi and the U.S. to improve their coverage.

Slopestyle Skier Devin Logan Keeps It Cool, But She's 'All In'

Feb. 10
Sam H. Sanders / NPR
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Much of the attention on the slopestyle events in Sochi has been focused on snowboarders like Shaun White. But Devin Logan and her other American teammates twist and soar down mountains, too -- on skis.

City Of San Diego OKs $250K To Settle Filner Lawsuit

Feb. 10
By City News Service
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The City Council Monday approved a $250,000 outlay to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit that led to the resignation of former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

Covered California Hires More Staff To Improve Customer Service

Feb. 10
By Kenny Goldberg

After much criticism, Covered California says it’s beefing up staff at its call centers to try to reduce wait times for consumers.

Debt Ceiling Standoff? Not This Time

Feb. 10
Frank James / NPR
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When the federal government hits its debt ceiling at the end of the month, don't expect another big red-on-blue confrontation.

With Wallets Bulging, States Must Decide How To Spend Their Cash

Feb. 10
David Schaper / NPR
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After several lean years of cutting budgets to the bone, states hit hard by the deep recession finally have good fiscal news: Many states are now projecting budget surpluses.

U.S. Resets Obamacare Deadline For Some Businesses To 2016

Feb. 10
Bill Chappell / NPR

The Obama administration says businesses employing 50-99 people now have until Jan. 1, 2016, to provide health insurance, rolling back part of the requirement known as the employer mandate. Under the Affordable Care Act, larger companies must offer the coverage in 2015.

FRONTLINE: Syria's Second Front

Feb. 10
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FRONTLINE makes a dangerous trip to the battlefields of Syria, gaining exclusive access to rebel forces as they try to unify against extremist Islamic factions that have thwarted the fight against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. With international peace efforts foundering and Western news organizations unable to safely report inside the country, journalist Muhammad Ali crosses into Syria to travel with moderate rebel commanders and fighters as they launch what they are calling “The Second Revolution,” this time against jihadis from the Al Qaeda-linked group known as ISIS.

Interest Groups Gear Up For Next Supreme Court Vacancy

Feb. 10
Liz Halloran / NPR
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It's been nearly four years since activists engaged in a battle over a Supreme Court nomination, and a tepid one it was.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid

Feb. 10
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In the 1890s, their exploits — robbing banks and trains in the West and then seemingly vanishing into thin air — became national news and the basis of rumors and myth. But who were Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh? How did they come together to form the Wild Bunch gang? And how did they manage to pull off the longest string of successful holdups in history while eluding the Pinkertons, the nation’s most feared detective force? Separating fact from fiction, the latest installment of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s popular THE WILD WEST series explores the last pair of outlaws to flee on horseback into a setting sun.

Study: Race For Votes Will Continue Until Polls Close

Feb. 10
Midday Edition

Polls show San Diego's Mayoral election between David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer may be a squeaker.

Military Families Warned Of Scam Website

Feb. 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command has a warning for military families about a website that aims to steal their personal information.

Military Dog POW Fed Diet Of Kebab, Say Taliban Captors (Video)

Feb. 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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A military working dog apparently is in good health and being fed a diet of kebab, according to statement released by the dog's captors — the Taliban.

US Gas Prices Dip 2 Cents Per Gallon, But You Wouldn’t Know In San Diego

Feb. 10
Associated Press

Of the cities surveyed in the lower 48 states, Billings, Mont., has the lowest price at $2.99 a gallon and San Diego has the highest price at $3.63.

Coming Out Has Complicated Player's Prospects, NFL Execs Say

Feb. 10
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Michael Sam has been a star defensive end at the University of Missouri. He's been an All-American and The Associated Press SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

What You Can Find Out About A Person At Assessor/Recorder’s Office

Feb. 10
By Brad Racino
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To get to know a person — really know a person — just take a trip to the San Diego County Assessor and Recorder’s office in downtown San Diego.

Wind Advisory For San Diego Mountains And Deserts Until Noon

Feb. 10
By City News Service

Gusty winds are expected to blow through San Diego County's mountains and deserts Monday morning, which could lead to difficult driving conditions.

50 Drivers Ticketed For Cell Phone Use In Chula Vista

Feb. 10
By City News Service

Police officers cited 50 motorists for talking on their cellular phones while driving in Chula Vista on Sunday, and another three who were caught texting.

San Diego Officer Arrested In Sexual Battery Case

Feb. 10
Associated Press
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Police Chief Bill Landsowne said the 30-year-old officer turned himself in Sunday and was booked into jail. He was released on $130,000 bail.

SDSU Professor Helps Test California Kelp For Radiation Exposure From Fukushima Disaster

Feb. 10
By Deb Welsh
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Nearly three years after the Fukushima nuclear incident, testing for radiation will begin on samples taken from the kelp forest along the California coastline.

California Drought Feeds Interest For Water-Wise Landscaping In San Diego

Feb. 10
By Erik Anderson
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California drought declaration encourages interest in San Diego water-wise landscaping garden.

Race In The Race: Discussions Of Difference in San Diego's Mayoral Election

Feb. 10
By Sandhya Dirks
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The San Diego mayor’s race has opened up a debate over inequality, revealing a city that is starkly divided.

Avoid Atlanta Until Storm Passes, Governor Tells Truckers

Feb. 10
Mark Memmott / NPR
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This time, Georgia officials seem determined to get way out ahead of the weather.

For Some Asthma Patients, Heat Treatment Tames Symptoms

Feb. 10
Lauren Silverman / NPR
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If you've ever tried to drink something through one of those little red coffee stirrers instead of a full-sized straw, you know what it's like to breath with asthma.

Family Planning Squeezed in California By Health Law

Feb. 10
April Dembosky / NPR
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An unexpected quirk in the Affordable Care Act has left birth control clinics struggling to balance their budgets in California.