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Stories for February 11, 2014

Toyota Recalls 1.9 Million Prius Cars For Software Problem

Feb. 11
Associated Press

Toyota is recalling 1.9 million hybrid Prius cars globally for a software glitch that could cause the vehicle to stall.

No. 5 SDSU Basketball Falls In Wyoming, 68-62

Feb. 11
By Matt Hoffman

A 20-game winning streak was snapped Tuesday night, as the No. 5 Aztecs lose on the road for the first time this season.

Faulconer Wins Big; Alvarez Concedes San Diego Mayor's Race Via Twitter

Feb. 11
By Sandhya Dirks, Mark Sauer, Claire Trageser
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Kevin Faulconer will replace disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner; David Alvarez conceded shortly before midnight on social media.

San Diego Should Remain Vital In World Of Shrinking Military Budgets

Feb. 11
By Erik Anderson
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A prominent Navy official says San Diego should continue to have a strong military presence and that means the region's economy likely will benefit.

No. 5 SDSU Hits Road To Wyoming Looking For 21st Straight Win

Feb. 11
Associated Press

If the Aztecs can extend their winning streak to 21 games by beating the Cowboys in Laramie on Tuesday night, it will be a school record well-earned.

US Border Patrol Seizes $500K Of Meth In Pine Valley

Feb. 11
By City News Service
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A service dog alerted agents to something suspicion in a woman's 2005 Chrysler Town and Country minivan.

Feds Drop Case Against Ex-Border Patrol Union Boss

Feb. 11
Associated Press

A U.S. district judge agreed to drop the charges Tuesday against Terence J. Bonner, who was accused of defrauding his union out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

San Diego Port Officials OK America's Cup Bid

Feb. 11
Associated Press
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America's Cup officials are talking with other venues about hosting the 35th America's Cup because San Francisco officials haven't offered the same terms as they did for last summer's regatta.

FBI Offers Cash Reward To Catch People Who Point Lasers At Planes

Feb. 11
Alan Yu / NPR
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The FBI is making a limited-time offer at 12 of its field offices across the nation from Albuquerque and Los Angeles to New York City and Washington, D.C.: During the next 60 days, if you help them catch someone aiming a laser pointer at a plane, the FBI is offering rewards of up to $10,000.

UCSD Ranks 12th in Producing Peace Corps Volunteers

Feb. 11
By City News Service

UC San Diego continues to contribute among the top schools producing volunteers who embrace the call to make a difference in communities overseas.

Warmer Weather Predicted For San Diego Until Weekend

Feb. 11
By City News Service

Much warmer and drier weather is expected in San Diego County through Friday but there will be another gradual cooling trend beginning this weekend into early next week.

Building A Digital Worm Is Harder (And More Important) Than You Might Think

Feb. 11
By David Wagner
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From San Diego to Siberia, volunteer researchers are joining forces to digitally recreate a very simple, very tiny worm.

SAVOR SAN DIEGO: Season Two: Pro Kids: Youngsters Take Swings At Healthy Eating

Feb. 11
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In City Heights, the non-profit Pro Kids organization uses golf as the hook to involve more than 1500 children with various types of learning, including healthy eating and fitness. Fieldtrips are favorites, and on this episode, chef Su-Mei Yu takes a group of Pro Kids on a hands-on exploration of Suzie's Farm and a fascinating lesson in fermentation.

Going To College May Cost You, But So Will Skipping It

Feb. 11
Jennifer Ludden / NPR
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In America, total student loan debt tops $1 trillion and a four-year college degree can cost as much as a house -- leaving many families wondering if college is really worth the cost.

Ex-Filner Staffer Glad Sexual Harassment Legal Battle Is Over

Feb. 11
By Dwane Brown
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The first woman to publicly accuse disgraced former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment said Tuesday the lawsuit settlement allows her to move on with her life.

A GROWING PASSION: Season Two: New Models Of Farming

Feb. 11
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How do fruits, herbs, and vegetables make their way from farm to consumer? In more ways than you might imagine. From subscription-based farming to networked "local" hydroponics growers, to mini-farms in business parks that supply on-site cafes - we see them all in this episode on new models of farming.

Nonprofits Pull In Investors To Tackle Housing Affordability

Feb. 11
Pam Fessler / NPR
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One of the biggest problems facing low-income families in the U.S. today is a lack of affordable housing.

After 23 Years, Your Waiter Is Ready For A Raise

Feb. 11
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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When Woody Harrelson's character got hired as a bartender on Cheers, he was so excited, he insisted on working for no more than the minimum wage. "I'd work like a slave," he said, "and, of course, I'd wash your car."

In Illinois Deal, The Onion Will Promote Health Insurance (Really)

Feb. 11
Scott Hensley / NPR
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In a story that you'd think was ripped straight from the headlines of America's foremost made-up-news website, The Onion said it's coming up with ads to promote health insurance for young people in Illinois.

Company Doesn't Want Medical Needs To Keep San Diego Voters From Polls

Feb. 11
By Tarryn Mento
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If you need medical assistance getting to the polls to cast your vote for San Diego's mayor or Solana Beach's Prop B, a San Diego company will give you a lift.

California Sushi Chefs Plead Guilty To Using Endangered Whale Meat

Feb. 11
By City News Service

According to previously filed documents, The Hump sold whale sushi to informants posing as customers on three occasions in the fall of 2009 and in early 2010.

Super Skyscrapers: Building The Future

Feb. 11
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Commonly known as “the cheese grater,” the Leadenhall Building is the pinnacle of London’s avant-garde architecture. Designed as a tapered tower with a steel exoskeleton, it’s the tallest skyscraper in the City of London and the most innovative. This program follows the monumental challenges that come with erecting this super skyscraper: it will be constructed off-site, delivered to location, and stacked and bolted together like a giant Lego set.

US Soldiers Pumped To Compete In Luge At Sochi Olympics (Video)

Feb. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Sgt. Preston Griffall, 29, of Salt Lake City and Army Sgt. Matt Mortensen, 28, of Huntington Station, N.Y. will compete Wednesday in the men's doubles luge competition at the Sochi Olympic games.

Erin Hamlin Sets A U.S. First With Medal In Luge

Feb. 11
Bill Chappell / NPR
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It took 50 years -- and for Erin Hamlin, three Olympics -- but an American has finally won a singles medal in the sport. Erin Hamlin took bronze behind two powerful Germans in the women's final Tuesday.

Number Of Students Taking Advanced Placement Classes Nearly Doubles Over Last Decade

Feb. 11
Associated Press

The number of U.S. public school students taking Advanced Placement classes nearly doubled over the last decade. The class of 2013 took 3.2 million AP exams, according to a College Board report released Tuesday.

Rebuilding San Diego's African American Museum Of Fine Art

Feb. 11
Midday Edition
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For more than 10 years, San Diego's African American Museum of Fine Art was nearly non-existent until now. The museum has a new home and new leadership.

Dealing With Life-Threatening Illness From Both A Doctor And Patient's Perspective

Feb. 11
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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When a terminal illness is diagnosed, people ask their doctors one question: How long do I have to live?

Drought Prompts Call For Voluntary Water Restrictions In San Diego County

Feb. 11
Midday Edition
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In light of the recently declared drought in California, local and county officials are calling for residents to conserve.

Shaun White Falls Just Short Of Three-Peat Quest In Half-Pipe

Feb. 11
Bill Chappell / NPR
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In an event that came down to a dramatic final run, American snowboarder Shaun White finished in fourth place in the men's halfpipe Tuesday, falling just short of the podium with a score of 90.25. White needed a score of better than 94.75 to take gold.

NOVA: Great Cathedral Mystery

Feb. 11
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The dome that crowns Florence’s great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore — the Duomo — is a masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. Still the largest masonry dome on earth after more than six centuries, it is taller than the Statue of Liberty and weighs as much as an average cruise ship. To test the latest theories, a team of U.S. bricklayers will help build an experimental “mini-Duomo” using period techniques.

One Night In March

Feb. 11
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"One Night In March" tells the story of a historic college basketball game that captured the national imagination, influenced a state and helped redefine a sport. Interviews, rare footage and archival photos transport viewers back to a tumultuous time in United States history, just as the Civil Rights movement began gaining momentum throughout the South.

USS Germantown Sailor Permanently Removed From Command During Sexual Assault Investigation

Feb. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy has permanently removed Command Master Chief Petty Officer Jesus Galura from his post on the USS Germantown, as an investigation into whether Galura sexually assaulted another crew member continues.

Olympic Snowboarders Groove To DJ Naka G

Feb. 11
Robert Smith / NPR
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It's hard to tell on TV, but in person, the Olympics are loud.

Despite Federal Rules, Some States Deny Family Policies For Same-Sex Couples

Feb. 11
Michelle Andrews / NPR
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Carl Bechdel and Dan Miller started looking for a family plan on the Pennsylvania health insurance marketplace last fall.

N.Y. Immigrants Find They Can Earn Bread And Butter From Baking

Feb. 11
Amy Guttman / NPR
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In the heart of New York City's Spanish Harlem, women from Morocco to Mexico arrive before dawn to crank up the ovens at Hot Bread Kitchen.

San Diego City Council Postpones Disussion On Open Government Ballot Measure

Feb. 11
By City News Service

The City Council Monday postponed discussion on a proposed City Charter amendment that would allow greater public access to city documents after the City Attorney's Office delivered a memo outlining legal concerns.

Judges Give California 2 Years To Cut Prison Overcrowding

Feb. 11
Associated Press

Federal judges on Monday gave California two more years to meet a court-ordered prison population cap, the latest step in a long-running lawsuit aimed at improving inmate medical care.

Early Voting Patterns Favor Faulconer In Mayor’s Race

Feb. 11
By Joe Yerardi
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With Election Day here, political operatives and campaign volunteers are fanning out across the city in massive get-out-the-vote operations. But nearly 165,000 people already have voted, and those ballots may well determine San Diego’s mayor-elect.

San Diego Padres Fans Can Watch Home Games On Time Warner Once Again

Feb. 11
By City News Service
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After a two-year absence, Padres baseball games will be carried on Time Warner Cable this season, the cable company and Fox Sports San Diego announced Monday.

'Mind-Boggling,' Historic Ice Storm Headed For Deep South

Feb. 11
Mark Memmott / NPR
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This is not our language. It comes from the forecasters at the National Weather Service, who we have to hope do not say things such as this unless they really mean it:

San Diegans Head To Polls To Choose Alvarez Or Faulconer As Mayor

Feb. 11
By Claire Trageser
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San Diegans will vote Tuesday in the special mayoral election between City Councilmen David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer.

Critics Honor Best In San Diego Theater

Feb. 11
By Angela Carone
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A musical that premiered in San Diego and is now on Broadway took home top honors at the 2013 Craig Noel Awards, which celebrates the best in San Diego theater.

Faulconer Win Could Give Democrats More Power On San Diego City Council

Feb. 11
By Claire Trageser
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If Republican San Diego City Councilman Kevin Faulconer becomes mayor, the San Diego City Council could see a shift in power toward the Democrats.

Shirley Temple Dies; Childhood Movie Star Became Diplomat

Feb. 11
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Shirley Temple, who charmed the nation as a child movie star in the 1930s and went on to become one of the nation's diplomats in posts that included ambassador to Czechoslovakia during the Cold War, has died.

U.S. And Canadian Women's Hockey Brings Plenty Of Heat To The Ice

Feb. 11
Tamara Keith / NPR
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Wednesday, the American women's hockey team meets its arch rival Canada on the ice in Sochi at the Winter Olympics. It's an early round game, but when it comes to these two teams, which are expected to meet in the gold medal game, there's no such thing as a low-stakes match.