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Stories for February 12, 2014

San Diego Scientists Discover A Bacteria's Weird Napoleon Complex

Feb. 12
By David Wagner
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Why does one of the smallest organisms known to science have such an outsized ability to conquer our immune systems? Scripps scientists reveal its secret weapon.

Winter Storm Paralyzes Roads In North Carolina, Despite Warnings

Feb. 12
Bill Chappell / NPR
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They knew it was coming. But drivers in North Carolina still fell prey to the winter storm that the National Weather Service predicted would be "potentially crippling" to the area. Even those who left just after noon have been trapped by the heavy snow that arrived today.

New San Diego Veterans Treatment Center In Old Town Opens Feb. 17

Feb. 12
By Dwane Brown
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The Aspire Center in Old Town will provide Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with rehabilitation services.

Feds Approve More Fracking Off California Coast

Feb. 12
Associated Press
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The federal government has approved three new fracking jobs off the shores of California as state coastal regulators voiced concerns about potential environmental impacts.

San Diego Padres Prepare For 2014 Training Camp

Feb. 12
Associated Press

With the San Diego Padres' lineup and rotation pretty much set, the main competition during spring training will be for a few spots in the bullpen.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Kacey Musgraves/Dale Watson

Feb. 12
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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music. Texas country reigns on this episode featuring Kacey Musgraves and Dale Watson. Contemporary songwriter Musgraves sings tunes from her winning LP "Same Trailer Different Park," while honky-tonker Watson plays tunes from throughout his career.

Democrats Clash In Military Sexual Assault Debate

Feb. 12
Liz Halloran / NPR
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The Capitol Hill crackdown on sexual assaults in the U.S. military has been a rare mission on which Republicans and Democrats have found common ground over the past year.

Sid Caesar, Who Got Laughs Without Politics Or Putdowns, Dies At 91

Feb. 12
Susan Stamberg / NPR
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Comedian Sid Caesar, one of early network TV's biggest stars, died Wednesday morning at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 91.

Election Panel: Long Lines Were 'Management' Problem

Feb. 12
Pam Fessler / NPR
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The commission President Obama appointed last year to figure out how to fix long lines at the polls and other election problems has sought to steer clear of the many partisan land mines surrounding how Americans vote.

San Diego Chargers Will Seek New Mayor's Backing For Stadium

Feb. 12
Bernie Wilson / Associated Press
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The San Diego Chargers are eager to resume their long, winding push for a new stadium now that Republican Kevin Faulconer has been elected mayor.

Comedian And Actor Sid Caesar Has Died At 91

Feb. 12
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The multitalented Sid Caesar took live and complex comedy skits on the air as a pioneer in 1950s TV. Caesar, who established a new comedic tradition in America before he was 30, died in Los Angeles on Wednesday at 91.

At 102, Reflections On Race And The End Of Life

Feb. 12
NPR
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Today is Rosa Finnegan's 102nd birthday. She was born in 1912 -- the year the Titanic sank. She stopped working at 101 and now lives in a nursing home in Massachusetts. Time has gone by fast, she says.

Love And Romance: Is One Race More Attractive Than Another?

Feb. 12
TELL ME MORE STAFF / NPR
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Over this past month, we've been exploring the way race impacts the dating world with #xculturelove. Recently, we discussed the way racial and cultural preferences play out in our dating lives.

With Senate's OK, Debt Limit Bill Will Head To White House

Feb. 12
Bill Chappell / NPR

The Senate has voted to extend the federal debt limit, giving final congressional approval to a bill that is meant to cover the government's finances into 2015. The measure passed on a 55-43 vote.

San Diego Museum Hosts Only Documented Pirate Treasure Ever Discovered

Feb. 12
Midday Edition
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It's not all puffy shirts and parrots — a treasure chest of pirate artifacts is now on display at the San Diego Natural History Museum. It's the only documented pirate treasure ever found.

Supervisor Jacob Weighs In On San Diego County Priorities, Challenges

Feb. 12
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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While many in San Diego have been focused on the city's mayoral race, Jacob's "State of the County" address recently outlined plans and priorities for our whole region.

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Found Guilty Of Corruption

Feb. 12
Bill Chappell / NPR
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A federal jury has found Ray Nagin guilty of bribery and fraud. The former New Orleans mayor, 57, was accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks, in an indictment that included 21 counts. He was found guilty on 20 of those counts.

Niche Online Dating Promises A Different Site For Every Preference

Feb. 12
Elise Hu / NPR
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The numbers show Americans are getting more comfortable with online dating -- a recent Pew survey found at least 11 percent of us have tried to find a match on the Internet. And the places to cyberdate are proliferating. No fewer than 1,500 dating sites are available in the U.S. to help singles connect, many for a fee.

Mayor-Elect Kevin Faulconer Discusses What's Next For San Diego

Feb. 12
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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San Diego City Councilman Kevin Faulconer will take the oath of office as San Diego's new mayor early next month. He talks to KPBS Midday Edition about how he plans to move the city forward.

Army Investigating Death Of Soldier In Afghanistan (Video)

Feb. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S. Army is investigating the death of Pfc. Joshua A. Gray, 21, who died at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan on Feb. 10. The Department of Defense has not released any specifics on how Gray died, except to say it was in a "non-combat related incident."

Kearny Mesa Kaiser Hospital Set For Groundbreaking

Feb. 12
By City News Service

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Wednesday morning for Kaiser Permanente's seven-story hospital project in Kearny Mesa.

French President Hollande Talks Tech With Silicon Valley Leaders

Feb. 12
Garance Burke/ Associated Press
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French President Francois Hollande visited San Francisco Wednesday and met with technology leaders from Silicon Valley.

CROSSING SOUTH: Estero Beach And Tomatoes

Feb. 12
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At Estero Beach, on the south side of Ensenada, host Jorge Meraz tries a jet ski for the first time, then tests the ATV track nearby. And later, in San Quintin, learn about tomato farming with Arturo Rodriguez who guides a tour around the greenhouse at Los Pinos farms.

Two US Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Insider Attack

Feb. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Men wearing Afghan Security Force uniforms shot and killed two American soldiers Wednesday in Afghanistan.

Justice Thomas: Americans More Race Conscious Now Than In '60s

Feb. 12
Mark Memmott / NPR
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This Yahoo News report is causing some conversation today:

While Winter Storm Hits Eastern U.S., San Diego Flights Delayed, Canceled

Feb. 12
By Tarryn Mento
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At least eight flights departing from or arriving to San Diego are canceled and more than 20 delayed, according to the San Diego International Airport's website.

Gov. Christie Promotes GOP Despite Scandal At Home In N.J.

Feb. 12
Don Gonyea / NPR
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Despite ongoing investigations into a scandal over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie continues to travel the country as head of the Republican Governors Association. He's promoting the GOP agenda and raising money for this year's elections but compared to Christie's usual style, it's been a low key tour -- no media interviews and very few photos ops with smiling candidates.

Breaking Down Faulconer's Win In San Diego Mayor's Race

Feb. 12
Evening Edition
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Overnight, Republican Kevin Faulconer went from city councilman to mayor-elect. For insight into how he defeated Democrat David Alvarez, KPBS Morning Edition Anchor Deb Welsh spoke with San Diego Mesa College political science Professor Carl Luna.

Global Military Spending Set To Rise In 2014

Feb. 12
Sarah Wolfe / NPR
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After years of decreases, military spending is expected to rise globally in 2014 for the first time in five years.

Let's Weather The Storm: Share '3 Things To Do When Stuck Inside'

Feb. 12
Mark Memmott / NPR
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As folks in the Deep South, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast deal with yet another severe storm that's bringing rain, ice, sleet, snow or some combination of all those, let's see if we can help each other out.

Faulconer Defeats Alvarez For Mayor; Vows To Unite San Diego

Feb. 12
By Sandhya Dirks, Mark Sauer, Claire Trageser
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New San Diego Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer, who defeated fellow Councilman David Alvarez by a wide margin on Tuesday, vows to be an independent leader for all San Diegans.

Solana Beach Says 'Yes' To Prop B Over Fletcher Cove Community Center

Feb. 12
By Alison St John
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The "yes" vote means private parties will be allowed at the oceanfront community center every weekend instead of every second weekend, and there won't be a guest drink-limit.

Republican Faulconer Elected Mayor In San Diego

Feb. 12
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Six months after Democratic Mayor Bob Filner left office in disgrace because more than a dozen women had stepped forward to accuse him of sexual harassment, San Diegans have chosen a Republican to take over.

'Crippling,' 'Paralyzing': Southern Storm Will Be Wicked

Feb. 12
Mark Memmott / NPR
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As a wicked ice and snow storm spreads over parts of Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas and heads toward the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, the National Weather Service is warning again that it's getting ugly out there. Its forecasters say that the millions of people in the storm's path should be prepared to stay inside and cope with power outages that might last for days.

San Diego Food Trucks To Hear About Proposed Permit Rules On Wednesday

Feb. 12
By City News Service

The proposal seeks to create an entirely new land-use category for food trucks that clarifies where they're allowed to operate and which land-use regulations apply.

To Rent Or Buy? For The Federal Government, It's Complicated

Feb. 12
Laura Sullivan / NPR

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has been in the hot seat in recent weeks for mishandling the leases for some of its office space. The Department of the Interior's inspector general found that BIA violated multiple rules, including overpaying for space and renting too much of it -- in some cases without government authority to do so.