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Stories for February 13, 2014

Mexicans Lured To Border By Faint Hope Of Asylum

Feb. 13
By Jill Replogle
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Residents of embattled towns in Mexico's Michoacán state are fleeing to the U.S.-Mexico border in search of asylum. But experts say their chances of getting it are slim.

Alvarez Takes First Step To Keep San Diego City Council Seat

Feb. 13
By City News Service
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After falling short in the election for mayor of San Diego, David Alvarez confirmed his future plans Thursday by taking out nominating papers to run for reelection to his City Council seat.

Carl DeMaio GOP Ad Featuring Same-Sex Partner Might Be Political First

Feb. 13
By City News Service
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According to Republican Party officials and a political advertising expert, Carl DeMaio's 88-second video is the first they can remember of a candidate from either party that includes a same-sex partner.

San Diego Councilman Proposes Regulations On E-Cigarettes

Feb. 13
By City News Service
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San Diego City Councilman says e-cigarettes should be regulated in the same manner as traditional cigarettes, which would prohibit their use at parks, libraries, public facilities like Qualcomm Stadium and Petco Park, and inside restaurants and bars.

Californians Urged To Buy Local Flowers For Valentine's Day

Feb. 13
By California Capitol Network and Steve Milne
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If you're buying a bouquet for Valentine's Day, the people who grow and sell flowers in California are urging you to buy local.

LIVE AT THE BELLY UP: Steve Poltz/Trouble In The Wind

Feb. 13
By Jennifer Robinson
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Sometimes all you need is music. And sometimes you need that music live. Welcome to LIVE AT THE BELLY UP. San Diego has long been known as a hotbed of great musical talent. What’s more, San Diego is home to one of the best music venues on the West Coast. Since 1974, the Belly Up has been featuring great local bands from the Cedros Design District. Groove, dance and sing! This episode features performances by Steve Poltz and Trouble In The Wind.

Huge US Thermal Plant Opens Along California-Nevada Border As Industry Grows

Feb. 13
Associated Press

A new $2.2 billion complex of three solar electric generating units can produce nearly 400 megawatts — enough power for 140,000 homes. It began making electricity last year.

As Takeover Hopes Fade, House Democrats Remain Upbeat

Feb. 13
Liz Halloran / NPR
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House Democrats face a decidedly grim election season.

California Bill Seeks Warnings On Sugary Drinks

Feb. 13
Associated Press
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California would become the first state to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks under a proposal a state lawmaker announced Thursday.

5 Things To Know About San Diego Padres As They Start Camp

Feb. 13
Associated Press
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The San Diego Padres cracked open their wallet a bit more than normal to add a handful of players in the offseason and some outsiders have actually picked them to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

Miramar Marine Injured In Hit And Run, Police Seeking Info On Driver (Video)

Feb. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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MCAS Miramar Marine Staff Sgt. John Mihelich was just two miles from his house in Temecula on Feb. 7 when he became the victim of a hit-and-run. Now law enforcement officials are asking for the public's help in finding the driver.

In Men's Figure Skating, U.S. Pins Hopes On A New Class

Feb. 13
Sonari Glinton / NPR
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What's the hardest sport at the Winter Games -- biathlon, aerial skiing, snowboarding, or high-flying slopestyle?

US Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

Feb. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Spc. Christopher A. Landis, 27, died Feb. 10 at Bagram Airfield from wounds he suffered from a rocket propelled grenade attack in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan.

San Diego City Council To Consider Medical Marijuana Regulations Again

Feb. 13
By City News Service, Claire Trageser
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Zoning and operating guidelines passed in 2011 were rescinded after medical marijuana advocates collected enough signatures to force council reconsideration.

In West Virginia, Polluted Water Squeezes Wallets And Patience

Feb. 13
Brian Naylor / NPR
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Nate May's Prius is loaded down with water. The back is filled with boxes, each holding three one-gallon jugs that he just bought at Walmart. He and other volunteers are driving around Charleston, W.V., dropping off the jugs to people who have contacted his ad hoc group, the West Virginia Clean Water Hub. It's paid for with donations.

Three Keys To Kevin Faulconer’s Victory

Feb. 13
By Joe Yerardi
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Kevin Faulconer’s victory was so decisive that he even had the advantage in balloting conducted on Election Day — usually a strong suit for Democrats. Faulconer won 50.4 percent of ballots cast at polls.

How The Big Cable Deal Could Actually Boost Open-Internet Rules

Feb. 13
Emily Siner / NPR
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An announced $45 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable -- the largest and second-largest cable companies in the U.S., respectively -- is under scrutiny not just for its massive size but also for its potential impact on Internet use.

Instagram Posts, KKK Rallies And Other Racial Sensitivities

Feb. 13
Gene Demby / NPR

Earlier this week, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke to an audience at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Thomas, the second black member of the Supreme Court, felt that in one clear aspect of racial and cultural relations in the U.S., we've not moved forward:

Court Tosses San Diego County's Concealed Weapons Rules

Feb. 13
Midday Edition
By Tarryn Mento
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A divided federal appeals court has struck down San Diego County's concealed weapons rules, saying they violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Businesses Scramble To Deliver Valentine's Treats In Snow

Feb. 13
Scott Neuman / NPR
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If those flowers you were expecting fail to show up by Friday, don't be so quick to blame your Valentine. It could just be the weather.

Fukushima Fallout: San Diego State Researchers Monitoring Sea Kelp for Radiation Exposure

Feb. 13
Midday Edition
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SDSU researchers are taking part in a Project Kelp Watch 2014 - a program where 50 scientists will monitor sea kelp off our coast - to determine if radiation exposure has reached our coastline.

Put Your Name On A San Diego County Trail, Ballfield Or Playground For A Price

Feb. 13
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors recently voted to allow individuals, businesses or nonprofits to name sections of public parks, including ball fields, playgrounds and trails, for fees starting at $1,000. Your favorite park garden or pool could soon be brought to you by your neighbor or a local pest control business.

N.Y. Attorney General Reins In National Puerto Rican Day Parade

Feb. 13
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR
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The National Puerto Rican Day Parade will be marching down New York City's Fifth Avenue under new leadership this year.

Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell Scheduled To Return To San Diego

Feb. 13
By City News Service
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The Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell was scheduled to return to San Diego Thursday from a two-month Eastern Pacific patrol during which it thwarted a significant drug smuggling attempt.

Some Background On The Olympics From UC San Diego Sports Historian

Feb. 13
Midday Edition
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A historical perspective on this year's Winter Games from UC San Diego Professor Robert Edelman, a leading expert on Olympics and Russian history.

3 Ex-California Governors To Push State's Death Penalty Reform

Feb. 13
Associated Press

Three former California governors will back a proposed ballot initiative designed to speed up the state's lengthy death penalty process.

The 10 Places Where Health Insurance Costs The Least

Feb. 13
Jordan Rau / NPR
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People in much of Minnesota, northwestern Pennsylvania and Tucson, Ariz., are getting the best bargains from the health care law's new insurance marketplaces. Their premiums run half as much as those in the country's most expensive markets.

Paula Deen Cooks Up $75 Million Deal With Investor

Feb. 13
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The answer to the question "can Paula Deen recover?" from the uproar over her past use of the "N-word" is apparently yes.

Motions Hearing Scheduled For Ex-Pendleton Marine Facing Murder Retrial

Feb. 13
By City News Service
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A motions hearing was scheduled at Camp Pendleton Thursday for a Marine Corps non-commissioned officer facing a murder retrial in military court for the 2006 death of an unarmed civilian in Iraq.

Neighborhood Kids Can’t Go To New Poway Unified School, But Teachers’ Kids Can

Feb. 13
By Joanne Faryon
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Some parents in the Poway Unified School District are questioning why the district is allowing teachers’ kids to attend its newest school, while turning away neighborhood children.

How Bad Is It For Fliers Today? Latest 'Misery Map' Shows

Feb. 13
Mark Memmott / NPR
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With more than 6,000 flights within the nation canceled today and more than 1,000 delayed because of the snow and ice storm moving up the East Coast, it's time once again to point to FlightAware.com's "Misery Map."

San Diego Interim Mayor Gloria Ready To Hand Over The Reins To Mayor-Elect Faulconer

Feb. 13
By City News Service
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Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer promised Wednesday to work together to ensure a smooth transition at San Diego's helm following Faulconer's victory in Tuesday's election.

UC San Diego Center Aims To Improve Both Human And Animal Health

Feb. 13
By Kenny Goldberg
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When it comes to health, humans and animals are linked closely. A new center at UC San Diego seeks to improve the health of both species.

WATCH: Cameras Capture Corvettes Being Sucked Into Sinkhole

Feb. 13
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Security cameras were rolling Wednesday when a sinkhole opened up underneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. As we reported earlier, eight of the iconic sports cars were sucked down into a hole about 40 feet deep.

Northeast, New England Brace As Ice And Snow Move Up Coast

Feb. 13
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The forecasters said it would be "crippling," "mind-boggling" and historic.

'Citizens United' Critics Fight Money With Money

Feb. 13
Peter Overby / NPR
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It's been four years since the Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United ruling, the case that set the stage for unlimited and often undisclosed contribution money in federal elections. This year, the superPACs and social welfare organizations that use that money for attack ads are already at it, even as Republicans and Democrats are still choosing their candidates for the fall campaigns.