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Stories for February 15, 2014

Soldiers Killed In Insider Attack Identified (Video)

Feb. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Department of Defense has identified the two U.S. soldiers killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan on Feb. 12 as Spc. John A. Pelham, 22, and Sgt. First Class Roberto C. Skelt, 41.

Mistrial On Murder Charge In Florida Gas Station Shooting

Feb. 15
Bill Chappell, Steve Mullis

A mistrial was declared on Saturday in the first-degree murder charge of Michael Dunn after a Florida jury failed to come to an agreement. The jury did find Dunn guilty on four lesser charges, including three counts of attempted second-degree murder in the 2012 killing of a teenager in a Jacksonville gas station parking lot.

No Rest For The Snow-Weary: Northeast Braces For Round 2

Feb. 15
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The Northeast is in for another winter punch, with the National Weather Service calling for more than a foot of accumulation in many areas through early Sunday. The double-whammy comes even as many areas are still digging out from the last assault a mere two days ago.

California Water Politics Complicate Brown's Decisions

Feb. 15
Associated Press
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As California struggles to cope with its historic drought, Gov. Jerry Brown is facing increasing pressure to tackle longstanding problems in the state's water storage and delivery systems at a time when the politics of the issue have never been more tangled.

GOP Struggles To Sell Message In Big Cities

Feb. 15
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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San Diego voters did something highly unusual last Tuesday: They elected a Republican as mayor.

Obama Draws Link Between Climate Change And California's Drought

Feb. 15
Associated Press
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President Barack Obama drew a link between climate change and California's drought, and said the U.S. must do a better job of figuring out how to make sure everyone's water needs are satisfied.

San Diego Downtown Library Unveils Contributions To Baseball Research Center

Feb. 15
By City News Service
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A recent contribution to the Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center at the San Diego Central Library is scheduled for public unveiling Saturday.

U.S. Men's Ice Hockey Beats Russia In Preliminary Round

Feb. 15
Scott Neuman / NPR

The U.S. Olympic ice hockey team beat Russia 3-2 on the ice at the Sochi Games in a heart-stopping sudden-death shootout.

Chula Vista Police Seek Public's Help To Find Missing Man At Risk

Feb. 15
By City News Service

Police Saturday sought the public's help in locating a 55-year-old man who suffers from schizophrenia as well as mild dementia, and who was last seen Friday at his Chula Vista board and care facility.

Flood Of Gay Marriage Cases Releasing Stream Of Federal Rulings

Feb. 15
Richard Gonzales / NPR
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A federal judge in Virginia struck down that state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage this week. It's just the latest in a string of similar rulings in conservative states, and it indicates that the strategy for winning marriage equality in federal courts is moving faster than many had expected.

For The South, Add Earthquake To Snow, Ice And Power Outages

Feb. 15
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The Deep South has been shaken up this winter in more ways than one: First, there was the unusual ice and snow and the ensuing power outages. And now, an earthquake.