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Stories for February 18, 2014

Matt Shrigley Leads No. 6 SDSU Over Utah St, 60-45

Feb. 18
Associated Press

Matt Shrigley scored 15 points — including four 3-pointers — and No. 6 San Diego State used a stifling defense to beat Utah State 60-45 Tuesday night, the Aztecs' 12th straight home victory.

Bus Tour Pushing Preschool Spending Starts In San Diego

Feb. 18
By Kyla Calvert
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Early education advocates kick off their statewide bus tour in San Diego.

Winning $2.6M Lottery Ticket Bought In Chula Vista Still Unclaimed After Two Months

Feb. 18
By City News Service

Lottery officials said people often wait to make their claim so they can get their financial affairs in order, or sometimes tuck their tickets in a drawer and forget about them.

Military Transition Support Project Aims To Better Connect San Diego Veterans With Resources

Feb. 18
By Dwane Brown
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San Diego community groups came together on Tuesday to help provide veterans with the tools they need to transition back into civilian life.

Justice Dept. Asks For Help Finding Prisoners Who Deserve Clemency

Feb. 18
Carrie Johnson / NPR

The second-in-command at the Justice Department met Tuesday with defense lawyers and interest groups to identify the cases of worthy prisoners who could qualify for clemency.

SDPD Officer Accused Of Sexual Assault Resigning To Focus On Court Battle

Feb. 18
By City News Service
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Officer Christopher Hays -- a four-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department -- will resign effective Tuesday or Wednesday so he can fight the charges against him, defense attorney Kerry Armstrong told reporters.

Super Skyscrapers: The Vertical City

Feb. 18
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Shanghai Tower isn’t just a skyscraper — it’s a vertical city, a collection of businesses, services and hotels all in one place, fitting a population the size of Monaco into a footprint the size of a football field. Within its walls, residents can literally work, rest, play and relax in public parks, looking up through 12 stories of clear space. Not just one, however, but eight of them, stacked on top of each other, all the way to the 121st floor. When complete, the structure will dominate Shanghai’s skyline, towering over its neighbors as a testament to China’s economic success and the ambitions of the city’s wealthy elite.

Missouri Execution Stalled Over Lethal Drugs In Short Supply

Feb. 18
Laura Sullivan / NPR

A few years ago, Missouri, like other states, was having trouble finding lethal execution drugs. Europe was balking, and U.S. drug manufacturers didn't want a part of it.

Nestle Recalls Some Of Its Hot Pockets As Part Of Larger Meat Recall

Feb. 18
Associated Press

Nestle said Tuesday that it is recalling an unspecified number of "Philly Steak" and its "Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese" Hot Pockets in certain sizes. No illnesses have been reported.

CBO: Minimum Wage Hike Could Boost Paychecks - And Cut Jobs

Feb. 18
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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Whatever you already believed about raising the federal minimum wage, you now have more ammo for your argument, thanks to a report released Tuesday by the Congressional Budget Office, titled "The Effects of a Minimum-Wage Increase on Employment and Family Income."

San Diego Housing Fee Opponents To Force Issue

Feb. 18
By City News Service
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Opponents of an affordable housing fee increase for big construction projects in San Diego collected enough voter signatures to qualify the issue for a ballot.

U.S. Olympic Committee Plans To Examine Speedskating's Woes

Feb. 18
Howard Berkes, Bill Chappell
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For American speedskaters, this Winter Olympics has been defined by controversy over racing suits and disappointment over a lack of podium finishes. Now comes word that the U.S. Olympic Committee will "leave no stone unturned" in looking at how the high hopes of US Speedskating collapsed in Sochi.

Babies Who Eat Too Well May Be On The Path To Obesity

Feb. 18
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Parents love it when their babies are good eaters, whether it's polishing off a bottle or happily grabbing bits of pasta. But researchers think babies who chow down with gusto might be setting themselves up for obesity later on.

Camp Pendleton Marine First Ever To Receive Revolutionary Prosthetic Arm (Video)

Feb. 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Pendleton Marine Staff Sgt. James Sides recently became the first human being to be fitted with a cutting-edge prosthetic arm he can control using own muscles. Sides lost his arm in Afghanistan on July 15, 2012 to an improvised explosive device.

IVF Baby Boom: Births From Fertility Procedure Hit New High

Feb. 18
Michaeleen Doucleff / NPR
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More couples than ever are turning to in vitro fertilization to help build families.

Soldiers' 'Fun' Photo With Flag-Draped Coffin Sparks Outrage

Feb. 18
Mark Memmott / NPR
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In one, 14 soldiers are seen joking around in front of what authorities say was an empty coffin draped with the American flag. The caption with that image reads, in part: "We put the FUN in funeral."

San Diego Treatment Center To Assist Iraq/Afghan Veterans

Feb. 18
Midday Edition
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A first-of-its-kind residential rehabilitation center opened this week in San Diego. The focus is to treat newly returning veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who are struggling with the invisible battle scars such as PTSD. Join us for a look at the Aspire Center.

Oscar-Nominated 'Omar' Opens Friday In San Diego

Feb. 18
Midday Edition
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Palestinian actor Waleed Zuaiter stopped by the KPBS studios to talk about the Oscar-nominated film "Omar" that opens Friday at Landmark La Jolla Village.

San Diego County Jail Changing Medical Model For Needs Of Long-Term Inmates

Feb. 18
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Lack of access to medical care in state prisons was a significant part of the problem that eventually resulted in prison realignment. Ironically, one of the side effects of prison realignment in San Diego is being seen in the medical care being dispensed at San Diego County jails.

Navy SEAL Veteran Running For Congress

Feb. 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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Larry Wilske, a Navy veteran and former command master chief of SEAL Team 7, has thrown his hat into the ring to represent California's 53rd Congressional District. The seat currently belongs to Rep. Susan Davis.

Fisher Pleased SDSU Drops Only 1 Spot In Poll

Feb. 18
Associated Press

The Aztecs (22-2, 11-1 Mountain West) dropped to No. 6 on Monday and knew it could have been a steeper fall.

NATURE: Honey Badgers: Masters Of Mayhem

Feb. 18
By Jennifer Robinson
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“Honey badger is badass.” Those words and corresponding video became a YouTube sensation, with 51 million hits. This “thug of the savannah” is one the most fearless animals in the world, renowned for its ability to confront grown lions, castrate charging buffalo and shrug off the toxic defenses of stinging bees, scorpions and snakes. Little is known about its behavior in the wild or why it is so aggressive. This film follows badger specialists in South Africa who take on these masters of mayhem in ways that must be seen to be believed.

Obama Wants Tougher Fuel Standards For Big Trucks

Feb. 18
Mark Memmott / NPR
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President Obama said Tuesday that he has told the Environmental Protection Agency to work with the Department of Transportation on a second round of regulations to improve the fuel efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The goal: reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions they contribute to the environment.

Border Patrol Agent Fatally Shoots Suspect In Otay Area

Feb. 18
By Jill Replogle
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A U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot a man in rugged terrain of the Otay area of southeast San Diego early Tuesday.

Hearing Scheduled For San Diego Woman Accused Of Escaping Michigan Prison In 1970s

Feb. 18
By City News Service
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An identity hearing was scheduled Tuesday for a San Diego woman accused of escaping from a Michigan state prison 37 years ago.

Chinese Firm Gets Approval To Buy Electric Carmaker Fisker

Feb. 18
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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A bankruptcy judge in Delaware has approved the sale of bankrupt electric carmaker Fisker to China's largest auto parts company.

San Diego Groups Partner Up To Make Sure Low-Income Seniors' Pets Are Fed

Feb. 18
By City News Service
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The Helen Woodward Animal Center and The Angel's Depot on Tuesday announced a partnership to expand a program that delivers food for pets of low-income seniors.

San Diego Officer Accused Of Inappropriately Touching Women To Be Arraigned

Feb. 18
By City News Service
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A San Diego police officer accused of inappropriately touching and sexually assaulting women in their 20s and 30s during pat-down searches is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at the downtown courthouse.

Despite Law, Health Plans Refuse Medical Claims Related To Suicide

Feb. 18
Michelle Andrews / NPR
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Dealing with the aftermath of a suicide or attempted suicide is stressful enough. But some health plans make a harrowing experience worse by refusing to cover medical costs for injuries that are related to suicide, even though the federal health law doesn't allow such exclusions, legal and government analysts say.

There's A Clown Shortage: Who Will Fill Those Big Shoes?

Feb. 18
Mark Memmott / NPR
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This may be welcome news for those who suffer from coulrophobia, but it's no joke to those who agree with Cole Porter that "all the world loves a clown":

San Diego Wildlife Advocates Pave Way To Restore Gray Wolves In California

Feb. 18
By Susan Murphy
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Efforts in San Diego County to restore Mexican gray wolves in the southwest are paying off. The California Wolf Center is also working to pave the way for the return of gray wolves to California.

Sacramento To Consider Outdoor Smoking Ban

Feb. 18
By Kenny Goldberg
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California already bans smoking inside restaurants and bars. Should that ban be extended to outdoor patios, too?

Questions Dog Bonnie Dumanis On San Diego Campaign Finance Probe

Feb. 18
By Amita Sharma
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Campaign finance experts say there were key warning signs that the funds accepted by the San Diego district attorney when she was running for mayor might not be legal.

Opera Profile: Tenor Giuseppe Filianoti

Feb. 18
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov
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San Diego Opera’s “The Elixir of Love” opened this past weekend. The opera is all about love but the behind the scenes story about its tenor was almost a tragedy.

Battling Blight: Detroit Maps Entire City To Find Bad Buildings

Feb. 18
Quinn Klinefelter / NPR
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Inside one in a series of abandoned homes along a blighted block of Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood, filmmaker Tom McPhee walks through the remnants of a life -- broken furniture, scattered knickknacks and a flooded basement.

Mayor Wants To Drive Horse-Drawn Carriages Out Of NYC

Feb. 18
Janet Babin / NPR
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During New York City's mayoral race last year, then-candidate Bill de Blasio promised to fix big-picture problems, like income inequality and universal Pre-K.

College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't

Feb. 18
Eric Westervelt / NPR
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With spring fast approaching, many American high school seniors are now waiting anxiously to hear whether they got into the college or university of their choice. For many students, their scores on the SAT or the ACT will play a big role in where they get in.