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Stories for January 3, 2014

Mid-City Youth Look To Prevent Crime With Survey of Alcohol Retailers

Jan. 3
By Dwane Brown
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The Latino Youth Council found at least 28 stores that sell alcohol in the Mid-City area violate state beverage control standards.

Top Enforcer of Sinaloa Cartel Arrested In Amsterdam

Jan. 3
Associated Press

Dutch police arrested Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, a top enforcer for the Sinaloa cartel on Tuesday for drug charges originating in San Diego.

2 Navy destroyers leaving San Diego homeport for deployment Tuesday

Jan. 3
By City News Service
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The guided-missile destroyers USS Kidd and USS Pinckney are scheduled to leave San Diego for independent deployments on Tuesday, the Navy announced.

This Week's Massive Winter Storm, Seen From Space

Jan. 3
Bill Chappell / NPR
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NASA caught our eye earlier today when the space agency tweeted a composite image of the huge winter storm that has covered parts of the Midwest and Eastern U.S. with a deep blanket of snow.

House GOP Puts Another 'Target' On Obamacare

Jan. 3
Frank James / NPR
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When Congress returns next week, House Republicans will welcome their Democratic colleagues with a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't vote.

The NSA's Quantum Code-Breaking Research Is No Secret

Jan. 3
Geoff Brumfiel / NPR
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So the world's most clandestine spy agency is working on something called a quantum computer, The Washington Post tells us. It's based on rules Einstein himself described as "spooky," and it can crack almost any code. That's got to be top-secret stuff, right?

Skier Vies For A Spot On Team USA After Breaking Both Legs

Jan. 3
Marci Krivonen / NPR
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On a cold, cloudy day in Colorado, ski racer Alice McKennis suits up. She buckles her boots, puts on a back protector and dons a tightfitting speed suit.

San Diego Pension Cost To Drop $11.8M Next Fiscal Year

Jan. 3
By City News Service

The city of San Diego is projecting to save roughly $11.8 million in pension payments this upcoming fiscal year.

Playboy Gets Pranked: Group Flips The Script On Sex

Jan. 3
Stephanie Hughes / NPR
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Rebecca Nagle sometimes finds herself asking the question: What would Hugh Hefner say?

San Diego Airport Suffers Delays Due To East Coast Snowstorm

Jan. 3
By City News Service

The massive snowstorm battering the eastern United States has affected air travel and caused numerous delays and cancellations here in San Diego.

California County Pushes Drugmakers To Take Back Unused Pills

Jan. 3
Pauline Bartolone / NPR
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The leftover prescription drugs you have around your house are at the center of a battle between small government and big pharmaceutical companies.

Let Them Eat Sandwiches: USDA Eases School Lunch Restrictions

Jan. 3
Allison Aubrey / NPR

After the the school lunch program was overhauled in 2012 to curb childhood obesity, lots of kids began complaining that lunches were too skimpy.

First Sierra Snow Survey Of Year Ends With Bleak Results For California

Jan. 3
Associated Press

The results from the first snow survey in the Sierra Nevada Mountains this year don't bode well for Californians. This year's reading and the one in January 2012 are the lowest on record.

Obama Administration Moves To Alter Gun-Buying Rules

Jan. 3
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Federal agencies are proposing new rules for handling gun buyers' background checks, in changes the Obama administration says will "keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands." The changes include a clarification of rules barring firearm possession due to mental health problems.

U.S. 'Lost Boy' among many fleeing South Sudan violence

Jan. 3
Associated Press

Phillip Mado, who once studied in America as one of Sudan's "Lost Boys," returned to South Sudan a couple of months ago after hearing his mother was sick.

Poll workers needed for San Diego mayor runoff election; Prop. B in Solana Beach

Jan. 3
By City News Service

All poll workers receive a stipend ranging from $75 to $175 depending on the assignment. Those who are bilingual receive an additional $15 if assigned to provide language assistance to voters.

Clay Aiken's Political Reality: Results Mixed For Stars Like Him

Jan. 3
Liz Halloran / NPR
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Reality television star Clay Aiken set the political class chattering Friday with rumors that he may run for Congress.

Couples Urge Sotomayor To Deny Utah's Bid To Block Gay Marriage

Jan. 3
Bill Chappell / NPR

Attorneys for same-sex couples say Utah officials who want to block gay marriages "cannot meet their burden" of showing either an error by a lower court or serious damage if the ceremonies continue, according to papers filed with the Supreme Court Friday. The filing urges the court to deny a request to halt the unions in Utah.

Roundtable: City Code Breakers; More One Paseo; 2014 Economic Outlook

Jan. 3
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge
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A group you've never heard of is shaping city development codes. This year, the rubber meets the road at One Paseo. And San Diego's economic outlook for 2014 is not too shabby, experts say.

Scripps Study Shows Wireless Heart Monitor Better Than Traditional

Jan. 3
By City News Service
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According to the Scripps study, a wireless heart monitor discovered more arrhythmia events than the traditional wired device.

20 Motorists Arrested On San Diego Roads Over New Year's Holiday

Jan. 3
By City News Service

The California Highway Patrol arrested 20 motorists on San Diego roads on suspicion of drunken driving over the New Year's holiday.

Marine Crisis Team Evacuates American Embassy Staff From South Sudan

Jan. 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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The escalating violence in South Sudan has prompted a U.S. Marine crisis response team to evacuate U.S. Embassy staff from the South Sudanese city of Juba on Friday.

Talks Continue Over Fate Of Girl Declared Brain Dead After Tonsil Surgery

Jan. 3
Associated Press

A federal magistrate will meet with lawyers Friday to resolve the dispute over the care of a 13-year-old girl declared brain dead following tonsil surgery.

7 Political Dates To Watch In 2014

Jan. 3
Frank James / NPR
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With November mid-term elections looming, 2014 promises much more political catnip than 2013.

Year In Review 2013: Top San Diego Arts & Culture Stories

Jan. 3
Evening Edition
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KPBS arts and culture reporter Angela Carone looks back on one of the biggest stories of the year: The opening of the new central library in downtown San Diego.

5 Things That Could Alter The Perception Of Obamacare

Jan. 3
Phil Galewitz / NPR
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Nearly four years after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, most of its major provisions are now in effect. And they appear to be as controversial as ever.

Ford Tops Resurgent U.S. Car Industry, 2013 Sales Results Show

Jan. 3
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Ford and GM are calling 2013 the best year for U.S. auto sales in at least five years. On Friday, they reported double-digit annual gains, while Chrysler reported an increase of 9 percent for its strongest year since 2007.

California man hopes law license will help immigrants

Jan. 3
Associated Press

A man who illegally came to the United States two decades ago said he hopes a court ruling granting him a law license will open doors to millions of other immigrants in the same situation.

Nuns' Objection To Health Care Law Is Unwarranted, Justice Says

Jan. 3
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court not to extend a temporary injunction given to a group of Colorado nuns who want to be exempt from some rules in the new health care law. The rules relate to the requirement that most employers provide health insurance that includes coverage of birth control costs.

Commuters warned about dense morning fog along San Diego County coast

Jan. 3
By City News Service

A National Weather Service dense fog advisory for areas within five miles of the coast is set to remain in effect until 9 a.m., about when the fog is expected to dissipate.

Transgender Law Reaffirms San Diego Schools' Approach, Says Board President

Jan. 3
By Kyla Calvert
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A new law granting access to school facilities and programs based on gender-identity instead of biological sex will be in place when San Diego students return to schools on Monday.

Covered California Finally Releases Spanish-Language Enrollment Form

Jan. 3
By Kenny Goldberg
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Better late than never. Covered California has introduced finally a health coverage enrollment form in Spanish, two months after it opened for business.

New mobile app shows San Diego beach conditions and water quality

Jan. 3
By City News Service

The app will allow residents and tourists to check water quality at 80 beaches and waterways. It will be available for smartphones, iPads and tablets.

Wicked Winter Storm Expected To Blow Itself Out Later Today

Jan. 3
Mark Memmott / NPR
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That winter storm we warned about Thursday has lived up to its billing:

Bjarke Ingels: An Architect For A Moment Or An Era?

Jan. 3
Dan Bobkoff / NPR
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In a business that's often poorly paid and anonymous, 39-year-old Bjarke Ingels has become something rare, especially at his age: a "starchitect" in demand.