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Stories for January 10, 2014

Neiman Marcus Says Hackers Stole Credit Card Data

Jan. 10
Bill Chappell / NPR

Upscale retailer Neiman Marcus isn't yet saying how many customers might be at risk, but it is confirming that a breach of credit card data took place. The company says it learned of "potentially unauthorized payment card activity" before Christmas. The company says it is working with federal investigators, and a forensics team is trying to determine the size of the breach.

$1.35 Billion In Losses Reported By Nevada's Major Casinos

Jan. 10
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Nevada's big casinos are on a losing streak. For the fifth straight year, the state's largest casinos are reporting net losses — in this case, a total of $1.35 billion in the most recent fiscal year. That's the news from a report released by the Nevada Gaming Control Board Friday, which focuses on casinos that gross at least $1 million in gaming revenue.

Sex-Trafficking Prosecutions Spike In San Diego County

Jan. 10
By Amita Sharma

San Diego County prosecutors filed nine sex-trafficking cases in 2009. Last year, that number rose to 43.

California Flu Activity Reaches Widespread Levels

Jan. 10
Max Pringle, Capital Public Radio

Seven confirmed flu-related deaths have been reported in California since September and 28 others are being investigated.

San Diego Sidewalks Getting $1M Assessment

Jan. 10
By Katie Schoolov
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San Diego's 5,000 miles of sidewalk might be getting a much-needed makeover with the kick off a $1 million project Friday to track bumps, cracks and missing portions around the city.

Unlocking Sherlock

Jan. 10
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Find out how writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss created the television hit SHERLOCK on MASTERPIECE, taking Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original adventures of the Victorian super-sleuth and transforming them into a worldwide sensation. Moffat and Gatiss guide viewers through their inspirations — the original stories, their factual origins and hundreds of film adaptations — for the thoroughly modern Sherlock. Go behind the scenes to see the filming of the new SHERLOCK series and enjoy interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and others.

FRONTLINE: Secret State Of North Korea

Jan. 10
By Jennifer Robinson
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Just two years in the job and armed with nuclear weapons, North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un is the world’s youngest dictator, ruling one of the world’s most isolated countries. Like his father and grandfather, he wants to maintain tight control over what North Koreans see of the world — and what the world sees of North Korea. But with unique access, FRONTLINE goes inside the secret state to explore life under its new ruler and to investigate the enigmatic “Morning Star King” as he tries to hold onto power.

N.J. Bridge Scandal: New Emails And Documents Are Released

Jan. 10
Bill Chappell / NPR
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A New Jersey State Assembly committee released a trove of documents Friday that shed more light on the bridge lane-closure scandal that is embroiling Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration. The panel is seeking details on what's seen as an act of political retribution, which targeted the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, N.J. It obtained the documents under a subpoena.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Boise, Idaho - Hour Two

Jan. 10
By Jennifer Robinson
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Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Gary Piattoni head to the Old Idaho State Penitentiary to discuss what type of law enforcement collectibles should be locked up in the vault. Highlights include a mid-century pinup painting by Earl Moran, whose work rises in value the more scantily clothed the model; a complete set of lobby cards from the 1951 film "The Day the Earth Stood Still," a film the guest spent nine cents to see in theaters; and an inherited 1922 Edward Hopper etching titled "The Cat Boat," appraised for $250,000.

From Alaska To Arkansas, Minimum Wage Activists Solicit Support

Jan. 10
Don Gonyea / NPR
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You never know where you might find a volunteer with a clipboard looking for signatures trying to get a voter referendum on the local ballot - like Ed Flanagan in the town of North Pole, Ala.

Marijuana 'Hash Oil' Explodes In Popularity, And Kitchens

Jan. 10
Martin Kaste / NPR
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If you think the recent liberalization of marijuana laws around the country is only about smoking leaves and buds, think again. For users younger than 25, "hash oil" is where it's really at. This concentrated resin of marijuana is creating new public safety headaches -- even in places where it's legal.

How A Community Bank Tripped On Footnote 1,861 Of The Volcker Rule

Jan. 10
Zoe Chace / NPR

When people talk about the Volcker Rule, they often mention JPMorgan Chase, the giant bank where a trader recently made a bad bet that lost $6 billion. The Volcker Rule is supposed to put an end to that sort of thing, by prohibiting banks from trading with their own money.

A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates

Jan. 10
Tovia Smith / NPR
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Ross Miner is among those competing for a spot on the U.S. Men's figure skating team Friday night in Boston. He is a hometown favorite who is bringing some local flavor to his performance -- he's going to tell the story of last year's Boston Marathon bombing.

2 San Diego Women Split $2.6M From Mega Millions Lottery

Jan. 10
By City News Service

Two San Diego women have stepped forward to claim a $2.6 million prize stemming from the Mega Millions lottery in December.

California Health Care Spending Could Be Shifting

Jan. 10
Pauline Bartolone, Capital Public Radio

A small spending item on education about children's dental care could signal a shift in the way California spends money on health care.

Dying Stars Write Their Own Swan Songs

Jan. 10
Geoff Brumfiel / NPR
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Alicia Soderberg studies the death of stars. Often, these final moments come as violent explosions known as supernovae. They're spectacular events, but catching one as it unfolds can be tricky.

Dying Stars Write Their Own Swan Songs

Jan. 10
Geoff Brumfiel / NPR
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Alicia Soderberg studies the death of stars. Often, these final moments come as violent explosions known as supernovae. They're spectacular events, but catching one as it unfolds can be tricky.

San Diego Zoo panda returning to China

Jan. 10
By City News Service
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The giant pandas at the zoo are on loan from the Chinese government, which has the option of calling them back to their native country after they reach age 3.

Jamul Casino Construction Begins In San Diego's East County

Jan. 10
By City News Service

Construction is set to begin Friday on a casino project in the Jamul Indian Reservation that is expected to be completed in late-2015.

What's Behind The Drop In Unemployment

Jan. 10
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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Whether you had a job or were looking for one, December was a gloomy month.

Roundtable: Vets React To Fallujah Loss; Racial Profiling And SDPD; Chargers In Denver; Jerry Coleman

Jan. 10
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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U.S. Marines fought fiercely for Fallujah, and now it's gone. The SDPD says racial profiling is not a problem. Will the Broncos be a problem for the Chargers? And, we remember Jerry Coleman.

140 Camp Pendleton Marines To Deploy To Afghanistan

Jan. 10
City News Service

About 140 Marines will leave Camp Pendleton this weekend for Afghanistan, where they will remain until later this year, base officials announced Friday.

Parents Of Asiana Crash Victim File Claim Against City Of San Francisco

Jan. 10
Associated Press

The parents of a teenage girl who was run over and killed by two emergency vehicles after an Asiana Airlines crash have filed a claim against the city of San Francisco.

U.S. To Recognize Utah Gay Marriages Despite State's Refusal

Jan. 10
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The marriages of more than 900 couples have been put on hold as courts weight in. But "those families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds," U.S. Attorney General Eric Hold said Friday.

AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK'S ILLUSTRATED: Meat And Potatoes With Panache (New Season Premiere)

Jan. 10
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Host Christopher Kimball goes into the test kitchen to learn how to create an updated French classic, Modern Beef Burgundy, with test cook Becky Hays. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews potato ricers in the Equipment Corner. Then, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows Chris how to make Braised Red Potatoes with Lemon and Chives. And finally, Chris reveals the science behind potato starch.

Former Pomerado Hospital Employee Sentencing Set For Friday

Jan. 10
By City News Service

A former Pomerado Hospital employee who threatened to go on a killing spree against co-workers is set to be sentenced on Friday.

When Police Can — And Can't — Pull You Over

Jan. 10
Liam Dillon, Voice of San Diego
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When racial-profiling allegations arise, they often come from traffic stops. Here's what the police can, and can't, do.

Second Relay Race For Boston Marathon Victims To Start In Santa Monica

Jan. 10
Associated Press
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Hundreds of runners are gearing up for the second coast-to-coast One Run for Boston relay race to honor three people killed in the Boston Marathon bombing and raise funds for 260 people wounded in the attack.

Gates Says His Points About Obama Have Been Mischaracterized

Jan. 10
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Reports this week about former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new book have implied that he thinks President Obama approved a 2009 troop surge in Afghanistan "believing the strategy would fail," as NPR's Steve Inskeep said on Friday's Morning Edition.

Rockslide Closes PCH In Orange County

Jan. 10
Associated Press

The northbound and southbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway in Orange County have been closed by a rockslide.

Franklin McCain, One Of 'Greensboro Four,' Dies

Jan. 10
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Franklin McCain, one of the "Greensboro Four" who in 1960 sat down at a whites-only lunch counter in North Carolina and launched a sit-in movement that would soon spread to cities across the nation, has died.

Maryland's Bold Plan To Curb Hospital Costs Gets Federal Blessing

Jan. 10
Jay Hancock / NPR
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Maryland health officials have reached an unprecedented deal to limit medical spending and abandon decades of expensively paying hospitals for each extra procedure they perform.

Video - Plane Crash In Afghanistan Kills Three Americans

Jan. 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two U.S. service members and one civilian were killed when their MC-12 reconnaissance plane crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Friday.

"Operation Corridor" Targets North County Gangs Tied To Mexican Mafia

Jan. 10
By Alison St John

An investigation called “Operation Corridor” has charged 22 people in North County with engaging in drug trafficking and racketeering. Those indicted are accused of involvement with Mexican Mafia prison gangs.

Target Says 70 Million Individuals' Data May Have Been Stolen

Jan. 10
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The size of the data breach at Target Co. stores late last year took a sharp rise Friday when the retailer said it now estimates that up to 70 million individuals may have been affected.

Jobless Rate Drops To 6.7 Percent; Only 74,000 Jobs Added

Jan. 10
Mark Memmott / NPR
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We'll be posting updates after the report's 8:30 a.m. ET release.

Chemical Leak Causes Water Emergency In West Virginia

Jan. 10
Mark Memmott / NPR
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More than 100,000 customers of one water company in West Virginia have been warned not to drink, cook or wash with the water coming from their taps because of chemicals that seeped into the Elk River near Charleston on Thursday.

Navy Pilot From San Diego Area Still Missing After Helicopter Crash (Video)

Jan. 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy has identified the crew member still missing after his helicopter crashed Wednesday morning off the coast of Virginia as Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder, 39, of Santee, Calif.