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Stories for January 14, 2014

USS Ronald Reagan Leaving San Diego For New Homeport In Japan (Video)

Jan. 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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There's a game of musical chairs (or aircraft carriers) going on as part of the Navy's plan to strengthen its presence in the Pacific. The USS Ronald Reagan will leave San Diego for its new homeport of Yokosuka, Japan. The USS Theodore Roosevelt will then make San Diego its new home, leaving Norfolk, Va.

Divers Recover Body Of Missing Navy Pilot From Santee

Jan. 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy announced Tuesday night that divers recovered the body of Lt. Sean Snyder from the wreckage of a MH-53E "Sea Dragon" helicopter that crashed off the coast of Virginia last week. Snyder, 39, is originally from Santee in eastern San Diego County.

San Diego Padres, Seth Smith agree to $4.5 million contract

Jan. 14
Associated Press

Seth Smith and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a $4.5 million, one-year contract to avoid arbitration.

San Diego Chargers promote Frank Reich to offensive coordinator

Jan. 14
Associated Press

The San Diego Chargers promote quarterbacks coach Frank Reich to offensive coordinator after Ken Whisenhunt left to coach the Tennessee Titans.

New Mexico school shooting suspect said he was off medication

Jan. 14
Associated Press

The students were in the gym, where they typically hang out before classes start during cold and inclement weather, she said. The 12-year-old pulled a shotgun and opened fire there at about 8 a.m.

San Diego Company Claims Major Milestone In Gene Sequencing

Jan. 14
By David Wagner
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Sequencing an entire genome for $1,000 or less has long been seen as a tipping point in the field of genetics. One San Diego company says they've now succeeded in bringing prices down that low.

San Diego Under Red Flag Warning For Fire Danger

Jan. 14
By Dwane Brown

San Diego County's unseasonably warm weather and lack of rain has resulted in a red flag warning for fire danger.

5 Takeaways From The Omnibus Spending Bill

Jan. 14
Frank James / NPR
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Regular order. That phrase refers to Congress conducting business in a methodical way, like it used to back before "dysfunctional" came to seem an official and permanent part of Congress' name.

How tunnels are built, used along U.S.-Mexico border

Jan. 14
Associated Press
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Nearly 170 tunnels have been found nationwide since 1990, most along the Arizona and California border with Mexico.

Gen. Dempsey Disputes Gates' Characterization Of Obama

Jan. 14
Tom Bowman / NPR
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The nation's top military officer, Gen. Martin Dempsey, is disputing former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' contention that President Obama is suspicious of senior military leaders.

Christie Concedes 'Mistakes Were Made' In Bridge Scandal

Jan. 14
Liz Halloran / NPR
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, engulfed in scandal over the politically motivated closing of bridge access lanes and questions about how he spent federal Hurricane Sandy aid, pledged Tuesday to "cooperate with all appropriate inquiries."

TRICARE To Shutter Stateside Walk-In Service Centers

Jan. 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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Stateside TRICARE military health plan service centers will close their doors on April 1, requiring beneficiaries to do administrative tasks either online or by phone.

Open Government Ballot Measure Proposed For San Diego

Jan. 14
By Claire Trageser
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Donna Frye will propose an open government ballot measure that requires more government records be available publicly.

San Diego Native Ted Williams' Biography Explores Baseball Great's Life

Jan. 14
Midday Edition
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San Diego native Ted Williams remains the greatest hitter in baseball. A new biography explores his triumphs and troubled personality.

Carlsbad's Vote On New Peaker Plant Hinges On Removal Of Smokestack

Jan. 14
By Alison St John
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The iconic Encina smokestack on Carlsbad’s coastline would be demolished to make way for a new power plant, under an agreement the city council considers tonight.

National Guardsman Killed In Afghanistan Plane Crash

Jan. 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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One of the three Americans killed when their MC-12 reconnaissance aircraft crashed in Afghanistan on Jan. 10 has been identified as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Andrew McAdams, 27, of the Wyoming Army National Guard.

More San Diego Businesses Accepting Bitcoin

Jan. 14
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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You can now pay for lunch using Bitcoin in downtown San Diego. But with its volatile exchange rate and reputation, will Bitcoin go mainstream?

Judge Nixes Preliminary Approval Of $765M NFL Case

Jan. 14
Associated Press

A federal judge denied preliminary approval of a $765 million settlement of NFL concussion claims, fearing it may not be enough to cover 20,000 retired players.

Early Voting For San Diego Mayor, Solana Beach Prop B Underway

Jan. 14
By City News Service

Early voting for the Feb. 11 San Diego mayoral election and on a ballot measure in Solana Beach got underway Monday.

SDPD Officers Involved In Shooting Last Week Identified

Jan. 14
By City News Service

The San Diego Police Department released the names today of four SDPD personnel who shot an assault suspect at the end of an hour-long road chase last week, fatally injuring him.

Bay Area Transit Workers Union Ratifies Contract

Jan. 14
Associated Press

Bay Area Rapid Transit workers' largest union ratified its contract with the agency on Monday, closing eight months of negotiations that resulted in two strikes that snarled traffic throughout the region and during which two workers were fatally struck by a train.

Bus Collision In Central California Injures 15

Jan. 14
Associated Press

The California Highway Patrol says 15 people have been hospitalized with minor injuries after a bus rear-ended a big rig on a Central Valley freeway

Injuries Reported After School Shooting In Roswell, N.M.

Jan. 14
Mark Memmott / NPR

Shots fired at a middle school in Roswell, N.M., on Tuesday injured at least two children, according to local news reports.

Feds Can't Enforce Net Neutrality: What This Means For You

Jan. 14
Elise Hu / NPR
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In a landmark ruling Tuesday, a federal appeals court has struck down key parts of the Federal Communications Commission's open-Internet rules, effectively ruling that the federal government cannot enforce net neutrality. Put more simply, it can't require that Internet service providers treat all traffic equally.

35,000 Or So Have Water Again In W.Va.; 265,000 Or So To Go

Jan. 14
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The map that shows residents of nine counties in West Virginia whether they can start using the water from their taps is slowly starting to change from red to blue.

Ill-Defined Coverage Muddles Insurance For Developmentally Disabled

Jan. 14
Michelle Andrews / NPR

A little remarked upon requirement in the federal health law expands treatments for people with cerebral palsy, autism and other developmental disabilities. But some advocates and policy experts are concerned that insurers may find ways to sidestep the mandate.

Santa Ana Winds, Dry Conditions Bring Red Flag Warning To San Diego County

Jan. 14
City News Service
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Wind gusts up to 75 miles per hour will buffet the inland valleys and mountains of San Diego County Tuesday, meteorologists said.

'Casa Del Jardin' Offers Girls A Life After Prostitution

Jan. 14
Brooke Binkowski
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Underage girls who are victims of human trafficking have one place to go in Tijuana where they can start a new life.

UC Calendar Shifts To Avoid Religious Conflict

Jan. 14
Associated Press

The University of California has shifted the academic calendar of its campuses on the quarterly system to avoid religious conflicts with move-in days.

Emotions Flow As California Police Acquitted In Death Of Homeless Man

Jan. 14
Associated Press
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By the time all four verdicts were read clearing two California officers of killing homeless man, Kelly Thomas, people on both sides of the gallery were sobbing.

CalPERS Reports Higher Investment Gains

Jan. 14
Associated Press

California's biggest public pension system is reporting its biggest annual investment gains in a decade.

Mexico Begins Construction On New International Bridge

Jan. 14
Monica Ortiz Uribe / Fronteras Desk
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The so-called 'bridge to nowhere' is finally going somewhere. After a two-year delay, Mexico has begun construction on its half of a new border crossing outside El Paso, Texas.

'Absolutely Crazy': Man Killed In Movie Theater For Texting?

Jan. 14
Mark Memmott / NPR

The early reports about what happened Monday afternoon inside a movie theater near Tampa are certainly disturbing:

Discovering Grief And Freedom In A Family's History Of Slavery

Jan. 14
NPR Staff / NPR
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NPR continues a series of conversations aboutThe Race Card Project, where thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words. Every so often NPR Host/Special Correspondent Michele Norris will dip into those six-word stories to explore issues surrounding race and cultural identity forMorning Edition.

Political Groups Aim Early Attacks At New Hampshire Senator

Jan. 14
Peter Overby / NPR
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Even with 10 months to go before the midterm congressional elections, some political and ideological groups are already on the air, attacking incumbents they hope to take down in November.

Uninsured Patients Get Obamacare Pitch At California ER

Jan. 14
Sarah Varney / NPR
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Angela Felan is sitting in the ER waiting room at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose, Calif. A blue surgical mask covers her nose and mouth, and a sweatshirt is pulled snug over her head.