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Stories for January 15, 2014

Gloria sets ambitious agenda for San Diego one month before runoff election

Jan. 15
By City News Service
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Interim Mayor Todd Gloria applauded San Diego's recovery from this summer's leadership crisis and set a remarkably ambitious agenda for the years ahead in Wednesday night’s annual State of the City Address.

Utilities Commissioners Comment On Edison's Handling Of San Onofre

Jan. 15
By Alison St John
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California regulators met Wednesday to debate whether to accept a recommendation that electricity users get a $94-million refund after the San Onofre nuclear power plant fiasco.

House passes $1.1 trillion bill to fund government

Jan. 15
Associated Press

A $1.1 trillion spending bill for operating the government until just before next fall's election steamed through the battle-weary House on Wednesday over tepid protests from tea party conservatives.

Pregnant Women Warned Against Drinking Water In W.Va. Area

Jan. 15
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging pregnant women who live in the areas of West Virginia where a toxic chemical leaked into the water supply last week to drink bottled water, even in places where the no-use ban has been lifted. The move comes "out of an abundance of caution," the CDC and the state's Bureau of Public Health say.

San Diego Chargers new OC has general manager's confidence

Jan. 15
Associated Press

Frank Reich's lack of experience as a coordinator isn't a concern as he prepares to take over running the San Diego Chargers' offense, general manager Tom Telesco said Wednesday.

American cutting flights to San Diego after merger

Jan. 15
Associated Press

American Airlines and US Airways will drop year-round, daily nonstop flights from Washington's Reagan National Airport to San Diego and 16 other cities because of the deal they made to win government approval of their merger.

Verdicts reached in 'Los Palillos' Mexican gang trial; to be announced Thursday

Jan. 15
By City News Service

Verdicts were reached Wednesday in the trial of two Mexican drug trafficking gang leaders accused of participating in kidnappings, murders and other crimes in San Diego County between 2004 to 2007.

Rental Car Surprise: Comes With An AR-15 In The Back

Jan. 15
Bill Chappell / NPR

A Florida vacation got off to an odd start for Judith Fleissig, 58, of Rochester, N.Y., when she and her daughter realized the car they'd rented had an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. More oddness followed: The gun was left there by the wife of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, police say.

Alvarez, Faulconer Go Negative In First San Diego Mayoral Debate

Jan. 15
Midday Edition
By Sandhya Dirks
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Were there a winner in the first mayoral debate? We take a look at Wednesday's KPBS/10News debate of the run-off election.

Alpine brush fire extinguished in 15 minutes

Jan. 15
By City News Service

Flames began spreading off Browns and Oaks Owl roads in the Alpine area just before noon, and firefighters had the blaze under control within about 15 minutes.

Covered California Targets 'Young Invincibles'

Jan. 15
By Kenny Goldberg

With less than three months to go in this year's open-enrollment for Covered California, exchange officials are trying to boost signups among young people.

Months After 'Blackfish' Release, Controversy For SeaWorld Grows

Jan. 15
Greg Allen / NPR
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Thedocumentary Blackfish made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival when it premiered last January, and got more attention when it was released in theaters over the summer. But it didn't reach its largest audience until October, when millions watched it on CNN.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Playwright: From Page To Stage

Jan. 15
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A rare and intimate glimpse into the dynamic process of creating and launching new plays, "Playwright: From Page To Stage" follows two outstanding young playwrights through the writing, development, staging, rehearsal, and public performance of their plays. Over the course of three years, the dramatic parallel journeys of Rajiv Joseph and Tarell Alvin McCraney unfold, from the time their work receives development funding until the riveting climax, when one of the productions makes it to Broadway with Robin Williams in a leading role.

Boeing Machinists' Plight Marks Changing Times For Labor

Jan. 15
Ashley Gross / NPR
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The mood at the Seattle union hall was quiet, almost funereal on the night Boeing workers narrowly approved an offer tobuild the company's new airliner, the 777X.

34 Air Force Officers Stripped Of Nuclear Missile Launch Certification

Jan. 15
Associated Press

Thirty-four nuclear missile launch officers have been implicated in a cheating scandal and have been stripped of their certification in what the Air Force believes is the largest such breach of integrity in the nuclear force.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Jason Isbell/Neko Case

Jan. 15
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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music. Musical styles range from contemporary and traditional pop to rock, country, blues, bluegrass, Latin, folk, roots and more. In this episode, ACL presents modern roots rock with Jason Isbell and Neko Case. Isbell performs tunes from his acclaimed LP "Southeastern," while Case sings songs from her latest album.

Kiosks Give Sales Leads To Insurers After Checking Blood Pressure

Jan. 15
April Dembosky / NPR
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Those machines in drugstores and supermarkets that let people check their blood pressure also may be selling people's contact information to insurance companies trolling for new customers.

Muslim Women Challenge American Mosques: 'Now Is The Time'

Jan. 15
Monique Parsons / NPR
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Most American mosques do a poor job of including women, according to a recent study co-sponsored by the Islamic Society of North America. Sometimes that means subpar women's prayer spaces, a lack of leadership roles or little programming relevant to women.

Carlsbad Approves New "Peaker Plant" Deal

Jan. 15
By Alison St John
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The Carlsbad City Council has signed off on an agreement for a new gas-powered “peaker” plant.

Qualcomm kicks off annual 'QPrize' tech search competition

Jan. 15
By City News Service

"QPrize" contest is open to entrepreneurs in China, Europe, India, Israel, Korea, Latin America and North America -- all regions where the San Diego-based firm employs ventures-program investment managers.

House Republicans Join In Passing $1 Trillion Spending Bill

Jan. 15
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The House on Wednesday passed a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill -- a compromise that appeared to get past the bitter partisan showdowns that have caused an unpopular federal government shutdown and nearly tipped the U.S. into default.

San Diego flu season death toll rises to 7

Jan. 15
By City News Service

Six people died of influenza-related causes in the San Diego region last week, bringing the total for "flu season" to seven. Last season, 65 flu-related deaths were reported in San Diego County.

Deposed San Diego Padres PA announcer says ouster 'hurtful'

Jan. 15
Associated Press

Deposed San Diego Padres public address announcer Frank Anthony says it's "hurtful" that he was pushed aside so the team can hold open tryouts.

One Party To Rule Them All: Why The GOP Is Winning The Statehouse War

Jan. 15
NPR
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While the federal government is divided and gridlocked, some states have become political monopolies where one party controls both the state legislature and the governor's office.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl 'Proof Of Life' Video Obtained By Pentagon

Jan. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Department of Defense has obtained a "proof of life" video of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held by the Taliban as a prisoner of war since 2009.

Reports Of New Video Showing U.S. Soldier Held In Afghanistan

Jan. 15
Scott Neuman / NPR
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U.S. officials have reportedly received the first "proof-of-life" video in three years of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2009 and is believed held by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network.

U.S. Official: Afghanistan Could Become 'Narco-Criminal State'

Jan. 15
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Despite a $7 billion effort to eradicate opium production in Afghanistan, poppy cultivation there is at its highest level since the U.S. invasion more than a decade ago, sparking corruption, criminal gangs and providing the insurgency with hard cash, says John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.

Rants And Raves: "Dr. Strangelove"

Jan. 15
By Beth Accomando
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's brilliant "Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb." You can see it Thursday as part of the Whistle Stop's Shot by Shot film series.

What's America's Problem? Most Say It's The Government

Jan. 15
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The biggest problem the United States faces is not unemployment or the economy - it's the country's government, according to a plurality of Americans cited in a recent Gallup poll. Among Republicans, Democrats, and independents, dissatisfaction with the U.S.'s political leadership topped all other issues.

5 Years Ago Sully Landed On The Hudson And Twitter Took Off

Jan. 15
Mark Memmott / NPR
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This day shouldn't pass without a mention of the "miracle on the Hudson."

The State Of San Diego's Inner City

Jan. 15
Midday Edition
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Before San Diego's interim Mayor Todd Gloria gives the state of the city address, we'll discuss the state of the inner-city.

Camp Pendleton Special Ops Marines To Posthumously Receive Navy Cross

Jan. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two fallen Camp Pendleton Marines, Staff Sgt. Sky Mote and Capt. Matthew Manoukian, will each be posthumously awarded the Navy Cross at a base ceremony on Saturday.

Open Government Ballot Measure To Go Before San Diego City Council

Jan. 15
Midday Edition
By Claire Trageser
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An open government ballot measure that would require more government records be available publicly will head to the City Council.

Brown's Budget Would Require Layoffs To California Courts, Chief Justice Says

Jan. 15
Associated Press
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The state's courts would be so squeezed under Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget that it would be not just a fiscal problem but a civil rights problem, California's chief justice warned this week.

MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Sherlock, Season 3

Jan. 15
By Jennifer Robinson
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Benedict Cumberbach ("The Fifth Estate") and Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit") return as the modern crime-solving duo, Sherlock and Dr. Watson. Called “grandly entertaining” by USA Today and “wonderfully weird” by The Wall Street Journal, the series picks up two years after Sherlock’s death plunge at the end of the previous episode—which he survived! Co-starring are Amanda Abbington ("Mr. Selfridge"), Rupert Graves ("The Forsyte Saga"), Mark Gatiss ("Game of Thrones"), and Una Stubbs ("Till Death Us Do Part").

In Defense Of Investigatory Traffic Stops

Jan. 15
By Megan Burks
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A New York Police Department transplant defends the San Diego traffic stops at the center of racial profiling claims.

Poverty: 'We Need To Talk About It As It Is, Not As It Was'

Jan. 15
NPR
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Finally today, I'd like to end the program where we started: talking about poverty. We, like a lot of other people in the news business have been talking about poverty a lot this week and last.

Interim Mayor Gloria To Deliver San Diego's State Of The City Address

Jan. 15
City News Service
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Interim San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria will deliver the annual State of the City address Wednesday evening, when he's expected to touch on achievements in the months following the resignation of his embattled predecessor.

Alvarez, Faulconer To Face Off In First Of Six Mayoral Debates

Jan. 15
By KPBS News
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The two councilmen vying for the city's top spot will appear in their first debate Wednesday afternoon hosted by KPBS and 10News.

World Heritage Status For San Antonio Missions On Hold

Jan. 15
By David Martin Davies
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San Antonio’s historic Spanish Missions could join the ranks of the Pyramids of Egypt and the Grand Canyon as the most cherished and visited landmarks on Earth. The missions are being considered as U.N. World Heritage Sites.

Videos Show Asiana Victim Was Run Over Despite Warnings

Jan. 15
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Newly revealed videos show that some emergency personnel did know there was a victim lying on the ground near the burning wreckage of an Asiana Airlines passenger jet last July in San Francisco and that they warned other first responders at the scene.

New Mexico's Senators Propose A National Monument Near The Border

Jan. 15
Monica Ortiz Uribe / Fronteras Desk
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Southern New Mexicans are caught in a debate over preserving a stretch of borderland as a national monument. The state’s two Senators and a Representative are pushing separate bills that set different boundaries for the monument. One of the issues at stake is border security.

Congress Secures Funding For San Ysidro Border Project

Jan. 15
By Susan Murphy
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Three San Diego congressional representatives announced Tuesday remaining funds for the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry infrastructure project have been secured.

San Diego Home Prices Are Up But Sales Are Down

Jan. 15
By Erik Anderson
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Home prices climb as sales fall. Real estate officials blame a tight inventory and a decline in investor activity.

'Pretty Good' Budget Deal Looks Good Enough To Avoid Shutdown

Jan. 15
David Welna / NPR
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For the first time in years, the House of Representatives is expected to approve a massive new spending bill Wednesday that keeps federal agencies operating until a new fiscal year starts in October.

Women's Team Sports: Where Is The Love?

Jan. 15
Frank Deford / NPR
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Two recent sporting disappointments underscore the state of interest in women in sports. The first: Lindsey Vonn, sadly acknowledging that her injuries were too serious, announced that she would not be able to compete in the Olympics next month. The second: The owners of the Los Angeles Sparks, acknowledging that they were overwhelmed by debt, just gave up the franchise.

Supreme Court Considers Legality Of Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

Jan. 15
Nina Totenberg / NPR
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The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case testing the constitutionality of buffer zones at abortion clinics.