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Stories for January 16, 2014

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Smart Contact Lens Might One Day Let Diabetics Check Blood Sugar

Jan. 16
Steve Henn / NPR

The latest project from Google X is a smart contact lens, a tiny flexible computer capable of monitoring glucose levels in tears. Researchers at Google are hopeful that one day this technology might be used to help diabetes patients better control their disease.

2 San Diego-Based Companies Named in Fortune '100 Best' To Work For

Jan. 16
By City News Service

San Diego-based Scripps Health and Qualcomm make Fortune magazine's list of top 100 best companies to work for.

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San Diego Transit Agency Hears Public Feedback On Mid-City Route Changes

Jan. 16
By Dwane Brown

San Diegans had a chance on Thursday to voice their opinion about proposed changes to bus routes in Mid-City.

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'Google Glass Driver' Is Cleared In San Diego Court

Jan. 16
Bill Chappell / NPR

Cecilia Abadie, the motorist who was cited for allegedly speeding -- and driving while wearing Google Glass -- has won her day in court, after a San Diego traffic commissioner ruled there was no proof Abadie had the device's screen on while she drove.

Red flag warning for San Diego valleys, mountains extended to Friday

Jan. 16
By KPBS

The National Weather Service has extended the red flag warning for San Diego's inland valleys and mountains through 6 p.m. Friday due to low humidity and strong, gusty winds in the forecast.

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AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK'S ILLUSTRATED: A Fancy Finale

Jan. 16

In this episode, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the ultimate dessert, Chocolate-Espresso Dacquoise. Chris then reveals the science behind egg whites. And finally, Chris answers viewer questions in Letters to the Editor.

San Diego State University Graduation Rates Get Praise

Jan. 16
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego State has been singled out for its success in improving graduation rates.

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San Diego Traffic Court Dismisses Google Glass Ticket

Jan. 16
By City News Service

In the first traffic case of its kind, a Temecula woman was found not guilty of watching TV via her Google glasses while driving in San Diego.

'Los Palillos' Mexican Gang Leaders Found Guilty Of Multiple Murders, Face Death Penalty

Jan. 16
By City News Service

Two leaders of a Mexican drug trafficking gang were convicted Thursday of several murders and kidnappings in San Diego County between 2004 to 2007.

With Senate's OK, $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Heads To Obama

Jan. 16
Bill Chappell / NPR

A massive $1.1 trillion spending bill has gained Senate approval, allowing Congress to send a wide-ranging bill to President Obama for his signature. The massive bill will prevent any gaps in government funding as well as take some of the sting out of automatic spending cuts.

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Sweet 16 And Barreling Toward Cowgirl Racing Fame

Jan. 16
Allison Keyes / NPR

Megan Yurko is small, but she's a big name in barrel racing. And the 16-year-old is on track to be crowned the world's top cowgirl barrel racer at the upcoming International Professional Rodeo Association's finals in Oklahoma City.

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Gilligan's 'The Professor' Has Died; What Will We Do Now?

Jan. 16
Bill Chappell / NPR

Russell Johnson, the actor whose job it was to be the voice of reason and calm on an island of shipwrecked ninnies, has died at age 89, according to reports. Johnson's role as the Professor on the 1960s comedy Gilligan's Island endeared him to audiences who watched him build radios and generators from things like coconuts and palm branches.

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Qualcomm Makes Worldwide Patent Top 10 List

Jan. 16
By Erik Anderson

Qualcomm added more than 2,000 patents to the company's portfolio in 2013. That put the firm on the top 10 list among international companies for 2013.

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GOP's Gillespie Injects Intrigue Into Virginia Senate Race

Jan. 16
Don Gonyea / NPR

Republican hopes of picking up the six seats needed to capture the U.S. Senate include a suddenly interesting race in Virginia.

One Beer Can Be Too Much To Get Behind Wheel, San Diego Researcher Says

Jan. 16
By Kenny Goldberg

New research from UC San Diego finds there’s no safe combination of drinking and driving.

San Diego Police Department Offers 'Tweet-Along'

Jan. 16
By City News Service

Starting at 2 p.m., the San Diego Police is going to offer a "tweet-along" to allow the community a social media overview of law enforcement.

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To Save Threatened Owl, Another Species Is Shot

Jan. 16
Elizabeth Shogren / NPR

In desperation to save the rare northern spotted owl, biologists are doing something that goes against their core -- shooting another owl that's rapidly taking over spotted owl territory across the northwest.

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NSA Reportedly Collected Millions Of Phone Texts Every Day

Jan. 16
Bill Chappell / NPR

As recently as 2011, the National Security Agency was collecting almost 200 million text messages each day, according to a new story by The Guardian that cites documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The texts were used to develop financial and location data, the newspaper says.

UC San Diego Chancellor Takes Part In Education Summit In Washington

Jan. 16
By City News Service

UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla was among more than 100 university leaders who took part in an education summit Thursday at the White House, where President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama announced an initiative to expand college opportunities.

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Review: 'The Great Beauty' ('La Grande Bellezza')

Jan. 16
By Beth Accomando

Italy’s "The Great Beauty” ("La Grande Bellezza") just received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film. It begins a one-week run at Landmark's Ken Cinema on Jan. 17.

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For Obama And Senate Democrats, The Goal Is Mutual Protection

Jan. 16
Frank James / NPR

For President Obama and Senate Democrats, who gathered in a White House meeting Wednesday, it's all about mutual aid at this point.

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U.S. Biathlete Gives Up Olympic Spot To Her Twin Sister

Jan. 16
NPR

Tracy Barnes just secured a spot on the U.S. Olympic team heading to Sochi -- but almost immediately, she decided to give it up.

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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Boise, Idaho - Hour Three

Jan. 16
By Jennifer Robinson

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Colleene Fesko at the Boise Art Museum to learn about the works of outsider artist James Castle. Highlights include an 1822 letter from Thomas Jefferson that documents his reading suggestions for furthering one’s education; a rare Babe Ruth Candy Club membership card, ca. 1926, that details tips from the Babe himself; and a ruby and diamond necklace, ca. 1920, that was originally mailed to the guest’s mother and sat on her front porch unnoticed for several days, valued $80,000 to $100,000.

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3 Arrested In Southern California Fire

Jan. 16
Scott Neuman / NPR

Authorities have arrested three men on charges of recklessly starting a fire that has swept through more than 1,700 acres in Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains, about 25 miles northeast of Los Angeles. It is currently 30 percent contained. Authorities say they have ordered people evacuated from 1,000 homes.

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San Diego Researcher Explains Why We Trash-Talk Opponents

Jan. 16
By David Wagner

A UC San Diego researcher has done a study to show why some video game players talk trash to their opponents — aside from it being really, really fun.

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State Health Coverage Sign-Ups Paint A Complex Obamacare Picture

Jan. 16
NPR

Obamacare enrollment surged in December, and the administration's report on the numbers made headlines early this week.

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San Diego case might be center of Supreme Court debate on cellphone searches

Jan. 16
Associated Press

Forty years ago, the Supreme Court decided that police don’t need a warrant to look through anything a person is carrying when arrested. But that was long before smartphones gave people the ability to take with them the equivalent of millions of documents and thousands of photos.

Airfares continue to rise, up 12 percent since '09

Jan. 16
Associated Press

The 2 percent increase outpaced inflation, which stood at 1.5 percent for the year, and represents the fourth consecutive year fliers have faced price hikes.

Abel Maldonado ends campaign for California governor

Jan. 16
Associated Press

Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado ended his campaign for governor Thursday at a news conference in his home town of Santa Maria.

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New Drug Combination Takes 24 Minutes To Execute Ohio Killer

Jan. 16
Mark Memmott / NPR

The state of Ohio on Thursday conducted its first execution since running out of the lethal injection drug pentobarbital.

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San Diego's Connection To Junipero Serra

Jan. 16
Midday Edition

When Junipero Serra died at the age of 71, he had traveled more than 14,000 miles on land and sea through the New World and confirmed 6,000 Indians. The book "Journey to the Sun" outlines his journey. Author Gregory Orfalea joins us.

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Feds Name California Counties Primary Natural Disaster Areas Due To Drought

Jan. 16
By Tarryn Mento

Federal officials named 27 of California's 58 counties a primary natural disaster area due to drought. San Diego was not listed.

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WATCH: San Diego Mayoral Candidates Take The Stage In First Debate

Jan. 16
By KPBS

The two councilmen facing off to become San Diego's next mayor went head-to-head at the first mayoral debate of the runoff election.

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Obama's NSA Speech: Just What Eisenhower Warned About?

Jan. 16
Mark Memmott / NPR

On Jan. 17, 1961, President Eisenhower used his farewell address to warn Americans that:

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Environmentalist To Run For Mayor Of Imperial Beach

Jan. 16
Khari Johnson

Serge Dedina of Imperial Beach announced plans to run for Mayor of Imperial Beach Wednesday.

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Green Beret Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

Jan. 16
By Beth Ford Roth

Green Beret and Army Sgt. Daniel T. Lee, 28, died Wednesday in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, when he was shot to death by enemy forces.

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Trial To Begin For San Diego Woman Ticketed While Wearing Google Glass

Jan. 16
By City News Service

Trial is scheduled Thursday for a Temecula woman who was ticketed for allegedly watching television via a pair of computerized Google glasses while speeding on a San Diego freeway.

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Photos May Show Marines Burning Iraqis' Bodies

Jan. 16
Mark Memmott / NPR

The U.S. Marine Corps "is attempting to determine the authenticity of photos published by TMZ.com that the entertainment website says show Marines appearing to burn bodies of dead Iraqi insurgents in Fallujah in 2004," The Associated Press reports.

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Colby Fire Burning In Northeast Los Angeles Forces 2,000 To Evacuate; Destroys 2 Homes

Jan. 16
Associated Press

Southern California authorities have ordered the evacuation of homes at the edge of a fast-moving wildfire burning in the dangerously dry foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

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Oscar Nominations Announced For 86th Awards

Jan. 16
By Beth Accomando

The 86th Academy Award nominations have just been announced with “12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,” and “Gravity” topping the list.

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San Diego Under Red Flag Warning Fourth Day In A Row

Jan. 16
By City News Service

Strong Santa Ana winds and low humidity were expected in the inland valleys and mountains of San Diego County for the fourth consecutive day Thursday.

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Vatican Comes Under U.N. Scrutiny Over Priest Abuse Scandal

Jan. 16
Scott Neuman / NPR

The Vatican came in for tough public scrutiny over its handling of the clergy sex abuse scandal at a United Nations hearing Thursday in Geneva.

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Albertson's Closes Store In San Diego Food Desert

Jan. 16
By Megan Burks

The Albertson's in City Heights is one of eleven in southern California closing its doors next month.

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San Diego River Restoration Involves Clearing Homeless, And Their Trash

Jan. 16
By Susan Murphy

A San Diego group is hoping to restore the 52-mile San Diego River to its once-scenic splendor, with trails, parks and open space. But first it has to clear a path through an endless cycle of trash.

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White House Seeks Ways To Get Poor Kids Through College

Jan. 16
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

Bryn Mawr College is located just outside of Philadelphia, but every year the school goes looking for students in Boston.

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34 Officers At Nuclear Site May Have Cheated On Exams

Jan. 16
Mark Memmott / NPR

Already reeling from reports about alleged drug use by some officers in its nuclear missile corps and the alleged "drunken and inappropriate behavior" of that command's top general, the Air Force now has another scandal on its hands.

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Hal Faulkner Dies; Honorable Discharge Was Marine's Last Wish

Jan. 16
Mark Memmott / NPR

Hal Faulkner, a gay man whose last wish came true earlier this month when his discharge from the U.S. Marines was changed from "undesirable" to "honorable," has died.

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Sometimes A Perfect Stranger Is The Best Dinner Host

Jan. 16
Arun Venugopal / NPR

With website names like Eat With, Side Tour, VoulezVousDiner and Feastly, a new food trend that is sweeping New York and other cities allows diners to enjoy fine meals inside someone else's home. Think of it as Airbnb for hungry people.

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For A Better Bobsled, Team USA Turns To Race Cars

Jan. 16
Robert Smith / NPR

When you meet bobsled driver Steve Holcomb, he doesn't talk about his Olympic gold medal -- the one he won with the four-man team at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. Instead, he talks about the one that got away.