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Stories for January 18, 2014

San Diego State's Xavier Thames Leads Aztecs Past UNLV, 63-52

Jan. 18
Associated Press

Xavier Thames scored 18 points on 3-of-14 shooting, helping 10th-ranked SDSU beat UNLV 63-52 on Saturday for its 15th straight victory.

LA To Receive List Of Possibly Dangerous Buildings

Jan. 18
Associated Press

Researchers have decided to hand the city of Los Angeles a list of concrete buildings, some of which may be prone to collapse during a strong

Gun Salute, Fighter Jet Flyby Honors Late Padres Broadcaster

Jan. 18
James R. Riffel / City News Service
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A 21-gun salute and fighter jet flyby honored Jerry Coleman, a war hero, baseball star and San Diego institution, as the longtime voice of the Padres was memorialized at Petco Park Saturday.

San Francisco To Pull Cable Cars, Streetcars For 49ers Game

Jan. 18
Associated Press
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The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency is planning to take its historic cable cars and streetcars off the streets during and after Sunday's 49ers playoff game.

As LA-Area Fire Wanes, Dangerous Conditions Remain

Jan. 18
Associated Press
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A wildfire in the suburbs of Los Angeles was a smoldering shadow of its former self, but hundreds of residents of a foothill neighborhood remained evacuated and extremely dangerous fire conditions were expected to last well into Saturday.

California Nut Farmers Band Together To Fight Theft

Jan. 18
Associated Press
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The soaring value of California's nut crops is attracting a new breed of thieves who have been making off with the pricey commodities by the truckload, recalling images of cattle rustlers of bygone days.

In Appalachia, Poverty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Jan. 18
Pam Fessler / NPR

President Lyndon B. Johnson went to eastern Kentucky in 1964 to promote his War on Poverty. But when he did, he opened a wound that remains raw today. People in the region say they're tired of always being depicted as poor, so when NPR's Pam Fessler went to Appalachia to report on how the War on Poverty is going, she was warned that people would be reluctant to talk. Instead, she got an earful.

Police Seek Student In Philadelphia School Shooting

Jan. 18
Eyder Peralta / NPR

Philadelphia police are still looking for a student they believe was involved in a school shooting that left two 15-year-old students wounded on Friday.

Still Texting? OMG, That's Already So Old-School

Jan. 18
NPR Staff / NPR
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If you have teenagers in your house, you may find this hard to believe, but texting is on the decline.

Sibling Snowboarders Hope To Reach Olympics At The Same Time

Jan. 18
Sam H. Sanders / NPR
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Patty Gold may be the loudest spectator at the bottom of the half-pipe, with her cheers, gasps and the yelling of her children's names. She mostly stands perfectly still with her hands clasped to her face, waiting for scores, safe landings, and possibly medals.