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Stories for January 20, 2014

300 Volunteers Plant Trees Along San Diego River As Part of Restoration Effort

Jan. 20
By Erik Anderson
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Hundreds of San Diegans came together Monday to plant trees along the San Diego River in Santee.

George W. Bush Library Archives Open To Public

Jan. 20
Associated Press

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on Monday began accepting Freedom of Information Act requests for records from Bush's presidency.

Some Reportedly Killed, Others Hurt In Omaha Plant Explosion

Jan. 20
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The Omaha World-Herald reports that two people have been confirmed dead in the plant explosion that took place on Monday. Ten others were taken to area hospitals, four in critical condition.

D.C. Barbecue Joint Serves Food For Soul And Mind

Jan. 20
Allison Keyes / NPR
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Chef Furard Tate is the kind of man who never sits still. He flits from the order desk at Inspire BBQ back to the busy kitchen, where young men are seasoning sauce, cooking macaroni and cheese, and finishing off some dry-rubbed ribs smoked on a grill.

Mentally Ill Inmates Often Locked Up In Jails That Can't Help

Jan. 20
Laura Sullivan / NPR
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Cook County, Ill., Sheriff Tom Dart walks the halls of his jail every day. With 10,000 inmates, this place is a small city -- except a third of the people here are mentally ill.

San Diego-Based USS Spruance Crew Rescues Man Overboard

Jan. 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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San Diego-based USS Spruance crew members rescued a Filipino mariner who'd fallen overboard in the Singapore Strait on Jan. 18.

A Promise 'Unfulfilled': 1962 MLK Speech Recording Is Discovered

Jan. 20
NPR Staff / NPR
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Last fall, curators and interns at the New York State Museum were digging through their audio archives in an effort to digitize their collection when they unearthed a treasure.

US Soldier Killed In Taliban Attack In Afghanistan

Jan. 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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A U.S. soldier was killed Monday in a well-coordinated Taliban attack on Forward Operating Base Pasab in the Zharay district of Kandahar province in Afghanistan.

ID Theft Concern For Consumers As Security Breach Expands Beyond Target

Jan. 20
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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With news that six more retailers across the U.S. have been infected by the same malicious software that stole data from Target — consumers become more worried about identity theft.

New Report Finds 10 Percent Of San Diegans Live In Poverty

Jan. 20
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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A new SANDAG report finds one in 10 San Diegans live in poverty, as do 9 percent of families in the county.

Death Of US Soldier In Afghanistan Under Investigation

Jan. 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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The military is looking into the circumstances surrounding the Jan. 17 death of Army Spc. Andrew H. Sipple, 22, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

NJ Lt. Gov. Denies Strongarming Mayor Over Sandy Relief Funds

Jan. 20
Scott Neuman / NPR
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New Jersey's Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is firing back at Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who says Superstorm Sandy recovery funds to her city were held up when she refused to sign off on a politically connected real estate deal.

Female Marine Stabbed By Fellow Marine At Camp Pendleton (Video)

Jan. 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine Lance Cpl. Emily Hammonds is recovering at Scripps Mercy Hospital after a fellow Marine stabbed her multiple times Saturday morning during an altercation at Camp Pendleton.

Record Dry Conditions Continue To Grip San Diego

Jan. 20
By Susan Murphy
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There’s a high chance San Diego County will have a completely dry January, which has happened just twice before in -- in 1948 and 1976.

EU Lifts Iran Sanctions After Assurances On Nuclear Program

Jan. 20
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The European Union says it's lifting some sanctions against Iran after reports from international inspectors that Tehran has suspended high-level enrichment of uranium under an interim agreement to scale back its nuclear program.

UN: More than 200 million jobless last year

Jan. 20
Associated Press

The International Labor Organization said Monday that an estimated 201.8 million people were unemployed in 2013. That's 4.9 million more than the previous year.

High Surf Advisory Issued For San Diego County Until Wednesday

Jan. 20
By City News Service
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High surf and strong rip currents will pose a threat to beach users in San Diego County both in and out of the water Monday.

Martin Luther King Day Events And Closures Around San Diego

Jan. 20
By City News Service

The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered in San Diego County with several community events, but many government offices will be closed Monday in observance of MLK Day.

Cal Fire Officials Set To Add More Personnel

Jan. 20
Max Pringle, Capital Public Radio

Cal Fire officials are worried about additional wildfires and will add more personnel.

San Diego Police: 'We Do Our Very Best To Reach Everyone'

Jan. 20
By Megan Burks
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Police Chief William Lansdowne let a key check on racial profiling slide because he hadn't heard it's a concern in the community. Here's what the department does to open lines of communication, and why some voices aren't being heard.

How Food Hubs Are Helping New Farmers Break Into Local Food

Jan. 20
Sean Powers / NPR
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Lots of consumers are smitten with local food, but they're not the only ones. The growing market is also providing an opportunity for less experienced farmers to expand their business and polish their craft.

L.A.-area fire wanes; dangerous conditions remain

Jan. 20
Associated Press

Firefighters said Sunday they continued their steady progress in surrounding a wildfire near Los Angeles that destroyed several homes.

In Michigan, Businessmen And Politicians Agree On Medicaid

Jan. 20
Eric Whitney / NPR
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Republican party leaders say opposition to Obamacare is their No. 1 campaign issue for the midterm election.

Wielding A Pen And A Phone, Obama Goes It Alone

Jan. 20
Tamara Keith / NPR
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President Obama has a new phrase he's been using a lot lately: "I've got a pen, and I've got a phone."

In These Gyms, Nobody Cares How You Look In Yoga Pants

Jan. 20
Lauren Silverman / NPR
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If you want to lift weights or use the treadmill at Downsize Fitness, you have to be at least 50 pounds overweight.

Police, Banks Help Undocumented Workers Shake 'Walking ATM' Label

Jan. 20
Laura Sullivan / NPR
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On a recent Friday evening in Langley Park, Md., police officer Juan Damian drives his patrol car past fast food restaurants, discount stores and Hispanic groceries.

U.S. Olympic Skier Finds Team Spirit, Minus The Team

Jan. 20
Tom Goldman / NPR
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The U.S. Olympic team is taking shape in the run-up to next month's Winter Games in Russia. This week, the Olympic cross-country ski team names the athletes who'll be going to Sochi, and veteran Kris Freeman is vying for another spot.