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Stories for January 24, 2014

San Diego Attorney Loses Twitter Libel Case Against Courtney Love

Jan. 24
By David Wagner
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Can tweets be libelous? Of course they can, say legal experts. But defamation on social media can be hard to prove, as demonstrated in a trial involving rock singer Courtney Love and her former attorney.

Dodger Stadium Ready For Historic Southern California NHL Showdown

Jan. 24
Associated Press

Even in this warm weather, there is solid ice down in Dodger Stadium as the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks will face off in the first outdoor NHL game in Southern California on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Student Is Shot And Killed At S.C. State University

Jan. 24
Bill Chappell / NPR

Police are looking for four suspects in Orangeburg, S.C., where a student was shot and killed in an attack on the campus of South Carolina State University Friday afternoon. Officials identified the victim as Brandon Robinson, 20, a member of the school's football team.

San Diego Students Pushed To Apply For College Aid

Jan. 24
By Kyla Calvert

Local politicians remind students the window to apply for state and federal financial student aid is open now through March 2.

Proposed Bill Would Mean Ban On Plastic Bags In California

Jan. 24
10News.com

California legislators have reached an agreement that would lead to a statewide ban on plastic bags starting in July 2015, and allocating $2 million to convert to reusable bags.

Volunteers, Elected Officials Help Count San Diego Homeless Population

Jan. 24
By Dwane Brown, Claire Trageser
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About 1,300 volunteers got up very early Friday morning to help out with San Diego County's annual homeless count.

String Of Oil Train Crashes Prompts Push For Safety Rules

Jan. 24
David Schaper / NPR
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The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for the swift enactment of tough new standards on trains carrying crude oil. And in an unprecedented move, the NTSB made its recommendations jointly with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

An Unconventional Contender Emerges As GOP Ponders 2016 Convention

Jan. 24
Don Gonyea / NPR
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Every four years a handful of cities battle to host the big nominating conventions for the major political parties. The competition for 2016 has already begun, with a surprising and aggressive player making a bid for the Republican National Convention: Las Vegas.

INDEPENDENT LENS: The State of Arizona

Jan. 24
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This vérité documentary captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona’s headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration. Tracking the year after Arizona passed SB1070, its controversial “papers please” law, the film tells the stories of Arizonans on all sides of this divisive issue — activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ranchers and others — and depicts a state and its people testing the edges of our democratic values.

New Study Shakes Up Science On Midwest Quake Zone

Jan. 24
Scott Neuman / NPR
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One of the biggest earthquakes in U.S. history didn't occur in California. Or Alaska. It happened in the country's midsection some 200 years ago in an area where today seven states straddle the Mississippi River Valley.

Judge Tells Hospital To Take Pregnant Woman Off Life Support

Jan. 24
Bill Chappell / NPR
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A North Texas judge has ordered a Fort Worth hospital to remove life support from a woman who is 22 weeks pregnant. Her family says Marlise Munoz, 33, is brain-dead. She has reportedly not been awake since November, when she was discovered unconscious in her home. Doctors say she had suffered a pulmonary embolism.

San Diego's Dick Enberg To Recieve Broadcast Legend Award

Jan. 24
By City News Service

Dick Enberg -- known for his signature phrase "Oh, my!" when something exciting happens at a sports event he's calling -- is being honored at the 64th annual Golden Mike Awards for his nearly five decades in broadcasting.

San Diego Chargers Hire Pete Metzelaars As Tight Ends Coach

Jan. 24
Associated Press

The San Diego Chargers have hired former NFL player Pete Metzelaars as tight ends coach.

Voter registration for San Diego mayoral election, Solana Beach measure is Jan. 27

Jan. 24
By City News Service
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Monday is the voter registration deadline for the Feb. 11 San Diego mayoral runoff election and a ballot measure in Solana Beach.

The Healthy, Not The Young, May Determine Health Law's Fate

Jan. 24
Julie Rovner / NPR
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Now that the problems with the balky HealthCare.gov website are largely fixed, the Obama administration is finally feeling comfortable enough to launch some of the outreach it planned for last fall.

Which Are The Most, And Least, 'Bible-Minded' Cities In The U.S.?

Jan. 24
Bill Chappell / NPR
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In an era of shifting populations and values, the notion of America's Bible Belt can be a slippery concept. But a new study gives us an idea of which cities can be considered to be part of that tradition -- and which cities aren't.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Detroit, Mich. - Hour One

Jan. 24
By Jennifer Robinson
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Highlights include a 1970 Andy Warhol poster the guest bought at his campus bookstore for around 10 dollars and had signed by Warhol himself; an early 20th-century collection of locally crafted Pewabic pottery; and a working script of The Wizard of Oz, used on set by Bert Lahr, fondly known as the "Cowardly Lion," that is appraised for $150,000.

Qualcomm buys Palm patents from Hewlett-Packard

Jan. 24
Associated Press

Qualcomm says the purchase covers 1,400 U.S. patents and about 1,000 more foreign patients for the company's mobile computing technology.

Feds: Filner Offered To Help Businessman Tied To San Diego Campaign Finance Scandal

Jan. 24
By Tarryn Mento, Amita Sharma
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Federal prosecutors said disgraced former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner personally offered to help a wealthy Mexican businessman who is at the center of a campaign funding probe.

Toni Atkins To Become First State Assembly Speaker From San Diego

Jan. 24
By Deb Welsh

KPBS Morning Edition host Deb Welsh spoke with Democratic Assemblywoman Toni Atkins about "then and now," and asked if she had any idea she'd end up where she is today.

Roundtable: Campaign Finance Scandal, PACs In Mayor's Race, Draining Lake Morena

Jan. 24
By Pat Finn, Alison St John
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The Feds charge three men in an alleged -- and quite bizarre -- conspiracy to shovel illegal campaign funds to San Diego candidates for mayor. Meanwhile, legal political action committees are also giving big money. And Lake Morena is slowly being drained by the city, to the chagrin of the county.

San Diego Unemployment Rate At Lowest Level Since 2008

Jan. 24
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The unemployment rate in San Diego County dropped to 6.4 percent last month, the lowest level since September 2008, the state Employment Development Department announced Friday.

10 Years' Probation For NFL Player Who Caused Fatal Crash

Jan. 24
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent, who was drunk in December 2012 when the car he was driving crashed and his passenger -- teammate Jerry Brown Jr. -- was killed, was sentenced Friday to 180 days in jail, a $10,000 fine and 10 years of probation.

Christmas Eve Killing: San Diego Police Ask For Help To Find Triple-Homicide Suspect

Jan. 24
By City News Service
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San Diego police again asked for the public's help today in finding a person of interest in the killings of two brothers and the fiancee of one of the men.

How An 18-Year-Old Code Was Cracked On The Web In 13 Minutes

Jan. 24
Mark Memmott / NPR
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A fascinating story that our friends at Minnesota Public Radio posted about earlier this week seems to be spreading fast and resonating with many.

FBI Agents Raid Homes Linked To Mexican Businessman Connected To Contribution Conspiracy

Jan. 24
By Amita Sharma

Dozens of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents scoured two residents linked to Mexican businessman Jose Susomo Azano Matsura and seized electronics and financial records.

LIVE AT THE BELLY UP: The Drowning Men/ Candye Kane

Jan. 24
By Jennifer Robinson
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Sometimes all you need is music. And sometimes you need that music live. Welcome to LIVE AT THE BELLY UP. San Diego has long been known as a hotbed of great musical talent. What’s more, San Diego is home to one of the best music venues on the West Coast. Since 1974, the Belly Up has been featuring great local bands from the Cedros Design District. Groove, dance and sing! This episode features performances by The Drowning Men and Candye Kane.

Why Washington Drives Mayors Crazy

Jan. 24
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Along with hundreds of other cities across the country, Dubuque, Iowa, has been able to cut back on its utility bills, thanks to energy efficiency grants from the federal government.

Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, Wife Plead Not Guilty

Jan. 24
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife pleaded not guilty to corruption charges in front of a federal judge on Friday.

Deal Reached At California Capitol On Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

Jan. 24
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio
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A deal has been reached in the California legislature on a bill that would ban single-use plastic bags at grocery and big-box stores statewide starting in July of 2015.

California Utility To Pay Fine For Role In Power Outage

Jan. 24
By Al Macias
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A California utility has agreed to pay fines and upgrade its system following a power outage two years ago that affected millions of people in the Southwest.

Warnings Of Wildfire Risk, High Surf Continue In San Diego County

Jan. 24
By City News Service
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Dry, windy conditions heightened the risk of wildfire in San Diego County Friday at the same time as big waves threatened the coastline, meteorologists said.

Behind The Scenes: San Diego Opera's 'Pagliacci'

Jan. 24
Evening Edition
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San Diego Opera kicks off its 2014 season this weekend with “Pagliacci" (at the Civic Theater) and the story plays out like a classic horror film.

Homegrown Musician Performs With Daft Punk At Grammys

Jan. 24
By Angela Carone
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A musician who grew up in San Diego will be on stage this weekend at the Grammy Awards. The bass guitarist had a role in one of the biggest hits of the year.

“Foreign National” Azano Is “Almost A Legend” In Mexico

Jan. 24
Leo Castaneda / inewsource
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The “foreign national” in the local campaign finance scandal is “almost a legend” in Mexico.

Life-Support Battle Over Pregnant Texas Woman In Court Friday

Jan. 24
Lauren Silverman / NPR
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The case of the Texas woman, 22-weeks pregnant and being kept on life-support machines at a Forth Worth hospital against her husband's wishes, goes before a judge in North Texas on Friday.

When A $65 Cab Ride Costs $192

Jan. 24
Lisa Chow / NPR

I was in the car for about an hour, rolling around Manhattan in the middle of a snowstorm. The ride normally would have cost me $65. But when it came time to pay, my driver, Kirk Furye, was concerned for me.

Eight Republicans And A Nunn Battle For Georgia's Open Senate Seat

Jan. 24
David Welna / NPR
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Georgia Republican Saxby Chambliss won't be seeking a third term in the U.S. Senate this year, and his decision to bow out has eight other Republicans, including three congressmen, scrambling for his seat.

Russians Fear A Sochi Legacy Of 'Black Widows,' Not Gold Medals

Jan. 24
Corey Flintoff / NPR
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Two weeks before the Winter Olympics, Russian security forces are reportedly searching for potential suicide bombers, at least one of whom may already be in the host city of Sochi.