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Stories for January 27, 2014

Undetonated Mortar Shell Found In Torrey Highlands

Jan. 27
By City News Service

A surveyor came across an undetonated mortar shell on an open tract of land in Torrey Highlands on Monday, prompting a bomb squad call-out.

Faulconer Continues Attack On Labor Support Of Alvarez: 'They're Trying To Buy This Election'

Jan. 27
By City News Service
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With about two weeks remaining before the Feb. 11 election, San Diego mayoral candidate Kevin Faulconer highlights the amount of funding his opponent has received from organized labor.

Tech Leader Quasi-Apologizes For His Nazi Rampage Analogy

Jan. 27
Elise Hu / NPR
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Multi-millionaire Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tom Perkins tried to apologize -- kind of -- for comparing the protests against the techno-affluent to Kristallnacht, the 1938 Nazi rampage that led to 91 killings and 30,000 Jews sent to concentration camps.

New Bipartisan Farm Bill Emerges From Long Debate In Congress

Jan. 27
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Members of the House and Senate have reached a bipartisan agreement on a five-year farm bill that will end months of uncertainty for farmers and agriculture workers, its backers say. If enacted, it would close the gap left when the previous farm bill expired late in 2013, after an emergency extension lapsed.

San Diego Water Quality Databases Track Pollution In Inland Watersheds

Jan. 27
By Erik Anderson
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Tracking water quality upstream from the ocean is now possible thanks to San Diego Coastkeeper web portal. The site aims to make complicated water testing information easy to understand.

California Gubernatorial Candidate Neel Kashkari Makes Campaign Stop In San Diego

Jan. 27
By Dwane Brown
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Neel Kashkari made his first campaign stop in San Diego on Monday, after declaring his candidacy for California governor last week.

X Games Show The Olympics What The Kids Want

Jan. 27
Robert Smith / NPR
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Nick Goepper is headed off to the Olympics in a couple of days, but he's not taking it easy: He spent the weekend hurtling through the air on ESPN at the X Games.

Junior Seau’s Family Objects To $765M Concussion Deal From NFL

Jan. 27
Associated Press
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The family of the late NFL star Junior Seau plans to object to the proposed $765 million settlement of player concussion claims because the fund would not pay wrongful death claims to survivors.

NATURE: The Funkiest Monkeys

Jan. 27
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Twenty-five years ago, filmmaker Colin Stafford-Johnson travelled to Sulawesi in Indonesia and fell in love with crested black macaques. These feisty monkeys are beach bums with punk hairstyles, expressive faces, copper-colored eyes and some very unusual habits, making them some of the most charismatic of all monkeys. Learning that their numbers have dropped dramatically, Stafford-Johnson makes a return visit to find out why and to see if he can help.

A Closer Look At The NFL's Most Taken-For-Granted Point

Jan. 27
Mike Pesca / NPR
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The extra point might just be the most unexciting play in football. After all, the post-touchdown, 1-point kick is successful 99.5 percent of the time -- so successful that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently talked about eliminating it.

USS Coronado Underway To Homeport Of San Diego

Jan. 27
By City News Service
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The future USS Coronado started its journey Monday to its San Diego home port, where it will be commissioned in April, the Navy reported.

Sex Trafficking Overtakes Drugs As San Diego County Gang’s Top Cash Source

Jan. 27
By Amita Sharma
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According to FBI, San Diego’s rival street gangs have put aside their differences over turf and drugs, and struck up alliances to sell women and girls, some as young as 12.

The Middle Class Took Off 100 Years Ago ... Thanks To Henry Ford?

Jan. 27
Sarah Cwiek / NPR
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The home of the Ford Model T is now an abandoned factory complex along busy Woodward Avenue in Highland Park, Mich., and there's not much to distinguish this place from Detroit's other industrial ruins.

Swedish Marines Version of 'Greased Lightnin'' Goes Viral (Video)

Jan. 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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The country that contributed Ingrid Bergman, Stieg Larsson, and IKEA to the world's cultural landscape has made yet another offering for us to enjoy. This time, a group of Swedish Marines stationed in Afghanistan performed what some are calling a sexy version of the song "Greased Lightnin'" from the musical "Grease."

State Of The Union Invite List: Who Makes The Cut

Jan. 27
Liz Halloran / NPR
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Just like the issues and themes that color the annual State of the Union speech, the list of White House invitees is intended to send a message about what an administration cares about and prioritizes.

Marine Reservists Paying For Accounting Mistakes Made By Corps

Jan. 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine Corps Reservist Lt. Col. Rollin Jackson must repay the Corps almost $100,000 in housing allowances from when he served in San Diego. Corps officials told Jackson because of an error on their end, he'd been overpaid, and the Corps wanted the money back ASAP. Unfortunately, Jackson's case is not unique.

Beer 101 Is Serious Business In San Diego

Jan. 27
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Getting a professional certificate in beer from a major university might have been an undergraduate joke a few years ago. But with the craft beer business booming in San Diego, educators are starting to take the beer industry seriously.

San Diego interim Mayor Todd Gloria's City Hall Update

Jan. 27
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Todd Gloria joins us for his last update on city business as San Diego interim mayor.

NYT: NSA Can Exploit Mobile Apps For Information

Jan. 27
Eyder Peralta / NPR

The National Security Agency, along with its British counterpart, the GCHQ, can exploit sometimes very personal data that leaks from popular phone apps.

Making Moonshine At Home Is On The Rise. But It's Still Illegal

Jan. 27
Alastair Bland / NPR
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Within days after each season premiere and season finale of the Discovery Channel's reality show "Moonshiners," they come -- a small but perceptible wave of people -- to purchase suspiciously large amounts of corn, sugar and hardy strains of fermenting yeast at Austin Homebrew Supply.

CEO Of A Bitcoin Exchange Charged With Money Laundering

Jan. 27
Mark Memmott / NPR

Charlie Shrem, CEO of the BitInstant bitcoin exchange, and another man have been charged with allegedly laundering money for individuals who illegally bought drugs online.

New Muslim Ms. Marvel Doesn't Drink, Date Or Eat Bacon

Jan. 27
Tell Me More Staff / NPR
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Marvel is introducing a new character: Kamala Khan. She's a 16-year-old Muslim public high school student in Jersey City. She's also the new Ms. Marvel, and the first Muslim superhero to star in her own mainstream comic book series. Author G. Willow Wilson spoke with Tell Me More host Michel Martin about her new series.

Camp Pendleton Marine To Be Retried For Iraq War Civilian Death

Jan. 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III will face another trial for the 2006 death of an unarmed civilian in Hamdania, Iraq. Last year the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces overturned Hutchins' murder conviction.

Drought Impacts Air Quality Across California

Jan. 27
By Susan Murphy
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Warm and dry weather is being blamed for worsening air pollution in some areas of California, but overall air quality in San Diego County remains in the good to moderate range.

San Diego Mayoral Candidates Field Questions From Mid-City Youth

Jan. 27
By Megan Burks
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Youth groups join San Diego 6 in hosting a debate on neighborhoods and youth.

Michigan Governor: Immigrant Influx Could 'Jump-Start' Detroit

Jan. 27
Frank James / NPR

Michigan's Republican Gov. Rick Snyder was in Washington this week to talk about immigration reform. I got a few minutes with him before his appearance with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. So, of course, the first thing I asked was how the troubles of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell might affect the Republican brand.

Miramar Air Show Returns In October 2014

Jan. 27
By City News Service
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The Miramar Air Show, which was shuttered last year by the federal government shutdown, will take place at the central San Diego air station on Oct. 4-5.

As Overseas Costs Rise, More U.S. Companies Are 'Reshoring'

Jan. 27
Jackie Northam / NPR

For decades, American companies have been sending their manufacturing work overseas. Extremely low wages in places like China, Vietnam and the Philippines reduced costs and translated into cheaper prices for consumers wanting flat-screen TVs, dishwashers and a range of gadgets.

Gold Prospectors Take Advantage Of California Drought

Jan. 27
Associated Press

As California's drought persists and water levels dip to historically low levels, gold prospectors are taking to Northern California rivers hoping to spot something shiny.

San Diego Mayoral Poll: Alvarez Closing In On Faulconer's Lead

Jan. 27
10News.com

According to the latest poll released Sunday morning, David Alvarez now has the support of 44 percent of likely voters, to Kevin Faulconer's 49 percent. Seven percent are undecided.

Rep. Radel To Resign; Pleaded Guilty To Cocaine Possession

Jan. 27
Mark Memmott / NPR

Republican Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel of Florida is going to announce Monday that he is resigning from his seat, the congressman's chief of staff tells the News-Press of Fort Myers and The Hill.

San Diego Lawmakers Want More Of California's Youngest Students In Class

Jan. 27
By Kyla Calvert
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Two San Diego state legislators are pushing bills to expand education for California’s youngest students.

Survey Reveals Disturbing Trends In Employer-Provided Health Benefits

Jan. 27
By Kenny Goldberg

One in four California employers say they reduced health benefits last year and asked workers to pay more for them.

Mayoral Candidates Faulconer, Alvarez Answer Transparency Questions

Jan. 27
By Claire Trageser
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San Diego mayoral candidates Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez respond to 11 questions submitted by KPBS listeners and readers through the Public Insight Network.

How To Uncover A Scandal From Your Couch

Jan. 27
By Brad Racino, Joe Yerardi
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A how-to guide for unraveling San Diego campaign finance scandal involving a straw donor, a "foreign national" and local politicians.

Looking To Escape The Deep Freeze? Head To Alaska

Jan. 27
Mark Memmott / NPR

The National Weather Service is warning, once again, that brutally cold weather is going to be spreading across much of the nation, from the upper Midwest down to the deep South and up through the mid-Atlantic, Northeast and New England.

Legacy Of Forced March Still Haunts Navajo Nation

Jan. 27
Laurel Morales / NPR
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Musician Clarence Clearwater, like so many Navajos, has moved off the reservation for work. He performs on the Grand Canyon Railway, the lone Indian among dozens of cowboys and train robbers entertaining tourists.

As PC Sales Drop, Intel Delays A Plant Opening And Cuts Jobs

Jan. 27
Peter O'Dowd / NPR

As far as factories go, this one was about as ballyhooed as they come. In 2012, President Obama visited Intel's Ocotillo campus in suburban Phoenix, the day after his State of the Union address.