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Stories for January 29, 2014

Contamination Alert Issued For Imperial Beach Coastline After Sewage Leak

Jan. 29
By City News Service
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Signs warning of health hazards will stand along Imperial Beach until follow-up testing deems them safe again for recreational uses

Recall Launched Against Escondido City Councilwoman Olga Diaz

Jan. 29
By Alison St John
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Escondido City Councilwoman Olga Diaz, who is running for the mayor’s seat in November, is facing a possible recall campaign.

Callaway Golf Posts $49M Loss For 2013 Fourth Quarter

Jan. 29
By City News Service

The fourth quarter figures for the Carlsbad-based golf equipment maker compares to a $71 million loss in that time period in 2012.

San Diego Flu Season Death Toll Rises To 20

Jan. 29
By City News Service

Eight more people died of influenza-related causes last week in San Diego County, bringing the local "flu season" toll to 20.

SAVOR SAN DIEGO: Season Two: The Guadalupe Valley

Jan. 29
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Chef Su-Mei Yu goes south of the border to Baja California's fabulous enclave of cuisine and wine, and the unique lifestyle that has arisen around both. Discover wonderful, world-class wines and culinary finds are just an hour from San Diego, in the beautiful countryside northeast of sea-hugging Ensenada and learn about the valley's distinctive cuisine, culture and history behind its vintners, chefs and food producers.

CROSSING SOUTH: Mountain Bikes And Cheese

Jan. 29
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There are a number of mountain biking enthusiasts in Baja, let's get to meet them and see what they can do. Watch as they charge down hills, with an occasional fall here and there. Next we travel to Ojos Negros where we can sample the famous cheese and learn about how it is made. Lastly Jorge samples food at the La Cava de Marcelo Restaurant.

Need A Retirement Starter Kit? This Might Help

Jan. 29
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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Financial planners all say: The sooner you start saving, the better off you'll be in retirement.

San Diego County Not Ready For Aging Population, Jacob Says

Jan. 29
By Tarryn Mento
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As San Diego residents continue to get older, the county needs to be prepared, Supervisor Dianne Jacob said in her 2014 State of the County.

A Medal Of Valor, Thirty Years In Coming

Jan. 29
Tom Bowman / NPR
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The year is 1984: A Soviet defector dashes across the Korean border -- chased by North Korean troops. American troops shield him and open fire on the North Koreans. There are dead and wounded on both sides.

Court Won't Revisit California 'Gay Therapy' Ban

Jan. 29
Associated Press

A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its ruling upholding a California law that barred mental counseling aimed at changing a minor's sexual orientation.

Weather Experts: It's 'Wrong' To Call Atlanta Storm Unexpected

Jan. 29
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Meteorologists are used to people faulting their weather predictions. But when Georgia's Gov. Nathan Deal called Tuesday's crippling winter storm "unexpected," he drew responses from several forecasters. One answer came from the head of the American Meteorological Society, who also lives in Georgia.

Monarch Butterfly Population Drops, Migration Might Disappear

Jan. 29
Associated Press
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The decline in the Monarch population now marks a statistical long-term trend and can no longer be seen as a combination of yearly or seasonal events, experts say.

San Diego Zoo Among Those Giving Hospitalized Kids A Wild Distraction

Jan. 29
Associated Press
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More than 14 accredited zoos and aquariums across the country are teaming up with pediatric hospitals to beam in footage of sea otters getting their teeth brushed, baby tiger cubs getting belly rubs and pandas munching on bamboo.

San Diego Lobbyist Tied To Illegal Campaign Finance Scheme To Be Released On Bond

Jan. 29
By Tarryn Mento
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San Diego lobbyist Marco Polo Cortes, who federal prosecutors say helped funnel illegal campaign funds to local politicians, is expected to be released on bail.

A GROWING PASSION: Season Two: Chaparral, The Elfin Forest

Jan. 29
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Chaparral is the shrubland that blankets our hillsides and valleys, from desert to coast. We don't always recognize its beauty and its value, but that makes it ripe for exploration. We start where desert vegetation gives way to chaparral near Anza Borrego Desert, then follow it to the coast at Torrey Pines State Reserve. We take an up-close look at these "Elfin Forests" and the environmental pressures that make them uniquely California.

No Plans In The Works To Close Base Commissaries, Says Top Military Official

Jan. 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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The rumor mill has been circulating the same piece of information for months - that the Department of Defense plans to close all stateside base commissaries. However, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey is denying the Pentagon has such plans in the works.

Environmental Group Challenges San Diego County Water Authority's Master Plan Update

Jan. 29
Midday Edition
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The San Diego County Water Authority went through a months-long process to update its master plan for supplying water to the county through 2035, but a group says the master plan's environmental impact study is flawed.

President Obama Renews Push For Immigration Reform

Jan. 29
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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In his fifth State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama urged Congress to get immigration reform done this year. But while the debate seems to be gaining momentum in the House, some remain skeptical.

San Diego Exhibit Puts Women Empowerment On Display

Jan. 29
Midday Edition
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A new exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Man features the works of 10 women-led artisan projects from around the world. The exhibit shows how the power of women working together can transform lives

How Industrial Chemical Regulation Failed West Virginia

Jan. 29
NPR
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On Jan. 9, people in and around Charleston, W.Va., began showing up at hospitals: They had nausea, eye infections and some were vomiting. It was later discovered that around 10,000 gallons of toxic chemicals had leaked into the Elk River, just upstream from a water treatment plant that serves 300,000 people. Citizens were told not to drink or bathe in the water, and while some people are now using water from their taps, many still don't trust the it or the information coming from public officials.

Why Red-State Kentucky Got A Shout-Out From Obama

Jan. 29
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Steve Beshear couldn't help but chuckle during the State of the Union speech when President Obama said, "Kentucky's not the most liberal part of the country."

Veterans' Service Dogs To Get Free Veterinary Care

Jan. 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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Veterans with service canines can now get free pet health insurance for their dogs through a VA program. The insurance will cover virtually all medical costs for the dogs.

House Passes Compromise Farm Bill

Jan. 29
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a five-year farm bill.

Welcome To Oil Country: A Modern-Day Gold Rush In North Dakota

Jan. 29
Ken Barcus / NPR
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If you've seen any coverage of North Dakota's oil boom, you've seen the images -- oil rigs, truck traffic, "man camps," miles of temporary housing.

Yoga May Help Overcome Fatigue After Breast Cancer

Jan. 29
Allison Aubrey / NPR
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Exercise helps recovery after cancer treatment, but fatigue can make working out hard. Yoga can help reduce fatigue for breast cancer survivors, a study finds. It's one of a growing number of efforts using randomized controlled trials to see if the ancient practice offers medical benefits.

Supervisor Jacob To Let San Diegans Know What's Up With The County

Jan. 29
By City News Service
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Supervisor Dianne Jacob is scheduled to present the annual State of the County address Wednesday.

San Diego's Coasts See Fog; Mountains, Deserts To Get High Winds

Jan. 29
By City News Service
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Widespread dense fog posed a threat to motorists in San Diego County's coastal and valley areas early Wednesday, as high winds were expected in the mountains and deserts Thursday.

Finally, A Slight Chance For Rain In San Diego

Jan. 29
By Susan Murphy
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There’s a slight chance San Diego’s 41-day dry streak will come to an end this weekend as a low pressure system makes its way across California.

Many Polls, Many Different Stories On Outcome Of San Diego Mayor’s Race

Jan. 29
By Sandhya Dirks
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Polls are being released left and right as the race for San Diego mayor nears the home stretch. But the question is: Why do these polls differ so much?

Unraveling A Scandal, Part Two

Jan. 29
By Brad Racino, Joe Yerardi
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We’ve updated the story to show the second half of the investigation — how we figured out the second candidate, the extent of the foreign national’s network, and more.

Tijuana's Need For Internet Speed

Jan. 29
By David Wagner
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By some measures, Mexico might have some of the fastest Internet in Latin America. But for Tijuana's ambitious tech entrepreneurs and aspiring professional gamers, it's still painfully slow.

San Diego Schools To Return To 180-Day School Year

Jan. 29
By Kyla Calvert

An improving financial picture for California schools will mean more days in class for San Diego students.

Northwestern Football Players Want To Unionize: Is That OK?

Jan. 29
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Even during a week when the NFL's Super Bowl is dominating sports pages and sports talk shows, college football is back in the headlines because players at Northwestern University have voted to form a union.

VIDEO: Congressman Threatens To Throw Reporter Off Balcony

Jan. 29
Mark Memmott / NPR

Update at 12:35 p.m. ET. Grimm Apologizes; Says He 'Overreacted':

Obama Showed A Deft Hand With Speech. Why Not With Congress?

Jan. 29
Ron Elving / NPR

The toughest test of a card player comes not with a big hand or a sheer bust, but rather with cards somewhere in between. Then it's not the deal that makes the difference, it's the sheer skill of the player.

'Rush Hour From Hell' Drags On In Icy Southern Cities

Jan. 29
Mark Memmott / NPR
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By 4 a.m. ET Wednesday morning it was hour 16 of what had turned into a "rush hour from hell" in Atlanta, the Journal-Constitution writes, as thousands of vehicles there and in other cities of the Deep South remained stuck on roads that were covered in snow and ice by a fast-moving storm that blew threw Tuesday.

Too Far, Too Complicated: Why Some Families Will Sit Out Sochi

Jan. 29
Brian Mann / NPR
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On a frigid afternoon, Jack Burke is coaching young skiers in a field in Saranac Lake, N.Y. His son Tim -- who shoots and skis as part of the U.S. biathlon team -- got his start training here. Now, Tim is off to Sochi to compete, but Jack and his whole family are staying home, missing the games for the first time since Tim's first Olympics in 2006.

America's Love Affair With Football Keeps Getting Stronger

Jan. 29
Frank Deford / NPR
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Football fandom simply overwhelms all other sports in America, growing not just merely super, but superior, from high school right on up to this Sunday's quasi-religious festival -- which celebrates our adoration of the sportas much as the sport itself.