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Stories for March 3, 2014

Obama Administration Drives Ahead With New Cleaner Gas Rule

March 3
Associated Press

More than 2,000 premature deaths and about 50,000 cases of kids with respiratory problems will be avoided by 2030 if the new emission rules go into effect, the EPA said.

Gov’t Shutdown Cost National Parks At Least $414M

March 3
Associated Press
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Five states, including California and Arizona, lost more than $20 million each during the government shutdown last October.

Study: Oral Hygiene Can Save Patients' Lives

March 3
Pauline Bartolone, Capital Public Radio

A study at a Sacramento-area hospital has revealed that basic dental hygiene among hospital patients can significantly reduce the incidence of pneumonia.

San Diego MTS Working To Restore Vintage Trolley Car For Silver Line Service

March 3
By Dwane Brown
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San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System is bringing back a bit of history to celebrate San Diego’s past and Balboa Park's 100th birthday.

San Diego County Gasoline Price Rises To Highest Amount Since Sept. 29

March 3
By City News Service

The average price of gasoline in San Diego County has risen 30.6 cents over the past 28 days, including six-tenths of a cent on Sunday.

San Diego Soaks Up Water Savings Following Storm

March 3
By Susan Murphy
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San Diego's biggest benefit from this past weekend's rainfall will be the water savings from residents turning off their sprinklers.

BRAINCHANGE With David Perlmutter, M.D.

March 3
By Jennifer Robinson
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"BRAINCHANGE" reveals the devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbohydrates on the human brain, with a 30-day plan to achieve optimum health. Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, M.D., blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression and much more.

San Diego Job Market Strong, Despite High Profile Job Cut Announcements

March 3
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego's job market is still healthy, even though several local employers have announced they plan to cut hundreds of jobs.

Local Hero Vickie Turner Dreams With Her Eyes Open

Women's History Month: 2014 Honoree

March 3
By Monica Medina
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For Vickie E. Turner, becoming a lawyer wasn’t a childhood dream, but as an accountant for the Las Vegas Gaming Commission, she felt that something was lacking and wanted more. Then a friend told her he was heading to San Diego for law school. The thought intrigued her, so she went along, figuring she'd just test the waters.

Ukraine Crisis Concerns San Diego Community

March 3
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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As Russian troops demand the surrender of Ukraine's Crimea, San Diego's Ukrainian community is watching and waiting. We take a look at how this crisis is unfolding and what it means to local residents.

US Marine Killed In Afghanistan By Suicide Bomber

March 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Caleb L. Erickson, 20, died Feb. 28 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Erickson's sister told local media that her brother was killed when a suicide bomber attacked his convoy.

Rick Steves' Festive Europe

March 3
By Jennifer Robinson
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Rick Steves experiences the pleasures of Andalucia, ventures into the reveler-filled Parisian streets on Bastille Day, takes in the royal pageantry in London, wanders through a Venetian palace, runs with the bulls in Pamplona, dines at an exclusive mens' club in Basque country, embraces high culture in Vienna, enjoys the lovable chaos of Naples, and walks the final stretch of the Camino di Santiago in Spain.

Kevin Faulconer Sworn In As San Diego Mayor

March 3
Evening Edition
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Former City Councilman Kevin Faulconer took the office of San Diego mayor, promising to make public safety his first priority and boost standards in police department.

San Diego Moving Ahead With 2024 Summer Olympic Bid

March 3
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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San Diego is going for the gold and moving forward with a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

Brit Floyd: Live At Red Rocks

March 3
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Filmed in front of a sell out audience at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado on Friday, August 2, 2013, "Brit Floyd: Live At Red Rocks" captures the magic and majesty of Pink Floyd's legendary music set against the awe-inspiring natural rocks and Colorado landscape. Inspired by Pink Floyd's own record breaking 1994 "P-U-L-S-E" Tour and including the trademark arch and circle light design, Brit Floyd pay special tribute to era defining classic rock album "The Dark Side Of The Moon."

Death Of Air National Guardsman Under Investigation

March 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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The death of Master Sgt. David L. Poirier, 52, on Feb. 28 from a "non-combat related incident" is currently under investigation, according to the Department of Defense.

Del Mar House Provides Artists Sanctuary, For Now

March 3
By Angela Carone
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In an enclave in Del Mar, a group of artists have transformed a dated, rundown home into an artist community and gallery space. But they don’t own the house, and the house has a date with the wrecking ball.

Navy Says Pilot Killed In 'Top Gun' Fighter Jet Crash (Video)

March 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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A U.S. military pilot was killed Saturday when his Marine Corps F/A-18C crashed on a training flight for the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center's "Top Gun" course at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada. The Navy has not yet released the identity of the pilot.

CarPlay: Apple Unveils Plan Linking iPhones To Honda, Volvo, Others

March 3
Bill Chappell / NPR
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CarPlay promises to integrate the iPhone's tools and features into the controls and environment of a car. But Apple says the apps have been "reimagined" to let drivers use them "while your eyes and hands stay where they belong."

California Governor Unsure Legal Pot Is Good Plan: ‘We Need To Stay Alert’

March 3
Associated Press

If pot smoking gains more legitimacy in the nation's most populous state, Gov. Jerry Brown said he worries it could have negative ripple effects in California.

California Lawmaker Accused Of Corruption Takes Leave, Still Receiving Salary

March 3
Associated Press

Sen. Ron Calderon was arraigned last Monday on charges that he accepted bribes totaling $100,000 in cash and trips, funneling some of the money to his children. Fellow Democrats had given him until this coming Monday to resign, take leave or face being suspended.

California Farmers Hire Dowsers To Find Water

March 3
Associated Press

While both state and federal water scientists disapprove of dowsing, California "witchers" are busy as farmers seek to drill more groundwater wells due to the state's record drought that persists despite recent rain.

Marijuana May Hurt The Developing Teen Brain

March 3
Patti Neighmond / NPR
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The teenage years are the last golden opportunity to build a healthy brain, researchers say. So smoking pot might not be so smart.

US Consumer Spending Up 0.4 Percent In January

March 3
Associated Press

The spending gain was better than expected but it came after the sharp downward revision in December.

Airlines Cancel More Than 2,000 Flights As Storm Moves East

March 3
Associated Press

Airlines have canceled more than 87,000 domestic flights since Dec. 1, a record number. Carriers are now much more likely to cancel flights at the first sign of bad weather.

What A Blast: Wicked Winter Storm Spreads Across Nation

March 3
Mark Memmott / NPR
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After drenching drought-stricken California, the weather system is affecting millions of people from Oklahoma to the Mid-Atlantic. It's another swipe from Old Man Winter.

What’s In A Proclamation? It’s The Sentiment That Counts

March 3
By Emily Burns
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Ever wonder what a city proclamation actually is, and where they come from? Want to see all 700 from 2013?

In Southeastern San Diego, The Fine Line Between Gang Policing And Gang Behavior

March 3
By Megan Burks
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Some community members community have likened members of the San Diego Police Department's gang suppression unit to Stormtroopers or a gang itself.

San Diego's 1981 Vote-By-Mail Election Was Largest In Nation, Inspired Oregon

March 3
By Marissa Cabrera, Claire Trageser
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Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown said Oregon got the idea for an entirely postal voting system from a surprising source: San Diego.

Study Reveals Most Latinos Have Two Or More Risk Factors For Heart Disease

March 3
By Kenny Goldberg

The nation’s largest study of Latino health reveals most Hispanics have a high profile for heart disease.

New Mayor Poised To Take Office In San Diego

March 3
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego gets its 36th mayor today, when Kevin Faulconer is sworn in.

Rants And Raves: The 86th Annual Academy Awards

March 3
By Beth Accomando
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Well we made it through another Oscar ceremony. Here are some thoughts on Hollywood's spotlight on itself, plus some candid Oscar photo moments.