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Reward of $20K Offered In Naval Base San Diego Bomb Threats

Reward of $20K Offered In Naval Base San Diego Bomb Threats

Aug. 24
By City News Service

Navy officials said bomb threat messages have been found over the past nine months scrawled on a bulkhead inside a docked ship, inside portable toilets, a ship's stairway and plumbing pipe, among other places. A few threats were called in.

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For Many Black Voters, Trump's 'What Do You Have To Lose?' Plea Isn't Enough

Aug. 24
Sarah McCammon / NPR

Donald Trump promises to help bring jobs and security to black neighborhoods. But his poll numbers with African-Americans are in the low single digits, and many say his message is insulting.

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WATCH: Squishy 'Octobot' Moves Autonomously

Aug. 24
Rebecca Hersher / NPR

The robot designed by a team from Harvard University moves without the help of any rigid parts. Researchers say it is the first proof-of-concept design for an entirely soft, autonomous machine.

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Study Of Breast Cancer Treatment Reveals Paradox Of Precision Medicine

Aug. 24
Richard Harris / NPR

A genetic test of breast cancer tumors helped identify women whose survival odds would not be greatly improved by chemotherapy. But that test isn't as precise as women and doctors might like.

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Latest Target In The Drug Price Wars? The Ubiquitous EpiPen

Aug. 24
Alison Kodjak / NPR

Lawmakers are demanding answers as to why the price of this aging drug, which stops a life-threatening allergic reaction, keeps going up.

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Syrian Conjoined Twins Die While Waiting For Life-Saving Surgery

Aug. 24
Merrit Kennedy / NPR

The newborns were evacuated from a rebel stronghold to the capital Damascus after lengthy negotiations earlier this month. Today, they died of heart failure as they awaited surgery.

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He Used To Live On The Streets Of Mumbai. Now, His Cafe Welcomes Everyone

Aug. 24
Chhavi Sachdev / NPR

Amin Sheikh's new cafe is a rarity in class-stratified India: It's open to people from all walks of life. Sheikh is a former street child, and so are many of his employees.

Proposed Stadium Would Have 'Positive Impact,' Chargers Report Says

Proposed Stadium Would Have 'Positive Impact,' Chargers Report Says

Aug. 24
By City News Service

The team went on offense Wednesday after weathering a blitz of critical reports on its plan to build a stadium and convention center annex in downtown San Diego, releasing an analysis that said the project would be an asset to the city.

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Canada's Mounties Say Female Officers Can Wear Hijabs

Aug. 24
Jason Slotkin / NPR

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed Wednesday that it had recently changed its policy to allow the Muslim headscarf.

'Adnan's Story' Goes Beyond 'Serial'

'Adnan's Story' Goes Beyond 'Serial'

Aug. 24
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Rabia Chaudry brought the story of Adnan Syed to "This American Life" producer Sara Koenig, leading to the popular podcast "Serial." Now, Chaudry has written a book that she says paints a fuller picture of the 1999 Baltimore murder case that sent Syed to prison.

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Climate Change Complicates Predictions Of Damage From Big Surf

Aug. 24
Christopher Joyce / NPR

Earth's changing climate has made the quest to understand wave behavior more important than ever, scientists say. Rising seas, storm surge and dune and reef erosion all shape Florida's Gulf Coast.

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San Diego Contractors Encouraged To Focus On Littoral Combat Ship

Aug. 24
By Steve Walsh

Rear Adm. John Neagley told an audience of contractors at the Navy's Gold Coast conference that there are many opportunities to design new uses for the littoral combat ship.

Should California Require Pro Bono Work For Law Students?

Should California Require Pro Bono Work For Law Students?

Aug. 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Matt Hoffman

A bill that mandates 50 hours of pro bono work for law students has landed on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. Sen. Marty Block of San Diego, who authored the bill, discusses its potential impact.

San Diego Art Museum's Growth Brings Excitement And Sadness

San Diego Art Museum's Growth Brings Excitement And Sadness

Aug. 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The museum's La Jolla location gets ready to shut down for a major remodel — with a new gallery space, terraces and an expanded sculpture garden in its future.

San Diego County Students Improve Math, English Test Scores

San Diego County Students Improve Math, English Test Scores

Aug. 24
By City News Service

San Diego County students showed across-the-board gains in math and English testing compared to last year, and they out-performed their counterparts from across the state, according to results released Wednesday by the California Department of Education.

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In Maine, Land From Burt's Bees Co-Founder Is Declared A National Monument

Aug. 24
Camila Domonoske / NPR

Roxanne Quimby donated nearly 88,000 acres of land — once used to harvest timber for paper mills — to the federal government. Now it's the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

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This Planet Just Outside Our Solar System Is 'Potentially Habitable'

Aug. 24
Nell Greenfieldboyce / NPR

It's not exactly close — 25 trillion miles from Earth, say the scientists who spotted it. But that might be near enough for further exploration. It's about Earth's size, with mild temperatures.

Disabled San Diego Man Seeks To Have Voting Rights Restored

Disabled San Diego Man Seeks To Have Voting Rights Restored

Aug. 24
By Associated Press

A former producer at NPR who lost his ability to walk and speak asked a judge Tuesday to restore his right to vote under a new California law that makes it easier for people with disabilities to keep that right and regain it if lost.

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Bread Grains: The Last Frontier In The Locavore Movement

Aug. 24
Sujata Gupta / NPR

Modern bakeries rely on industrial mills for their flour. But a small and growing number of bakers, chefs and pasta makers are making their own flour with the age-old method of stone milling.

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American University Of Afghanistan Says It Is Under Attack In Kabul

Aug. 24
Merrit Kennedy / NPR

Gunmen attacked the heavily fortified campus in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday evening, and hospital officials say at least one student was killed and 14 injured.

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