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California Voter Turnout Was 75% — The Highest Since 2008

California Voter Turnout Was 75% — The Highest Since 2008

Dec. 9
By KPBS News, Associated Press

San Diego County reported a turnout of 81.5 percent among registered voters.

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Say, What? Monkey Mouths And Throats Are Equipped For Speech

Dec. 9
Nell Greenfieldboyce / NPR

Monkeys weren't thought to have the right sort of vocal tracts to speak. But a study finds they can make many sounds common in human speech; it's just that their brains aren't "language ready."

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Pets Help People Manage The Pain Of Serious Mental Illness

Dec. 9
Erin Ross / NPR

People living with schizophrenia or other serious mental illnesses say a pet can be not just a comforting companion but a reason to stay engaged with other people — and with life.

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San Diego Pride Nudity Trial Underway

Dec. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The City of San Diego and several of its police officers are defending themselves against a federal civil lawsuit claiming police discriminated against a gay man at the 2011 San Diego Pride Festival.

San Diego Tops Yelp List For Best Local Gifts

San Diego Tops Yelp List For Best Local Gifts

Dec. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The online business review site Yelp recently declared San Diego as the best city in the country for finding gifts from local-independent retailers, but it's findings were far from scientific.

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Horror In Aleppo: Civilians Trapped As Syrian Government Tightens Siege

Dec. 9
Merrit Kennedy / NPR

"I don't even know how to describe the kinds of things that are landing on us," a dentist trapped in one of Aleppo's last rebel-held neighborhoods tells NPR.

City Announces Major Improvement In 911 Wait Times

City Announces Major Improvement In 911 Wait Times

Dec. 9
By City News Service

More than 93 percent of calls to 911 in San Diego were answered within 10 seconds in November. That's a jump from 67 percent of calls in April and better than the national target.

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Trump Faces A More Skeptical Public Than Any Incoming President Since 1989

Dec. 9
Danielle Kurtzleben / NPR

Just 41 percent of Americans say they approve of how well the president-elect has explained his future plans and policies. But Democratic fears appear to have cooled substantially since October.

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Obama Orders Sweeping Review Of International Hacking Tied To U.S. Elections

Dec. 9
Tamara Keith / NPR

The review will go all the way back to the 2008 campaign and will look at "all foreign actors and any attempt to interfere with our elections," said White House spokesman Eric Schultz.

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Alabama Inmate Coughed, Heaved For About 13 Minutes During Execution

Dec. 9
Rebecca Hersher / NPR

Ronald Bert Smith Jr. died by lethal injection late Thursday night, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to stay his execution. A judge sentenced Smith to die for murdering a man in 1994.

Biotech Company’s Stock Rises After Premature Data Release At San D...

Biotech Company’s Stock Rises After Premature Data Release At San Diego Conference

Dec. 9
By David Wagner

Reporters were asked to withhold coverage of results from an Alzheimer's disease drug study until the company's presentation at a San Diego conference on Friday morning. But word of the positive data spread ahead of time.

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Far-Right Dutch Politician Found Guilty Of Hate Speech But Will Not Be Penalized

Dec. 9
Merrit Kennedy / NPR

The case is rooted in comments the lawmaker made at a 2014 rally, when supporters chanted that they wanted fewer Moroccans in the country. He then told them, "We're going to take care of that."

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More Than 1,000 Russian Athletes Involved In Doping Conspiracy, Report Says

Dec. 9
Camila Domonoske / NPR

There was a "systematic and centralised cover up and manipulation of the doping control process" in Russia, an investigation found. The report includes thousands of documents as evidence.

Opponents Of Lilac Hills Ranch Face Fines, But Donors To Stay Secret

Opponents Of Lilac Hills Ranch Face Fines, But Donors To Stay Secret

Dec. 9
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource

California’s elections watchdog dings two of the anti-Measure B campaign’s largest donors for not disclosing contributions but mystery behind money remains.

Selection Of San Diego City Council President Hinges On Party Unity

Selection Of San Diego City Council President Hinges On Party Unity

Dec. 9
By Andrew Bowen

A new San Diego City Council will be inaugurated on Monday. Democrats have a 5-4 majority on the council. But if they can't agree on a preferred candidate, they'll likely leave the selection to Republicans.

A New Mother's Dilemma: The Challenges Of Returning To Work

A New Mother's Dilemma: The Challenges Of Returning To Work

Dec. 9
By Kenny Goldberg

When new moms return to work, breast-feeding often goes by the wayside. But California has laws aimed at making it easier for working women who nurse.

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Adding A Funny Form Of Carbon To Silly Putty Creates A Heart Monitor

Dec. 9
Joe Palca / NPR

Graphene comes in sheets barely an atom thick and is extremely good at conducting electricity. By adding the unusual form of carbon to Silly Putty, scientists created flexible sensors.

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First Ladies Often Forge Food Trends, But Melania's Menu Is A Mystery

Dec. 9
Anya Sacharow / NPR

Eleanor brought scrambled eggs and culinary austerity. Mamie favored boxes, cans and leftovers. Jackie embraced French food and Michelle redefined the national plate. And Melania? Who knows?

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Poll: Trump Needs To Choose Between Presidency And His Business

Dec. 9
Jim Zarroli / NPR

Two-thirds of Americans think Trump must avoid a conflict of interest, according to a Bloomberg poll. But only a slight majority are confident he'll put the country's interests ahead of his own.

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How Your Cashmere Sweater Is Decimating Mongolia's Grasslands

Dec. 9
Rob Schmitz / NPR

Mongolian goats produce the world's highest quality cashmere wool, and international demand has soared. There's a problem, though. These goats are turning the country into an ecological wasteland.