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Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But Say This Was Different

April 18
Gregory Warner / NPR
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A police sweep after Friday prayers is the latest in a weeks-long crackdown against terrorism. The operations have pulled in thousands of refugees, immigrants and Kenyan citizens of Somali descent.

Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card?

April 18
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Top Democrats have said recently that some GOP opposition to President Obama and his agenda is based on race. It's an explosive message that might drive Democratic voters to the polls.

SNAPSHOT: The Luthiers - Pepe Romero Jr. And Keith Kifer (New Series Premiere)

April 18
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SNAPSHOT is a half-hour magazine-style show that takes the KPBS viewer on a journey around the San Diego region, on assignment with professional photographer Tim Mantoani. Tim is famous for his portraits but what he loves more than anything is meeting new and interesting people. In the first episode, Tim brings two guitar makers together from two totally different worlds as he photographs luthiers, Pepe Romero Jr. and “The Blues Wizard”, Keith Kifer.

Oso Rescue Workers Erect Memorial To Mudslide Victims

April 18
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Rescuers say they've recovered 39 bodies from the massive March 22 mudslide and are still searching for four others.

Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities

April 18
Ben Trefny / NPR
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Airbnb and other rental websites have made billions marketing existing housing to tourists — hotel tax free. Soon, Airbnb will start collecting tax in New York City, San Francisco and Portland, Ore.

San Diego Opera Postpones Closure Until May 19

April 18
By Angela Carone, Greg Magnus
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The closure date for San Diego Opera has been postponed until May 19 to give organizers more time to fundraise for a 50th season.

One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures

April 18
Jon Hamilton / NPR
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Ivan Soltesz studies epilepsy in mice, but says children with chronic seizures are his inspiration. He's closing in on a way to quell the seizures with light — and without drugs' side effects.

Pipeline Put Off, As Keystone Review Is Indefinitely Extended

April 18
Tamara Keith / NPR
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It looks as though the "comment period" for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project will be extended, delaying a decision past the November elections.

Like Ham? There's A Festival For That In French Basque Country

April 18
Cathy Barrow / NPR
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The port town of Bayonne in France's Basque region is known for its colorful food and culture. And since 1464, its residents have celebrated the remarkable, local cured ham at the springtime Ham Fair.

Keystone XL Pipeline Review Extended By State Department

April 18
Dana Farrington / NPR
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Federal agencies are getting more time to review the controversial project, the State Department says, given an ongoing legal battle in Nebraska over whether the pipeline could pass through there.

Captains Uncourageous: Abandoning Ship Long Seen As A Crime

April 18
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Whenever a captain comes back and passengers don't, it's seen as shameful behavior. The captains of the Costa Concordia and the South Korean ferry both received blame for not staying with their ship.

UC San Diego Sorted Through Record Number Of Freshman Applicants For Fall 2014

April 18
By City News Service
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UC San Diego was the third-hardest UC school to get into this year, behind Berkeley and UCLA.

Salsa Legend Cheo Feliciano Dies

April 18
Jasmine Garsd / NPR
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One of the most respected figures in Latin music, the salsa singer had deep roots in both Puerto Rico and New York, where he influenced a younger generation of musicians.

Former Blue Angels Commander Relieved Of Duty

April 18
Associated Press
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Navy officials said Friday that Capt. Gregory McWherter has been removed from his post as executive officer of Coronado Naval Base, where he had served since November.

Review: 'Dom Hemingway'

April 18
By Beth Accomando
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Richard Shepard has a way of reinventing actors. He did that with Pierce Brosnan in "Matador," now he does the same for Jude Law and Richard E. Grant in "Dom Hemingway" (opening April 18 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas).

San Diego County Unemployment Rate At 6.9 Percent For March

April 18
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego County's unemployment rate in March was 6.9 percent, down from a revised 7 percent in February. In March 2013, the unemployment rate in the region was 7.8 percent.

Roundtable: City Budget, Climate Change Politics, Vets And Painkillers

April 18
Midday Edition
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San Diego's 2015 budget increases public safety, infrastructure expenses. The U.N. says action on climate change is needed urgently, but the political divide is wide and deep. San Diego's VA leads the way on curbing painkiller abuse among vets.

Earth-Like Planet Discovered

April 18
Evening Edition
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Scientists are one step closer to finding out if life similar to ours... could exist on other planets. We take a look at the discovery of an Earth-like planet that may hold water on its surface.

Why Scott Walker Is Looking Beyond His Fan Base

April 18
Ron Elving / NPR
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Governors in both parties routinely run for re-election while keeping coy about the White House. But there's no question what's on the Wisconsin governor's mind, long-term.

Hunting For The Tastiest Egg: Duck, Goose, Chicken Or Quail?

April 18
Eliza Barclay / NPR
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We hard-boiled them. We donned blindfolds. And we chowed down. In our eggsperiment, can you guess which bird prevailed in the ultimate showdown of duck vs. chicken?