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California Pension Committee Approves Retirement Compensation Proposals

Aug. 20
Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio
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Temporarily promoted new hires would be factored into how the California Public Employees’ Retirement System calculates its pensions under a vote Tuesday of a CalPERS Committee.

Video Purports To Show Beheading Of U.S. Journalist By Militants

Aug. 20
Bill Chappell / NPR

The FBI is evaluating a video posted online Tuesday that claims to show the execution of journalist James Foley by Islamic State fighters. The American was abducted while working in Syria in 2012.

If You're Born In The Sky, What's Your Nationality? An Airplane Puzzler

Aug. 20
Robert Krulwich / NPR
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Suppose two Chinese parents get on an Australian airplane and, while flying over U.S. territory, they have a baby on the plane. Can that baby be an American citizen?

Reporting On Ebola: An Abandoned 10-Year-Old, A Nervous Neighborhood

Aug. 20
Marc Silver / NPR
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The boy was found naked on the beach in West Point, a slum in Liberia's capital city of Monrovia. At first no one would take him in. People — and even a nearby clinic — were afraid he had Ebola.

With Ferguson, Obama Forced To Confront Race Yet Again

Aug. 20
Scott Horsley / NPR

President Obama's carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.

A Tale Of Two Polls

Aug. 20
Cory Turner / NPR
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Two surveys claim to capture the public's view of the Common Core State Standards. But they tell very different stories.

Gay Rights Movement Tackles Cultural Battle In The Deep South

Aug. 20
Debbie Elliott / NPR

Same-sex marriage activists are working to win hearts and minds in the Deep South, where they've met the strongest resistance. One strategy is to host informal conversations.

Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer Steps Down From Company's Board

Aug. 19
Laura Sydell / NPR
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Steve Ballmer, 58, on Tuesday resigned from the software giant's board because of other time consuming commitments including his new ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.

UPDATE: The Evidence That Led To Marine Vet's Arrest In Erin Corwin Case (Video)

Aug. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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The San Bernardino County District Attorney filed murder charges Tuesday against Marine veteran Christopher Lee in the death of Erin Corwin. Lee's arrest warrant sheds new light on the some of the evidence that allegedly connects Lee with Corwin's homicide.

San Diego Chaldeans Call For Asylum For Iraqi Christians In March Through El Cajon

Aug. 19
By Susan Murphy
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The marchers, many of them Iraqi Chaldeans, called for peace in Iraq and urged the United States to welcome refugees fleeing the violence.

High School For San Diego’s Teen Moms Marks 20-Year Anniversary

Aug. 19
By Matthew Bowler
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For 20 years, Lindsay School has educated teenage mothers. Now, with a new partnership, the school is going to educate the babies, too.

Ferguson Update: Holder Writes Op-Ed; City Calls For Nighttime Calm

Aug. 19
Dana Farrington / NPR
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Attorney General Eric Holder, who will go to the St. Louis suburb Wednesday, wrote that the Justice Department's investigation of Michael Brown's death would be full and fair.

Gov. Perry Gets Booked At Texas Courthouse After Indictment

Aug. 19
Dana Farrington / NPR
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Following allegations of abuse of power, Rick Perry maintained that he had done nothing wrong. He told a crowd outside the courthouse he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being."

San Diego's Sanford-Burnham Institute Gets New Chief

Aug. 19
By Erik Anderson
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An oncologist who spent part of his career in the pharmaceutical world is the new chief executive officer at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute.

SDSU Researchers Among First To Take DNA Sequencer Out To Sea

Aug. 19
By City News Service
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SDSU computer scientist Rob Edwards was always bothered that they had to wait until they were back on dry land before looking at their ocean biology data — but his most recent expedition changed all that.

Torrential Rain Swamps Phoenix, Strands Drivers

Aug. 19
L. Carol Ritchie / NPR

Monsoonal rainfall caused massive flash flooding in Phoenix on Tuesday, turning roads into raging torrents. One area recorded 1 inch in 14 minutes.

Ebola In The Skies? How The Virus Made It To West Africa

Aug. 19
Michaeleen Doucleff / NPR
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The type of Ebola erupting in West Africa is closely related to one found 2,500 miles away — the distance between Boston and San Francisco. How did the virus spread so far without anyone noticing?

Man With A Knife Fatally Shot By Police In St. Louis, Officials Say

Aug. 19
Dana Farrington / NPR
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The shooting appears to be unrelated to the ongoing protests in neighboring Ferguson, Mo. Police say the 23-year-old, suspected of stealing items from a convenience store, was "acting erratically."

Doctors Without Borders: What We Need To Contain Ebola

Aug. 19
NPR Staff / NPR
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Dr. Joanne Liu of Doctors Without Borders says fear and a lack of sense of urgency has kept the international community in their home countries rather than stepping up to the plate in West Africa.

As Kids Head To Campus, Parents Broach The Risk Of Sexual Assault

Aug. 19
Sayre Quevedo / NPR
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Starting college is exciting, but campus life also comes with risks. So how are parents talking to their kids about avoiding becoming a victim — or even a perpetrator — of sexual assault?