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Photos for February 14, 2013

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, shown delivering the State of the State address last month, is pushing to get rid of the state's income tax, which has some Republicans concerned.

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The Caplans. Louis, 76, and Harriet, 67, visited StoryCorps in Santa Fe, N.M.

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Screenshot of a 2012 TV ad, featuring actor Clint Eastwood for Mitt Romney, by the Republican group American Crossroads.

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Available in the silent auction is a round of golf for four at the St. Mark Golf Club in San Carlos. Call ahead for tee times. Subject to availability.

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The North County LGBT Resource Center located in Oceanside.

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Above, Max Disposti poses for a photo.

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Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election in 2014.

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Newark, N.J., Mayor Corey Booker speaks last year at a ceremony at City Hall.

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Los Angeles-based artist Ramiro Gomez Jr. displays his immigrant worker art on the Capitol's East Lawn in Washington, D.C.

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Eva Aucapina, originally from Ecuador, has been a domestic worker for more than 15 years. She traveled from Los Angeles with CHIRLA, a pro-immigrant-rights group, to Washington, D.C., this week to attend a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration.

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Gomez works on a piece that he later removed after a man selling maps to celebrities' homes threatened to take it down.

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The Crystal River Nuclear Plant has stood idle since workers cracked the reactor's containment building in 2009. The facility is now slated to close permanently.

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Duke Energy, which owns the Crystal River plant, says it decided closing the facility was more cost effective than attempting to repair it.

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A United Airlines aircraft passes by a Continental Airlines plane at Ronald Reagan National Airport in 2006. Their merger, begun in 2010, has been difficult, analysts say.

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KPBS Shiley Studio is filled with KPBS Producers Club members as PBS NewsHour host Gwen Ifill gives remarks on February 9, 2013.

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KPBS Producers Club members listen as PBS NewsHour host Gwen Ifill gives remarks at the receptions in the KPBS Shiley Studio on 2/9/13.

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Now 59, George Prendes works as a telemarketer in New York and struggles to make the rent on his small Bronx apartment.

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George Prendes (left), with siblings Mercedes and Roberto at a Cuban American parade in New York in the early 1970s. The family spent their savings trying to assist George

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George Prendes was 23 when he was arrested for purchasing cocaine in 1977.

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PBS NewsHour host Gwen Ifill talks personally with some KPBS Producers Club members after giving remarks at the KPBS Shiley Studio on 2/9/13.

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KPBS Producers Club members after the reception with PBS NewsHour host Gwen Ifill at the KPBS Shiley Studio on 2/9/13.

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KPBS Producers Club members listen as PBS NewsHour host Gwen Ifill gives remarks at the KPBS Shiley Studio on February 9th, 2013.

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KPBS General Manager Tom Karlo and his wife Julie Karlo after the reception with PBS NewsHour host Gwen Ifill at the Shiley Studio in KPBS on Saturday February 9, 2013.

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PBS NewsHour host Gwen Ifill shows her gratitude after receiving a gift from KPBS General Manager Tom Karlo at the Shiley Studio on February 9th.

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PBS NewsHour host Gwen Ifill shows the crowd the necklace KPBS General Manager Tom Karlo presents to her on behalf of KPBS Producers Club at the Shiley Studio on 2/9/13.

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PBS NewsHour host Gwen Ifill speaks to KPBS Producers Club members at KPBS Shiley Studio on February 9, 2013.

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Prosecutor Phillip Halpern during press conference

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Former San Diego Mayor Maureen O'Connor

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Former San Diego Mayor Maureen O'Connor

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Former San Diego Mayor Maureen O'Connor and her attorney Eugene Ireadale

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Mohammed "Roy" Mohammed Ali worked for nine months as an interpreter for U.S. military forces in Iraq. He was killed in an explosion in January 2008 along with six American soldiers.

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Former San Diego Mayor Maureen O'Connor appeared in federal court and entered into a deferred prosecution agreement in which she acknowledged misappropriating millions of dollars from her deceased husband's charitable foundation, February 14, 2013.

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Retired Airborne Ranger Blake Hall poses with Kurdish kids during a combat tour in Iraq.

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From Krzysztof Bosak's post on DIY DRONES. http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/world-s-largest-valentine-heart-with-dedication-for-asena21

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Hall met Roy's mom for the first time when she stepped off the plane in San Diego. Since contacting her several years ago, the former Army captain has raised money for the family and worked to get them safely to the U.S.

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Roy's family was reunited in El Cajon after his parents and brother and sister arrived in San Diego on February 12.

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Blake Hall looks at a montage of photos of Roy, his fallen Iraqi translator. Roy served as Hall's translator for nine months during combat.

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Baby killer whale born at SeaWorld

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David Cunningham is an associate professor of sociology at Brandeis University.

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An illustration imagines what a weed-seeking robot could look like, armed with different tools to attack different problem plants.

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BM1 (SW) John Flohrs

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Cleopatra Pendleton, left, is consoled by her sister Kimiko Pettis on Jan. 30, 2013.

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Walter Ritter, Write Out Loud's executive director, will read at Love Notes.

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Myrna Loy, Asta, and William Powell are perfection in "The Thin Man."

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The founders of Madécasse sought to base the entire chocolate-making process, from farm through factory, in Madagascar. The goal: keep jobs and cash in Africa.

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Workers in Madagascar prepare cocoa beans for drying. The process has a big effect on the quality of the finished chocolate.

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The Dandelion Chocolate factory has an open workspace where patrons can watch--and smell--the chocolate as it is ground, conched, formed into bars, and wrapped.

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Dandelion Chocolate lures customers into its San Francisco factory with a cafe and store. Co-founder Cameron Ring says most people don't know how chocolate is made, even if they eat it every day.

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Is it chocolate yet? Customers can test the finished product on the spot at Dandelion Chocolate's storefront cafe.

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Shawn Askinosie, founder of Askinosie Chocolate, buys cocoa beans directly from farmers, like this Uwate cocoa farmers group in Tenende, Tanzania. Dealing direct "impacts the flavor of coffee, and it brings the consumers closer to the producers," Askinosie says.

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Askinosie buys beans directly from small farmers. The goal: better quality control, and more cash to the growers.

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A US Airways plane rests near two American Airlines jets at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport last year. The combined carrier would be named American Airlines.

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An American Airlines 737-800 aircraft featuring the company's new logo sits at a gate at Chicago's O'Hare Airport in January. American's merger with US Airways would create the largest U.S. airline.

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Karen and Jim Reynolds.

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The Jan. 4, 1973, edition of the

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New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller had been a champion of drug rehabilitation, job training and housing. Then, he did a dramatic about-face and backed strict sentences for low-level criminals.

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