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Stories for July 4, 2012

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Fireworks Can Upset Pets, Authorities Warn

July 4, 2012
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The noise and commotion involved in Fourth of July celebrations can frighten pets and county Animal Services officials offered a few tips to keep pets safe today.

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California's Foie Gras Ban Gets First Legal Challenge

July 4, 2012
Associated Press

A first-of-its-kind ban on the sale of foie gras that went into effect in California this week is being challenged in court.

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Local Official Warns Of Citrus Tree Disease

July 4, 2012
CHANNEL 10 NEWS

For the first time, a citrus tree in Southern California was found to be infected with a disease that could wipe out citrus plants across the state.

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Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Sterett Returns Thursday

July 4, 2012
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett is scheduled to return to Naval Base San Diego Thursday following a deployment to the Middle East and western Pacific, Navy officials announced today.

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Police On Lookout For Drunken Drivers, Illegal Fireworks On July Fourth

July 4, 2012
CITY NEWS SERVICE

Law enforcement officers in San Diego County will be on the lookout this Fourth of July for drunken drivers and illegal fireworks, sheriff's officials said.

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California Braces For A Hot Fire Season

July 4, 2012
By Erik Anderson

California's fire season is lining up to be a tough one this year. The state's fire fighting agency, Cal Fire, has already fought 1,000 more wildfires this year, compared to last year.

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Local Physicists Help Discover The 'God Particle'

July 4, 2012
By Alison St John, Claire Trageser, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

Local physicists from UCSD were involved in the discovery of a new subatomic particle called the Higgs Boson, or "the God particle," the finding of which was just announced in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Roberta Flack Sings The Beatles

July 4, 2012
By Alison St John, Angela Carone, Claire Caraska

Grammy-winning artist Roberta Flack has a new album out, and is playing two shows with the San Diego Symphony this weekend.

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Fire Up The Grill This Summer

July 4, 2012
By Alison St John, Angela Carone, Claire Caraska

Grilling is an American pastime - on the 4th of July and all summer long. We'll get grilling tips from Sam the Cooking Guy, author of the cookbook "Just Grill This."

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Camp Pendleton Plans 21-Gun Salute For Independence Day

July 4, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Camp Pendleton is planning a 21-gun salute to celebrate the Fourth of July, and warning folks who live within a 50-mile radius of the base there's a chance they'll hear it.

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Scientists Discover New Subatomic Particle, Likely The 'God Particle'

July 4, 2012
Eyder Peralta, NPR

The announcement by physicists at the world's biggest atom smasher is a watershed moment in our understanding of the universe.

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Rants and Raves: The Power of Geek

July 4, 2012
By Beth Accomando and Miguel Rodriguez

So I got to see the power of the Internet and social media when my friend decided to do live Tweeting and ended up making "Robo Vampire" a trending topic on Twitter.

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Lifeguards Propose New Solution For Children's Pool

July 4, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

San Diego’s lifeguards are wading into the debate over the seals at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla. They think they have a rock solid solution.

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Authorities Warn About Illegal Fireworks, Dangers Of Acid Bombs

July 4, 2012
By Dwane Brown

All consumer fireworks are banned in the County of San Diego, including sparklers.

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Great White Sharks Thriving Off California Coast, Says Researcher

July 4, 2012
By Susan Murphy

Many people will flock to San Diego beaches this 4th of July, despite a Great White Shark sighting near La Jolla earlier this week. A California shark expert says the dorsal-finned predators are thriving along the Southern California coast.

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San Diego Mayor Raises A Glass To Craft Beer

July 4, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

San Diego is known as a hot spot for craft beer. And from tapping ceremonial kegs to pouring grand opening pints, Mayor Jerry Sanders has done his part to promote the industry.

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Fourth Of July Shout Outs From U.S. Troops in Afghanistan (Video)

July 4, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

U.S. troops stationed at Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar in Afghanistan are sending their best wishes via video for a happy Independence Day back home to the U.S.A.