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Stories for March 10, 2014

Mid-City Business Selected To Sell Compass Cards Following Albertsons Closure

March 10
By Megan Burks
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City Heights lost its main grocery store but gained two additional spots to buy monthly transit passes.

Colorado Collected $2.1 Million In January Taxes On Recreational Pot

March 10
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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For the first time since it legalized recreational marijuana, Colorado is releasing revenue figures: The state made $3.5 million in taxes and fees in January.

How An Aircraft Can Fall From The Sky Midflight

March 10
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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There have been a number of cases in which planes have fallen from the sky — from factors that include catastrophic failure and sabotage.

Man Who Shut Down Freeway With Thanksgiving Bomb Hoax Fined $8,300

March 10
By City News Service

A San Diego man whose prank phone call shut down a major highway for three hours on Thanksgiving Day admitted violating the law and was ordered to pay $8,300 in restitution

San Diego Woman Wanted In Michigan To Remain In Jail Pending Governor's Warrant

March 10
By City News Service
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A judge refused Monday to release a San Diego woman wanted in Michigan for allegedly escaping from prison 37 years ago on a misdemeanor larceny conviction, giving prosecutors more time to obtain a governor's warrant from Michigan to send her back to that state.

UC San Diego Professor Awarded $1.2M Grant To Help Reduce ER Visits By Psychiatric Patients

March 10
By City News Service

A UC San Diego professor was awarded a $1.2 million grant by the University of California on Monday to expand a program designed to reduce the length and frequency of hospital emergency room visits by psychiatric patients.

Migrant ‘Dreamers’ Seek To Enter US At San Diego Border

March 10
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Dozens of young migrants have presented themselves to U.S. border inspectors in San Diego without legal documents to protest U.S. immigration policies.

Marine Corps IDs Top Gun Student Killed In Nevada Jet Crash

March 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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The pilot killed March 1 when his F/A-18C Hornet crashed near NAS Fallon has been identified as Marine Corps Capt. Reid "Eeyore" Nannen, 32, of Hopedale, Ill. He leaves behind a wife and four children.

USS Kidd Joins Search For Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

March 10
By City News Service
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The USS Kidd has joined the USS Pinckney in the Gulf of Thailand, where the two San Diego-based guided missile destroyers are searching for signs of a Malaysia Airlines jet.

Dunkin' Donuts Opens In Downtown San Diego

March 10
10News
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Dunkin' Donuts opens in downtown San Diego, with plans to open 45 more in Southern California.

2 San Diego-Based Navy Ships Search For Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane (Video)

March 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two Navy ships homeported in San Diego, USS Kidd and USS Pinckney, have joined the international search team looking for any signs of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Rights Advocates See 'Access To Justice' Gap In U.S.

March 10
Carrie Johnson / NPR

Too many poor people are forced to go without legal counsel when facing challenges such as eviction, deportation or domestic violence, a new report says.

Survey: Uninsured Rate Drops; Health Law Cited

March 10
Midday Edition
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With just three weeks left to sign up under President Barack Obama's health care law, a major survey tracking the rollout finds that the uninsured rate keeps going down.

San Diego City Council Votes To Maintain Salary Levels

March 10
Midday Edition
By City News Service
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The San Diego City Council has voted to maintain the salary levels of roughly $100,000 for the mayor and $75,000 for council members.

City Breaks Ground On New 22-Story Central Courthouse In Downtown San Diego

March 10
By City News Service

After more than a decade of planning, a groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday for the $555.5 million Central Courthouse for the San Diego County Superior Court.

USS Coronado Set To Arrive At Its New Home Port Monday Morning

March 10
By City News Service
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The Coronado is the third U.S. Navy ship to bear the name of the San Diego County city, where Naval Air Station North Island is situated.

Tiny Increase Pushes San Diego County Gasoline Price To Highest Amount Since Sept. 26

March 10
By City News Service

The streak of increases to the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County was extended Monday to 20 days but barely, as it rose two-tenths of a cent to $3.957, the highest amount since Sept. 26.

Americans Riding Public Transit In Record Numbers

March 10
Associated Press
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Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time since the suburbs began booming.

State Oversight Might Tame California Pot Shops

March 10
Associated Press
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Law and order may soon be coming to the Wild West of weed as California lawmaker has introduced legislation to regulate the state's free-wheeling medical marijuana industry.

California Won't Lose Federal Funds For Testing

March 10
By Kyla Calvert

California won't be sanctioned for forgoing its old, multiple-choice standardized tests in favor of pilot testing new online exams in the state's public schools this year.

New Effort Aims To Curb Childhood Asthma In Imperial County

March 10
By Kenny Goldberg
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Researchers at San Diego State University have won a $4 million grant to enhance asthma education and treatment in Imperial County.

Large Earthquake Strikes Off Northern California Coast

March 10
By Susan Murphy
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A strong magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck off the Northern California coast late Sunday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.