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Christmas Tree Recycling Program Kicks Off

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The program provides a place for people without curbside refuse collection a place to drop off their trees after Christmas.

100K Expected To Attend Big Bay Balloon Parade

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The parade is often referred to as "America's Largest Balloon Parade" because of the number of giant inflatables. There are 28 this year. The parade will start at 3 p.m.

Human Rights Groups Monitoring Taser Death Investigation

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Human rights groups will be closely watching the investigation into why a 40-year-old man wanted on a felony warrant died after being shot with a Taser at the U.S. Border in San Ysidro on Christmas Eve.

San Diegans Wake Up To Frost, Lower Temperatures

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Temperatures fell into the lower to mid-30s in colder, wind sheltered areas early Friday, and were likely to dip into the upper 20s to mid-30s late Friday night into early Saturday.

Thousands Expected For San Diego Salvation Army's Christmas Meal

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An estimated 1,800 homeless and low-income San Diegans are expected at the Salvation Army's 31st annual free Christmas meal at the downtown Civic Center complex on Christmas Day.

Governor Pardons 11 People Convicted Of Offenses In San Diego County

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All of those pardoned have completed their sentences and have been out of custody for at least a decade without committing new crimes.

USS Peleliu Returns To San Diego On Christmas Eve

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The USS Peleliu will return to Naval Base San Diego Wednesday from its final deployment before decommissioning.

San Diego Running Hero Meb Keflezighi Gets Holiday Bowl Honor

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Boston Marathon champion and San Diego resident Meb Keflezighi will serve as grand marshal of Friday's Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade and as honorary chairman of Saturday's Holiday Bowl.

Modified Hours For Public Services Go Into Effect Christmas Eve

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In the city of San Diego, city pools, Chollas Lake and libraries will be on modified hours Wednesday. Chula Vista parks and libraries also have modified hours through Jan. 2.

Winds, Slight Chance Of Rain Ahead For San Diego County

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Strong gusty westerly winds will develop in San Diego County later Wednesday night and continue into early Christmas Day. There is a slight chance of rain in the San Diego County coasts, valleys, and mountains on Wednesday and Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

San Diego Closes 40 Illegal Marijuana Dispensaries In December

The city of San Diego announced today that it was granted court orders to shutter five illegal marijuana dispensaries.

Several Arrested At Suspected Encinitas 'Drug House'

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A search of the 3,500-square-foot house on Rancho Encinitas Drive led to about a half-dozen arrests for violations, according to sheriff's officials.

Monocled Cobra That Went Loose In Thousand Oaks Now At San Diego Zoo

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A venomous white monocled cobra that was captured after four days on the loose in Thousand Oaks moved into her new home Wednesday at the San Diego Zoo.

Ebola Scare At Otay Mesa Border Crossing Prompts Hazmat Response

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A pregnant woman who had recently traveled to Africa and was exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms prompted authorities at the Otay Mesa border crossing to summon a hazmat team and contact local and federal health officials, who determined she had the flu.

Authorities Warn Public After 4 Dead Birds Test Positive For West Nile Virus

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One dead red-tailed hawk was found in Oceanside, and a Cooper's hawk and two ravens were collected in San Diego. All four tested positive for West Nile virus.

Elevated Surf And Gusty Winds In San Diego County Valleys, Mountains Ahead

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A long west-northwest swell continued to elevate surf along San Diego County beaches early Tuesday, while gusty Santa Ana winds threatened to buffet the valleys and mountains through the afternoon.

San Diego's NASSCO Gets $498M Navy Contract For Mobile Landing Platform

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General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego won a $498 million contract from the Navy to build a second mobile landing platform.

Records Released On SDPD's Use Of Stingray Cellphone Tracking Device

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The San Diego City Attorney's Office released some documents on the San Diego Police Department's use of the Stingray cellphone tracking device system but only after a nonprofit found a grant application posted online.

Woman Who Drove Into Fiesta Island Cyclists Deemed Competent For Trial

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A judge Monday agreed to a defense's request for a second evaluation.

Less Marijuana, More Cocaine Seized By U.S. Border Patrol

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The San Diego sector of the U.S. Border Patrol seized 63 percent less marijuana but 105 percent more cocaine in its fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 compared to its 2013 fiscal year.

Warm, Windy Weather Ahead For San Diego County

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A wind advisory will be in effect in valley and mountain areas from 10 p.m. Monday evening to 8 a.m. Wednesday.

San Diego County Opening New Charging Stations For Electric Vehicles

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Several charging stations for electric vehicles are set to go into operation Monday in the parking garage under the Waterfront Park at the County Administration Center.

Pilot Project Will Connect 'Rapid Bus' And Internet

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The San Diego Association of Governments will spend $275,000 to test a wireless Internet service on three bus lines.

San Diego County's Unemployment Rate Remains at 5.8 Percent

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Around 94,000 San Diegans were unemployed in November out of a civilian labor force of 1.62 million.

3 Killed In Interstate 15 Car Crash

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The crash near West Lilac Road in Fallbrook prompted the closure of the entire southbound side of the interstate.

Judge Orders Release Of Pedophile To Jacumba Hot Springs

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A judge Friday ordered the release of sexually violent predator Gary Snavely to a home in the rural East County community of Jacumba Hot Springs.

Chula Vista City Council Race Officially Ends

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Councilman-elect John McCann beat Steve Padilla by two votes.

Rainy Christmas Likely For San Diego County

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Highs early next week are expected to be 10 to 20 degrees warmer than normal for the time of year, meaning temperatures will likely top out in the 70s and 80s in most parts of the county, though some mountain areas will be in the 60s.

San Diego's Bumble Bee Seafoods Sold For $1.5B

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Bumble Bee Seafoods, located in San Diego for nearly 40 years, was acquired by Thai Union Frozen Foods for $1.5 billion.

North County Transit Approves Alcohol Ban On Coaster

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The agency has been grappling for a way to deal with a problem with public drunkenness on its trains, particularly following Padres games.

California Senator Hueso Gets Probation In DUI Case

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Hueso, who represents southern San Diego County, Imperial County and part of Riverside County, pleaded no contest to a lesser charge called "wet reckless."

Cal State San Marcos Gets Record Number Of Applications

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Nearly 13,500 would-be freshmen applied to the school for the Fall 2015 semester.

San Diego's First Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensary Still In Limbo

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The San Diego Planning Commission has delayed an appeal hearing of an order granting permission to an SDSU professor to open a medical marijuana dispensary in a strip mall near Brown Field in Otay Mesa.

Arraignment Delayed For San Diego State Suspect Accused In Assault

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A spokesman for the District Attorney's Office said the case was taken off the court calendar as the investigation continues.

Big Rig Crash Closes I-5 South Offramp To SR-76

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The crash occurred around 3:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The offramp is expected to be reopened by 8 a.m.

San Ysidro To See $216M In Funding For Expanding Port of Entry

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The $1.1 trillion spending bill signed by President Barack Obama this week completes the funding of an expansion project at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

San Diego's First Legal Marijuana Shop May Lose Permit In Appeal

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A Green Alternative received its conditional use permit in October but a drug prevention specialist said its location in Otay Mesa could hurt families.

San Diego Program For The Homeless Gets $500K Grant

St. Vincent de Paul program organizers said the grants could allow them to almost double the number of people they help.

Number Of Flu Cases In San Diego County Double Compared To Last Year

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So far, 263 cases have been confirmed during "flu season," compared with 125 at this time in 2013.

More Rain Hits Saturated San Diego County

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The second of back-to-back unstable weather systems hit San Diego County Wednesday morning, bringing snow to the mountains and, at the coast, big waves and a possibility of lightning, meteorologists said.

Chargers Will Stay In San Diego In 2015

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The Chargers have a window each year to announce whether the escape clause will be exercised.

Lightner Remains San Diego City Council President After Revote

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The revote was scheduled because allegations surfaced that discussions among various council members might have violated the state's open meeting law.

San Diego To See Heavier Rainstorm On Wednesday

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Total accumulations up to 4 inches of rain are possible, according to meteorologists.

UC San Diego Gets $3M Grant For Energy Storage Systems

UCSD will use the money to test and validate the performance of systems.

San Diego City Council Approves Open Data Policy

Councilwoman Sherri Lightner said the policy will spur economic development, make city operations more transparent and enable "participatory government."

San Diego State Offensive Coordinator Announces Retirement

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Head coach Rocky Long did not say who would replace Bob Toledo.

Oceanside Shooting Suspects To Face Life In Prison If Convicted

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The three men are accused of a 2013 shooting at Libby Lake Park that left two teenagers dead.

San Diego Council Approves $32M Settlement With Mobile Home Park

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The settlement ends a 35-year legal dispute and forces residents to vacate the park in Mission Bay.

Council Agrees To Waive $1.5M In Fees To Bring All-Star Game to San Diego

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The San Diego Tourism Authority estimates the game's economic impact on the city could hit $80 million.

Visitors Banned At La Jolla Children's Pool As Pupping Season Begins

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People will not be allowed on the beach between Dec. 15 and May 15, which is when the seals give birth and wean their young.

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