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Ex-Padres Owner Gives $45K To Tourism-Stadium Initiative

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Former Padres owner John Moores gave $45,000 to the signature-gathering effort for a wide-ranging initiative meant to boost downtown San Diego tourism and redevelop the Qualcomm Stadium property in Mission Valley, it was announced today.

Salvation Army Hosts Thanksgiving For San Diego County's Needy

About 2,700 people will receive meals from the Salvation Army this Thanksgiving.

Haggen Gets Court's OK For Sale Of San Diego Stores

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Albertsons and Smart & Final will take over some of the Haggen stores in San Diego County.

California Lawmaker Wants Double Pay For Employees Working Thanksgiving Day

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Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez's bill was spawned out of criticism of large retailers that opened their doors on Thanksgiving Day to get a jump on Black Friday sales.

San Diego Police Ask For Leads In Teen Killing

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Anna Hernandez, 14, was found dead in an open area off the 2900 block of Market Street shortly before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Part Of I-8 In El Cajon Will Be Closed To Replace Power Lines

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Part of Interstate 8 in El Cajon will be closed for about an hour Wednesday morning and again Wednesday afternoon so utility crews can replace power lines downed by a tractor-trailer's high-profile load.

Winter Weather Continues In San Diego County

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The gusty wind that has been buffeting parts of San Diego County is expected to weaken Wednesday morning, but the wintry weather and unusually high tides affecting the region will continue throughout the week.

Electricity Restored To 4,500 Chula Vista Homes, Businesses

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A second outage at 4:35 a.m. initially affected 469 utility customers in the San Diego neighborhoods of Ocean Beach, Sunset Cliffs and Point Loma, but has since been partially restored.

Body, Horns Of San Diego Rhino To Be Donated To Smithsonian

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Nola's remains will be included in the museum's research collections, maintained in an off-exhibit area with materials from other northern white rhinos, according to San Diego Zoo Global.

Chula Vista Boy Suffering From Flesh-Eating Bacteria In Good Condition

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Giancarlo Gil began feeling sick Sept. 19, and doctors later had to amputate his right leg up to his hip to stem the spread of necrotizing fasciitis.

Vigil Planned For Grant Hill Teen Found Dead

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Grieving relatives and friends of Anna Hernandez whose body was found last week will gather Tuesday evening for a vigil in her memory.

Economist: San Diego County Residents Will Spend $15M On Thanksgiving

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The average amount spent on home-cooked Thanksgiving meals per resident is $5.18, said Ray Major, chief economist for the San Diego Association of Governments.

San Diego Home Prices On The Rise

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San Diego home prices are up 6.6 percent since September 2014.

Cold Front Expected To Bring Winter Weather To San Diego County

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Rain and gusty wind is expected in parts of San Diego County later Tuesday. Along the coast, king tides — the highest astronomical tides of the year — will create the potential for minor flooding through Friday.

Travel At Lindbergh Resumes Following Delays Caused By Fog

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The fog began rolling into the area around 8 p.m. Monday. By 10:30 p.m., visibility was at a quarter-mile, with a 100-foot ceiling, according to airport officials. A ground stop was issued, but has since been lifted.

Petco Animal Supplies Inc. Purchased For $4.6 Billion

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San Diego-based Petco Animal Supplies Inc. announced Monday that it was purchased by a pair of overseas investing entities for $4.6 billion.

City Unveils Plans To Shelter Homeless During Winter

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When extremely cold weather hits, 200 transients will be brought indoors to the dining room at Father Joe's Villages, while another 50 will be put up at the Neil Good Day Center.

Violent Crime Arrests Up In San Diego County

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Law enforcement officers throughout the county made 15,566 arrests for violent offenses such as murder, rape and assault in 2014 — 2 percent more than the year before, according to the San Diego Association of Governments.

SDSU Students Respond To Attack With Rally Against Islamophobia

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San Diego State University students rallied against Islamophobia Monday afternoon in response to an attack on a Muslim student last week that is being investigated as a hate crime.

Police Investigate 'Spice' Drug Use In Downtown San Diego

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An investigation was underway Monday into the source of a bad batch of a banned synthetic drug called "Spice," which was suspected in more than a dozen overdoses.

USS Theodore Roosevelt Comes To San Diego

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The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt was part of a three-way swap of carrier home ports.

Endangered Northern White Rhino Dies In San Diego

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Nola, who was being treated for a bacterial infection, was one of the last remaining northern white rhinos in the world. She lived at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park near Escondido.

SANDAG Faces $50,000 In Mission Bay Pollution Case

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State water officials proposed a $50,000 fine against the San Diego Association of Governments for allowing sediment from a construction project in Rose Creek to flow into Mission Bay.

SDSU Police Looking For Man Who Assaulted Muslim Student

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The assailant pushed and jostled the woman while making menacing and insulting remarks, according to campus police.

San Diego County's Unemployment Rate Rises To 5% In October

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October's unemployment rate is up from 4.6 percent in September but still well below the 6 percent rate of a year ago.

Student Enrollment Expected To Expand At UC San Diego

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University of California campuses — including San Diego — would expand enrollment of California undergraduates over the next three years under a plan given preliminary approval Thursday by UC's governing board.

Meth Addict Gets 19 Years In Fiesta Island Crash

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Theresa Lynn Owens, 50, drove the wrong way last year on Fiesta Island and plowed into a group of cyclists, critically injuring the lead rider.

Life In Prison For Marine Wife's Killers

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Louis Ray Perez, 49, and Dorothy Maraglino, 40, were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the April 13, 2012, killing of Brittany Killgore at a home in Fallbrook.

Rancho Santa Fe Pilot, Passenger Die In Helicopter Crash

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Bruce Allen Erickson, 65, of Rancho Santa Fe and his 60-year-old passenger, Wayne Frank Lewis of Cardiff, died as a result of a crash and fire at the McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad.

2 Die In Helicopter Crash At Palomar Airport In Carlsbad

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The McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad was closed after the helicopter crash occurred about 4:30 p.m., authorities said.

Judge Upholds San Diego's Decision To Eliminate Cap On Taxi Permits

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The city of San Diego's decision last year to eliminate a lid on the number of taxi cab permits issued by the Metropolitan Transit System was upheld Wednesday by a Superior Court judge.

Financial Outlook Shows San Diego's Revenue Will Grow

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The anticipated surpluses begin at $200,000 for the next fiscal year, and grow in subsequent years to $7.9 million, $25.1 million, $46.4 million, and $73.7 million.

San Diego County To Create Incentive Zones For Urban Farms

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Under the program, owners who dedicate vacant, blighted or unimproved land for farming use will be assessed at a lower property tax rate, which was authorized by state legislation two years ago.

Water Consumption Drops In San Diego County

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San Diego County residents used 19 percent less water last month compared to the same period in 2013, despite record-breaking heat.

San Diego County Supervisors Debate What To Call People In The U.S. Illegally

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A routine item up for consideration by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors led to a debate about word choice when referring to people living in the county without proper documentation.

Chamber Report: Optimism Among San Diego's Business Owners Low

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The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's Business Outlook Index sank to 17 in October, the lowest since it was started in April 2013.

Gov. Brown Appoints New San Diego Superior Court Judges

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Gov. Jerry Brown appointed two Democrats — James Mangione of San Diego and Tilisha Martin of La Mesa — to the local bench.

Scripps Discovery Could Help In Development Of HIV Vaccine

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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla said they've identified four antibodies that target weak spots on HIV, which could help in the development of a vaccine.

Presidential Candidate Ben Carson To Hold Fundraiser In San Diego

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Presidential candidate Ben Carson is scheduled to hold a fundraiser in San Diego Tuesday afternoon. Carson will arrive in San Diego from Costa Mesa, the site of a fundraiser earlier Tuesday.

San Diego Port Moves Forward With Brigantine

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The Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to open negotiations with The Brigantine Inc. to lease and renovate the iconic Anthony's Fish Grotto site on the downtown waterfront.

San Diego City Council Declares El Niño Emergency

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Councilman David Alvarez said the declaration will be transmitted to Gov. Jerry Brown, with a cover letter urging him to declare a state emergency before the bigger storms hit in order to ease the regulatory process.

University Of San Diego Alumnus Named NL Rookie Of The Year

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant played three seasons at USD, winning the Golden Spikes Award as the best collegiate player two years ago.

San Diego Tributes Abound For Paris Victims

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From a moment of silence at the start of the San Diego City Council meeting to makeshift memorials, San Diegans are paying tribute to the victims of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris.

Gelson Markets To Buy 2 Haggen Stores In San Diego County

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Encino-based Gelson's Markets announced successful bids to buy a half-dozen Haggen properties in Southern California, including one in Del Mar and another in north Pacific Beach.

Ballast Point Brewing Sold To Constellation Brands For $1B

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Ballast Point, a nearly 20-year-old operation known for its popular Sculpin IPA and Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, will continue as a stand-alone company with its existing management team and employees running the day-to-day operations.

SDSU Connects With Its 34 Students In France

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Officials said they were able to reach each of the university's students currently studying in France, following Friday's deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. Eight of the SDSU students were in Paris and have been accounted for.

Gusty Wind Expected To Continue In San Diego County Through Mid-Morning

National Weather Service wind advisories for the coast, the mountains and the deserts are scheduled to expire at 10 a.m. Winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour will be possible near the beaches, along with gusts of up to 35 mph.

San Diego Humane Society Gets $2,500 To Start Program

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The program will allow people with foster pets to seek out permanent homes for the animals, process adoption applications and handle fees.

Double Murder Suspect Wounded In Police Standoff

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The suspect in a shooting that left a 20-year-old woman and her 22-year-old brother dead was wounded in an officer-involved shooting in City Heights early Friday.

Public To Weigh In On Possible Change To Name Of Paradise Hills School

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The San Diego Unified School District posted a poll to that asks if Robert E. Lee Elementary School should be renamed.

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