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San Diego County Issues Tsunami-Response Playbooks

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In an effort to limit hazards associated with mass evacuations, authorities prepared tsunami-response "playbooks" specific for San Diego County's coastal cities and military installations.

Judge Confirms Ruling Tossing La Jolla Odor Lawsuit

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A Superior Court judge rejected claims in a lawsuit filed by La Jolla business owners upset with a foul odor along the scenic coastline believed to be caused by sea lion and bird droppings.

Dead Man Found At Lake Murray

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Emergency personnel searching for an 18-year-old man along the shoreline of Lake Murray for a second day discovered a body Friday afternoon.

Man Dead In Deputy-Involved Shooting In Encinitas

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A deputy investigating an emergency call in Olivenhain fatally shot a man who emerged from a home carrying a long-barreled gun, authorities said.

San Diego Second In U.S. For Solar Installations

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At the end of 2014, 149 megawatts of solar capacity was in operation in San Diego, behind only the 170 megawatts in Los Angeles.

San Diego County Population Grows To 3.3 Million Residents

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San Diego County added 41,000 residents between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Tentative Ruling Could Derail Lawsuit Over La Jolla Stench

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Citizens for Odor Nuisance Abatement claimed that the city of San Diego failed to abate a public nuisance at La Jolla Cove. Business owners believe a stench is caused by sea lion and bird droppings.

Navy: No Evidence Of ISIS Threat

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The Navy said that no evidence of an operational plan has been uncovered since a list of personnel — including four aboard a San Diego-based warship — was posted on a website believed to be friendly to the Islamic State.

Divers Search For Missing San Diego State Student At Lake Murray

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Emergency personnel searched in and around Lake Murray Thursday for a man whose wallet, cell phone, backpack and pieces of clothing were found abandoned on the shore of the reservoir.

High Surf, Powerful Rip Currents At San Diego County Beaches Friday, Saturday

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People who flock to San Diego County beaches this weekend to beat the heat will also have to cope with high surf and powerful rip currents.

San Diego County, City Join Forces On Chargers Stadium Effort

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The county and city of San Diego will explore financing options for a new Chargers stadium. Initially they plan to share costs to bring in consultants and attorneys.

SeaWorld To Resume Sea Lion Show After Temporary Shutdown

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SeaWorld San Diego will resume the show following a three-week suspension, during which staff members dealt with a record number of rescues of marine mammals along the coast.

San Diego Zoo Says Newborn Hippo Is Doing Well

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A river hippopotamus born Monday is doing well, but its sex hasn't been determined. Keepers and veterinarians have not been able to get close enough to determine if the calf is male or female.

Arrests Made In Kidnapping, Killing Of Long Beach Baby

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Four people were arrested in connection with the kidnapping and death of a 3-week-old Long Beach girl whose body was found in an Imperial Beach trash bin.

Forbes Magazine: San Diego Padres Worth $890M

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The San Diego Padres rank 19th in franchise value out of 30 Major League Baseball teams this year, according to a list published by Forbes.

San Diego On List Of Cities With Most Energy Star-Certified Buildings

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the 25 cities on the list have reduced carbon dioxide emissions by having energy efficient buildings.

Dana Carvey, Colbie Caillat, KC And The Sunshine Band To Perform At San Diego County Fair

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Comedian Dana Carvey, ventriloquist Terry Fator, singer- songwriter Colbie Caillat and KC and the Sunshine Band have been added to the grandstand concert lineup at the San Diego County Fair.

San Diego Council Committee Approves 20-Year Lease With Barrio Station

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A 20-year lease renewal for Barrio Station, a nonprofit that serves youth in a disadvantaged area just south of downtown San Diego, was given tentative approval from the City Council's Smart Growth and Land Use Committee.

Signatures Submitted In Carson For Chargers-Raiders Stadium Proposal

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Declaring victory in its signature drive to expedite approval of a proposed stadium that could house the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders, a group delivered 40 boxes of petitions to Carson City Hall.

Police Release Sketch Of Man Suspected Of Attempting To Kidnap Girl In Solana Beach

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Police released a sketch Tuesday of a man they believe tried to abduct a 7-year-old girl from Skyline Elementary School in Solana Beach.

San Diego Explores Possibility Of Hydroelectric Power Plant

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The city of San Diego and San Diego County Water Authority are embarking on a market analysis on the potential of building a hydroelectric power plant in the San Vicente Reservoir.

City Council Approves $120M Bond To Pay For San Diego Roads

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The City Council unanimously approved a bond issue that is expected to generate $120 million to pay for road repair and construction projects.

San Diego Zoo Welcomes Baby Hippo

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The birth of the hippo, the sex of which has not been determined, took place around 6:30 a.m. Monday.

One Paseo Opponents To Submit Petition Signatures Wednesday

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The petition signatures are aimed at getting the San Diego City Council to overturn its approval of a 23.6-acre mixed-use housing, retail and office development in Carmel Valley.

San Marcos Teen Convicted Of Starting Cocos Fire

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After a two-week non-jury trial, Judge Howard Shore ruled that the girl, now 14, intentionally set a fire in her backyard last May 13 then set another blaze the next day in her neighbor's backyard that sent an ember nearly a half- mile to spark the Cocos fire.

San Diego City Council Approves Plan for New Homeless Shelter

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The new shelter will be located in an existing building and offer 100 beds beginning April 1. An additional 250 beds will become available over the next couple of months, for a total of 350 by July 1.

Gunman Attempts To Abduct Female Student At SDSU

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The man walked up to the student, pointed a black handgun at her and told her to "get into the car." The victim ran from the scene unharmed and called police.

San Diego County Unveils Website To Track Missing Residents

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The "Take Me Home" service allows families and caretakers to upload key information about missing patients with Alzheimer's disease.

Officials Find Body In Fallbrook Near Missing Man's Car

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Search-and-rescue personnel looking for a missing 76- year-old Alzheimer's patient in the Fallbrook area Monday found a body a short distance from the man's abandoned car.

Cal State San Marcos Breaks Ground On New Arena

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The 1,400-seat arena for the university's intercollegiate basketball and volleyball teams is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2016.

City Council Unanimously Approves 5-Year Contract With Police Officers

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The San Diego City Council on Monday unanimously approved a five-year contract with the San Diego Police Officers Association that includes 3.3 percent raises in each of the deal's final two years.

Sexual Assault At SDSU Dorm Reported

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A student said she was sexually assaulted by a male student she knows in a campus dormitory.

San Diego Leaders Urge Residents To Conserve Water

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Council President Sherri Lightner urged San Diegans to abide by recently introduced statewide emergency drought legislation.

UCLA Study Shows Decrease In San Diego Gay Population

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About 3.9 percent of residents in the San Diego metro area identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to a study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law and Gallup.

Chula Vista Teen Airlifted After PE Class Injury

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An eighth-grader suffered a serious head injury Friday when an aluminum soccer-goal structure toppled onto him on a playing field at his South Bay school.

San Diego County's Unemployment Rate Drops

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The unemployment rate last month in San Diego County was 5.3 percent, down from 5.8 percent in January and well below the 7.1 percent recorded in February of last year.

Public Outrage Emerges After San Diego Officer Shoots Pit Bull

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Protesters are asking Mayor Kevin Faulconer to better train officers after a pit bull was fatally shot in Pacific Beach last weekend.

SeaWorld Continues Temporary Shut Down Of Sea Lion Show

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SeaWorld San Diego said the show will continue to be suspended while staff members deal with a record number of rescues of marine mammals along the coast.

Solana Beach Student Wins San Diego County Spelling Bee

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Oona Flood, a student at Earl Warren Middle School won by correctly spelling "fuliginous," which means "sooty" or "dusky."

Dead Whale Found Floating Off Torrey Pines State Beach

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Lifeguards were in the process of contacting a marine mammal group to decide how best to handle the large carcass.

Showers, Isolated Thunderstorms Possible In San Diego County

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Thursday will be cooler with light winds. The best chance of precipitation will be in the mountains.

Chargers Task Force Planning Stadium Without ‘All The Bells And Whistles’

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The chairman of the advisory group tasked with recommending a site and financing plan for a new football stadium in San Diego is scheduled to provide an update Thursday to the City Council's Economic Development Committee.

San Diego Blood Bank Needs O-Negative Donations

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A patient at an undisclosed hospital is having an emergency procedure that will require a large amount of the blood type, according to the Blood Bank

San Diego Police Chief: Cameras Defusing Confrontations With Public

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The presence of cameras on the uniforms of San Diego police officers appears to be defusing many tense situations with the public, Chief Shelley Zimmerman said.

Green-Friendly Rules Adopted For San Diego County Homes

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The board voted to amend the county's building code to require developers of single-family home projects in unincorporated areas to prepare their new houses for solar panels and electric vehicles.

Two San Diego County Schools Named Model Continuation High Schools

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Montecito High School in Ramona and Palomar High School in Chula Vista were among 29 honored by the state Department of Education for providing innovative programs and comprehensive services to students who may have otherwise been at risk of not graduating.

City Council To Consider Adding Gender Identity To Types Of Banned Discrimination

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The City Council's Budget Committee gave a tentative green light Wednesday to a proposal to add the terms "gender identity" and "gender expression" to the types of discrimination banned by San Diego's Nondiscrimination in Contracting Ordinance.

Report: 100 Police Officers Have Left SDPD Since July 1

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The rate of losing around 11 officers a month is around the norm for the past several years, despite city officials making headway in improving compensation packages.

Gunfire At UCSD Apartment Leads To SWAT Standoff

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An apparently accidental non-injury shooting at an apartment building at UC San Diego prompted a several-hour SWAT standoff early Wednesday and left three people in police custody.

San Diego Zoo's Avian Propagation Center To Care For Newborn Pelicans

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Zookeepers will hand-raise the chicks for about two months, when they should be strong enough to rejoin their flock.

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