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Law Enforcement On Heightened Alert During Fourth Of July Weekend

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At the behest of federal authorities, law enforcement agencies in San Diego and across the nation have marching orders to be on heightened alert for potential terror threats over the Fourth of July weekend.

San Diego Metropolitan Transit System's Police Chief Dies

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Bill Burke, who was hired by the agency in 2001, died Monday of unknown causes at the age of 68.

Carlsbad Desalination Plant's Pipeline Now Complete

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Poseidon Water, the builder of the plant, and the water authority announced that the last 54-inch diameter section was dropped into place in Macario Canyon in Carlsbad. The section was the 2,177th of the pipeline, which runs between Carlsbad and San Marcos.

Hearing Begins For North Park Assault Suspect

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A preliminary hearing got under way for 23-year-old David Angelo Drake II, who is accused of attacking seven women in similar fashion over a four-month period in the North Park area last year.

SDSU Study Finds Acceptance Of Working Mothers At All-Time High

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In the study published in Psychology of Women Quarterly, a team led by SDSU professor Jean Twenge found that 22 percent of 12th graders believe that a pre-school aged child would suffer if their mother worked, down from 34 percent in the 1990s and 59 percent in the 1970s.

Two Men Wounded In Possible Gang-Related Shooting In San Diego

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The shooting occurred about 11 p.m. Sunday in San Diego's Mount Hope neighborhood. The victims' injuries were not considered life-threatening.

San Diego City Council OK's Tighter Water Restrictions

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The San Diego City Council unanimously approved the changes Monday to bring San Diego closer to the state-mandated 16 percent cut in water use.

Fire Crews Knock Down Brush Fire In Chula Vista

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The fire started about 4 p.m. off Otay Lakes Road, near Woods Drive, and burned 80 acres.

Southern California Fire Officials Boost Staff In Preparation Of Dry Weather

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With widespread dry lightning and strong winds forecast for the upcoming week, state firefighting officials have increased their readiness across Southern California.

Reactions To Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

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Elected officials, others react to the Supreme Court's ruling that extends same-sex marriage nationwide.

San Diego County Water Authority Approves $1.5B Budget

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The spending in the budget will increase by 2 percent, mainly because of higher costs to acquire and treat water, according to the agency.

Proposal To Ease Regulations For San Diego's Home-Based Businesses Gets Green Light

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Councilman Chris Cate said many of the people bringing innovations to the market are designing products in their living rooms and garages.

Talks Underway To Keep Comic-Con In San Diego

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A Comic-Con International official said talks regarding a two-year extension to remain in San Diego are still underway, and it's uncertain when or if an agreement will be reached.

Palomar Health To Close Downtown Escondido Hospital

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Services at the campus will be transferred to the new Palomar Medical Center on the west side of Escondido, and Pomerado Hospital in Poway.

2 San Diego Firefighters Remain Hospitalized After Being Stabbed

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Two firefighters who were jumped and stabbed by a physically imposing assailant during a medical-aid call at an East Village transit depot were recovering Thursday.

First 10 Chargers Practices Open To Public

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The San Diego Chargers will open training camp for the 2015 season July 30 at Chargers Park, with the first of 10 practices open to the public, the NFL team announced Wednesday.

Report: Comic-Con Expected To Sign 2-Year Extension To Stay In San Diego

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Comic-Con is the largest annual trade show in the city, attracting scores of international visitors.

2 San Diego Firefighters Injured In Downtown Stabbing

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A man pulled a weapon on two San Diego fire fighters in East Village, according to the Fire-Rescue Department.

Lawsuit Settled With Egg Donation To San Diego Food Banks

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Hidden Villa Ranch settled a lawsuit by donating eggs to Feeding America San Diego and the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.

San Diego County's Taxable Property Is Valued At $439B

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Assessor Ernest Dronenburg Jr. said the tax roll includes nearly 987,000 parcels of land, 59,800 businesses, more than 13,000 boats and nearly 1,800 aircraft.

Tax Increase, Bonds Among Options To Address San Diego's Infrastructure Needs

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The City Council's Infrastructure Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to accept a report that includes a sales tax increase as an option to raise money to pay for capital projects in San Diego.

Wait Times Shorter At San Ysidro Border Crossing

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A survey by the South County Economic Development Council found those crossing the border at San Ysidro are far more likely to be U.S. citizens than four years ago and that they're experiencing shorter wait times.

San Diego Unified Board Approves $1.37B Budget

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The budget includes new spending aligned with the district's "Vision 2020" plan. The district dedicated funds to a new Youth and Advocacy Office aimed at closing the achievement gap, lower class sizes for pre-kindergarten through third grade and increased counselor support and services.

Fatal Crash Snarls Traffic On Interstate 5 North

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An 85-year-old motorist died Wednesday in a predawn chain-reaction accident involving four vehicles on Interstate 5.

San Diego County Supervisors OK $5.4 Billion Budget

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the $5.4 billion budget for fiscal 2016. It increases spending by 6.1 percent over this fiscal year, with more money allocated for public safety, libraries, parks and other departments.

San Diego Firefighter, Breast Cancer Survivor Honored

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the City Council declared Tuesday Lorraine Hutchinson Day to honor the deputy fire chief who is a breast cancer survivor. She is retiring after 25 years with the department.

San Diego Officials Meet With NFL Executives To Talk Stadium

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The meeting comes after the Chargers broke off negotiations last week on city plans for an expedited timeline to produce environmental reports.

Officials: San Diego County Has Enough Power Supply For Summer Months

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Utility officials say the region is prepared for the summer but customers may still be called on to conserve.

Gonzalez: San Diego Unified Should Rename Robert E. Lee School

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Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez called on the school district to change the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary School because of the namesake's ties to the Confederacy.

San Diego Officials Meet With NFL Over Chargers Stadium

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San Diego city representatives are scheduled to meet with senior National Football League officials in New York City today to discuss an effort by the city and county to build a new stadium for the chargers in the San Diego area.

Habitat For Humanity Kicks Off Construction Of 4 Homes In El Cajon

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The effort is being supported in part by a $50,000 donation from the foundation of auto racing champion Jimmie Johnson, which was matched by the Lowe's home improvement store chain.

Second Story Of Hillcrest Thrift Shop Collapses

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No one was injured in the collapse at Thrift Trader on University Avenue near Centre Street.

Crews Fully Contain Brush Fire Near Spring Valley

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Cal Fire said the fire started Friday afternoon along state Route 94, near Via Mercado, and burned about 10 acres.

Could San Diego Raise Sales Tax To Fund Infrastructure?

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San Diego officials could consider asking the public for a sales tax increase next year to fund infrastructure needs, according to a new report.

San Diego Unemployment Rate Holds Steady For May

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Unemployment numbers in San Diego County barely budged last month.

Wildcat Fire Near Barona Casino 100% Contained

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The blaze, which erupted for unknown reasons near Akuunyaa Way shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday, caused no reported structural damage but left two of the personnel working the fire lines in need of emergency care.

Water Authority Giving Away Free Buckets To Encourage Water Conservation

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Pails will be given away Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Del Mar Fair and starting Monday at the San Diego County Water Authority headquarters.

Fire At Mission Valley Apartment Building Displaces 7 People

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The blaze in the 6500 block of Friars Road near Via Las Cumbres was reported shortly before 6 a.m.

E-Cigarettes Banned From San Diego Bus, Trolley Stations

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The use of vapor inhalers, also known as electronic cigarettes, will no longer be allowed aboard Metropolitan Transit System buses and trolleys, or at transit centers and bus stops.

Woman Dies Following Collision Between Skiff, U.S. Border Patrol Vessel

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The collision occurred off the North San Diego County coastline. The cause of the unidentified woman's death was not immediately clear.

Wildcat Fire Near Barona Casino Now 68% Contained

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As of around 4 p.m., the Wildcat fire had scorched roughly 170 acres. A firefighter was reportedly injured battling the blaze.

Crews Work Through Night To Fight Brush Fire Near Barona Casino

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The fire broke out about 5 p.m. Wednesday off Wildcat Canyon Road near the Barona Casino in Lakeside. Wildcat Canyon Road was closed near San Vincente Road.

San Diego City, County Negotiators To Talk To NFL About Stadium Plans

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After being publicly rejected by the San Diego Chargers, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said he and county officials will go directly to the National Football League with their stadium proposal.

San Diego County Home Prices Continue To Rise

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The median price of a San Diego County home was $459,000 last month, up from $445,000 in May 2014.

Officials Urge Employers To Protect Outdoor Workers As Temps Soar

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Temperatures are expected to be 15 to 25 degrees above normal across Southern California over the coming days. A heat advisory for San Diego County's deserts is scheduled to remain in effect until 7 p.m. Sunday. High temperatures Tuesday are expected to range from 109 to 114 degrees, and from 110 to 115 degrees on Thursday.

Woman Facing Murder Charge In Death Of Elderly Carmel Valley Woman

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Lara Epstein, 51, was facing a murder charge Wednesday in connection with the death of a 73-year-old family member at a Carmel Valley home the two women shared.

Pat Murphy Named San Diego Padres Interim Manager

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The news comes one day after the team fired Bud Black during his ninth season with the team.

Rady Children's Hospital Executive Killed In San Diego Bike Crash

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Roger Roux was riding in a bike lane on Camino del Sur when he was struck by a car on Sunday. He was a senior vice president for the Serra Mesa-area hospital.

Triple Digit Temps Expected In San Diego County Deserts This Week

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A National Weather Service excessive heat watch for the deserts is scheduled to take effect Tuesday afternoon and extend until Friday afternoon. Afternoon highs during the advisory period could soar to 114 degrees.

2 Arrested In Connection To Oceanside Target Store Shooting

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Dennis Lam and Ana Molina were arrested in the Silverado Canyon area.

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