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2 Sea Lions, 1 Seal Die After Santa Barbara Oil Spill

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SeaWorld says its animal care specialists are working with 22 marine mammals that have been brought to their Oiled Wildlife Care Center.

San Diego Council To Consider Extending Contract With Ambulance Service

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With a bidding process for emergency medical transportation services caught up in litigation, the City Council Monday will consider a five-year contract extension with Rural/Metro Ambulance.

Police Identify Suspect In Chula Vista Standoff

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Police said Michael Majerus shot and killed Nicholas Reynolds over some type of neighborhood dispute on Thursday. The shooting prompted a day-long standoff.

San Diego Committee Asks Mayor To Increase Funding To Regulate Short-Term Rentals

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The City Council's Smart Growth and Land Use Committee requested to increase funding to enforce noise, overcrowding and refuse regulations that often are violated by occupants of short-term rental units in San Diego.

SeaWorld Now Caring For 15 Sea Lions, 6 Seals From Oil Spill

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The animals were soaked as up to 105,000 gallons of oil spilled near Refugio Beach.

Authorities ID Man Fatally Shot In Alpine

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Simon D. Hubble, 33, died Wednesday after he was shot by a sheriff's deputy. Authorities say he threatened the lawman with a screwdriver.

Balboa Park's Plaza De Panama Project Can Move Forward

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A three-justice panel of the state 4th District Court of Appeal reversed a Superior Court ruling that derailed a plan to remove cars from the center of Balboa Park. City Attorney Jan Goldsmith acknowledged it may be a "hollow victory" since the idea has essentially been abandoned.

Bill Against Immigration Fraud Passes California Assembly

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AB 60 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez requires lawyers and professionals providing immigration services to abide by ethical business practices.

Suspect Kills Self After Long Standoff In Chula Vista

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The standoff began after a man shot and killed his neighbor, and prompted police to evacuate 41 adults and 15 children out of nearby apartments.

USS Chancellorsville Leaves San Diego For New Home Port

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The 567-foot vessel, which will be based at Yokosuka, recently completed a modernization program, and now has the Navy's most advanced air and missile defense system.

Grand Jury: San Diego Sheriff's Department Needs To Balance Detention Centers

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The sheriff's department should implement a rotation policy in adult detention facilities to better balance experienced personnel with newer, less experienced deputies, according to a county grand jury report.

Grease Fire At Downtown San Diego Fish Market Causes $1.2M Damage

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A fire erupted at a popular Embarcadero-area bayside restaurant Thursday night, forcing an evacuation and sending heavy smoke over downtown San Diego.

Teen Who Set Fire That Sparked Massive Cocos Fire Sentenced To Community Service

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A teenage girl who started a fire a year ago that sparked the larger Cocos wildfire was sentenced to 400 hours of community service with an organization like the Burn Institute or Salvation Army.

Solana Beach Student Eliminated From National Spelling Bee

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Oona Mary Nikko Flood from from Earl Warren Middle School won't advance to the next round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Maryland.

SeaWorld Caring For 11 Sea Lions, 6 Seals From Oil Spill

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The animals were soaked as up to 105,000 gallons of oil spilled near Refugio Beach.

San Diego State Study: Millennials Might Be Least-Religious Generation

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SDSU psychology professor Jean Twenge and her team found that 75 percent of high school seniors say religion is not important to them.

San Diego County Brings Back Saturday Wedding Service

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The county of San Diego will resume Saturday wedding ceremonies after the service was eliminated six years ago as a recession-era budget reduction.

Farmers Insurance Open Raised $3M For San Diego Charities

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The money raised from the February tournament will go to local charities and community organizations.

San Diego Education Group Gets $13.1M State Grant

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The grant from the state Department of Education was awarded to the San Diego County College and Career Readiness Consortium, via the San Diego County Office of Education.

Mayor, Chargers To Talk New San Diego Stadium Next Week

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos will begin negotiations next week in hopes of coming up with a plan to build a new football stadium in San Diego

Grand Jury Says San Diego Needs More Downtown Public Restrooms

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The city needs to install more public restrooms in downtown San Diego, establish a budget to maintain the facilities and put in signage directing people to the nearest locations, according to a county grand jury report.

San Diego Union-Tribune Lays Off 178 Employees After Sale

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The San Diego Union-Tribune says it is laying off 178 of its 603 employees. The announcement came less than a week after the newspaper's $85 million sale to Los Angeles Times owner Tribune Publishing Co. was completed.

Auditor Says San Diego Needs To Update Plans For Airports

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San Diego's auditor's office said Brown Field and Montgomery Field offer significant potential for development, but city officials have not seized on the opportunity to maximize revenue or create a long-range plan for the facilities.

Rancho Santa Fe Woman Leaves $750,000 For Heritage Organization

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The Save Our Heritage Organisation announced a bequest from the estate of Phyllis Paul who was active in the preservation of historic buildings.

Lockdown Lifted After Threat Made To West Hills High

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A hoax claim that bombs had been placed at West Hills High School prompted a roughly three-hour lockdown at the campus while law enforcement personnel search the grounds and buildings.

Valencia Park Shooting Leaves 2 Dead, 1 Wounded

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An investigation was underway Tuesday into a shooting in San Diego's Valencia Park neighborhood that left two men dead and a third wounded.

San Diego Teen To Compete In Scripps National Spelling Bee

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An eighth-grader from Earl Warren Middle School in Solana Beach will begin competing in the 88th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Tuesday in National Harbor, Maryland.

Seaworld Treating Sea Mammals Rescued From Oil Spill

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SeaWorld San Diego specialists are taking care of 10 sea lions and four elephant seals affected by the oil pipeline rupture last week near Santa Barbara.

Holiday Closures For Memorial Day

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Most federal, state, county and municipal offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

Many Ways To Mark Memorial Day In San Diego County

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Memorial Day, set aside to honor American military members who died in service to their country, will be observed at several events on Monday in San Diego County.

Anaheim Couple Missing Since Mother's Day Found In Warner Springs

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They were found Sunday at the Lost Valley Boy Scouts Camp, but the husband had died. The wife was severely dehydrated and airlifted to a hospital.

Plane Taking Off From Coronado Navy Base Crashes In Bay

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The pilot of the T-45 Goshawk ejected before the plane hit the water shortly after 2:30 p.m. Friday, the Navy reported. A civilian boat rescued the pilot.

Salmonella-Tainted Tuna Sickens Nine People In San Diego

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San Diegans who develop abdominal discomfort like nausea, diarrhea or cramping after eating raw ground tuna should seek medical attention, according to health officials.

San Diego County's Unemployment Rate Lowest In 8 Years

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San Diego County's unemployment rate last month was 4.8 percent. It hasn't been this low since it held steady at 4.8 percent between August and December 2007.

SeaWorld Cares For Sea Lion Coated In Crude Oil From Santa Barbara Spill

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The 1- to 4- year-old female sea lion was doused as up to 105,000 gallons of oil spilled near Refugio Beach.

Showers Forecast For San Diego County

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The strong gusty winds blustering through the deserts of San Diego County are expected to continue Friday as rain fell elsewhere in the region.

San Diego's Lawsuit Over Leaky Fuel Tanks Revived

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The city of San Diego's $300 million lawsuit against the owner of a leaky fuel tank farm in Mission Valley was revived by an appellate court, according to the City Attorney's Office.

Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Raw Tuna; 7 Cases In San Diego

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Thirty-one California residents, including seven in San Diego County, have been diagnosed with a strain of salmonella likely linked to the consumption of raw tuna commonly used in sushi, state health officials said.

$85M Sale Of U-T San Diego to LA Times Owner Completed

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Tribune Publishing announced after the sale was final that the 146-year-old newspaper's former name — The San Diego Union-Tribune — would be restored.

One Paseo Project In Carmel Valley Will Be Scaled Back

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Kilroy Realty, which had won approval for its 23.6-acre mixed-use project in Carmel Valley, will be redesigning the project to reduce traffic and lower the height of buildings, among other changes. The project faced much opposition, and the change of plans was announced just before a San Diego City Council vote.

San Diego County Water Authority Proposes Water Rate Hikes

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The water authority — which obtains water from a variety of sources and distributes it to member agencies such as the city of San Diego — proposed an increase of 6.6 percent for untreated water and 5.4 percent for treated water in the 2016 calendar year.

$15M Reserve Fund For Pensions Gets Mixed Response From City Council

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In revisions to his original $3.2 million budget proposal for the fiscal year that starts July 1, Mayor Kevin Faulconer suggested the creation of the pension system stabilization fund. The city's annual contributions to its employee retirement system fluctuate based on several outside factors, including the performance of investments.

Strong Winds Expected In San Diego County Deserts

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A National Weather Service wind advisory for the deserts is scheduled to take effect at 2 p.m. and extend until 8 a.m. Friday. Westerly winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour are forecast for the area along with gusts that may reach 50 mph.

Magnitude 4.1 Earthquake Shakes Imperial County

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A series of six earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 2.8 to 4.1 rattled the Imperial County city of Calipatria Wednesday night.

San Diego Zoo Welcomes Baby Giraffe

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A female Masai giraffe born at the San Diego Zoo on Tuesday is healthy and interacting with other members of her herd.

Meb Keflezighi To Compete In San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

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Meb Keflezighi, who won the Boston Marathon last year, will compete in the masters division for the first time in the May 31 race through San Diego, according to the Competitor Group.

San Diegans Reduced Water Use By 3.5% In April

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The city's Public Utilities Department said she was troubled by the mild response to demands to use less water, especially now that state officials have ordered the city to cut back water deliveries by 16 percent.

Adviser For Dave Roberts To Respond To Allegations Thursday

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Gary Gartner, a longtime political adviser and public affairs representative, said a District Attorney's investigation will show claims against Supervisor Dave Roberts are untrue.

Grand Jury: San Diego Council Needs Audit On Failed Balboa Park Committee

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In a report on lessons learned on the failed attempt to orchestrate a series of major events for the 100th anniversary of the Panama-California Exposition, the grand jury recommended that the city auditor's report receive a full airing before the City Council.

San Diego Awarded $6.4M To 80 Art Groups In 2014

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The city's Commission on Arts & Culture's financial support of 80 organizations led to an economic impact of $191 million.

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