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Annual Count Finds Nearly 9,000 Homeless In San Diego County

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A countywide tally of San Diego County's homeless in January found almost 19 percent more people living unsheltered compared with last year.

Navy Commander Sentenced To Prison In Bribery Case

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A U.S. Navy commander who supplied classified ship schedules and information to a foreign defense contractor in exchange for gifts was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison.

9 Children At Chula Vista Charter School Get Chickenpox

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Only one of the nine children at Dehesa Charter School Chula Vista Resource Center was properly vaccinated.

SANDAG OKs Putting Sales Tax Increase On November Ballot

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If approved the measure would raise the sales tax countywide by a half-cent, with funds paying for freeway projects, road repairs, public transit, management of open space and complying with state water quality mandates.

Senate Demands Department Of Energy Remove San Onofre Nuclear Waste

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The state Senate approved a resolution demanding the agency remove stored nuclear waste at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

North County Transit And Bus Drivers Reach 5-Year Deal

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Transit officials said last week that they had been warned that a strike was imminent, but an agreement was reached soon after.

Strong Winds, Showers To Continue In Parts Of San Diego County

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A storm system will likely bring showers to areas other than the deserts and a slight chance of thunderstorms to the mountains.

Dog That Killed Mira Mesa Baby Has Been Put Down

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The canine was euthanized early Wednesday afternoon at the request of the newborn's parents.

'Citizens Plan' Backers Submit Signatures To Qualify November Ballot Measure

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The proposed ballot measure would prohibit a waterfront expansion of the San Diego Convention Center and raise hotel room taxes.

Temporary Ban On Pot Shops In Unincorporated San Diego County Extended

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By a unanimous vote of the Board of Supervisors, the temporary moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries remains in effect for 10 months in the unincorporated areas of San Diego County.

That Green Light Seen Across California Tuesday Night? Not Space Junk, Officials Say

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The U.S. Strategic Command "determined that the re-entry of a man-made object did not occur at this time."

Jimmy Buffett, Aerosmith, Fall Out Boy, Jack Johnson Will Headline KAABOO

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KAABOO Del Mar is scheduled for Sept. 16-18 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. More than 100 musical and comedy acts will be performing at the festival.

Strong Winds, Showers Expected In San Diego County

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The winds and scattered showers are expected Wednesday evening in parts of San Diego County. Forecasters said the winds would gradually decrease Thursday, and partly cloudy and cool conditions were expected Friday through the weekend.

Authorities Ask For Information On Murder Case From 2000

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Authorities Tuesday renewed their call for information that could lead them to whoever killed a San Diego City College student in his downtown apartment 16 years ago.

San Diego Home Prices Jump 6.4% From 2015

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Home values in the city more than doubled over more than 16 years, according to a new report. The rise was the second-fastest in the country, behind only Los Angeles.

Board Votes To Support Legislation To Expand 2-1-1 Service Statewide

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California Senate Bill 1212 was sponsored by State Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego). If signed into law, SB 1212 would allow current 2-1-1 dialing networks to expand their service range to include the 20 counties in California that do not have the service.

City Council Calls For Study Of Bridge Suicide Barriers

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The San Diego City Council unanimously approved a proclamation Tuesday calling for a study of the feasibility of installing suicide barriers along the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge.

Stepfather In 2002 Missing Toddler Case Pleads Not Guilty

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Tieray Dawayne Jones was taken into custody in North Carolina last week on suspicion of killing 2-year-old Jahi Turner. He waived extradition and was booked into jail in San Diego Saturday.

Controlled Burn Scheduled In Lake Morena Village

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Firefighters will burn piles of dead vegetation Tuesday in an open area in the Lake Morena Village community.

Authorities Release Name Of Baby Fatally Attacked By Family Dog

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Three-day-old Sebastian Caban was fatally attacked by his family's dog in their Mira Mesa home last week.

5 San Diego Hospitals Get Top Grades In Annual Safety Score

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Among the local medical facilities with the top grades were UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest and Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center in Grantville.

San Diego County Used 17% Less Water In March

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The county used 17 percent less water last month than in March 2013, beating the state-mandated goal of a 13 percent reduction, the San Diego County Water Authority announced Monday.

San Diego Woman To Be Honored By President For Work With Inmates

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Samantha Galarneau, executive vice president of California Marketing Group, is one of 10 people who will be honored Wednesday at the White House. Her telemarketing business assists federal inmates as they make the transition out of prison.

Poll Workers Needed In San Diego County For Primary Election

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The San Diego County Registrar of Voters office put out a call Monday for poll workers for the June 7 primary election, particularly those who are bilingual.

Windy Day Ahead For San Diego County

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A wind advisory for San Diego County was issued by the National Weather Service for Monday and is expected to be in effect from noon until 9 p.m. for the beaches and inland valleys and from noon until 11 p.m. for the mountain and desert areas.

Chargers Reach Labor Agreement With San Diego Trades Council

The Chargers and leaders of the San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council announced Friday that they've reached a project labor agreement for a proposed downtown stadium and convention center annex.

Caltrans Switch On Electric Freeway Signs To Ease North County Commute

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The signs are posted along a 20-mile stretch of Interstate 15 between Route 78 in Escondido to just north of Route 52 in San Diego.

San Diego Names 10 'Recyclers Of The Year'

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The city recognized companies and organizations for their efforts in protecting the environment and conserving natural resources.

City Attorney To Combat 'Hardcore' Operators Of Illegal Marijuana Dispensaries

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Jan Goldsmith said his office is shifting tactics to combat "hardcore" operators of illegal marijuana dispensaries in San Diego.

Chargers To Start Collecting Signatures For Stadium Ballot Measure

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The team needs around 67,000 signatures to qualify an initiative for the November general election ballot that would raise San Diego's hotel room tax to pay for construction of a $1.8 billion stadium and convention center annex.

Labor Dispute Could Disrupt Bus Service In North County

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Even though negotiations are proceeding between drivers and First Transit, a contractor that supplies drivers to the North County Transit District, agency officials said they were advised that a strike could occur at any time.

Another Otay Mesa Drug Tunnel Discovered

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The drug-smuggling tunnel is believed to be the longest one found underneath the U.S.-Mexico line in California — a nearly half-mile passage between Otay Mesa and Tijuana outfitted with lights, a ventilation system and an elevator.

Report: San Diego Has 13th Worst Ozone Pollution In US

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According to the American Lung Association, the prolonged drought and frequent heat waves caused by climate change are making it more difficult to clean up the air in San Diego.

Cooling Trend Expected To Begin Thursday

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Above-average temperatures are expected across San Diego County Wednesday as a spring heat wave continues. Temperatures are expected to slightly lower Thursday, decrease noticeably on Friday and return to around average by this weekend.

San Diego Campus Rated Fifth Best Public High School In California

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U.S. News & World Report ranks Canyon Crest Academy in northern San Diego one of the best public high schools in the state.

Stepfather Waives Extradition In Death Of San Diego Toddler

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Tieray Dawayne Jones, who was arrested in North Carolina on suspicion of murdering his stepson, waived extradition on Tuesday and will be returned to San Diego within 30 days.

San Diego Ranks Top 6 Vegan-Friendly City In The US

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It's the first time San Diego has appeared in PETA's top 10 ranking. Portland, Oregon, topped the annual rankings, followed by Los Angeles, New York, Detroit and Nashville.

Another Warm Day Ahead In San Diego County

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A spring heat wave will keep San Diego County toasty Tuesday, but forecasters said cooler weather and April showers are in store for later this week.

Crews Battle Brush Fire In Linda Vista

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The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department extinguished a brush fire reported in Linda Vista about 5:05 p.m. Monday.

Stepfather Arrested In 2002 Cold Case Of Missing Toddler

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Jahi Turner, 2, disappeared from a Balboa Park-area playground 14 years ago when his stepfather was watching him. Jahi has never been found.

San Diego County Home Prices Climb In March

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The median price of a home in San Diego County rose by 5.1 percent in March compared with the same month a year ago, according to a real estate information service.

Faulconer Meets With Chargers And Tourism Officials

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer met with Chargers and tourism officials on Friday in an effort to sort out plans to build a stadium and convention center annex in downtown San Diego.

Unemployment Rate In San Diego Holds Steady At 4.7%

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Over the past year, the biggest gains have been in health care and social assistance.

MTS Board Approves Mobile Ticketing Contract

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Public transit riders in San Diego can look forward to a more convenient way to pay their bus and trolley fares, after the Metropolitan Transit System board approved plans for a new smartphone ticketing app.

New Research Could Lead To Improved HIV Medication

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Scientists at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in La Jolla said their study "provides critical insight on a paramount issue in HIV research."

Proposed City Budget Increases Funding For Road Repair

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According to the mayor's office, the $109 million set aside for fixing roads is the most in recent history and a threefold increase over the budget two years ago.

San Diego County Crime Rate Up 6 Percent

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A rise in theft pushed the crime rate in San Diego County up 6 percent last year, but it remains relatively low when compared with statistics compiled over the past 36 years, according to a San Diego Association of Governments report released Thursday.

Mar Vista High Coach In Court After Being Accused Of Having Sex With Student

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The football coach is the third person at Mar Vista High School accused of having sex with a minor in the last month.

Strong Winds Forecasted In San Diego County's Mountains, Deserts

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Winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts that may reach 60 mph in some locales in the forecast Thursday prompted a National Weather Service high wind warning from 5 a.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday.

San Diego County Water Authority Files Lawsuit Against MWD

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The region's water authority contends the latest rate structures approved by the Metropolitan Water District board mirror a methodology that a Superior Court judge previously ruled as illegal.

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