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Route 67 Reopened After Fatal Crash In Santee

One person was killed early Friday morning in a two-vehicle collision on state Route 67 in Santee.

Interstate 15 Partially Reopened At Carmel Mountain Ranch After Fuel Spill

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A fuel tanker overturned on Interstate 15 near Carmel Mountain Ranch, rupturing its tank and sending around 2,200 gallons of gasoline onto the freeway and into a nearby storm drain.

San Diego Sen. Hueso Offered Plea Deal In DUI Case

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The Sacramento Bee reported that prosecutors offered to reduce Sen. Ben Hueso's drunken driving charge to a lower-level misdemeanor of wet reckless. He was arrested by CHP officers after driving the wrong way on a downtown Sacramento street.

San Diego Cops Want Better Pay To Stay

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Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman told City Council members the department hired 160 officers in the last fiscal year, but lost 162 to retirement or other law enforcement agencies. Officer retention has become a key issue for city leaders.

San Diego County Sees First Enterovirus D68 Cases In California

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Enterovirus D68 respiratory infection afflicted three kids earlier this month who live in the San Diego region and a fourth child who was visiting, according to the county health services.

2 Fires In City Heights Believed To Be Arson

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Three small fires broke out early Thursday in the City Heights neighborhood, and at least two are thought to be the result of arson.

San Diego City Council Takes Up Open Meeting Suit In Closed Session

After meeting for more than an hour in closed session, the San Diego City Council took no action on a lawsuit that alleges it has been violating the state's open meeting law over the past 13 years.

Man Accused In Christmas Eve Triple Murder To Undergo Mental Tests

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A San Diego judge ordered a mental competency examination for Carlo Gallopa Mercado, who is accused of killing two brothers and the fiancée of one of the men.

Mountain West Baseball MVP Award Named 'Tony Gwynn Award'

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The Mountain West Conference announced its baseball Player of the Year award will be named after San Diego Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, who died of cancer in June. Conference players will also wear "TG" patches on their uniforms next season.

Wildfire Warning System Gauges Severity Of Santa Ana Windstorms

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The new system gauges the potentiality and probable intensity of wildfire events by examining offshore wind flows and other factors, relying on three decades of Southern California weather data to pattern forecasts.

San Diego Sidewalks Need Improvement, Group Says

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An assessment of San Diego sidewalks is underway. So far, 39,000 tripping hazards have been discovered.

San Diego Still Mopping Up Storm Damage As Hot, Humid Spell Lingers

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Hot and humid conditions that have kept the San Diego region simmering for much of September continued Wednesday as the region cleaned up from a tree-toppling storm generated by the unsettled monsoonal atmosphere.

San Diego County Hit By Winds, Rain, Lightning

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A stubborn monsoonal heat wave kept the San Diego area roasting added to the misery by generating lightning, heavy rain, hail and stiff winds that sent trees and power lines crashing down onto roads and buildings.

Council Approves Ordinance Regulating E-Cigarettes in San Diego

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The ordinance will require store owners who sell e-cigarettes to obtain a police permit, and prohibit sales of the devices, vaping juice and other paraphernalia through vending machines. It will also prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in the same types of places where people aren't allowed to smoke cigarettes.

San Diego City Council OKs $250K For Ex-SDPD Officer's Defense

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The City Council authorized setting aside up to $250,000 to retain outside counsel to defend former San Diego police Officer Christopher Hays, who is accused of detaining and groping women while on duty.

Strong Rip Currents, Elevated Surf Expected At San Diego County Coast

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Strong rip currents and above average surf are expected through Thursday. The conditions are being caused by a swell resulting from a storm in the southern hemisphere.

Vigil To Be Held Tuesday For San Diego Catholic Diocese Bishop

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Mourners have the chance to pay their respects to the late Cirilo Flores, bishop of the Catholic diocese of San Diego. His funeral will be Wednesday.

One More Day Of High Temps Expected In San Diego County

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The record-setting late-summer heat wave that has had San Diego County sweltering is expected to begin to ease up Tuesday night, but — in terms of causing misery — lower temperatures may be offset by humidity from Tropical Storm Odile, forecasters said.

City Attorney Exploring City Council's Possible Violation Of Brown Act

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City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said issues brought up in a lawsuit filed last week are worth investigating regarding the San Diego City Council's possible violation of state open meeting laws.

Reese Jarrett Unanimously Confirmed As Civic San Diego President

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The San Diego City Council unanimously confirmed Reese Jarrett as president of Civic San Diego, which handles major development projects for the city.

San Diego County Hits Record-High Temps In Alpine, Ramona

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San Diego County saw record-high temperatures in two cities Monday with no immediate relief in sight.

San Diego Police Clear Suspect In North Park Attacks Of One Charge

A 23-year-old man suspected of carrying out a spree of sex assaults in North Park over the last three months has been cleared in one of the crimes by police.

Cruise Season Kicks Off In San Diego

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The Disney Wonder is scheduled to arrive in San Diego Friday to kick off the local 2014-15 cruising season, which port officials hope will signal a turnaround for the industry on the West Coast.

San Diego County Swelters Under Heat Wave

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The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the county's valleys at 10 a.m. Saturday and it will remain in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday. We offer some tips on beating the heat.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Takes Pride In Lion Cubs' First Foray

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Animal keepers at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park said the cubs generally followed their mother, Oshana, around their new home but veered off occasionally to play in tall grass or climb logs and rocks.

San Diego County Water Use Dropped 6% In August

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August was the first month after the water authority's Board of Directors called for mandatory conservation measures to keep as much water as possible in storage for next year.

Bail Set At $5M For Man Accused In North Park Assaults

David Angelo Drake II, who is accused in a series of assaults on women in North Park, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. He faces 114 years to life in prison if convicted.

Man Who Escaped From San Diego Jail Recaptured

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Don Andrea Torrillo was arrested in a room at a Motel 6 in El Cajon around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and now faces an escape charge in addition to other charges he was facing.

Events To Be Held Across San Diego County To Remember 9/11 Victims

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In San Diego County, a building will be dedicated, thousands of American flags will be displayed, wreaths will be laid and a blood drive will be held.

San Diego County Agricultural Industry Thrives

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The value of the region's agriculture industry last year was $1.85 billion, up 6 percent from 2012, according to an annual crop report released Wednesday by San Diego County officials.

SDSU Police Release Photos Of Sexual Assault Suspect

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The assault occurred about 1:40 a.m. Saturday at a residential complex at Hardy Avenue and 55th Street.

City Council To Consider Spending $250K To Defend Former SDPD Officer

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The City Attorney's Office is asking for as much as $250,000 to retain outside counsel to defend former San Diego police Officer Christopher Hays against any lawsuits filed by women who contend he groped and illegally detained them.

Man Escapes From San Diego Central Jail

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A 26-year-old man escaped from San Diego Central Jail around 6 p.m. Tuesday and remained at large Wednesday.

Hot Spell In San Diego County Likely To Intensify Over Weekend

On Saturday and Sunday temperatures will reach the mid-90s near the coast, up to 100 in the valleys and into the high 90s in the mountains.

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Providing 3 Sick Days To California Workers

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The bill was authored by San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez. California is the second state in the nation to have such a requirement.

San Diego County's Violent Crime Down Slightly

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SANDAG statistics for the first six months of the year show violent crimes — homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault — are down 1 percent in the county compared to the same period in 2013.

Funeral Set For Catholic Bishop Cirilo Flores

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Visitation will be next Tuesday at Saint Joseph Cathedral, followed by a funeral Mass the next day at Saint Therese of Carmel Church. Bishop Cirilo Flores died Saturday of cancer.

Number Of Homes Sold In San Diego County Down, Prices Up

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In August, 1,769 single-family homes changed hands, a 19 percent drop from August 2013, the data showed. Also, 849 attached homes were sold last month, a 22 percent decline from the same time last year.

UC San Diego Ranked 37th Best University In U.S., 8th Best Public College

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The rankings were released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report. The University of San Diego also made the top 100 universities in the country list.

Firefighters, Lifeguards To Hit The Streets For Fill The Boot Campaign

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The Fill the Boot campaign is estimated to have raised around $52,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in San Diego.

4-Week-Old Rhino Introduced To New Home At Safari Park

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The greater one-horned rhino, born Aug. 1, weighed only 128 pounds — calves usually weigh 132 and 176 pounds at birth — so animal care staff kept a 24-hour watch on her.

SDG&E Looking To Buy Locally Produced Electricity

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The electricity would replace what had flowed from the San Onofre power plant. The plant has been idle since January 2012.

Security Tight At Eastlake High School After Threat

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School officials were alerted to the threat involving a student on Saturday and had since been working with police.

SDSU Student Sexually Assaulted Saturday In Her Apartment

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A San Diego State University student was sexually assaulted in her apartment early Saturday.

Flash Flood Reported Near Borrego Springs

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A thunderstorm and flash flooding was reported near Borrego Springs, and showers were developing elsewhere in San Diego County.

Are Consumers Paying Too Much in Proposed San Onofre Settlement?

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A settlement deal on the costs of the San Onofre shutdown, approved by the utilities and three consumer advocate groups - must now be changed. What's the cost to consumers?

Safety Upgrades In North Park Announced Following Attacks

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The safety upgrades include increasing the amount of lighting in the neighborhood, where six attacks have occurred since mid-June.

CHP Seeks Criminal Charges Against Steve-O For SeaWorld Stunt

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The California Highway Patrol is recommending vandalism and trespassing counts be filed against the 40-year-old "Jackass" star for defacing a freeway sign in protest of SeaWorld's alleged mistreatment of animals.

San Diego Opera's 50th Season Opens Friday

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Having survived a near-death experience, the San Diego Opera plans to open its 50th season Friday night with a recital of love duets at the Balboa Theatre.

Strong Rip Currents, Elevated Surf Expected At San Diego County Coast

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Forecasters said a long-period southern hemisphere swell would begin to move through the coastal waters off Southern California Thursday afternoon, and would peak Friday night into Saturday. A potentially larger swell pushed by Tropical Storm Norbert could hit south-facing beaches late Sunday into Monday.

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