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Man Steals Police Cruiser, Runs Down San Diego Police Officer

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Officer Jeffrey Swett was hospitalized with serious but not life- threatening injuries.

Former San Ysidro Superintendent Sentenced To 2 Months For Scandal

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Manuel Paul, who pleaded guilty to a corruption charge in the "pay-for- play" scandal, was also fined $5,000 and ordered to perform 120 hours of community service.

San Diego Unified Hopes To Lower Class Sizes With Additional Funding

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With state spending per student set to rise $306, San Diego school officials said they planned to use the money to reduce class sizes, help English-learning students and pay for other classroom needs.

San Diego City Council Rejects Environmental Regulations Claim For Dispensaries

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City leaders unanimously rejected a staff finding that permit applications to operate legal medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego are exempt from environmental regulations.

Insurance Companies To Pick Up San Diego's $15M Tab To Clean Bay

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City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said insurance carriers will pay for the city's share of the cost of cleaning up contaminants in San Diego Bay sediment.

Mitt Romney To Speak At GOP Meeting In Coronado

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The former presidential candidate, who plans to speak at a Republican National Committee meeting, is reportedly mulling another run for the presidency next year.

Public Comment At San Diego Council Meetings Now 2 Days A Week

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Traditionally, members of the public could speak for three minutes on Tuesday mornings on any topic that isn't up for discussion at the meeting. However, a member of the public sued in order to have the comment sessions on Mondays as well.

City Heights Standoff Ends With Arrest

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The standoff began around 4:30 a.m. when police tried to serve a search warrant. The last of the five suspects surrendered around 2:45 p.m.

San Diego Unified To Consider Selling Two School Properties

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District officials said both Magnolia and Excelsior charter schools, which are currently tenants on the properties, have multi-year agreements to lease their campuses and are being kept apprised of the sale plans.

Scripps Scientists Discover New Vaccine To Help Smokers Quit

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The researchers said they discovered which is the best target of two types of nicotine, which are referred to as left-handed and right-handed.

SDSU Announces New Campanile Foundation Chairman

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Jack McGrory, who was city manager for San Diego from 1991 to 1997, assumed the new position on Jan. 1.

UCSD Gets Record Number Of Applicants

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UC San Diego received a record 94,200 applications from prospective students for the fall 2015 quarter, more than 78,000 from would-be freshmen.

Scripps Health Places Restrictions On Visitors To Keep Flu From Spreading

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Under the guidelines taking effect at 8 a.m., all visitors will be screened, and those displaying flu-like symptoms will be asked to leave.

Despite Pope's Decision, Dispute Involving El Cajon Chaldean Priest Continues

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Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq, is calling on priests like Father Noel Gorgis of St. Peters Chaldean Church in El Cajon to return to Iraq to help maintain the church's presence there.

Fairer Skies To Prevail In San Diego County

Monday's forecast called for partly cloudy skies and light winds. Later this week, warmer weather and moderate winds will develop in the region.

Kaiser Therapists Strike Over Staffing Issues

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Mental health clinicians at Kaiser Permanente clinics throughout California are out on strike this week, over what they say is a lack of adequate staffing.

SeaWorld Releases Fur Seal After Rehabilitation

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Scientists attached a transmitter to the fur seal and hope to learn where she travels, forages for food and, ultimately, where she thrives.

San Diego: Environmental Regulations Don't Apply To Marijuana Dispensaries

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Officials with the city's Development Services Department found that California Environmental Protection Act regulations don't apply in the case of the dispensaries. The City Council will review the findings on Tuesday.

Dog Reunited With Family In El Cajon After Missing For 8 Years

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Chance, a boxer apparently stolen from an outdoor kennel in 2006, was found Dec. 29 by Animal Services officers as he was wandering in Bonsall.

San Diego Home Prices Increased In December

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The median sales price of a house last month was $499,000, 2 percent higher than November and 5 percent above December of the previous year.

Pollution Alert Expands To Coronado's Silver Strand Beach

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The warning initially was issued after recent storms caused rain-driven sewage to enter the United States from Baja California via the Tijuana River.

Animal Control Finds Owner Of Snake That Came Out Of Toilet

Dan DeSousa of Animal Services said the snake belongs to Gaslamp Quarter resident. He said the snake probably made a fairly quick passage through the structure's plumbing.

San Diego County's Water Rebate Program Running Dry

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The San Diego County Water Authority said it will no longer accept applications for its lawn replacement rebate program, because pending requests will exhaust all the remaining funding.

San Diego Biotech Company To Pay $2M To Settle Fraud Claims

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Ansun Biopharma Inc., formerly known as NexBio Inc., is accused of submitting false and fraudulent claims on grants and a contract with the National Institutes of Health.

San Diego Zoo's Northern White Rhino Returns To Habitat

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A northern white rhinocerus at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park — one of five remaining members of the species — is doing better after being placed under veterinary supervision almost two weeks ago.

Officials Warn Of Ocean Pollution In Imperial Beach

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Authorities Wednesday expanded an existing ocean-pollution warning in the area of Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge north to include the entire shoreline of Imperial Beach.

Union Announces Campaign To Increase Minimum Wage In San Diego

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The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations announced its 2015 Raising Wages Campaign at the end of a national summit on the issue in Washington, D.C.

Boa Constrictor Slithers Out Of Toilet In Gaslamp Quarter Office

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A woman reported that the snake had slithered from the plumbing while she was plunging the toilet due to an excess of water in the bowl.

9 People Get Measles After Visiting Disneyland In December

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California health officials said they believe a person with infectious measles was likely at one of the theme parks and spread the disease.

$27M Issued To California Schools To Improve Internet Access

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More than 200 schools including 10 in San Diego County will benefit from the K-12 High Speed Network funding.

Arrest Made In Threat That Closed Carlsbad High For Two Days

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A 15-year-old girl was in custody Wednesday for making a threat via social media against Carlsbad High School, leading to classes being released early one day and canceled completely the next.

Stretch Of Carlsbad State Beach Closed After Sewage Spill

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The sewage entered Encina Creek, which empties into the surf at Carlsbad State Beach.

San Ysidro Park Gets Improvements

The city of San Diego added lights, drinking fountains and walkways to Larsen Field. The lights will allow for more youth programs, said officials.

99 Cents Only Stores To Pay $2.3M In Hazardous Waste Case

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The settlement is the culmination of a civil enforcement investigation into 99 Cents Only Stores' improper storage, handling and disposal of hazardous and pharmaceutical waste products.

Electrical Substation In East San Diego County Goes Into Operation

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The project was designed to enhance the reliability of the electrical system in the region and to help deliver wind and solar energy to SDG&E customers, according to the utility.

Supervisors Seek Sacramento Cure For Fish Market Permitting

San Diego County officials said state officials need to amend rules for open-air seafood markets after "red tape" delayed the opening of the popular Tuna Harbor Dockside Market.

San Diego Supervisors Vote To Stop Routine Immunization Services For Kids

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San Diego County officials said most children are covered by private health insurance or the the CDC's Vaccinations for Children program.

Brief Fire Forces Evacuation Of San Diego Fire-Rescue Headquarters

The blaze erupted shortly after 10 a.m. in a seventh-floor utility room in the 25-story structure in the 1000 block of Second Avenue in downtown San Diego.

Warmer Temperatures Expected In San Diego County

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Daytime highs of 7 to 15 degrees above average are likely Tuesday. The warming trend is expected to continue into Wednesday, though temperatures will not be quite as warm as they will be Tuesday.

28 Traffic Deaths Reported In California During Holiday Weekend

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The California Highway Patrol made 1,158 arrests for drunken driving during the 102-hour period.

Safeway To Pay Nearly $10M In Illegal Dumping Case

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Safeway, the parent company of Vons, will place stricter controls on the disposal of hazardous and medical wastes as part of a $9.87 million legal settlement with 43 government agencies in California, including the city and county of San Diego.

Freeway Repaving Of Interstate 5 To Close Lanes Overnight

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Major nighttime delays can be expected on Interstate 5 between Orange and San Diego counties starting Monday night as three of the four lanes are closed in each direction across Camp Pendleton overnight for freeway repaving.

Horn, Roberts Begin Final Terms As San Diego County Supervisors

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In office since the mid-1990s, Bill Horn and Ron Roberts will become subject to a new term-limits law in four years.

Carlsbad High Closed Tuesday After Instagram Threat

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The threat was posted just before 9 a.m. Monday and students were released at 11:15 a.m. Carlsbad High and Carlsbad Village Academy will also be closed Tuesday as an "added safety measure."

Frost Warning Issued For San Diego's Valleys, Deserts

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Near-freezing temperatures and potentially damaging frost are expected again Friday night.

San Diego's Police Oversight Board Gets Executive Director

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Sharmaine Moseley, who will lead the review board, managed a similar panel in Albany for the past seven years.

CHP Arrests 34 Drivers In San Diego County During New Year's Celebrations

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One fatality was also reported on San Diego County roadways during this year's holiday period.

FDA To Test San Diego Company's Ebola Treatment Device

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Aethlon Medical said its hemopurifier will be tested at 10 sites for up to 20 U.S. patients.

Snow Enthusiasts Flock To San Diego Mountains

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San Diego’s foothills and mountains are coated in a picturesque blanket of fluffy white snow. The rare winter wonderland has attracted thousands to Mt. Laguna and the historic town of Julian for sledding, snowball fights and apple pie.

San Diego Zoo's Baby Gorilla Is A Crowd Pleaser

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The still-unnamed male was born Dec. 26 to mother Jessica, 34, and father Paul Donn, 25.