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Farmers Insurance Open Tees Off In Torrey Pines

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The $6.5 million Farmers Insurance Open begins at Torrey Pines Thursday with a field including five of the world's top 10 players, led by defending champion Jason Day.

High Surf Expected At San Diego County Beaches

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A large west-northwest swell is expected to build throughout the day Thursday and bring high surf to the beaches of San Diego County Thursday night into the weekend.

Carlsbad Receives EPA Loan To Expand Water Recycling

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday a $30 million loan to the city of Carlsbad to expand its water recycling facility.

San Diego County's Homeless Served At One-Day Resource Event

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The 10th Project Homeless Connect, a one-day resource event at Golden Hall in downtown San Diego for the region's homeless population, attracted hundreds of people Wednesday.

Carlsbad Voters To Begin Receiving Ballots For Vote On Lagoon Development

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Mail-in ballots for next month's special election over a proposed development in Carlsbad could begin appearing in voters' mailboxes Tuesday.

Measure To Fix San Diego Roads Moves Closer To Making June Ballot

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The proposed ballot measure pushed by Councilman Mark Kersey would set up a method for funding infrastructure projects in San Diego over the next few decades.

100K College Students Begin Spring Semester In San Diego County

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Classes began Monday at City, Mesa, Miramar, Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, and MiraCosta College campuses in Oceanside and Encinitas. Classes also started at Cal State San Marcos.

20 Million People Passed Through San Diego Airport In 2015

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Officials at Lindbergh Field say that figure marks a calendar-year milestone.

San Diego Considers Ways To Protect City Budget Against Pension Spikes

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The San Diego City Council will consider on Monday two proposals to fortify the budget against unexpected spikes in city contributions to its employee pension system.

San Diego Unemployment Rate Dips Slightly

The unemployment rate in San Diego County in December was 4.7 percent, down from 4.8 percent the previous month and well below the 5.5 percent figure recorded in December 2014, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

San Diego Flights Canceled Due To Blizzard

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The blizzard rolling into the Midwest and East Coast resulted in the cancellation of a couple handfuls of departing flights and a few arrivals Friday at Lindbergh Field in San Diego.

San Diego County Taxpayers Name New CEO

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The San Diego County Taxpayers Association Friday named management consultant and former Navy officer Haney Hong as president and CEO.

Four Chula Vista Mechanics Win $638,000 In Powerball

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A ticket purchased in Chula Vista that fell one digit short of last week's record-setting $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot belonged to four South Bay mechanics, state lottery officials said Friday.

1 Person Killed In Lemon Grove House Fire

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An investigation was underway Friday into the cause of an overnight house fire in Lemon Grove, where one person was killed and another injured, authorities said.

Interstate 8 East Lanes Reopen As Crews Complete Sinkhole Repairs

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All of the lanes on eastbound Interstate 8 reopened Friday as crews completed repairs on a sinkhole big enough to swallow a midsize motor home in the southern shoulder of the freeway near San Diego State University.

Developers Map Out San Diego Waterfront Hotel Plan

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The leaseholders of a site next to the San Diego Convention Center announced they've submitted plans for two hotels.

San Diego Launches $10 Million Tourism Campaign

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A $10 million campaign touting San Diego as a vacation destination was launched this week in major cities across the U.S., Canada, and Britain.

Nobel Peace Prize Recipient To Speak At UCSD Commencement

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Muhammad Yunus, an economist and founder of the global microfinance movement, became a Nobel laureate for founding the nonprofit Grameen Bank, which helps poor people escape poverty by providing loans on terms suitable to the clients, and teaching them sound financial principles.

Navy Petty Officer Sentenced To 27 Months For Role In Bribery Scandal

Daniel Layug was based in Japan when he took cash and consumer electronics from a foreign defense contractor in exchange for classified Navy information.

Sinkhole Closes Lanes On Eastbound I-8 In College Area

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The sinkhole is on the right shoulder of Interstate 8 and has led to the closure of two lanes from Waring Road to College Avenue.

FBI, U.S. Attorney's Office To Attend Briefings On San Diego County Police Shootings

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In response to the fatal police shooting of a homeless mentally ill man in the Midway District last April, federal authorities have agreed to attend initial briefings on future officer-involved shootings in San Diego County.

Dense Fog Blankets San Diego County Coastal Areas

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A National Weather Service dense fog advisory for coastal San Diego County is set to remain in effect until 8 a.m. Thursday. Forecasters said the fog should push off the coast by daybreak, but could possibly stick around into the morning commute.

San Diego Urban Agriculture Program Gets Initial Approval

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A proposal to create an incentive for owners to set aside vacant property in San Diego for urban agriculture received a tentative go-ahead Wednesday from the City Council's Smart Growth and Land Use Committee.

San Diego Zipcar Program Expansion Moves Forward

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A proposed five-year agreement between the city of San Diego and Zipcar for expansion of a car-sharing program received tentative approval from the City Council's Smart Growth and Land Use Committee Wednesday.

First Green Navy Fleet Leaves San Diego

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A scheduled seven-month deployment began Wednesday for three San Diego-based vessels, which became the first Navy ships to use an alternative fuel mix during regular operations.

San Diego Airport Rental Car Center Now Open

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The $316 million rental car center at Lindbergh Field opened to the public Wednesday.

Report: San Diego's Economy To Remain Sluggish

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San Diego's economy should remain sluggish this year, hurt by the impact of a slowing national economy, according to a forecast scheduled to be released Wednesday by the National University System Institute for Policy Research.

Bolts File For Los Angeles Chargers Trademark

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The Chargers have applied for trademarks for the terms "Los Angeles Chargers" and "LA Chargers."

San Diego Homeless Project Seeks Cold Weather Clothes

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City officials put out a call Tuesday for donations of goods and services for the 10th Project Homeless Connect.

Woman Shot By El Cajon Police Identified

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Authorities have publicly identified a 25-year-old passenger in a stolen car who was shot and killed by El Cajon police as the driver allegedly accelerated toward officers in an apparent attempt to escape.

Chargers, Rams Could Soon Share A Stadium – But They Aren't Sharing The Details

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Representatives of the San Diego Chargers and Los Angeles Rams told the media they'll be tightlipped on upcoming talks.

Amtrak Train Hits Car Near Downtown San Diego

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The driver was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The collision has impacted Coaster service and blocked a main route to Lindbergh Field.

Small Earthquake Shakes San Marcos Area

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The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake struck at 12:19 p.m.

All Peoples Celebration Honors Martin Luther King Jr.

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More than 1,000 people attended the 28th All Peoples Celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Balboa Park Activity Center Monday morning.

High Surf Expected Along San Diego County Coastline Through Tuesday

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Surf of between 6 and 10 feet will hammer the coast Monday, with sets of 15 feet expected in some spots. Surf of 5 to 8 feet is expected Tuesday, with sets of 10 feet expected in some spots.

Oceanside Hospital Settles Over Alleged Medicare Violations

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Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside will pay nearly $3.3 million to settle allegations that it violated federal law.

Chargers Owner Makes 'Cordial' Connection With San Diego Officials

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Chargers owner Dean Spanos spoke by phone Thursday with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and county Supervisor Ron Roberts in what a team spokesman characterized as "cordial" conversations.

Carlsbad Woman Sentenced To 40 Years In Harper Killing

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A Carlsbad mother of three who shot and killed her schoolteacher husband as they argued in their upstairs bedroom more than three years ago was sentenced Friday to 40 years to life in prison.

Gusty Winds Expected In San Diego County Mountains

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Gusty winds are expected in the San Diego County mountains Friday ahead of warmer weather and higher than average surf at the beaches over the weekend.

National Guard Members Admit To Illegally Selling Guns

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The two worked at the Army National Guard armory in El Cajon, and each pleaded guilty in San Diego federal court to selling the military-style assault rifles that they believed were going to Mexico.

Chula Vista Store Sold Ticket With 5 Of 6 Numbers In Powerball Drawing

The holder of that ticket — purchased at 290 I St. — won't be in the same tax bracket as the lucky winner who bought the jackpot-winning ticket in Chino Hills, but hitting five of the six numbers is still worth a healthy chunk of change.

San Diego Mayor Upbeat About Chargers, Other Issues In Annual Address

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer received a warm reception inside the Balboa Theatre as he gave his State of the City speech, but outside the venue about 30 protesters demonstrated at what they consider his ineffectiveness.

Some Lines Of Communication Reopen Between City, Chargers

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Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos hadn't returned a phone message from San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer as of late Wednesday afternoon, but other lines of communication have opened.

San Diego Region Misses Water Savings Target For December

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Residents and businesses in the San Diego region consumed 18 percent less water in December than the same month in 2013, below the state target of 20 percent for the area.

Ex-NFL Running Back Found Dead In Prison Cell

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Lawrence Phillips, the 40-year-old former Baldwin Park High School standout, was convicted in San Diego and Los Angeles counties for attacks on girlfriends and running down several people with a car.

Flu Rate In San Diego Region Lower Than Last Year

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The 400 cases reported so far during "flu season" are far below the 1,500 or so cases at this time last year.

NFL Decision Brings 'Fresh Start' To San Diego's Negotiations With Chargers

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A day after the NFL rejected plans by Chargers owner Dean Spanos to build a stadium in Carson, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer says the city has "an opportunity for a fresh start" with the team.

City Council Committee To Consider Ballot Measures Submitted By Public

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The three ballot measures submitted by the public will be vetted by the committee, which can recommend to the full City Council whether they should go before voters.

Crane Accident Closes Freeway, Injures Person

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A crane moving concrete barriers on a South Park freeway ramp toppled over early Wednesday, seriously injuring a laborer and leaving traffic lanes in the area blocked for hours.

San Diego Port Pushes For Permanent Outdoor Concert Venue

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The venue, which would be located at Embarcadero Marina Park South, would be available for other events on nights when the Summer Pops are off.