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Padres' Wil Myers To Bat Cleanup For National League In All-Star Game

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The former American League Rookie of the Year with Tampa Bay is coming off a pair of injury-plagued seasons to establish himself as the Padres' top offensive threat.

Suspect In Homeless Killings Released From Jail

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Anthony Padgett, 36, of Chula Vista was arrested last week in the attacks on four homeless men that have left three dead. San Diego police Capt. Dave Nisleit said Monday new evidence "does not give me confidence" in going forward with the case.

Donations 'Critically Needed' At San Diego Blood Bank

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Officials with the San Diego Blood Bank said they have only one day's supply of some blood types, when they should have more than one week's worth in storage.

UC San Diego Ranked 17th Best University In The World

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That's four spots higher than last year in the annual list by the Saudi Arabia-based Center for World University Rankings.

Marijuana Tax, Seven Other Measures Headed For November Ballot

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The San Diego City Council authorized drafting the propositions and will give final approval in a few weeks. They include everything from taxing recreational marijuana to raising taxes to build fire stations to changing how city elections are run.

Home Run Derby Up To Bat At Petco Park

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Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby will be held Monday at Petco Park, with San Diego Padres first baseman Wil Myers among the eight contestants.

Third San Diego Homeless Man Dies In Series Of Attacks

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The man, who was set on fire during a gruesome series of attacks on homeless men, died of his injuries Sunday. The suspect in the killings, Anthony Padgett, is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday.

City Council To Vet November Ballot Proposals

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From taxing marijuana to raising money for firehouse construction, various proposals for November ballot measures in San Diego will be vetted for the first time by the City Council Monday.

Homeless Man Assaulted By Person Attempting To Rob Him

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A homeless man sleeping under a freeway overpass in Mission Valley was kicked and hit in the head with an empty bottle Friday morning by someone attempting to steal from him.

MLB FanFest Opens At San Diego Convention Center

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The five-day MLB FanFest will include appearances by numerous former players who will offer instruction and take part in question-and-answer sessions. The event will also include hands-on activities like home run derbies, batting cages and opportunities to throw pitches and steal bases.

Federal Firefighting Aircraft Can Operate Out Of Brown Field

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San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob wanted the U.S. Forest Service to base firefighting aircraft at the Ramona Airport, where Cal Fire's local aviation wing is based. Federal authorities say the Ramona runway is too short.

So Far This Year, No Human West Nile Cases Reported In San Diego

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But more batches of infected mosquitoes have been found locally than in 2015, environmental health officials reported Thursday.

MTS Partners With Uber For All-Star Game And Comic-Con

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The Metropolitan Transit System announced an agreement with Uber to bring customers to and from transit stations in San Diego County over the next few weeks, with the possibility of a more permanent arrangement in the future.

First All-Star Event Kicks Off

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With All-Star Game banners and logos sprouting up around San Diego this week, the first Major League Baseball-sanctioned event is scheduled Thursday with the opening of Play Ball Park in the East Village.

Admission Offers Up At UC San Diego

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UC San Diego officials said 16 percent more admissions slots went to in-state students than last year. The University of California system has been criticized for relying on out-of-state students who pay higher tuition.

San Diegans, Californians Step Up Water Conservation In May

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Nearly all of the two dozen local water agencies in San Diego County posted large reductions in use compared to the same month in 2013, which the state uses as a benchmark.

Death Of Navy SEAL Trainee Ruled Homicide

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The drowning death of a Navy SEAL trainee who was pulled from a pool during training at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado has been ruled a homicide.

Starters For All-Star Game At Petco Park Announced

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Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, a University of San Diego baseball star, and Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, a Santee native who played baseball at San Diego State University, were among the starters.

Investigation Continues Into Killing Of Two Homeless Men In San Diego

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Police said one of the victims has been identified as Angelo De Nardo, 53, of San Diego. His body was set afire on Morena Boulevard after he was killed, authorities said.

San Diego Police Sergeant Accused Of Assaulting Girlfriend

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Oscar Armenta was out on bail Tuesday following his arrest over the weekend in connection with an assault on his girlfriend in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Juno Spacecraft Orbiting Jupiter Has Camera Made By San Diego Company

The Juno spacecraft was in its first full day orbiting Jupiter Tuesday after completing a 1.7-billion-mile odyssey lasting almost five years on a mission scientists hope will give them insight into the makeup of the planet and the origins of the solar system.

Volunteers Pick Up Fourth Of July Trash Left On San Diego Beaches

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Volunteers with three environmental groups Tuesday picked up more than 1,100 pounds of trash left on San Diego beaches over the three-day holiday weekend.

Brush Fire In Vista Prompts Evacuations

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A brush fire in Vista Monday afternoon led to some homes being evacuated near East Bobier Drive and North Santa Fe Avenue. It took firefighters about three hours to extinguish the fire.

SDPD: Two Homeless Men Killed, A Third Badly Hurt In Separate Attacks

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The string of attacks began Sunday morning when police found a burning body on Morena Boulevard near Mission Bay Park. Another man’s body was found Monday in an Ocean Beach park.

Swimmer Rescued By Helicopter At Sunset Cliffs

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A swimmer who was trying to get out of the ocean at Sunset Cliffs slipped and fell on the rocks and was rescued by a San Diego Fire-Rescue helicopter Monday.

San Diego Beaches Busy Over Fourth Of July Weekend

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The second day of the Fourth of July holiday weekend was even busier than the first on San Diego beaches.

Federal, State, Local Offices Closed For Fourth Of July

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In the city of San Diego, the closures include administrative offices, libraries and recreation centers.

Fire Crews Quickly Squelch East County Blaze

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The fire started early Sunday afternoon when a motorcycle's hot underside ignited the brush in the hills east of Dulzura, officials said. It took firefighters about two hours to put it out.

Scientists Announce Discovery That Could Improve Heart Attack Treatment

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A study by researchers at the La Jolla-based Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, UC San Diego and Stanford University revealed a key control point in the formation of new blood vessels in the heart.

Authorities ID Rancho Santa Fe Murder-Suicide Victims

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Officials on Friday publicly identified the two women and a teenage girl who died in an apparent double murder-suicide at a home near Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course earlier this week.

Potentially Dangerous Rip Currents May Persist Into Fourth Of July Weekend

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Beachgoers were advised to obey posted warning signs, use caution around the water and always swim near a lifeguard.

Woman Fights Off Man Who Tried To Pull Her Into Truck Near City Heights

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The would-be kidnapper drove by the woman several times as she was walking along El Cajon Boulevard near 44th Street before he eventually got out and grabbed her around 2:45 a.m.

San Diego Schools Serving Military Families In Tierrasanta To Get Upgrades

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Thanks to a Department of Defense grant, 30 aging portable classrooms at Hancock and Miller elementary schools will be replaced. The project will also fund better air conditioning, new sidewalks and other improvements.

Mayor Faulconer Revives Balboa Park Plaza Plan

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Once killed off in court, a plan to remove vehicles from the Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park was revived Thursday by Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who also proposed a ballot measure on funding upgrades at Mission Bay and other regional parks.

Blaze Guts Shuttered Meat Market Building In Escondido

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A raging fire gutted an abandoned commercial building near the Interstate 15/state Route 78 interchange Thursday, sending thick smoke over the North County sky for hours, prompting closures of nearby streets and suspending light-rail service in the area.

Chamber President Sanders Calls Out Trump's Trade Policies

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San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jerry Sanders said presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's trade policies would damage the area's economy.

Astronauts Capture New Images Of Earth For IMAX Film

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The new documentary "A Beautiful Planet" offers a peek into daily life aboard the International Space Station and majestic views of the Earth below.

High Surf, Strong Rip Currents Expected Along San Diego Coastline

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A National Weather Service beach hazards statement warning of 3- to 6-foot surf, sets up to 7 feet and strong rip currents will remain in effect until Friday evening.

Autopsies Pending On Two Bodies Found In Border Fire's Burn Zone

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Some area residents believed the bodies were that of a couple who went missing as the blaze spread.

Salas, Faulconer Among Top 10 Highest-Paid Mayors In California

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Mary Salas of Chula Vista was the sixth-highest paid mayor in California in 2015, while San Diego's Kevin Faulconer was 10th, according to government salary data released Wednesday.

Power Outage Forces Grossmont College To Cancel Classes

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The outage was caused by crews who were working on a 12-kilovolt electrical line along the campus perimeter road, according to school officials.

UC San Diego Reports Topping List Of Highest Percentage Of Women STEM Grads

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A study found that 32.7 percent of UCSD's 2013 graduates completed degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics — three times the national average.

Two People Die In East County's Border Fire

Neighbors worried about the welfare of a young couple who went missing 10 days ago, as a wildfire spread near their backcountry home, found two bodies believed to be theirs Wednesday morning.

New App Lets National City Residents Report Potholes, Other Issues

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National City Connect also allows residents to comment on and vote to fix problems submitted by neighbors, receive notifications about issues in their neighborhood and follow the progress of service requests.

East County's Border Fire Now At 95% Containment

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The Border Fire has leveled homes and blackened more than 7,600 acres over the past 11 days.

Hot Weather Expected In San Diego County Mountains, Deserts

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Big waves and strong rip currents could stymie those trying to beat the heat at the beaches.

San Diego Unified Board Approves $1.4B Budget

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The budget included more money for visual arts, performing arts, music lessons, instruments and band uniforms.

Developer Doug Manchester To Co-Host Trump Fundraiser In Rancho Santa Fe

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A fundraiser for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is set for July 13 and will cost attendees $28,000 to $449,400 per person, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Man Who Allegedly Fired Shots During Attempted Emu Rescue Pleads Not Guilty

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A Campo man accused of firing a shotgun into the air to chase off county personnel who were trying to rescue a neighbor's injured emu during the Border fire last week pleaded not guilty to four felony charges.

Gov. Brown Appoints Judge In San Diego Superior Court

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Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday announced the appointment of Frank L. Birchak to a judgeship in the San Diego Superior Court, where he will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Thomas Nugent.