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San Diego City Council OKs Mayor's $3 Billion Budget

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The budget, approved on an 8-1 vote, includes funding for a program manager to oversee the city's various sustainability programs, streetlight installation, parks projects, fire equipment and a lifeguard at Windansea Beach.

UCSD Researchers Find Protein That Triggers Diabetes

The researchers concentrated on a protein, called ANT2, that they believe causes diabetes in fat people.

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San Diego County 'Fab' Fair Opens Saturday

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The "Fab Fair"-themed 2014 San Diego County Fair opens Saturday and goes until July 6.

Husband-Wife SDPD Officers Arrested In Drug Case Free On Bail

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San Diego police Officer Bryce Charpentier and his wife, Jennifer, an 18-year SDPD veteran, were arrested Thursday as part of a long-running task force investigation. The couple bailed out of jail Thursday evening.

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San Diego Opera Adds 3 Shows To 2014-2015 Season

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"Love Duets," "We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith" and "El Pasado Nunca se Terminar" will join the three previously announced shows for the revitalized San Diego Opera's 50th season.

California's Classic Car Owners Can Soon Complete That Vintage Look

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, introduced the bill creating the California Legacy License Plate Program, instructing the Department of Motor Vehicles to reissue plates from California's past if enough drivers applied for them.

As Votes Trickle In, Supervisor Bill Horn Widens Gap Over Jim Wood

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Election results released Thursday in the closely contested San Diego County supervisor race showed incumbent Bill Horn continuing to pull away from Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood.

Minimum Wage Increase Supporters, Opponents Rally Around San Diego

Supporters who contend that workers at the state minimum of $8 an hour can't make ends meet in San Diego plan to rally in Hillcrest Thursday evening after opponents of the increase plan to release a study in the morning.

San Diego Officials To Host 'Sidewalk CPR' Classes Around County

County officials said that about a quarter of those who suffer a heart attack at home, work or in public receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation from someone nearby.

Military Jet Crashes During Landing Attempt On Coronado-Based Carrier

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The Hornet crashed while attempting to land on the Coronado-based aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, said U.S. Pacific Fleet officials.

98,000 San Diego County Ballots Still To Be Counted

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Completing Tuesday's vote count could push up the county's meager turnout figure to about 27 percent if all the ballots are qualified.

San Diego Mayor Joins White House Initiative To End Veteran Homelessness

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer was chosen as one of five California mayors to join a White House initiative to end homelessness among military veterans.

San Diego Unified School Board Candidates Advance To November Election

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Kevin Beiser finished ahead of challenger Amy C. Redding in the primary, though both candidates advanced to the general election.

Voters Pass Measure To Provide Bond Money For Veteran Housing

Proposition 41 has been approved by voters on Tuesday, which will approve $600 million in bonds to construct rental housing for veterans.

California Voters Approve Prop. 42

Prop. 42, which would remove the mandate that the state reimburse local entities for the cost of California's open meeting and Public Records Act, was approved by voters Tuesday.

Trial Ordered For Man Accused Of Re-Igniting Oceanside ‘River’ Fire

Alberto Serrato, 57, faces 13 years in prison if convicted of fanning flames in the San Luis Rey riverbed.

Cabrillo Bridge Reopens After 5-Month Maintenance Shutdown

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The century-old Cabrillo Bridge landmark overpass of state Route 163 was closed to vehicles since the beginning of the year for a seismic retrofit project.

Some Predicting Record-Low Voter Turnout For San Diego Primary

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San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu said around 220,000 of the 840,000 absentee ballots that were mailed to voters have been returned as of Monday.

San Diego's Mickelson Denies Wrongdoing Amid Insider Trading Probe

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The five-time major champion is being investigated by the FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to reports in The News York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

San Diego's Rock 'N' Roll Marathon Draws 30,000 Runners

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Organizers said the runners represented all 50 states and 40 countries. San Diegan Meb Keflezighi, who won this year's Boston Marathon, was a pace-setter in the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon.

Ex-Military Academy Administrator Accused of Molesting 7 Boys Pleads Not Guilty

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An investigation was launched a year ago, when a former student, now an adult, told authorities he was victimized by the former head of the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad. Detectives then identified the other alleged victims.

Cyclists Join Motorists On The Road For Bike To Work Day

The San Diego Association of Governments says 8,000 riders are scheduled to participate.

San Diego County Sheriff Puts End To ICE Immigration Holds

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San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore's decision made this the largest county in the nation to stop complying with detainer requests from the federal immigration agency, according to the ACLU.

Carlsbad Desalination Plant Pipeline Halfway Completed

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Installation of the 10-mile pipeline began last spring for the $1 billion desalination plant.

Tony Hawk Day In San Diego Recognizes Skateboarding Legend's Charitable Contributions

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San Diego native and skateboarding legend Tony Hawk adds another piece of memorabilia to his trophy room as the city of San Diego proclaims Thursday as "Tony Hawk Day."

VA Secretary Shinseki Resigns Amid Calls For Him To Step Down

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Shinseki's resignation comes two days after a scathing internal report found broad and deep-seated problems in the sprawling health care system. The

San Diego Registrar Predicts Average Voter Turnout For Primary Election

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San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu says about 200,000 San Diegans are expected to hit the polls Tuesday, matching the historical average for recent primary elections.

Botanical Building In Balboa Park Needs $3M In Repairs

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It's been around 15 years since the last restoration of the iconic Botanical Building in Balboa Park and fixing up the 99-year-old building is estimated to cost nearly $3 million.

San Diego Ranks 8th In Fit City Index

San Diego was just ahead of No. 9 Boston and just behind No. 7 Seattle.

San Diego County Supervisor Hosts Public Forum On Fracking

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The forum will be hosted by county Supervisor Dave Roberts, and the panelists will represent oil industry and environmental interests.

Scripps Ranch Teen To Compete In National Spelling Bee

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Allison Grace Grygar, a 13-year-old, qualified for the national bee by winning the San Diego Countywide Spelling Bee on March 25 at the San Diego Hall of Champions.

Shooting Closes Otay Mesa Border Crossing

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The shooting was on southbound state Route 905 at the crossing, minutes after a carjacking was reported adjacent to the San Ysidro gate, five miles to the west.

San Diego To Pay Tribute On Memorial Day

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San Diegans will pay respects to fallen warriors, visit new theme park attractions and receive thousands of travelers over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

San Diego Police Don't Know Where $1 Million Went

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The San Diego Police Department today was seeking an audit to determine what happened to $1 million seized from drug runners and other criminals.

Fire Crews Fully Contain Destructive Cocos Fire In San Marcos

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The fire broke out on a hillside south of Cal State San Marcos on the afternoon of May 14 amid gusty Santa Ana conditions, triple-digit heat and extremely dry ground cover.

Amid VA Scandal, Audit Finds San Diego Healthcare System In Compliance

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The findings came from a review conducted last week amid an uproar over allegations that as many as 40 veterans in Phoenix died while awaiting care.

Full Containment Of San Marcos Cocos Fire Likely By Today

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The fire forced thousands of North County residents from their homes but no one was injured.

PETA's Anti-SeaWorld Poster To Go Up At Lindbergh Field

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The ACLU and PETA had sued the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority in March demanding that the poster advertisement be posted at the airport, just as SeaWorld ads are allowed.

Who Works Minimum Wage Jobs In San Diego?

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A study by the National University System Institute for Policy Research shows that San Diego's low wage workers tend to be young, Latino, and female.

State Park Director From Fallbrook To Retire

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Anthony Jackson, a retired Marine general, who took over the then-troubled state Department of Parks and Recreation near the end of 2012 will retire in June.

Police: Chula Vista Student Arrested With Gun On Campus

Police arrested the 14-year-old boy after receiving reports Wednesday morning that he was displaying a handgun on campus. His father was later arrested on a weapons charge.

San Diego-Based Petco To Stop Sale Of China-Made Pet Treats

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The decision, announced Tuesday, comes amid years of concern from pet owners who believe the treats are making dogs and cats sick, sometimes fatally.

Red Cross In Carlsbad To Help Poinsettia Fire Victims

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The caseworkers will be available to fire victims in the meeting room at Alga Norte Community Park at 6565 Alicante Road from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m

As Cocos Fire Nears Full Containment, Some Crews Being Sent Home

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As of Tuesday morning, the Cocos Fire in San Marcos was 93 percent contained and firefighters were being sent home. Crews fighting two fires at Camp Pendleton also neared full containment.

San Diego County, City Officials To Ratify Emergency Declarations Due To Fires

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County officials and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer issued emergency declarations in order to tap state and federal funds to pay for fire-fighting and recovery efforts.

Bernardo Fire That Started Tuesday Fully Contained

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The first wildfire to erupt in San Diego County last week blackened nearly 1,600 acres between Rancho Peñasquitos and Rancho Santa Fe, prompting the evacuation of 5,000 households.

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Crews At Camp Pendleton Battling Three Large Brush Fires

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Firefighters worked much of the week to stamp out two blazes that had blackened more than 14,500 acres on the Marine base when a third fire broke out Friday afternoon.

Cooler Temps Bring Relief To San Diego County Over The Weekend

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The National Weather Service said highs Friday will be 8 to 18 degrees above average along the coast, 13 to 20 degrees above average in the valleys, 6 to 14 degrees above average in the mountains and 8 to 14 degrees above average in the deserts.

Small Fires Along I-805 In National City Extinguished

The blazes were in brush alongside traffic lanes on Interstate 805, near Plaza Boulevard, in National City, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Brush Fire Off I-5 Near Camp Pendleton Grows To 8,000 Acres

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A fire near Camp Pendleton known as the Pulgas Fire has grown overnight to 8,000 acres.