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Crews Battle Fire In 4S Ranch

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A brush fire in a creek bed near Black Mountain Open Space Park prompted evacuations of nearby homes Thursday afternoon while ground and airborne crews worked to douse the flames.

San Diego Democrats Slam Trump, Make Banners Before Friday's Rally

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One day before Donald Trump holds a rally in San Diego, local Democrats spoke out against the presumptive GOP presidential nominee and threw anti-Trump banner-making parties.

1,700 Feet Of Mission Beach Seawall Reopens

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City officials on Thursday officially reopened nearly 1,700 feet of the Mission Beach seawall that was replaced between San Fernando Place and Ventura Place.

MLB: National Anthem Fiasco Caused By Human Error; DJ Rehired

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Major League Baseball has concluded that the incident that left the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus voiceless at Saturday's Padres game was caused by human error. The Padres' CEO also said DJ Art Romero has been invited back.

Flights At San Diego Airport Temporarily Delayed

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The issue was resolved around 8:40 a.m., but airport spokeswoman Rebecca Bloomfield urged travelers to check the status of their specific flights because sometimes delays can cause a "ripple effect."

Service To Some MTS Bus Routes Interrupted For Second Day

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Unionized drivers took to the picket lines Wednesday after contract negotiations with their employer, First Transit, reached a standstill. First Transit supplies drivers for paratransit vehicles and 18 of the 95 MTS bus routes

Fire Breaks Out In Chula Vista Riverbed

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The blaze blackened an area of unknown size in the vicinity of Fourth Avenue and Beyer Way.

San Diego Police Brace For Friday's Trump Rally

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Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said the department plans to have a "significant presence" of uniformed and plainclothes officers at the San Diego Convention Center, where presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally.

San Diego 7th-Grader Doesn't Advance In National Spelling Bee

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Ella Grace Peters correctly spelled "polity" and "apologue." However, she missed the definition of "expugnable."

Report: As More People Visit Theme Parks, SeaWorld Attendance Drops

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A new report says attendance at SeaWorld San Diego plunged 7 percent last year, a time when increasing numbers of people visited theme parks in the U.S. and abroad.

San Diego County Water Authority To Propose Rate Hike

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The agency is scheduled Thursday to propose increasing rates paid by its 24 member agencies next year.

Service To Some MTS Bus Routes Interrupted Due To Strike

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Service interruptions to some Metropolitan Transit System bus routes in San Diego began Wednesday after contract negotiations between unionized drivers and their employer, First Transit, reached a standstill.

Robert E. Lee Elementary Gets New Name

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The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to change the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary School to Pacific View Leadership Elementary School.

Support Grows For DJ Fired By Padres For National Anthem Mishap

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The Padres fired Art Romero in the wake of the incident that prevented the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus from performing the national anthem at Saturday night's game.

Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Johnson & Johnson

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court against Johnson & Johnson, alleging false advertising and deceptive marketing of its surgical mesh products for women.

San Diego County Spelling Bee Winner Heads To National Bee

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Ella Grace Peters, a seventh-grader attending San Diego's Notre Dame Academy, will begin competing in the 89th Scripps National Spelling Bee Tuesday in National Harbor, Maryland.

Transition Ramp Reopened After Being Closed By Overturned Cement Truck

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The large mixer truck containing about 100,000 pounds of cement crashed on the onramp from westbound state Route 52 to northbound Interstate 5 shortly before 5 a.m.

San Diego County Cut Back On Water By 23% In April

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That's compared to the same month three years ago. The drop marks the largest monthly reduction since September.

Tony Gwynn's Family Sues Tobacco Industry Over Star's Death

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Gwynn died from cancer in 2014 at the age of 54 after playing his entire career with the San Diego Padres.

San Diego City Council Passes Comprehensive Ban On Spice

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The law prohibits the manufacture, sale, distribution and possession of federal Schedule I drugs, "novel synthetic drugs" and "novel psychoactive drugs," categories that include spice.

San Diego Unified To Consider Changing Name Of Paradise Hills School

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Calls for changing the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary School rose last year amid a nationwide movement to remove symbols of the Confederacy from public places.

5 San Diego-Area Schools Receive Threats

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Nothing dangerous or suspicious was found at any of the campuses as of early Monday afternoon. The lockdowns and other emergency measures were mostly lifted within an hour.

Blank Gunfire May Be Heard Due To Navy Training Exercises

The training is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day through Wednesday. The blank gunfire may be heard around Naval Amphibious Base Coronado and in the San Diego Bay.

MLB To Investigate National Anthem Mishap, Padres CEO Says

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Mike Dee, president and CEO of the Padres, says the league will look into the incident that prevented the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus from performing at Saturday night's game.

Sanders Caps Off San Diego Visit With Rally In Vista

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The Vermont senator told thousands of supporters that he is the best choice to defeat Donald Trump in the November election.

Presidential Campaigns Swing Through San Diego; Sanders In Vista Sunday

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Sen. Bernie Sanders and former President Bill Clinton visited San Diego County Saturday, ahead of the 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary in California.

San Diego City Council To Consider Ban On Synthetic Drug 'Spice'

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A rash of hundreds of medical distress cases attributed to "spice'' in San Diego has prompted a proposed ban on the synthetic drug that will be considered by the City Council on Monday.

Two Gang Members Involved In Libby Lake Shooting Sentenced

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The defendants were among four people charged in the March 13, 2013, shooting that killed 13-year-old Melanie Virgen and her 15-year-old friend, Edgar Sanchez at Libby Lake Park in Oceanside.

7-Year-Old Bit By Rattlesnake Near Escondido

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The child was airlifted to Rady Children's Hospital for treatment. An update on the child's condition was not available.

It's Bike To Work Day

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The annual ride arranged by the San Diego Association of Governments will include 101 pit stops set up around the county to provide refreshments for the pedaling commuters.

Sanders To Have Second Rally In San Diego This Weekend

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The presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday confirmed a second weekend campaign appearance in San Diego County.

Poway Unified To Develop New Policy On Student Data

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The announcement of the plan follows the accidental release of records of thousands of pupils to a parent.

No Security Changes At San Diego Airport Following Egyptian Airliner Crash

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The possibly terrorism-related crash of an Egyptian airliner over the Mediterranean Sea has led to no immediate security changes at Lindbergh Field.

Gusty Winds Expected In Parts Of San Diego County

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A National Weather Service wind advisory for the mountains and deserts is set to take effect at 5 p.m. Thursday and extend until 3 a.m. Saturday.

Procedures To Remove Elected Officials Could Go Before San Diego Voters

The City Council, mindful of the 2013 saga in which officials and residents tried to get rid of Bob Filner, directed the City Attorney's office to research and develop potential ballot language.

Report: San Diego Among Best Cities For Jobs

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The rankings took into account ease in getting hired, cost of living, job satisfaction and work-life balance.

San Diego Drops 7 Spots In American Fitness Index

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The American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation last year ranked San Diego the third fittest city in the U.S.

2 Smoke Shops In San Diego County Fined For Selling Spice

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The operators of Smoke Zone in Pacific Beach and Outer Limits in Oceanside have accepted a permanent injunction prohibiting the sale of the illicit drug and agreed to pay civil penalties of $24,600 and $33,750, respectively.

Escondido Police Looking For Man Who Attempted To Lure Teen Into Car

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Escondido police sought Wednesday a man who attempted to lure one teenage girl into his car and may have successfully done so with a second girl in the same area on the same day.

UCSD Calls On UC To Shed Investments In Fossil Fuel Companies

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The UC San Diego Academic Senate on Tuesday called on the University of California to shed its investments in companies that conduct most of their business in fossil fuels.

San Diego Police, Seniors Benefit From Mayor's Revised Budget

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer's new budget includes $39 million more than was projected in his original $3.3 billion budget for fiscal 2017.

Naval Base San Diego Receives 17th Unfounded Bomb Threat

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For six months, the Navy installation and two adjacent shipyards — BAE Systems and General Dynamics NASSCO — have been beset by bogus bomb threats, prompting evacuations and searches.

Pilot Who Died In Crash Near Santa Monica ID'd

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Thomas Bruff, 57, died at the scene of the crash in the Angeles National Forest. Bruff departed in the plane Sunday morning from Montgomery Field in San Diego

County To Spray For Mosquitoes In Del Mar Wednesday

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The spraying will target mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus near Los Peñasquitos Lagoon.

San Diego Reaches Deals With Three Employee Unions

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Lifeguards, tradesmen and deputy city attorneys would receive raises of more than 6 percent by 2020.

San Diego Union-Tribune Turns Page With New Downtown Digs

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The newspaper's former publisher, Doug Manchester, sold its Mission Valley headquarters in 2015.

Deadline To Register In June Election Nears

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People who wish to register to vote or switch party affiliations in time for the June 7 primary election have until May 23.

Chargers Fan Groups Call For Hotel Boycott Over Downtown Stadium Plan

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The San Diego Stadium Coalition and Save Our Bolts said they have been joined by other civic and fan groups in demanding in boycott of hoteliers they believe are "financially influencing local politicians who are collectively opposing the development of a downtown mixed-use facility."

Crashed Small Airplane From San Diego Found Near Santa Monica

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A crashed small airplane was discovered near Mount Wilson in the Angeles National Forest Sunday and a man was found dead on board.

Public Invited To Comment On San Diego Budget Tonight

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The 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall is designed for people who can't make it to daytime hearings on the $3.3 billion spending plan.