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Stories by City News Service

141K Commercial Smoke Detectors Recalled

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The 33 models of alarms are designed for commercial use in schools, hotels, motels, apartments and dormitories, as well as homes.

SDSU Researchers Among First To Take DNA Sequencer Out To Sea

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SDSU computer scientist Rob Edwards was always bothered that they had to wait until they were back on dry land before looking at their ocean biology data — but his most recent expedition changed all that.

UCSD Protein Research Could Lead To Preventing Liver Damage

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The scientists found that the development of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, which can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer, can be inhibited by interfering with a particular inflammatory protein.

San Diego MTS Carried Record High 95M Passengers

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Realigned routes, new trolley cars, an improving economy and high gas prices were all cited as reasons for the increased use of public transit in fiscal 2014.

Which City In San Diego County Is The Most Politically Conservative, Liberal?

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Politically speaking, people in San Diego County cities are among the state's more conservative, according to a recent survey.

SDSU Golfer Wins U.S. Amateur Championship

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The win guarantees Gunn Yang a spot in three of the PGA's four major tournaments in 2015

San Diego County Community Colleges Kick Off Fall Semester

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Around 137,000 students are scheduled to begin the fall semester Monday and many will find new buildings and other improvements at their campuses.

Small Brush Fire Quickly Stopped In Otay Mesa

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The 20-acre brush fire was reported about 4:30 p.m. Saturday on Kuebler Ranch Road near Otay Mountain Truck Trail. It may have been started by people target shooting in the area.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Welcomes 2 New Masai Giraffes

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Gowon and his half-brother, Kamau, are the first of their subspecies born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

San Diego County Unemployment Rate Up Slightly From June

According to state officials, the biggest factor in the unemployment rate increase in San Diego County was a seasonal loss of 9,700 local education jobs. Another 3,100 state education positions were cut, as well.

SeaWorld To Expand Killer Whale Habitat

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SeaWorld made the announcement following its stock plunging in the wake of the documentary "Blackfish."

$1.8M Safety Improvement Project Near National City School Unveiled

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The upgrades included widening sidewalks and adding a half-mile of new bike lanes, pedestrian curb ramps and measures to slow traffic.

Freight Train Cars Back On Track After Derailment Near Barrio Logan

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Crews Thursday righted three cars of a freight train that derailed in the Barrio Logan neighborhood and blocked a stretch of a nearby roadway.

San Diego Wildlife Refuge Gets $1M In Federal Funding For Youth Outreach

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The San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex is the recipient of government funding to help get kids from urban communities interested in conservation.

San Diego County Reports Record Number Of Whooping Cough Cases

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San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency has tallied 1,183 confirmed diagnoses of the disease also known as "whooping cough" in 2014. The 2010 total was 1,179, according to the HHSA.

Coastal Commission OKs 40-Year Plan For North County Transportation Needs

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A wide-ranging, 40-year plan to handle the growing transportation needs along the North County coastline was approved unanimously by the California Coastal Commission.

Feds: Driver In Fatal Smuggling Attempt Was To Be Paid $3,500

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Federal authorities said Nicholas George Zakov told officials that he coordinated the smuggling effort with three men in Mexico. The two men hidden in his trunk died.

Flash Flood Warning In San Diego County Deserts, Mountains Canceled

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National Weather Service Doppler radar spotted heavy showers and a few heavy thunderstorms moving toward the lower deserts and mountain desert slopes Wednesday morning but canceled the flood warning about 11 hours later.

2 Men Dead After Attempting To Cross San Ysidro Border In Car Trunk

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An U.S. Customs officer referred the car for a more thorough investigation after an imaging system found anomalies in the car's trunk. Officers found two men inside — one 28 and the other 20 — who were not breathing.

San Diego Fleet Week Adds 'Big Bay Bash' To Event

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Fleet Week consists of numerous military-themed activities that take place around San Diego — actually over the course of a few months in the late summer and fall.

New Indictment Issued Against Trio Accused Of Illegal Campaign Donations

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The 26-count indictment details about $600,000 in allegedly illegal donations into the campaigns of three San Diego mayoral candidates and a political party committee supporting federal candidates.

UCSD Looking For Spinal Cord Injury Patients To Test Stem Cell Treatment

The study will take place over five years and will test of the safety of a new treatment involving neural stem cells.

Only A Quarter Of San Diego's Trash Is Recycled Annually

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San Diego should revise its contracts with private garbage haulers to boost recycling rates, an audit of the city's waste collection system recommended Monday.

What's The 8-1-1? SDG&E Urges Customers To Call Before They Dig

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According to the San Diego Gas & Electric, about 260 natural gas pipes were damaged by residents or contractors in 2013, compared to nearly 200 the year before.

Encinitas Team Knocked Out Of Little League Tournament

The Encinitas Little League team lost 5-1 Friday afternoon to the Mountain Ridge Little League team from Las Vegas in a West Regional semifinal in San Bernardino.

Jury Deadlocks In Ex-Con's Trial For Oceanside Arson Fire

The man is accused of fueling a fire in the San Luis Rey River bed during a spate of blazes across San Diego County in May. His lawyer will try to get the arson charge dismissed next week to avoid a retrial.

Evening High Tides Could Cause Minor Flooding At San Diego County Coast

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Strong rip currents and higher than normal surf is expected this weekend, forecasters said.

Veterans Home Of California In Chula Vista Gets New Administrator

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Lael Hepworth was appointed as the new Chula Vista Veterans Home of California administrator by Gov. Jerry Brown on July 31.

San Diego Padres Hire A.J. Preller As General Manager

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The San Diego Padres have hired A.J. Preller as general manager. Preller previously was the assistant general manager for the Texas Rangers.

San Diego City Council Prepares For Month-Long Vacation

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The San Diego City Council goes on a four-week break after Thursday's special meeting, which will give members, and Mayor Kevin Faulconer, a chance to catch up with family and work on important civic issues.

San Diego Police Shoot Armed Man In Mission Beach

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A man armed with a gun was wounded in an officer-involved shooting near De Anza Cove.

Encinitas Little League Team Loses, Still Qualified For Semifinals

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The team lost 8-4 Wednesday to the all-star team from the Mountain Ridge Little League of Las Vegas in the West Regional tournament in San Bernardino.

San Diego Businessman Meeting With Top White House Officials About Chaldean Crisis

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San Diego businessman Mark Arabo is scheduled to meet with National Security Advisor Susan Rice and possibly with Secretary of State John Kerry about the persecution of Christians in northern Iraq.

High Surf Advisory Issued For North County Beaches

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The National Weather Service issues a beach hazards advisory for areas north of Solana Beach due to the rip currents and 3- to 5-foot surf until Thursday evening.

What You Need To Know If You're Going To Chargers Preseason Opener

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The San Diego Chargers are urging fans to arrive at least two hours early and allow plenty of time to enter Qualcomm Stadium because long lines are likely due to enhanced screening procedures at the gates.

Green Technology Building Code Changes Approved For San Diego County

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 in favor of all but one of the staff's recommendations.

Mayor Faulconer Unveils 'San Diego Works' Program For Money-Saving Ideas

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Employees or groups of San Diego city workers can earn up to $5,000 if their money-saving ideas are incorporated into the budget for the next fiscal year.

San Diego Padres Assistant General Manager Resigns

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A.J. Hinch, the team's vice president and assistant general manager, resigned — effective immediately — to seek other baseball opportunities.

Supervisors OK Resolution Backing San Diego's Bid To Host America's Cup

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San Diego is one of two finalists for the 35th America's Cup; the other is Bermuda.

6-Month-Old Girl Safe After Father Allegedly Kidnapped Her

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The girl's 28- year-old father was taken into custody at the end of a SWAT standoff at a San Ysidro mobile home park.

2 Aid Workers Receive Experimental Ebola Serum From San Diego Biotech

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Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, infected with Ebola while working in West Africa, were given ZMapp, a drug created by Mapp Biopharmaceutical in San Diego.

Trevor Hoffman To Be Inducted Into Padres Hall of Fame

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The relief pitcher ranks second on the all-time saves list with 601 saves, and 552 of them were while wearing a San Diego uniform.

San Diego Man With Alzheimer's Missing

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The man is 80 years old and also suffers from diabetes. He went missing after wandering off in the Skyline neighborhood over the weekend.

Encinitas Little League Team Wins First Game In 2-Game Day

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The Encinitas Little League all-star team won the first of their two games Monday in the West Regional tournament in San Bernardino.

Horse Has Heart Attack, Dies During Race At Del Mar

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The horse, 3-year-old Chattering Gambler, was running in the third race when he collapsed near the finish line and died from an apparent heart attack.

Condor Chick At Safari Park Named

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The chick has been named Su'nan, which means "to continue to or to keep on" in the Chumash language.

Encinitas Team To Make Run At Little League World Series

The Encinitas Little League All-Stars will begin pool play Saturday in the West Regional tournament in San Bernardino.

City Of San Diego's Planning Director Resigns

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Bill Fulton resigned to take a position at Rice University in Houston, the mayor's office confirmed Friday.

Horse Seriously Injured At Del Mar; Races On Turf Course Suspended

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The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club expressed "deep sorrow" over the horse's injury. Several horses have been injured or died since the Del Mar racing season began in July.

Divers Find Body Of Man Killed In El Capitan Reservoir Boat Crash

Another man also was killed in the Thursday night crash of two boats at El Capitan Reservoir near Lakeside.