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Poinsettia Fire Claims First Victim

While checking a hot spot of the Poinsettia fire Thursday, firefighters discovered a badly burned body.

Places To Get Help, Things To Do In San Diego During Wildfires

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Here's a roundup of relief agencies offering help and San Diego museums and attractions that opened their doors for free during the wildfires.

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Crews Continue Fight Against San Diego County Fires Amid Record Heat

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For the third consecutive day, firefighters are battling brush fires that have swept across San Diego County this week, fueled by unusual Santa Ana winds in May.

San Diego County YMCA Offering Free Childcare Thursday During Fire Emergency

With a majority of San Diego County school districts closed on Thursday due to fire danger and evacuations, the YMCA is offering free childcare at several of its facilities around the county.

San Diego County To Get Federal Aid To Fight Fires

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Federal aid will be made available to fight the Poinsettia fire in Carlsbad after a local emergency is declared. An additional 12 helicopters and three air tankers are en route to help stop the spread of flames that have already burned more than 9,000 acres across San Diego County.

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Schools Closing Across County Due To Fires

County officials said that 29 school districts will close their campuses Thursday, including San Diego Unified, the county's largest district.

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Lakeside, Scripps Ranch Fires Quickly Knocked Down

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Wildfires in Lakeside and Scripps Ranch briefly threatened homes until crews were able to gain control of the flames.

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Cocos Fire 87 Percent Contained; All Residents Can Return Home

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The Cocos fire in San Marcos, which destroyed more than three dozen houses, was 87 percent contained as of Monday morning. All evacuation orders have been lifted.

Highway Fire Fully Contained After Burning Almost 400 Acres

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A fire alongside Interstate 15 near State Route 76 and Old Highway 395 burned 380 acres was fully contained Thursday night.

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Nearly 1,600-Acre Bernardo Fire 50 Percent Contained

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A nearly 1,600-acre wildfire was smoldering but there were no flames Wednesday morning after city and county fire crews wrangled a North County blaze through the night.

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Bernardo Fire Sparks Selfie Storm

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Eight hundred acres burned. More than 5,000 homes evacuated. Let's take a selfie.

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Bernardo Fire Evacuations, Street Closures

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More than 5,00 homes and residences were evacuated due to the Bernardo Fire in North County. Most of areas in the city of San Diego are allowing residents to return to their homes.

Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Shakes Mexican Capital

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Strong shaking was felt in the Mexican capital and office workers streamed into the streets when a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the country's southern coast Thursday morning.

San Diego County Board Of Supervisors Launching 'The Alzheimer's Project'

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More than 60,000 San Diego County residents suffer from Alzheimer's and the figure is expected to double by 2030, according to county officials.

Feds To Begin Audit Of San Diego Police Department

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Department of Justice auditors are in town to begin their assessment of the San Diego Police Department.

Ex-Marine Jailed For Driving Into Mexico With Guns

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A California congressman says the veteran was lost last month when he missed the last U.S. exit.

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Rancho Cucamonga Wildfire 94 Percent Contained

The southern section of the burn area near homes is no longer active and firefighters worked to strengthen the line on the northern side.

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Crews Stop Brush Fire In Spring Valley Before It Reaches Homes

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Firefighters stopped a Spring Valley brush fire at 2 acres before it was able to damage nearby homes on Thursday afternoon, said Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser.

Crews Squelched Brush Fire In Rancho Peñasquitos

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San Diego firefighters quickly gained the upper hand Thursday afternoon when a brush fire started in Rancho Peñasquitos that threatened at least one home, officials said.

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Lakeside Brush Fire Fully Contained; Power Restored To Most Customers

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The fire near the 7-Eleven at Lake Jennings Park Road and El Monte Road erupted shortly before 7 a.m., according to San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Rich Williams.

Fire Crews Douse Brush Fire In Santee

  • By KPBS
  • / April 29, 2014
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The fire broke out shortly before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the bed of the San Diego River near the Carlton Oaks Country Club, but firefighters had it under control by about 5 p.m.

Competing Minimum Wage Measure Submitted To San Diego City Clerk

  • By KPBS
  • / April 29, 2014
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The new measure calls for pay to go up to $12 per hour over the next four years and exempts many businesses from the increase.

Baby Koalas At San Diego Zoo Right On Track

  • By KPBS
  • / April 17, 2014
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A pair of Queensland koala joeys got a little checkup Thursday to see if they're growing up big and strong.

Baby Giraffe Reunites With Herd At San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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  • / April 14, 2014
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Leroy the giraffe was reintroduced back into the San Diego Zoo Safari Park herd after a lengthy stay in zoo hospital. Staff watched him around the clock for nearly 40 days and on Monday he got to see Mom again.

What Do You Think About Your City's Future?

  • By KPBS
  • / April 1, 2014

Your city. Your day. Your future. On April 26, local filmmakers will spread across the city to film stories about what's ahead for San Diego.

Magnitude-5.1 Earthquake Shakes Orange County

  • By KPBS
  • / March 28, 2014
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The U.S. Geological Survey said the Friday night quake was centered near La Habra. It was felt throughout Southern California, including San Diego County.

Baby Gorilla Nurses; Mother Holds Her For First Time

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  • / March 24, 2014
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A baby gorilla at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park was physically introduced with her mother, Imani, for the first time Monday morning.

Suspcious Backpack A 'False Alarm' At Alpine Middle School

  • By KPBS
  • / March 21, 2014
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Students and teachers who were in route to the school were diverted to nearby Boulder Oaks Elementary School as authorities investigated a suspicious backpack, but the incident was ruled a false alarm.

Newborn Gorilla In 'Guarded Condition' After Lung Operation At San Diego Zoo Safari Park

  • By KPBS
  • / March 15, 2014
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After experiencing breathing problems following her birth by cesarean section, the newborn gorilla underwent surgery to fix a collapsed lung.

Baby Gorilla Delivered in Rare C-Section At San Diego Safari Park

  • By KPBS
  • / March 13, 2014
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The baby girl gorilla weighed 4.6 pounds when veterinarians and human neonatal specialists from UCSD Medical Center delivered her Wednesday evening.

Developer Fee Rescinded By San Diego City Council

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  • / March 4, 2014
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The San Diego City Council has unanimously rescinded a previously approved increase in a construction fee that pays for affordable housing projects.

San Diego City Council To Decide On Developer Fee

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The Council voted to increase the fee late last year by a 5-4 margin. Business leaders who oppose the increase, including former mayor Jerry Sanders, call it a "jobs tax" and gathered enough signatures to force Council action.

SDSU Softball Cancels Friday’s Games Due To Storm

  • By KPBS
  • / February 28, 2014

All 10 games of the San Diego Classic on Friday have been either canceled or moved to Saturday due to bad weather.

Slow Wildfire Season In San Diego County Lowers Risk Of Mudslides Amid Winter Storm

  • By KPBS
  • / February 28, 2014
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Due to the recent Colby Fire in Los Angeles, heavy rains bring concern of mudslides to the area. But in San Diego, the threat of mudslides is less this time around.

David Alvarez Fined $2,000 By Ethics Commission For 'Fairly Routine' Violation

  • By KPBS
  • / February 14, 2014
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San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez was fined $2,000 fine for campaign violations stemming from the November San Diego mayor special election, according to the Ethics Commission.

Solana Beach Votes 'Yes' On Prop B Over Fletcher Cove Community Center

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With 100 percent of the vote counted, Prop B in Solana Beach has passed with 52 percent of the vote.

Ex-San Diego Cop Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting Women Seeks New Trial

Currently serving an almost nine-year sentence for sexually assaulting women while on duty, former San Diego police officer Anthony Arevalos is reportedly seeking a new trial.

Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse Mourn Loss Of Crew Member After Hit-And-Run Accident

  • By KPBS
  • / February 1, 2014
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San Diego's Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse mourned the loss of crew member Seamus O'Bryan after he was killed in a hit-and-run accident early Friday morning.

Big Surf Brings Big Contest To San Francisco Bay Area

  • By KPBS
  • / January 23, 2014
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Organizers of a contest at one of the world's most perilous surfing spots have told competitors to grab their boards and get ready.

Assemblywoman Gonzalez Proposes Guaranteed Sick Days For California Workers

  • By KPBS
  • / January 21, 2014
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State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez wants all workers in California to have at least three days of paid sick leave annually, saying it could save the state billions in lost productivity and health care costs.

Red flag warning for San Diego valleys, mountains extended to Friday

  • By KPBS
  • / January 16, 2014

The National Weather Service has extended the red flag warning for San Diego's inland valleys and mountains through 6 p.m. Friday due to low humidity and strong, gusty winds in the forecast.

WATCH: San Diego Mayoral Candidates Take The Stage In First Debate

  • By KPBS
  • / January 16, 2014
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The two councilmen facing off to become San Diego's next mayor went head-to-head at the first mayoral debate of the runoff election.

24 Indicted In Massive San Diego Sex-Trafficking Case

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  • / January 8, 2014
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Federal indictments unsealed Wednesday charge 24 alleged gang members from North Park in a sex-trafficking conspiracy.

LIVE BLOG: San Diego Chargers Beat Cincinnati Bengals In AFC Wild-Card Game

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  • / January 5, 2014
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After a 27-10 win over Cincinnati, the San Diego Chargers move on to the Denver Broncos next Sunday. Relive the highs and lows of the Bolts-Bengals game with our live blog.

California Supreme Court Grants Law License For Immigrant

  • By KPBS
  • / January 2, 2014
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The California Supreme Court decided to grant a law license to a man living in the United States illegally who graduated from law school and passed the state bar exam.

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Year In Review 2013: Best and worst at the box office

  • By KPBS
  • / December 27, 2013
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Here to look back at some of the trends of 2013 as well as some of the best and worst is KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando.

UC San Diego, SDSU Among Those Offering Best Bang For The Buck

  • By KPBS
  • / December 11, 2013
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A dozen California universities, including UC San Diego, are recognized as "best value schools" by Kiplinger magazine.

Fatal Crash Blocks Lanes On Northbound I-5

  • By KPBS
  • / December 10, 2013

At least one person died when a Chevrolet Suburban crashed into the back of tractor-trailer on Interstate 5 in the Camp Pendleton area Tuesday

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Fire Chief Offers Tips To Keep San Diego Kitchens Safe This Holiday Season

  • By KPBS
  • / November 27, 2013
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Heartland Fire Chief Rick Sitta offers tips for San Diegans to keep safe while preparing holiday meals.

Make-A-Wish Turns San Francisco Into Gotham City For 'Batkid'

  • By KPBS
  • / November 15, 2013
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The Make-A-Wish Foundation transformed San Francisco into Gotham City so a 5-year-old leukemia patient in remission could be "Batkid" for a day.