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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.

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.

San Diego Muslims Celebrate Eid Al-Fitr (Photos)

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Young photographers from The AjA Project, a community arts nonprofit, captured in images local celebrations that marked the end of Ramadan.

National University's Sanford Education Center Gets $9.22 Million Anonymous Gift

The Sanford Education Center at National University announced an anonymous $9.22 million gift Tuesday.

San Diego Zoo's Panda Cub Eats Bamboo Cake For Birthday

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One of the San Diego Zoo's giant pandas celebrated a second birthday Tuesday with cake and presents.

Sharp Memorial Fined $100K After Patient Falls From Surgical Table

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Sharp Memorial Hospital was one of eight hospitals statewide fined by the California Department of Public Health for putting patients at risk of injury or death.

Multiple Brush Fires Squelched Near Barona Casino

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A group of fires blackened more than a dozen open acres alongside a rural road just south of Barona Creek Golf Club on Tuesday before fire crews stopped the flames.

San Diego Zoo Makes Bamboo Cake For Panda's Second Birthday

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The San Diego Zoo has a second birthday celebration planned Tuesday for Xiao Liwu, a giant panda cub.

San Diego City Council Gives Final OK To Minimum Wage Increase

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An ordinance that would incrementally increase the minimum wage in San Diego to $11.50 an hour was given final approval Monday by the City Council.

Rain, Lightning Roll Through San Diego

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San Diego County residents woke to something Friday morning they don't usually hear or see: rain, thunder and lightning.

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Send Us Your 2014 Comic-Con Photos! #KPBSpix

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It's the most wonderful time of the year... if you're a fan of pop culture, comic books and sci-fi movies. Comic-Com returns to San Diego for its 45th year and we want to see what you're seeing!

Heat Wave Expected To Hit San Diego On Thursday

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A National Weather Service heat advisory is set to take effect for the inland areas at 11 a.m. Thursday and will extend until 9 p.m. Friday.

Scripps Research Institute President Stepping Down

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Less than two weeks after ending talks aimed at merging with a major university in Southern California, the Scripps Research Institute has announced the resignation of its president, Mike Marletta.

CalPERS Announce 18.4% Investment Gain During Last Fiscal Year

CalPERS said the 18.4 percent gain was its fourth double-digit return in the past five years.

Crowned Crane Chicks Take A Walk At San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Some say exercise is for the birds. In this case, they'd be absolutely correct.

Fireworks Send Nearly 100 Dogs Running For Shelters During Fourth Of July Weekend

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Nearly 100 dogs were brought in to county animal shelters after running away from home this Independence Day.

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Damaging California Fire Grows To 5 Square Miles

Several residents living in two communities have been evacuated because nearly 200 homes are threatened.

U.S. Supreme Court Stays Out Of Mt. Soledad Cross Dispute

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Supporters of the monument wanted to skip the appeals court and go straight to the Supreme Court because the legal fight has been going on for 25 years.

Arellano Felix Cartel Leader Captured In Tijuana

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Fernando "El Ingeniero" Sanchez Arellano was arrested Monday afternoon by the Mexican Army, according to reports.

Scenes From World Refugee Day In San Diego

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Check out photos from Saturday's event at Balboa Park that were taken by youths from the The AjA Project, a photography nonprofit. Many of the young photographers are refugees themselves.

Fans Remember Baseball Great Tony Gwynn

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Following the news of baseball legend Tony Gwynn's death, many shared their thoughts and memories of "Mr. Padre" on social media.

Gloria's Modified Proposal To Raise San Diego's Minimum Wage Moves Forward

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The San Diego City Council has voted to direct staff to begin conferring with the city's labor unions over a proposal to raise the minimum wage in San Diego to $11.50 an hour.

South Campus Plaza Construction Begins This Month At SDSU

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The $143 million project will be between Hardy Avenue and Montezuma Road. Preliminary work on the site begins this month.

Immunized People Getting Whooping Cough

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Most of the people who got whooping cough in San Diego County so far this year were up to date with their immunizations, according to county data.

Didn't Make It To Brazil For The World Cup? San Diego's Got You Covered

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If you couldn't make it to the World Cup in Brazil, you're probably looking for a local hot spot to catch the matches and maybe drink a brew or two.

25 Dogs Get Second Chance At Adoption Thanks To San Diego Humane Society

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More than 20 dogs from a crowded animal shelter in Los Angeles took a two-hour trek to the San Diego Humane Society to be put up for adoption.

TV Host Wes Moore Holds Conversation With Returning Veterans

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"Coming Back with Wes Moore" will be held Tuesday night aboard the USS Midway and will feature conversations with service members who have returned from tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Moore is an Army combat veteran who served in Afghanistan.

2 SDPD Officers Arrested On Drug Charges

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Two San Diego Police officers were arrested Thursday as part of an East County drug sweep.

I-805 Closed Overnight In Mira Mesa-Sorrento Valley Area For Construction

Construction crews will close all lanes on Mira Mesa Boulevard and Sorrento Valley Road at Interstate 805 on Sunday from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m every night through June 12.

Zapf Wins; Cate, Kim Headed To Runoff In City Council Races

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Councilwoman Lorie Zapf wins District 2, while Chris Cate and Carol Kim head to a November contest for the District 6 seat.

I-5 Reopened After Fatal Accident Near Camp Pendleton

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A fatal crash Monday morning shut down most lanes of Interstate 5 southbound in the Camp Pendleton area, north of Oceanside, backing up traffic up to Orange County. Earlier in the day, a jack-knifed trailer closed Interstate 15.

San Diegans React To VA Chief's Resignation

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The reaction to embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigning Friday was swift and mixed among San Diego County military veterans and politicians.

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

What San Diegans Are Saying About Maya Angelou

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San Diegans took to Twitter and Facebook to pay tribute to poet and author Maya Angelou, who passed away Wednesday morning.

San Diego County Releases Wildfire Cost Estimates

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The rash of fires that broke out last week cost San Diego nearly $28 million, according to county estimates released today.

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.

4 Dead, Several Injured In California Bus Crash

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Caltrans said the crash occurred shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday just west of Blythe when a big rig traveling east jackknifed onto the median and spilled a load of steel pipes into all lanes.

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.

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Crews Make Progress On 3 Camp Pendleton Fires; Evacuation Orders Lifted

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Crews battling three fires that have burned nearly 22,000 acres on Camp Pendleton have made significant gains in extinguishing them. All evacuation orders on the base were lifted Saturday night.

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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Man Pleads Not Guilty To Sparking 105-Acre Oceanside Fire

The River fire erupted east of College Boulevard in Oceanside early Wednesday afternoon. Police arrested an arson suspect by about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday but didn't make it public until Friday.

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Carlsbad's Poinsettia Fire 90 Percent Contained

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The 600-acre wildfire in Carlsbad, one of San Diego County’s most destructive blazes this week, started Wednesday and was 90 percent contained by Friday night.

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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.

Bail Set At $50,000 For 1 Of 2 Teens Arrested On Arson-Related Charges

Isaiah David Silva and a 17-year-old were arrested Thursday night after a citizen spotted the pair allegedly starting a small brush fire near South Escondido Boulevard, the Escondido police said. The fire was quickly put out.

San Diego County Schools Announce Friday Closures

Some schools are still monitoring the fires before making a decision about whether they'll stay open. KPBS has the full list.

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.