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Fennec Fox Frolics At San Diego Zoo's Nursery

Sept. 5, 2014
By KPBS Staff

The nocturnal fox pup has spurts of energy, so animal care staff have been giving him lots of toys and food puzzles to help keep him busy.

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Cheetah Cub At San Diego Zoo Safari Park Recovering From Surgery

Sept. 4, 2014
By KPBS Staff

Accompanied by his puppy companion, a male cheetah cub at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is recovering from surgery to repair growth abnormalities in his limbs.

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Baby Gorilla At San Diego Zoo Safari Park Crawling And Curious

Aug. 29, 2014
By KPBS Staff

Now 5 months old, baby gorilla Joanne still rides on mom's back usually but is now spending more time sitting and crawling around her enclosure.

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1 Injured In Crash That Closed Mission Valley On-ramp

Aug. 26, 2014
By KPBS Staff and 10News

The crash occurred before 5:33 a.m. at the on-ramp from I-805 South to I-8 East and involved a bus and several other vehicles.

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Summer Storm Brings Thunder, Lightning To San Diego County

Aug. 20, 2014
By City News Service, KPBS Staff

Heavy rain and hail pelted parts of San Diego County Wednesday, generating flash-flood warnings. More than 500 lightning strikes also hit the San Diego area Wednesday morning.

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Man In Custody After Threatening To Jump On To I-805

Aug. 20, 2014
By KPBS Staff

Parts of Interstate 805 in North Park were closed Wednesday morning while San Diego police officers negotiated with the suicidal man.

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Man With Umbrella Causes False Alarm At Cal State San Marcos

Aug. 20, 2014
By KPBS Staff

A man carrying an umbrella on the Cal State San Marcos campus prompted a lockdown after he was mistaken for possibly carrying a weapon.

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Small Brush Fire Quickly Stopped In Otay Mesa

Aug. 16, 2014
By City News Service, KPBS Staff

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.

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2 Aid Workers Receive Experimental Ebola Serum From San Diego Biotech

Aug. 4, 2014
By City News Service, KPBS Staff and Associated Press

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.

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San Diego Muslims Celebrate Eid Al-Fitr (Photos)

July 31, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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

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

July 29, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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.

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Multiple Brush Fires Squelched Near Barona Casino

July 29, 2014
By City News Service, KPBS Staff

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.

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

July 29, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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

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

July 29, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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

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

July 28, 2014
By KPBS Staff and City News Service

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

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San Diego City Council Gives Final OK To Minimum Wage Increase

July 28, 2014
By KPBS Staff and City News Service

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.

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Rain, Lightning Roll Through San Diego

July 25, 2014
By City News Service, KPBS Staff

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

July 23, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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!

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Heat Wave Expected To Hit San Diego On Thursday

July 23, 2014
By City News Service, KPBS Staff

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.

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Scripps Research Institute President Stepping Down

July 22, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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

July 14, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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

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

July 11, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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

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

July 7, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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

Damaging California Fire Grows To 5 Square Miles

July 2, 2014
By KPBS Staff and Associated Press

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

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

June 30, 2014
By KPBS Staff and Associated Press

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.

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Arellano Felix Cartel Leader Captured In Tijuana

June 24, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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

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Scenes From World Refugee Day In San Diego

June 23, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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.

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

June 16, 2014
By City News Service, KPBS Staff

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.

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Fans Remember Baseball Great Tony Gwynn

June 16, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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

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South Campus Plaza Construction Begins This Month At SDSU

June 13, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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

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

June 12, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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.

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Immunized People Getting Whooping Cough

June 12, 2014
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, KPBS Staff

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.

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

June 11, 2014
By City News Service, KPBS Staff

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.

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TV Host Wes Moore Holds Conversation With Returning Veterans

June 9, 2014
By KPBS Staff

"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.

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2 SDPD Officers Arrested On Drug Charges

June 5, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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

June 5, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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.

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

June 3, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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

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I-5 Reopened After Fatal Accident Near Camp Pendleton

June 2, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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.

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San Diegans React To VA Chief's Resignation

May 30, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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

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VA Secretary Shinseki Resigns Amid Calls For Him To Step Down

May 29, 2014
By City News Service, KPBS Staff

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

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What San Diegans Are Saying About Maya Angelou

May 28, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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

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San Diego County Releases Wildfire Cost Estimates

May 23, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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

May 21, 2014
By City News Service, KPBS Staff

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.

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4 Dead, Several Injured In California Bus Crash

May 21, 2014
By KPBS Staff and Associated Press

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.

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

May 20, 2014
By City News Service, KPBS Staff

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

May 17, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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.

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Bernardo Fire That Started Tuesday Fully Contained

May 17, 2014
By City News Service, KPBS Staff

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

May 16, 2014
By City News Service, KPBS Staff

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.

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Carlsbad's Poinsettia Fire 90 Percent Contained

May 16, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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.

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Sparking 105-Acre Oceanside Fire

May 16, 2014
By KPBS Staff

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.