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Home-Sharing Site Airbnb To Start Collecting Tourist Taxes

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Some hosts were not paying the taxes on their own, so Airbnb has agreed to charge customers and pay the city on their behalf starting July 15.

Fire Crews Knock Down Brush Fire In Chula Vista

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The fire started about 4 p.m. off Otay Lakes Road, near Woods Drive, and burned 80 acres.

Reactions To Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

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Elected officials, others react to the Supreme Court's ruling that extends same-sex marriage nationwide.

No Rest For Cal Fire After Dousing 270 Fires Last Week

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Cal Fire is bracing for a busy week as temperatures rise into triple-digits across the state.

Crews Fully Contain Brush Fire Near Spring Valley

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Cal Fire said the fire started Friday afternoon along state Route 94, near Via Mercado, and burned about 10 acres.

Wildcat Fire Near Barona Casino 100% Contained

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The blaze, which erupted for unknown reasons near Akuunyaa Way shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday, caused no reported structural damage but left two of the personnel working the fire lines in need of emergency care.

Wildcat Fire Near Barona Casino Now 68% Contained

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As of around 4 p.m., the Wildcat fire had scorched roughly 170 acres. A firefighter was reportedly injured battling the blaze.

Crews Work Through Night To Fight Brush Fire Near Barona Casino

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The fire broke out about 5 p.m. Wednesday off Wildcat Canyon Road near the Barona Casino in Lakeside. Wildcat Canyon Road was closed near San Vincente Road.

Balboa Park's Plaza De Panama Project Can Move Forward

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A three-justice panel of the state 4th District Court of Appeal reversed a Superior Court ruling that derailed a plan to remove cars from the center of Balboa Park. City Attorney Jan Goldsmith acknowledged it may be a "hollow victory" since the idea has essentially been abandoned.

Supervisor Dave Roberts Says Allegations Against Him Are Offensive

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San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts is facing claims from former staffers that he misused his office and had an inappropriate relationship with an employee.

Many Ways To Mark Memorial Day In San Diego County

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Memorial Day, set aside to honor American military members who died in service to their country, will be observed at several events on Monday in San Diego County.

$85M Sale Of U-T San Diego to LA Times Owner Completed

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Tribune Publishing announced after the sale was final that the 146-year-old newspaper's former name — The San Diego Union-Tribune — would be restored.

Police ID San Diego Cop Wounded In Shootout

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Officer Heather Seddon has been with the department five years. She remains hospitalized and was "alert and doing well," San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said via Twitter after visiting her Monday morning.

San Diego Officer Shot, Man Killed In Kearny Mesa

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The officer suffered one gunshot wound, and she was being treated at Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said. The man who was killed may be linked to a series of shootings at buildings in the Kearny Mesa area.

25 Medical Students Come To San Diego For Real-Life Training

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The second-year medical students are getting their real-life trauma training at a Kearny Mesa movie studio.

KPBS Station Manager Becomes National Public TV Executive

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Deanna Mackey, who has worked at KPBS since 1990, will become the first full-time executive director of the Public Television Major Market Group, an organization of 38 PBS stations across the country.

California's Tiered Water Rates Thrown Into Question By Court Ruling

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At least two-thirds of California's water providers, including the city of San Diego, use some form of the tiered rates that are at issue in the lawsuit, consultants and water lawyers said.

California Drought: New Proposed Water Reduction Plan Released

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California water regulators have released a new proposed plan requiring some cities to reduce water use by more than the 25 percent originally ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown. But other cities, like San Diego, got a slight reprieve.

Marine Veteran Atkinson To Run Against Peters For 52nd Congressional District Seat

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Jacquie Atkinson, a Republican, announced Wednesday morning she will run for the 52nd Congressional District seat. Peters, a Democrat, narrowly won re-election to his second term by besting Republican Carl DeMaio in the November 2014 election.

Task Force Picks Mission Valley As Site For Proposed Chargers Stadium

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Next up for the task force: deciding how to pay for the proposed $1.048 billion stadium.

Catch A Peek At The 'Mini Moon' Thursday Night

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The "mini moon," where the full moon will be the furthest from the Earth, will appear around 11:33 p.m.

Lawsuit: USD Discouraged Victim From Reporting Rape

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A law student at the University of San Diego is suing the school, alleging that she was discouraged from reporting that she had been raped by two male classmates.

Longtime Former Poway City Councilman Bob Emery Dies

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Bob Emery, who served on the City Council for 28 years, died Tuesday. During his tenure, he served as mayor three times.

San Diego Airport Debuts Gender Neutral Restrooms

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The single-stall restrooms with the new signs are in all the terminals at Lindbergh Field except the small Commuter Terminal.

San Diego County-Tijuana Kids Send 'Unite For The Sea' Message

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Nearly 1,500 children stood to form the words at Borderfield State Park and Playas de Tijuana near the U.S-Mexico border after picking up trash on the beaches.

San Diego Attorney Briggs Responds To Questions About His Business Practices

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San Diego attorney Cory Briggs published an open letter on his website Tuesday responding to inewsource stories investigating his business practices, including potential conflicts of interest.

Chargers, Raiders Say Proposed LA Stadium Will Be Privately Funded

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The rival teams' plan to build and share a stadium in Carson came weeks after Mayor Kevin Faulconer created a task force to find Chargers a home in San Diego.

Oceanside's Rocky Chávez Forms Exploratory Committee For U.S. Senate Run

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The U.S. Senate seat is held by Democrat Barbara Boxer, who is not seeking re-election. Attorney General Kamala Harris, a Democrat, has already entered the race.

San Diego Mayor's Stadium Group Will Hold Public Forum

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The Citizens' Stadium Advisory Group appointed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer to study a way to build a news stadium for the San Diego Chargers held its first meeting Friday. Its meetings are done in private, which some have criticized.

La Jolla Country Day School Cancels Classes After Bomb Threat

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An FBI official said the bomb threat was made in a telephone call Tuesday to La Jolla Country Day School, a private college-preparatory school. As a precaution, the campus will be closed Wednesday.

Financing Plan For San Diego's Infrastructure May Go Before Voters

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The City Council's Infrastructure Committee was presented with a five-year plan that identifies $3.87 billion in needs.

Group Protests Lack Of San Onofre Oversight

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A consumer advocacy group filed a legal protest Thursday to the California Public Utilities Commission regarding the request by two Southern California utilities to spend approximately $4.4 billion on decommissioning the San Onofre Nuclear power plant.

Balboa Park Vigil Remembers Paris Shooting Victims

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More than 200 people attended the vigil at Balboa Park's House of France Thursday night.

Revisiting 2014 KPBS Feature Stories: Fallujah, San Diego Opera, Surfing

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As the year comes to a close, we look back at some of our favorite KPBS stories in 2014: the 10-year anniversary of the second Battle for Fallujah, a study that hoped to measure whether surfing is an effective cardiovascular exercise, the San Diego Opera's tumultuous year and an exhibit that explored surf board design.

Revisiting KPBS Feature Stories Of 2014

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As the year comes to a close, we look back at some of our favorite KPBS stories in 2014: the gluten-free product craze; cars becoming more like smartphones; a retiring San Diego cop who worked with the homeless; and a daycare center for kids whose parents are homeless.

Robert Beyster, Founder Of Defense Giant SAIC, Dies

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John Robert Beyster, who founded Science Applications International Corp. in La Jolla in 1969, died Monday. He was 90.

Warm, Windy Weather Ahead For San Diego County

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A wind advisory will be in effect in valley and mountain areas from 10 p.m. Monday evening to 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Power Restored To SDSU Campus

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Part of the west end of San Diego State University was hit with a power outage on Monday morning. SDSU police say a "transformer exploded" in Parking Structure 4.

Incumbents Leading In California State Office Races

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In addition to picking a governor, California voters weighed in on other top state offices.

Vote On Restrictions To San Diego County Grant Program Put On Hold

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San Diego County supervisors put on hold Tuesday a vote on restricting gifts and personal recognition from organizations that receive grants through a $10 million fund that supervisors can essentially spend any way they wish, U-T San Diego reported.

UC Task Force Issues Guidelines To Fight Campus Sexual Assaults

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Task force releases seven key recommendations that form the foundation of a systemwide model to address sexual violence throughout the University of California system.

Man Arrested, Charged In Series Of Attacks On Women In North Park

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David Angelo Drake, 23, was arrested and charged with multiple counts of sexual battery and assault for a series of attacks on women in the North Park neighborhood since June.

San Diego Hosts Ideas@50+ AARP Convention

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At this week's conference of the AARP, staying brain smart is one topic many in the over 50-crowd are interested in.

Trio Of Brushfires Near Route 15 Ramp To Northbound Interstate 5

San Diego Fire Department crews and one National City Fire Department engine were sent to the scene to battle the three small fires, but the response forced the closure of the transition ramp onto Interstate 5.

San Diego Man Killed In Syria Fighting For ISIS

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Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, was born in Illinois and lived in Minnesota before moving to San Diego, where he attended City College, according to news reports.

Police: No Arrest Made In Connection With Fire

Escondido police say that news reports that a suspect was arrested in connection with the fires in San Diego County is incorrect.

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Singers Union Drops Lawsuit Against San Diego Opera

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The union representing solo singers at the San Diego Opera has withdrawn a labor lawsuit against the troubled company and vowed to work with the current board to revive the opera for next season.

Alvarez, Faulconer To Face Off In First Of Six Mayoral Debates

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The two councilmen vying for the city's top spot will appear in their first debate Wednesday afternoon hosted by KPBS and 10News.

Year In Review 2013: Top immigration issues

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KPBS Evening Edition host Amita Sharma talks about the year in immigration with Fronteras Desk reporter Jill Replogle.

Christmas tree recycling service starts in San Diego

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Residents with curbside service can leave their trees outside with their other refuse. Those without curbside pickup can take their trees to 16 drop-off locations throughout the city.