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Stories by Susan Murphy

Are You Ready For An Earthquake — Or The Long Overdue Big One?

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San Diego County is surrounded by active faults capable of unleashing large quakes up to a magnitude 7 or higher.

Fattened Gray Whales In Low-Ice Arctic Set To Journey South

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Thousands of gray whales are about to begin their annual southern migration to Mexico from their feeding grounds in the Arctic, where near-record low ice coverage last spring allowed pregnant females to get early access to food.

San Diego Steps Up Road Repairs With New Grinding Machine

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San Diego city leaders on Thursday unveiled a new street repair machine that can grind down and repair stretches of road instead of mending potholes with temporary patches.

San Diego-Based Marines Lead New Middle East Crisis Response Unit

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San Diego-based Marines will lead a new crisis unit in the Middle East that's designed to respond to emergencies in the region.

Fire Officials Prepare For Mild Santa Ana Winds, Heat Wave

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Fire officials are warning of an elevated fire risk in San Diego County starting Thursday and continuing through Sunday. Residents are urged to be extra cautious.

Santa Ana Winds, Triple-Digit Heat To Increase Fire Risk In San Diego

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Fire danger is expected to increase starting Thursday and continuing through Sunday as hot temperatures and weak to moderate Santa Ana winds arrive to San Diego County, according to the National Weather Service in San Diego.

Drought Hurts Julian's Apple Crop

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It’s that time of year when San Diegans flock to Julian for apple picking, apple pie, and apple cider. But this year, the star of the show has been hit in the core by drought.

Mammoth Mountain Owner Buys Big Bear Resorts

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The owner of Mammoth Mountain has struck a deal to buy two Big Bear ski resorts, located 100 miles from San Diego.

San Diego Group Works To Boost Voter Turnout

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Six weeks ahead of the November election, a San Diego group is working to bolster voter turnout.

New Children's Center Keeps Homeless Toddlers Off San Diego's Streets

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A new children’s center for homeless toddlers in downtown San Diego means the little ones no longer have to endure tough, long days on the streets.

San Diego Nearing 1,000 Days of Drought

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Despite Tuesday's thunderstorms, San Diego is nearing a grim milestone of 1,000 days of drought. The conditions are taking a toll across the state.

San Diego Preparing For Virus Sickening Kids In Midwest

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San Diego health officials are preparing for the possible arrival of a respiratory virus known as enterovirus 68 that has sickened hundreds of children in a dozen states across the Midwest and Southeast.

San Diego Congressional Reps Weigh In On ISIS Threat

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San Diego's five congressional representatives weighed in on the threat posed by the Islamic State militants known as ISIS.

Weak El Niño Unlikely To Bring Drought-Relief To San Diego

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A mild El Niño is now projected, dampening hopes for a wet winter in San Diego. But some good news — the Pacific is too warm for La Niña to develop, which typically brings dry conditions to Southern California.

Growers Donate Produce To San Diego Agricultural Families Struggling In Drought

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A coalition of Central Valley farmers on Thursday donated thousands of pounds of fresh produce to San Diego’s food banks. It's part of a statewide effort to help families affected by the drought and bring awareness to the link between food and water.

SDSU Works To Boost Water Conservation Amid Severe Drought

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As California’s severe drought drags on, schools and college campuses around San Diego are stepping up efforts to conserve water.

Warmer Than Usual Ocean Water Impacting Marine Life Off San Diego

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If you’ve taken a dip in the ocean lately, you might have noticed it feels a little warmer than usual.

Camp Pendleton Marines Return Home As Afghanistan War Winds Down

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More than three dozen Camp Pendleton Marines returning from Afghanistan Monday night are among the last U.S. troops packing up from Operation Enduring Freedom.

63 Trillion Gallons Of Water Lost In Drought-Ridden West, Study Finds

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Trillions of gallons of water across the western United States have been lost due to the severe drought, according to a new study. The shrinking water supply has caused the earth to rise.

Slain U.S. Journalist James Foley Remembered In 2012 SDSU Talk

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Two years ago, James Foley visited San Diego State University to share his passion of frontline reporting in war zones.

San Diego Chaldeans Call For Asylum For Iraqi Christians In March Through El Cajon

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The marchers, many of them Iraqi Chaldeans, called for peace in Iraq and urged the United States to welcome refugees fleeing the violence.

San Diego Chaldean Works To Silence ISIS On Social Media

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A San Diego Chaldean-American is working to thwart online recruiting efforts by Islamic militants in Iraq.

San Diego Water Authority Dedicates Raised San Vicente Dam

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A massive expansion of the San Vincente Dam and Reservoir will provide more water reserves in time of drought, like now. San Diego water officials and city leaders on Wednesday dedicated the $416 million project.

Brown Pastures Force Some San Diego Ranchers To Sell Off Cattle

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Severe drought conditions are hitting San Diego County's agricultural industry — from avocado growers to cattle ranchers.

California's Deepening Drought Shrinking Reservoirs

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The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which serves 19 million people from Ventura to the Mexico border, is anticipating drawing down 40 percent of its water storage this year to meet demand.

Water Conservation Efforts Fall Short; California Considers Mandatory Restrictions

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San Diego County has seen a double-digit increase in water use during the past six months, far shy of Gov. Jerry Brown's goal of a 20 percent reduction.

Donations To Help Undocumented Migrants In San Diego Pour In

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The recent surge of undocumented Central American migrants in the San Diego region has prompted intense protests, but also an outpouring of compassion and donations.

Lawmakers Weigh In On Migrant Transports To Southern California

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As hundreds of Central American migrants are being transported from overcrowded facilities in Texas to Southern California, some San Diego and state lawmakers are weighing in.

San Diego Immigrant Rights Groups Rally In Support Of Migrant Families

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The group is collecting children's and women’s clothing, toys, diapers and other supplies to help the immigrant families from Central America.

San Diego Winter Homeless Shelters Close After Record 19-Month Run

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Dozens of homeless people in San Diego who have been staying at the city’s emergency winter shelters will be sent back out on the streets on Tuesday.

San Diego's Rain Year Ends As One Of Driest On Record

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San Diego closes the books Monday on its rainy season, or lack of one. The region is set to record its third year in a row of below normal precipitation.

Report: Great White Shark Population Off California Is Growing

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Shark researchers found the population is much larger than previously thought and does not warrant further protections. Great white sharks have been protected in California since 1994 and in the U.S. since 2005.

Is San Diego Ready For Sky Tram Linking Downtown To Balboa Park?

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Imagine traveling from downtown San Diego to Balboa Park in an aerial tram. San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts is seeking approval Tuesday to spend $75,000 to study his sky-high idea.

Sea Star Die-Off Reaches San Diego

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A massive sea star die-off that started last year along a northern section of the West Coast has spread to San Diego. Some researchers are saying it’s one of the largest marine epidemics ever recorded.

Tony Gwynn To Be Honored At Padres-Mariners Game Wednesday Night

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The San Diego Padres plan to remember Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn at Wednesday's game with a moment of silence, a pre-game video tribute and clips of some of Gwynn's greatest plays shown throughout the night.

Fans Pay Tribute To Tony Gwynn At Petco Park Statue

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Word of Tony Gwynn's passing spread quickly across San Diego Monday morning. A natural place to pay immediate tribute was at his statue at Petco Park.

World Cup Viewing Party At Petco Park Canceled

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A viewing party for the United States' opening match in the World Cup at Petco Park has been canceled following the death of former San Diego Padres and Hall of Fame player Tony Gwynn.

Chaldeans In San Diego Worry About Family Members Fleeing In Iraq

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As Iraq unravels, San Diego’s Chaldean community is calling on the U.S. to help fleeing refugees. President Obama announced Friday morning that the U.S. will not be sending troops to the area.

Unusual Fish Catches Off San Diego Signal Large-Scale El Niño, Researcher Says

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One telltale sign that this year's coming El Niño could be a big one is what’s been reeled in off San Diego's coast.

San Diego Refugees, Advocates Call For More Medical Translators

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A diverse group of two dozen people gathered downtown at San Diego City Hall on Monday to call for more medical translators.

D-Day Veteran And Carlsbad Cadets Travel To Normandy For 70th Anniversary

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Cadets from the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad are in Normandy, France on this 70th anniversary of the Allied Invasion. Before they left, a D-Day veteran helped them prepare for their unforgettable journey.

San Diego D-Day Paratrooper Remembers Historic Jump 70 Years Ago

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Friday marks seven decades since the greatest military invasion in history, known as D-Day. San Diego resident and Army Veteran Tom Rice was one of 160,000 troops who landed in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944.

San Diego County Turnout Just 20 Percent

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San Diego County voters exceeded expectations of a low turnout for Tuesday’s primary election, with just 1 in 5 registered voters casting a ballot.

Start Of Swimming Season Brings Child Drowning Risk

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Drowning is the leading cause of death due to injuries for children ages 1 to 4. Most child drownings happen between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

San Diegans Attend Memorial Day Tributes And Beach Picnics

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Thousands of people across San Diego County marked Memorial Day at commemorative ceremonies, while others kicked off the unofficial start of summer at beaches and parks.

San Diego Marks Memorial Day With Ceremonies Throughout The County

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People across San Diego County will mark Memorial Day at commemorative ceremonies and events to honor those who served and those who died fighting for America.

San Diego County's Water Use Soared During Last Week's Extreme Heat And Wildfires

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Last week’s wildfires and scorching hot temperatures were draining on San Diego County’s water supply. Water usage increased 14 percent over the previous week.

Carlsbad Officials Urge 'Curious' Public To Keep Out Of Burned Areas

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Carlsbad officials are asking the public to stay away from fire-damaged areas and structures, after receiving reports of people exploring and taking photos.

San Diego County Opens Recovery Office For Fire Victims

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San Diego County Planning and Development Services officials are working to reach people whose homes were destroyed or badly damaged in the recent wildfires.

Weaker Santa Ana Winds, Record Hot Temperatures Expected Thursday In San Diego

The strong Santa Ana winds that buffeted San Diego County this week and fueled more than a half-dozen raging wildfires will ease a bit on Thursday, but temperatures are expected rise, according to National Weather Service San Diego.

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