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Stories by Susan Murphy

Climate Change Threatens More Than 120 Native Bird Species In San Diego

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Every winter, San Diego’s lagoons and beaches attract thousands of migrating birds. The region is a crucial refueling spot along one of the world’s busiest bird flight paths. But climate change may leave a lot of birds looking for new place to land.

San Diego County Creates Task Force To Tackle Human Trafficking

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The San Diego Violent Human Trafficking & Child Exploitation Task Force will bring together the collaborative force of local, state and federal law enforcement to investigate organized human trafficking operations.

San Diego-Based Marines Training Iraqis In Fight Against ISIS

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Three years after U.S. troops pulled out of Iraq, some San Diego-based Marines have returned to rebuild Iraq’s disintegrated army in the fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

World War II POWs In San Diego Attend Private 'Unbroken' Screening

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World War II POWs in San Diego and their families were treated to a free private showing of the movie "Unbroken." Many of the veterans said they could relate to the harrowing war story.

Volunteers Needed For San Diego County's Homeless Count

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The annual count, which is on Jan. 23, enables San Diego County to qualify for federal funds that help pay for programs to help the homeless.

San Diego Records Warmest Year On Record

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Last year was San Diego’s warmest since record keeping began in 1872. The average combined high and low temperature at Lindbergh Field was 67.6 degrees — nearly 4 degrees above normal.

Snow Enthusiasts Flock To San Diego Mountains

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San Diego’s foothills and mountains are coated in a picturesque blanket of fluffy white snow. The rare winter wonderland has attracted thousands to Mt. Laguna and the historic town of Julian for sledding, snowball fights and apple pie.

San Diego's Nighttime Helicopters To Fly Countywide

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The city of San Diego’s two nighttime flying helicopters are available to the entire county for firefighting and rescues under a new deal between the two governments.

More Rain Takes Aim At San Diego County

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Another round of rainfall is expected to sweep through San Diego County on Tuesday and Wednesday. It could reap big benefits if residents capture and reuse it.

San Diego Approves $14 Million Security Contract To Protect Vulnerable Water Systems

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The contract, called for under federal Department of Homeland Security guidelines for water and wastewater infrastructure, is for one year at nearly $2.5 million, with four one-year options to renew.

'Big Corridor' Of Rainfall Expected To Douse San Diego County

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A significant rain storm moving into drought-parched San Diego County on Tuesday is expected to bring heavy downpours, mud and debris flows and widespread street flooding.

A Half-Million San Diegans Struggle To Put Food On Thanksgiving Table

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Thanksgiving is one day of the year when fewer poor people go hungry in San Diego County because charities overflow with volunteers to serve hot turkey dinners to those in need. But the rest of the year, a half-million people struggle to put food on the table.

San Diego Families Adopt Marines For Thanksgiving

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Hundreds of families in San Diego County are adding extra place settings to their tables this Thanksgiving, inviting Marines over for a home-cooked turkey and all the fixings.

San Diego's Wartime Women Vets Still Serving Their County Decades Later

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The veterans, some in their 90s, have taken on a new mission: making neck pillows by hand to bring comfort to today's generation of troops.

10 Years Later, Camp Pendleton Marines Remember The Battle For Fallujah

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Hundreds of Iraq War veterans are gathering Friday morning at Camp Pendleton to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the second Battle for Fallujah. This was the fiercest combat of the Iraq war and the deadliest urban battle for the Marines since Vietnam.

Longtime La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid Defeated In Landslide

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La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid, who has been on the City Council since 1981 and the mayor since 1990, lost to two-term City Councilman Mark Arapostathis.

San Diego County Voter Turnout Meets Low Expectations

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San Diego County voters met expectations of a low turnout for Tuesday’s General Election, with just one in three registered voters casting a ballot, according to “semi-official election results” from Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office.

Santa Ana Winds, Single Digit Humidity Increase Fire Risk In San Diego

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San Diego County is under an elevated risk of fire danger through Thursday due to moderate Santa Ana winds, above average temperatures and low humidity levels.

Brown Urges 'Yes' Vote On Water Bond, Rainy Day Fund At San Diego Stop

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Less than a week before Election Day, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday stopped at the San Diego County Water Authority to rally support for Propositions 1 and 2.

San Diego Nurses Say Not Enough Being Done To Prepare For Ebola

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A group of nurses from UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest say the Ebola-designated hospital is not prepared. The nurses are calling for rigorous training and better protective gear.

Navy, Marines Team Up At Camp Pendleton For Disaster Response Training

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The Navy and Marines have teamed up at Camp Pendleton, on land and out at sea, for global crisis training. They're testing a new ship that could be a game-changer the next time troops are called for humanitarian assistance.

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.

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