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Critics Of Earl McNeil Investigation Call For District Attorney's Office To Recuse Itself

Aug. 15
By Matt Hoffman

The San Diego County District Attorney's office is seeking guidance from the California Attorney General's Office over whether or not it should recuse itself from the investigation.

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Utah Firefighter Who Died In California Offered To Help

Aug. 15
By Associated Press

Matthew Burchett said goodbye to his wife and 7-year-old son in early August, volunteering to travel with 37 fellow firefighters from Utah to help battle record-setting blazes in California.

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Yosemite Reopens To Visitors With Smoky Air, Limited Lodging

Aug. 15
By Associated Press

Hikers and nature lovers returned to Yosemite National Park's scenic valley Tuesday after a rare 20-day closure because of smoke from wildfires. Some said they didn't mind the hazy air that obscured scenic vistas; others came prepared with eye drops and face masks.

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What Happened To Earl McNeil?

Aug. 14
By Claire Trageser

There are large holes in the timeline of what happened to Earl McNeil, a man who was hospitalized after being arrested by National City police back in May.

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Fire Near San Diego Zoo Safari Park Forces Evacuations

Aug. 13
By City News Service

A wildfire just west of San Diego Zoo Safari Park — the third to erupt in the area in as many weeks — prompted evacuations Monday afternoon and forced the closure of the rural highway that fronts the popular wild-animal exhibition grounds.

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San Diego Cities Consider Fighting Back Against Proposed State Pot Regulations

Aug. 13
By Matt Hoffman

This week the city council’s of El Cajon and San Marcos are considering sending letters in opposition to proposed state pot rules specifically concerning marijuana deliveries.

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Mayor Faulconer Swears In New San Diego Fire Chief

Aug. 13
By City News Service

Colin Stowell was sworn in Monday as chief of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

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Authors Reveal Story Behind The Notorious McMartin Case

Aug. 13
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Thirty-five years ago this week, a woman in Manhattan Beach, California reported a case of suspected child abuse at the McMartin Preschool setting off a frenzied swirl of allegations that became the longest and most expensive criminal case in U.S. history. A new book reveals the missteps and hysteria surrounding the trial.

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Report: Minor Mistakenly Convicted Under Operation Streamline

Aug. 13
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Operation Streamline, which fast-tracks the prosecution of immigrants who enter the U.S. illegally, has been in effect in San Diego for more than a month.

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Cooler Weather Helps Crews Fight Southern California Fire

Aug. 13
By Associated Press

Aided by slightly cooler temperatures, firefighters made steady progress Sunday in battling a wildfire that destroyed 16 structures as it raged through Southern California's Cleveland National Forest.

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City Of San Diego Launches New Technology For Public Safety

Aug. 10
By Jade Hindmon

The city of San Diego is testing drones to help first responders in emergencies under a new federal program.

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California Crews Scramble To Keep Flames From Reaching Homes

Aug. 10
By Associated Press

Firefighters worked Friday to keep a growing Southern California forest fire that is feeding on dry brush and trees from reaching foothill neighborhoods a day after flames roared to new ferocity and came within yards of homes.

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Roundtable: Convention Center Plan Sidetracked

Aug. 10
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

San Diego's convention center expansion plan is put in doubt, a new deportation risk for international college students, and the politics of California's wildfires.

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As Temperatures Hit Triple Digits, ER Doctors Brace For Surge In Patients

Aug. 10
By Susan Murphy

Temperatures in El Cajon in 30 of the last 40 days have reached 90 degrees or hotter, according to data from the National Weather Service, with nearly 10 of those days hitting triple digits.

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Firefighters Battle To Curb Wildfire Before Winds Return

Aug. 10
By Associated Press

More than a thousand firefighters battled to keep a raging Southern California forest fire from reaching foothill neighborhoods Friday before the expected return of blustery winds that drove the flames to new ferocity a day earlier.

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