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    A car accident in Carlsbad escalated as the drivers began fighting Sunday morning.

    Just after 10:30 a.m., a Camaro ran into a Mustang near Tamarack Avenue and southbound Interstate 5, according to California Highway Patrol.

    The driver of the Camaro was speeding, CHP officers said.

    After the collision, the two drivers then began fighting.

    The Camaro driver said the Mustang driver punched him in the mouth first, so he returned by punching the other driver several times, according to CHP.

    CHP and the North County Fire Protection District responded.

    It is not clear if charges will be made at this time.

    No one was taken to the hospital for injuries, CHP said.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    A routine traffic stop became anything but routine when the driver pulled out a gun and killed himself.A routine traffic stop became anything but routine when the driver pulled out a gun and killed himself.

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    A bicyclist is suing a San Diego police officer for excessive force after a traffic stop in Torrey Pines State Beach.

    Charles Goodsell, 64, was stopped by Officer Erik Pollock in February for supposedly failing to stop at a stop sign.

    Goodsell was biking in the area, which he called a “customary Sunday morning bike ride.”

    Pollock asked to see Goodsell’s driver’s license, which Goodsell didn’t have on him, according to the suit.

    The officer then asked Goodsell to set his bike on the ground. Goodsell initially refused because the “bike was very expensive and he said he did not want to put it on the ground,” according to the suit.

    In Pollock’s police report, he said Goodsell then angrily threw his bike across the street before lying down.

    The bicyclist spread out his arms and legs while on the ground.

    “I was quite scared that this was a very aggressive or bellicose individual, and I did not want to cross him in any way,” Goodsell told NBC 7.

    Pollock said Goodsell may have been under the influence of a controlled substance, according to his report.

    The officer asked the bicyclist to get off the ground.

    Goodsell alleges the officer choked him while handcuffing him.

    “I thought he was going to rip both of my arms off, and he put the handcuffs on tight enough to injure both of my wrists,” Goodsell said.

    Goodsell was taken to Palomar Hospital in Poway for a mental evaluation. He was released within an hour and a half, according to the suit.

    His wife then took him to a La Jolla emergency room. Goodsell had a sprained forearm and a neck contusion, according to x-rays taken by the University of California, San Diego Emergency Department.

    Goodsell filed a claim against the city on April 20 but was denied.

    Now in a lawsuit, he alleges excessive force and false arrest.

    SDPD said it can’t comment on pending litigation.

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    The Justice and Equity Coalition held a community event for Escondido residents Sunday afternoon to discuss topics from rent control to family separation.

    The topics were picked by J&E after previous workshop sessions, according to Jessica Amezcua, an organizer for the event.

    “I am a local resident, and I have, multiple times, seen [people I know] scared to go outside of their houses,” Amezcua said.

    The community gave input on housing and rent control, services for those with special needs, and immigration and family separation.

    “I believe all these three issues are very crucial and important,” Amezcua told NBC 7. “Not only here in Escondido, but important in other cities as well.”

    Escondido elected officials and those currently running for office were invited, according to Amezcua. Seven attended.

    Mayor of Escondido Sam Abed confirmed his attendance but did not show, Amezcua said.

    “A lot of these individuals – immigrant communities, minority communities – they need to understand that there are people willing to help,” Amezcua said. “And that these issues matter because we should not be scared in the streets – we should not be scared in our own community – we should feel safe.”

    J&E is comprised of the Resurrection Church Social Justice Ministry, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Community Church of Poway, the United Service Workers West’s Janitors Union, the Justice Overcoming Boundaries, and the Employee Rights Center.

    The meeting lasted from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

    About 600 people attended.

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    A 19-year-old motorcyclist was killed after colliding with a car in Carlsbad Sunday night.

    He was from San Marcos, according to Carlsbad police.

    The teen collided with a Toyota Tundra near the intersection of Carlsbad Boulevard and Cannon Road.

    The driver of the Tundra was a 38-year-old man from Grand Terrace, according to the Carlsbad Police Department.

    Officers arrived at the scene just after 4:30 p.m.

    The 19-year-old was found with serious injuries and was pronounced dead while en route to a nearby hospital, said Carlsbad police.

    Both the motorcycle and the Tundra had extensive damage, according to Carlsbad officials.

    Carlsbad police are currently investigating the incident.

    Northbound Carlsbad Boulevard at Cannon Road was temporarily closed. It was expected to reopen around 9 p.m. Sunday.

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    A multiple-vehicle accident shut down four lanes on westbound Interstate 8 in Del Cerro Sunday night.

    The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and the California Highway Patrol responded around 8:45 p.m.

    At this time, one person had to be extricated from a car.

    A Sig Alert was issued for I-8 just west of College Avenue.

    Another collision occurred on westbound I-8 in the same area around 2 p.m. Sunday. That crash caused two lanes to be blocked, and were reopened within an hour.

    No other information was available.

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    Photo Credit: Scott Baird, NBC 7

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    President Donald Trump defended his widely criticized mocking of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, in an interview on "60 Minutes" Sunday, NBC News reported.

    "If I had not made that speech, we would not have won," he said.

    The Senate narrowly confirmed Kavanaugh to the court last week after an extraordinarily bitter battle. Ford testified that Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were in high school during the 1980s, telling the Senate Judiciary Committee that she thought she would "accidentally be killed." Kavanaugh strenuously denied the allegation.

    "I was just saying she didn't seem to know anything," Trump said in the CBS interview, having described at a rally how she didn't remember key details of the decades-old allegation.

    The interview, in which Trump discussed a slew of things from climate change to the economy, aired Sunday night on CBS' "60 Minutes."

    Photo Credit: Evan Vucci/AP

    President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Erie Insurance Arena, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Erie, Pa.President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Erie Insurance Arena, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Erie, Pa.

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    The deaths of two young orcas in the Pacific Northwest have galvanized Washington state to do more to protect the whales' dwindling population, NBC News reported.

    First, a mother orca known as J35 carried her stillborn calf for 17 days. Then a rambunctious young killer whale known for breaching went missing and was soon declared dead.

    The orcas that spend their summers near Seattle have been listed as endangered as their population has fallen from near 200 to 74 due to falling salmon counts, pollution in the water and intrusions from whale watchers.

    "This is not a time for compromise and for moving slowly," said state Sen. Kevin Ranker. "This is a time for bold actions."

    Photo Credit: Elaine Thompson/AP, File

    In this July 31, 2015, file photo, an orca whale breaches in view of Mount Baker in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands, Wash.In this July 31, 2015, file photo, an orca whale breaches in view of Mount Baker in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands, Wash.

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    A new poll shows that little more than a third of Americans would pass a basic multiple choice U.S. citizenship test, NBC News reported.

    The survey, released this month by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, sampled 1,000 American adults and was modeled after the test taken by immigrants in the process of naturalization.

    Respondents 65 and older scored the best (74 percent), while only 19 percent of test-takers 45 and younger passed. The survey asks about everything from important dates to historical figures and current events.

    How would you do on a U.S. citizenship exam? You can take a practice test on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    In this file photo, 100 immigrants become American citizens during a naturalization ceremony at Liberty State Park on September 17, 2015 in Jersey City, New Jersey.In this file photo, 100 immigrants become American citizens during a naturalization ceremony at Liberty State Park on September 17, 2015 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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    Police are asking for help to find a missing man with dementia who was last seen Sunday morning and may be lost. 

    Gilbert Trevisio, 81, was last seen at 9:50 a.m. at an assisted living facility in Shelltown on Mission View Drive east of Interstate 5. 

    Trevisio is diagnosed with dementia and believes he lives in Yuma, Arizona. Police believe he may not be able to find his way home.

    He has been reported missing in the past and was located in the downtown San Diego area, police said.

    Trevisio is 5 foot 6 inches tall, has grey hair and blue eyes and was last seen wearing a blue shirt, grey sweatpants and black tennis shoes. 

    Anyone who believes they have seen Trevisio should contact SDPD at (619) 531-2000. 

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    A pedestrian was unconscious when officers arrived to a call of a car crash on El Cajon Boulevard in El Cerrito Monday morning, police said.  

    The pedestrian was transported to Scripps Mercy Hospital in unknown condition just after the crash near College Avenue around 6:15 a.m., the San Diego Police Department said.

    Police did not say whether the driver stayed at the scene, but a blue car with windshield damage could be seen from SkyRanger 7 pulled to the side of the road.

    El Cajon Boulevard was closed to traffic as officers investigated the crash. It was not clear when lanes would reopen. 

    No other information was available.

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    A Lyft driver said he avoided what could have been a deadly situation when crashed into a fallen tree limb in Mission Bay Monday morning.

    The driver, Jeffrey Young, was headed to pick up a customer and was transitioning from Ingraham Street to W. Mission Bay Drive when he struck a large tree branch that was blocking the roadway.

    Young saw the branch and swerved so his car only partially struck the branch. 

    He was not hurt and his car only received minor damage but he said it could have been worse if he struck the tree branch head-on.

    "I would have definitely been killed," Young said. "Fortunately I veered to the left to get out of the tree but I still hit the side of it."

    It was not clear if elevated winds caused the tree branch to fall but San Diego County was in the midst of a Red Flag Warning due to strong winds and low humidity at the time of the crash.

    A city tree removal crew was sent to chop up the limb and remove it from the roadway. 

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    Former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. is expected in court Monday on allegations that he raped an unconscious teenager when he was a junior at the University of Miami.

    Winslow was 19 years old at the time of the June 2003 incident that led to felony charges of forcible rape and rape of an unconscious woman, prosecutors said. 

    On Monday, a judge is to hear evidence relating to the incident and determine whether there was enough evidence to bind him over for trial.

    His preliminary hearing had been postponed once before so Winslow could recover from knee surgery. 

    Winslow, now 34, has already been bound over for trial on kidnap, forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and forcible sodomy charges stemming from allegations that he raped or attempted to rape at least four women over the age of 50 over a three-month span of time, according to court documents.

    Winslow was first arrested on June 7 after a report of a possible burglary in Park Encinitas, a senior community located on North El Camino Real, east of Interstate 5 and north of Encinitas Boulevard.

    At the time, he faced first-degree burglary charges.

    He was later accused of sexual assault, kidnapping and sodomy in connection with incidents dating back to March 17, according to the complaint. 

    Court documents revealed Winslow had entered the senior community on June 7. Prosecutors say Winslow intended to rape an 86-year-old woman who was sleeping inside her home.  

    The complaint alleges Winslow also raped a 54-year-old woman and a 59-year-old woman on March 17 and May 13, respectively, in his SUV. 

    One of the women accusing Winslow of rape testified that she was choked and told she would be killed if she screamed.

    He had attempted to rape a 71-year-old woman and burglarized her property on June 1 and had indecently exposed himself in public on May 24, the DA's office said.

    Three of the crimes occurred within a mile to 1.5 miles from Winslow's home, prosecutors established.

    Winslow pleaded not guilty and was initially held without bail based on "clear and convincing" evidence he poses a threat to the community and is considered a flight risk.

    The judge later set bail at $2 million. 

    If convicted on all counts, Winslow could be sentenced to life in prison. 

    Defense attorney Harvey A. Steinberg said Winslow looks forward to being vindicated.

    Winslow, the son of former San Diego Chargers great Kellen Winslow Sr., grew up in San Diego and graduated from Scripps Ranch High School before playing his college football at the University of Miami. 

    His NFL career started with the Cleveland Browns in 2004 and included stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and New York Jets.

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    A creative group of scuba divers submerged 30 feet beneath the surface in the Florida Keys to carve pumpkins.

    The event took place at the annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving contest that took place Sunday near Key Largo.

    Underwater artists of all ages used dive knives and carving tools to transform their orange gourds into sea creatures. Participants were also challenged to keep the hollow, naturally buoyant pumpkins from floating off while the artists worked their magic.

    Sebastian Gimeno, 16, and his brother Gabriel, from Weston, impressed the judges with their dolphin and half-moon cutout to win a dive trip.

    Other pump-kin entries included sharks, a sea horse, an eel, sea turtle and a skeleton fish.

    Photo Credit: Florida Keys News Bureau

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    An Egyptian man was found dead in the ocean off San Diego last week and homicide investigators are trying to determine what led to the man's death.

    A fisherman first spotted the body of a man roughly 2.5 miles offshore on Wednesday, police said.

    On Monday, police identified the man as Abdelkader Elshayeb, of Egypt.

    Elshayeb was wearing board shorts and there was a chain wrapped around his waist, police said. The chain was less than half of an inch thick.

    The SDPD Homicide Unit is currently investigating it as a suspicious death.

    Anyone with information can contact San Diego police detectives at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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    A young couple awoke to guns in their faces Monday as several masked men attempted to rob their City Heights home, the San Diego Police Department said. 

    The 27-year-old man and 20-year-old woman were sleeping in their bed at their home near Interstate 805 and El Cajon Boulevard when they were awakened around 8:30 a.m. by multiple masked men standing over them, SDPD said. 

    Most were pointing guns at them and one had a knife to the man's throat as they demanded the couple's valuables.

    The man was left with several cuts, police said. 

    It was not clear what, if anything, was taken from the home. Police did not specify how many people were involved or if any suspect description was given. 

    No other information was available.

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    The San Diego City Attorney’s Office was awarded a quarter-of-a-million-dollar grant for its work with drug DUI cases.

    “Driving under the influence of drugs can have devastating effects on San Diego drivers and their families,” City Attorney Mara W. Elliott said.

    The grant will help fund officials from arrests through any convictions, according to a statement released by Elliott’s office Monday.

    The year-long grant runs from October 1 to September 30 of the following year. San Diego also received the award in 2017.

    The city saw 3,110 DUI cases under its last grant, 228 were misdemeanor cases involving drug use, according to the City Attorney’s Office.

    “Our city continues to see DUI cases involving the misuse of prescription drugs, marijuana, and illegal drugs, often in combination with alcohol,” Elliott said.

    In 2015, there were 90 deaths and 2,364 serious injuries as a result of DUI crashes throughout the county, according to the City Attorney.

    Elliott’s team has supported efforts like “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze” and other campaigns to deter dangerous driving.

    “Driving under the influence is a crime that will not be tolerated,” said Rhonda Craft, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “Funding the prosecution of individuals who put lives at risk is one of many ways we are working to educate the public on the dangers and consequences of driving under the influence.”

    The $255,850 grant was funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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    The Department of Homeland Security says it's working to identify who — or what — is behind an increasing number of attempted cyber attacks on U.S. election databases ahead of next month's midterms.

    "We are aware of a growing volume of cyber activity targeting election infrastructure in 2018," the department's Cyber Mission Center said in an intelligence assessment issued last week and obtained by NBC News. "Numerous actors are regularly targeting election infrastructure, likely for different purposes, including to cause disruptive effects, steal sensitive data, and undermine confidence in the election."

    The assessment said the federal government does not know who is behind the attacks, but it said all potential intrusions were either prevented or mitigated.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

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    The Mega Millions jackpot has surged to record territory after no ticket matched all six numbers in Friday's drawing. 

    Tuesday's estimated $654 million jackpot would be the second-largest prize in Mega Millions history, lottery officials said. The record prize for Mega Millions was $656 million for the March 30, 2012, drawing.

    "It’s so exciting for our players, and all of us, to see the Mega Millions jackpot getting so close to an all-time record level," said Gordon Medenica, Lead Director of the Mega Millions Consortium and Director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming. "With a little luck, we may still break that record by Tuesday."

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    The jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of California office workers won $543 million.

    Three other Mega Millions jackpots have been won this year – $451 million on January 5 (Florida), $533 million on March 30 (New Jersey), and $142 million on May 4 (Ohio).

    It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of instant wealth aren't good. The chance of matching all six numbers and winning the jackpot is one in 302.5 million.

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    Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    The largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history was a $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot won in January 2016 by players in three states. That would make the estimated jackpot for Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing the fourth largest overall. 

    Photo Credit: Getty Images, File

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    A popular online dating site entered into a legal settlement with several counties in California because some users were automatically renewed for the service and denied refunds. 

    San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties along with the city of Santa Monica settled a consumer protection action Monday with Spark Networks USA, LLC.

    The Los Angeles-based company, which runs dating websites like Jdate and Christian Mingle, was automatically renewing users without telling them.

    Under federal and state law, consumers must be notified if a subscription is renewed. 

    Users must get a clear notification of the renewal and signal their acceptance with a check-box or similar form, according to the settlement.

    The company will pay $500,000 in civil penalties and nearly $1 million in restitution. The penalties will be distributed among the municipalities. 

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    Saudi Arabia’s government is discussing a plan to admit that missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, three people with knowledge of the situation tell NBC News.

    According to two of the individuals, the Saudis are putting together an explanation that would absolve Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the putative leader of Saudi Arabia, of responsibility by giving him plausible deniability to say he didn’t order the killing and didn’t know about it.

    Photo Credit: AP

    FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2018, file photo, people hold signs during a protest at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in Washington.FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2018, file photo, people hold signs during a protest at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in Washington.

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