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    The United States is already feeling the heat from climate change — and the damage could cost hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century if more preventive measures aren't taken now, a new federal report has found.

    Climate change has worldwide implications as well, which also means more trouble for the United States, NBC News reported. And it warns of a "cascading effect" that will alter lives and economies across the country, causing fuel shortages and increased power outages.

    "The impacts of climate change beyond our borders are expected to increasingly affect our trade and economy, including import and export prices and U.S. businesses with overseas operations and supply chains," it says. "With continued growth in emissions at historic rates, annual losses in some economic sectors are projected to reach hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century — more than the current gross domestic product (GDP) of many U.S. states."

    "Extreme weather and climate-related impacts on one system can result in increased risks or failures in other critical systems, including water resources, food production and distribution, energy and transportation, public health, international trade, and national security," the report says.

    Photo Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

    Fire evacuees sift through a surplus of donated items in a parking lot in Chico, California on November 17, 2018. More than 1,000 people remain listed as missing in the worst-ever wildfire to hit the US state.Fire evacuees sift through a surplus of donated items in a parking lot in Chico, California on November 17, 2018. More than 1,000 people remain listed as missing in the worst-ever wildfire to hit the US state.

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    Police chased a driver in a stolen car through Chula Vista Saturday from H Street to the highway and, ultimately, through a tunnel before arresting him.

    Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) Lt. Rusty Rea said the suspect – David Felix, 25 – had allegedly stolen a car out of El Cajon. Police received a report that Felix was at a house in Chula Vista at Palomar Street and View Park but, when officers got to the home, he was gone.

    A short time later, Felix was spotted by police on Olympic Parkway and a pursuit began. Police said the suspect drove the wrong way on East H Street then continued onto northbound State Route 125.

    Rea said Felix made a U-turn and nearly hit a police car. At this point, officers stopped chasing him on the ground but the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department helicopter continued keeping an eye on him by air.

    Felix pulled over in a tunnel and fled on foot. Officers were able to catch up with him and he was arrested just before 11 a.m.

    Rea said no one was hurt in the pursuit. The investigation is ongoing.

    Photo Credit: File Image

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    An undocumented migrant mother was injured at the U.S.-Mexico border in south San Diego late Friday when she tried to illegally enter the United States by climbing a barbed wire fence with her two children.

    The incident happened at East San Ysidro Boulevard and Rail Court. U.S. Border Patrol agent Tekae Michael told NBC 7 the mother was impaled by the concertina wiring on the fence, injuring her hip area.

    The children – whose ages were not disclosed – had also attempted to climb the fence with their mother but were not hurt, Michael said.

    The mother was taken to a local hospital for treatment; the children were also taken to a hospital, as a precaution, for medical evaluation.

    Michael said the family is from Guatemala but the Border Patrol agent said they were not part of the migrant caravan currently heading to the nation’s southern border.

    Michael said the mother would be treated, processed by Border Patrol and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It is unclear, at this point, what will happen to the children.

    The fence at the U.S.-Mexico border has been reinforced for the past few weeks to keep migrants from illegally climbing into the U.S. as a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America makes its way to the border.

    The migrant caravan has made its way by foot and bus from Central America to the southern border of Mexico and from there to Tijuana, where thousands are now living in overcrowded shelters until they can seek asylum from the U.S.

    In response to this potential influx of migrants, the Department of Defense sent approximately 5,800 active duty, reserve and National Guard troops – including 1,100 Camp Pendleton-based U.S. Marines – to span the border to assist the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the “hardening” of the border. Concertina wiring was added to the border fence, too.

    Last week, when DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen toured the fence she told reporters that those border fortification efforts would continue with the help of the military.

    “This is a border wall with row upon row of concertina wire,” said Nielsen. “Make no mistake – we are very serious. You will not get into our country illegally.”

    Nielsen called the migrant caravan a “crisis” that could mean serious trouble for the U.S. She said traveling with the caravan does not give migrants “a special right to enter this country” and that those migrants would have to “get in line” when it comes to the asylum-seeking process.

    Photo Credit: John Moore/Getty Images

    A Mexican lighthouse shines above the U.S.-Mexico border fence on Nov. 16, 2018, in San Diego, California, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico. U.S. border agencies continued to fortify the fence with razor wire as members of the migrant caravan arrived to Tijuana across the border from San Diego.A Mexican lighthouse shines above the U.S.-Mexico border fence on Nov. 16, 2018, in San Diego, California, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico. U.S. border agencies continued to fortify the fence with razor wire as members of the migrant caravan arrived to Tijuana across the border from San Diego.

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    When consumers shop small this Saturday, it’s a big deal for locally-owned businesses that thrive from the support on this day and, really, year-round.

    Just ask Brian Beevers, the owner of Simply Local on University Avenue in North Park.

    “Shopping local has a ripple effect across everything,” he told NBC 7. “First off, you’re supporting a local artist that spends a lot of hours and time on each product. Not only do you have a product that’s built with so much more love than a manufactured item, you have a product that’s supporting a family, directly. You have a product that is only locally-found; you have a product that is actually creating shops like this that support many artists.”

    Beevers’ store is one of many small shops taking part in Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24 – the Saturday after Black Friday that urges consumers to spend their money shopping for holiday gifts at local, independently-owned shops rather than big box retailers.

    In North Park, stores like Simply Local, Pigment, Paw Pleasers and The Girl Can’t Help It are among those offering deals to draw customers on the big day.

    At Beevers’ shop, the selection of unique goods runs the gamut – from handmade jewelry, leather goods, food and home décor to candles, essential oils, stationery and books written by local authors.

    He said the money local artists earn from the sales of their products goes right back into the local economy, helping the whole community thrive.

    “They take the money they earn and spend it at another business here locally,” Beevers explained. “That’s our mission, to support small, local businesses as opposed to putting that money into some big box store that you’re just never going to see that money in your local economy.”

    North Park Main Street Association spokesperson Angela Landsberg said the point of shopping small is quite simple: “Shopping local keeps your money local.”

    “For every $1 you spend, 68-cents of that will stay local within the economy of North Park,” Landsberg told NBC 7.

    And, she said, the benefits are far-reaching.

    “North Park businesses employ local and it’s better for the environment to shop local. There are so many why shopping local is where it’s at,” she added.

    As part of the nationwide Small Business Saturday movement, shoppers who visit North Park on Saturday may be rewarded with prizes including free shirts and pet care items. Shoppers are invited to bring their receipts to The Explore North Park book on Ray Street at University Avenue in search of possible freebies from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Small Business Saturday doesn’t just happen in North Park. Communities across San Diego County will highlight their local businesses including Little Italy, Hillcrest, South Park and Liberty Station.

    In Paradise Hills, the 2nd Annual Paradise Hills Night Market, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Penn Athletic Field, will showcase local restaurants and shops.

    The 4th Annual Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll along Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., will highlight 32 independently-owned businesses in that neighborhood.

    Happy (small) shopping, San Diego.

    Photo Credit: North Park Main Street/Facebook
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    A Chula Vista mother and her 11-year-old son want an apology from a driver who struck the boy as he walked to the park with his family but did not stop to check if he was hurt.

    “It was scary and kind of mean, as well,” Hector Fimbres, 11, told NBC 7 on Saturday. “She should’ve pulled over as well.”

    Hector was walking with his great aunt and younger siblings to the park on Monday. As the family crossed the crosswalk at Brandywine Avenue and Sequoia Street, an unknown driver in a blue Chevrolet Impala turned and hit Hector.

    “When she was turning, I saw her, when she hit me, at the time, and then she just ran away after,” Hector recounted.

    Hector put his hands on the hood of the woman’s car and his great-aunt began to yell at the driver. The woman pulled over for a second but then drove away.

    The lack of compassion is what bothers Hector’s mother, Ana Fimbres, the most.

    “Who strikes a kid and doesn’t even stop?” said Ana. “She didn’t even have the decency to stop and check on him. You hit a kid, you do something about it. She was more worried about what was going to happen to her than what happened to my kid.”

    Ana said the woman was distracted by her cell phone at the time of the hit-and-run.

    The younger children were not hurt but Ana can’t help but think the outcome could’ve been so much worse. Had Hector’s smaller siblings been in front of him and not behind him, Ana thinks the car could’ve hit one of the little ones on the head.

    Hector was taken to the hospital, where he was checked for internal bleeding and other injuries. Fortunately, the boy walked away with only bruising on his side and knee.

    Ana said a witness was able to get the car’s license plate. The family filed a police report with the Chula Vista Police Department and investigators told them the license plate is registered out of Fallbrook.

    At this point, police could not say if the driver has yet been contacted.

    Ana said her family has been posting about the incident on social media in hopes of tracking down the driver. She said, more than anything, she wants the driver to say she's sorry.

    “That’s just not right. It’s ridiculous,” she said. “I hope that they catch her.”

    Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego

    Chula Vista resident Hector Fimbres, 11, was struck by a hit-and-run driver at Brandywine Avenue and Sequoia Street on Nov. 19, 2018.Chula Vista resident Hector Fimbres, 11, was struck by a hit-and-run driver at Brandywine Avenue and Sequoia Street on Nov. 19, 2018.

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    A resident of San Diego’s Shelltown community got a bizarre surprise when he arrived home Saturday morning: a stranger had climbed onto his roof, refusing to come down.

    “I asked him, ‘Hey, what are you doing on my roof?’ He was a random stranger, so I called the cops,” said Augustine Perez.

    San Diego Police Department (SDPD) officers and San Diego-Fire Rescue Department firefighters arrived at the home on 41st and Beta streets at 9:30 a.m. to find the man still on the roof. Police said the man was on drugs but did not release further details.

    Firefighters and officers placed a ladder on the building and told the man to carefully come down. He paced on the roof for a while.

    Perez said the man eventually pulled the ladder onto the roof and then used it as a bridge so he could walk from rooftop to rooftop of different homes.

    “He was literally running on top of other neighbors’ roofs,” Perez recounted.

    The man wasn’t saying a word, just running, Perez said, while officers continued to tell him to come down.

    A short time later, the man jumped off the roof and officers were able to arrest him without incident.

    No one was hurt. Perez said the incident was definitely memorable.

    Photo Credit: Augustine Perez

    Shelltown resident Augustine Perez arrived home to find a stranger on his roof. Police said the man was on drugs.Shelltown resident Augustine Perez arrived home to find a stranger on his roof. Police said the man was on drugs.

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    A group of Southern California doctors crossed the border into Tijuana on Saturday to treat members of the migrant caravan who are camping in overcrowded shelters.

    About 20 medical professionals — doctors and medical students from UCLA and UC Irvine — traveled from the Los Angeles area to the border with medical supplies.

    “We’ve been watching the pain and suffering on the news and just sitting there and feeling sorry for them isn’t enough. We have to do something,” said Margarita Loeza, a doctor at UCLA’s Providence St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica.

    The group met in San Diego and traveled to Tijuana with local volunteers who were also delivering food and water to shelters.

    The Central American migrants have been living in camps in unhealthy conditions.

    “Not only have they been dealing with poor nutrition, which has led to a number of medical problems, but also they’ve suffered abuse from protesters in Tijuana throwing rocks,” said Phillip Canete, the organizer of the medical brigade.

    Doctors say that a large number of migrants are also dealing with flu and foot problems from their long journey.  Many are dealing with colds, cough and other infections because, being from Central American, the migrants have not acclimated to the colder climate here, Canete said.

    The doctors set the clinic Saturday and were hoping to meet with 50 patients a day and will likely return for follow up visits.

    “We’re also immigrants,” Loeza said. “Our family migrated in different ways. They’re human beings and we want to help them. It’s the right thing to do.”

    For many of the migrant families, it may take months just to apply for asylum. That likely meant that their mission to treat the migrants will be a long-term one.

    Saturday’s visit was also to assess the migrants’ needs so that “the next time we come we come better equipped,” Loeza said.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7

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    Giving thanks is not just a once a year event. An artist is trying to leave something in City Heights that will bring thanks the whole calendar year.

    A utility box at the corner of Winona and University avenues may look like an average utility box in a typical neighborhood, but in the hands of Oceanside-based artist Melissa Ferguson, it was transformed into a work of art.

    Ferguson was commissioned by the City Heights Business Association to paint a mural on this box in particular. More than 300 have been painted around the country — and for good reason.

    “Utility boxes are everywhere and there are a lot of them,” Ferguson said. “It gives artists the opportunity to create something beautiful on them and have artwork displayed everywhere.”

    The goal of the project is to spread a feeling of community pride. The murals are part of a widespread effort to beautify urban areas by reflecting the multicultural aspects of each neighborhood

    This particular one on the 4900 block of University Avenue highlights the Ethiopian and Somalian communities of City Heights.

    “It’s beautiful color and picture,” a Somalian woman who did not wish to reveal her name said. “You feeling this area belong to us.”

    The painting is already part of the community. In just one weekend, it's already getting big thanks from all sizes.

    “I've been wanting to catch her so he could meet her because he's been so excited,” another City Heights woman said of her 4-year-old nephew. “I can’t believe how much that painting has got him.”

    City Heights Business Association is still accepting submission until Dec. 1 from those wanting to lend their artistic hands to the beautification project. You will need to submit three images of your most recent artwork.

    To submit your work or for more information, visit

    Photo Credit: NBC 7

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    A motorcyclist was severely hurt Saturday evening in a crash that shut down a busy off-ramp on state Route 52 for a time, according to the San Diego Police Department.

    A car collided with the motorcyclist at the intersection of Luna Avenue and Regents Road around 7:20 p.m., police said.

    The driver of the car and the motorcyclist both stopped for a red light on Luna Avenue, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said. The car was driving eastbound and the motorcyclist was heading eastbound.

    Once the light turned green, the 25-year-old driver of the car turned left onto the path the motorcyclist, hitting him, Buttle said.

    The 66-year-old male rider was transported to an area hospital with compound fractures, Sgt. Michael Tansey said. His injuries are considered life-threatening, Buttle said.

    The off-ramp to Regents Road and Clairemont Mesa Boulevard from eastbound SR-52 was shut down as a precaution but reopened about three hours later.

    The 25-year-man was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident, Buttle said.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7

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    Two people were killed in a fiery crash Saturday evening in Ocotillo Wells, according to Cal Fire San Diego.

    A pick-up truck collided with another vehicle just before 7 p.m. on state Route 78, east of Borrego Springs Road near Quarry Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    The two vehicles caught fire killing both drivers, the highway law enforcement agency said.

    Route 78 was briefly closed in both directions for the investigation but has since reopened.

    The cause of the crash has not been determined.

    Photo Credit: CalFire

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    Climate change may soon have more devastating effects on our health, safety, and economy, according to a dire warning from Congress’ latest report released Friday.

    The report was just another sobering look at the drastic effects of climate change, Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina said.

    His city has been working diligently to try and stay one step ahead of a natural disaster, such as the Bayfront, where water levels there can get dangerously high.

    “We've seen the actually bay shore bikeway flood during king tides, or really high tides, something that we never use to see that has really started to happen more recently," Dedina said.

    In addition to being the mayor of the seaside town, he is also the executive director at Wildcoast, a non-profit organization specializing in coastal conservation.

    Dedina said flood concerns in Imperial Beach are strongly tied to climate change.

    “We found that we could have about 30 percent of town impacts by coastal flooding," he said.

    That is why the city has focused its efforts on off-setting some of climate change’s effects, such as wetlands restoration.

    The South San Diego Bay Wetland Restoration Project has restored more than 250 acres of coastal wetlands in the southwest corner of San Diego Bay, including Imperial Beach.

    “This is really big wetland restoration project for the Fish and Wildlife Service,” Dedina said. “So things like this help but we have a lot more to do."

    The trickle-down effect of climate change can be seen across the state with the recent wildfires and warmer summers, he said. The way to combat climate change is to off-set some of the damage humans have done to the environment, Dedina said.

    “Climate change is here it's happening it's up to us to figure out to deal with it and the more effective way is to work with nature not against it," he said.

    Click here, to read the entire climate change report.

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    Piling on top of the hundreds of flights already grounded in the Midwest, more than 800 flights have been canceled in Chicago Sunday during one of the busiest travel seasons of the year as severe weather threatens to move in the area.

    So far, O'Hare has seen over 700 flights canceled, with 710 having been cut so far Sunday. The average flight delay is still around 15 minutes, but air traffic has already been snarled due to conditions that will continue to deteriorate through the rest of the evening. 

    A total of 124 flights have been canceled at Midway. 

    Because of the strong winds and blizzard conditions across much of Nebraska and parts of Kansas, Iowa and Missouri, about 600 flights headed to or from the U.S. had been canceled by Sunday morning in the central plains and Great Lakes region, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware. Many were supposed to be routed through Chicago or Kansas City. And part of Interstate 80 between Lincoln and Omaha in Nebraska was closed Sunday after snowfall caused multiple accidents, including semitrailer trucks that jackknifed across the highway.

    Travelers were being urged to check their flight's status with their airline.

    Ahead of potentially heavy snow on Sunday, a Blizzard Warning will be issued to replace the Winter Storm Warning in place for several counties across Illinois, starting at 6 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday, impacting travel plans for those returning from their Thanksgiving holiday.

    Sunday in Chicago is expected to be cold and windy with temperature highs in the upper 30s and lows in the mid-20s.

    Photo Credit: AP, File

    This December 2017 file photo shows holiday travelers at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.This December 2017 file photo shows holiday travelers at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.

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    Large crowds on both sides of the border near San Ysidro and Tijuana marched in support of the migrant caravan.

    The demonstrations hope to have the caravan's asylum requests processed.

    This comes after the Trump administration began working on major changes to immigration law.

    Take a look inside the two-front marches near the border below.

    In San Ysidro, a large crowd marched to the border in support of the migrant caravan.In San Ysidro, a large crowd marched to the border in support of the migrant caravan.

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    Thirteen sea lions have been found dead along the shores of Washington since September, according reports from a wildlife welfare group.

    As NBC News reported, six of the sea lions died of gunshot wounds, four in West Seattle and two in Kitsap County, according to Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network. The other seven died of acute trauma suspected from human interactions around Kitsap County and the Puget Sound, with one sea lion washing up decapitated, said Seal Sitters, an organization that responds to reports of dead or stranded sea lions.

    Marine mammals, like sea lions, are protected in the U.S. by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which prohibits people from harassing, hunting, capturing, killing marine mammals, or attempting to do so. Violations of the MMPA could result in fines of up to $28,520 and/or one year in prison. The 13 sea lion deaths are currently being investigated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries. Sea lion deaths increase around the time that fishing runs do, according to Seal Sitters, because fishermen and sea lions often hunt for the same food.

    “We are concerned about a number of recent reports of marine mammal deaths caused by gunshots in the greater Seattle area. All marine mammals are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and OLE investigates all reported unlawful takes of sea lions,” Greg Busch, assistant director of the NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Law Enforcement (OLE), said in a statement.

    Photo Credit: AP Photo/Don Ryan, File

    This March 2018 file photo shows a sea lion in Newport, Ore.This March 2018 file photo shows a sea lion in Newport, Ore.

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    With border marches in San Ysidro and Tijuana, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other agencies announced closures throughout the area Sunday.

    CBP closed all southbound lanes into Mexico at the San Ysidro Port of Entry at around 11:15 a.m. 

    Northbound vehicle traffic processing at the San Ysidro Port of Entry was also suspended.

    CBP closed pedestrian crossings at the east and west facilities shortly after, but reopened them at around 3:45 p.m.

    Caltrans San Diego announced road closures an hour later. Interstates 805 and 5 and State Route 905 were partially shut down.


    An hour later, Caltrans tweeted an update for additional closures in the area.


    Because of the activity in the area, the Blue Line Trolley did not serve the San Ysidro Transit Center beginning at around 12:30 p.m., the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System said. Services resumed to normal at around 3:45 p.m., MTS later tweeted.

    The San Diego Police Department's Mobile Field Force (MFF) arrived at the Las Americas Premium Outlets near the border on Camino De La Plaza.

    The riot team is made up of different SDPD divisions throughout the county.

    The MFF was dispatched to the outlet mall out of precaution.


    The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the busiest land border crossing in the world, with about 110,000 people entering the U.S. every day. That traffic includes some 40,000 vehicles, 34,000 pedestrians and 150 to 200 buses.

    This also comes as families started heading home after the Thanksgiving weekend.

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    Here is a preview of what is going on in San Diego sports for the week of November 26th-December 2nd.

    GULLS: The Gulls are back at the Nest this week with a duo of games against the Manitoba Moose Wednesday and Friday. Both games start at 7 p.m.


    -WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Thursday vs. Humboldt State 5:30 p.m. and Saturday vs. UC San Diego 1p.m.

    -MEN’S BASKETBALL: Thursday vs. Humboldt State 7:30 p.m. and Saturday vs. UC San Diego 3 p.m.

    -MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Saturday at the NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh.

    -WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Saturday at the NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh.


    -SWIMMING & DIVING: Wednesday-Saturday at the Winter National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina and Thursday and Friday at the UNLV Invite in Las Vegas.

    -MEN’S WATER POLO: Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at the NCAA Opening Round.

    -WOMEN’S SOCCER: Thursday and Saturday at the NCAA Championships.

    -WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Thursday at Cal State Monterey Bay and Saturday vs. Cal State San Marcos 1 p.m.

    -MEN’S BASKETBALL: Thursday at Cal State Monterey Bay and Saturday vs. Cal State San Marcos 3 p.m.

    -CROSS COUNTRY: Saturday at the NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh.


    -MEN’S BASKETBALL: Tuesday vs. Jackson State 7:30 p.m. at Viejas Arena and Saturday at Illinois State.

    -WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Wednesday at San Diego 6 p.m. and Sunday vs. Arizona 1 p.m. at Viejas Arena.

    -WOMEN’S SWIM: Friday vs. Pepperdine 3 p.m. at the Aztec Aquaplex.


    -MEN’S BASKETBALL: Wednesday at Ole Miss and Saturday vs. Long Beach State 7 p.m.

    -WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Wednesday vs. San Diego State 6 p.m. and Saturday vs. Dartmouth 2 p.m.

    -WOMEN’S SWIM: Thursday-Saturday at the UNLV Invite in Las Vegas.

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    A Del Mar teen is paying it forward this holiday season by volunteering her time in medical clinics south of the border.

    Reese Ger-Herscott just came back from her third trip to El Fuerte in Sinaloa, Mexico where she helped doctors provide medical and dental aid for people in need.

    Ger-Herscott volunteered with LIGA International, the Flying Doctors of Mercy.

    “As a 16-year-old, I’m definitely not the person who is doing these surgeries,” Ger-Herscott told NBC 7. “I am making it so the doctors and nurses and all the support staff can do their best to get through as many patients as possible.”

    The Francis Parker junior wants to study medicine after high school.

    “People are people wherever they are, so that’s just important to be able to help out wherever we can,” she said.


    Ger-Herscott comes from a family of doctors.

    Her mother is an emergency room physician and her grandfather is an orthopedic surgeon; both have traveled with Ger-Herscott to Mexico on medical mission trips with LIGA International.

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    With Sunday was the busiest travel day of the year, things were going to be tough even when all goes smoothly, but with a winter storm slamming parts of the nation, delays and cancelations were growing across the country. 

    Determined travelers at Lindbergh Field tried to make their flights while Winter Storm Bruce was just as persistent.

    The storm was wreaking havoc across the nation's midsection, from the plains to the midwest, before reaching New England.

    Some travelers, however, were flat out of luck. At Chicago's O'Hare International Airport more than 700 flights were canceled Sunday.

    "They canceled my flight to Chicago on one airline so I had to come over book another airline," Kara Robinson said. "Now, I'm going back to the other airline and hopefully I can get my money back."

    Others, however, planned ahead as they saw the storm approaching. John Linn rerouted his son's flight home through Houston. The flight originally had a layover in Chicago.

    "Which, obviously, I think is a better choice now," he said.

    Blizzard conditions across much of Nebraska and parts of Kansas, Iowa and Missouri have canceled 600 flights headed to or from the U.S. by Sunday morning in the central plains and Great Lakes region, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.

    Mike Sardo, a visitor from Canada, had an entirely different approach to the delays.

    "I was supposed to fly home today at noon and yesterday I said to myself why would I go back to Toronto?" he said. "The weather is much nicer here in San Diego than minus-20 in Toronto so I decided to stay."

    This Thanksgiving weekend was the highest Thanksgiving travel volume in more than a decade, according to AAA. More than 54 million people traveled 50 miles or more from home — the most since 2005, and up from 2.5 million from last year.

    "It was definitely the worst day to travel," Robinson said.

    For travelers who were stuck because of weather delays, more delays are expected in the aftermath of the storm as flight volumes return to normal.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7

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    The chaotic scene at the border Sunday completely shut down the Las America Premium Outlets in San Ysidro on what was supposed to be a busy shopping weekend.

    While it's too early to tell what the economic impact of Sunday's closure was, Las Americas' proximity to the border makes it a shopping hot spot for many Mexican nationals, mainly from Tijuana.

    "They started shutting all the stores down around 12," Gustavo Zabala said. "And first a helicopters came by, then they just told everybody you need to get out. Buy all your stuff."

    Zabala's mother was inside Ross Dress for Less when the announcement was made for everyone to leave. Inside the store, there were some panic and a lot of people just leaving everything and ran out of the store, he said.

    Outside the store, there were helicopters and a parade of armed law enforcement just a few feet behind the shopping center.

    "We are committed to providing a safe & secure shopping environment for our shoppers, retailers and employees," Las America tweeted. "In light of this morning's demonstrations, we have made the decision to temporarily close Las Americas." 

    In addition to Las America, the closure also affected other businesses in the area. University of San Diego economics professor Alan Gin told NBC 7 that since it's early in the shopping season, the effect could be minimal.

    For those who made the trip down Sunday only to be met by a vacant lot, it was a bit of a disappointment.

    "It's a little inconvenient," Juan Arellano said.

    It was unclear Sunday night if the outlet center will reopen for business Monday.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7

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    A woman was struck and killed Sunday night in a Trolley accident Sunday night near the Encanto Trolley Station, police said.

    The accident happened just before 10 p.m. at 65th Street and Akins Avenue, about three blocks from the Encanto Trolley Station, according to the San Diego Police Department.

    The MTS Orange Line was shut down in both directions as a result of the fatal accident.

    The cause of the crash was under investigation. 

    No other information was available.

    Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.

    Photo Credit: SDNN

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