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    An unknown man allegedly tried to abduct a female student walking on the Southwestern College campus Tuesday morning but she escaped, police confirmed.

    The community college located at 900 Otay Lakes Rd. issued a campus-wide safety alert Tuesday morning detailing the alleged crime.

    According to the alert, at around 10:15 a.m., an unknown man driving a full-size white pickup truck attempted to abduct a student walking near the H Street entrance of the campus. The student was able to evade the driver, the college said, and the driver sped away from the campus.

    The student was not hurt.

    The suspect was last seen driving eastbound on H Street. He’s described as a man in his 30s with a trimmed beard and mustache. He was wearing an orange construction vest, the campus alert said.

    Southwestern College police were the first to respond to the victim. They then called the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) to report the incident. CVPD Capt. Fritz Reber said there have not been any other attempted abduction reports in the area besides this incident at the college.

    As of 11:30 a.m., no arrests had been made; check back for updates on this developing story.




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    A generic photo of Southwestern College in Chula Vista from the school's Facebook page.A generic photo of Southwestern College in Chula Vista from the school's Facebook page.

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    “The leather comes off in little pieces that peel off,” Marianne Ash said. 

    Marianne said there’s less and less of her couch to sit on every day because the surface of the couch is peeling and falling onto her living room carpet. 

    “It was right in the door when you walked into the store,” Marianne said. 

    Marianne said she fell in love with the couch when she first saw it at Plummer’s Furniture in San Marcos. She said she was looking for a chair and a couch in a nice wool or leather. 

    “They told me it was leather and I’ve never had a leather sofa before,” Marianne said. 

    Within two years of owning the furniture, she said her leather chair started peeling. So she said she gave it away and started using the couch. Two years after that, she says the couch started doing the same thing. 

    “I’ve been using it but I had to put a cover over it to help minimize the peeling,” Marianne said. 

    Marianne said when she looked at her original receipt, she saw the couch was made of what’s called “bi-cast leather”, a term she said she had never heard before. 

    Bi-cast is similar to bonded leather and is created using a process where real leather scraps are mixed with a polyurethane top coat. Marianne said she contacted NBC 7 Responds after seeing stories showing examples of other consumers’ having similar problems with their furniture made of bi-cast or bonded leather. 

    “You were on TV with another person having the same problem and I felt so sorry for that man because I knew what he was going through,” Marianne said. 

    NBC 7 Responds learned Plummer’s Furniture changed its name to Scandinavian Designs in San Marcos. Art Gonzalez, the store manager told us he would look into Marianne’s complaint and two weeks later, Marianne got a call. 

    “Real leather, genuine leather, he says he has one himself,” Marianne said. 

    Gonzalez agreed to replace Marianne’s couch and arranged for her to come to their store and pick out a similar product, this time made with real leather. Gonzalez also agreed to pick up Marianne’s old couch and deliver the new furniture at no extra charge. 

    In an email, Gonzalez said, “Scandinavian Designs is pleased to have satisfied our customer in this matter. We make our best effort to meet all of our customers' needs during every stage of the buying process, and beyond.” 

    NBC 7 Responds has solved several consumer cases involving “bonded leather” products before. To learn more about genuine vs bonded leather, click here


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    A rogue bull running down the middle of the street?

    It's probably not something you see everyday...but for some residents and drivers in Ramona, that was the case Tuesday morning.

    A runaway bull put up quite the show for one driver who caught the scene on video.

    At 9:04 p.m. Tuesday, San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) was called to assist the California Highway Patrol (CHP) after a black bull was reported to be running around the street at the 257000 block of Bellemore Drive.

    SDSO said the bull was a traffic hazard and Animal Control was dispatched to the area.

    Phil Demartimprey said he was going to meet some people down the street when he saw the bull in a family's yard. He pulled over to the side and captured the scene on video.

    Demartimprey said it appeared that someone had roped the bull but it had managed to escape.

    His video appears to show two men on horses, attempting to round up the bull. They eventually lasso the bull and pull it to the side of the street near a field.

    Demartimprey said one of the men brought a trailer and they loaded the bull into it.



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    Three weeks after several women came forward to accuse a San Marcos chiropractor of inappropriately touching them, a judge ordered him not to see patients.

    The Board of Chiropractic Examiners began its investigation in early May, when detectives for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) learned of allegations that Dr. John Michals had inappropriately touched several women who were his clients.

    In March, a woman in her mid-30s told deputies she was touched inappropriately during an appointment with Michals.

    “Stuff that wouldn’t normally be classified during a chiropractic exam,” Deese said.

    Detective Michael Tingley with the SDSO San Marcos substation told NBC 7, the investigation was complete as of Friday, and he had a total of 10 women come forward.

    In late April, sheriff’s deputies secured an arrest warrant. On April 25, Michals was arrested at his private practice on East San Marcos Boulevard, north of State Route 78. 

    However, deputies said Michals also practiced at North County Health Services at 150 Valpreda Street.

    The incidents took place at the North County location, Deese said.

    A spokesperson for the District Attorney’s office told NBC 7, Michals was charged two days after his arrest on April 27, for one misdemeanor count of sexual battery.

    He posted a $25,000 bail the same day he was arrested.

    NBC 7 since learned he was back in custody and booked on Tuesday. The Chiropractic Board also received a restrictive order from a judge the same day. 

    In the restrictive order, the judge said Michals is "prohibited from performing any activities for which a chiropractic license is required." 

    On May 9, James Boyd, Defense Attorney for Michals sent NBC 7 a statement, which read, "Mr. Michals maintains his innocence. He is adamant that he has done nothing wrong or inappropriate.”

    NBC 7 reached out to James Boyd by phone and email and is still waiting on a response. 

    Investigators say anyone with information on this case, or additional cases of sexual battery, can contact Det. Tingley at the San Marcos Sheriff's Station at (760)510-5200.



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    In Chula Vista, there is a big push to help solve what some are calling a public safety crisis in the city.

    The Chula Vista Fire Department (CVFD) has failed to meet the national response time goal for six years in a row.

    The numbers were startling to many.

    "We are the worst staffed fire department in the state of California. When you look at the firefighters per capita, we are at .43. The average is one," said Darrell Roberts, President of Chula Vista Firefighters Local 2180.  

    Roberts told NBC 7 something needs to change, and now--especially with the growth of the city.

    Currently, the department has just 38 firefighters a day responding to emergencies.

    "We are so understaffed. We cannot keep up and provide a level of service that we want to, to our citizens," Roberts added.

    CVFD hasn't come close to achieving the national response time goal of arriving to a call within four minutes, 90 percent of the time for six years in a row. 

    Staffing hasn't increased in several years, so Roberts took his concerns to the city council meeting Tuesday night, ahead of next year's budget approval. 

    "We have seen over a 26 percent increase in calls for service over the last five years, and we haven't added anybody," Roberts explained to the council.

    City Council members agreed, saying the problem is real.

    "I don't know how I can't not say anything. I don't," said councilmember Mike Diaz.

    Diaz pointed out the worker's comp claims for firefighters is five times the national average.

    "They're people," he added. "They have to go home. They have to live their lives, and make sure they go home safe and that's our job."

    The council decided the city needs to do better and sent back the budget to the City Manager, asking for more options to add firefighters.

    "It's completely unacceptable to me frankly that we're still in this position. At the end of the day, it's time to act," added councilmember Stephen Padilla.

    But adding mresources for the fire department does come at a price. 

    The City Manager expects it will cost about $2 million, so cuts will have to be made in other areas.  

    Roberts and CVFD Fire Chief Jim Geering will meet with the City Manager over the next couple of weeks to figure out a plan.

    The budget will then go back to the council to hopefully be approved.



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    Peter Hodge’s two daughters fight cystic fibrosis daily, their medications, doctor visits and hospitalizations costing about $1 million in health care benefits a year. Should the Republican-controlled Senate upend insurance similarly to what the House of Representatives has already approved, their lives could be jeopardized, he said.

    Hodge worries that his older daughter could end up on a newly defined Medicaid, with spending and other limits determined by the states. His younger daughter could face lifetime caps on the amount his insurance plan would pay for her treatment.

    "People with cystic fibrosis and their families are terrified, absolutely terrified," said Hodge, who works in technology in South Florida.

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    Congressional attempts to revamp the health care system have been overshadowed by the drama centered on the White House: the Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election, President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey and the appointment of a former FBI director, Robert Mueller, as a special counsel. But even as some political analysts say Trump's problems threaten the GOP legislative agenda, senators have begun discussing health care.

    And as they do, people across the country are trying to make sense of what Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare will mean for them and those with pre-existing conditions are particularly anxious.

    The House-approved American Health Care Act dismantles many of Obamacare's provisions, which has resulted in an additional 20 million people receiving insurance. It allows insurers to reinstate caps on lifetime coverage, loosens protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions, rolls back state expansions of Medicaid and slashes more than $800 billion from the joint state-federal program over 10 years as it moves from an open-ended federal guarantee to one that gives states control over how to spend a set amount. The Medicaid cuts would affect about 10 million people, according to an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office.

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    Trump's $4.1 trillion budget proposal for 2018, released on Tuesday, includes $600 billion in decreases to Medicaid, apparently on top of the House cuts. Medicaid provides health care not only to the poor, but also to elderly and disabled Americans, who account for 60 percent of the cost.

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    The House vote was taken before the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office analyzed the effects of the revised legislation. Its report on an earlier version found it would shrink the federal budget deficit significantly but leave 24 more million Americans without insurance after 10 years. The new analysis is expected out on Wednesday, May 24.

    Republicans have been pledging to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act since it was signed by former President Obama in 2010. Some have philosophical disagreements over what role government should play in health care, others want to repeal taxes it imposed on the wealthy or argue that too many insurers are pulling out of the marketplaces. Trump has repeatedly insisted Obamacare is collapsing, a characterization disputed by his critics.

    Negotiations in the U.S. Senate will begin in full now with the release of the new Congressional Budget Office report. Some senators are trying to work across party lines, but conservatives remain committed to more radical changes, and a group of Republicans picked by the party leadership has been meeting in private, with no plans for public committee hearings.

    "Your morning reminder that under the cloud cover of the FBI story, 13 GOP Senators are still secretly writing a bill to destroy the ACA," Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut tweeted on May 15 as news organizations focused on Comey’s firing.

    The changes already approved by the House would be devastating to twin sisters Anastasia and Alba Somoza of New York City, particularly any decreases in Medicaid, according their mother, Mary Somoza. 

    The twins, now 33, were born prematurely with cerebral palsy, and though unable sit up on their own, Alba Somoza works as an artist who teaches children in New York City and Anastasia Somoza as an advocate for others with disabilities. She also spoke on behalf of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Conventional last summer, when she said she feared Trump’s election. 

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    Everything they have accomplished could be at risk, Mary Somoza said.

    "They will require from-womb-to-tomb assistance," she said. "And I'm not always going to be around to provide it."

    In 2004, the Centers for Disease Control estimated that the lifetime cost to care for a person with cerebral palsy at $1 million. Both women need extensive assistance from aides to live as independently as they do, and Alba Somoza, who cannot speak, communicates through a $10,000 computer that must be updated every five years. However progressive New York is as a state, it cannot cover the costs that the federal government does, Mary Somoza said.

    "They both do extraordinary things and all of that would come to a halt if anything happened to their Medicaid coverage," she said.

    United Cerebral Palsy, which advocates for independent lives for those with cerebral palsy, fought the House bill, calling it potentially devastating to anyone who relies on Medicaid for health coverage and longterm services.

    "We are hopeful that as the Senate deliberates, more information about the projected impact of the House bill will become known and that the Senate will not pass a bill that would bring harm to our community," it said in a statement.

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    It is among the major health organizations that have take positions against the House bill, including the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Even the chief medical officer of Medicaid, Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky, tweeted his opposition in March.

    "Despite political messaging from others at HHS, I align with the experts from @aafp @AmerAcadPeds @AmerMedicalAssn in opposition to #AHCA," he tweeted.

    According to a Quinnipiac University poll released on May 11, 56 percent of American voters disapprove of the plan passed narrowly at the beginning of the month by House Republicans under Speaker Paul Ryan.

    Norma Brockman, the director of a pre-school in New York City, has already had one of her knees and a hip replaced, but needs the same operation for her other hip.

    Brockman is insured through her job, plus she bought supplemental coverage, but fears that what had cost her $500 would no longer be covered and be more than she could afford, she said. The cost of a hip replacement in New York City can be as high as $69,654, according to a 2015 report done by Blue Cross, Blue Shield. 

    "I will be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life if this happens," she said.

    The changes approved by the House would allow states to waive the requirement that insurers not penalize people with pre-existing conditions, provided they have had a lapse in coverage. High-risk insurance pools would be available but critics say they are often under-funded. Six million Americans with pre-existing conditions could face significant premium increases, according to an analysis done by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

    "We cannot afford to let people die," Brockman said. "We cannot afford to let people be sick. I don't understand how they look us in the eye and say, 'Oh you have choice.' If you can't afford it, you just don't have it."

    Delilah Talbot, a mother from Kearny, New Jersey, was covered by a corporate insurance plan when she was diagnosed with what was thought a very early stage of breast cancer. But various rounds of testing revealed that the then 32-year-old actually had advanced breast cancer that had already moved into her lymph nodes and one of her hips. Talbot's treatment — surgery, chemotherapy and radiation — was covered by her plan and whenever her insurance company balked, her doctor was able to petition successfully, she said.

    "I had a very experienced oncologist who understood the nature of breast cancer at a young age," she said. "As he calls it, it's a vicious monster and it really doesn't let up."

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    She went into remission for two-and-a-half years. Early last year her cancer returned, this time as lesions in her spine. For six months she was able to keep the tumors from spreading through medication but by December she was in too much pain, and now her chemotherapy is so debilitating, she is often not able to leave her home. She is fighting for her life for her son, she said, who lives with his father.

    "Everything that I do is for him," she said. "Every bit of work that I did, every penny that I earned was to provide a life for him."

    This time, she is insured through Obamacare, with premium costs of just under $600 a month, which she offsets with a $300 credit. She is eligible for Medicare, but out-of-pocket costs would be higher. Were the Republican changes to take effect, she would not be able to get insurance she could afford and the treatments she needs, she said.

    "I believe people creating these policies have no absolutely idea how it affects your life from A to Z — not just from the point of your health and your physical health and how you have to treat that but your mental health and your finances and trying to recover from that and possibly having to file for bankruptcy," she said. 

    Hodge's daughters, now 24 and 16, are insured through his employer but he is apprehensive about lifetime caps, which he said his daughters' drugs alone could exhaust in a year or two. Equally worrying to him are the cuts to Medicaid, through which half of children with cystic fibrosis and a third of adults receive care.

    Hodge's eldest daughter will turn 26 in two years and will no longer be eligible for coverage under his insurance. If she is assigned a high-risk pool, there is little likelihood that she will be able to get affordable, adequate treatments, he said. Or if she finds herself on Medicaid, she will be at risk if her treatments are restricted.

    "The American Health Care Act is woefully inadequate for people with cystic fibrosis," said Mary Dwight, senior vice president for policy and patient assistance programs at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. "To be clear, the legislation does not protect people with pre-existing conditions. In fact, it undermines vital safeguards against being charged more for insurance based on health status."

    Currently, Hodge's daughters receive care at centers that offer multidisciplinary teams, an approach that has been successful for people with cystic fibrosis. It helps to keep them out of hospitals and emergency rooms, where they can be exposed to bacterial infections that will do further damage to their lungs, he said. Kalydeco, a drug that both daughters take, and which has allowed his elder daughter to live and work in Washington, D.C., costs more than $300,000 a year. Copay programs could be in jeopardy, he said.

    "There is absolute potential in there for the protections that we have for existing conditions to go away," he said. "As much as Paul Ryan wants to stand up and say that isn't the case, he should read his own bill."



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    Alba Somoza works as an artist who teaches children in New York City. She and her twin sister Anastasia, both 33, were born prematurely with cerebral palsy.Alba Somoza works as an artist who teaches children in New York City. She and her twin sister Anastasia, both 33, were born prematurely with cerebral palsy.

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    Qualcomm Inc. said the company is shipping more than 1 million chips per day for a wide range of connected devices in the internet of things, or IoT.

    Such devices include wearables, connected TVs, connected cameras, drones and home automation devices.

    Connected devices are expected to have an economic impact of $11.1 trillion per year by 2025, according to a 2015 study from McKinsey & Co. cited by Qualcomm.

    The San Diego business also said that manufacturers have shipped more than 1.5 billion internet of things devices containing Qualcomm chips.

    “We are focused on significantly expanding capabilities at the edge of the network by supporting everyday objects with the connectivity, compute and security technologies required to build a powerful internet of things, where devices are smart, convenient, work well together and incorporate advanced security features,” Qualcomm executive Raj Talluri said in a statement released by Qualcomm. Talluri is senior vice president for product management, IoT, Qualcomm Technologies Inc.

    The business said it has more than 25 available reference designs: essentially blueprints for manufacturers who would like to make a variety of products including voice-enabled home assistants, connected cameras, drones, virtual reality headsets, lighting, appliances and smart hubs or gateways.

    In other corporate news, Qualcomm announced May 19 that it priced $11.0 billion worth of corporate bonds. The senior unsecured notes have nine interest rates and will mature at dates between 2019 and 2047.

    Qualcomm plans to use the proceeds to help fund a portion of its planned acquisition of NXP Semiconductors N.V. as well as for general corporate purposes.

    Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC; J.P. Morgan Securities LLC; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.; Barclays Capital Inc.; Citigroup Global Markets Inc.; and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering.


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    Scientists with the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Research Institute in La Jolla have been preparing for months to send fruit flies to the International Space Station.

    “When I was a kid I wanted to be an astronaut,” said Karen Ocorr, Ph.D. “So this is really very cool for me.”

    Ocorr is an assistant professor with the institute's Development, Aging and Regeneration Program.

    On June 1, a rocket will launch 600 fruit fly eggs as part of a project with Ocorr and her team.

    The flies will hatch in space and live up there for a month, which is about half of the life span of a fruit fly.

    When they return, the flies will be adults and comparable in age to astronauts completing space missions.

    At that point, researchers will dissect the hearts of the fruit flies to calculate the effect of gravity.

    SpaceX successfully launched its first recycled rocket in March, the biggest leap yet in its bid to drive down costs and speed up flights.

    Besides becoming the first commercial cargo hauler to the International Space Station, SpaceX is building a capsule to launch NASA astronauts as soon as next year.

    It's also working to fly two paying customers to the moon next year, and is developing the Red Dragon, a robotic spacecraft intended to launch to Mars in 2020 and land. Musk's ultimate goal is to establish a human settlement on Mars.

    Blue Origin, an aerospace company started by another tech billionaire, Jeff Bezos, is also developing a way to recycle rockets in the race to create a viable way to offer commercial spaceflight.

    Ocorr said it’s important research given the new interest in commercial space exploration.

    “We really need to know how that’s going to affect the human physiology if we’re going to be able to successfully establish things like that,” Ocorr said.

    Ocorr plans to let the returning flies reproduce so she can study their offspring and see if the stress of space can be passed on to future generations.

    Scientists with theSanford Burnham Prebys Medical Research Institute in La Jolla have beenpreparing for months to send fruit flies to the International Space Station.

     

     “When I was a kid I wanted to be an astronaut,”said Assistant Professor Karen Ocorr. “So this is really very cool for me.”

     

    On June 1, a rocket willlaunch 600 fruit fly eggs as part of a project with Ocorr and her team.

     

    The flies will hatch inspace and live up there for a month, which is about half of the life span of afruit fly.

     

    When they return, the flieswill be adults and comparable in age to astronauts completing space missions.

     

    At that point, researcherswill dissect the hearts of the fruit flies to calculate the effect of gravity.

     

    Ocorr said it’s importantresearch given the new interest in commercial space exploration with companieslike SpaceX and entrepreneur Elon Musk.

     

    “Wereally need to know how that’s going to affect the human physiology if we’regoing to be able to successfully establish things like that,” Ocorr said.

     

    Ocorr plans to let thereturning flies reproduce so she can study their offspring and see if thestress of space can be passed on to future generations.



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    When President Donald Trump called Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in April, he said Duterte is doing "a great job" handling his nation's drug problems, which have been widely condemned as a bloody, extrajudicial campaign against suspected dealers, according to a Washington Post report.

    Trump told Duterte he was doing an "unbelievable job on the drug problem," according to a transcript of the call the Post obtained after being circulated by the government, NBC New reported. 

    Trump also revealed sensitive military information — two U.S. nuclear submarines were near North Korea — on the call, in which he and Duterte call North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a "madman."

    A senior White House official confirmed to the Post that the transcript is accurate. NBC has reached out to the White House for additional confirmation.



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    U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte.U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte.

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    After a brutal suicide bombing that left 22 dead and dozens injured Monday night by the entrance of a Manchester arena in the U.K., a local doctor came face to face with injuries that were nostalgic of his time as volunteer doctor in Syria, NBC News reported.

    Dr. Mounir Hakimi is a surgeon who lives in Britain. But he grew up in Syria and has returned to the Middle Eastern country regularly to help train doctors and carry out operations during its years-long civil war. 

    "I never expected that I would be treating patients who have the same injuries that I saw in Syria," he told NBC News immediately after the operation on Wednesday morning. "I never thought I would experience a terror attack so close to my house. I never thought it would be close to my family and my kids."



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    In this file photo, a member of the public lays flowers at a candlelit vigil, to honor the victims of Monday evening's terror attack, at Albert Square on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Monday's explosion occurred at Manchester Arena as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had just finished performing. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured.In this file photo, a member of the public lays flowers at a candlelit vigil, to honor the victims of Monday evening's terror attack, at Albert Square on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. Monday's explosion occurred at Manchester Arena as concert goers were leaving the venue after Ariana Grande had just finished performing. Greater Manchester Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist attack and have confirmed 22 fatalities and 59 injured.

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    Just before taking office, President Donald Trump promised to donate all profits earned from foreign governments back to the U.S. Treasury.

    But MSNBC has learned the Trump Organization is not tracking all possible payments it receives from foreign governments, according to new admissions by Trump representatives. By failing to track foreign payments it receives, the company will be hard-pressed to meet Trump's pledge to donate foreign profits and could even increase its legal exposure, NBC News reported.

    The Trump Organization does not "attempt to identify individual travelers who have not specifically identified themselves as being a representative of a foreign government entity," according to a new company pamphlet. The policy suggests that it is up to foreign governments, not Trump hotels, to determine whether they self-report their business.

    That policy matches what several sources told MSNBC — Trump Organization employees are not soliciting information about whether reservations or business is from a foreign government.

    A Trump representative said that "the pertinent accounting rules" are well understood in the hospitality industry. But experts told MSNBC that there is no standard accounting system to track profits from foreign dignitaries.



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    The Trump International Hotel on its first day of business, Sept. 12, 2016, in Washington, D.C.The Trump International Hotel on its first day of business, Sept. 12, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

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    A San Diego boy who suffered a fractured skull in a hit-and-run collision in San Ysidro has been released from the hospital.

    Lennox Lake, 6, was back home Tuesday after his release from Rady's Children's hospital.

    The boy was injured May 6 in a hit-and-run crash at Camino De La Plaza and Dairy Mart Road as the family was returning from a trip to Disneyland.

    Constantino Banda, 38, collided into the rear passenger area on driver's side of the Lennox family car. That's where Lennox was strapped into his car seat, the family said.

    Banda, who has been deported 15 times in more than a decade, faces charges of driving under the influence, driving without a license and felony hit and run. He was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents after the crash.

    Banda pleaded not guilty in court. His bail was set at $23,000.


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    NBC 7's Liberty Zabala speaks with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla about the 1,500 new U.S. citizens and their most important duty.



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    A man armed with a machete and rocks was shot several times with several types of weapons in a confrontation with authorities, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) said Wednesday.

    Deputies were called to a home at Lilac and Hideaway Lake roads in Valley Center just after noon. Deputies were told a suspect on the property was armed with a machete, according to Lt. Kenn Nelson.

    Nelson said preliminary information from deputies and witnesses suggest there was a man holding a rock in one hand and a machete in the other.

    The man was throwing rocks at one point and yelling at the deputies in Spanish, Nelson said.

    When the man failed to comply with deputies' commands, they used several means to take the man into custody ranging from a bean-bag gun, a Taser, a K-9 and a department-issued handgun, Nelson said.

    The man was eventually taken into custody, he said.

    Deputies believe the suspect, identified as 23-year-old Miguel Zuniga, may be a friend or family member of the property owner, suffered minor injuries from the Taser, the bean-bag gun and the K-9.

    Deputies are not sure if the man in custody is a resident of San Diego County.

    NBC 7 Chopper shows two locations where there is crime scene tape. One location is the property at 29586 Lilac Rd. The second is the Lilac Market shopping center.

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    Sheriff Bill Gore was on scene for approximately a half-hour and told NBC 7 he had already spoken with the deputy who fired at the nearby sheriff’s station.

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    This is the third deputy-involved shooting this month for the SDSO:

    May 10: Deputies fatally shot a motorist following a short pursuit over back-country roads east of Barona Casino. A Barona Tribal Enforcement officer reported that a driver tried to hit an officer with a truck. Deputies David Williams, Aaron Brooke, Patrick Farber and Matthew Addenbrooke were identified as those involved in the shooting.

    May 15: A suspect accused of stabbing an employee at a Rubio's in Solana Beach was fatally shot by a San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy in Del Mar. Deputy Noah Zarnow, a five-year veteran assigned to the North Coastal Station, was identified as the deputy involved.

    Just last weekend, a man died after he was involved in a confrontation with deputies in Lemon Grove. Video captures the attempt by two deputies to take Mark Roshawn Adkins into custody on May 20. They were responding to the report of a man jumping a fence into backyards and attempting to enter condos. Adkins, 54, was struck by the Tasers of two deputies in the struggle. He lost consciousness while being treated by emergency personnel at the scene and later died at a hospital.

    On March 1, two deputies were involved in the fatal shooting of a man in a gated San Marcos community. Deputies Brian Bloomberg and Matthew Shull responded to a report of an intruder inside a home on Edgewater Drive. Isidro Bazan Jr., 34, a transient, was killed in the confrontation after he was struck in the torso.

    There were also fatal deputy-involved shootings in Encinitas in October 2016, one in Vista and one in Poway both in August 2016, one in Alpine in May 2016 and one in Campo in February 2016.

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


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    Actor and host Nick Cannon returned to his roots Wednesday, coming home to San Diego for a showcase meant to inspire students to create solutions to help their communities.

    The San Diego Unified School District’s College, Career and Technical Education Showcase partnered with Cannon and the Nick Cannon Foundation’s teen technology competition, “America’s Teen Mogul,” in which students connect with local businesses to find ways to solve issues specific to San Diego.

    Students from the district’s School of Creative & Performing Arts (SCPA) showed Cannon their business plans and prototypes of inventions. Later in the day, Cannon will host an awards ceremony for the students at the SCPA campus on Dusk Drive. The public is welcome to attend the free event.

    While in town, Cannon’s calendar also includes a 6:30 p.m. stop at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation on Euclid Avenue. There, the star will present the 10 most motivational youth in San Diego County on behalf of the Nick Cannon Foundation. Cannon plans to speak at this event, which is also co-hosted by the San Diego chapter of the civil rights organization, National Action Network.

    The Nick Cannon Foundation aims to educate and empower youth through the media, particularly kids between the ages of 13 and 18, to rise and become leaders in their communities.

    Cannon is a San Diego native and a 1998 graduate of Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley. In past visits to San Diego, he has talked about what it means to him to be from America’s Finest City and to return to help children in the community.

    “I’m a product of this community; I was born and raised in San Diego,” he said. “To be able to come back home and see young faces and young people here today, knowing that we’re helping to inspire and to empower you guys in a way to help you understand that your future is ahead of you [is a great feeling].”



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    Nick Cannon visited students in his hometown of San Diego on Wednesday.Nick Cannon visited students in his hometown of San Diego on Wednesday.

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    A man was hospitalized after suffering multiple stings in Ramona Wednesday afternoon, confirmed Cal Fire.

    The incident happened on the 15400 block of Wyport Road just after noon, and it was not yet clear whether bees or wasps were responsible for the stings. According to Cal Fire, the 38-year-old victim was taken to Pomerado Hospital by paramedics. The victim's current condition is not yet known.

    In a previous interview, a bee expert told NBC 7 that swarming season tends to be exacerbated following a wet winter and spring.

    After last winter's record rains, there is a lot more nectar and food around to replenish the swarms.

    Beekeepers say the best way to avoid agressive bees is to run in a straight line, because the bees fly in a zigzag. Never jump into water because bees will wait at the surface for someone to come up for air.

    Only 4 percent of the population is highly allergic to bees but an attack can endanger anyone, according to beekeepers. On average, it takes 50 stings to place the life of a healthy adult at risk.

    Check back on this developing story as more details become available.



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    San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob called for a shooting ban on federal land Wednesday in the area where the May 20 Gate Fire was sparked by gunfire, spreading flames over more than 2,000 acres.

    "The issue has taken on even greater urgency following a major wildfire this past weekend," wrote Jacob to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

    Jacob asked the U.S. Department of Interior to ban recreational shooting in and around the Donohoe Mountain, near the community of Dulzura, according to a representative for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

    The representative says the Gate Fire sparked in a backcountry area by gunfire where target shooting practice is popular.

    However, the Bureau of Land Management and Cal Fire are still handling a criminal investigation to determine the exact cause of the Gate Fire.

    Cal Fire PIO Isaac Sanchez told NBC 7 the investigation is not conclusive yet.

    It is not known whether an illegal weapon was used or if it was started by some other cause. An instagram video was submitted as potential evidence.

    "Over the past several years, many concerned residents from Dulzura have reported serious public safety issues and fire hazards associated with a large increase in shooting," wrote Jacob to Douglas Herrema, the Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office Manager.

    Multiple crews responded to the fire including 850 fire personnel, 84 engines, seven air tankers and other resources, over the course of several days, said the representative.

    Jacob's previous requests to the Bureau of Land Management officials to prohibit year-round shooting on the property near Dulzura were not acted on, said the representative. That was despite a high risk of wildfires in the area.

    Residents near Dulzura have been concerned about shooting practice in the Donohoe Mountain area for a long time, according to the representative.

    They have complained about bullets traveling close to houses and excessive trash being left out by shooters, Jacob wrote in a letter to the California Desert District Manager Beth Ransel.

    Cal Fire PIO Sanchez said the investigation into the fire's cause is ongoing.



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    More than 2,000 acres were covered with flames in the Gate Fire, sparked by a stray bullet during target practice.More than 2,000 acres were covered with flames in the Gate Fire, sparked by a stray bullet during target practice.

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    Balboa Park will once again come alive after five this summer when the San Diego landmark brings back a popular program offering special nighttime attractions and deals.

    "Balboa Park After Dark" starts this Friday and runs each Friday through Sept. 1. The late-night program, which aims to attract visitors to Balboa Park during a time outside of normal peak hours, includes extended evening hours at eight museums, plus food trucks and entertainment throughout park.

    On Balboa Park After Dark Fridays, these museums will be open until at least 8 p.m.:

    • Japanese Friendship Garden
    • Mingei International Museum (participating beginning July 7, with special $5 admission after 5 p.m.)
    • San Diego Art Institute
    • Spanish Village
    • San Diego Museum of Man (open until 8:30 p.m., and offering special sunset tours of the iconic California Tower, plus the new exhibit, “Living With Animals.”)
    • San Diego Natural History Museum
    • The San Diego Museum of Art (special $5 admission on Friday nights)
    • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (half-price admission during Balboa Park After Dark through June 23, including a 7 p.m. IMAX film)

    Additionally, Balboa Park said the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) will be open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays this summer (rather than Fridays), and the San Diego Museum of Art will be open until 8:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

    Extended museum hours are subject to change, so it’s best to visit the specific museum’s website before heading out for the night.

    As Balboa Park After Park returns for the summer, it will be joined by another cool Friday night event known as "Food Truck Fridays."

    Food Truck Fridays, organized by the Balboa Park Conservancy and the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department, kicks off on June 2 and will feature a rotating selection of more than a dozen food trucks parked along the Plaza de Panama and El Prado from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    This weekly event, which runs every Friday through Sept. 29, will also feature live, family-friendly music and entertainment.

    Since seating at the Plaza de Panama is limited, Balboa Park says visitors can bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit in the lawn area in front of the Botanical Building while they eat and enjoy the park.

    Both of the summertime series are open to visitors of all ages. Grab the family and make the most of that Friday night.



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    The The "Balboa Park After Dark" program runs from May 27 through Sept. 2, 2016.

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    The place where the Chargers used to play is looking like a legal minefield to San Diego's City Attorney Mara Elliott.

    She's worried that taxpayers could face huge costs under the "SoccerCity" plan to develop the current Qualcomm Stadium site.

    After working through the 3,200 pages of the project's initiative, Elliott has raised 27 pages worth of red flags about SoccerCity issues.They'll need resolving -- if voters approve the measure -- by way of lease bargaining with Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

    To Elliott, the initiative lacks key guarantees and clarity.

    She says it presents, "uncertainties … novel and untested issues" that could wind up in lawsuits that burden the taxpayers.

    SoccerCity's private investors are offering a number of concessions, in terms of money and protections for the city.

    They told NBC 7, they'll publish the lease before the initiative goes to the ballot, to show that Elliott's concerns have been resolved to her satisfaction.

    The initiative has powerful backers including Faulconer, along with voter-approval survey numbers in the 60-plus percent range.

    While it'll only require a simple majority for passage, there's well-financed opposition from other developers.

    “This is going to have an array and a diversity of opponents unlike anything I’ve ever seen on this scale,” said Voice of San Diego editor Scott Lewis, who’s extensively covered the proposal.

    Next month, the City Council will decide whether to put the initiative on a November special election ballot -- or the November, 2018 general election ballot.

    Lewis foresees this kind of scenario playing out: "The soccer guys will say 'Look, our window to getting a team in San Diego is closing. And so you don't want to play that game, fine. But that window is real.’ If that window is not real, that would be significant."

    San Diego State University (SDSU) has backed out of involvement with the project.

    “Very problematic,” is how Fred Pierce, a past SDSU alumni association president, describes the initiative.

    As he told NBC 7 in a Wednesday interview: “If it in fact passes, the issues that the city attorney raises will tie up the initiative in court for an unquantifiable length of time.”



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    An artist's concept of how the proposed soccer stadium in Mission Valley would appear if approved by the City of San Diego.An artist's concept of how the proposed soccer stadium in Mission Valley would appear if approved by the City of San Diego.

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    Cal Fire Department crews are responding to a brush fire just north of Interstate 8 in Boulevard.

    The fire sparked at 3:51 p.m. west of Ribbonwood, Cal Fire officials said. 

    It spread to 10 acres as of 4:05 p.m. 

    There was no threat to any nearby structures.

    No other information was available.

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    The City of El Cajon marked the beginning of the construction of a new animal shelter.

    Mayor Bill Wells said the current, 50-year-old animal shelter needs to be upgraded.

    “It’s just not very inviting for the dogs and cats,” he said. “It doesn’t seem to be up to the standards we want today.”

    The groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday at the spot where the new facility will be built on North Marshall Avenue.

    The new shelter will be twice the size of the current one with veterinary offices, grooming and play areas as well as pet adoption services.

    The $9 million project was funded by a half-cent sales tax approved by voters to help fund public safety facilities.

    The shelter is expected to open by fall of 2018.



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    An artist's concept for the new animal shelter to be built in El Cajon, California.An artist's concept for the new animal shelter to be built in El Cajon, California.

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    Military service members, their families and veterans can adopt a dog, cat or rabbit for free in late May, confirmed San Diego County officials.

    San Diego County Animal Services will waive adoption fees for the military starting Friday, May 26 through Sunday May 28.

    Every 69 minutes a U.S. Veteran dies from suicide and every day there are 3,200 dogs euthanized nationwide, according to the Shelter to Soldier website.

    The adoption fee waiver aims to give back to men and women in uniform, by providing them with a new animal friend at no charge, said County officials.

    Veterans who adopt pets occasionally develop the bond of a lifetime. They are often supported through rough patches with help from their four-legged friends.

    "It’s one of those things that you just can’t describe. It’s just something that I have with him," said Ben Kilhefner, U.S. Navy Veteran while stroking his dog Tank, in a previous interview with the county. "He's goofy, he's loveable, caring."

    All the adoption fees will be covered by an organization called Animals for Armed Forces. That includes the cost of vaccinations, spay/neuter, a microchip, licensing and a free veterinary exam within ten days of adoption.

    "Ben came to our facility -- his chin chattering, his hands shaking, his eyes at the ground," said Graham Bloem, the Founder and Training Director of Shelter to Soldier.

    "And I grabbed Tank, the first dog I had in mind that I thought would potentially be a good match for Ben anyway. We watched before our eyes his breath slow down, his hands stop shaking. His chin stopped chattering," explained Bloem.

    There are three animal care facilities offering free adoptions to military service members and vets.

    Qualified residents can stop by any of the County facilities from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They can choose from hundreds of animals up for adoption, said County officials.

    "He’s always leaning against me, putting his paw on my foot, trying to establish that connection still to make sure, hey I’m okay," said  Kilhefner. "Just like right now. He saw that I was having a nightmare and stuff. He just knows and he’d kind of wake me up."

    Any active duty, reserve and veterans of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force, Army, National Guard and their immediate families may qualify for the adoption fee waiver.

    "What we’re doing does help because I just witnessed it. Tank was originally found as a stray. And his future wasn’t looking very bright. I think we got Tank just in time," said Bloem. "I didn’t train Tank to wake Ben up from a nightmare but the connection they had created that response."

    In order to qualify, potential adopters must bring one of the following types of photo identification: military ID, Dependent ID, Veterans ID, DD-214 and driver's license or NGB Form 22.

    More than 30 locations across southern California and Utah are participating in the Animals for Armed Forces event.

    If you need more information, call County Animal Services at (619)767-2675.



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    U.S. Navy Veteran, Ben Kilhefner, embraces his service dog Tank.U.S. Navy Veteran, Ben Kilhefner, embraces his service dog Tank.

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    Tom Cruise confirmed in an interview Wednesday that Top Gun 2 will be happening.

    The iconic 1986 movie features many scenes in San Diego, including a famous piano scene with Cruise and Meg Ryan, where a piano is played in the Kansas City Barbeque restaurant, located downtown.

    The restaurant is still a popular place to eat and displays Top Gun paraphenelia and the same piano used in the movie.

    "Just seemed like a fun thing to do," said Martin Blair, owner of Kansas City Barbeque, who said he had no idea the movie would be so popular when the crew asked to use his restaurant to film in 1985. "All the guys were nice. They came in and said can we film on a Monday and shut it down to shoot. We said sure and they set up, filmed all day and it’s been very good to us.”

    Fans in San Diego expressed excitement over the sequel Wednesday. Some wanted to know about the new technology that will be used: the navy no longer even operates the F-14 Tomcat that cruise flew in the original movie.




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    American actors Tom Cruise, as Lieutenant Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell, and Kelly McGillis, as Charlotte 'Charlie' Blackwood, in a promotional portrait for 'Top Gun', directed by Tony Scott, 1986. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Archive Photos/Getty Images)American actors Tom Cruise, as Lieutenant Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell, and Kelly McGillis, as Charlotte 'Charlie' Blackwood, in a promotional portrait for 'Top Gun', directed by Tony Scott, 1986. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

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    Fire season in San Diego is just beginning and already, Cal Fire is warning this year could be one of the worst yet.

    Rural areas are not the only places at risk -- urban and coastal communities are too.

    The reason, according to Cal Fire, is the wild grass that has sprouted all over San Diego County.

    “We had a lot of rain and so we’ve got the grass and those fine fuels,” said Cal Fire Chief Tony Mecham. “They’re very receptive to ignitions this year.”

    As of May 20, there has been 921 fires statewide, with 14,898 acres burned. At the same time last year, there were 844 fires across the state, with 1,729 acres burned. That’s a difference in 13,000 acres, according to Cal Fire.

    “If we have weather like we’ve had this week, in the 90s, we’re going to have fires,” Mecham said.

    The abundance of wild grass means communities typically at low risk for fires, could be at a much greater risk this year.

    Those communities could include Solana Beach, Mount Soledad and Mission Valley.



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    Construction crews have begun demolishing the destroyed portion of the main spillway at Oroville Dam as they race to repair the structure in time for the next rainy season.

    State water officials and construction managers said Wednesday they expect to begin pouring fresh concrete in June, starting at the bottom of the 3,000-foot chute and working their way up.

    The spillway is the main outlet for Oroville Dam, the country's tallest.

    Huge swathes of the spillway began washing away in February. When a second, emergency spillway also began giving way Feb. 12, authorities ordered the temporary evacuation of 188,000 people downstream.

    Crews aim to replace the lower portion of the spillway by Nov. 1, when winter rain and snow increase the flow of water into the lake.



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    The damaged Oroville Dam spillway is pictured May 22, 2017 (left) and Feb. 13, 2017 (right).The damaged Oroville Dam spillway is pictured May 22, 2017 (left) and Feb. 13, 2017 (right).

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    Several mudslides on Highway 1 have caused Big Sur to become isolated and difficult to reach, but never fear, if you’re willing to pay a hefty cost, Post Ranch Inn is now offering a helicopter package for guests to witness the California gem.

    The helicopter service is being called, “Escape through the Skies.” and promises guests a once-in-a-lifetime journey, filled with a champagne welcome and a stunning twenty-minute helicopter ride along the Big Sur coast.

    According to the Post Ranch Inn website, this package is only available for booking for guests staying two or more nights during May and June and can cost as little as $4,291 or as much as $13,518.

    A massive landslide along the iconic coastal highway in California has buried the road under a 40-foot layer of rock and dirt, the latest hit after a winter of crippling slides and flooding.

    A swath of the hillside gave way in an area called Mud Creek on Saturday night, changing the Big Sur coastline below to include what now looks like a rounded skirt hem.



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    A massive landslide has altered the iconic Big Sur coastline.A massive landslide has altered the iconic Big Sur coastline.

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    A late game rally gave the Padres their first win of the series against the Mets 6-5. This was a much needed victory for the Friars but it was a hard fought game.

    Padres starting pitcher Jarred Cosart made it to the 2nd inning. That has not been the case in three of the last four games for San Diego. But in the third inning Cosart found himself in a bases loaded jam with two outs. Third baseman Wilmer Flores hit a bases-clearing double and gave the Mets a 3-1 lead. For the fourth time in five games, Friars manager Andy Green pulled his starter earlier then he hoped.

    In the fifth inning, down by two runs, the Padres initiated their rally. Yangervis Solarte doubled to deep right center field and scored Luis Torrens and Matt Szczur. Solarte finished the night with three RBI.

    Wil Myers did his part in the seventh inning when the Padres All-Star singled to deep right center field. His RBI double brought in Chase d’Arnaud and Szczur and tied things up 5-5.

    Here’s a name you’ve heard in nearly every Padres highlight: Hunter Renfroe. The Friars outfielder sent his ninth home run of the season to left field and gave San Diego the 6-5 lead.

    Brad Hand came in as the reliever in the ninth inning and got himself in a bases loaded jam. The lefty struck out the next two batters and managed to get the save for the Padres.

    The series finale is Thursday May 25 at 4:10 p.m. PST at Citi Field.




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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Brad Hand #52 and Austin Hedges #18 of the San Diego Padres celebrate after the final out against the New York Mets at Citi Field on May 24, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Brad Hand #52 and Austin Hedges #18 of the San Diego Padres celebrate after the final out against the New York Mets at Citi Field on May 24, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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    A San Diego marine veteran who was previously arrested and deported from Mexico, has returned there, in a disappearance that has alarmed his family Wednesday.

    Tyler James Yeager, 39, has gone back to Mexico after he was charged in a string of robberies in Tijuana by Mexican authorities last April, announced the Family Spokesman Jonathan Franks.

    Back in 2014, Yeager was booked into Montana's Ravalli County Detention Center for multiple charges, including sexual assault and various traffic offenses, according to Sheriff Steve Holton.

    His family has notified law enforcement in San Diego, and is currently working to reach the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana to request that they notify Mexican law enforcement, explained Franks.

    The family has asked for Yeager to be detained out of an abundance of caution because they are worried he may harm himself or others, said Franks.

    Once a Mexican judge released Yeager from custody, the family was eager for him to resume treatment for his PTSD and meth addiction.

    "The family's advocacy for Tyler's initial release was coupled with the expectation that he would re-enter treatment for PTSD," Franks said, in a statement. "We hope that when found, our Border Patrol will not let a U.S. Marine with PTSD lose on the streets of San Diego."

    His family is exasperated that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection failed to stop Yeager from entering Mexico, despite having no I.D. and a previous deportation from the country on his record, added Franks.

    No further information was immediately available.



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    Marine veteran, Tyler Yeager, who was previously arrested in Tijuana and released by a Mexican judge has returned, raising concern for his family.Marine veteran, Tyler Yeager, who was previously arrested in Tijuana and released by a Mexican judge has returned, raising concern for his family.

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    A San Diego woman is asking the city to fix the hill behind her home after it was destroyed during a major rain storm back in February.

    “My concern is number one safety, and second, it looks like hell. Simple as that,” said Pat Shinsky.

    Shinsky lives off Aldine Drive in the Kensington community in the City of San Diego. So far, she has not seen any concrete steps being taken to fix the hill.

    "It was early in the morning and dirt was over the eastbound lane of Aldine. So, I called 911," said Shinsky. 

    She added, "By the time I got back from the appointment, the street was closed and they were backhoeing the dirt to the edge of the street, which is where it has been ever since."

    Shinsky said she has reached out to councilwoman Georgette Gomez’s office and the Mayor’s office.

    The City of San Diego and the state actually tried to prevent a hill slide like this by putting up a wall behind the homes off Aldine Drive years ago.

    City officials said that after a large amount of rain back in 2004 and 2005, there were sections of the slope behind homes that started to erode. Back then, the City of San Diego and the state declared a state of emergency.

    As a result, the city received federal grants to put up a concrete retaining wall behind homes.

    Shinsky told NBC 7, the problem is the project didn’t extend the wall to protect her home. Instead, she said, crews sheared off the hillside, taking out vegetation that was already there.

    "It had never adhered-- whatever they put here. Where the wall is, it is all taken care of," said Shinsky.

    "Here, the plants and black material they put down weren’t going to hold and that was obvious over the years. I kept writing and writing and it was never addressed. I believe in prevention rather than waiting until something like this happens," said Shinksy.

    City officials told NBC 7, the hillside will need both a short-term fix and a long-term solution. The hill is expected to be evaluated next week.

    A solution is in the works and in the meantime, the area will be monitored and maintained.

    The City of San Diego said there is no timeline in place yet for when a short-term or long-term repair will be completed.



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    There are accusations of puppies living in inhumane conditions inside stores in San Diego County. Some have died just weeks after being born.

    The stores are located in two cities in San Diego County--Escondido and National City.

    In one store, NBC 7 Investigates found between 20 to 30 puppies living in small cages.

    Some San Diegans have been working tirelessly to shut down these stores. 

    One owner, however, told NBC 7 Investigates, he's doing nothing wrong and stands behind his business.

    "20 puppies were being treated for minor to moderate medical conditions. And six of that were told to me by staff, that were in critical condition," said National City Animal Control Officer, Jane Gordon.

    Gordon explained her findings at a 2016 National City, city council meeting, after inspecting National City Puppy.

    According to Gordon, there were 86 puppies and three kittens on site that day. 

    "I'm a little concerned. Some of the large breed puppies...there were about 3 to 4 to a cage," she told the council.

    National City Puppy was never cited by the City and its owner told NBC 7 Investigates, a veterinarian checks all its puppies and it seeks medical treatment for any that are sick.

    At the 2016 meeting, Gordon continued describing the questionable practices some stores go through to receive the dogs. She explained they're usually from the Midwest. They go from a breeder, to a kennel, to the broker and then to the pet store.

    "Reputable breeders never, ever sell to a pet store.  They won't sell to someone sight unseen. They want to meet you and for you to meet them and see where the dog will be raised," said animal rights activist, Andrea Cunningham.

    Cunningham leads "Not One Animal Harmed," an animal advocacy group. She told NBC 7 Investigates, conditions like this have raised concerns for a number of cities across the county--several passing ordinances banning pet stores.

    But not two cities with stores--National City and Escondido.

    David Salinas owns shops in both cities; Broadway Puppies in Escondido and National City Puppy.

    NBC 7 Investigates spoke to Salinas over the phone. He wouldn't disclose where his puppies come from.

    "Not for this interview but we can certainly for our customers who come into the store," Salinas said.

    He added his stores display the puppies' breeder and basic information in plain sight, something that is not required by law.

    When NBC 7 Investigates visited Broadway Puppies, nearly 20 puppies, on display in the store had no breeder information.

    "I'm sure you just got us at a time where the puppies were just being put in or being moved around," Salinas responded.

    Rio Quinn and her husband told NBC 7 Investigates they remember the moment they first saw Vizsla puppy, Scooter, inside a cage at another store, Carlsbad Pets.

    "He was coughing. It was horrible, absolutely horrible. I couldn't just leave him there. So we went in and bought him," explained Quinn.

    After visits to two different veterinarians, Scooter was diagnosed with kennel cough, severe pneumonia, and tested positive for distemper, a viral disease preventable with a vaccine.

    "It was all absolutely horrible and he ended up living not even 30 days with us and he was hospitalized for almost two weeks of that," Quinn added.

    The couple was forced to give Scooter to a Vizsla rescue who determined his illnesses were too severe.  He had to be euthanized.

    "There was nothing they could do," Quinn explained. "His lungs were failing. He needed about $26,000 of care." 

    Their beloved puppy was gone.

    "Scooter came from a puppy mill in Iowa with over 300 dogs on the premises at the time of their last known USDA inspection," said Cunningham.

    Cunningham described that Scooter was marketed as a puppy from a home based breeder. 

    "I don't know about you, but I can't fit 300 dogs in my house," she added. "Can you?"

    Last year, the City of Carlsbad voted to ban the retail sale of dogs and cats from commercial breeders, causing Carlsbad Pets to close.

    In National City, after hearing animal control officer Gordon's findings, the council voted against a similar ordinance. In Escondido, no ordinance has been proposed, despite some community members pushing for one.

    NBC 7 Investigates found documents showing $3,000 worth of campaign contributions by Salinas to Escondido councilmember Mike Morasco.

    Salinas told NBC 7 Investigates his reasoning behind the payments is simple.

    "We have no problem supporting any candidate that supports us. And not just Morasco or any other city council member," Salinas said.

    Councilmember Morasco told NBC 7 investigates he feels an ordinance regulating pet stores isn't a local legislative issue, it's a state or federal one. 

    Meantime, Salinas and another store, Escondido Pets told us they are working with lobbyists in Sacramento to try to stop legislation, AB 485, that would prohibit pet store owners from selling dogs, cats, or rabbits in a pet store unless they come from a shelter. 

    Salinas added, "We're a puppy store. We're not a pet product store. When you take away the rights to sell puppies, kittens and rabbits for the retail sale to the consumer, then that puts us out of business."

    The bill is currently on the assembly floor and will need to be voted on by June 2, or it will have to be reintroduced next year.

    Quinn sued Carlsbad Pets after Scooter's death in order to get the money she spent on the puppy back.

    A judge ruled in her favor, requiring the pet store to pay Quinn more than $3,000.

    She is still waiting for the complete payment.


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    The City of San Diego says it will be checking to see if local soccer clubs are doing what they are supposed to when it comes to soccer goal post safety after NBC 7 Investigates found some posts not secured properly.

    According to experts, there are standards soccer clubs should follow when it comes to storing goal posts when in use and not in use. This includes appropriately anchoring them when in use. Parents NBC 7 Investigates spoke with said they are not familiar with what makes a goal post safe, or in many cases, unsafe.

    Two years ago an accident at a school in Chula Vista brought this issue to light.

    A 13-year-old boy fractured his skull after he jumped on an unsecured goal post and it fell on him. The family sued the Sweetwater Union High School District, and according to his attorney, Horatio Barraza, the family has reached a settlement.

    According to Barraza, the teenager, Marco La Farga, has hearing loss, memory loss, and blurry vision.

    “His parents report all sorts of mood swings associated with this type of injury,” said Barraza.

    After the goal post fell, La Farga had to be airlifted to Rady Children's Hospital. He was there for more than a month, three weeks of that spent in a medically induced coma. 

    According to records of soccer goal incidents reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been 58 incidents since the year 2000.

    “It is so preventable,” said Tom Tobin, the former National Executive Director for the American Youth Soccer Organization in Los Angeles. One role of the organization is to increase awareness and educate parents, coaches and soccer leagues about goal post safety.

    “Kids are kids and they turn a soccer goal into a jungle gym,” said Tobin. “So, if it's easy for them to do that, then we have a much higher risk of tipping incident.”

    According to Tobin, the majority of the injuries happen when there is no organized activity, with little or no adult supervision, making how the posts are stored critical.

    “When goals are not in use, the best thing you can do is chain them face to face or chain them up against a fence or building in such a way they can't be used," Tobin said. "That's the best way to protect kids when adults are not around."

    Checking soccer fields in San Diego, NBC 7 Investigates found goal posts that were not stored properly. At Hickman Field in Kearny Mesa, one post was not chained to the fence at all, though it is behind a locked gate. Another was chained only on one side. Experts recommend a chain on both sides.

    At Robb Field in Ocean Beach, NBC 7 Investigates found posts out in the open, not secured. They were lightweight, which Tobin said makes them even more likely to tip.

    NBC 7 Investigates contacted the organization that owns the improperly stored goal posts at Robb Field. After being shown pictures of the unsecured posts, a director said the soccer club now will be taking the posts down every day and locking them inside a cage. As for the posts at Hickman Field, a soccer official said he would follow up with the clubs using the field to look into what actions may need to be taken.

    The city of San Diego gives various soccer clubs permits to use city-owned fields. After being alerted to what NBC 7 Investigates found, the city says it will follow up with groups at every park to ensure goal posts are stored safely.

    During games, referees are supposed to make sure the posts are anchored so they won’t tip. Tobin said they should also be anchored during practices. According to Tobin, stakes should be driven into holes in the posts sidebars. If it is a turf field, sand bags can be used as counterweights, or cylinders of lead can be attached to the back bar.

    NBC 7 investigates also visited two soccer practices. Both times, there were goal posts that were not anchored down.

    When questioned about the goal posts, one coach said he was using the goal post to teach field position, not scoring. Besides, he said he is supervising his players.

    Another coach nearby agreed.

    “He looks like he's got a pretty controlled soccer environment and those kids look a little older,” said Kevin Rine.

    Tobin said that is not always good enough.

    “Kids will be kids, and even in just a moment with the coach's attention diverted somewhere else and there's a pause or a moment in the practice,” a child’s inclination is to hang on the goal post, he said.

    Barraza said Marco’s parents are relieved he survived, as it could have been much worse. Marco is now 16 years old and according to Barraza, he and his family moved back to Mexico so Marco can better deal with the trauma. 





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    A woman accused of using a stolen credit card to make purchases at a Wal-Mart in Santee with a toddler in tow was arrested, along with her boyfriend, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) confirmed.

    Maria Gaffney and her boyfriend, Frank Kennedy were arrested at their home in Santee during a Probation Compliance Check.

    Sheriff's investigators also found stolen mail, identification cards and social security cards inside the residence. Washed checks and printers used for printing checks were also discovered.

    Investigators also found an illegal assault weapon and narcotics.

    On May 9, SDSO had released surveillance video showing the suspect, now identified as Gaffney, leaving the Wal-Mart at 170 Town Center Parkway in Santee with a shopping cart filled with bags.

    The incident occurred on April 1.

    Accompanying Gaffney was a little boy, sitting in the cart she was pushing.

    Investigators said Gaffney had made purchases of more than $124 using the Wal-Mart app at a self-check out lane. She had tried to use the stolen credit card number several times for other things but those transactions were declined.

    The victim was identified as Jamie Cuellar, according to SDSO.

    Gaffney and Kennedy were arrested, and multiple tips were received.

    Gaffney and Kennedy are facing multiple charges, including Child Endangerment, Identity Theft, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Conspiracy and Possession of Stolen Property, among others.

    The couple's children were taken into protective custody by the San Diego County Department of Child Welfare Services, SDSO said.



    Photo Credit: Google Maps/SDSO

    The woman used a stolen credit card number to buy groceries from a Wal-Mart in Santee on April 1.The woman used a stolen credit card number to buy groceries from a Wal-Mart in Santee on April 1.

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    District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is filing criminal charges against the owner of a medical marijuana company and his attorney, shortly after being ordered by a judge to return $100,000 seized from the family of the business.

    The 15-page felony complaint accuses James Slatic, two of his executives and his attorney, Jessica McElfresh of conspiracy and manufacturing a controlled substance.

    Read the full complaint here.

    The Drug Enforcement Agency agents raided Slatic's Med-West Distribution in Kearny Mesa in January 2016 confiscating inventory, equipment, records and $324,000 in cash.

    McElfresh, a defense attorney, wrote in a 2015 email to Slatic about trying to distract a retired San Diego Police Department investigator, according to the complaint.

    “I didn’t flirt (wouldn’t have worked), but I just kept focusing on the papers," she wrote. "I’m convinced they walked away knowing it wasn’t a dispensary in the typical sense… but it probably seemed like something other than just paper."

    After the January 2016 raid, agents froze assets in bank accounts for Slatic, his wife and two teenage daughters. 

    A San Diego Superior Court judge ordered the return of those assets, despite the DA's objections, after a 15-month court battle that made national news.

    Filing charges against criminal defense attorneys is rare.

    Defense Attorney Marc Carlos said this:

    "At the outset I would say that it is always very difficult to charge an attorney for legal advice being requested by the client. The attorney must act in the best interests of the client and sometimes that means safeguarding their interests so that they do not incriminate themselves. That being said, the attorney has an ethical duty to act within the ethical cannons of the state bar and applicable laws. An attorney can not actively engage in activities which obstruct justice. Under these circumstances that DA will have to prove that she acted with criminal intent in conspiring to violate the law. This is extremely difficult given the ethical duties of the attorney."

    NBC 7 reached out to James Slatic who said he has a license to supply other licensed medical marijuana dispensaries.

    "“I am already out of business," Slatic said. "How are these charges in the interest of the public good? This is a waste of the taxpayers money.”


    In January 2016, law enforcement in tactical gear broke through the front door of James Slatic's medical marijuana business, seizing products, cash, and equipment.In January 2016, law enforcement in tactical gear broke through the front door of James Slatic's medical marijuana business, seizing products, cash, and equipment.

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    The leadership of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit shared new insight into the role they played in the war on terror, responding to threats around the world, as needed during a 7-month deployment to the Pacific and Middle East.

    While some of the details are still classified, marines from the 11th MEU told NBC 7, they provided mobile artillery, assisting in the isolation of Raqqa, Syria.

    They were called on during the deployment by the command of Operation Inherent Resolve in support of rebel forces who are being assisted by U.S. and coalition forces battling ISIS.

    "The task force executed over 400 fire missions and fired more than 4,500 rounds from M777 Howitzers to support our coalition partner,” said Maj. Craig Thomas.

    The Commander of the 11th MEU Col. Clay Tipton could not specifically comment on that mission. But he did describe how the leadership was always prepared when called on to provide support with one of their mission sets.

    “We're studying the environment, studying the terrain, studying the threats, studying...studying friendlies--no we're anticipating anything that comes up," Tipton said.

    The 11th MEU was also called upon to be ready to respond to a possible crisis in South Sudan. The concern was for embassy security as unrest in the country was growing.

    Master Gunnery Sgt. Adrian Virges said the 11th MEU is known for being flexible and fast, able to respond in just six hours to any scenario they are tasked to deal with.

    “We start looking into it, reading into it, we start planning for it. We don't start from scratch,” Virges said.

    In the end, while the marines were ready, they were not needed.

    There were other missions that are classified or under another command that the leadership could not discuss including the January raid in Yemen, in which Navy SEAL Ryan Owen was killed.

    But the bulk of the work was training the 4,500 marines and sailors from three ships--USS Makin Island, USS Somerset, and USS Comstock. They trained at sea, in the air, and on land with host countries in hot weather and jungle terrain, creating a self-sustaining environment--including purified water systems and developing relationships with other nations to secure democracy.

    Some of the exercises included the following:

    • Exercise Keen Sword: A combat readiness exercise with U.S. and Japanese forces in Guam
    • Exercise Tiger Strike: A bilateral training with Malaysian Armed Forces, a bilateral exercise with Sri Lankan Marines
    • Exercise Alligator Dagger in Djibouti: Conducting comprehensive amphibious operations to keep warfighting skills ready for U.S. Central Command
    • Exercise Sea Soldier with Omani forces to build mutual warfighting capability
    • Bilateral Exercises with Papua New Guinea to help the country provide security for their upcoming elections and a major international conference in 2018

    The leadership described the effort of the marines and sailors as one being in a constant pattern of training and preparedness over the 7-month period.

    “The American people would be proud of the young marines and sailors, their focused energy and their focused effort," Tipton said.