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    A San Diego research institute has been awarded a $1.3 million federal grant to fund critical research for families devastated by Alzheimer's Disease.  

    Inside the Conrad Prebys Center For Chemical Genomics researchers hope to zero in on specific chemical compounds that could be part of new medicine to slow the progression of the disease. 

    The National Institutes of Health awarded the funds as a three-year grant.

    This research is vital for San Diego County as recent studies suggest the number of local residents 55 and older with dementia is expected to increase 36 percent by 2030.

    There are no known cures and no disease-modifying therapies, according to researchers.

    Thanks to the Alzheimer's Project, a county-led initiative and it's research spin-off Collaboration 4 Cure - local companies and philanthropists have worked together over the past few years with great success. 

    They've zeroed in on a specific gene that seems to be problematic. 

    Right now with the help of drug screening robots, these researchers are testing more than a million chemical compounds hoping to find specific ones that can attack that problematic gene and help families dealing with dementia. 

    Participating with Sanford Burnham Prebys in C4C are The Salk Institute, The Scripps Research Institute, J. Craig Venter Institute and the University of California, San Diego.

    Right now Alzheimer's Disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States but, in San Diego County it is the third leading cause of death, according to the County Health and Human Services Agency. 



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    A fifth-grade teacher employed by the San Diego Unified School District has been arrested and charged with distributing pornographic images of children including a toddler, according to federal prosecutors.

    David Gordon Weaks, 59, of San Diego was arrested Thursday according to a news release from the Office of the U.S. Attorney in San Diego. Multiple computers and digital items were seized from Weaks' home on the day of his arrest, officials said.

    Weaks was employed as a fifth-grade teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School, federal prosecutors said.

    Investigators with the Department of Homeland Security say Weaks became a suspect in an investigation into child pornography in late March. 

    The investigation was looking into the distribution of child porn through an online peer-to-peer file sharing program. 

    Weaks' San Diego residence was identified through an IP address, according to prosecutors. 

    "Agents were able to download two videos directly from the IP address, both of which showed young minor females engaging in sex acts with adult males," authorities said in a news release Friday.

    According to the complaint, one of the videos was approximately 30 minutes in length and includes images of an adult nude male and a female toddler wearing fishnet stockings and a sun dress. 

    The complaint also claims a second video file with the phrase "pt 7yo-9yo-fullsex-spank" in the name is almost two hours in length and includes an adult male and prepubescent female. 

    Weaks admitted to sharing the files through the file-sharing program and knowing he had possession of child pornography on his external hard drive, federal agents said in the complaint.

    It is not clear if Weaks has hired legal representation.

    No other information was available.

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


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    Escondido’s crime rate fell sharply in 2017, according to the annual crime report released by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).

    The city's crime rate in 2017 dropped 18 percent from the previous year and 32 percent compared to 2013.

    While violent crime edged slightly higher, by 3 percent from 2016 to 2017, much of the reduction in numbers was attributed to a 21-percent drop in property crime. The 2017 mark was 38 percent compared to 2013.

    Some people were excited to hear the numbers.

    “Everybody should be proud of that, the whole city,” said Robert Enlow, who has lived in the city for decades.

    He and other business owners have noticed a change in recent years in the city.

    Gia DiLoredo owns the Parlour Off Grand in Escondido for 14 years and she has seen a big improvement recently.

    “A lot of homeless people, maybe using drugs, transients," she said. "I just feel like I don't see that as much now.” 

    The Escondido Police Department (EPD) credits the drop to a proactive approach to crime fighting and focusing on known criminal offenders.

    “We work closely with our law enforcement partners and neighboring jurisdictions to stay ahead of criminal activity early,” Lt. Ed Varso said in a statement.

    Alberta Agyan, the owner of the French eatery Delight of France, believes there’s a renewed sense of community in the Escondido.

    “There’s just a sense of people really try to help each other out," she said. "So these are some of the things that were looking at that are making our town shining brighter.”


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    Chula Vista police are reviewing security footage from a home near Otay Park where a woman was knocked unconscious and sexually assaulted Monday.

    The woman in her mid-20s was exercising on a staircase at the east end of the park on that leads to Connoley Circle at about 8 p.m. when at least one person attacked her and she lost consciousness, Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) Sgt. Matt Smith said Wednesday.

    When she awoke, she realized she had been sexually assaulted and some of her belongings had been stolen, Smith said. She flagged down a person in the park and the passerby contacted police.

    NBC 7 obtained security footage from a camera positioned above the driveway of a home on Connoley Circle showing a man walking east away from the park. He is seen stripping off his coat and peeking behind him before leaving the camera’s view.

    CVPD did not confirm if the man in the video is considered a suspect or a person of interest, or even a person investigators want to question.

    Connoley Circle is a large closed loop and would lead an eastbound traveler to the top of the park stairs where the attack happened. The video shows this person did not take the loop and instead came back in the opposite direction less than two minutes later.

    The camera loses sight of the man as he walks behind a large bush. Just beyond that bush is a planter where police on Wednesday found the victim's identification and other stolen personal items.

    Neighbors told NBC 7 they also saw police collect a coat and other clothing as evidence.

    The clock in the corner of the security footage screen is seven minutes fast, according to the camera owner, due to an error made at the time of camera’s installation. The actual time the man comes in view is 8:10 p.m., five minutes after the attack was reported to police.

    In the 17 minutes before the man was spotted, and the 43 minutes following, no other pedestrians are spotted by the camera.

    The victim was unable to provide investigators with a description because she said she was attacked from behind.

    She remains in the hospital with severe injuries.

    CVPD is asking anyone who may know anything about this incident to contact the Family Protection Unit at 619-409-5830, or anonymous tips can be made by calling 619-422-TIPS (8477).



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    If you have a Toys R Us gift card, now is the time to use it. The toy retailer will no longer accept gift cards after Saturday, April 21. E-gift cards and Endless Earnings will also stop being accepted after Saturday. 

    Toys R Us, which announced in March that it would be shutting down operations in the United States and Puerto Rico, says on its website that gift cards cannot be exchanged for cash, all sales are final and orders are not being accepted online.

    Toys R Us credit cards are being accepted through the end of the company's liquidation sale. Loyalty rewards and coupons, as well as gift cards from Canada, stopped being accepted in March. 

    In announcing its closing, Toys R Us CEO Dave Brandon said in a press release that the company does not have the financial support needed to keep its U.S. operations running. 

    "We are therefore implementing an orderly process to shutter our U.S. operations and will pursue going concern sales or reorganizations of certain of our international businesses, while our other international businesses consider their options," Brandon said. 



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    In this March 15, 2018 file photo, customers enter a Toys R Us store in Emeryville, California. Toys R Us filed for liquidation in a U.S. Bankruptcy court and plans to close 735 stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. The toy retailer will no longer accept gift cards after Saturday, April 21.In this March 15, 2018 file photo, customers enter a Toys R Us store in Emeryville, California. Toys R Us filed for liquidation in a U.S. Bankruptcy court and plans to close 735 stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. The toy retailer will no longer accept gift cards after Saturday, April 21.

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    A fire that broke out in City Heights overnight at 42nd Street and University Avenue has been ruled an arson by the Metro Arson Strike Team (MAST).

    The fire started just before 3 a.m., and no injuries were reported. Some nearby homes were evacuated and a few power lines fell down as a result of the fire.

    The total damage to the home and its contents is around $300,000. 

    No arrests have been made yet. 



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    Thousands of families gathered at Liberty Station Saturday for Walk MS.

    Dozens of teams with colorful t-shirts, signs and lots of spirit started the short walk at NTC Park and then looped around Liberty Station.

    Walk MS raises money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which funds research and helps make life easier for people living with the disease.

    NBC 7 is a long time media sponsor and Steven Luke once again served as the Master of Ceremonies.

    People living with MS say the event always lifts their spirits.

    “It’s just cool to see all my friends come here and to see all the people doing it,” Tim Truesdell, who was diagnosed with MS, told NBC 7. “When you see all the signs of the donations and everything, you see a lot of the same team names and people names.”

    Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information between the brain and body.

    It often stops people from moving, which is why people say they love the symbolism of a walk.



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    NBC7 &Telemundo20 got up early Saturday morning for the Walk MS: San Diego at Liberty Station on April 21.NBC7 &Telemundo20 got up early Saturday morning for the Walk MS: San Diego at Liberty Station on April 21.

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    Many of the NBC 7 staff spent part of their Saturday showing off their artistic skills when they painted playhouses for the children of military families on Comcast Cares Day in association with Habitat for Humanity. Some of the houses got pretty creative - and some of our staff got pretty messy.

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    Chicago White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar is in critical condition at a local hospital after collapsing during Friday’s game against the Houston Astros.

    Farquhar, who pitched the sixth inning of the game, suffered a brain hemorrhage in the dugout afer the inning and was rushed to a local hospital.

    Later testing revealed a ruptured aneurysm that caused his brain to bleed, the White Sox said in a statement.

    "The White Sox will provide additional updates on Farquhar's health over the coming days as appropriate, but the club also asks that you respect the privacy of the Farquhar family at this time," the team said. 

    The Sox also asked for fans to offer their positive thoughts and prayers as Farquhar is treated. 

    He is currently in critical, but stable, condition at RUSH Hospital, the White Sox said. No further information on his condition was made available. 



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    Chicago White Sox pitcher Danny FarquharChicago White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar

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    A three-year-old boy was taken to the hospital with serious head injuries after he ran in front of a pickup truck in the quad area of Crawford High School Saturday, morning around 11 a.m., according to San police. 

    The 31-year-old driver of the pickup rolled over the boy’s head, causing him to suffer non-life-threatening injuries, including two skull fractures and abrasions.

    The incident is being investigated by the San Diego Police Department’s Traffic Division.






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    As President Trump plans a potential meeting with North Korean leader King Jong Un in the coming months, San Diego Congresswoman Susan Davis held a panel discussion at San Diego State University to outline the threat posed by the insular nation.

    Davis said she surveyed her constituents and 93 percent have expressed concern about North Korea, and 61 percent are ‘very’ concerned. Many of those constituents were at the panel to clarify their fears, including if a ballistic missile can hit the United States.

    “It’s just an area which I think that there’s a lack of information so I wanted to be more educated about it so that I can read the news and not just be worried,” said attendee Nicole Ventrone.

    The panel of experts put together by the congresswoman, weighed in on questions like ‘can North Korea nuke San Diego?’

    The experts included a former ambassador to Afghanistan and several international studies professors.

    The panel was held just hours Kim Jong Un announced he is suspending nuclear and long-range missile tests ahead of talks between South Korea and the U.S.

    In March, South Korean officials announced that President Moon Jae-In had agreed to meet with Kim and pegged the meeting for May, but officials say it could happen in June.

    Attendee Paula Tanner said the lecture was enlightening.

    “He said that they don’t have the science to develop the trajectories to hit us,” she told NBC 7.

    Many at the panel hope the potential meeting between presidents will be a step in the right direction, including Ventrone who said she’s ‘cautiously optimistic.’



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    A homeless man was slashed by an acquaintance early Saturday morning in Mission Beach, police said.

    The 51-year-old man was sleeping in his car in Mission Beach Park when he was awakened by the acquaintance knocking on the window around 1:45 a.m., San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Sgt. Michael Tansey said.

    The man opened the door to speak to the acquaintance when an argument broke out, he said.

    "The suspect produced an unknown type of sharp object," Tansey said. "The suspect then slashed the weapon at the victim."

    The suspect then fled on foot heading into the park, he said.

    The man sustained an approximate three-inch cut to his right hand, Tansey said. The victim was transported to the hospital for a non-life-threatening injury.

    The suspect was described as a white homeless man in his 40s with a stocky build. He was wearing a red shirt at the time of the attack, Tansey said.


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    A body was found at the bottom of a canyon in Linda Vista on Saturday but police say there were no signs foul play.

    San Diego Police Department (SDPD) were notified about the body found at the bottom of Tecolote Canyon around 5 p.m.

    A police sergeant at the scene told NBC 7 a preliminary investigation showed no signs of foul play.

    Residents told NBC 7 a body was also found at the bottom of the canyon 15 years ago.

    No other information was available.

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    An inmate died Saturday at the San Diego Central Jail, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO).

    The inmate was found unresponsive in his cell shortly before 10 a.m. when deputies were doing a security check, Lt. Michael Blevins said.

    "Despite lifesaving efforts performed by deputies and medical staff, the man died," he said. "There was no initial evidence of foul play or a suicide at the scene."

    The sheriff's Homicide Unit was called in to investigate per protocol for any in-custody death, he said.

    The inmate's name has not been released pending notification of next of kin.

    The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of the death, Blevins said.

    No other information was available.

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    Two people were pulled out of a Paradise Hills house fire Saturday night but are not expected to survive, police said.

    The fire started around 10:15 p.m. in the 2900 block of Calle Cumbre, San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Sgt. Michael Tansey said.

    Firefighters pulled the two people from the garage of the house and paramedics are transporting them to the hospital but they are not expected to survive, he said.

    San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) is requesting three additional engines to assist.

    It is unclear at this time that what started the fire.

    No other information was available.

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


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    Four people are dead and police are searching for a gunman after a shooting a Nashville-area Waffle House early Sunday, authorities said.

    Metro Nashville Police said the gunman began shooting a rifle about 3 a.m. at the Antioch restaurant. According to witnesses, police said, the gunman arrived in a pick-up truck and opened fire outside before walking into the Waffle House.

    Three people died at the scene and a fourth died at a local hospital, police said. The front window of the restaurant was shot out, and some people had cuts on their faces.

    A patron who attempted to flee the restaurant struggled with the gunman for the firearm, according to police. The patron grabbed the gun from the man and tossed it behind the counter, officials added, and the gunman fled.

    Witnesses saw the man leave the restaurant and shed his jacket, which had additional ammunition in it, police said. Several police dogs were tracking the gunman.

    A motive has not yet been determined.

    Police named Travis Reinking from Illinois as a person of interest and said the vehicle the gunman arrived in is registered to Reinking.

    This story is developing. Refresh the page for updates.



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    Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Sunday slammed former FBI Director James Comey for releasing his memoir during the ongoing Russia probe, saying she worries the book could interfere with the investigations.

    "I cannot imagine why an FBI director would seek, to essentially, cash in on a book when the investigation is very much alive," she said on Sunday's "Meet The Press. "He should have waited to do his memoir."

    Collins, a Republican member of the Senate's Select Committee on Intelligence, which is conducting its own investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, also said that if she were advising a future FBI director, she would tell them two things: to "always follow the Department of Justice's protocols and guidelines" and "don't write a book in the middle of an investigation."

    Comey, who was fired by President DonaldTrump last May, has attempted to pitch himself as above the political fray but has again been under scrutiny from both Democrats and Republicans since re-emerging on the public stage.



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    This March 21, 2018, file photo shows Sen. Susan Collins in Washington, DC.This March 21, 2018, file photo shows Sen. Susan Collins in Washington, DC.

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    Larry Nassar had done "the treatment" on gymnast McKayla Maroney before, but nothing prepared her for what happened in a Tokyo hotel room in October 2011.

    "That was the scariest night," Maroney told NBC in her first-ever interview about the abuse she suffered at the hands of Nassar, the former Olympic doctor now at the center of an ever-widening sexual abuse scandal. "He went, like, overboard that night."

    Maroney is one of more than 265 girls and women — including a half-dozen Olympians — who say Nassar molested them under the guise of medical procedures.

    She told her story as part of a months-long "Dateline" investigation, airing Sunday night on the program at 7 p.m. ET. The probe looked into allegations that USA Gymnastics could have stopped Nassar earlier and tried to silence his victims when they finally spoke up — accusations the organization denies.



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    A 20-year-old man died from his injuries after his car drifted to the left side of the road and hit a tree on De Luz Road near Sandia Creek Drive just after midnight Sunday.

    The man was taken the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

    It’s unclear if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

    No one else was in the car.



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    Southwest Airlines canceled more than 40 flights nationwide Sunday so the company can inspect engine fan blades. 

    The move comes after the mid-air incident last Tuesday, April 17, where an engine exploded on Flight 1380. The explosion damaged sections of the wing and fuselage where a passenger, 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan, was partially blown out of a window and later died.

    Federal investigators are looking to see whether a broken fan blade on the engine was to blame for that event.

    Southwest said in a news release that this move to cancel flights on Sunday comes as a part of their accelerated engine fan blade inspection program, announced on Tuesday night — not the emergency directive issued by the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday. The directive requires operators to inspect fan blades on certain engines within 20 days, according to the FAA's website. 

    The total number of flights canceled by the airline as of Sunday afternoon was 48, according to the tracking website FlightAware.

    The Dallas-based airline said they minimized impact to flights last week by re-routing aircraft and using spare aircraft when available. Additionally, they said they've conducted inspections overnight. 

    As of Sunday afternoon, Southwest canceled 14 flights on Sunday and 18 flights on Monday from Dallas Love Field, according to FlightAware.



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    Southwest Airlines canceled more than 40 flights nationwide Sunday so the company can inspect engine fan blades.Southwest Airlines canceled more than 40 flights nationwide Sunday so the company can inspect engine fan blades.

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    A 29-year-old man was sitting on a park bench in Balboa Park near the 2000 block of Park Boulevard when a man approached him, asking for a cigarette just after midnight Sunday morning.

    When the victim said he didn’t have one the suspect stabbed him in the neck and left on a bicycle, according to San Diego police.

    He is described as tan, about 5-foot five and wearing a blue jacket. He was last seen going northbound.

    The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

    San Diego Police Department detectives are investigating the incident.



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    While banging drums, holding signs and cuddling lizards, tree huggers of all shapes and sizes congregated at Balboa Park’s 29th Annual EarthFair and parade Sunday.

    Simcha Waleli, who was volunteering with nonprofit Zero Waste San Diego, may not be old enough to vote or even drive, but she means business when it comes to the environment.

    “The environment can't tell you that it's dangerous for me so You really have to have people standing up and telling people to start taking care of the earth,” she told NBC 7 while sporting gloves, ready to sort through recyclable material.

    Some of Zero Waste's campaigns are to transform landfills into resource recovery parks and to, promote the single-use plastic bag ban in San Diego and to remove organics from landfills. 

    This year’s theme is “We’re All in This Together,” something father Tim Penny is trying to instill in the next generation.

    “We're bringing the kids out here for an opportunity to support the earth so that they have an earth to live on and play on,” he said.

    James Steele, who came out to the event, practices watches he preaches with the Masonic Lions.

    "It's telling people how to save the Earth, things like that, people forget,” he said. “I pick up trash every third Saturday – about 19 years on 805.”

    Ramano Muniz’s family is also environmentally conscious.

    "Around the house, I guess we're mindful about the types of food that we're buying, whether it's farm to table or it's organic,” he told NBC 7. “We recycle. I think we're pretty environmentally savvy as far as riding bikes around and just enjoying it as opposed to taking our car out of convenience."

    "Honestly, it's a top priority,” Muniz added. “It's the one thing that kind of keeps us all together and healthy and safe, so why would we abuse that and neglect that. I think just taking ownership and somebody standing up for it, it's the right thing to do."

    Steele put it more succinctly. He said, "There's trash out there and somebody's got to pick it up.”





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    Here’s a look at what is going on in San Diego sports for the week of April 23rd-29th.

    PADRES: The Padres start the week on the road with a three-game series in Colorado against the Rockies. After a day off Thursday, they’re home to host the New York Mets Friday-Sunday. Friday is Party in the Park: CocktailFest, Saturday is a Theme Game: Faith and Family Night and Sunday is Military Salute: Welcome Home USS San Diego.

    UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS:

    -BASEBALL: Tuesday at UC Irvine. Thursday-Saturday at BYU.

    -WOMEN’S TENNIS: Thursday-Sunday TBA at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremonte.

    -WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD: Saturday at the Adidas/Steve Scott Invitational in Irvine.

    -MEN’S CREW: Saturday and Sunday at the WIRA Championships in Rancho Cordova.

    -SOFTBALL: Saturday vs. Loyola Marymount 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m. all at the USD Softball Complex.

    UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO TRITONS:

    -MEN’S GOLF: Monday-Wednesday at the CCAA Championships in Chico.

    -BASEBALL: Thursday and Friday vs. Cal State L.A. 6 p.m. at UCSD. And Saturday at Cal State L.A. 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

    -TRACK & FIELD: Friday and Saturday at the Steve Scott Invitational in Irvine.

    -SOFTBALL: Friday at Cal State Dominguez Hills 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Saturday 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

    -MEN’S ROWING: Saturday and Sunday at the WIRA Championships in Rancho Cordova.

    -MEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Saturday NCAA Championship Play-In TBD.

    SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY AZTECS:

    -BASEBALL: Tuesday at UC Riverside 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday vs. UNLV 6 p.m. and Sunday vs. UNLV 1 p.m. at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

    -MEN’S TENNIS: Thursday-Saturday at the Mountain West Championships at the Aztec Tennis Center.

    -WOMEN’S TENNIS: Thursday-Sunday at the Mountain West Championships in Boise.

    -SOFTBALL: Friday and Saturday vs. Colorado State 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. all at the SDSU Softball Stadium.

    -WOMEN’S LACROSSE: Friday and Sunday TBD at the Aztec Lacrosse Field.

    -WOMEN’S WATER POLO: Friday-Sunday TBD in Los Angeles.

    -WOMEN’S ROWING: Saturday and Sunday vs. Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in Gold River.

    -WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD: Saturday and the Steve Scott Invitational in Irvine and the Desert Heat Classic in Tucson.



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    A brush fire that was started by a faulty catalytic converter briefly closed the on-ramp to State Route 905 on Sunday, authorities said.

    The fire was reported around 2:30 p.m. in the 4000 block of Via de la Bandola, San Diego Fire-Rescue (SDFD) spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.

    "A caller was driving by when they spotted the flames in the brush," she said.

    The fire was on eastbound SR-905 in the embankment to Interstate 805, Munoz said. The fire was knocked down within an hour. No one was injured and no structures were threatened, she said.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation, Munoz said.

    The ramp to the eastbound SR-905 from I-805 south was closed for around 90 minutes, according to the California Highway Patrol. The ramp was reopened around 4:15 p.m., the CHP said.

    A suspect was detained and questioned but was released after authorities discovered the fire was accidentally started by a catalytic converter, San Diego Police Department Officer John Buttle said.

    There were three spot fires reported on the side of the freeway, San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Delimitros said. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) also reported several small fires in the area, Munoz said. 

    It was unclear if the fires were all related.

    No other information was available.

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    Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was forced to exit Sunday’s game against the Colorado Rockies after he was struck in the head by a pitch, the team said. 

    The Cubs say that Bryant suffered a small laceration above his eye from where his sunglasses impacted his face, but that he had passed all concussion tests thus far. 

    The team also expects Bryant to travel with his teammates to Cleveland, where they will play the Indians on Tuesday. 

    The incident occurred in the first inning of the game when a pitch from German Marquez went inside on Bryant, striking him on the bill of his helmet. The ball also appeared to glance off Bryant’s sunglasses and face, and trainers immediately rushed to his aid:

    Bryant left the game because of the incident, and David Bote came in to replace him at third base in the winning effort. 



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    Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs waits to bat against the Cincinnati Reds during their exhibition game at Cashman Field on March 25, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Cubs won 11-7. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs waits to bat against the Cincinnati Reds during their exhibition game at Cashman Field on March 25, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Cubs won 11-7. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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    Hundreds of people and their furry friends took advantage of Paws San Diego on Sunday in City Heights.

    The event, which is hosted by the San Diego Humane Society, offered a lot of special services and freebies such as dog licensing, vaccinations, free pet training tips, low-cost spay and neutering appointments and microchipping.

    The half-day event was a huge help for those pet owners who either can't afford or can't find the time to keep their pets healthy and up to date on vaccinations.

    "I really appreciate it, I think it's great because the vet is so expensive and it would cost most of these people $150 especially if you have a dog it's very expensive," said Leslie Gay, a cat owner.

    Every year, more than 45,000 homeless pets enter San Diego's shelters, primarily because families either lack resources or access to affordable pet services, the Humane Society said.


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    A 3.9-magnitude earthquake shook parts of Riverside County on Sunday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

    The temblor hit at 5:46 p.m. about 8 miles north-northeast of Thousand Palms located in the Coachella Valley. 

    More than 60 people immediately reported feeling the quake, according to USGS. 

    There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. 




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    A 3.9-magnitude earthquake shook the Thousand Palms area on Sunday, April 22, 2018.A 3.9-magnitude earthquake shook the Thousand Palms area on Sunday, April 22, 2018.