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2 Cops Shot in San Diego; 1 Has Died

Police have suspect in custody, still searching for other possible suspects

(Newser) - Two members of the San Diego Police Department's Elite Gang Unit were shot in the city around 11pm Thursday and one officer has since died. It isn't clear what led to the shooting in the Southcrest neighborhood; the officers were participating in a traffic stop when the shots... More »

Friends, Family: Iran May Be Holding San Diego Man

Human rights advocate Robin Shahini taken by Iranian authorities, family says

(Newser) - After graduating from San Diego State University in May, Gholamrez "Reza" Shahini, known to most as Robin, headed to Iran to visit his mom and other family. But the 46-year-old San Diego man hasn't been heard from in more than 10 days, and friends and family back in... More »

All-Star Game Singer Alters Anthem Lyrics, Causes Stir

Group kicks out 'lone wolf' for singing 'all lives matter'

(Newser) - A member of a Canadian singing quartet changed a lyric in his country's national anthem and held up a sign proclaiming "All Lives Matter" during a pregame performance at the 87th All-Star Game on Tuesday. In a statement issued during the game, the Tenors blamed the changes that... More »

Suspect Arrested in San Diego Homeless Attacks

He's been charged with murder, arson

(Newser) - Relief in San Diego: A suspect was arrested Thursday in connection with a sickening series of attacks on homeless people that left two men dead and another two seriously injured, CNN reports. Police say they believe Anthony Alexander Padgett, 36, is the suspect captured on video at a convenience store... More »

San Diego Attacker Claims 4th Homeless Victim

Man set on fire is not expected to survive

(Newser) - Another San Diego homeless man was set on fire and seriously injured Wednesday by an attacker police say struck while the man was asleep, the latest in a spate of attacks on transients that have left two dead. Police say the 23-year-old victim is not expected to survive upper-body injuries,... More »

Cops: Killer Is Targeting San Diego's Homeless

City on edge after 2 killed, 1 gravely injured

(Newser) - A murder early on Sunday appears to have been the start of a sickening rampage targeting homeless people in San Diego, police say. Investigators believe the same suspect is behind at least two murders and a third attack that left a homeless man fighting for his life, the San Diego ... More »

Woman Banned From 524M Acres of Public Land

Casey Nocket gets 2 years' probation for tagging national parks in 2014

(Newser) - Casey Nocket left her mark on national parks across the West, but she won't be able to go back and reminisce—at least not while she's on probation. The 23-year-old San Diego woman pleaded guilty last week to defacing rock formations in seven parks, and for the next... More »

Twisted Craigslist Ad Tells San Diego 'You Are Next'

'We need more Orlando's (sic),' the post read

(Newser) - The FBI and the San Diego Police Department are trying to track down the person behind a Craiglist ad that threatened San Diego's gay community with an Orlando-style massacre. "We need more Orlando's (sic)" read the now-deleted ad in the site's "Men Seeking Men" section,... More »

Bubbles the Pilot Whale Dies After 30 Years at SeaWorld

She was in her mid-50s and had spent nearly her entire life in captivity

(Newser) - Bubbles, a short-finned pilot whale that lived at SeaWorld San Diego for nearly 30 years, has died, the AP reports. Bubbles was in her mid-50s when she died Thursday. A necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of her death. Female pilot whales generally live to be about 60... More »

Where Does Spam Come From? This Guy, Allegedly

The FBI raided Michael Persaud's house in April

(Newser) - There's a decent chance Michael Alexander Persaud has sent you some spam. According to the FBI, which raided Persaud's San Diego home in late April, the 39-year-old is able to send a million unsolicited emails in less than 15 minutes, ABC News reports. Authorities have been investigating Persaud... More »

Gay Chorus 'Snubbed' at Padres Game

Why did a recording sing over them?

(Newser) - The San Diego Padres are in trouble after inviting a gay chorus to sing at the ballgame Saturday night and playing a woman's recorded voice over them—with thousands of fans in attendance, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. (See it here on YouTube .) The San Diego Gay Men'... More »

911 Calls for Baby Mauled by Dog Went Unanswered

San Diego parents called for help twice, but no one picked up on the other end

(Newser) - Police in San Diego say a couple whose 3-day-old baby was mauled to death by the family dog made two unsuccessful 911 calls before getting frustrated and driving the boy to the hospital themselves, the AP reports. Police Lt. Scott Wahl told KNSD-TV Saturday that the parents waited 28 seconds... More »

Family Dog Fatally Mauls 3-Day-Old Baby

The dog was startled when the baby's mother coughed

(Newser) - A 3-day-old boy was fatally mauled by a pet dog as his parents watched helplessly in their San Diego home, the AP reports. Sgt. Tu Nguyen said the parents were in bed watching TV with their newborn son and pit bull-mix Thursday night when the mother coughed, startling the dog.... More »

Man Who Reported Toddler Missing in '02 Now Arrested

The Jahi Turner case shook San Diego

(Newser) - Almost exactly 14 years after the disappearance of 2-year-old Jahi Turner shook San Diego, the man who reported him missing has been arrested. Tieray Jones, the boy's stepfather, was arrested in North Carolina on Monday on suspicion of murder, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune . On April 25, 2002, he... More »

22 Teens Pulled From Rough San Diego Waters

Conditions were not good, swim team went in anyway

(Newser) - A swim team's trip to San Diego went horribly wrong Tuesday, and lifeguards ended up having to rescue almost two dozen high school students from the water at La Jolla Cove, NBC San Diego reports. The teenagers were in San Diego to compete in a long-distance swim, and 64... More »

Woman Angry About Haircut Tries to Kill Barber: Cops

But she may have messed up her own hair

(Newser) - We've all been there: You go to the hairdresser and your new cut doesn't come out quite how you envisioned. But a 29-year-old San Diego woman took things a bit farther than most would, police say: Three hours after her haircut Wednesday, Adrian Blanche Swain allegedly returned to... More »

Starving Sea Lion Pup Goes to Restaurant

Upscale San Diego restaurant called SeaWorld rescuers

(Newser) - It was too early for the gooseberry glazed barramundi or the Faroe Islands heritage salmon, but some good meals are still in store for a starving sea lion pup that found its way into one of San Diego's fanciest seafood restaurants. The eight-month-old female was taken to SeaWorld's... More »

After 16 Years, Hospital IDs Mystery Patient

San Diego hospital knew him as 'Garage 66'

(Newser) - For 16 years, a man known only as "Garage 66" lay in a California hospital bed, unable to speak after suffering severe brain damage after an automobile accident. Now authorities say they've finally discovered the name of the man who was probably still in his teens when he... More »

No Sign of Shooter at Naval Medical Center

San Diego facility had advised people 'to run, hide or fight'

(Newser) - Scary reports circulated this afternoon about shots fired at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, though so far there's no confirmation of any shooter. The alerts went out about noon Eastern when the facility posted a message on Facebook saying that an "active shooter has just been... More »

Girl, 10, Gets 2-Minute TSA Patdown Over Juice Pouch

Her dad is fuming

(Newser) - A 10-year-old California girl was patted down for almost two minutes by a TSA screener at the airport in Raleigh, NC, on Dec. 30, and her dad is fuming. Kevin Payne and his daughter, Vendela, were on their way home to San Diego at the time, and Vendela had accidentally... More »

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