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motorcyclist killed in valley center crash

a pauma valley man was killed wednesday night when the motorcycle he was riding struck a car on valley center road.according to the california highway patrol, the 45-year-old man was riding a silver honda motorcycle northbound on valley center road at about 6 p.m. when he crashed into a silver toyota tacoma stopped at an intersection.the motorcycle had been behind the car as they both headed north on valley center road toward the west tribal road intersection, about a quarter mile south of state route 76.the driver of the tacoma, a 26-year-old valley center woman, reached the intersection and stopped, intending to make a left turn. according to the chp, the motorcycle did not slow down and crashed into the rear of the stopped tacoma.the man sustained fatal injuries during the collision and died at the scene, according to the chp.captionproper hygiene — hand-washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom — is sufficient to kill the virus, though alcohol-based hand sanitizer may not be effective. proper hygiene — hand-washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom — is sufficient to kill the virus, though alcohol-based hand sanitizer may not be effective.captionproper hygiene — hand-washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom — is sufficient to kill the virus, though alcohol-based hand sanitizer may not be effective. proper hygiene — hand-washi...





white house doctor withdraws as va secretary nominee, calls allegations against him false

president donald trump 's pick to lead veterans affairs, ronny jackson , withdrew thursday in the wake of late-surfacing allegations about overprescribing drugs and poor leadership while serving as a top white house doctor, saying the "false allegations" against him have become a distraction. in a statement the white house issued from jackson, he said he "did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity." shortly after jackson dropped out, president donald trump called into the fox & friends morning show to praise jackson as an "incredible man" who "runs a fantastic operation." trump said jackson had a "beautiful record" and that there was no proof of the allegations and criticizing the top democrat on a senate panel who was investigation the allegations. said trump, "i think jon tester has a big price to pay." the president declined to say who he may nominate next. asked whether jackson will remain on the job as white house doctor, press secretary sarah huckabee sanders said, "admiral jackson is a doctor in the united states navy assigned to the white house and is here at work today." jabin botsford / bloombergpresident donald trump and physician ronny jackson during a veterans affairs department "telehealth" event in the roosevelt room of the white house on aug. 03, 2017. president donald trump and physician ronny jackson during a veterans affairs department "telehealth" event in the roosevelt room of th...





white house doctor withdraws as va secretary nominee, calls allegations against him 'false'

white house doctor ronny jackson withdrew from consideration as veterans affairs secretary on thursday, saying "false allegations" against him have become a distraction.in a statement the white house issued from jackson, he said he "did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity."shortly after jackson dropped out, president donald trump called into the fox & friends morning show to praise jackson as an "incredible man" who "runs a fantastic operation."trump said jackson had a "beautiful record" and that there was no proof of the allegations. added trump, "i think jon tester has a big price to pay." the president declined to say who he may nominate next.asked whether jackson will remain on the job as white house doctor, press secretary sarah huckabee sanders said, "admiral jackson is a doctor in the united states navy assigned to the white house and is here at work today."jackson faced a series of accusations about his workplace conduct. the latest blow to his nomination to lead the government's second-largest cabinet agency came wednesday with a set of accusations compiled by democratic staff on the committee considering his nomination.based on conversations with 23 of jackson's current and former colleagues at the white house medical unit, the summary said jackson exhibited a pattern of recklessly prescribing drugs and drunken behavior, including crashing a government vehicle while intoxicated and doling out suc...





crash knocks out downtown traffic light

captionfrom san diego to sacramento and across the nation, homelessness in urban areas has increasingly presented officials with an intractable problem that often results in a cycle of shuffling people from block to block without any clear long-term solutions.  from san diego to sacramento and across the nation, homelessness in urban areas has increasingly presented officials with an intractable problem that often results in a cycle of shuffling people from block to block without any clear long-term solutions. 





sketch released of attempted kidnapper

captionfrom san diego to sacramento and across the nation, homelessness in urban areas has increasingly presented officials with an intractable problem that often results in a cycle of shuffling people from block to block without any clear long-term solutions.  from san diego to sacramento and across the nation, homelessness in urban areas has increasingly presented officials with an intractable problem that often results in a cycle of shuffling people from block to block without any clear long-term solutions. 





motorcyclist in serious condition from fallbrook collision

a 35-year-old man is in serious condition after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car on e. mission road in fallbrook on wednesday morning.according to the california highway patrol, a 20-year-old hemet resident was driving a 2015 kia optima westbound on e. mission road east of macadamia drive at about 6 a.m. when he struck a 2017 harley davidson softail motorcycle a 35-year-old man from anza was riding east on e. mission roadthe chp reported that the kia optima drifted to the left over the double yellow line into the opposing lane of traffic directly into the path of the approaching motorcycle, leading to a head-on collision.the rider of the motorcycle was ejected and landed south of the roadway in a dirt area. he sustained major injuries and was transported to palomar medical center, where he was in critical condition wednesday night.captionproper hygiene — hand-washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom — is sufficient to kill the virus, though alcohol-based hand sanitizer may not be effective. proper hygiene — hand-washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom — is sufficient to kill the virus, though alcohol-based hand sanitizer may not be effective.captionproper hygiene — hand-washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom — is sufficient to kill the virus, though alcohol-based hand sanitizer may not be effective. proper hygi...





motorcyclist killed in valley center crash

a pauma valley man was killed wednesday night when the motorcycle he was riding struck a car on valley center road.according to a california highway patrol report, the 45-year-old man was riding a silver honda motorcycle northbound on valley center road at about 6 p.m. when he crashed into a silver toyota tacoma stopped at an intersection.the motorcycle had been behind the car as they both headed north on valley center road toward the w. tribal road intersection, about a quarter mile south of state route 76.the driver of the tacoma, a 26-year-old valley center woman, reached the intersection and stopped, intending to make a left turn. according to the chp, the motorcycle did not slow down and crashed into the rear of the stopped tacoma.the man sustained fatal injuries during the collision and died at the scene, according to the chp.captionproper hygiene — hand-washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom — is sufficient to kill the virus, though alcohol-based hand sanitizer may not be effective. proper hygiene — hand-washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom — is sufficient to kill the virus, though alcohol-based hand sanitizer may not be effective.captionproper hygiene — hand-washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom — is sufficient to kill the virus, though alcohol-based hand sanitizer may not be effective. proper hygiene — hand-wa...





major political donor buys mailers for house candidate mike levin

bill bloomfield, one of california’s biggest political donors, has funded campaign mailers supporting mike levin, a democrat running for the house.bloomfield is an independent and former republican who has supported candidates on both sides of the aisle.levin and the bloomfield family are long-time personal friends.one of california’s biggest political donors has funded mailers supporting democrat mike levin’s run for the house of representatives.federal election commission records show bill bloomfield spent $41,310 on levin’s behalf, the first major source of outside money in support of that campaign. levin and the bloomfield family are long-time friends.bloomfield said besides the personal familiarity, he’s backing levin because he’s committed to ending gun violence and stopping global warming and has dedicated his professional career to environmental causes.“mike is young, but i think his whole life has prepared him for this,” bloomfield said by phone. “if we cook ourselves and we don’t deal with the climate change issue, not really much else matters.”from manhattan beach, bloomfield is an independent who left the republican party in 2011 and has backed candidates from both sides of the aisle. a one-time gop house candidate and a current board member for california common cause, he describes himself as liberal on social issues, but has put millions into pro-charter school groups as well and pro-business candidates and government reform efforts.bloomfi...





3.9 earthquake near borrego springs causes widely felt shaking in san diego county

a magnitude 3.9 earthquake broke near borrego springs at 6:36 p.m. on wednesday, causing brief shaking that was widely felt around san diego county, the u.s. geological survey said.seismologists say the epicenter was located 10 miles north-northeast of borrego springs, on a branch of the san jacinto fault, one of the most active systems in southern california.the usgs says shaking was reported in julian, descanso, borrego springs, ramona, pine springs, escondido, alpine, valley center, lakeside, el cajon, poway, san diego, santee, san marcos, jamul, vista, la mesa, carlsbad, and chula vista.the san jacinto fault extends through parts of imperial, san diego, riverside, and san bernardino counties and is capable of producing quakes measuring at least 7.0, seismologists say. the fault regularly generates quakes in the 3.0 to 3.9 range. such quakes are rarely a precursor to a much larger event on that fault.





fallen construction worker rescued in la jolla

captionfrom san diego to sacramento and across the nation, homelessness in urban areas has increasingly presented officials with an intractable problem that often results in a cycle of shuffling people from block to block without any clear long-term solutions.  from san diego to sacramento and across the nation, homelessness in urban areas has increasingly presented officials with an intractable problem that often results in a cycle of shuffling people from block to block without any clear long-term solutions. 





driver gets 6 years prison for marijuana dui fatal crash

a little more than a year ago, 27-year-old daniel ivan reyes drove to the store on his motorcycle to pick up a movie, “finding dory,” for his young son.that same morning, richard gideon hammond, also 27, smoked some marijuana and headed out on an errand, but somehow ended up driving nearly to the mexican border.hammond pulled a u-turn on interstate 5 and started north the wrong way, in southbound lanes. he made it three miles before crashing head-on into reyes at full speed, killing the motorcyclist instantly just north of dairy mart road on dec. 3, 2016.on wednesday, reyes’ family pleaded with a judge to send hammond to prison for the longest possible time as they tearfully read statements about how much they missed the chula vista father of two boys, ages 2 and 5 when he died.chula vista superior court judge garry haehnle agreed with the family that hammond deserved six years in prison for his february conviction on one count of gross vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.“he chose to smoke marijuana. he chose to drive a car,” haehnle said. “it seems to me this guy doesn’t have any clue of what happened that night.”he said he did not know where hammond entered the freeway, but he would have passed several exits if he was trying to run an errand at a pharmacy.the judge said authorities don’t know exactly how impaired by marijuana hammond was that night because he was taken to a hospital and never given a field sobriety test by the california highway ...





$1.2 m in drugs intercepted at border

captionfrom san diego to sacramento and across the nation, homelessness in urban areas has increasingly presented officials with an intractable problem that often results in a cycle of shuffling people from block to block without any clear long-term solutions.  from san diego to sacramento and across the nation, homelessness in urban areas has increasingly presented officials with an intractable problem that often results in a cycle of shuffling people from block to block without any clear long-term solutions. 





tule wind project knocked offline

the recently opened tule wind project, located in part of the rugged terrain in san diego’s east county, has been knocked offline for the past two weeks due to a faulty underground power cable.a spokesman for the wind farm’s operator, avangrid renewables, said the company is still trying to figure out what went wrong and when the facility will get back up and running. the outage has shut down all 57 of the giant turbines that cover an expanse of 5 miles along interstate 8 in the mccain valley.“we’re continuing to work to assess all the necessary remediation actions and then we’ll implement a complete fix as quickly as possible,” said art sasse, director of communications and brand for avangrid, which is based in oregon. “all turbines are not compromised in any manner as a result of the outage.”the curtailment began on april 11 and according to the california independent system operator, which oversees the operation of about 80 percent of the state's electric power system and electricity market, the outage has been listed as “forced,” which means it was unplanned.the tule wind project opened a little more than three months ago after 13 years of bureaucratic and legal battles. the turbines reach 262 feet in height and the blades attached to each rotor stretch to a diameter of 351 feet.the electricity generated by the 131.1-megawatt wind farm is fed into a substation operated by san diego gas & electric and is part of a 15-year power purchase agreement the o...





sinkhole closes i-5 oceanside onramp

captionfrom san diego to sacramento and across the nation, homelessness in urban areas has increasingly presented officials with an intractable problem that often results in a cycle of shuffling people from block to block without any clear long-term solutions.  from san diego to sacramento and across the nation, homelessness in urban areas has increasingly presented officials with an intractable problem that often results in a cycle of shuffling people from block to block without any clear long-term solutions. 





a chemical spill, unchecked eyewash stations, poor training: audit details cal state's lax lab safety

in may 2016, two bottles tumbled off a poorly supported shelf and broke, leading to a chemical spill in a sacramento state university lab.the liquid got onto one student’s legs and soaked another’s feet.five employees cleaned up the mess, even though no one knew for sure what it was and whether it was dangerous. they called fellow employee kim harrington, their union representative, to let her know what happened.the spill initially was thought to be all acetone — a solvent used in many nail polish removers that can irritate the nose, throat, eye and skin at moderate to high levels of exposure. the campus did not identify the liquid until the next day, when staff determined that the broken bottles contained not only acetone but another more harmful solvent called dimethylformamide, a known liver toxin that can cause abdominal pain, dizziness, skin problems and nausea.“no one knew exactly what it was so they cleaned it up the wrong way,” harrington said. “two students were burned, and our staff was exposed to it. that started us down the road of trying to figure out … how safe is this environment?”harrington’s ensuing inquiry eventually led to a state audit, released wednesday, that looked into cal state’s safety measures in the handling of hazardous materials.the cal state chancellor’s office, the audit concluded, “has not provided effective leadership to ensure that its campuses address health and safety concerns related to the presence of hazardous ma...





va nominee faces explosive new allegations of drinking, wrecking government vehicle

white house physician ronny l. jackson, president trump’s nominee to lead the department of veterans affairs, wrecked a government vehicle after getting drunk at a secret service going away party, according to an explosive list of allegations released wednesday by the democratic staff of the senate veterans’ affairs committee.in the two-page summary of interviews conducted by the minority staff, jackson also stands accused of a “pattern” of handing out medications with no patient history, prescribing medications to himself, and contributing to a hostile work environment with “a constant fear of reprisal.”according to the report: “jackson was described as ‘the most unethical person i have ever worked with,’ ‘flat-out unethical,’ ‘explosive,’ ‘100 percent bad temper,’ ‘toxic,’ ‘abusive,’ ‘volatile,’ ‘incapable of not losing his temper,’ ‘the worst officer i have ever served with,’ ‘despicable,’ ‘dishonest,’ as having ‘screaming tantrums’ and “screaming fits,’ as someone who would ‘lose his mind over small things,’ ‘vindictive,’ ‘belittling,’ ‘the worse leader i’ve ever worked for.’”it continued: “as jackson gained power he became ‘intolerable.’ one physician said, ‘i have no faith in government that someone like jackson could be end up at va.’ a nurse stated, ‘this [working at whmu] should have been the highlight of my military career but it was my worst assignment.’ another stat...





border patrol agent who picked up drugs along fence for apparent traffickers gets prison

for 10 years, noe lopez wore the olive green uniform of a border patrol agent.on wednesday, the olive green garb he wore in a san diego courtroom was markedly different. it was that of a federal inmate.“you held a position of trust,” u.s. district judge dana sabraw scolded lopez. “this was the ultimate betrayal and breach of that trust.”that betrayal played out at the end of 2016, when the agent coordinated drug load drop-offs along remote portions of the u.s.-mexico border fence and then picked up the loads while on-duty.“it is the antithesis of what you were supposed to be doing,” sabraw said.the judge then sentenced him to nearly six years in prison.lopez, 38, apologized both to his family and to his former border patrol colleagues sitting on opposite sides of the courtroom.“it’s something i regret — i’m going to regret — the rest of my life,” lopez said.the case began in october 2016, when lopez met a man at a house party in san ysidro. prosecutors said lopez had bragged about his prior success in bringing drug-laden backpacks from the border fence — a claim that lopez has since adamantly denied.several days later, lopez drove the man up and down the border fence pointing out areas that aren’t closely monitored. lopez offered to smuggle drugs for a fee of $1,000 to $2,000 per unit, according to prosecutors.unbeknownst to lopez, the new friend was working as a confidential informant for law enforcement, and days later he told the u.s. drug enfor...





qualcomm tops earnings forecasts but still faces headwinds

qualcomm beat wall street analysts’ financial targets for the march quarter on higher chip shipments and lower expenses. but the cellular technology giant predicted flat results for the june quarter – sending mixed signals to investors who are looking for some good news after months of turbulence.lingering headwinds for qualcomm include trade tensions with china that are delaying its long-pending $44 billion acquisition of nxp semiconductors, legal battles with apple, recent layoffs, a stagnant smartphone market and a possible takeover bid by former chief executive paul jacobs – all of which are likely to overshadow the company’s quarterly results.the san diego company qualcomm reported sales of $5.3 billion and earnings of $400 million, or 24 cents per share, for the quarter under generally accepted accounting principles.for the same quarter last year, qualcomm posted revenue of $5 billion and earnings of $700 million, or 50 cents per share.on an adjusted basis – which is how wall street analysts track results -- qualcomm reported non-gaap sales of $5.2 billion and earnings of 80 cents per share for the march quarter.that beat analysts’ forecast of 70 per share in earnings on sales of $5.19 billion.the company sold 187 million mobile chips in the quarter – about even with analysts’ estimates of 188 million shipments.solid chip sales are seen as an indicator of whether qualcomm is making up for the lost volume from slower iphone sales with orders from other sm...





cool weekend ahead; rain possible next week

san diego county has a cool, breezy weekend ahead. next week, the region could see what has been a spring rarity this year: rain. but just how much rain, and exactly when, remains in doubt.a strong trough of low pressure moving down the west coast should thicken the marine layer saturday and sunday, knock temperatures down a few degrees below normal, and bring gusty winds to the mountains and desert. the coast should see highs in the mid 60s, and the valleys likely won’t top the low 70s. no rain is expected.next week could be a different story. forecast models don’t agree on the location and the timing of a wandering low-pressure system expected to move across california. at this point, it appears some showers could reach san diego starting monday. the chance of showers continues through thursday.“it depends on where the upper-level low settle out,” national weather service forecaster mark moede said. “we should get a little bit of rain, but we’re looking for some consistency in the models.”the rain is likely to be light, most likely less than a tenth of an inch. but any rain at all has been scarce this year. many storms were forecast to reach the approach the region late in winter and in early spring, but the storms eventually left the region dry.san diego has recorded only 0.01 of an inch of rain in april (normal for the month is 0.78), and the season total of 3.19 inches leaves the city with just 32 percent of its normal rainfall on the season. only one year ...





has the golden state killer been arrested? authorities to announce 'major development' in decades-old case

authorities have arrested a former police officer who is suspected of being one of california’s most prolific serial killers and rapists — the golden state killer.according to law enforcement sources who were unauthorized to speak publicly about the case, a local and federal task force apprehended the suspect late tuesday evening.in the 40 years since the original night stalker began his campaign of terror in sacramento and moved south through oakland, santa barbara and orange counties, he had remained unidentified. the attacker was also dubbed the east area rapist and the golden state killer, and authorities say he is responsible for 12 killings, 45 rapes and more than 120 residential burglaries between 1976 and 1986.los angeles timesa 72-year-old citrus heights resident, joseph james deangelo jr., has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held without bail, according to sacramento county jail records.local and federal authorities descended on deangelo’s beige, single-story home tuesday evening and remained there wednesday morning, when they removed two cars, a boat and a motorcycle from the garage.the suspect was a police officer in auburn during the 1970s, but fired after he was accused of shoplifting a hammer and dog repellant, according to a 1979 newspaper article. he is suspected of committing some crimes while he was still on the force, but his arrest is related to a 1980 double homicide of a ventura county couple, according to law enforcement sources...