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merkel wins fourth term but nationalists surge in german vote

german chancellor angela merkel won a fourth term sunday, but she now faces the tricky prospect of forming a coalition with two disparate new partners after voters weakened her conservatives and a nationalist, anti-migrant party surged into parliament.merkel's center-left challenger, martin schulz, conceded that his social democrats had suffered a "crushing election defeat," with projections showing the party's worst performance in post-world war ii germany.he vowed to take his party, the junior partner in merkel's outgoing "grand coalition" of germany's traditionally dominant parties, into opposition."we have a mandate to form a new government, and no government can be formed against us," merkel told cheering supporters. she added that it wasn't a "matter of course" to finish first after 12 years in power, and that the past four years were "extremely challenging."stressing that "we live in stormy times" internationally, she declared: "i have the intention of achieving a stable government in germany."the biggest winner was the four-year-old alternative for germany, or afd. it finished third after a campaign that centered on shrill criticism of merkel and her decision in 2015 to allow large numbers of migrants into germany, but also harnessed wider discontent with established politicians.one of afd's leaders, alice weidel, said it will provide "constructive opposition." but co-leader alexander gauland struck a harsher tone, vowing that "we will take our ...





pedestrian struck, killed by car on state route 56

a woman was struck and killed by a car while walking on eastbound state route 56 early sunday, authorities said.the unidentified 38-year-old woman was in the no. 2 eastbound lane of sr-56 west of carmel valley road around 2 a.m. when she was struck by a 2017 mercedes e300 driven by a 50-year-old man, according to california highway patrol officers.chp officers said the woman sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. officials said they did not know why she was walking in lanes of traffic, officers said.the left two lanes of eastbound route 56 were closed for about 2 hours as a result of the crash, according to the chp. officers do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident.john mccain says no to health care bill, dashing gop's obamacare repeal effortrep. hunter calls for preemptive strike against north koreaborder carmageddon is here: southbound border lanes close for 57 hours this weekendjohn mccain says no to health care bill, dashing gop's obamacare repeal effortrep. hunter calls for preemptive strike against north koreaborder carmageddon is here: southbound border lanes close for 57 hours this weekendsee more [email protected]





hot, dry santa ana winds arrive in san diego, orange counties

the first santa ana wind event of the fall will blow through southern california sunday through wednesday, producing strong winds in orange county and san diego’s camp pendleton, while also driving up temperatures across the region.the national weather service says the santa anas will blow 10-15 mph early sunday at camp pendleton, the frequent site of wildfires. the offshore winds will pick up later in the day, hitting 10-20 mph, and stronger gusts are expected early monday.similar conditions are expected in orange county, whose mountains and foothills more directly channel the winds into heavily populated areas.the relative humidity on sunday and monday will fall to 10-20 percent in north county, and daytime highs at camp pendleton will be 75-80 degrees. temperatures will top out at 80-85 on monday and a smidge higher on tuesday.san diego county valleys will reach 85 to 90 on monday, 86 to 91 on tuesday, and 88 to 94 on wednesday. the coast will be in the 73-74 degree range, and areas near the beach will surpass 80. john mccain says no to health care bill, dashing gop's obamacare repeal effortrep. hunter calls for preemptive strike against north koreaborder carmageddon is here: southbound border lanes close for 57 hours this weekendjohn mccain says no to health care bill, dashing gop's obamacare repeal effortrep. hunter calls for preemptive strike against north koreaborder carmageddon is here: southbound border lanes close for 57 hours this weekendsee more videostwitter:...





hot, dry santa ana winds coming to san diego, orange counties

the first santa ana wind event of the fall will blow through southern california sunday through wednesday, producing strong winds in orange county and san diego’s camp pendleton, while also driving up temperatures across the region.the national weather service says the santa anas will blow 10-15 mph early sunday at camp pendleton, the frequent site of wildfires. the offshore winds will pick up later in the day, hitting 10-20 mph, and stronger gusts are expected early monday.similar conditions are expected in orange county, whose mountains and foothills more directly channel the winds into heavily populated areas.the relative humidity on sunday and monday will fall to 10-20 percent in north county, and daytime highs at camp pendleton will be 75-80 degrees. temperatures will top out at 80-85 on monday and a smidge higher on tuesday.san diego county valleys will reach 85 to 90 on monday, 86 to 91 on tuesday, and 88 to 94 on wednesday. the coast will be in the 73-74 degree range, and areas near the beach will surpass 80. john mccain says no to health care bill, dashing gop's obamacare repeal effortrep. hunter calls for preemptive strike against north koreaborder carmageddon is here: southbound border lanes close for 57 hours this weekendjohn mccain says no to health care bill, dashing gop's obamacare repeal effortrep. hunter calls for preemptive strike against north koreaborder carmageddon is here: southbound border lanes close for 57 hours this weekendsee more videostwitter:...





feds seize 540 pounds of meth at san ysidro, calexico border crossings

federal officers with drug-sniffing dogs found more than 500 pounds of methamphetamine, some disguised as bottles of laundry detergent, in three vehicles in san ysidro and calexico late in the week, authorities said.a mexican citizen with his two children in his suv was arrested at the san ysidro port of entry thursday. he is accused of smuggling 212 pounds of meth into the united states, according to a complaint filed by u.s. customs and border protection.he told officers he was bringing groceries to his sister in chula vista, authorities said. an officer checked the food in the trunk and noticed liquid laundry soap containers on the back seat. officers found six containers of white crystalized powder that tested positive as meth.the driver told officers he’d bought the laundry soap at an ensenada sam’s club and didn’t know there were drugs inside.also on thursday, in calexico, cbp officers arrested an american citizen after finding 308 pounds of liquid meth in her pickup gas tank.she told officers that she’d met a man two months ago who gave her $2,500 for taking a vehicle into the u.s. from tijuana. on this second trip, she was promised $3,000 and ownership of the 2001 ford f-250 if she would take it to a fast-food restaurant in calexico, authorities said.in a third seizure on friday, federal officers in calexico found 20 packages of meth weighing a total of about 20 pounds in the spare tire of a nissan sentra. the woman driver, a u.s. citizen, was arrested.john mc...





us flies mission north of dmz, sends message to north korea

in a show of american military might to north korea, u.s. bombers and fighter escorts flew on saturday to the farthest point north of the border between north and south korea by any such american aircraft this century. the pentagon said the mission in international airspace showed how seriously president donald trump takes north korea's "reckless behavior." "this mission is a demonstration of u.s. resolve and a clear message that the president has many military options to defeat any threat," defense department spokesman dana white said in a statement. "north korea's weapons program is a grave threat to the asia-pacific region and the entire international community. we are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the u.s. homeland and our allies," white said. north korea's leader, kim jong un, has said trump would "pay dearly" for threatening to "totally destroy" north korea if the u.s. was forced to defend itself or its allies against a north korean attack. kim's foreign minister told reporters this past week that the north's response to trump "could be the most powerful detonation of an h-bomb in the pacific." north korea has said it intends to build a missile capable of striking all parts of the united states with a nuclear bomb. trump has said he won't allow it, although the u.s. so far has not used military force to impede the north's progress. the pentagon said b-1b bombers from guam, along with f-15c eagle fighter escorts from...





no injuries when plane landing gear fails at brown field

the landing gear failed as a plane landed at brown field saturday night, but no one on board was injured, a fire official said.the crash-landing occurred just before 8 p.m. at the municipal airport in otay mesa.an airport crash rig and half a dozen other fire and medical units responded near the san diego jet center at the airport.no information on the size or type of plane was immediately available from the federal aviation administration. the national transportation safety board was to investigate the cause of the crash.no one on board was injured. some fuel spilled from the plane, san diego fire-rescue department spokeswoman mónica muñoz said.john mccain says no to health care bill, dashing gop's obamacare repeal effortrep. hunter calls for preemptive strike against north koreaborder carmageddon is here: southbound border lanes close for 57 hours this weekendjohn mccain says no to health care bill, dashing gop's obamacare repeal effortrep. hunter calls for preemptive strike against north koreaborder carmageddon is here: southbound border lanes close for 57 hours this weekendsee more videos





chula vista police catch driver, passenger in stolen pickup

there was no place to hide for a man who ditched a stolen pickup on state route 905 after a police pursuit and ran into an open field saturday, chula vista police said.it was an easy matter for officers to catch the man, but meanwhile traffic backed up behind the pickup and police cars, police lt. christopher kelley said.a chula vista officer tried to pull over a pickup that was speeding around the east end of the city, at la media and birch roads, about 5:10 p.m., kelley said.the driver, with a female passenger, kept going and officers went in pursuit. kelley said the pickup headed south on state route 125, going about 80 mph until reaching westbound route 905 in otay mesa.after a few minutes, the driver stopped in the left lane of traffic, got out of the truck and ran into a field. he left his passenger behind.kelley said officers had the man in custody by 5:20 p.m. they discovered the pickup had been stolen in san diego. the woman also was detained after a drug pipe was found under her passenger seat.john mccain says no to health care bill, dashing gop's obamacare repeal effortrep. hunter calls for preemptive strike against north koreaborder carmageddon is here: southbound border lanes close for 57 hours this weekendjohn mccain says no to health care bill, dashing gop's obamacare repeal effortrep. hunter calls for preemptive strike against north koreaborder carmageddon is here: southbound border lanes close for 57 hours this weekendsee more videos





no injuries when plane landing gear fails at brown field

the landing gear failed as a plane landed at brown field saturday night, but no one on board was injured, a fire official said.the crash-landing occurred just before 8 p.m. at the municipal airport in otay mesa.an airport crash rig and half a dozen other fire and medical units responded near the san diego jet center at the airport.no information on the size or type of plane was immediately available from the federal aviation administration. the national transportation safety board was to investigate the cause of the crash.non one on board was injured. some fuel spilled from the plane, san diego fire-rescue department spokeswoman mónica muñoz said.john mccain says no to health care bill, dashing gop's obamacare repeal effortrep. hunter calls for preemptive strike against north koreaborder carmageddon is here: southbound border lanes close for 57 hours this weekendjohn mccain says no to health care bill, dashing gop's obamacare repeal effortrep. hunter calls for preemptive strike against north koreaborder carmageddon is here: southbound border lanes close for 57 hours this weekendsee more videos





us flies mission north of dmz, sends message to north korea

in a show of american military might to north korea, u.s. bombers and fighter escorts flew on saturday to the farthest point north of the border between north and south korea by any such american aircraft this century. the pentagon said the mission in international airspace showed how seriously president donald trump takes north korea's "reckless behavior." "this mission is a demonstration of u.s. resolve and a clear message that the president has many military options to defeat any threat," defense department spokesman dana white said in a statement. "north korea's weapons program is a grave threat to the asia-pacific region and the entire international community. we are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the u.s. homeland and our allies," white said. north korea's leader, kim jong un, has said trump would "pay dearly" for threatening to "totally destroy" north korea if the u.s. was forced to defend itself or its allies against a north korean attack. kim's foreign minister told reporters this past week that the north's response to trump "could be the most powerful detonation of an h-bomb in the pacific." north korea has said it intends to build a missile capable of striking all parts of the united states with a nuclear bomb. trump has said he won't allow it, although the u.s. so far has not used military force to impede the north's progress. the pentagon said b-1b bombers from guam, along with f-15c eagle fighter escorts from...





trump's comments about anthem, curry inflame sports stars

president donald trump doubled down on denouncing protests by nfl players and rescinded nba star stephen curry's white house invitation on saturday, a series of tweets that quickly inflamed football and basketball stars and even prompted lebron james to call the president a "bum." trump started by announcing that curry, the immensely popular two-time mvp for the golden state warriors, would not be welcome at the white house for the commemorative visit traditionally made by championship teams. later, trump reiterated what he said at a rally in alabama the previous night that nfl players who kneel for the national anthem should be fired. the warriors said it was made clear to them that they were not welcome at the white house. they said that when they go to washington this season they will instead "celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization." curry had said he did not want to go to the white house anyway, but the warriors had not made a collective decision before saturday. "u bum @stephencurry30 already said he ain't going!" james tweeted in a clear message to the president — a post that twitter officials said was quickly shared many more times than any other he's sent. "so therefore ain't no invite. going to white house was a great honor until you showed up!" warriors general manager bob myers said saturday he was surprised by the invitation being pulled. "the white house visit should be something that is celebr...





man dies in tow yard accident in otay mesa

san diego authorities are investigating the death of a 37-year-old man found pinned beneath a vehicle saturday morning at an otay mesa tow yard.the accident appeared to have happened sometime overnight at kurios towing on inbound street when the man was hooking a tow truck to a vehicle, a san diego police officer said. the vehicle apparently slid off the truck and onto the man.he was discovered when the owner of the business arrived for work about 7:40 a.m., the officer said.no further information was available about the victim. the accident will be investigated by the san diego office of the occupational safety and health administration.john mccain says no to health care bill, dashing gop's obamacare repeal effortrep. hunter calls for preemptive strike against north koreaborder carmageddon is here: southbound border lanes close for 57 hours this weekendjohn mccain says no to health care bill, dashing gop's obamacare repeal effortrep. hunter calls for preemptive strike against north koreaborder carmageddon is here: southbound border lanes close for 57 hours this weekendsee more [email protected]: @phildiehl





us flies mission north of dmz, sends message to north korea

in a show of american military might to north korea, u.s. bombers and flight escorts flew on saturday to the farther point north of the border between north and south korea by any such american aircraft this century. the pentagon said the mission in international airspace showed how seriously president donald trump takes north korea's "reckless behavior." "this mission is a demonstration of u.s. resolve and a clear message that the president has many military options to defeat any threat," defense department spokesman dana white said in a statement. "north korea's weapons program is a grave threat to the asia-pacific region and the entire international community. we are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the u.s. homeland and our allies," white said. north korea's leader, kim jong un, has said trump would "pay dearly" for threatening to "totally destroy" north korea if the u.s. was forced to defend itself or its allies against a north korean attack. kim's foreign minister told reporters this past week that the north's response to trump "could be the most powerful detonation of an h-bomb in the pacific." north korea has said it intends to build a missile capable of striking all parts of the united states with a nuclear bomb. trump has said he won't allow it, although the u.s. so far has not used military force to impede the north's progress. the pentagon said b-1b bombers from guam, along with f-15c eagle fighter escorts from o...





harbor police pull body from san diego bay

harbor police pulled a man’s body from san diego bay saturday afternoon near the embarcadero marina park south.someone called police about 12:30 p.m. reporting what appeared to be a body in the water near the entrance of the marina behind the marriott marquis hotel in downtown san diego, said harbor police lt. chris woodward.police boats recovered the unidentified man’s remains. “we have no information about where or how he ended up in the bay,” woodward said.while there were no obvious signs of trauma to the body, the lieutenant said it is too early to tell how the man died. the medical examiner’s office will determine the cause and manner of death.john mccain says no to health care bill, dashing gop's obamacare repeal effortrep. hunter calls for preemptive strike against north koreaborder carmageddon is here: southbound border lanes close for 57 hours this weekendjohn mccain says no to health care bill, dashing gop's obamacare repeal effortrep. hunter calls for preemptive strike against north koreaborder carmageddon is here: southbound border lanes close for 57 hours this weekendsee more [email protected]: @kristinadavis





new earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery mexico

a strong new earthquake shook mexico on saturday, toppling already damaged homes and a highway bridge and causing new alarm in a country reeling from two even more powerful quakes this month that together have killed nearly 400 people. the u.s. geological survey said the new, magnitude 6.1 temblor was centered about 11 miles (18 kilometers) south-southeast of matias romero in the state of oaxaca, which was the region most battered by a magnitude 8.1 quake on sept. 7. it was among thousands of aftershocks recorded in the wake of that earlier quake, which was the most powerful to hit mexico in 32 years and killed at least 90 people. there was some damage in oaxaca but no immediate reports of new deaths. the federal police agency posted images online showing a collapsed bridge that it said had already been closed due to damage after the sept. 7 quake. bettina cruz, a resident of juchitan, oaxaca, said by phone with her voice still shaking that the new quake felt "horrible." "homes that were still standing just fell down," cruz said. "it's hard. we are all in the streets." cruz belongs to a social collective and said that when the shaking began, she was riding in a truck carrying supplies to victims of the earlier quake. nataniel hernandez said by phone from tonala, in the southern state of chiapas, which was also hit hard by the earlier quake, that it was one of the strongest aftershocks he has felt. "since sept. 7 it has not stopped shaking," hernandez. u.s. geological...





woman critical after encinitas hit-and-run

sheriff’s deputies are looking for the driver of a white ford f-150 pickup that hit a 33-year-old woman crossing encinitas boulevard, leaving her with critical injuries friday night.the woman was mid-block, walking south between interstate 5 and north coast highway at 7:27 p.m. when she was hit by the westbound truck, witnesses told deputies.the driver stopped the truck, got out of the vehicle, told some people nearby that the victim appeared to be ok, and then got back in the truck and fled, according to the sheriff’s department.the woman was taken to scripps memorial hospital in la jolla, where she was admitted to the intensive care unit with serious head, spine, pelvic and limb injuries, officials said.anyone with information about the incident should call the sheriff’s department’s north coastal traffic division at (760) 966-3544.john mccain says no to health care bill, dashing gop's obamacare repeal effortrep. hunter calls for preemptive strike against north koreaborder carmageddon is here: southbound border lanes close for 57 hours this weekendjohn mccain says no to health care bill, dashing gop's obamacare repeal effortrep. hunter calls for preemptive strike against north koreaborder carmageddon is here: southbound border lanes close for 57 hours this weekendsee more [email protected]: @phildiehl





new earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery mexico

a strong new earthquake shook mexico on saturday, causing new alarm in a country reeling from two still-more-powerful quakes this month that have killed nearly 400 people. the u.s. geological survey said the new, magnitude 6.1 temblor was centered about 11 miles (18 kilometers) south-southeast of matias romero in the state of oaxaca, which was the region most battered by a magnitude 8.1 quake on sept. 7. it was among thousands of aftershocks recorded in the wake of that earlier quake, the most powerful to hit mexico in 32 years, which killed at least 90 people. there were some early reports of damage. bettina cruz, a resident of juchitan, oaxaca, said by phone with her voice still shaking that the new quake felt "horrible." "homes that were still standing just fell down," cruz said. "it's hard. we are all in the streets." cruz belongs to a social collective and said that when the the new shaking began, she was riding in a truck carrying supplies to victims of the earlier quake. nataniel hernandez said by phone from tonala, in the southern state of chiapas, which was also hit hard by the earlier quake, that it was one of the strongest movements he has felt since then. "since sept. 7 it has not stopped shaking," hernandez. buildings and street signs swayed and seismic alarms sounded in mexico city, prompting people with fresh memories of tuesday's magnitude 7.1 temblor that has killed at least 295 across the region to flee homes and hotels. some were in tears. alejand...





nfl commissioner calls trump remarks 'divisive'

the commissioner of the national football league says president trump's comments about players who kneel during the national anthem are "divisive" and show an "unfortunate lack of respect."trump said during a speech friday night that nfl owners should fire players who kneel during "the star-spangled banner."several athletes, including a handful of nfl players, have refused to stand to protest treatment of blacks by police.nfl commissioner roger goodell has come back with a strongly worded response. he says trump's remarks "demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the nfl, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities."goodall adds, "the nfl and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture."read the statement from the nfl players association:the peaceful demonstrations by some of our players have generated a wide array of responses. those opinions are protected speech and a freedom that has been paid for by the sacrifice of men and women throughout history. this expression of speech has generated thoughtful discussions in our locker rooms and in board rooms. however, the line that marks the balance between the rights of every citizen in our great country gets crossed when someone is told to just "shut up and play."nfl players do incredible things to contribute to their communities. nfl players are a part ...





police: navy sailor used app to meet girl, then raped her

a 21-year-old navy sailor was arrested thursday on suspicion of raping a girl he met through a cellphone app intended for teens, oceanside police said friday.isaiah jackson, of vista, is accused of creating a “spotafriend” account, posing as a 17-year-old male, police said. the app is marketed to youth between 13 and 19 years old who want to meet other teenagers in their proximity.police allege jackson and the 14-year-old victim chatted via the app for two days before they met at an undisclosed location where the assault occurred around midnight sunday.detectives later identified the suspect as jackson, an active-duty sailor assigned to a military police unit at naval base san diego, police said.jackson was arrested about 11 p.m. and booked into jail on charges that include rape, police spokesman tom bussey said.captiona motorcyclist was killed thursday night after he failed to navigate an off-ramp from northbound state route 163 and crashed into a guardrail. a motorcyclist was killed thursday night after he failed to navigate an off-ramp from northbound state route 163 and crashed into a guardrail.captiona motorcyclist was killed thursday night after he failed to navigate an off-ramp from northbound state route 163 and crashed into a guardrail. a motorcyclist was killed thursday night after he failed to navigate an off-ramp from northbound state route 163 and crashed into a guardrail.caption42-year-old woman using a walker and trying to cross a north park s...





2 people burned in rv fire near seaworld

flames consumed an rv parked on a trail near seaworld friday night, leaving two people hospitalized with burns, authorities said.the vehicle caught fire about 8:10 p.m. on the trail between interstate 8 and sea world drive near interstate 5.two adults, including the owner of the rv, were taken to uc san diego medical center’s burn unit, fire and police officials said. the owner had suffered serious burns to his face and arms.he was burned while trying to rescue his dogs from the rv, according to cbs-8. during the aftermath, officers placed two dogs in their patrol vehicles, police said.the cause of the fire, which destroyed the rv, was under investigation. an estimate on the damage was not available.captiona motorcyclist was killed thursday night after he failed to navigate an off-ramp from northbound state route 163 and crashed into a guardrail. a motorcyclist was killed thursday night after he failed to navigate an off-ramp from northbound state route 163 and crashed into a guardrail.captiona motorcyclist was killed thursday night after he failed to navigate an off-ramp from northbound state route 163 and crashed into a guardrail. a motorcyclist was killed thursday night after he failed to navigate an off-ramp from northbound state route 163 and crashed into a guardrail.caption42-year-old woman using a walker and trying to cross a north park street monday night was hit a car. 42-year-old woman using a walker and trying to cross a north park street mon...