SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The annual festival of pop arts, superheroes and Hollywood hype known as Comic-Con International begins Wednesday with a preview night.
The Wednesday night festivities begin at 6 p.m. and will include screenings of pilot episodes of five Warner Bros. television programs scheduled for the 2012-13 season.
The main part of Comic-Con, which is sold out, will run Thursday through Sunday, attracting 126,000 attendees to downtown San Diego. Fans of the "Twilight" series of books and films have been waiting in line outside the center since Sunday. Among the Thursday highlights is a screening of footage from "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2."
Earlier Tuesday, a 53-year-old woman who wandered away from the "Twilight" line was struck and killed by a vehicle on West Harbor Drive.
Hollywood studios and television networks will offer previews of their productions throughout the four days of the show.
Authorities suggest using public transportation to go to the event. The Metropolitan Transit System plans to expand its service and is selling special Comic-Con daily transit passes. Also, free shuttle service is being offered between the Convention Center and hotels downtown, in Mission Valley, on Harbor Island and Shelter Island.
Comic-Con International is by far the largest annual show at the Convention Center, which is scheduled to begin an expansion project as soon as the end of this year. San Diego tourism officials said the event will result in $75 million in direct spending in the area and $2.6 million in tax revenues.
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The investigation continues into the tragic killing of a pregnant mother and her two young daughters in Colorado. The girls' father remains behind bars accused in their deaths.
A woman was transported to the hospital Sunday after being bitten by a rattlesnake on the cliffs above Torrey Pines State Beach, according to a spokesperson for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
At least two children had to be hospitalized Sunday as a result of a major crash that blocked multiple lanes of Interstate 8 in El Cajon.
On Saturday, the community of Alpine turned out to help the victims of the devastating West Fire. Dozens packed the Alpine Community Center for a special fundraiser hosted by News 8’s Shawn Styles.
A suspected drunken motorist in a Mercedes Benz on Sunday suffered "numerous serious facial injuries" in the Skyline community of San Diego when he crashed his vehicle into a house, which sustained minor damage, a police officer said.
Military officials on Saturday identified the San Diego- based Marine at the center of a search in the seas southeast of the Philippines that was called off earlier this week.
As the heatwave continues to torment people, shockingly high electricity bills seem to be an added annoyance this summer.
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