TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — Officials at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center say they could lose 8 percent of their personnel as part of the expected drawdown of troops in Afghanistan.
Base spokesman Jason Smith tells the Riverside Press-Enterprise that about 840 Marines attached to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines were slated to be deactivated at the end of May. Another 245 Marines connected with an unmanned aerial vehicle squadron will move to Hawaii this summer.
About 13,000 Marines currently stationed at the desert center 130 miles east of Los Angeles. Smith says 3rd Battalion Marines will be reassigned to other units.
The 932-square-mile base trains Marines in combat exercises. Several mock villages have been built at the base designed to train Marines to interact with locals in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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A fiery multi-vehicle crash on state Route 163 near Miramar sent one person to a hospital Tuesday morning.
Tuesday is one of the cheesiest days of the year. Sept. 18 is the made-up holiday of National Cheeseburger Day, and restaurants are celebrating with discounts and free burgers.
Controversy swirled up again in Encinitas over a staircase project proposed for Beacon’s Beach. The city has long been looking to replace the iconic Switchback Trail leading to Beacon’s Beach with a concrete staircase but many residents are not embracing the idea.
Stretches of state Route 163 will be closed beginning Monday night and continuing through Friday morning for maintenance work and to reduce the height of the overpass at Friars Road, Caltrans announced.
Temperatures Tuesday are near average, continuing to cool through Friday. Gusty winds in the mountains and deserts from the afternoon through evening.
The 22-year-old man who was shot by sheriff's deputies near the ticket window of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club was arraigned at his hospital bed at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla on Monday.
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said Monday that he plans to blast off on the first-ever commercial trip around the moon and will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on the weeklong journey.
A U.S. citizen was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Diego Monday on charges of stealing nearly $100,000 in Social Security disability benefits by concealing his overseas residency for almost a decade.
A male east African black rhino that was once a resident of San Diego Zoo Safari Park has made quite a journey to help promote breeding of the critically endangered black rhino