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Darling Adalid Mercado, 19 (center), left his home in Ocotepeque, Honduras, three months ago to flee town thugs who wanted to recruit him. Guillermo Arias for NPR hide caption

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A Waiting Game For Immigrants And Border Agents On 2 Sides Of The Wall

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Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott stands near an old border monument at the base of the San Ysidro Mountains in southern San Diego County where current fencing ends. John Francis Peters for NPR hide caption

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Border Patrol Makes Its Case For An Expanded 'Border Barrier'

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San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott (middle) and California State Senator Toni Atkins (second, right) stand with officers from California's Department of Fish and Wildlife. The group announced charges in an ivory trafficking case Tuesday. Hilary Nemchik/San Diego City Attorney's Office hide caption

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At the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier in southern California, researchers logged the warmest sea surface temperature in 102 years. Tim Buss/Flickr hide caption

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Central American asylum-seekers ride a bus to Tijuana on Wednesday, while passing through San Luis Rio Colorado along the U.S.-Mexico border. Hundreds of immigrants, the remnants of a caravan of Central Americans that began almost a month ago, set out on the last leg of their journey north in Mexico. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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A plane en route to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif., was losing altitude so the pilot decided to take the freeway. Capt. Chris Coates/Costa Mesa Fire Department hide caption

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Representative Darrell Issa, R-Calif., became the 31st Republican to announce he is not seeking re-election in this year's midterms. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Wat Arun or the "Temple of Dawn" is a Buddhist temple on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. It is one of the best known of Bangkok landmarks and often used as the icon for the city. John S Lander/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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The San Diego Chargers prepare to take the field before a Jan. 1 game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Qualcomm Stadium, in what was the final home game for the Chargers in San Diego. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images hide caption

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Police in El Cajon, Calif., provided this image, which they say is a still from a bystander's cellphone video of the shooting of an unarmed black man on Tuesday. Police say the man was pointing an object — which was not a weapon — at an officer. El Cajon Police Department hide caption

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Luna, a German shepherd-husky mix, survived in the wild for five weeks after swimming 2 miles to shore when she fell off her owner's fishing boat. U.S. Navy - Naval Base Coronado Via Facebook hide caption

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"Solar trees," which suspend solar panels over parking spaces in San Diego, collect electricity. Generating solar power like this is just one rung on a ladder the city will have to climb to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. Clare Trageser /KPBS hide caption

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San Diego Mulls Whether To Let City, Not Utility, Buy Alternative Energy

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The St. Louis Rams will be moving to Los Angeles. It will be the first NFL franchise in the city since the Rams and Raiders left the city two decades ago. Christopher Lee/The FA via Getty Images hide caption

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The Graffiti Education and Mural Arts program in San Diego aims to keep kids off the streets — and maybe even make art like this, an example of the famous chicano artists murals found on a series of freeway overpasses, someday. Don Tormey/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Preventing Juvenile Detention With A Blank Canvas And A Can Of Spray Paint

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Army Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Gendron carries the remains of Army Sgt. Charles Schroeter, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry in an 1869 battle during the Indian Wars. Chris Carlson/AP hide caption

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Harriette Thompson, 92, and her son Brenny Thompson finish the Suja Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon on May 31 in San Diego. Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series hide caption

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