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November business forecast

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Thanksgiving is two weeks away, which means the holiday shopping season is six days shorter than a year ago and the shortest since 2013. So how is consumer confidence heading into the shopping season? Jerry Sanders, President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber, and Tom Wornham, Chief Executive Officer of CalPrivate Bank, were in studio to discuss this and the November business forecast. Categories: In Studio Guests, Local San Diego News

Next up in impeachment hearings: more key witnesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several more witnesses scheduled to testify in the House impeachment hearings over the next week are expected to say they too worried about President Donald Trump’s push for Ukraine to investigate Democrats as the U.S. withheld military aid from the country. What’s ahead on the impeachment schedule: MORE WITNESSES The House intelligence committee, which is conducting the impeachment hearings, has set a packed schedule of open hearings over the next week. On Friday, lawmakers will hear from former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was ousted in May at Trump’s direction. She told lawmakers in a closed-door deposition last month that there was a “concerted campaign” against her as Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, pushed for probes of Democrat Joe Biden and other political opponents. Eight more witnesses will testify next week, some in back-to-back hearings on the same day. Among them will be Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council official who said he raised concerns in the White House about Trump’s push for investigations; Gordon Sondland, Trump’s European Union ambassador, who spoke to the president about…

Fourteen suspects indicted in alleged counterfeit Apple product scheme

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A federal grand jury indictment unsealed Wednesday alleges that three San Diego brothers were the masterminds of an international criminal conspiracy in which thousands of counterfeit iPhones and iPads were imported from China and exchanged for genuine products in the United States and Canada. Charges of fraud, conspiracy, identity theft and money laundering were filed against a total of 14 defendants — 11 of whom reside in San Diego — for their alleged roles in the scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The alleged ringleaders of the operation — Zhiwei, Zhimin and Zhiting Liao, all San Diego residents who are naturalized U.S. citizens born in China — were arrested by FBI agents Wednesday morning, along with their wives, prosecutors said. Authorities seized $250,000 in cash and 90 iPhones during the operation conducted Wednesday, in which 11 search warrants were served at two businesses, several homes and vehicles in Mira Mesa and Mission Hills, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The indictment alleges that the defendants intentionally damaged the counterfeit items to facilitate the exchanges at North American Apple stores. Prosecutors…

Police investigating spree of robberies and carjackings in El Cajon

EL CAJON (KUSI) – Masked thieves armed with guns carried out a spree of thefts in El Cajon Wednesday, robbing a pedestrian, committing two carjackings and making a failed attempt to commandeer a third car — all over a roughly hourlong period. Investigators believe the crimes, which took place roughly between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., were committed by the same four or five bandits, described as male and in their late teens or early 20s. During one of the thefts, a man standing on a sidewalk at the intersection of Gina and Lexington avenues was robbed of his backpack, Lt. Randy Soulard said. In another, a man and woman walked out to their car where it sat parked in front of their home in the 900 block of Grant Avenue and found a stranger inside. During an ensuing struggle, the would-be thief struck the male victim with a gun, then began driving off, the lieutenant said. The woman, trying to stop the crook, clung to the car and was dragged a short distance before he pulled over, jumped out and fled on foot, Soulard…

San Diego’s 5-year financial outlook shows deficits

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 5-year outlook for city finances shows significant deficits over the next 3 years. Pay raises for city workers are the primary reason, but there are also the issues of new hires, an increase in housing the homeless and overall spending increases. KUSI’s Steve Bosh has the details. Categories: Local San Diego News

Friends of Downtown to award scholarships to more than 50 students

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Friends of Downtown is a local non-profit that is showing their support for students at San Diego City College. They will be presenting $750 scholarship checks to 50 deserving students. The organization is committed to the enhancement of San Diego’s downtown community through scholarships, community service, education and networking. They have awarded nearly $600,000 in scholarships since 2000, and have been the largest contributor of single scholarships to San Diego City College. Christine Baker, President of Friends of Downtown, and Destiny Gallegos-Munoz, Political Science Student at San Diego City College, were in studio to tell us about it. Friends of Downtown Scholarship Awards Luncheon: Thursday, Nov. 14 from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. San Diego City College, MS-140 For more info: http://fodsd.org & http://sdcity.edu/   Categories: In Studio Guests, Local San Diego News

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