April 18, 2015
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NEW ORLEANS--The immediate fate of President Obama’s sweeping immigration overhaul now rests with a three-judge appeals panel after an intense legal clash on Friday between lawyers for the federal government and for a 26-state coalition that has challenged the executive actions.
IRBIL, IRAQ--A suicide bomber struck the U.S. consulate building in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil on Friday afternoon.
It just keeps getting hotter. March was the hottest month on record, and the past three months were the warmest start to a year on record, according to new data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - The California measles outbreak that began in December 2014 is over, it was announced Friday by Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Job growth the first quarter of the year expanded across the inland region.
PALM DESERT-– (INT) – A 33-year-old man was arrested for elder abuse and assault charges, Thursday.
COACHELLA - (INT) - Plans to increase passenger rail service to the Coachella Valley and San Gorgonio Pass received an important boost thanks to the approval of a $2.98 million FRA grant.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Sunny, warm weather is guaranteed for the weekend. But, changes are coming next week as a cooling trend includes a chance of showers.
SANTA ANA – (INT) - A Corona woman charged with embezzling more than half million dollars from her employer pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday.
INDIO – (INT) – The Coachella Valley Art and Music Festival goes silent Sunday after its concluding acts wrap up the second of two weekends.
JURUPA VALLEY - Four people were injured and one home was destroyed in an 8-acre vegetation fire that burned in Jurupa Valley Thursday. Several homes were threatened.
COACHELLA-– (INT) - Officers served a series of search warrants Wednesday, in Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, and Indio, as part of “Operation Safe Coachella 15.1.”
HESPERIA - A 4-month-old Southern California boy remained hospitalized in a coma Wednesday after being beaten allegedly by his mother's boyfriend, authorities said.
INDIO - (INT) - Border Patrol agents arrested two people suspected of human smuggling Wednesday, after discovering a man concealed under a modified fuel tank in the vehicle they were driving.
BANNING - (INT) – The Riverside County Superior Court announced the opening of the New Banning Justice Center on Monday, May 4.
VICTORVILLE – (INT) – A 12-month effort to encourage alternatives for the homeless has ended with the closure of an encampment in the Mojave Riverbottom.
LOS ANGELES - The NBA’s all-time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery Thursday.
SACRAMENTO - California's attorney general announced a statewide training program aimed at getting police officers to avoid having built-in biases compromise their ability to enforce laws fairly and with appropriate force.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – With the Lakers out of the running, it’s up to the Clippers to aim for the NBA championship.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - The number of homes sold in Southern California in March increased sharply month over month from February.
CLEVELAND - The next class of inductees will be welcomed into the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame this weekend.
WASHINGTON - (INT) - Senator Barbara Boxer sent a letter, on Wednesday, to the executives of five of the largest e-cigarette manufacturers urging them to refrain from advertising e-cigarettes on television.
BATON ROUGE, LA - Soulful balladeer Percy Sledge, who sung the chart-topping 'When A Man Loves A Woman', has died.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – Southern California’s primary water agency will restrict wholesale deliveries to its 26 member public agencies.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Fire season is getting a jump start as the once-green landscape returns to various shades of brown.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - A new study has found that the lowest-income families in California pay a greater share of their incomes in state and local taxes, on average, than other families.
HOLLYWOOD - There's no slowing down Universal's 'Furious 7'.
The movie — marking the final film from the late Paul Walker — continues to dominate the box office.
A second defendant has been ordered to suffer the death penalty for killing an elderly Riverside County man. The trial judge described the slaying as ‘chilling and horrific’. Juan Coronado, Jr. will join Eusebio Fierros on ‘death row’. Lupe Delgadillo was killed in a robbery in Good Hope in 2008. (INT)

A hate crime investigation has been mounted in Thousand Palms after a projectile damaged a portion of the Korean Methodist Church. There were no injuries. (INT)

A crash on the I-15 south of the Mira Loma interchange in Eastvale fatally injured an Orange County man. Killed in Friday’s mishap was Ronald Stapleton, 63, of Laguna Hills. (INT)

Levi McNeese, 28, of Victorville, was arrested Wednesday, on charges of lewd acts with a child. A 4 year old girl told her mother that the suspect had touched her inappropriately. On Friday, the Victorville District Attorney’s office filed four counts of lewd acts with a child against McNeese, who remains in custody. (INT)

Riverside puts on its annual Salute to Veterans Parade Saturday. It steps off at Riverside City College, continues down Magnolia Avenue and disbands near the historic county courthouse. Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff is the grand marshal. (INT)

A man killed by sheriff’s deputies near Montclair Wednesday has been identified. Investigators say that Ernesto Flores, 52, had gone on a rampage and was threatening to blow up a house on Chico Avenue. After starting a fire, Flores appeared at the front door armed with what turned out to be a pellet rifle and a knife. Flores was shot dead when he pointed the rifle at deputies.

Two Anaheim residents are under arrest for telephoning a Chino Hills woman claiming to be IRS agents and extorting $40,000 from her. They alleged the victim owed back taxes and would go to jail if she didn’t pay up. The victim called authorities two days later. Nisarg Patel and Rajpal Shah, both 24, were detained after they attempted to access one of the accounts the victim was instructed to use for the cash deposit. (INT)

An explosion causes fire in a unit at The Silverado Apartments, in Murrieta, Thursday. The explosion was related to a pressurized aerosol can that was placed in the refrigerator to eliminate odor inside of the appliance. The explosion completely destroyed the refrigerator and resulted in a fire to the kitchen area of the apartment. (INT)

The Air Force has decided against locating the KC-46A Pegasus aerial tanker at March Air Reserve Base. Last year, the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing at March received the MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle. Congressman Ken Calvert said the air refueling mission at March has and will continue to be an integral part of the base’s significant support of our national security. (INT)

Two heavily-traveled railroad crossings in Riverside will be closed at 2-week intervals to make way for Metrolink’s Perris Valley extension. The Spruce Street crossing is being closed first followed by Blaine Street on April 27th. Detours are posted. (INT)

A vegetation fire disrupted traffic on the 91 freeway in Santa Ana Canyon Friday. It covered 7-acres efore it was stopped. (INT)

The pilot was unhurt in the emergency landing of his small plane Friday on the golf course of the Mountain View Country Club in La Quinta. Sheriff’s deputies said the plane was hit by mechanical failure. (INT)

In Apple Valley, a female motorcyclist was killed Thursday when struck by a vehicle on Dale Evans Parkway. Sheriff’s deputies said a juvenile driver was making a left turn when she hit the victim, Burnetta Marie Quaid, 45, of Apple Valley. (INT)

Jurupa Valley officers responded to Van Buren Blvd., north of Jurupa Ave., in reference to a report of a hit and run vehicle traffic collision, Friday. They found a black Ford Explorer resting on its driver side in the northbound lanes of Van Buren Blvd. The driver, 59, of Chino, and solo occupant of the Explorer was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. (INT)

It’s the first of three weekends for the 92nd Ramona Pageant. It continues through May 2-3 at the Ramona Bowl near Hemet. (INT)

One of two drivers involved in a collision of their vehicles in Norco Thursday has died. A young child riding with the fatal victim survived with minor injuries. The coroner identified the fatality as Carol Batts, 58, of Corona. (INT)

Ontario awarded five medals recognizing achievements in preventing childhood obesity. The National League of Cities (NLC) announced that the city was recognized for completion of key health and wellness goals for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC), a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’sMove! Initiative. (INT)

More than 1,600 students from the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and School of Education will graduate from the University of Redlands in its 106th commencement ceremonies for the graduating class of 2015 on April 16 and 18. (INT)

Republicans in the California Assembly are proposing a set of bills aimed at growing the legislature’s support of the modern economy. The bills in the package strive to incubate California’s economy and workforce. The Republicans say they are committed to addressing California’s economic and infrastructure needs, including housing, water storage, and transportation. (INT)

The Hubble Space Telescope, one of mankind’s most successful scientific creations, will turn 25 years on April 24. To celebrate, the Physics and Astronomy Department at UC Riverside will be holding special activities the week from April 20 to April 24. All activities are free and of public access.
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