July 27, 2017
TOP STORIES
In a step that some of the nation’s leading scientists have long warned against and that has never before been accomplished, biologists in Oregon have edited the DNA of viable human embryos efficiently and apparently with few mistakes, according to a report in Technology Review.
WASHINGTON--The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told subordinates on Thursday that the U.S. military will not make any changes to its transgender policy until President Donald Trump clarifies what he meant in a series of surprise tweets.
Life threatening obesity has become a worldwide epidemic, with 711 million overweight around the globe led by French fry loving Americans. "The highest level of age-standardized childhood obesity was observed in the United States, 12.7 percent," said a report.
LOS ANGELES--All public buses in Los Angeles will be electric by the year 2030, the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Thursday.
LOS ANGELES - (INT) – Two Inland Empire women and a man have been arrested and charged with participating in a tax fraud scheme.
CORONA – (INT) – A 72-year-old suspected bank robber may have been using some of his stolen loot to buy food for 35 dogs that had taken over his home.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – With the summer moving season in full swing, many are weighing owning a home versus renting.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The dreaded citrus psyllid has been confirmed in the city.
FONTANA – (INT) - The Fontana City Council meets August 22nd to consider forthcoming election sequencing for the city’s new ward system.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Freshman City Councilman John Burnard is stepping down just two years after his election to represent the Seventh Ward.
RANCHO MIRAGE - Barbara Sinatra, who gained prominence as "Lady Blue Eyes" and then developed her own legacy as a premier battler against child abuse, died Tuesday.
SAN BERNARDINO - (INT) - A Big Bear City man has been convicted of posing as a police officer and sexually threatening three women with a handgun.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Riverside County’s 2017-18 budget is still undergoing some fine tuning.
INDIAN WELLS – (INT) - Riverside County’s oldest resident has died.
APPLE VALLEY – (INT) – There were no survivors in the crash of a fixed-wing airplane Saturday near the Black Mountain Quarry.
SACRAMENTO - A controversial fire fee for homeowners has gone up in smoke under the climate change deal.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Surplus government food is being distributed throughout the month. The food is provided without cost.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - Gasoline prices are showing little week-to-week fluctuations.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Although not mild mannered, Southern California‘s bout of tranquil weather will continue through Friday.
SAN FRANCISCO - Majorities of Californians favor state policies to address global warming.
SACRAMENTO--Nearly a million undocumented drivers could be licensed in California by the end of the year.
BELL GARDENS – Governor Brown has signed legislation setting up a groundbreaking program to measure and combat air pollution at the neighborhood level.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – In spite of soaring prices for new and previously lived-in homes, sales last month across Southern California was the highest for any June in 11 years.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – Governor Brown joined several Legislative leaders for a bill-signing ceremony to strengthen and extend the state’s cap-and-trade program by 10 years.
VENTURA--A nursery for great white sharkssits just off Ventura and Oxnard, two of a half dozen hot spots along the Southern California coast.
California has placed a dozen cities on a list of the nation’s 62 best cities to live in.
HOLLYWOOD – “Dunkirk” and “Girls Trip” are opening above expectations at the box office.
PALO ALTO - John Heard, the Washington-born actor best known for his role as Macaulay Culkin’s father in two “Home Alone” movies, has died.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Climatologists are split over whether another El Nino is brewing.
News media accounts of road rage incidents paint a negative view of California drivers. But, there is a more positive side.
One person was killed and five others hurt in a Thursday afternoon traffic mishap in San Jacinto. Calfire says that three vehicles were involved in the crash on North Ramona Boulevard. (INT)

In Corona, a man’s body pulled from Border Lake Wednesday has been identified. But, the coroner could not say when Andre Scotka, 54, drowned or under what circumstances.

A new mental health urgent care center opened this week in Perris and its doors will remain open around the clock to offer voluntary mental health support to people in crisis. Mayor Michael Vargas called the mental health urgent care center a valuable resource that strengthens the partnerships of community-based organizations, emergency responders and mental health professionals. (INT)

Ontario International Airport is getting a federal grant of $6.7 million to repair the intersection of two taxiways. Repairs will begin this fall with no impact on flight operations. (INT)

Riverside police are holding a suspect in last weekend’s fatal stabbing of a man in the front yard of a residence on Elenor Street. Frank Tornel, 32, was picked up in Corona Wednesday. Investigators have not disclosed the circumstances of the incident that claimed the life of Louis Lopez, age 35. Both men are from Riverside. (INT)

Fontana police are actively investigating an incident in which a year-old child was run over by a vehicle. Paramedics pronounced the little boy dead Tuesday in the 16500 block of El Revino Drive.

Sure as the summer monsoon, West Nile virus is making is annual debut. Fourteen mosquitoes collected in Fontana, Rialto, and Redlands have tested positive for the virus. Seven chickens from sentinel flocks in Fontana and San Bernardino have also tested positive. Health officials say this increases the public’s risk of being infected with the virus. (INT)

“Fix it first” construction work using funds generated by controversial SB1 has been outlined by the State Transportation Agency. Inland Empire projects going on the fast tracks are mostly in the desert on Routes 62, 247, 111 and 86 and on Interstate 10 between Indio and Coachella. Locally, shoulder, drainage and guardrail work is funded on Interstate 10 and Route 210 in the San Bernardino Valley. (INT

In Yucca Valley, it’s estimated that a motorcyclist was speeding at 100 miles an hour when he rear-ended a car that had slowed to make a turn on Highway 247. Bryce Sterling, 25, was thrown 135 feet by the impact and died later at a Palm Springs Hospital. Sterling was the 12th person killed this month in motorcycle accidents in the Inland Empire. (INT)

It’s been announced that thirteen people were arrested this week during a probation compliance operation throughout Rialto, Fontana, and Bloomington. Arrests included seven
probationers and six people who were not on supervision. A small amount of contraband was confiscated as well. (INT)

The Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) has approved an advertising campaign in an effort to stimulate growth. Concession agreements would allow in-terminal and outdoor advertising which are projected to generate more than $7.6 million over the next 10 years. (INT)

Drug enforcement operations in San Bernardino County are getting a boost, thanks to a $1 million federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking grant. The grant provides federal assistance to local law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States. (INT)

A person bent on suicide was struck by a Metrolink train Monday. Police said that Federico Duran, 40, of Long Beach died on the tracks near the East Ontario station. It was the third such incident in the Metro area this month and the eighth this year. (INT)

A Monterey Park man was arrested Tuesday on federal smuggling charges stemming from the seizure of a package that contained three king cobras hidden in potato chip canisters. Rodrigo Franco, 34, was arrested this morning by special agents with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Customs and Border Protection had earlier inspected a package sent from Hong Kong and discovered the three snakes, each of which was approximately two-feet long. The parcel also contained three albino Chinese soft-shelled turtles. (INT)

In Apple Valley, a 16-year-old girl is in juvenile hall on suspicion of fatally stabbing an elderly man in his apartment. Sheriff’s investigators said there was an altercation that led to the slaying. The teen was arrested after taking a car belonging to the victim, Willie Hunter, age 79. (INT). (INT)

Only one Spanish-surnamed juror is among the 19 panelists and six alternates selected for the 2017-18 Riverside County Grand Jury. Nine are women and 16 are men. They were chosen in a drawing resulting from 55 applications. Thirty-seven were interviewed. (INT)

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