December 20, 2014
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WASHINGTON--The F.B.I. on Friday said it had extensive evidence that the North Korean government organized the cyberattack that debilitated Sony Pictures computers, marking the first time the United States has explicitly accused the leaders of a foreign nation of deliberately damaging American targets.
President Obama pledged to bolster the nation's cyberdefenses Friday and said Sony should not have pulled the release of "a satirical movie" in the wake of threats from North Korea and its supporters. But Obama said the U.S will respond to the attack.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Riverside and San Bernardino counties added 15,400 jobs last month to help push down the unemployment rate to 8 percent.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Mother Nature has been giving Southern Californians a preview of winter although it doesn’t officially arrive until Sunday.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A wrong-way driver being chased by police was fatally injured early Friday when his truck ran off an Eastside street and struck a tree.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – A trial date in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case has been set back to the fall of 2015.
PALM SPRINGS – (INT) – The complete line-up for the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival has been announced. It includes 192 films from 65 countries.
TEMECULA – (INT) – A physician who owns and operates several medical imaging businesses in Riverside and Los Angeles counties is accused of illegally obtaining several loans totaling more than $3 million.
CORONA – (INT) – Charges have been filed nearly a year after a gambler’s special tour bus overturned on Interstate 15 fatally injuring a 91-year-old passenger.
HEMET – (INT) - The Tuesday evening darkness may have contributed to a mishap near Hemet that killed two pedestrians. The California Highway Patrol said a car struck both victims on Highway 74 at 8th Street in Valle Vista.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A wasp that doesn’t sting people and doesn’t eat plants is the newest weapon against the dreaded Asian citrus psyllid. The psyllid has spread fear among citrus growers because of the disease it inflicts on trees.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – County Supervisors used their last meeting of the year Tuesday to bid farewell to three officials.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The pace of activity is picking up at airports in Ontario and Palm Springs in the days before Christmas and New Year’s. Air Canada begins non-stop service between Palm Springs and Vancouver, Canada on Thursday.
HIGHLAND – (INT) – Authorities are zeroing in on gangs infesting San Bernardino and Highland. A 3-month crackdown on the California Gardens Crips and the Delmann Heights Bloods has resulted in thirty-three arrests.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The distribution of surplus government food is being expanded for the holidays in San Bernardino County.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The famed red kettles are back.
The Salvation Army’s bell ringers hit the streets early this holiday season hoping to capitalize on an improving economy.
LOS ANGELES - Federal investigators have concluded the fire that consumed a downtown apartment complex under construction was deliberately set.
The drenching rain and heavy snow that has lashed California this month put a dent in the state's historic drought, according to the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor.
HOLLYWOOD – (INT) – Sony Pictures is in damage control over its decision not to distribute the movie ‘The Interview’. The comedy cost $44 million to make and depicts characters who are instructed to assassinate the leader of North Korea.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – The US Postal Service is reporting a dramatic 12 percent increase in holiday package mail and the rate may be ever higher in Southern California.
GLENDORA – (INT) – Foothill citizens have bit the bullet in the latest round of rain. But, the City Manager isn’t happy. There was no flash flooding or mudslides from the fire-scarred mountainsides.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – After four storms in almost as many weeks, the rainy season has become more than name only. Forecaster Matt Shameson in Riverside says we’ve been getting them from two directions.
WASHINGTON - (INT) – After a half-century, the US and Cuba may be on the road to restoring normal relations. California lawmakers are welcoming the change.
An 8-day holiday is being celebrated throughout California.
It's time for Hanukkah. The glow of menorah lights illuminates many neighborhoods.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – A concept developed several years ago for an earthquake early warning system is gaining traction. The federal government has forked over $5 million to begin placing sensors along segments of the San Andreas and San Jacinto faults.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Sales of new and existing homes is sagging. Home sales during November was the lowest for that month in seven years.
HOLLYWOOD - Ridley Scott's epic 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' easily shot to the top of the box office, earning $24.5 million, according to official studio estimates.
Gasoline prices are in free fall and even lower numbers are likely for the opening of 2015. The Inland Empire average is $2.95 a gallon. That’s a full $2 lower than the record set just over 2-years ago.
Global warning has been cleared of blame for the 3-year-old drought. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says it’s El Nino and La Nina swapping hats.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The Mission Inn is ground zero for the Festival of Lights. Three-and-a-half-million lights will glow through the holidays.
In Indio, a fire fighter has been hurt while battling a 3-alarm fire early Friday in a car repair facility. It took 60 firefighters an hour to control the fire which caused damages of $50,000. Its cause on Indio Boulevard is under investigation. (INT)

Eight days after it was imposed, a mandatory evacuation order was lifted Thursday for a complex of small homes near San Jacinto at the bottom of the Soboba foothills. Earlier this month, mud and debris flows from a powerful winter storm forced residents to evacuate. Several homes and vehicles were damaged. (INT)

A grinding head-on collision on Gilman Springs Road near San Jacinto has claimed a second life. The coroner reports that Patricia Blanco, 25, of Moreno Valley succumbed Wednesday. A 29-year-old man died at the scene of Sunday’s crash. The other driver who survived drove across the center line causing the collision. (INT)

After an investigation covering more than 3-years, the District Attorney announced Thursday that a Fontana police officer will not be prosecuted in a fatal shooting. In a statement, the DA said Officer Jason Pernicairo was justified in using deadly force to protect himself and others. A Northern California man killed in May, 2011 was identified as Mahanad Shalabi, 41, of Alturas. (INT)

Palm Springs is launching its ultra-cool trolley, the BUZZ. Several celebrities will be on hand for the start-up Friday including actors Gavin MacLeod, Suzanne Somers, singer Jack Jones, film producer Jerry Weintraub and Lily Tomlin and Carol Channing. The trolley service is free and was funded by Measure J. (INT)

A homeless man has been shot and critically wounded inside a boarded-up San Bernardino building that was once a medical facility. A witness saw a man shoot the victim in the head and then run from the building on North D Street. (INT)

After weeks of voting throughout the country, Riverside’s Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn has been named America’s Best Public Lights Display by USA TODAY. It was the top choice of the newspaper’s readers. The Festival of Lights, Riverside’s premier annual event, finished first among 20 nominees from across the nation. (INT)

Riverside police are asking for help in identifying two men who brutally beat and stabbed a wheelchair-bound panhandler. Edward ‘St. Louis’ Dickerson, 59, an amputee, was assaulted for a half-hour before he died outside a barber shop on Iowa Avenue. The incident occurred in the early morning last August 3rd. (INT)

In Ontario, a motorist has died after his Mercedes Benz ran off the Pomona Freeway and landed on Mountain Avenue. The California Highway Patrol said Gregorio Oyoque, 58, of Corona may have suffered a heart attack. (INT)

The coroner has positively identified a young woman who was struck while walking along Bear Valley Road in Apple Valley last Sunday night. She was Jillian Dean, 22, of Apple Valley. (INT)

An autopsy has confirmed that a Moreno Valley man found dead near Hemet had been murdered. The body of John Carter, 30, was found December 2nd off Soboba Road. (INT)

In Ontario, Brad Kaylor takes over Friday as police chief. Kaylor, the deputy police chief, replaces Eric Hopley who retired. Kaylor is pushing for new technology in his department such as the Officer Camera Program. (INT)

A murder investigation has been launched after a man’s body was found Wednesday in a Moreno Valley alley. The remains were in a parked vehicle off of Allies Place. (INT)

A suspected burglar killed in a confrontation with sheriff’s deputies at Good Hope has been identified. Charles Gluchacki, 65, had kicked in the front door of a home occupied by an elderly couple late last Saturday night. (INT)

Riverside police have mounted a campaign against an upsurge in thefts at small businesses during the holiday season. Their efforts are being concentrated on the East Side and around the university neighborhood. So far, there have been 18 arrests and $3,900 in stolen merchandise recovered. (INT)

Riverside County Senator Jeff Stone has announced some hi-profile names for his inaugural staff. Temecula Mayor Maryann Edwards will direct Stone’s western office. Mayors Pro-Tem Greg Pettis in Cathedral City and Glenn Miller at Indio will join Stone’s staff. Newspaper columnist John Hunneman will act as Stone’s communication Director. His Chief of Staff will be Christopher Wysocki. (INT)

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