February 22, 2017
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SAN JOSE — Thousands of people remained under a mandatory evacuation order Wednesday after devastating waters surged out of Coyote Creek the day before, flooding homes, businesses and schools, officials said.
An international team of astronomers, using an array of ground and space telescopes, has discovered an astonishing seven Earth-sized planets in a system just 40 light years away.
MEXICO CITY--Mexico will vigorously fight U.S. mass deportations of undocumented immigrants back to Mexico and refuse to accept any non-Mexicans expelled across the border, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray vowed Wednesday.
PARIS--Amnesty International says President Donald Trump's "poisonous" rhetoric on his way to winning the White House led a global trend towards increasingly divisive politics in 2016 that had made the world a "darker" place.
MURRIETA – (INT) – The death penalty will be at stake as David Contreras stands trial for killing three people at random.
MORENO VALLEY - Her dad told her to relax and have fun at the annual spelling bee.
RIVERSIDE - (INT) – A man suspected of exchanging gunfire with police and died in a home where he’d barricaded himself has been identified.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – With more than a month to go, this rainfall season is on track to becoming one of the wettest on record.
PALM SPRINGS – (INT) – Former mayor Steve Pougnet and real estate developers Richard Meaney and John Wessman are on bail awaiting arraignment in an alleged public corruption scandal.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Southern California’s string of five, consecutive rainy days should be at an end.
RIVERSIDE - (INT) - Scientists at UC Riverside will play a greater role at stopping a disease that is taking a heavy toll on the citrus industry.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Crime in the Inland Empire’s largest city in 2016 soared more than 8 percent.
CAJON PASS – (INT) – Caltrans has awarded a $3 million contract to begin immediate repairs on a section of Interstate 15.
LAKE ELSINORE – (INT) – Storm repairs on the Ortega Highway (Route 74) are complete and the vital commuter route over the Santa Ana Mountains is open.
CORONA – (INT) – It’s the beginning of the end for the 91 Project. Caltrans and the Riverside County Transportation Commission have set a March 31st dedication of the massive project.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Surplus government food is being distributed throughout the month. The food is provided without cost.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – More California high school students are taking the college advance placement (AP) exam and more are doing better.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - Jail release laws are being questioned following the slaying of a Whittier police officer.
LOS ANGELES - A decision may drastically reshape the leadership structure of one of the NBA's most illustrious franchises.
WHITTIER - A 25-year veteran police officer was killed, and another officer and a gunman were wounded, in a shootout.
LOS ANGELES - The City of Los Angeles had the worst traffic in the world among the 1,064 cities studied by transportation analytics firm INRIX.
LAKE OROVILLE – (INT) - The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has stepped up the outflow from the Oroville Dam flood control spillway, from 55,000cfs to 60,000cfs.
HOLLYWOOD - “The Lego Batman Movie” is dominating the box office.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Identity theft and tax refund fraud schemes are off to a rampant start this filing season.
SAN FRANCISCO - (INT) – Californians have weighed in on several issues in the latest poll by the Public Policy Institute of California.
A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88 percent of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Mother Nature continues to defy predictions of climatologists based on the El Niño-La Niña cycle.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Caltrans is testing an innovative safety system that may help keep wrong-way drivers off the state’s freeways.
A suspect in the gunshot slaying of an Apple Valley man in Victorville has surrendered. Sheriff’s investigators did not say in their news release why they suspect Austin Lembecke, 22, of killing Roman Clemente. Clemente, 43, was found fatally wounded on Victoria Drive in front of a residence early Sunday. Lembecke turned himself in Tuesday. (INT)

A Fontana man is facing sentencing in April for strangling his estranged wife and then dumping her body in Chino. In 2013, Lorna Lopez told her husband, Victor, she was planning to seek a divorce. Lopez eventually admitted that there had been an argument and told investigators where his wife's body could be found. (INT)

Several riders were stranded Monday night when the power on their ski lift at Mountain High near Wrightwood failed. The San Bernardino County Fire Department tweeted that an auxiliary generator got the lift re-started. The outage was blamed on a downed power line east of the resort. (INT)

Homicide investigators are saying little about a weekend shooting in Moreno Valley involving three victims. One died when bullets flew in a neighborhood on Merrygrove Circle. There have been no arrests at last report. (INT)

State Senator Connie Leyva of Chino says it’s time to criminalize ‘sextortion’. She says her bill clarifies that extortion includes not only coercing the victim to hand over money or property, but also to coercion involving sexual acts and sexually explicit images. This policy change does not replace other laws that might apply. (INT)

Moreno Valley city officials say construction is planned to start in May on a storm drain project designed to protect an area near Ironwood Avenue and Hubbard Street from a 100-year storm. A series of catch basins will be installed along a half-mile stretch of the project. (INT)

A couple of Rancho Cucamonga guitar pickers with sticky fingers are accused of possessing over 30 stolen ukuleles, banjos, mandolins, Gibson Les Paul electric and acoustic guitars. The pair denied ownership of the guitars and were arrested. Sheriff’s investigators are trying to identify the victims. (INT)

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) announced that applications for the California Dream Act are down significantly and urged all eligible students to apply for the program. It allows undocumented students to receive state financial aid for college. The deadline is March 2nd. (INT)

DUI has figured in a fatal early Monday morning vehicle crash in Riverside. Police say a vehicle veered off University Avenue striking two trees and a light pole. The driver from Desert Hot Springs survived, but a passenger, 31-year-old Christopher Davidson of Moreno Valley, was fatally injured. (INT)

The Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival at Indio is underway for its 71st year. With several headline performances, organizers are promising ‘new and exciting experiences’ through February 26th. (INT)

Moreno Valley is going ahead with a special June 6th election rather than make an appointment to fill the vacant District 4 seat on the City Council. It became vacant when then-councilman Yxstian Gutierrez became the city's first directly-elected mayor last November. The term for the winner in District 4 ends in November 2018. (INT)

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