December 1, 2015
Shoppers spent heavily Monday, with analysts calling it a record Cyber Monday.
PARIS / WASHINGTON--U.S. President Barack Obama urged world leaders to "rise to this moment" Monday, telling them their progress at a U.N. climate summit in Paris will be measured by "the suffering that is averted and a planet that is preserved."
WASHINGTON -The United States will begin screening passengers entering the United States under a visa waiver based on any past travel to a country known as a terrorist safe haven, the Obama administration announced Monday.
Gov. Jerry Brown and a group of California lawmakers will not leave for Paris for international climate talks until later this week, and their role, as world leaders try to hammer out an accord, will largely consist of agitating from the sidelines.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – November’s meager rain failed to dampen the region’s thirst for the promise of El Nino.
ONTARIO – (INT) – Passenger volume at Ontario International Airport is taking off.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A year-old flap between City Councilman Paul Davis and former city manager Scott Barber is over.
PALM SPRINGS - (INT) - Longtime Coachella Valley journalist Gloria Greer was remembered Monday at a special Celebration of Life.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Candlelight vigils Tuesday evening will remember those who lost their fight against AIDS.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The emergency cold weather shelter run by the Path of Life Ministries is geared up for another winter.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The traffic death toll for the long Thanksgiving holiday was sharply lower.
FONTANA – (INT) – Police continue their campaign against postal mail thieves.
RIVERSIDE - (INT) - A massive fireworks display opened the city's signature event - the Festival of Lights.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Colder weather has brought down the curtain on the mosquito ‘season’ as the number of humans with West Nile virus set records this year.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – While some hope the welcome mat for El Nino’s rain will end the drought, others are fearful the phenomenon will overdo it. They are sounding the preparedness alarm.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Surplus government food is being distributed throughout November. The food is provided without cost.
LOS ANGELES - (INT) - Prison terms have been handed to two former sheriff's deputies for beating and violating the civil rights of a jail visitor.
LOS ANGELES - USC hired Clay Helton as its head coach, signing him to a multiyear contract.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Frost may not be on the pumpkin, but the Southland has notched some of the season’s coldest temperatures.
LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant, who helped the Lakers win five NBA championships over a 20-year career announced Sunday that he will retire.
HOLLYWOOD - Katniss Everdeen, a lovable dinosaur, and an aging Rocky Balboa made for an appetizing feast for the opening of the holiday season.
SOUTHLAND - Step outside, even on hazy days, and the air won’t burn your eyes or sear your lungs.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Retailers are giving out mixed signals on consumer spending for the holidays.
WILTON, CONN - Veteran TV star David Canary has died. He was 77.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – A new winter weather outlook maintains a 95 percent chance of strong El Nino conditions from December through February.
SAN FRANCISCO - Rainstorms forecast to rage during this winter’s “Godzilla” El Niño could release damaging mudslides on drought-dried and fire-scarred landscapes.
Funeral services are pending for retired San Bernardino police sergeant George Finkle who was best known for the Santa Claus role he took on for the annual Ho Ho Parade. Finkle was 76 when he died Friday after battling cancer. Finkle worked for the PD for 33 years. (INT)

Authorities are warning of an active fire bug in the Highland-San Bernardino area. The arsonist appears to favor palm trees. Damage has been minor since the fires began in Mid-October. (INT)

A new desalinization plant on the shores of Catalina Island was dedicated Monday. Years of extreme drought have depleted the island's reservoirs to some of the lowest levels on record. Water conservation has resulted in a nearly 40% drop in water use. This new desalinization plant can create almost 200,000 gallons of freshwater a day—nearly twice the city of Avalon's demand in the offseason. (INT)

A fire in the Joshua Tree National Park has destroyed one of its iconic trees. Park officials say the fire was man-caused. The historic tree about a mile from the Sheep Pass Campground had to be cut down to prevent it from falling. (INT)

Fontana police have concluded that a double shooting during a large, weekend house party was gang-related. As many as five gunmen entered the home on Laurel Avenue and killed a 20-year-old Rialto man. Another young man was shot and wounded as he tried to flee. (INT)

Riverside police are now using social media to attract men to proposition undercover female officers for acts of prostitution. Six men showed up within 8-hours in the area of University and Chicago avenues and were arrested. (INT)

Some honorees are being announced ahead of January’s Palm Springs International Film Festival. It will present Johnny Depp with the Desert Palm Achievement Award at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan. (INT)

The first fatality of the winter ski season is a young Ohio woman. San Bernardino County authorities reported Monday that Natalie Altieri, 21, collided with a metal stairway at the Bear Mountain Ski resort ar Big Bear. She died an hour later at a local hospital. (INT)

New hotels are coming to Palm Springs. A groundbreaking Wednesday will mark initial work on new Andaz Hotel, an affiliate of the Hyatt brand. The new 150-room, 13-suite luxury lifestyle hotel will be built as a collection of small buildings and guestroom bungalows surrounding two outdoor pools. The Andaz and the nearby Kimpton Hotel will open next year as part of the city's downtown revitalization. (INT)

The University of California has joined an influential group of investors led by Bill Gates committed to investing in technology that can help solve the energy and climate challenges facing the planet. UC and its Office of the Chief Investment Officer, which manages the university’s endowment and pension funds, is the sole institutional investor among the 28 coalition members from 10 countries. Both initiatives were announced today at the COP21 in Paris, the United Nations Climate Change Conference. (INT)

Hemet police say a man found Saturday on Menlo Avenue had been dead for some time. A murder investigation has been mounted. (INT)

Redlands will begin trimming approximately 250 palm trees along Orange and Cajon streets in preparation for storms associated with El Niño. Meantime, the City of Moreno Valley launched a comprehensive webpage to provide beneficial information and prepare community members for predicted El Niño rain events.

Google is announcing that its Google Express next day delivery service is expanding further in Southern California, into the Inland Empire and Palm Springs. Google says it's utilizing the speed of the web by helping consumers shop their favorite stores online—in a single place. Area residents can shop from Costco, Target and Kohl's and get next day delivery. (INT)


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