November 23, 2014
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FERGUSON, MO - Two men suspected of buying explosives they planned to detonate during protests once a grand jury decides the Michael Brown case, have been arrested.
BANGUI— In the last 18 months of yet another armed conflict, as many as 10,000 children in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) have been recruited by armed groups.
Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner has condemned US President Barack Obama's use of executive powers to force through immigration reform.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Riverside and San Bernardino counties continue recouping the jobs it lost during the recession. The State Employment Development Department (EDD) says the region added 29,700 jobs the past 12 months.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Holiday shoppers want to know who has the best markdowns. The personal finance analyst WalletHub scanned the ads of 21 of the biggest U.S. retailers.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Traffic accidents in the Riverside area have claimed three lives.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Ballot counting in Riverside County is over. The results of the November 4th election were certified Friday.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Investigators say that living conditions could have contributed to a fire that killed two children and seriously burned their father.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A Superior Court jury is recommending that Tyrone Harts be executed for shooting his former girlfriend and then setting her on fire.
MUSCOY – (INT) – Investigators blame illegal drug activity for an explosion that blew apart a small house killing one person and injuring two other people.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – It should come as no surprise that Riverside and San Bernardino are among the nation’s thirstiest counties. Figures issued by the U.S. Geological Survey put the two counties among the top 10.
HEMET – (INT) – Petitions have qualified forcing the City Council to re-think its decision to close the city’s 108-year-old fire department and turn over fire protection to Calfire.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries says he will donate his pay raise to the Riverside County Regional Parks and Open Space District.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The distribution of surplus government food is being expanded in San Bernardino County.
LOS ANGELES - (INT) – Reunited Fleetwood Mac brings its North American tour to the renovated Forum in Inglewood this Thanksgiving weekend.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - The Farm Bureau’s annual price survey indicates the average cost of this year’s Thanksgiving feast for 10 is slightly more last year.
LAS VEGAS - (INT) - Motown soul singer Jimmy Ruffin has died. His chart-topping 1966 hit ‘What Becomes of the Brokenhearted?' was followed by several more memorable records.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – A tuition increase up to 28 percent spread over 5-years is coming for students at the University of California. UC President Janet Napolitano had the support of most chancellors including Kim Wilcox at UC Riverside.
HOLLYWOOD - (INT) - The entertainbment industry has been sadden by the passing of acclaimed director Mike Nichols. Nichols teamed with Elaine May in a satirical comedy team in the late 1950's.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – The American Music Awards will be presented Sunday. Iggy Azalea tops the nomination list. The rapper is up for awards in six categories.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California’s non-partisan Legislative Analyst sees brighter days ahead. The new budget forecast is encouraging on some key fronts.
BURBANK - NBC has scrapped a sitcom that was in development with comedian Bill Cosby. The announcement comes as the performer deals with increasing pressure surrounding sexual assault allegations from his past.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – It doesn’t take much to understand why California is so worried about drought. Reservoirs are ever-dwindling. Rainfall is sporadic at best.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – Metrolink is stepping up an anti-suicide campaign. During 2012, there were 19 suicides-by-train on Metrolink’s system. So far this year, there have been four.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – Forecasters are downplaying chances of significant El Nino rains this winter. Climatologist Bill Patzert at JPL in Pasadena says El Nino’s have far-reaching impacts when they happen.
UCLA won the SoCal showdown Saturday. UCLA sacked Cody Kessler six times and Brett Hundley accounted for four TDs as the No. 9 Bruins rolled to a 38-20 win over USC to keep their Pac-12 title hopes alive.

Identities of two men slain in a pair of unrelated homicides in San Bernardino County have been released. Kenneth Fleming, 27, was fatally wounded at a Highland apartment late Tuesday night. In Adelanto, Frank Whitehall, 22, of El Mirage was shot during a weekend fight. (INT)

About 800 young people from throughout San Bernardino County will attend an annual youth leadership event at the Ontario Convention Center Friday. The event will acknowledge at-risk youth who’ve launched careers and advanced their education. (INT)

A 2-alarm fire damaged a commercial building in downtown Banning early Thursday. The blaze on West Ramsey street was just blocks from a blaze earlier this month in an abandoned department store that killed one person. (INT)

A young calf taken by cattle rustlers in Riverside County will live out a full life at Farm Sanctuary's ‘Animal Acres’ in Acton. Riverside police arrested two men after stopping their vehicle and finding the newborn calf in the back seat. (INT)

A man slain in an officer-involved shooting in San Bernardino last week has been identified. George Ramirez, 35, was killed outside a home on East Rialto Avenue. Police from Downey were conducting a drug investigation when Ramirez was killed and a police officer injured. Meantime, a motorist who was killed by police in Perris at the climax to a chase was from Huntington Beach. Aaron Forgash, 38, had driven across a golf course in Corona. (INT)

The University of California UC will expand legal services to undocumented students at six campuses, including UC Riverside. The UC Davis School of Law will serve the immigration-related legal needs of students on UC campuses without law schools. (INT)

The State Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Thursday approved an agreement that provides refunds to customers of Southern California Edison because of the premature shut down of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating plant. The refunds and credits amount to approximately $1.45 billion. The plant was shut down nearly 3-years ago because of a leak in a steam generator tube. (INT)

Redlands launches the holiday season Saturday in the historic downtown area. Every Saturday features music at Ed Hales Park. Redlands’ Christmas parade is set for December 6th. (INT)

Dexter the dog is getting a new lease on life because of a case of mistaken identity. Animal control officials say he was not the stray dog that attacked and mauled a 2-year-old boy in a French Valley park last week. The boy is recovering while the search for the real attack dog continues. (INT)

Border Patrol agents at Temecula have arrested a man who had more than half a million dollars of cocaine hidden in his car. The 20 bundles weighed about 51 pounds. The identity of the 24-year-old US citizen was not released. (INT)

An independent study shows that demand for court reporters will exceed supply within five years. By 2018, there will be 5,500 new court reporter jobs available in the U.S. with the greatest demand occurring in California and three other states. New rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to improve the quality of broadcast captioning will result in a greater need for court reporters in the coming years. (INT)

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