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|July 17, 2018|
HELSINKI — President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed Monday that the two leaders discussed Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, although the Russian leader denied that his government tried to sabotage the election and Trump offered little pushback to the autocrat’s claims.
HAWAII--One person was seriously injured and 22 others hurt after a "lava bomb" hit a tour boat near the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, according to emergency officials.
SAN DIEGO--A U.S. federal judge has temporarily halted deportations of immigrant families who were recently reunited after being separated earlier this year at the U.S.-Mexico border.
WASHINGTON--The same day President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and suggested that he believed Russia’s claim that it did not interfere in the 2016 presidential elections, the Justice Department indicted another Russian for attempting to influence U.S. politics.
FOREST FALLS – (INT) – The number of firefighters trying to round-up the remnants of the Valley Fire has been scaled back to 100.
BIG BEAR – (INT) – Fire restrictions are being ramped up in the San Bernardino National Forest.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – A pair of weekend incidents about 15-miles apart on Freeway 60 claimed two lives.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - With another easterly wave rolling across the desert bound for Southern California, chances are increasing for the monsoon moisture to touch off more afternoon thunderstorms over the mountains.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Exhaustive detective work and video surveillance has paid off in solving one of the city’s recent homicides.
REDLANDS – (INT) – Police are wrapping up two unrelated stabbing investigations in which four suspects are in custody.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Civil rights leaders are stepping up their call for the dismissal of Deputy District Attorney Michael Selyem.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A final interview panel is expected to choose the next Riverside County fire chief.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – While some local gas stations have trimmed pump prices by 10-cents-a-gallon the past week, the retail statewide average is unchanged at $3.66 a gallon for 87 octane regular.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Surplus government food will be given out this month.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – ‘Slow’ earthquakes being detected deep in the San Jacinto Fault could be the forerunners to a large damaging earthquake.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Final figures on voter turnout in the June Primary suggest that Californians are primed for the November run-offs.
CERRO GORDO - The 19th-century mining town of Cerro Gordo, tucked in the Inyo Mountains outside Lone Pine, Calif., has been listed for $925,000.
HOLLYWOOD - It turns out, Dwayne Johnson was no match for Dracula and company.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - (INT) - Another fatality has been reported in the ongoing effort to control fires burning in Northern California.
Nancy Sinatra Sr., the first wife of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra and mother of singers Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra, Jr., and singer/film producer Tina Sinatra, has died.
HOLLYWOOD - After a year off, “Game of Thrones” has returned to Primetime Emmy Award contention in a big way.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Climatologists are boosting to 70 percent chances of an El Nino this winter.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California smog fighters are cheering the latest figures on greenhouse gas pollution.
OAKLAND - (INT) - The University of California has offered nearly 137,000 students a spot on at least one of its nine undergraduate campuses this fall.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) has become the major investor in the California WaterFix project.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) – The increasing number of reported hate crimes in California is getting more attention.
SALTON SEA--A new study points to a type of rock on the San Andreas Fault that may signal where the "Big One" could hit, and it's in Southern California.
A Moreno Valley woman fatally injured in a desert traffic mishap has been identified. The Riverside County Coroner says that Rachel Lopez, 40, died Sunday at an Indio hospital about 2-hours after an accident on Interstate 10 near Desert Center. Three other people survived the roll-over accident. (INT)
Work has started to replace and repair 149 lane miles on Interstate 10, and State Routes 111 and 86 in Riverside County in the lower Coachella Valley damaged by trucks. Funding comes from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1). Of the 105,000 trucks and vehicles that use I-10 daily, nearly one-fifth of them are carrying freight, the weight of which contributes to rapid road surface deterioration. (INT)
A pair of injured climbers has been airlifted out of the Big Falls area near Forest Falls in the San Bernardino Mountains. Recovering from separate falls are Ceasar Ortega of Moreno Valley and a 16-year-old girl from Moreno Valley. (INT)
Riverside County election officials are calling for candidates to round out the November ballot. Candidates for school board seats in 28 districts and 22 special service and water districts have until August 10th to file their nomination papers. (INT)
Border Patrol agents have intercepted an incoming shipment of forty vacuum-sealed packages of suspected methamphetamines near Murrieta. A check of the license plates on a pickup truck indicated the vehicle had a history of narcotic smuggling. The male driver, identified only as a US citizen, was arrested. The street value of the meth was estimated at $830,000. (INT)
Sheriff’s investigators have announced the arrest of four suspects for the murder of a mutual friend whose skeletal remains were found July 8th in a trash can, partially filled with cement, at a Victorville home. The woman had been dead for over a year. Her identity or the circumstances of the slaying were not disclosed. (INT)
A draft environmental statement has been released on the proposed expansion of two quarries on the north slope of the San Bernardino Mountains, above Lucerne Valley. Three corporations are mining limestone and other calcium carbonate minerals. One quarry would be expanded by nearly 31 acres and the other by 64 acres over a period of 40 years. (INT)
Doctors and pharmacists at Riverside University Health System (RUHS) have developed an electronic toolkit to help decrease the risk of opioid addiction among patients with chronic pain. The “Chronic Pain Toolkit” for doctors was rolled out over the past several months at the RUHS Medical Center in Moreno Valley and at the system’s 10 Community Health Center locations countywide. (INT)
A former staffer for a member of Congress was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison for bribery and attempted extortion. Michael Kimbrew, 45, of Santa Clarita, demanded and accepted $5,000 to prevent the closure of a marijuana shop in the City of Compton. Kimbrew attempted to extort a marijuana dispensary in Compton and threatened to shut down the shop if the owners did not pay him a $5,000 bribe. (INT)
A motorist suspected in the hit-run death of a pregnant woman and her unborn child in San Bernardino is under arrest. Police said their ‘comprehensive investigation’ led to the arrest Monday of Mercedes Vanesa Guevara, age 31. Guevara was at the wheel of a vehicle that sped through a red light and struck the victim on Highland Avenue on July 11th. (INT)
Governor Jerry Brown signed 25 bills Monday. One would ensure greater opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to live with families and receive services and support in a family setting. Senate Bill 1107 authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) will allow any non-profit or for-profit agency to participate in the vendorization process. (INT)
A police chase from Rialto to Bloomington ended tragically late Friday when police killed a motorist, reportedly armed with a shotgun. A traffic infraction initiated the 10 minute chase. A man and woman in the suspect vehicle ignored police orders when the pursuit ended on Canfield Way. (INT)
Hemet police say they are involved in an active and ongoing investigation into a fatal, Friday night shooting. A male suffered a gunshot wound to the head at a residence in the 1100 block of Stepstone Court. (INT)
People are being urged to stay out of the water and avoid eating fish at Pyramid Lake in Los Angeles County until further notice due to the presence of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria). Warmer summer weather has contributed to the algae. The advisory does not apply to Castaic Lake, which is open to boating. Swimming is allowed at Castaic Lake’s lagoon. (INT)
The San Bernardino County Museum’s five museum and historic branch sites experienced a 14 percent increase in attendance during the past year. At the main museum in Redlands, attendance increased 66 percent over a four year period from 2014 to 2018. That trend reversed a long slide in attendance the previous 13 years. (INT)
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) is offering residents and businesses $1 for every square foot of thirsty grass they replace with more water-efficient native plants and irrigation systems. The MWD’s turf removal program in 2014-2015 was the largest anywhere in the country and spurred the replacement of 160 million square feet of grass. (INT)