September 21, 2014
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Some 66,000 refugees - mainly Syrian Kurds - have crossed into Turkey in 24 hours, officials say, as Islamic State militants advance in northern Syria.
ARLINGTON, TEX - A simple device, inspired by the beaks of shorebirds, can harvest drops of water from fog and dew.
Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s larger iPhone 6 Plus is already selling out at some stores across the U.S. The Apple store on the Upper West Side in Manhattan is out of the iPhone 6 Plus already, even as the line snaked up the block.
CORONA – (INT) – One man is dead and two others injured as outlaw bikers shot it out on Interstate 15 over the weekend.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Santa Ana winds will soon be whistling through the Inland Empire. Efforts are underway to minimize their impact on the fire danger.
CORONA- (INT) – Some 1600 plants have been found in one of the Inland Empire’s largest marijuana grow houses.

ONTARIO – (INT) – A 16-year-old unlicensed driver has survived the collision of an SUV that killed two of his passengers. Police suspect the boy was speeding down Grove Avenue when the Dodge Durango veered out of control.
ONTARIO – (INT) – Old Route 66 bypasses Ontario. But, it’ll be the destination for thousands who’ll join the Cruisin’ Reunion this weekend.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The region’s joblessness reversed a 2-month increase coming in at 8.7 percent during August.
GRAND TERRACE – (INT) – The last of four train trestles were put in place across the 215 freeway this weekend. The trestles will carry BNSF and Metrolink trains between Riverside and San Bernardino.
SAN BERNARDINO - (INT) - San Bernardino County high school sophomores passed the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) at record rates.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – The homeless are getting the blame for many recent fires in the city’s abandoned and vacant buildings. Several homeless people were living inside a one-time office building on Waterman Avenue that went up in flames Wednesday.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Dates and locations have been announced for the distribution of surplus government food during September.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Six-thousand 700 firefighters are on the frontlines of six major wildfires burning across Northern California.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – The closing hours of summer should coincide with the calendar. After a pleasant weekend, a little warming is likely but no heat waves.
NAPA VALLEY – (INT) – Some streams near the epicenter of last month’s big Wine Country earthquake have come back to life.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fam’er Cat Stevens has announced a 6-city concert tour, his first since 1976.
SOUTHBURY, CONN. - Actress, singer and businesswomnan Polly Bergen has died at her home at the age of 84.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – In his biggest bill-signing announcement this year, Governor Brown has approved 49 pieces of legislation and vetoed nine others.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) – Health officials confirm that the respiratory virus Enterovirus 68 has arrived in Southern California.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Mother Nature will jump onto her weather see-saw as summer fades into autumn. A cooling marine layer has replaced this week’s intense heat wave.
LONG BEACH – (INT) – One-hundred-forty-nine people won’t soon forget Thursday’s heart rending minutes aboard a Jet Blue fight. It had just taken off enroute to Austin, Texas when a popping sound filled the cabin with smoke.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) – The Inland Empire does not fare well among the nation’s best-educated areas. WalletHub analyzed 150 communities for the number of college-educated residents.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - Census Bureau data released Tuesday show that the share of all Californians with incomes below the federal poverty line last year remained significantly higher than in 2006, the year before the Great Recession began.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – A California Field Poll released over the weekend confirms the very dismal view that voters have had of the job performance of Congress for the last few years.
The San Bernardino City School District has 63 schools that have earned the EPA’s ‘Energy Star’. That puts the district in the top one-fourth of the nation’s schools. (INT)

Tuesday is ‘Design Day’ at the Riverside Salvation Army Community Center. Residents are being asked to help design a one-of-a-kind, multi-generational playground. (INT)

California will need 450,000 new health care workers in the coming decade. The Public Policy Institute of California says it’s not so much Obamacare, but rather growth and aging of California’s population that's pushing the demand. (INT)

The 15th annual edition of the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival opened Friday. It will showcase over 100 films this weekend. The Achievement in Directing Award will be presented to Lucy Walker. She has produced several short films and documentaries. (INT)

A long-time player in the Inland Empire’s aviation history is closing. Thursday was the final day for general aviation aircraft to use the Rialto Municipal Airport. The airport is closing and will be replaced by a housing development and business center. The sheriff’s aviation division will relocate to the San Bernardino International Airport. (INT)

Generous pay raises for Riverside County’s elected officials took effect Thursday. The raises won final approval last week and are the first in six years. (INT)

There are 1.3 million eligible voters in Riverside County, but only 63 percent are actually registered to vote. The county ranks 48th out of California’s 58 counties in the registration rate. A week-long campaign begins Monday in hopes of improving the county’s standing. (INT)

Tourism was up in Palm Springs this summer. That’s based on a 17 percent rise in the city’s transient occupancy, or bed tax. (INT)

A ribbon-cutting Friday marked the opening of the Ontario Town Square in the heart of the downtown district. It covers two acres and includes a 1,000 seat open-air amphitheater, courtyard, a rose garden and walking paths. The park’s debut came on the opening day of the Route 66 Crusin’ Reunion. (INT)

Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies shot at two men near Hemet as they made their get-away from a business that had been robbed early Friday. It’s not known if the bandits were injured. (INT)

Four people, including two from Riverside, are suspected and growing and running a marijuana packaging and distribution outfit at Newberry Springs – near Barstow. They shipped packages containing large quantities of marijuana through parcel service to various states to include Rhode Island, Ohio, Texas, Illinois and Wisconsin. 132 pounds of processed pot and hundreds of marijuana plants were seized. (INT)

Rehabilitation of the fire-scarred mountainsides has already begun even before the Silverado Fire on the Orange County side of the Santa Ana Mountains is declared fully controlled. The stabilization work could continue for up to a year to prevent erosion and possible damage to life, property or natural resources. (INT)

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