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|June 18, 2013|
Intelligence officials said Tuesday that the government’s sweeping surveillance efforts have helped thwart “potential terrorist events” more than 50 times since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The United States will engage in direct peace negotiations with the Taliban in Qatar next week, aimed at achieving peace in Afghanistan, senior White House officials have said.
The plight of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who got a high-profile lung transplant last week underscored the scarcity of U.S. organ donations, but a new study of a “Facebook bump” in registrations shows that social media may be key to solving the problem.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – County Supervisors have approved dividing up the $100,000 reward they offered for the capture of fugitive cop Christopher Dorner.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – For the first time in nearly 4-years, County offices will be open 5-days-a-week. Mandatory employee furloughs were imposed in 2009 as the nation’s economic meltdown took hold and the county was forced to save money and avert layoffs.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – It’s now up to Governor Brown to sign the budget approved by the Legislature.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – County Supervisors say the preliminary budget they approved Monday is the first in a 5-year plan.
BANNING – (INT) – Firefighters have stopped the expansion of the Hathaway fire in the San Gorgonio Wilderness. They’re concentrating on hotspots that are being detected by night-flying aircraft.
FONTANA – (INT) - Another bicyclist has lost an encounter with a train. The coroner says that Carlos Guzman, 18, was riding his bicycle and attempting to cross the tracks along Beech Avenue.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The city’s 1.7 percent ownership of the defunct San Onore nuclear power plant is raising questions. City Councilman Mike Gardner has a concern.
JURUPA VALLEY – (INT) – A Jurupa Valley woman could face a citation if she shows up to claim the thirty dogs and a cat found Wednesday at the Tilton Avenue home where she was evicted.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Dates and locations have been announced for a public giveaway of extra food this week.
DIAMOND BAR – (INT) – It isn’t the first time Southern Californians have heard this: It’s going to be a volatile fire season.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – The future of single-use plastic bags is becoming limited.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) – The downward tick in gasoline prices is on hold. Inland Empire pump prices remain just under $4 a gallon or about 10-cents below last year at this time.
EL CENTRO – (INT) – The future of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area is coming into focus. The Bureau of Land Management has released in final decision for overseeing 215,000 acres in southeast Imperial County.
WESTMINSTER – (INT) – Orange County’s Vietnamese enclave Little Saigon is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Actress Kieu Chinh says its people have a lot to offer.
LOS ANGELES - Kim Kardashian's family is swooning over her new baby girl with Kanye West. The reality TV starlet, 32, gave birth to a baby girl over the weekend.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - A warm-up has been postponed until next week. Summertime high pressure will take its place over the desert southwest.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – New academic standards are coming to California’s public schools. State school chief Tom Torklakson launched Common Core standards on Monday in K-12 schools.
SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers have adopted on-time budgets so rarely in recent decades that the one they negotiated with Gov. Jerry Brown this week filled the Capitol with an air of self-satisfaction.
HOLLYWOOD - The Superman pic, 'Man of Steel', outsold every movie that ever debuted in June collecting $196 million in its opening weekend.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Metrolink riders can expect to pay more beginning July 1st. Metrolink’s board of directors approved a 5 percent system-wide fare increase.
COSTA MESA – (INT) - New findings from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety show dangerous mental distractions exist even when drivers keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.
A man found dying on a Banning street last week was identified Tuesday. Police believe that Joseph Woodson, 59, of Palm Springs was murdered last Thursday. (INT)
Palm Springs’ International Short Film Festival debuted Tuesday. It will showcase 330 films including 70 world premiers. All will be shown through June 24th at the Camelot Theaters. (INT)
A motorist lost control and crashed her car into a tree in Hesperia Monday night. The 47-year-old driver died at the scene on Peach Avenue. (INT)
In Wildomar, several streets including Grand Avenue, were reopened Monday evening after a short-lived brushfire. The 16-acre blaze was contained in three hours. No homes were threatened(INT)
An Indio jury found a La Quinta woman guilty of the torture and murder of her 3-year-old daughter Monday. Yolanda Pena Pena faces a potential life prison term at her sentencing August 6th. (INT).
A public hearing on a downsized budget for the City of Riverside is scheduled for Tuesday at 3pm. It totals $223 million. But when capital improvements, special funds and electric and water utilities are added, it rises to $896 million. (INT)
Sleep researchers at UC Riverside have identified the sleep mechanism that enables the brain to consolidate emotional memory. The study found the popular prescription sleep aid Ambien also heightens the recollection of, and response to, negative memories. The findings have implications for those who suffer from anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (INT)
Sheriff’s investigators are holding a 65-year-old man on suspicion of killing a woman who’d been staying at a residence near Temecula. Her body was found Friday in the front yard of the crime scene on Fox Hollow Road. Booked into the Southwest Detention Center was Manuel Quinanola of Rancho California. (INT)
As the nation awaits a Supreme Court ruling on California’s Proposition 8, political scientists at UC Riverside doubt a gay backlash if the voter-approved measured is upheld. They found no evidence of opinion backlash on the issue of gay marriage. Their conclusion was based on online experiments. (INT)
Nancy Hart’s 11-year run on the Riverside City Council ended Tuesday. The council’s senior member is retiring and is being replaced by Jim Perry. He polled a majority of votes to win the June 4th election in the Sixth Ward. (INT)
CalFire said Monday that a juvenile playing with a lighter started Friday’s 40-acre fire northeast of Riverside near Pigeon Pass. The fire was quickly controlled and no buildings were damaged. (INT)
Two drivers have been killed in a head-on collision of their vehicles on the Twentynine Palms Highway. The coroner identified them Monday as Niccole Holly, 31, of Palm Desert and Amelia Miller, a 23-year-old Marine stationed at the Twentynine Palms Air Ground Combat Center. (INT)
A 3-day, hands-on active shooter training exercise began Monday at Indian Springs Highs School in San Bernardino. It’s aimed at developing first responder skills and improving communications. Classes are not in session at the school during the exercise. (INT)
A three decades-old ‘cold case’ murder has come to trial in Riverside. Shelby Shamblin, 50, was just 17 when he allegedly raped and strangled Elizabeth Crossman. Shamblin had been doing odd jobs around her Hemet home and has denied the charges that were issued two years ago. (INT)
Evidence of the massive bark beetle infestation in the San Bernardino National Forest are slow to disappear. But, logs that have accumulated along Highway 18 around Santa’s Village are being removed. It’s yet another step in making the mountain communities fire-safe. (INT)
A draft EIR for a proposed logistics center in Moreno Valley calls for removing an existing 8-acre truck trailer park and grading a 17-acre site at the east end of the city. Public comments on the project will be accepted through July 29th. (INT)