December 21, 2014
TOP STORIES
As a record number of Americans prepare to hit the road for the holidays, a massive storm is poised to disrupt travel plans for two-thirds of the nation.
SAN FRANCISCO — The Arctic continues to warm faster than the rest of the globe, and with greater repercussions.
HOLLYWOOD - Sony Pictures says it still hopes to release its controversial film about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Finding Earthlike planets beyond our solar system has largely been the work of space-based telescopes, but new observations from a remote island suggest that could change.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Mother Nature has been giving Southern Californians a preview of winter although it doesn’t officially arrive until Sunday.
PALM SPRINGS – (INT) – The complete line-up for the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival has been announced. It includes 192 films from 65 countries.
MURRIETA – (INT) – Two San Diego County men are behind bars suspected in a bank robbery, a chase and an officer-involved shooting that wounded one of them.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – A trial date in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case has been set back to the fall of 2015.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A wrong-way driver being chased by police was fatally injured early Friday when his truck ran off an Eastside street and struck a tree.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A wasp that doesn’t sting people and doesn’t eat plants is the newest weapon against the dreaded Asian citrus psyllid. The psyllid has spread fear among citrus growers because of the disease it inflicts on trees.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The pace of activity is picking up at airports in Ontario and Palm Springs in the days before Christmas and New Year’s. Air Canada begins non-stop service between Palm Springs and Vancouver, Canada on Thursday.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The distribution of surplus government food is being expanded for the holidays in San Bernardino County.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The famed red kettles are back.
The Salvation Army’s bell ringers hit the streets early this holiday season hoping to capitalize on an improving economy.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Gasoline prices are in free fall dropping to their lowest point in 6-years.

SOUTHLAND – (INT) – The opening days of winter won’t pose any travel troubles for Southern Californians as they head for Christmas destinations.
The drenching rain and heavy snow that has lashed California this month put a dent in the state's historic drought, according to the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – The US Postal Service is reporting a dramatic 12 percent increase in holiday package mail and the rate may be ever higher in Southern California.
An 8-day holiday is being celebrated throughout California.
It's time for Hanukkah. The glow of menorah lights illuminates many neighborhoods.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Sales of new and existing homes is sagging. Home sales during November was the lowest for that month in seven years.
Global warning has been cleared of blame for the 3-year-old drought. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says it’s El Nino and La Nina swapping hats.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The Mission Inn is ground zero for the Festival of Lights. Three-and-a-half-million lights will glow through the holidays.
The Redlands East Valley Wildcats have an early Christmas trophy. They captured the CIF Division II football championship over the weekend with a 34-33 victory over Concord Clayton Valley Charter. (INT)

In San Jacinto, a motorcyclist was badly injured and his passenger killed when they crashed into the rear of a car. Sheriff’s deputies said that ‘alcohol impairment’ may have been a factor. (INT)

UPS says that Monday will be its busiest day of the holiday season. A surge in online shopping has given UPS, FedEx and the US Postal Service an upswing in parcel business. (INT)

Riverside County is seeking volunteers to help count its homeless. The federally mandated survey is set for January 28th. (INT)

Historic Route 66 is getting a make-over in Fontana. Themed landscaping and decorative lighting is being placed along the center median of Foothill Boulevard. (INT)

An elderly man killed in a late Friday traffic mishap west of Hemet has been identified. Raul Manriquez, 79, of Hemet died at the scene on Highway 74. (INT)

An autopsy has confirmed that a Moreno Valley man found dead near Hemet had been murdered. The body of John Carter, 30, was found December 2nd off Soboba Road. (INT)

Riverside police have mounted a campaign against an upsurge in thefts at small businesses during the holiday season. Their efforts are being concentrated on the East Side and around the university neighborhood. So far, there have been 18 arrests and $3,900 in stolen merchandise recovered. (INT)

A volunteer group leader at the High Desert Church in Victorville is facing a December 29th arraignment on charges of having a year-long sexual relationship with a 17-year-old boy. Joseph Kealoha, 26, was also an instructional aid at two desert schools. He has been relieved of his duties. (INT)

In Ontario, Brad Kaylor took over Friday as police chief. Kaylor, the deputy police chief, replaces Eric Hopley who retired. Kaylor is pushing for new technology in his department such as the Officer Camera Program. (INT)

Housing vouchers are being passed out to the homeless who’ve been camped in the Mojave Riverbed at Victorville. Beginning in March, the riverbed will be closed in phases. Authorities say the individuals are not being evicted, but are being helped to get beyond homelessness. (INT)

The Riverside City Council meets in special session Monday to hire Lee McDougal as Interim City Manager. He’ll be paid $135 per hour until a permanent City Manager is hired no later than June 30th. McDougal is coming out of retirement to replace Scott Barber who retires December 30th. (INT)

Palm Springs is launching its ultra-cool trolley, the BUZZ. Several celebrities were on hand for the start-up Friday including actors Gavin MacLeod, Suzanne Somers, singer Jack Jones, film producer Jerry Weintraub and Lily Tomlin and Carol Channing. The trolley service is free and was funded by Measure J. (INT)

In Indio, a fire fighter has been hurt while battling a 3-alarm fire early Friday in a car repair facility. It took 60 firefighters an hour to control the fire which caused damages of $50,000. Its cause on Indio Boulevard is under investigation. (INT)

After weeks of voting throughout the country, Riverside’s Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn has been named America’s Best Public Lights Display by USA TODAY. It was the top choice of the newspaper’s readers. The Festival of Lights, Riverside’s premier annual event, finished first among 20 nominees from across the nation. (INT)

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