March 4, 2015
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Lawyers for David H. Petraeus have reached an agreement with federal prosecutors for the retired general and former CIA director to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge for mishandling classified materials.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that a potential nuclear deal being negotiated by major powers including the United States "paves Iran's path to the bomb."
OXNARD – (INT) – The Metrolink engineer critically injured in last week’s collision with a truck died Tuesday. The engineer, who was an employee of Amtrak, had worked in the rail industry for more than 40 years.
LOS ANGELES - Federal agents raided about 20 locations in three Southern California counties early Tuesday as part of an investigation targeting “birth tourism”.
WASHINGTON – (INT) – Members of the Inland Empire’s Congressional delegation are reacting to Tuesday’s controversial speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
MURRIETA – (INT) – An apparent incident of ‘road rage’ has left two people with severe injuries.
MURRIETA – (INT) – A Superior Court jury returned a first degree murder verdict Monday against Kyle McLean.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Weather for the opening of March has featured a flip-flop. It turns out that February’s persistent warm weather set records.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) - Metrolink launched the life-saving rail safety technology known as Positive Train Control (PTC) Monday.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Purchasing managers are feeling pretty upbeat about the local economy. An index of key economic indicators issued Monday show the economy expanding especially the past month.
BLYTHE – (INT) – A suspect slain at the climax to a bullet-punctuated chase along Interstate 10 was a suspect in a Sonoma County homicide. An accomplice survived.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Surplus government food is being given out during the month of March throughout San Bernardino County.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Gasoline prices are soaring by leaps and bounds. In some communities, they’re rising faster than they fell.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Crime in Riverside County has been going in two directions, violent crime is up but property crimes are down. Sheriff Stan Sniff issued 2014’s crime stats Thursday for 17 ‘contract’ cities and the unincorporated areas.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins is outraged over a plan by the University of California to limit enrollment of California students unless it receives more money from the state.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Barring a ‘March Miracle’, the water content of the Sierra Nevada snow pack will continue to shrink.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - The Groundhog may have seen his shadow, but six more weeks of winter doesn’t mean Daylight Savings Time is being delayed.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – The California Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Jessica’s Law.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Southern California weather is shifting into a warming trend in the wake of a 3-day storm.
LOS ANGELES - Police say they fatally shot a man on skid row during a struggle over an officer's weapons.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State water officials hope a slight 5 percent increase in deliveries along the State Water Project will help offset some economic harm of the extended drought.
HOLLYWOOD - Will Smith's R-rated romantic pic 'Focus' posted a muted start.
LOS ANGELES - (INT) - A new study by California scientists has linked chronic exposure to microscopic air pollutants in vehicle exhaust to deaths from heart disease.
The Lakers came up 1-point short and lost to the Charlotte Hornets 104-103 Tuesday night. Jeremy Lin led the Lakers with 23 points. LA moves on to Miami Wednesday night. (INT)

A pilot survived the crash of his small bi-plane in the Santa Ana River Wash in Redlands Tuesday. The pilot was conscious and talking when he was extricated from his plane and take to the Loma Linda University Medical Center. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash. (INT)

California’s law against texting-while-driving isn’t having much of an impact. But, Riverside County Senator Jeff Stone thinks that doubling the fines will make a difference. His bill would boost a first-time fine to $40 and adds a point to an individual’s driving record. (INT)

Several brave souls will take the plunge into the icy waters of Big Bear Lake this weekend. The 4th Annual Polar Plunge Saturday will raise funds for Special Olympics Inland Empire. (INT)

For the second time in less than one week, a slot player at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, has hit a mega jackpot. Sergio Alvarez from Perris became the newest millionaire in Riverside County, scoring $1,050,009.21 on a $1.00 Golden Pagodas Gold Series slot machine. (INT)

San Bernardino police are investigating a Sunday mishap at a gas station that claimed a motorist’s life. The man was attempting to drive away from a confrontation with two other people when the open driver’s door hit a pole and closed on his neck. A woman with the dead man, Kimberly Contreras, 30, of Simi Valley, was treated for minor injuries. Two suspects fled. The coroner says they were attempting to take the dead man's car. (INT)

Governor Brown has appointed Arthur Robles, 68, of Yucaipa, administrator at the Veterans Home of California in Barstow. Robles has been acting administrator since 2014. (INT)

Colton Chief of Police Steve Ward is retiring effective March 8th. Chief Ward’s entire 29-year law enforcement career has been in Colton where he started as a patrol officer. Chief Ward has recommended that Lieutenant Joe Gutierrez be appointed to succeed him. (INT)

It took Riverside County fire fighters 90 minutes to control a fire in a recreation building at the Caliente Springs Mobile Home Park in Sky Valley near Indio Tuesday. The locker room, attic and adjacent rooms suffered damage of $500,000. (INT)

A suspicious object that closed Highway 60 through the Badlands between Moreno Valley and Beaumont turned out to be harmless. Two robots with X-Ray technology determine the device was nothing more than waste paper wrapped in blue painter’s tape. The highway was reopened about 2-hours after a Caltrans survey crew discovered the object. (INT)

Riverside is about to get a lot greener. Utility customers will find FREE Shade Tree Coupons on the back of their March utility bills. Customers can take their March billing statement to a participating nursery and redeem it for one shade tree (up to $25 in value). (INT)

Residents of San Bernardino are expecting a lot of positive comments in Mayor Carey Davis’ State of the City Address. Davis will deliver it Friday at the San Bernardino International Airport. Mayor Davis says he wants to build on the accomplishments of last year moving forward into 2015. (INT)

An employee of a Palm Springs restaurant has been arrested on suspicion of stealing $2,000 and setting the eatery on fire. Rip Goforth had worked at the Twin Palms Bistro. Employees and customers were safely evacuated during last Thursday’s fire. (INT)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Monday announced it is awarding nearly $12 million in rental assistance to California. It will provide permanent affordable rental housing and needed supportive services to 283 households with extremely low-income persons with disabilities. (INT)

Passenger volume at Ontario International Airport dipped slightly in January, but an airport official was not surprised as storms on the East Coast may have been the reason. But, passengers flying to and from Mexico continued to take off with a 51 percent increase over the same month last year. (INT)

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