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Police Shooting Of Unarmed Black Man Leads To Protests In San Diego Suburb

On Tuesday, a police officer in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon, Calif., shot and killed an unarmed black man, sparking protests in the area.El Cajon police Chief Jeff Davis said Tuesday night that police were on the scene because the man's sister had called 911, reporting that her brother was "not acting like himself," Andrew Bowen of member station KPBS reports.After police arrived on the scene, Davis said, the man drew an "object" from his pocket, "placed both hands together on it and...
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A pair of new reports shows that California industries could save billions of dollars on their power bills by moving toward greater energy efficiencies, which would help the state comply with the Clean Power Plan.  KVCR's Isel Cuapio has more.

In this excerpt from KVCaRts, the new director of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, Ransom Wilson, is interviewed by KVCR's Rick Dulock.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue discussing how population growth in Inland Empire cities is changing and affecting the economy of the region.

A swarm of small earthquakes followed a moderate temblor that shook an area southeast of the Inland Empire yesterday (Monday).  KVCR's Rick Dulock has details.

Keeping Inland Empire students in school is the topic of a Riverside County-sponsored conference this week.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Over the past weekend, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill written by an Inland Empire state senator that would have had the state of California pay for the costs incurred by local public safety agencies in responding to the San Bernardino terror attack on December 2.  KVCR's Ken Vincent and Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford have details in this report.

Medical patients in California can say goodbye to surprise bills.  Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that prohibits patients from having to pay out-of-network bills when they visit an in-network hospital.  Starting next July, doctors and insurers will have to divvy up those costs, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford rerports.

You might think that California pot farmers would be among the biggest supporters of Proposition 64, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state.  However, some people who over the years have made a living growing and selling marijuana - legally and illegally -- are worried that legalizing pot will create a "marijuana industrial complex" in California that will push small, "family" cannabis growers out of the business.  Capital Public Radio's Sam Harnett reports.

Visitors to the San Bernardino National Forest will be able to access any part of the preserve for free tomorrow (Saturday) in celebration of National Public Lands Day.  KVCR's Rick Dulock reports.

Two new polls on the U.S. Senate race in California offer contradictory trends.  San Diego public station KPBS investigative reporter Amita Sharma says one poll shows Attorney General Kamala Harris strengthening her advantage over Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.  The other poll shows the race tightening.


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There are less than 500 North Atlantic right whales left in the world. And now, one less: This weekend, one of the 45-ton creatures was found dead off the coast of Maine, completely entangled in fishing line — head, flippers and all.

This was not an isolated incident.

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Commercial trade of pangolins, the aardvark-like mammal that is the world's most-trafficked animal, has been officially banned by the international body responsible for regulating the international trade of endangered species.

Et tu, Pepe?

Pepe the Frog — a multivalent green cartoon used in Internet culture as a vehicle for a wide range of emotions and ideas — has over recent months become particularly associated with racism, anti-Semitism and the alt-right.

And on Tuesday, the Anti-Defamation League added Pepe to its "Hate on Display" database of symbols used to spread hateful messages.

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Senate Votes To Override Obama's Veto On Sept. 11 Lawsuit Bill

The Senate voted Wednesday to give families of 9/11 victims the right to sue the Saudi Arabian government, overriding President Obama's veto for the first time.The vote was lopsided, with 97 Senators voting in favor of the override, well above the two-thirds majority needed to overcome the president's objection. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid cast the lone "no" vote. Senators Tim Kaine, D-Va. and Bernie Sanders, D-Vt. did not vote.The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA)...
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Flight MH17 Was Shot Down By Missile Moved From Russia, Investigators Say

A Dutch-led team of international investigators has concluded that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which crashed in July 2014, was shot down by a Russian Buk missile that had been transferred into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.After the shooting, the surface-to-air missile launcher was transferred back to Russia.The crash of MH17 killed all 298 people aboard. The preliminary results of the international criminal investigation were announced on Wednesday in the Netherlands. Investigators said they...
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West & Pacific Rim From NPR

Would California's Proposed Tobacco Tax Hike Reduce Smoking?

Each time New York state increased its tobacco tax — now at $4.35 per pack of cigarettes — calls to the state's Quitline spiked.In New York City, then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg hiked the tax even more."I was so angry with him, I could hardly afford it," says Elizabeth Lane, a Harlem resident who paid $12 a pack. "I had to beg, borrow and steal to get money to buy cigarettes."At first, Lane cut down to four packs a week from seven. But even so, she sometimes didn't have money to buy laundry...
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Politics From NPR

Clinton-Trump Showdown Was The Most-Watched Presidential Debate Ever

An estimated 84 million people watched Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in their first debate Monday, according to TV ratings data from Nielsen, making it the most-watched debate ever.These figures top the ratings for the 1980 debate between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, when just under 81 million people tuned in. As The Associated Press reports, "No debate since then had exceeded 70 million viewers."Nielsen's numbers include 13 television networks. They don't account for viewers who...
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Education From NPR

Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem

First, a story:Late one night, a man searches for something in a parking lot. On his hands and knees, he crawls around a bright circle of light created by a streetlamp overhead.A woman passes, stops, takes in the scene."What are you looking for? Can I help?""My car keys. Any chance you've seen them?""You dropped them right around here?""Oh, no. I dropped them way over there," he says, gesturing vaguely to some faraway spot on the other side of the lot."Then why are you looking here?"The man...
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Science, Technology, and Medicine

A Look At How The Revolving Door Spins From FDA To Industry

More than a quarter of the Food and Drug Administration employees who approved cancer and hematology drugs from 2001 through 2010 left the agency and now work or consult for pharmaceutical companies, according to research published by a prominent medical journal Tuesday.Dr. Vinay Prasad, a hematologist-oncologist and assistant professor at Oregon Health and Science University, sought to understand the so-called "revolving door" between the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry, which he said is...
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Kevin Hart And Amy Schumer: The New King And Queen Of Comedy

There are two "firsts" in the list of highest-paid comedians that was put out by Forbes on Tuesday: For the first time in a decade, someone other than Jerry Seinfeld tops the rankings; and a woman is in the top 10 for the first time, according to Forbes' tally.Kevin Hart ended Seinfeld's decade of dominating the list of highest-paid comedians in decisive fashion, using his tour of huge venues to earn $87.5 million — roughly double the $43.5 million that Seinfeld, the next-most successful...
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Food, Nutrition & Health

Beekeepers Benefit From The Hive Mind In Community Apiaries

Even though Marca Engman read countless books, watched YouTube videos and took a beekeeping class before installing her first hive in 2012, she knew she'd need help in the field."The whole idea of beekeeping was overwhelming," she recalls. "Every year is different and every hive is different."Rather than working a backyard beehive solo, Engman installed her first hive in the community apiary at Hudson Gardens, a nonprofit garden near Littleton, Colo."Beekeeping in a community setting is less...
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'The Gefilte Manifesto': A Loved, And Loathed, Jewish Staple Gets Updated

First, a confession: I've never liked gefilte fish. The slimy, grey balls of fish from a jar have always struck me as icky.Turns out, I am not alone."I had the same experience as you. I never ate gefilte fish," says Liz Alpern. "It was disgusting to me. I literally think I never ate it, until I started making it."That's a remarkable statement coming from someone in the gefilte fish business. Alpern is half of the team behind the Gefilteria, which makes artisanal gefilte fish. Yes, that is a...
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Hear Something, Say Something: Navigating The World Of Racial Awkwardness

We've all been there — having fun relaxing with friends and family, when someone says something a little racially off. Sometimes it's subtle, like the friend who calls Thai food "exotic." Other times it's more overt, like that in-law who's always going on about "the illegals."In any case, it can be hard to know how to respond. Even the most level-headed among us have faltered trying to navigate the fraught world of racial awkwardness.So what exactly do you do? We delve into the issue on this...
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