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Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

President Donald Trump said yesterday (Thursday) he is considering pulling U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from California, warning that the nation's most populous state would turn into a "crime next" without the federal agents.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The Inland Empire couple charged with abusing and torturing their children for years in their home in Perris is due in court today (Friday) in Riverside.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A California lawmaker resigned yesterday (Thursday) following an investigation into sexual harassment claims from six women.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola reports.

An energized yet fractured California Democratic party meets this weekend in San Diego for its annual convention.  Tensions between the party's establishment and progressive wings could shape fights for governor and Senate ... and congressional races critical to recapturing the U.S. House.   Here's Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.

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More than three-quarters of Californians oppose the Trump administration's plan to shrink two national monuments in Utah, and want to see California's national monuments protected.  That's according to a new poll from the non-profit Hispanic Access Foundation.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

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A professor at the University of California, Riverside has launched two courses inspired by Jordan Peele's film, "Get Out."  KVCR's Isel Cuapio spoke with Professor John Jennings to discuss the significance and relationship between speculative fiction and social issues.

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The California Farm Bureau is bucking a national trend set by its peers, saying it cannot support the proposed immigration legislation currently being considered by Congress.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Don't like your driver's license photo?  You may soon have the ability to request that other photos be taken until you get one that you'll allow on your license.  For a fee, of course.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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An outside investigation finds it "more likely than not" that California state Senator Tony Mendoza engaged in inappropriate behavior with six different women.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent and Capital  Public Radio's Ben Adler.

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As the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang that saw the two Koreas come together — if briefly — came to a close on Sunday, another potential sign of détente emerged; North Korea said it was willing to hold talks with the United States, according to South Korea's presidential Blue House.

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics concluded Sunday evening in South Korea. The closing ceremony saw fewer athletes than the opening event 17 days ago — some Olympians have already gone home — but didn't stint on pageantry, K-pop and expressions of hope for peace between the two Koreas.

Ivanka Trump and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in sat near a visiting North Korean general, Kim Yong Chol, believed to be a former spy chief, whose delegation had earlier been met with a sit-in by conservative South Korean lawmakers near the border crossing.

As dense smoke from regional wildfires spread through communities across western Montana last summer, public health agencies faced an indoor problem, too: Residents suddenly needed filters to clean the air inside homes and public spaces, but there was no obvious funding source to pay for it.

Ellen Leahy, the health officer in charge of the Missoula City-County Health Department, says in the past, when wildfire smoke polluted the air outside, nobody really talked about air filters.

Three weeks after he mounted them on the front of his garage, Jeff Young found his prized antlers were literally ripped off.

"I think they just hung on them," Young says of the thieves, pointing up at the empty drill holes on the garage's façade one gray morning in Anchorage this winter.

"They were up on this six-foot ladder, as far as they could get, and then just pulled them down," Young says.

He found the ladder, taken from a nearby construction site, near his garage the next morning.

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