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Democrats Sue Russia, WikiLeaks And Trump Campaign Over Election 'Conspiracy'

Updated at 6:46 p.m. EDT The Democratic National Committee filed an attention-grabbing lawsuit against the Russian government, WikiLeaks and Donald Trump's presidential campaign that says they conspired to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The suit — which faces legal obstacles because of the Justice Department's investigation into Russia's attack and the difficulties involved with suing a foreign government — develops a theory about alleged collusion between Trump's...

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Beyond Beychella: The Rise Of Women Of Color On America's Biggest Festival Stage

"Thank you for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline Coachella," Beyoncé said toward the end of her headlining set at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival last Saturday while glistening with sweat and her waist-length, gold hair flowing in the fan-created breeze. The chart-topping Queen Bey paused for only a moment before scoffing, "Ain't that 'bout a bitch." Bey's candid acknowledgment of this elephant in the desert simultaneously silenced any doubters and ignited her Beyhive...

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A bill that would expand health care coverage to undocumented adults has moved forward in the California state Assembly.  It passed along party lines yesterday (Tuesday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Consumer advocates say manufacturers are to blame for the high cost and hassle of repairing smart phones.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling reports they're pushing for a California bill they say would solve the problem.

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The usual traffic jam is expected on the westbound I-10 from Indio through the Coachella Valley into the Inland Empire from this morning through this afternoon, as tens of thousands of vehicles leave the grounds of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival today.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California lawmakers will discuss tomorrow (Tuesday) one of two bills that aim to ban any prioritizing or fast-tracking of content on the internet.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling Reports the measures come in response to the Trump administration's rollback of "net neutrality" rules.

April 12: Lifestyles with Lillian Vasquez

Apr 13, 2018

This week on Lifestyles, Lillian talks with Carol Dixon of the Assistance League of San Bernardino, sharing information about the upcoming 57th Annual Signature Headdress Ball. She also speaks with the president of the Autism Society Inland Empire, Beth Burt.

For more information on the Assistance League of San Bernardino and the Headdress Ball, please visit:

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:

The California governor's race is heating up, just weeks before vote-by-mail ballots go out for the June 5 primary.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, a new $7-million donation is the first sign that the big money is starting to move.

The first weekend of the 2-weekend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival begins tomorrow (Friday).  A Press-Enterprise article delves into some of the increased security measures that will be in effect at the festival venue in Indio.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A new statewide agreement in California will make it easier for community college students to graduate with a bachelor's degree.  Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains.

Graphic by Capital Public Radio

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones recently claimed "paid protestors" took part in a demonstration for Stephon Clark, the 22-year-old unarmed black man shot and killed by police nearly a month ago.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols investigated the sheriff's claim.


Just In From NPR:

Meeting your college roommate used to be one of the anxieties of the first week of school. But these days, many freshmen meet in advance online, and arrange to room together.

Now, some schools have decided to bring back largely random pairings in the interest of broadening their students' horizons. Duke University announced their change earlier this year.

Emily Nakano began doing lockdown drills when she was in second grade.

"An alarm plays over the PA system, and we lock the door, turn off the lights and hide in a corner away from the window," she explained.

The high school senior from Illinois said she's grown up with a fear of school shootings in the back of her mind, even though she's not scared of guns. In fact, she's been around guns her entire life.

This week in the Russia investigations: Did we learn anything from James Comey? Michael Cohen opts for discretion in the face of some new legal challenges.

What Comey Says Trump Said Putin Said

President Trump, then-chief of staff Reince Priebus and then-FBI Director James Comey were sitting together in the Oval Office. Trump, in Comey's telling, was monologuing as the former FBI director says he often did.

Unlike her trademark three-strand pearl necklace, Barbara Bush was known for her authenticity.

The former first lady to President George H.W. Bush, and mother of President George W. Bush, died this week at the age of 92. Her funeral is Saturday, and those eulogizing her might not have to look far for inspiration — to her own words.

Puerto Rico Restores Electricity After This Week's Outage

Electricity has been restored in Puerto Rico following an outage on Wednesday that left the island in darkness. It was the first island-wide blackout since Hurricane Maria swept through the U.S. territory in September. A transmission line was accidentally damaged by an excavator, reported The Associated Press. After the outage, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) said that in trying to restore power, it would prioritize hospitals, a major airport, sewer and water pumping stations and...

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8 Years After Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Is Another Disaster Waiting To Happen?

Within seconds, a bright, white flash erupted on the lower deck of West Delta 105 E, an oil-production platform positioned a dozen miles off the Louisiana coast. Disoriented, one crew member found himself 10 feet away from where he had been working before he blacked out. Another likened the impact to a sledgehammer blow to his head. A third told investigators he felt like he'd been hit by an 18-wheeler, his hard hat, glasses and earplugs knocked off in the blast. For a fourth, death came...

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Case Against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens Can Proceed, Judge Rules

Updated at 5:40 p.m. ET The felony invasion-of-privacy case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens can continue, Circuit Judge Rex Burlison ruled in St. Louis on Thursday. Many of Greitens' fellow Republicans have urged him to resign; he has refused. Burlison announced he would not dismiss the case in response to a motion from Greitens' defense team, reports St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum. Greitens is charged with a felony for allegedly taking a photo of a naked woman without her...

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Not Everyone Feels Welcome Camping Out In 'Third Spaces' Like Starbucks

For years, Starbucks has described its stores as a "third space" — a quasi-public place, away from home or the office, where anyone is welcome to hang out. But the rules about that space are murky. They can vary from place to place, and even store to store. The way the rules are enforced isn't always consistent, either, which is how unconscious bias and discrimination can creep in. Now, the arrests of two black men at a Starbucks store in Philadelphia last week are raising uncomfortable...

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Meet The Students Who Dreamed Up Friday's National School Walkout

When Lane Murdock, a high school sophomore, heard that 17 high school students and educators had been killed in a shooting in Parkland, Fla., she says she felt numb. To her, and so many others, mass shootings can feel all too common in the U.S. "In the time I've been in high school we've had the Pulse, Las Vegas and now, [the Parkland] shooting," Murdock says. So that same day, Feb.14, Murdock started a petition that so far has received more than a quarter-million signatures. Her...

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Cuba, Long Led By Castros, Hails A New President Outside The Family

Updated at 1:08 p.m. ET Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez has been elected president of Cuba, officially ending the Castro family's decades of domination of the country's highest office. The Communist Party formally announced the presidency's transition from Raúl Castro on Thursday, in what might better be described as a coronation than an election. In fact, if there was any surprise at all, it might be that Díaz-Canel, the 57-year-old party stalwart long expected to succeed Castro, did not...

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Politics From NPR

Reducing Voters' Paperwork Might Expand The Voter Rolls

Political brawls over voting laws have consumed states across the country for the past decade. But below the surface, a movement to automatically register eligible voters to vote is rapidly gaining traction. By next year, more than a quarter of all Americans will live in states where they no longer have to fill out registration forms in order to cast a ballot. The latest state to implement automatic voter registration is California, which had been scheduled to start on Monday although it's...

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West And Pacific Rim From NPR

'Houses Disappeared' When Tumbleweeds Rolled Into This California City

A strong breeze can toss around all sorts of detritus, but for residents of one California community on the edge of the Mojave Desert, where area gusts topped 50 mph Monday, it was tumbleweeds at the whims of the wind. Lots of tumbleweeds. "It looked like a war of tumbleweeds, like we were being invaded," Victorville resident Bryan Bagwell, 42, tells NPR. He says cleanup in Victorville, about an 85-mile drive from Los Angeles, was continuing Wednesday. Dozens of homes in his neighborhood,...

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Science, Technology, And Medicine

Climate Change Is Killing Coral On The Great Barrier Reef The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia has seen two massive bleaching events over the span of two years. And that's led to a widespread die-off of the corals, according to a new study. Through close observations of the world's largest coral reef system, scientists are taking stock of the extent of the damage from higher water temperatures due to global warming. They mapped the patterns of heat exposure on more than 1,400 miles of reef and...

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Arts, Culture, And Media From NPR

How The Pulitzer Jury Opened Its Doors To Hip-Hop

In the annals of American culture, Kendrick Lamar's unprecedented Pulitzer win in music for DAMN. will stand alongside a recent influx of hip-hop firsts: Jay-Z's 2017 induction into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, LL Cool J's 2017 Kennedy Center Honors and the entire slew of artists who — to paraphrase a George Clinton classic — helped paint the White House rap during Obama's presidency. But Lamar's Pulitzer win may constitute the first time a high-minded institution has seen fit to place an...

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From The Vaults, A Showstopper: Hear Prince Perform 'Nothing Compares 2 U' It's already been a busy day for Prince news, as prosecutors announced that no criminal charges would be brought against Prince associates over the star's accidental death in 2016. In a bit of curious timing, Prince's estate has just released a long-lost 1984 studio recording of the singer performing his classic composition "Nothing Compares 2 U." As a find, it's significant: Prince originally wrote the track for a band he'd assembled called the...

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Food, Nutrition, and Cuisine From NPR

Veterans-Turned-Brewers Help Others Who Served Develop New Skills

It's getting easier to find top-notch, handcrafted whiskey, bourbon, vodka, and other spirits made in the U.S. With more than 1,500 craft distillers across the country, the American spirits movement is on the rise, and in Vermont, the industry is booming. Over the past 15 years, the number of licensed distilleries in the Green Mountain State has increased nearly tenfold: from just three to more than 24, according to Vermont's Distilled Spirits Council . But a new distillery in northern...

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Basketball, Marijuana And Poetry: These Police Tweet More Than Crime Alerts

Friday is April 20, a day that some people celebrate by smoking marijuana. The Police Department in Lawrence, Kan., is preparing for this week's pot holiday by sending safety tips via their official Twitter account, run by officer Drew Fennelly. Those tweets have gotten thousands of likes, and they aren't the only ones. Fennelly says that using humor serves a purpose: The funnier the tweet, the more likely the department's updates reach a wider audience. When Fennelly was a neighborhood...

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