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UPDATED 7:00AM FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2018   The Valley Fire, which was first reported a week ago today in the San Bernardino National Forest along Highway 38 near Forest Falls, is 29 percent contained after having burned just under 1,400 acres.   Authorities say the size of the area burned has been held in check by wet weather in the mountains this week.  However, those showers and thunderstorms also caused mud and debris flows through some of the burn area, and that resulted in closures of portions of Highway 38 in the Forest Falls area yesterday, and the closure of H

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A recent study by the various United Way chapters in California says 33 percent of Californians struggle to meet theri basic living costs - and that number is even higher in the Inland Empire. KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports.

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Trump administration officials are pushing for health plans that offer a cheaper alternative to Obamacare plans, but that don't necessarily offer basic benefits.  Capital Public Radio's health care reporter Sammy Caiola has more.

Did Democrat Gavin Newsom "separate families and depart children" as San Francisco mayor?  That's what John Cox, his GOP oppenent in the race for California governor, recently claimed.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols has this fact check.

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UPDATED AT 7:00AM THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018:    Today (Thursday) is day 6 of the fight against the Valley Fire, burning in the San Bernardino National Forest east of Forest Falls and Angelus Oaks.  Fire lines have established 24 percent containment, and the acreage burned is still being estimated at less than 1,400 acres.

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The University of California says its admitting a record number of transfer studetns for the upcoming school year.  Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne reports.

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California has hit its goal for lowering climate change-causing emissions early.  The state Air Resources Board announced yesterday (Wednesday) that greenhouse gas emissions fell below 1990 levels four years earlier than a target set last decade.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains.

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UPDATED AT 8:00AM WEDNESDAY 7/11/2018:    The Valley Fire, now in its 5th day burning in the San Bernardino National Forest east of Highway 38 near Angeles Oaks is now 24 percent contained at just under 1,400 acres.  The unified command leading the multiple agencies fighting the blaze says containment continues to be slow for two reasons… one, the weather: Fire behavior remained quiet yesterday due to cloud cover, a light rain, and higher humidity.

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It's avocado season in California, but many farmers are in toruble.  They don't have enough workers to pick and maintain Hass avocados, which are in high demand.  Reporter Nadine Sebai explains the challenge facing farmers who rely on human labor.

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In the last several years, we’ve witnessed a resurgence in movements such as the feminist movement, black lives matter movement, and massive demonstrations against migrant detention and deportation, the Muslim ban, and the gun lobby. One of the key tools used by non-profit groups and legislative campaigns is storytelling, and mass trainings on how to tell stories to legislators to push for political reform and social change. However, the misuses of storytelling may actually limit social change in a broader context.

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Tenants Sue Kushner Cos. For Alleged Harassment, N.Y. Governor Launches Probe

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Alabama's GOP Rep. Martha Roby Wins Primary Runoff

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Elon Musk Apologizes To Diver In Cave Rescue For Words 'Spoken In Anger'

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50 Years Ago, 1968's Radical Protests Changed The World

Photographer Harry Benson called 1968 the year America had a nervous breakdown. There were the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, protesters clubbed at the Democratic National Convention and a civil rights movement that exploded into marches against the Vietnam War. Historian Richard Vinen writes about the defining year in his new book 1968: Radical Protest and Its Enemies , and joins Here & Now s Robin Young to discuss. Book Excerpt: 1968 by Richard Vinen This book...

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Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You — And It Could Raise Your Rates

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Life Immortalized In Song

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French Butchers Ask For Protection After Threats From Militant Vegans

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PRESIDENT OBAMA: (Cheers and applause.) Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you so much. (Laughter.)

AUDIENCE: Yes, we can! Yes, we can! Yes, we can!

OBAMA: Thank you. To Mama Graça Machel, members of the Mandela family, the Machel family, to President Ramaphosa who you can see is inspiring new hope in this great country – (cheers and applause) – professor, doctor, distinguished guests, to Mama Sisulu and the Sisulu family, to the...

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