Week Of Trump Reversals Puts 2018 Election Security In The Spotlight

With less than four months to go, how much are this year's midterm elections at risk for the kind of interference sowed by Russia in 2016? It's a question that's coming up again after President Trump's seemingly shifting positions this week about Russia's responsibility for the interference in 2016, and after special counsel Robert Mueller's recent indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking the Democratic Party and state election computer networks. It would be "foolish...

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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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UPDATED AT 8:00AM TUESDAY 7/10/18:    The Valley fire, which has been burning in the San Bernardino National Forest near the communities of Forest Falls and Angelus Oaks since Friday, as of this morning (Tuesday) is 13 percent contained at just under 1,400 acres.  Hwy 38 between Bryant St.

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In Los Angeles yesterday (Monday), federal district Judge Dolly Gee denied a Trump Administration request to hold migrant children with their families for long periods of time.  As KCRW’s Benjamin Gottleib reports, the judge had tough words for the Trump administration.

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More than 100 former student athletes have reported "firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct" committed by Ohio State University physician Richard Strauss nearly two decades ago, the school announced on Friday.

Officials said the allegations date from 1979 to 1997. They include students who, at the time, were varsity players in 14 sports and patients of Student Health Services.

Amy Powell's five-year run as head of Paramount Studios' television division came to a halt on Thursday.

She was suddenly ousted after an internal investigation of her alleged use of racially charged language, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET President Trump wants to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin for a visit to Washington this autumn, the White House said on Thursday. Press secretary Sarah Sanders said that Trump and Putin had agreed at their summit on Monday in Finland that their security staffs would have an "ongoing working-level dialogue" and as part of that, Trump told national security adviser John Bolton to invite Putin to the United States. That came as news to Director of National...

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A federal court in San Diego has given the government until July 26 to reunite thousands of children with their parents. It has been a chaotic, much disputed process, but a process that is undeniably underway. Here are five questions about family reunification answered: 1. When did family separations start? Most reporting on this issue trace family separations back to the announcement in early May of a new "zero tolerance policy" at the U.S.-Mexico border. At the time of the announcement,...

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American Baby Trump Blimp Set To Breeze Onto Namesake's Home Turf

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Is Trump The Toughest Ever On Russia?

President Trump is in the process of inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to come to Washington, D.C., this fall to continue the talks they started in Helsinki earlier this week. It's another sign of Trump's efforts to build closer ties with Moscow, even though he insists his administration has taken a hard line toward Russia. "There's never been a president as tough on Russia as I have been," Trump told reporters on Wednesday. That might sound like hyperbole, but in this case, there's...

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AI Innovators Take Pledge Against Autonomous Killer Weapons

The Terminator 's killer robots may seem like a thing of science fiction. But leading scientists and tech innovators have signaled that such autonomous killers could materialize in the real world in frighteningly real ways. During the annual International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Stockholm on Wednesday, some of the world's top scientific minds came together to sign a pledge that calls for "laws against lethal autonomous weapons." "... we the undersigned agree that the...

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ABBA Silver: 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again'

OK, look. I don't want to waste your time. It's hot, it's muggy and the news is an ever-widening gyre of flaming airborne chili-festival Porta Potties. So how about we forgo a review that seeks to advance any cool, objective argument on the relative cinematic worth of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again , the sequel to the 2008 film adaption of the longest-running jukebox musical in Broadway history? How about, in the interest of efficiency, I just answer the questions I know you to have about the...

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French Butchers Ask For Protection After Threats From Militant Vegans

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