California Mudslides Death Toll Rises To At Least 20, Residents Told To Evacuate

Updated 1:40 p.m. ET on Sunday The death toll rose to 20 on Sunday as authorities ramped up search and rescue efforts for those missing in the deadly mudslides in Santa Barbara, Calif. And hope of finding the four remaining missing persons alive, five days after storm devastated the region, is vanishing. "We're still in rescue mode and we still hope to find someone alive, although the chances of that are becoming slim," Justin Cooper, a spokesperson for the multi-agency response team, told...

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Couple Arrested After Children Found 'Shackled To Their Beds' In California Home

Updated at 6:55 a.m. ET A Southern California couple are in custody after one of their daughters called 911 and led authorities to their home, where 12 of her siblings were inside, including "several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings." The discovery in Perris, Calif., came after the 17-year-old daughter — whom police described as emaciated and appearing to be just 10 — escaped the home of her parents, David Allen Turpin, 57, and...

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The latest state survey of the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains shows snow levels well below normal for this time of the year.  However, officials say it's no cause for alarm yet, as Capital Public Radio's Randol White reports.

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A stray miniature pot-bellied pig - who was apprehended in Jurupa Valley this past weekend while paying what had become a daily visit to a couple of neighborhood dogs - is being held at a Riverside County animal shelter, awaiting his owners to come bail him out.  KVCR's Ken Vincent tells the story.

New Year's Day marked a seismic shift for California's culture, economy, and law enforcement.  It is now legal for adults 21 and over to walk into a licensed retailer and buy cannabis for recreational use.  Voters set this change in motion when the approved Proposition 64 in November of 2016.  However as Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports, the rollout of commercial marijuana sales is moving slowly.

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People in the Inland Empire who wanted to take advantage of California's new law legalizing recreational marijuana had to search for the few, sometimes far-flung outlets in our region that were open and selling product to the public.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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California employers will no longer be able to ask about your salary history during the job application process.  Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains.

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Caltrans is exploring how the future effects of climate change could impact the state's highways.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

For the first time in years, the city of Riverside will have a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade.  Residents ranging from Riverside city employees to local schoolkids have been helping with the float.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

The death of a young man and his unlicensed skydiving instructor in Lodi last year has led to changes in the rules for California skydiving centers.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports as part of our series on new California laws taking effect in 2018.

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A new California state law will put an end to "shaming" students for unpaid school lunch fees.  Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne reports as part of our series on new California laws taking effect in 2018.

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KVCR's Lillian Vasquez has been interviewing interesting people for her new show "Lifestyles With Lillian Vasquez," which is coming in January.  Here's one of her interviews, this one is about bus stops.

Join Lillian in January when she'll host her own show, "Lifestyles With Lillian Vasquez," Thursday at 2:00pm and 6:30pm beginning January 18.


Top Stories: Calif. Child Abuse Case; Fresh Produce In Food Stamp Program

Good morning, here are our early stories: -- Couple Arrested After Children Found 'Shackled To Their Beds' In California Home. -- On Visit To Chile, Pope Faces Anger Over Sex-Abuse Scandal. -- Gospel Star Edwin Hawkins, Known For 'Oh Happy Day', Dies At 74. -- It's An Easy Crime To Get Away With, But Prosecutors Are Trying To Change That. -- Food Stamp Program Makes Fresh Produce More Affordable. And here are more early headlines: Trump's Words On Immigration Linked To Shutdown Worries. ( New...

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For CDC, Reducing Flu Spread Takes Priority Over Nuclear Attack Preparedness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has postponed a planned Tuesday session on nuclear attack preparedness, deciding instead to focus the workshop on influenza. The agency announced the switch in topics late Friday, citing the spike in flu cases as the reason for the pivot. "To date, this influenza season is notable for the sheer volume of flu that most of the United States is seeing at the same time which can stress health systems," according to a CDC statement. "The vast majority...

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Pro-Russian Incumbent Wins First Round In Czech Presidential Election

Czech President Milos Zeman has won the first round of voting in the Czech Republic's presidential election Saturday, but will have to face second-place finisher Jiri Drahos in a runoff election later this month after failing to win a majority of votes. Zeman, 73, who has been president of the central European country since 2013, emerged with 38.6 percent of the vote. He has stoked controversy in parts of Europe with support for Russia's Vladimir Putin and anti-immigrant rhetoric. Zeman was...

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With Greater Economic Strength, India Believes Its 'Time Has Come'

Once poverty-stricken and reliant on international aid, India opened up its economy in the early 1990s and has since seen steady, sometimes remarkable, economic growth . Today, by most measures, India is one of the world's largest and fastest growing economies. Millions have been lifted out of abject poverty, though millions more continue to lack access to basic services like power, sanitation or decent schools. Today's India is also a place of technological innovation, a huge market to...

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West & Pacific Rim From NPR

On The Hunt For Poppies In Mexico — America's Biggest Heroin Supplier

The mountains looming ahead are legendary in Mexico. "Whether it was Morelos or Zapata, any figure in Mexican history who needed to escape authorities came here to the mountains of Guerrero," says Lt. Col. Juan Jose Orzua Padilla, the Mexican army spokesman in this region. Today, it's not revolutionaries skulking through this formidable southern section of the Sierra Madre mountains — it's heroin traffickers. Mexico's southwestern Guerrero state is now the top source of heroin for the...

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Politics From NPR

A Republican Star Fallen, Chris Christie Leaves Office New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose popularity soared during his first term but then fell from grace, leaves office Tuesday. The Republican served a term-limited eight years in a majority blue state and spent much of that time in the national limelight as he built a reputation as a "tell-it-like-it-is" politician. But the Bridgegate scandal , a losing campaign for president and a day spent on a closed...

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Science, Technology, And Medicine

Salmonella May Have Caused Massive Aztec Epidemic, Study Finds

In 1545, people in the Mexican highlands starting dying in enormous numbers. People infected with the disease bled and vomited before they died. Many had red spots on their skin. It was one of the most devastating epidemics in human history. The 1545 outbreak, and a second wave in 1576, killed an estimated 7 million to 17 million people and contributed to the destruction of the Aztec Empire. But identifying the pathogen responsible for the carnage has been difficult for scientists because...

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Education From NPR

A Mom Fights To Get An Education For Her Deaf Daughters

In a country with over 28 national languages, Jhoti Prajapati did not speak at all. Her family, who lived in an Indian village in Maharashtra, was worried. When the child turned 3, her mother Rima took her to a doctor and got an explanation for the silence: Jhoti was born deaf. The diagnosis spurred Rima into action. For two years, she says, she worked diligently to acquire the disability certificate needed for Jhoti's admission to a school for the deaf. There are only 388 such schools in...

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Arts, Culture, And Media From NPR

'Whoa, Nelly!' Keith Jackson, Voice Of College Football, Dies At 89

Keith Jackson was one of sports' great voices, and one of its most popular play-by-play announcers. He was considered the voice of college football by several generations or watchers. Jackson died Friday. He was 89. He began calling college football games for ABC Sports when it acquired the broadcast rights for NCAA football in 1966. He also worked NFL and NBA games, World Series, Winter and Summer Olympics and auto racing. For the job, he traveled to 31 countries for ABC's Wide World of...

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Camila Cabello Is In Control: 'I Express Myself However I Want' Camila Cabello got her start as one-fifth of Fifth Harmony, a group formed by music impresario Simon Cowell from girls who had auditioned for the music competition show The X Factor . The experience forced a teenage Cabello out of her shell and propelled her and her bandmates to pop stardom. "I was super shy, very introverted, kind of a wimp, didn't really go out much," Cabello remembers of that time. "I was always in my own little bubble and then...

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Food, Nutrition, and Cuisine From NPR

Meet The Fearless Cook Who Secretly Fed — And Funded — The Civil Rights Movement

In December 1955, after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other black ministers and community leaders organized a citywide bus boycott in protest. That part is well known. Less well-known is the story of Georgia Gilmore, the Montgomery cook, midwife and activist whose secret kitchen fed the civil rights movement. When King and others held meetings of the Montgomery Improvement Association at the Holt Street...

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President Trump's Idea Of Good And Bad Immigrant Countries Has A Historical Precedent

In a White House meeting with members of Congress this week, President Trump is said to have suggested that the United States accepts too many immigrants from " shithole countries " in Africa and too few from countries like Norway. Those comments, relayed to NPR by people in attendance at the meeting, set off an immediate firestorm, in part because Trump appeared to be favoring the revival of a discriminatory immigration policy abolished by the U.S. Congress more than 50 years ago. From 1924...

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