Thousands Turn Out To Protest Against President Trump In Scotland

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Edinburgh and Glasgow on Saturday to protest against President Trump, who is spending the weekend in Scotland ahead of a meeting next week with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump played golf at a course he owns in Turnberry, Scotland, during his first official visit to the United Kingdom as president. He was greeted by protesters on a nearby beach chanting , "No Trump, no KKK, no racist USA." Earlier, the BBC reported that police were...

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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:

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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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The photographs are stunning: a giant mountain of ice towers over a tiny village, with colorful homes reminiscent of little doll houses against the stark, blue-gray landscape.

But for the people living in those houses – that beauty could be life-threatening.

"It's kind of like, if you lived in the suburbs, and you woke up one morning and looked out, and there was a skyscraper next to your house," says David Holland, an oceanographer at New York University who does research in Greenland during the summer months. "I'd be the first to get out of there."

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Maryland Investigates Russian National's Links To State Elections Software

Top Maryland lawmakers announced Friday they were informed by the FBI about links between a Russian oligarch and the software company that services parts of the state's voter registration systems. Officials said there is no evidence of a breach in the system, but wanted to keep the public informed. State officials said the connections were alarming enough to ask the state's attorney general to review the contract Maryland has with the company. "We don't have any idea whether they meddled in...

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FEMA Report Acknowledges Failures In Puerto Rico Disaster Response

The Federal Emergency Management Agency failed to properly prepare for last year's hurricane season and was unable to provide adequate support to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and other areas, an internal report released by the agency concluded. The report found Puerto Rico's emergency-supply warehouses were nearly empty when Hurricane Maria hit in October, without things like cots or tarps, because many of the supplies had been rerouted to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The report also found...

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British Police Say Source Of Novichok Found In Victim's Home

British counterterrorism detectives investigating the poisoning of a couple with Novichok announced Friday that they have found the source of the deadly nerve agent. Police said that on Wednesday, they discovered a "small bottle" containing Novichok inside the home of Charlie Rowley, who along with his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess, was exposed to the deadly toxin and admitted to the hospital on June 30. It is unclear where the bottle came from and how it ended it up in the house in Amesbury,...

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Ousted Premier Returns To Face Corruption Sentence — And A Pakistan Riven By Violence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPBUB54rb8A Updated at 4:41 p.m. ET Just a week after receiving prison sentences while abroad, former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam have returned to fight the corruption verdict in person. And police were in Lahore to greet them — with handcuffs ready. Law enforcement arrested father and daughter on the tarmac shortly after their arrival from London. The Sharifs returned to a country in deep turmoil with less than two weeks to go...

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Trump Officials Struggle To Meet Deadlines Even As More Migrant Families Reunited

On Thursday morning, two days after a court-imposed deadline, the Trump administration announced it had completed the first phase of reuniting immigrant families separated by its zero tolerance policy at the U.S.-Mexico border. In a joint statement by the departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services, government officials said they worked tirelessly to reunite 57 children under age five with their families. This represents more than half of 100 or so children...

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Congressional Republicans Struggle To Push Back On Trump's Tariffs

Congressional Republicans are growing increasingly worried that President Trump is on the verge of a trade war with China. But they're also realizing there is almost nothing they can do to stop him. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., put it bluntly during an event at The Economic Club of Washington on Thursday. "You would have to pass a law to say don't raise those tariffs and the president would have to sign that law," Ryan said. "That's not going to happen." Republicans were already worried...

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Leadership Of Puerto Rico's Electric Utility Crumbles Amid Power Struggle

The leadership of Puerto Rico's troubled electric utility — PREPA — crumbled on Thursday, as a majority of its board of directors, including its newly named CEO, resigned rather than submit to demands by the island's governor that the new CEO's salary be reduced. The board had named PREPA board member and former General Electric executive Rafael Díaz Granados as its new CEO just a day earlier, at an annual salary of $750,000. His appointment followed the abrupt resignation of Walter Higgins,...

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Jury Awards $4.7 Billion To Women In Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Suit

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay nearly $4.7 billion in damages to 22 women and their families who say asbestos found in the company's talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer. The St. Louis Circuit Court jury awarded $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages to the plaintiffs, who said the company failed to warn about the cancer risks. According to MarketWatch , the punitive damages award was "the biggest single verdict in such cases so far....

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Ireland Expected To Become World's First Country To Divest From Fossil Fuels

The Republic of Ireland took a crucial step Thursday toward becoming the first country in the world to divest from fossil fuels. Lawmakers in the Dail, the lower house of parliament, advanced a bill requiring the Irish government's more than $10 billion national investment fund to sell off stakes in coal, oil, gas and peat — and to do so "as soon as practicable." The bill now heads to the upper chamber, known as Seanad, where it is expected to pass easily when it's taken up, likely in...

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Politics From NPR

Trump's Reality Star Approach To The Real World

President Trump left the NATO summit in Brussels this week a full 180 degrees from where he came in. At breakfast with the NATO secretary-general on Wednesday, he called allies "delinquent" over their defense spending and rocked the summit with the charge that "Germany is a captive of Russia" because of its energy dependence. But as he left on Thursday, Trump was singing a different song, declaring "a very successful summit," stating that "the United States commitment to NATO is very strong."...

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Science, Technology, And Medicine From NPR

It Is Legal For Kids To Work On Tobacco Farms, But It Can Make Them Sick

In the U.S., children under the age of 18 are legally barred from purchasing cigarettes or other tobacco products. But they are allowed to harvest tobacco on farms. Despite a worldwide decline in production, tobacco remains North Carolina's most valuable crop. In 2017, the total value of tobacco produced in the state was just under $725 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Fair Labor Standards Act, which governs child labor, makes exceptions to child labor laws for...

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Arts, Culture, And Media From NPR

Government Challenges AT&T Merger

The Justice Department announced an appeal Thursday to AT&Ts merger with Time Warner, after the deal went through last month. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Michael Regan ( @Reganonymous ), senior editor for Bloomberg News, about the challenge of the merger, and about a retail deal that went wrong for the stuffed animal company Build-A-Bear. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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For Rodney Crowell, A Godfather Of Americana, The Work Is Never Finished

Ask Rodney Crowell to point out musical mementos in his home 40 minutes south of Nashville, and he'll hurry you past the plaques commemorating his professional success. "I didn't put these up," he calls over his shoulder, striding down the hallway. "My wife did." He heads straight for a dark-hued, dream-like painting hanging on the living room wall. "This is a piece of art that I like a lot," he says, explaining that it's the work of painter Ray Martin, who named it after Crowell's breezily...

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Food, Nutrition, and Cuisine From NPR

'Do Not Eat' Kellogg's Honey Smacks Cereal, CDC Warns

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is telling people not to eat Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, which has been linked to an outbreak of salmonella infections now numbering at least 100 people in 33 states. "Do not eat this cereal," the agency declared on Twitter . An updated advisory from the CDC recommends that consumers throw away the sweetened, puffed wheat cereal "regardless of package size or best-by date." It's still not clear how the contamination might have occurred....

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Man With The World's Longest Fingernails Cuts Them Off After 66 Years

The man with the world's longest fingernails has finally cut them off. Shridhar Chillal of Pune, India, started to let the fingernails on his left hand grow when he was 14 "after being told off by a teacher for accidentally breaking his long nail," according to Guinness World Records . He's now 82. And he holds the record for the longest fingernails on a single hand. Chillal flew to the U.S. and had his nails cut off using a small circular saw at a ceremony Wednesday in New York. The Ripley's...

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