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Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies At 92

Updated at 8:50 p.m. ET Former first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92, according to a family spokesman. A statement issued on Sunday by the office of former President George H.W. Bush said that Bush had elected to receive "comfort care" over additional medical treatment after a series of hospitalizations. "It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for...

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Peter Sagal: Carl Kasell 'Was Kind Down To His Bones'

The day I met Carl Kasell, in 1998, he just reached out and shook my hand and said my name. And then he said it again. I think he knew how exciting it is for all of us public radio nerds to hear your name, spoken by that voice, and he wanted to give me a gift. I met Carl when he was in his early 60s, already an institution in the news business, at an age when he could think about retiring. But instead, he started a second career. Carl became the official judge and scorekeeper for Wait Wait......

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Kendrick Lamar, 'Press Democrat' Claim Pulitzers. Here's The Full List Of Winners Updated at 4:44 p.m. ET Out of more than 2,400 submissions, distinguished projects in just 21 categories earned gold Monday as winners of the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes. "They include books, music and drama that inform us, that challenge our conventional notions of creative expression and that push us to consider and embrace new ideas and perspectives," Pulitzer administrator Dana Canedy said during the announcement at Columbia University in New York City...

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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.

Over the next few days, Inland Empire weather will drop from high temperatures in the balmy 90s of a day or two ago, to highs in the brisk 60s a day or two from now... and then will bounce back up again through the coming weekend.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


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Updated at 8:50 p.m. ET

Former first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92, according to a family spokesman.

A statement issued on Sunday by the office of former President George H.W. Bush said that Bush had elected to receive "comfort care" over additional medical treatment after a series of hospitalizations.

Parents of two children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School attacks filed defamation lawsuits on Monday against right-wing conspiracy theorist and radio show host Alex Jones, who has questioned the authenticity of the 2012 shooting that left 26 dead, including 20 children.

Leonard Pozner and his former wife, Veronique De La Rosa, parents of Noah Pozner, and Neil Heslin, the father of Jesse Lewis, are seeking more than $1 million in damages in separate lawsuits.

Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985 — finishing 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 39 minutes and 54 seconds on Monday.

The 34-year-old runner is a two-time Olympian, and she finished second at the Boston Marathon in 2011. But her victory this week almost didn't happen.

In the cold rain and wind, Linden says she wasn't feeling well and thought about bailing out of the race.

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Starbucks Closing 8,000 Stores For An Afternoon, For Racial-Bias Education

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Trade And Nukes On The Agenda As Trump Meets Japan's Prime Minister

Updated at 4:32 p.m. ET President Trump opens two days of talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday at his South Florida resort, under sunny blue skies that offer no hint of the clouds forming on the U.S.-Japan relationship. The first thunderclap came last month, when Trump unexpectedly accepted an invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Nuclear diplomacy is expected to be a dominant focus of this week's meeting between Trump and Abe. On Tuesday, Trump said the...

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Syria Says Chemical Weapons Watchdog Group Has Entered Douma

Updated at 3:47 p.m. ET According to Syrian state media, a team of inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has entered the town of Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack earlier this month. The OPCW would not confirm whether its inspectors had arrived in the city, telling NPR's Ruth Sherlock that it doesn't "discuss operational details." A spokeswoman for the State Department said that the U.S. believes that the OPCW team has not yet entered...

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Moderate GOP Rep. Charlie Dent To Resign

Charlie Dent was already one of a record number of House Republicans who weren't running for re-election this November. Now he is rushing out the door even faster. The moderate Pennsylvania Republican — who hasn't been shy about voicing his frustrations with the congressional GOP and disdain for President Trump — on Tuesday announced he would soon resign from Congress instead of sticking around until January. Shortly after announcing his retirement last fall, Dent told NPR's Scott Simon on...

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Science, Technology, And Medicine

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States are continuing to do battle with budget-busting prices of prescription drugs. But a recent federal court decision could limit the tools available to them — underscoring the challenge states face as, in the absence of federal action, they attempt on their own to take on the powerful drug industry. The 2-to-1 ruling Friday by the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated a Maryland law meant to limit "price-gouging" by generic drug manufacturers, inspired by cases such as that of...

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Arts, Culture, And Media From NPR

Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' Wins Historic Pulitzer Prize In Music

Since (at least) the release of good kid, m.A.A.d. city in 2012, the singularity of Kendrick Lamar has been plainly evident. But with the Pulitzer Prize in Music for 2018 being given to the Compton rapper for his 2017 album DAMN. , his exceptionalism is now officially historic: It's the first time in the prize's history that it has been given to an artist outside of the classical or jazz community. "A virtuosic song collection," the Pulitzer board writes of DAMN. , "unified by its vernacular...

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Builder Of World's Largest Titanic Replica In Lego Says His Autism Is A Gift

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