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As a nation, we could do a better job at taking time off.

About half of full-time workers recently surveyed by the U.S. Travel Association didn't take all the paid vacation days they earned last year.

More than 700 million vacation days went unused and we forfeited about 200 million of those days — when vacation benefits didn't roll over. On average, American workers took almost six fewer vacation days than we earned.

Firefighters continue to battle the largest fire in California history even as another large blaze has been contained.

The Ranch Fire, one of the two wildfires that make up the Mendocino Complex, has burned through 341,047 acres — or 533 square miles — and is at 76 percent containment, Cal Fires reported on Sunday.

Greece has successfully completed its final three-year installment of an international bailout program, allowing it to reclaim a degree of control over its finances, which have been overseen since 2010 by the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Athens exits its third bailout on Monday after a protracted debt crisis that forced it to implement painful austerity measures — including deep cuts to social welfare programs — to receive emergency loans.

Editor's Note: This story contains graphic descriptions that some readers may find disturbing.

It took a jury less than four hours of deliberation to convict a Detroit-area man of sexually assaulting a sleeping passenger onboard a Spirit Airlines flight.

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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KVCR's Ken Vincent has this update of Inland Empire wildfire-related news, including from the Holy Fire, the Crantson Fire, and the Valley Fire.

Thunderstorms moved through the Inland Empire mountain communities Thursday, prompting warnings of debris and mud flows for residents living in burn areas of recent area wildfires. 

In the San Gorgonio Mountains, there were online video reports of some flooding in the Valley Fire burn area near Forest Falls and Angelus Oaks along Highway 38.


The Holy Fire is up to 78% containment this morning (Thursday), still being held for several days now at just under 23,000 acres.  Authorities say firefighters will welcome the higher humidity and the chance of showers today.  But with that chance of showers comes a chance of debris flows into populated communities, and lightning strikes that could start new blazes.

Cal Fire says mandatory wildfire evacuations in the state are down to roughly 200 people... the lowest level in weeks.  As Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains, crews are gaining control of nearly a dozen large fires.

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Should cities and counties that approve urban sprawl help cover the cost of putting out California wildfires?  It's a question rasied by the man who leads the agency overseeing utility companies in California.  More in this report form KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The state Assembly will vote today on a bill to assess the number of buildings in the state that are susceptible to a major earthquake - many of which are in Southern California.  KVCR's Benjmain Purper has more.

California Republican Member of C ongress Kevin McCarthy - the second in command behind Speaker Paul Ryan in the U.S. House of Representatives - was met by protestors at a speech in Sacramento yesterday (Wedneday).  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Crews in California are getting a better handle on a number of large wildfires burning thoughout the state.  As Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains, in spite of the positive strides, it's still a very dangerous situation.

A panel of experts on forest and fire management testified for hours yesterday (Tuesday 8/14) at a hearing in Sacramento with little to show for it.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports on the fourth such meeting of its kind.

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Congressman Jeff Denham claimed in a recent podcast interview that China has 'tampered' with U.S. elections 'quite a bit.'  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact rfeporter Chris Nichols investigated that charge made by the Central Valley Republican.


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