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Because Andrea has seizures throughout the night, Victoria is always on call.

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President Trump claimed in a recent tweet 'there is no reason' for California's deadly fires other than poor 'forest management.'  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked that claim.

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California's most selective public colleges still admit far too few black and Latino students, according to a new report that will be released today (Wednesday).  More from KVCR's Isel Cuapio.

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 A gunman killed 12 people at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, California late Wednesday night. It's the eighth mass shooting the country has seen in 2018, and less than two weeks after the shooting at The Tree of Life Synogogue in Pittsburgh.
       At a time when many young Americans are calling themselves "the mass shooting generation," one Riverside County professor is looking at how the public responds to these fatal events. KVCR's Danielle Fox has more.

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The U.S. government may be preparing criminal charges against WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange, according to suggestions in a document filed in an unrelated case.

Assange's name appeared at least twice in papers filed in the Eastern District Court of Virginia, both times appearing to say that Assange has already been made the subject of his own case.

Prosecutors in Virginia say the court document was an error.

A king, a senator and the "Sultan of Swat" will be honored at the White House Friday.

President Trump is presenting the nation's highest civilian honor to seven people including Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth.

"This is a fascinating way to find out what is important to a president," said Fletcher McClellan, a political scientist at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.

Miscarriage is "lonely, painful, and demoralizing," Michelle Obama writes in her new memoir. Yet, by some estimates, it ends as many as 1 in 5 pregnancies before the 20-week mark.

The former first lady's disclosure that she and former President Barack Obama suffered from fertility issues, including losing a pregnancy, has sparked conversations about miscarriage, a common but also commonly misunderstood loss.

North Korea says it will deport a U.S. citizen who entered the country illegally from neighboring China last month — a move seen as a conciliatory gesture aimed at maintaining ties with Washington.

North Korea's official KCNA news agency identified the American as Bruce Byron Lowrance and said that he had told his captors that he was controlled by the CIA.

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