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Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her when they were in high school, has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, her attorneys said Saturday.

After many extensions last week, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, gave Ford a deadline of 2:30 p.m. on Saturday to decide whether she would testify before the panel next week. If she did not comply, the committee would go ahead with a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Monday.

California prosecutors are urging Governor Jerry Brown to veto a bill that would prohibit all 14- and 15-year-old criminal defendants frombeing tried as adults.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Former President Barack Obama will make his first campaign appearance since leaving the presidency when he campaigns for Democrats in Orange County this weekend.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent and Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.

A ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco clarifies how cities cxan regulate where homeless people sleep.  As Capital Public Radio's Randol White reports, the decision could mean cities throughout California now have unenforceable homeless ordinances.

Congressional candidate Tim Donelly is on the offensive after President Trump endorsed his rival for Congress. KVCR's Benjamin has more details. 


The Riverside County coroner's office has indentified a SanBernardino man and his 7-year-old son who were pulled from the Whitewater River near Palm Springs... and later died.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Irvine is the nation's second-best city to raise a family... and San Bernardino is the seventh-worst, according to a recent ranking by the personal finance website, WalletHub.  KVCR's Trisha Ahmed has the story.

There are a lot more women running for elected offices all over the nation in this year's political season  than in the national election 2 years ago.  This morning, we begin a series of profiles of many of these candidates as told by audio campaign diaries.  Our series, "The Long Run" begins with a profile of self-described "immigrant lesbian" Betty Valencia, running for the Orange City Council in Orange County.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Highlighting Hispanic Support for CA Public Lands

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Police in San Bernardino say they're frustrated by a lack of cooperation among vicgtims and other witnesses to a shooting incident Sunday night that sent eight people to the hospital, including a 17-year-old youth who is in critical condition.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.



California Governor Jerry Brown has hundreds of bills awaiting his signature, after a late-night rush by the Legislature before its two-year session ended on Friday.  Capital Public rAdio's Ben Bradford gives you a 90-second summary of what you need to know from the final night.


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