California Legal Challenges To Census Citizenship Question To Continue

The Trump administration has lost another round in its efforts to get courts to dismiss lawsuits challenging the citizenship question it added to the 2020 census . On Friday, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg issued an order allowing two cases filed at San Francisco federal court to continue. The ruling sets up a legal fight that may extend into the final months of preparation for the national head count. It follows an order last month by a judge in New York , who rejected the Justice...

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WATCH: Massive 'Fire Tornado' Revealed In Footage Released By Officials

It was just after 7:30 p.m. on July 26 when dispatchers heard Jeremy Stoke's mayday call. The fire inspector had been in his pickup heading to evacuate a neighborhood in northwest Redding, Calif., when he was trapped by the blaze himself. Only silence answered the dispatchers' replies. They found Stoke's body the next day. Now, three weeks later, California officials have explained what happened the night Stoke died in the Carr Fire, which was then just days old. And they have identified his...

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A man who was driving his pregnant wife to the hospital on Wednesday was detained because of an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Mexico related to a homicide case, according to immigration officials.

Joel Arrona-Lara and his wife, María del Carmen Venegas, had scheduled a cesarean section and were headed to the hospital when they stopped for gas in San Bernardino, Calif.

After pulling into the gas station, surveillance footage shows two other vehicles pulling in and surrounding the couple's van on either side.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

Aretha Franklin: The 'Fresh Air' Interview: The Queen of Soul rarely gave interviews, so we were delighted when she sat down with Terry Gross in 1999. Franklin died Thursday at age 76.

On-air challenge: Every answer is a madeup two-word phrase. Add the letter F in front of the first word to get the second word to answer the clue.

Example: Less than usual stream of water --> low flow

1. Entire autumn

2. More unusual stuff that cattle eat

3. More aged container of office papers

4. Employs electrical safeguards

5. Arranges hot dogs in order of quality

6. Exposes oneself to the chances of being searched for weapons

7. Doesn't have any publicity agents, informally

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Yosemite National Park is still accepting visitors in spite of a major wildfire looming nearby.  The Ferguson Fire has already scorched more than 20,000 acres and is only 7% contained.  And now, possible thunderstorm activity can make matters worse for the more than 2,100 firefighters battling the blaze...and tourists.  Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai reports.

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The San Bernardino City Council has chosen not to respond to a letter from the White House requesting its support for President Trump's latest Supreme Court pick.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has the story.

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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A team of scientists and conservationists released more than 250 endangered frogs back into their native habitat in the San Bernardino National Forest on June 19, 2018.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper tagged along for the releases, and has this report.

I’m hiking up a stretch of wooded creek deep in the San Bernardino Mountains. With me are about a dozen biologists, conservationists, and photographers, all wading through forest and hip-deep water.

The reason?

Riverside County Animal Services authorities will try again today to capture and give veterinary treatment to a wild burro in Reche Canyon who presumably was shot with an arrow and injured.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


Thunderstorm acitivty in the Sierra Nevada today could cause dangerous conditions for crews fighting a major wildfire near Yosemite National Park.  Capital Public Radio's Randol White has this update on the fire that has already scorched more than 17,000 acres.

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There will be no vote this fall on a ballot measure asking whether California should be split into three different states.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, the California Supreme Court kicked Proposition 9 off the November ballot yesterday (Wednesday).

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The Riverside County Board of Supervisors have signed off on a plan by county officials to actively pursue overdue trash collection and fire mitigation fees owed by thousands of residents and businesses in unincorprated areas of the county.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California almond growers are likely to see their largest-ever harvest this August.  But the surge comes at an unfortunate time, as their second-largest importer - China - imposed a 50 percent tariff on their product.  Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai explans how the US-China trade war is affecting California growers and others in the supply chain.

One final climate change-related priority of Governor Jerry Brown's is moving through the state Legislature but faces opposition from some Democrats.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on the effort to share more electric power with other states.


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The Russia Investigations: Trump On Collision Course With National Security World

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As Death Toll Rises, Mourners Gather To Honor Victims Of Italian Bridge Collapse

Updated 1:20 p.m. ET Families of 19 victims in the deadly bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy gathered on Saturday at a state-run funeral. At least 38 people died when a section of Morandi Bridge collapsed in the Italian port city just before noon on Tuesday, sending cars and trucks tumbling to highway A10 below. The Associated Press reports that the death toll is expected to rise. Rescue workers uncovered four additional victims of the tragedy early Saturday, and a Genoa hospital says that a...

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'Really An Amazing Moment': Former Army Officer On Trump And Security Clearances

Retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, who oversaw the raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden, is asking President Trump to revoke his security clearance. In an opinion piece for The Washington Post, he expressed solidarity with former CIA Director John Brennan after Trump revoked Brennans security clearance earlier this week. If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken, McRaven writes. The criticism will...

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Trump Orders SEC To Study 6-Month Reporting For Public Companies

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Trump Predicts 'Red Wave,' But Special Elections Show Democrats Poised For Big Gains

As the 2018 midterms draw closer, President Trump continues to claim there is a "Red Wave!" brewing . The problem is that concrete voting data shows a very different type of wave forming — one that's poised to give Democrats a comfortable majority in the House. Republicans may hold onto eight of the nine GOP-held seats in special congressional elections on the ballot since 2016 (one is still officially undecided), but the massive voter shift toward Democrats in what should be comfortably red...

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Pope Francis Expresses 'Shame And Sorrow' Over Pennsylvania Abuse Allegations

After two days of silence and a barrage of criticism for failing to address the latest clergy sex abuse scandal in the United States, Pope Francis has spoken. "The Holy See condemns unequivocally the sexual abuse of minors," said a statement issued by the Vatican on Thursday. "Regarding the report made public in Pennsylvania this week, there are two words that can express the feelings faced with these horrible crimes: shame and sorrow," Vatican spokesman Greg Burke wrote. The Pennsylvania...

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HUD Hits Facebook For Allowing Housing Discrimination

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is accusing tech behemoth Facebook of engaging in housing discrimination, according to a complaint filed on Friday. In it, HUD says the social media giant allows landlords and home sellers access to advertising tools that limit which prospective buyers or tenants can view certain online ads based on race, religion, sex, disability and other characteristics. "The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination including those who might limit...

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Colorado School District Switches To 4-Day Week To Save Money

A Colorado school district intent on saving money has cut one of its greatest costs: teaching. District 27J , one of the state's larger districts, has dropped Mondays from the school week and switched to a four-day schedule as of Tuesday, the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. Superintendent Chris Fiedler told NBC 9 News that the district will save on transportation costs, teaching salaries and districtwide utilities. "We anticipate about $1 million in savings," Fiedler said. 9 News...

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'Crazy Rich Asians' Star Awkwafina Has Always 'Aggressively Been Myself'

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