Houthi Drone Strikes Disrupt Almost Half Of Saudi Oil Exports

Updated at 4:51 p.m. ET Yemen's Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for drone strikes on two Saudi Aramco oil facilities early Saturday, according to a statement by a Houthi spokesman. Reuters and The Wall Street Journal report that about half of the country's oil production has been disrupted, or 5 million barrels a day. Saudi Arabia produces approximately one-tenth of the world's crude oil, but for now, the impact on global oil prices is unknown, as markets are closed for the weekend....

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The Tenaja Fire near Murrieta scorched nearly 2,000 acres and caused hundreds to evacuate as of this morning.

The fire was 20 percent contained as of Friday morning. It caused hundreds to evacuate their homes and schools in four districts to close.

Nearly 900 firefighters from Riverside County, Cal Fire, Murrieta Fire & Rescue, the Hemet Fire Department, Corona Fire Department, the Orange County Fire Authority and U.S. Forest Service responded to the fire.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

1. A hard closure of Highway 330 will last 12 days for safety renovations.

2. Wind-driven wildfire scorches 1400 acres west of Murrieta.

3.  A federal judge declines to throw out lawsuit against DMV over a misunderstood personalized license plate.

 MURRIETA (CNS) - A wind-driven wildfire that may have been started by
a lightning strike has scorched about 1,400 acres just west of Murrietta,
prompted evacuations and the closure of schools and is 7% contained this
   The blaze was first reported about 3:55 p.m. Wednesday in the area of
Clinton Keith and Tenaja roads, in the unincorporated community of La Cresta,
according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
   In the course of an hour Wednesday night, the fire exploded from 250

Candidates are jumping into the race for Riverside mayor after current Mayor Rusty Bailey announced his retirement. 

Bailey announced his retirement Tuesday.

That same day, Riverside City Council member Andy Melendrez announced he would run for the open seat.

Citing his experience as a four-term City Council member and his background coming from a low-income community of color, Melendrez said he expects to connect with voters in Riverside.

He said one of his top priorities will be homelessness.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

1. Thirty-three bodies of dive boat fire victims were recovered near Santa Cruz Island.

2. Riverside County could settle lawsuit alleging racial slurs in waste management department.

3. Dior criticized for appropriating Native American culture with fragrance ad.



Loma Linda Pulmonologist On The Health Risks Of Vaping

Sep 3, 2019
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Last Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an advisory warning against the use of e-cigarettes after a spike in vaping-related illnesses this summer. In this report, KVCR’s Benjamin Purper speaks with a Loma Linda pulmonologist about the health risks associated with vaping.

In August, public health officials in Illinois announced that a patient died from a mysterious lung illness linked to vaping.

While this was the first death related to the disease, there have now been 193 reported cases in 22 states.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News gives a daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

1. Health officials are notifying those who could have been exposed to tuberculosis at the Kaiser Permanente Moreno Valley Oncology clinic.

2. Victorville man who drowned in Oceanside identified.

3. Mental health experts weigh in on a California strategic plan for suicide prevention. 

4. Microplastics have become an issue in Lake Tahoe.


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The immigrant detention facility in Adelanto was recently cited in a massive lawsuit decrying conditions for immigrants in privately-run centers. The city of Adelanto terminated its agreement with ICE earlier this year, but that doesn’t mean the center will close – in fact, it may even expand, thanks to a direct contract between ICE and the private prison company GEO Group. 

In September of 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General paid an unannounced visit to the Adelanto ICE Processing Center.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor, Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Rick Dulock review some of the big Inland Empire news stories from the past week, including:

1. A nonprofit senior citizens community near March Air Reserve Base may be sold in a bankruptcy sale.

2. San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood has said he won't run for re-election.

3. Recently, there's been some good news and some bad news about Ontario International Airport.

4. The La-Z-Boy factory in Redlands has announced it will close.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News gives a daily news rundown. Today's highlighted story:

1. New research shows that Loma Linda University Health's "Whole Child Assessment" improves identification of adverse childhood experiences.


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The Midday News Report

Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown Monday through Thursday at lunchtime.

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The price of oil saw a massive price spike Monday following drone strikes on a Saudi oil facility over the weekend that has shut off more than half of the kingdom's daily exports, or about 5% of the world's crude production.

Benchmark Brent crude briefly surged almost 20% in early trading before settling to 10% higher, up $6 to $66.28, according to The Associated Press. The U.S. benchmark West Texas crude was up 9%.

Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sunday night, just days after striking a settlement with more than 2,000 local governments over its alleged role in creating and sustaining the deadly opioid crisis.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday he will push for a ban on some e-cigarettes amid a health scare linked to vaping — a move that would follow a similar ban enacted by Michigan and a call from President Trump for a federal prohibition on certain vaping products.


By now, you've probably heard about Larry Nassar, the former doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. He was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing dozens of girls and young women, all under the guise of providing medical treatment. The first person to publicly accuse Nassar of sexual abuse was former gymnast Rachael Denhollander. She writes about her experience in a new memoir called "What Is A Girl Worth" and a children's book called "How Much Is A Little Girl Worth?"

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Osama Bin Laden's Son Killed In U.S. Counterterrorism Operation, Trump Says

President Trump says that Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden, has been killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region. In a statement released by the White House on Saturday, Trump said bin Laden's son was responsible for "planning and dealing with various terrorist groups." His death, he said, "not only deprives al-Qa'ida of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the...

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'We're Tightening Our Belt': Trump's Midwest Support Tested As Farmers Struggle

Farmers in the rural Midwest say they are struggling because of President Trump's ongoing trade war and a recent decision the president made on renewable fuels made from corn and soybeans that benefits the oil industry. "We're tightening our belt," farmer Aaron Lehman says while driving his tractor down a rural road near his farm north of Des Moines, Iowa. "We're talking to our lenders, our landlords [and] our input suppliers." Lehman, the president of the Iowa Farmers Union, says his members...

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Democrats Get Closer To Serious Field Of Trump Challengers

There was something different about the Democratic debate this week, compared with the earlier rounds this summer. Something was happening that was hard to pin down, but it was palpable. Not the contrast of night and day, but perhaps the difference between dusk and dawn. It's a critical difference, and it comes at a crucial time. Because the Trump presidency these candidates are competing to truncate has reached what may be a critical juncture. But more of that in a moment. This week, the...

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From Chuck Berry To Tupac Shakur: Taking Stock Of The 2008 Universal Fire

In 2008, fire swept through a Universal Studios Hollywood backlot. The loss was thought to be a few movie sets and film duplicates. But earlier this week, The New York Times published a report revealing that the 2008 fire burned hundreds of thousands of master recordings of genre-spanning, legendary music from the late 1940s to the early '80s as well as digital formats and hard drives from the late '80s up through the early 2000s. According to the report, the fire burned original recordings...

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Mugabe's State Funeral Proceeds, But His Burial Plan Has Been Mired In Controversy

The complex remembrance process for longtime Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe continued Saturday with a state funeral. Mugabe, who was ousted in a 2017 military coup, led Zimbabwe for 37 years and died last week at a Singapore hospital. NPR's Eyder Peralta, speaking with Weekend Edition from the funeral in Harare's National Sports Stadium, called the scene "disjointed" — in part because Mugabe's family was in attendance right alongside the president and military who had pressured him out of...

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Juanita Abernathy, 'Cornerstone' Of Montgomery Bus Boycott, Dies At 87

Juanita Abernathy, the widow of civil rights icon the Rev. Ralph Abernathy and one of the last surviving architects of the modern civil rights movement, died Thursday. She was 87. She died at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta from complications related to a stroke, family spokesperson James Peterson tells NPR. Funeral arrangements are still being finalized. "She was the last remaining major organizer" of the civil rights movement, according to a statement from Peterson. Abernathy worked alongside...

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Confident Candidates, Clear Divides: Key Takeaways From The 3rd Democratic Primary Debate

Ten candidates shared the stage in Houston Thursday night for the third Democratic presidential primary debate. Progressive candidates clashed with moderates over health care. Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons ( @ JamalSimmons ) joins Here & Nows Femi Oke to discuss. This article was originally published on WBUR.org. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

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Bahamian Government Revises Number Of Missing After Dorian Down To 1,300

As people continue to search for loved ones in the rubble across Bahamian islands, the government now says the number of missing is down to 1,300 — a drastic reduction from previous records of 2,500. "The number of people registered missing with the Bahamas government is going down daily," Carl Smith, a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, or NEMA, explained to reporters, adding that many could be unaccounted for in shelters. The latest figures come as yet another...

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Greta Thunberg To U.S.: 'You Have A Moral Responsibility' On Climate Change

Greta Thunberg led a protest at the White House on Friday. But she wasn't looking to go inside — "I don't want to meet with people who don't accept the science," she says. The young Swedish activist joined a large crowd of protesters who had gathered outside, calling for immediate action to help the environment and reverse an alarming warming trend in average global temperatures. She says her message for President Trump is the same thing she tells other politicians: Listen to science, and...

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New York AG Says Sacklers Transferred $1B From Pharma Accounts To Themselves

Updated at 9:35 p.m. ET New York state Attorney General Letitia James says the family that owns Purdue Pharma, maker of the opioid OxyContin, used Swiss bank accounts to transfer $1 billion from the company to itself. The allegation, which came in court documents filed late Friday, indicates that the Sackler family is trying to keep its wealth free from potential liability in other court cases involving Purdue Pharma's role in the opioid crisis. "While the Sacklers continue to lowball victims...

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Appeals Court Reinstates Lawsuit Against Fox News Over Seth Rich Story

A federal appeals court Friday reinstated a lawsuit against Fox News and two other defendants over its coverage of the death of Seth Rich, a 27-year-old Democratic Party aide who was murdered in July 2016. The suit was filed by Rich's parents over a Fox News story from May 2017. The story reported that Rich had been linked to the leak of thousands of Democratic Party emails to WikiLeaks and suggested his death might be related to the release of those emails. The police department in...

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Microsoft President: Democracy Is At Stake. Regulate Big Tech

Regulate us. That's the unexpected message from one of the country's leading tech executives. Microsoft President Brad Smith argues that governments need to put some "guardrails" around engineers and the tech titans they serve. If public leaders don't, he says, the Internet giants will cannibalize the very fabric of this country. "We need to work together; we need to work with governments to protect, frankly, something that is far more important than technology: democracy. It was here before...

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Eddie Money, Archetype Of Rock Radio, Dies At Age 70

The singer and songwriter Eddie Money, whose singles like "Take Me Home Tonight," "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets to Paradise" were an archetype for 1970s and 1980s rock radio, died Friday morning in Los Angeles at age 70. Less than a month ago, Money announced that he had stage IV esophageal cancer, which had metastasized to his liver, lymph nodes and stomach. In a statement sent to NPR, his family said: "The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this...

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Stepping Back From The Brink, China And U.S. Hit Pause On Tariff Hikes

China announced Friday it is delaying a planned tariff increase on pork and soy. That move follows President Trumps decision earlier this week to also halt scheduled tariff hikes ahead of trade talks set to resume in October. Here & Nows Peter ODowd talks with Roben Farzad ( @robenfarzad ), host of the podcast and public radio show Full Disclosure . This article was originally published on WBUR.org. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

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