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One Year Old Bitten by Family's Pit Bull

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A 1-year-old girl was bitten today on an ear, lip and cheek by her family's pit bull in Cathedral City. The girl was bitten just before 5 p.m. at a home on San Susanna Avenue, said John Welsh of the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. More>>

Rare Summer Storm Surprises Valley Residents

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory until 9:00 tonight, they say the humidity combined with the heat can be dangerous for people and pets. They warn people to remain indoors, if possible and never leave your child or pet inside a car.  More>>

Suspicious Letter Sent to Time Warner Cable Office

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Authorities today investigated a ``suspicious'' letter found at a Time Warner Cable building in Palm Springs that later turned out to be harmless, possibly sugar. The letter was reported about 10:30 a.m. at the Time Warner office at 440 S. El Cielo Road. More>>

Eight Weeks of Road Work in Cathedral City

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A city contractor will begin eight weeks of median landscaping work in Cathedral City on Monday. The improvements -- which will include drought-tolerant plants, irrigation systems, concrete and decorative rock -- will be done on the medians on Ramon Road between Date Palm Drive and Landau Boulevard. More>>

Summer Rain Cools Down Coachella Valley

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Slightly cooler weather is expected in much of Riverside County today, but triple-digit temperatures are again forecast for the Coachella Valley.  High pressure over the Four Corners area of the western United States caused temperatures to soar in parts of Riverside County on Thursday.   More>>

Fire Destroys Iconic Racquet Club Building

An overnight fire at the Racquet Club in Palm Springs destroyed a building and damaged others. The club is famous for being the stomping ground of Hollywood's "Golden Age" stars. Those who know its history are saddened to see it rundown and now damaged and are hopeful it will return to its full glory.  More>>

"Believing for Desi" Fundraisers Planned for Today, Saturday

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Fundraisers are scheduled tonight and Saturday for a 5-year-old Indio girl battling late-stage cancer. Desirae Cechin -- who goes by Desi -- was diagnosed in April with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma, which affects the nervous system. More>>

You Ask. We Investigate.® Planned Power Outages Delayed Due to Heat

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PALM DESERT - Two planned power outages in Palm Desert have been delayed due to the extreme heat and overwhelming calls Southern California Edison has received. This isn't a typical action SCE takes, but they re-evaluated the situation and decided it was best to reschedule for a cooler time of year.

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Indio Police Chief to Have Lunch with Locals Friday

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Indio Police Chief Richard Twiss will meet community members for lunch tomorrow. The city is launching its ``Lunch with the Chief'' community outreach program, which will be held at noon monthly on the second-to-last Friday at the Shepherd of the Valley United Methodist Church.Residents can ask questions and voice concerns, Indio police spokesman Sgt. Dan Marshall said. Attendees should bring their own bagged lunch. More>>

Murrieta Man Killed Wife, an Escondido Cop

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A Murrieta man is suspected of killing his police officer wife and attempting to burn down their house to cover up the crime, authorities revealed today. Freddy Perez Rojas, 27, was arrested Wednesday night and booked into the Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of murder, arson and child endangerment  More>>

Two Indio Men Shot Sunday are Identified

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Two young men killed in separate shootings about 20 minutes apart in Indio on Sunday were identified today. Julian Palomino Lopez, 20, of Indio, was believed to have been shot near North Jackson Park in the 43200 block of Towne Street, and 25-year-old Christopher Luis Aguilar of Indio was shot in the 83700 block of Avenue 48, Indio police spokesman Sgt. Dan Marshall said. More>>

You Ask. We Investigate.® Is There an East Valley Arsonist?

A viewer emailed asking if there was a connection between the recent East Valley fires. Cal Fire says that arson accounts for about 25 percent of all fires in that break out in Riverside County. They say citizens it's often citizens who prevent and help catch arsonists by reporting suspicious activity.

 Cal Fire Arson Hotline: 1 800- 468-4408. 

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You Ask. We Investigate.® Trashed, Vacant Lot Home to "Wanderer"

 PALM SPRINGS - Some residents have complained about a vacant, trashed lot at the corner of Crossley and Ramon Roads for some time, and the owner has been cited. One man in particular calls it his home.

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Man Pleaded Not Guilty to Posing as Indian Wells Property Owner

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A 54-year-old Palm Desert man is being prosecuted on criminal charges for allegedly posing as an Indian Wells property owner to get free tickets to the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament and discounts at a golf club.  More>>

Man Arrested for DUI After Driving Through Casino Doors

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A 47-year-old Indio man suspected of leading police on a drug-fueled chase that ended when he allegedly tried to drive through the front doors of a casino was released from jail today. Around 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, deputies were investigating a reported domestic disturbance in the 84000 block of Leyte Avenue in Indio when someone told them the person involved had just left and may have been under the influence of narcotics, More>>

Air Canada to Offer Nonstop Seasonal Flights

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Starting in December, Air Canada will offer nonstop seasonal service between Vancouver and Palm Springs, the airline's subsidiary, Air Canada rouge, announced today. Between Dec. 18 and April 15, Air Canada's leisure airline will offer flights on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays aboard an Airbus A319. More>>

Palm Desert Fire Displaces Six

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A dryer fire in Palm Desert displaced three adults and three children today, a county fire department spokeswoman said. The fire in the 45900 block of Quailbrush Avenue was reported at 7:10 a.m., Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jennifer Fuhrman said. More>>

Heat Advisory Set for Thursday

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High pressure building over the Four Corners area today is expected to bring hotter weather to the Coachella Valley and the mountains and valleys of Riverside County over the next couple days, forecasters said. More>>

Online Rental Nightmare

A popular online vacation rental website is under scrutiny after a woman who used the site to rent out her Palm Springs condo claims the man she rented it to refuses to move out. Our cameras were there as a man serving an eviction notice was not able to get onto the property. Neighbors are uneasy about having a Texas man living there without the owners consent.  More>>

Police Asking For Help to Solve Two Murders Minutes Apart

The Indio Police Department is investigating the deaths of two men in their 20s who were gunned down just 20 minutes apart on Sunday night. Police say both men died at JFK Memorial Hospital but one was taken to the hospital by private vehicle. Police say the murders do not appear connected and have not released the identities of the two men. They are asking for anyone with information to call them at (760) 341-STOP. More>>

Deputy Injured, Woman Killed in Moreno Valley Standoff

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A woman was killed today outside a Moreno Valley gas station, around the time that a Riverside County sheriff's deputy and a landscaper were injured in a confrontation with at least one armed suspect in a remote area less than three miles away. More>>

Thermal Man Arrested for Arson

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A Thermal man is behind bars for allegedly setting``numerous'' fires on the Torres-Martinez Indian reservation, the Riverside County Fire Department revealed today.Fire investigators arrested Joseph Buck Auclair, 29, on July 15 in connection with a string of blazes at the Thermal area reservation, fire department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann said.  More>>

2015 Desert Town Hall Speakers Announced

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Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will headline next year's Desert Town Hall speakers series in Indian Wells, it was announced today. Also scheduled to take part in the series are astrophysicist and television host Neil deGrasse Tyson, photographer Platon Antoniou and Pulitzer Prize-winning political columnist Charles Krauthammer, according to organizers. All talks are at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort Spa. Romney, who will speak Jan. 19, 2015, lost to Barack Obama in the ... More>>

Officers "Looking for a Crime Scene" in Search for Erin Corwin

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The Marine wife, and expectant mother went missing on June 28th.  She said she was looking for a camping site in Joshua Tree National Park, and never returned. More>>

Palm Springs Police Seek Citizens on Patrol Volunteers

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Applications are being accepted for the Palm Springs Police Department's next Citizens' Police Academy, a police spokesman said today. The free 13-week program starts Sept. 11. Participants discuss patrol procedures, traffic and crime scene investigations, K-9, SWAT, community policing, narcotics and other topics, and can go on a ride-along with a patrol officer,  More>>

You Ask. We Investigate.® Fly Infestation In Community Surrounding Watermelon Field

An Indio resident wants to know what is being done about the fly infestation near a watermelon field. You Ask. We Investigate.®. More>>

Backpack Bonanza -- Valley Students Need Your Help

Drop off your unused school supplies to our KMIR Studios -- 72920 Park View Drive, Palm Desert -- until Aug. 20th.  Your donations will be distributed on Saturday, Aug. 23rd at 8 a.m.   For more info, go to cvrm.org More>>

Vehicle Strikes Bus in Palm Desert

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Two people were injured when a vehicle crashed into a bus in Palm Desert today, a sheriff's sergeant said. The crash was reported at 11:30 a.m. at Fred Waring Drive and Warner Trail, where a vehicle struck a SunLine bus that had stopped to pick up passengers. More>>

More Questions in Search for Erin Corwin

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A man is arrested in Yucca Valley for possession of a "potato gun."According to media reports, he is an acquaintance of missing Marine wife, Erin Corwin. More>>

Leadership Program Seeks Applicants

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The Leadership Coachella Valley program is accepting applications for its 2014-15 class, a spokeswoman said today. Up to 40 applicants will be chosen for the 10-month program, which runs September to June, spokeswoman Linda Davis said. More>>

Coachella Valley Water District Offers Cash for Removing Grass

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Palm Desert homeowners can get up to $2,000 for replacing grass with desert plants via a new program through the city and the Coachella Valley Water District, a city spokesman said today. Starting Aug. 1, residents can apply for a $2 per-square-foot rebate for removing up to 1,000 square feet of turf  More>>

Palm Springs Swim Center to Close for Renovations

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The Palm Springs Swim Center will close for a month for sales tax-funded pool deck renovations, it was announced today. The center will close Aug. 3 and reopen Sept. 1. Organized swim teams don't meet in August, and overall pool usage declines, city parks and recreation director Vicki Oltean said. More>>

Idyllwild Remembers Mountain Fire

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IDYLLWILD -- The city of Idyllwild is celebrating the city's return from the Mountain Fire.  The Mountain Fire ignited July 15th, 2013, and forced the entire city to evacuate. More>>

61 Dogs up for Adoption after House Fire

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RIVERSIDE -- Dozens of dogs are looking for new homes after a fire burned a home near Riverside. Saturday afternoon an attic fire damaged a home on Pick Place, south of Riverside. More>>

Team Liz-for Life Blood Drive

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PALM DESERT -- A blood drive was held in Palm Desert Saturday in support of Liz Lopez.She's battling a rare, but treatable leukemia. More>>

Two Arrested in Cathedral City for Stolen Cash Register

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CATHEDRAL CITY -- Cathedral City police arrested two teenagers after seeing a man walking through a front door with a cash register. More>>

College of the Desert Holds Football Camp for Youth

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PALM DESERT -- The College of the Desert football program is working with valley coaches and youth football players for it's first annual Roadrunner Football Camp held at the campus. More>>

Search Continues for Erin Corwin: Missing for Three Weeks

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TWENTYNINE PALMS -- The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is searching several different locations today for Erin Corwin.  On Saturday, officers said they had no additional leads that they're releasing. More>>

Family of Teenager Killed by Officers Holds Rally

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SALTON CITY -- On April 18th, 19-year-old Adrian Parra was shot dead by sheriff deputies during a traffic stop.

It happened on Highway 86, near Salton City just before 6pm.  Since then, his mother has been trying to find out why her son was killed.

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First LGBT Senior Assisted Living in Valley

 PALM SPRINGS - The first LGBT senior assisted living community will open to residents in September. It's the only one in the Valley catering to the LGBT community and the second one in the state.

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Palm Desert Fire Displaces Four Adults

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Firefighters made quick work of a fire at a Palm Desert apartment complex this afternoon. The blaze was reported about 2:20 p.m. at The Regent at 73373 Country Club Drive. Firefighters saw light smoke when they arrived, and put out the fire a short time later More>>

The Living Desert to Hold "Ice Cream Day" Sunday

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The Living Desert will celebrate National Ice Cream Day and kick off National Zoo Keeper Week on Sunday with frozen treats for humans and animals. More than 40 animals will get treats from Ben Jerry's in Rancho Mirage, and the zoo's cafe will have a buy one/get one free special. More>>

Police Identify Woman that Drowned in Spa

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Authorities today identified a 75-year-old woman who drowned in a hot tub at a Desert Hot Springs mobile home park. Firefighters were sent to Park West Mobile Home Park at 64625 Pierson Blvd. shortly after 11:30 a.m. Thursday, where staffers found Kathleen Roberts' body. She was pronounced dead at the scene, Jennifer Fuhrman of the Riverside County Fire Department said. More>>

DUI Checkpoint Planned for Coachella Friday

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Riverside County sheriff's deputies will be looking for drunken motorists and checking driver's licenses at a checkpoint in Coachella tonight. The checkpoint is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and run through Saturday at 3 a.m. at an undisclosed location. More>>

Details of Downed Malaysia Plane Unfold on Social Media

Thousands took to social media to find formation and send messages of support for the victims of Malaysia flight MH-17 that was shot down over the borders of Russia and Ukraine. The digital timeline is growing as the tragedy continues to unfold in real time on social media. 

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Free Palm Springs Shuttle to Start Rolling in November

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A free shuttle dubbed the ``Palm Springs Buzz'' will begin ferrying visitors and residents around the city in November, a city spokeswoman said today. The Palm Springs City Council on Wednesday night unanimously approved the compressed natural gas-powered vehicle shuttle service, which is funded by the voter-approved Measure J tax increase and PS Resorts More>>

Coachella Ends Migrant Donation Drive

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Coachella is ending its collection of clothing, toys and other items for Central American migrants, and will donate the remaining items to Imperial Valley nonprofits, it was announced today. Between Independence Day and July 10, the city collected more than a ton of canned food, clothing, shoes, medicine and toys. More>>

Woman Drowns in Desert Hot Springs

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A woman drowned today in a hot tub at a Desert Hot Springs mobile home park, a county fire department spokeswoman said. Firefighters were sent to Park West Mobile Home Park at 64625 Pierson Blvd.  More>>

Cathedral City Road Work Begins Friday

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Starting tomorrow night, road work at Cathedral City intersection is expected to cause traffic backups, a city spokeswoman said. Asphalt work is scheduled from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. at Date Palm Drive and Vista Chino, Leisa Lukes said. More>>

Woman Pleads Not Guilty in Dog's Death

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An Irvine woman accused of leaving her pet in her vehicle in Coachella for more than a day -- resulting in the dog's death -- pleaded not guilty today to a felony animal cruelty charge. Charu Lata Khanna, 30, was arraigned at the Larson Justice Center in Indio and remains free on a $5,000 bond.  More>>

You Ask. We Investigate.® Blocking Robocalls

 RANCHO MIRAGE - We've all been on the receiving end of a robocall. Those unwanted, and uninvited calls from telemarketers. Does the national "do not call list" actually work?


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SPECIAL REPORT: Behind the Gates

RANCHO MIRAGE - Law enforcement advises homeowners to take precautions even those living in a gated community. 

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Former Palm Springs Power Player Charged Faces Rape Charges

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A former Palm Springs baseball player is accused of raping an unconscious woman in Indio and leaving his cell phone and wallet at the scene, according to court papers filed today. Trent William Pell, 21, is charged with two counts of rape, one count of assault with intent to rape and a misdemeanor count of sexual battery stemming from the alleged June 16 attack  More>>

Who Will Enforce State Water Fines in the Valley?

Local water agencies will have to set new rules for enforcing recently passed emergency regulations that will include fines for people who waste water. City agencies have police departments to help them enforce laws but independently run water districts will have to figure out how to crack down on water wasters.  More>>

Local Couple Celebrates 74th Wedding Anniversary

Many couples try to stay together for as long as they could but not everyone could reach Wayne and Charlotte's milestone.  The local couple is celebrating their 74th year of marriage!  How did they do it?  Take a look! More>>

Mountaintop Jazz Fest Set for Mid-August

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About two-dozen musicians, including an American Idol finalist, are set to play in Idyllwild's annual mile-high jazz festival Aug. 15-17. The 21st annual edition of Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines will be held on the campus of Idyllwild Arts Academy, with most of the performances staged at the Holmes Amphitheater. More>>

Man Drowns in Rancho Mirage

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A man drowned tonight in Rancho Mirage, according to Cal Fire officials.The incident was reported after 6 pm tonight on Gleneagle Drive and Palm View Road. The man was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.He has not been identified. More>>

18-year-old Man Arrested for July 9th Shooting

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An 18 year old man has been arrested for attempted murder stemming from a July 9th shooting at a Desert Hot Springs liquor store. After calls of shots fired came in near Palm Drive at Cahuillla Avenue, one man was sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. More>>

You Ask. We Investigate.® Are Taxpayers Renting Parking Structure?

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PALM SPRINGS -- Taxpayer dollars are helping to revitalize downtown Palm Springs, and some taxpayers want to know more about where that money is going. You may have noticed signs that say "free parking provided by Measure J funding." More>>

Coyote Hazing Can Prevent Attacks

The Living Desert Zoo held specialized training to teach people how to prevent coyote attacks. Experts say this is a busy time of year for sightings because coyotes are trying to feed their pups. An expert from the Humane Society taught separate classes for about 75 experts and 100 citizens on "Coyote Hazing", a technique that wards off coyotes and trains them to not associate with people in the future.  More>>

CHP Officers to Target Commercial Drivers

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Commercial drivers passing through the Coachella Valley tomorrow should be aware that California Highway Patrol officers are looking for scofflaws. Extra officers will patrol the Coachella Valley and Banning Pass Wednesday through Friday, watching for speeding, tailgating and failure to use ``hands-free'' cell phone technology. More>>

Median Price of Riverside County Homes Rise

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The median price of a home in Riverside County rose by 11.4 percent in June, compared with the same month a year ago, while the number of homes sold dipped by 2.4 percent, a real estate information service announced today. More>>

Earthquake Strikes Mecca Late Monday

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A magnitude 3.1 earthquake was detected in Southern California on Monday, according to a computer-generated message from the U.S. Geological Survey. The earthquake, which was reported to have hit at 11:07 p.m., was centered nine miles east of Mecca, California and 15 miles east of Coachella. More>>

"Fiddler on the Roof" Sneak Peek

I'm so excited to report that "Fiddler on the Roof," one of the gems of the Golden Age of Musicals, is coming to the valley presented by the Greenroom Theatre Company.  The show will be at Indian Wells Theatre at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus.  Performance dates are July 16th and 17th at 6 p.m., and July 17th at 1 p.m.  Click here to buy tickets and support the Summer Theatre Academy.   More>>

Hundreds of Experts Gather in La Quinta to Discuss Safety in Schools

The National Association of School Resource Officers are holding their 24th annual conference at the La Quinta Resort. Over 750 attendees will be trained on the latest techniques, programs and products designed to preventing and coping with tragedies in schools. The four day event will include presentations from a survivor from the Virginia Tech shooting and hands on training on responding to an active shooter on a school campus.  More>>

Hemet Officer Delivers Own Son on Duty

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A Hemet police officer is the proud father today of a baby boy delivered by none other than the officer himself after his wife went into labor while the lawman was on duty.``I wasn't worried; it just happened so fast,'' said Officer Bryan Anderson of the birth of his son More>>

Woman Faces Felony Cruelty to Animal Charge

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A felony animal cruelty charge was filed today against an Irvine woman who allegedly left her pet in her vehicle in Coachella for more than a day, resulting in the dog's death. Charu Lata Khanna, 30, is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning at the Larson Justice Center in Indio.  More>>

Palm Desert Woman Faces DUI, Child Endangerment Charges

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A Palm Desert woman accused of driving over a median, injuring one of her three juvenile passengers, is expected to face DUI and child endangerment charges, a sheriff's sergeant said today.The single-vehicle mishap occurred about 5:20 p.m. Saturday at Fred Waring Drive and San Pasqual Avenue in Palm Desert.  More>>

You Ask. We Investigate.® My Neighbor Smokes Pot

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LA QUINTA - A Valley resident claims her next-door-neighbor is constantly smoking pot permeating her backyard. "It smells like skunk," she says, adding it's affecting her health. More>>

Huge African Snails Confiscated at LAX; They'll Even Eat Stucco!

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Federal inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport seized a shipment of 67 giant African snails, which are classified as``a very serious threat'' to agriculture and public health in the United States.  The snails consume more than 500 varieties of plants, and will even eat stucco off buildings. More>>

TWC Says Vandals Caused Weekend Outage

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Many TIme Warner Cable customers experienced various levels of service outages over the weekend and now we apparently know why: Vandalism.  The outage was reported at about 9 p.m. Saturday and affected Internet, phone and television service in several communities including Indio, La Quinta and Palm Desert.

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You Ask. We Investigate.® United States Pools' Client Upset About Unfinished Project

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PALM DESERT - It's been four months since Wanda Moultrie's backyard was supposed to be finished, but she says she's having a difficult time getting United States Pools to complete the pool and spa. She's the fourth person to call KMIR complaining about United States Pools. More>>

Coachella Cracks Down on Graffiti Action

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The parents of three minors accused of tagging 19 spots in Coachella were sued today by the city. The lawsuit against Besna Sanchez and Rafael and Elizabeth Sandoval asks for damages up to $25,000, along with legal fees and costs. More>>

Police Discuss Search for Erin Corwin

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TWENTYNINE PALMS -- There's still no trace of missing, expectant mother Erin Corwin.  It's been more than a week since she went missing from Twentynine Palms.Very few people are searching for 19-year-old Erin Corwin Tuesday, but the Morongo Basin Captain tells us they will have many more searchers Wednesday looking in specific target areas. More>>

You Ask. We Investigate.® Burglar Steals Human Ashes in Desert Hot Springs

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS - A burglar broke into a home stealing a sealed box which contained human ashes. The family is pleading the criminal to bring back the remains. More>>

A Look Back at the Iconic Spa Resort

The hot, mineral springs that bubble up underneath the Spa Resort Hotel are sacred to the local native people and have drawn people from all over the world to the desert. The history of Palm Springs itself is tied to the famous mineral baths.  More>>

Help Find Coco the Missing Dog of Special Needs Child

If you have any information on Coco, please email us at news@kmir.com  More>>

Riverside Council to Decide Fate of Red Light Cameras

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The Riverside City Council could decide tonight to shut down the municipality's divisive red light traffic camera enforcement program.  A public hearing is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. for the council to consider whether to deactivate the system installed in 2006.  More>>

Monsoonal Storm Pounds Lake Havasu as Monsoon Season Arrives in the SW

Monsoonal storm pounds Lake Havasu City, Arizona on Sunday afternoon.  The Coachella Valley is also on the lookout for afternoon showers and thunderstorms all week as the monsoon season is here. More>>

Strong Quake Jolts Southern Mexico

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A magnitude-7.1 earthquake on the Pacific Coast has jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America. At least two people are reported dead in Guatemala.  The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at 6:23 a.m. (7:23 a.m. EDT; 11:23 GMT) on the Pacific Coast 5 miles (8 kilometers) northeast of Puerto Madero, near the Guatemala border.  Firefighters spokesman Raul Hernandez says at least two people were killed in the Guatemalan town of San Marcos.  More>>

Help Find Missing Shih Tzu for Special Needs Child

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A special needs child named Heavenly and her family are asking for your help to find their friend and dog named Coco.He bonded with Heavenly and they desperately need your help!Coco has gone missing in Indio on Deglet Noor between Requa and Bliss.Coco is a male Shih Tzu and is neutered. He is very calm, sweet, and mellow and will only bark for a squeaky toy.He is dearly missed by Heavenly and her family and had a red collar and City of Indio license. Coco is also microchipped.The family canno... More>>

3 Killed in Plane Crash Near Lake Elsinore

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A woman lost her husband, father and uncle when asmall plane crashed in the Santa Ana mountains off Ortega Highway near Lake Elsinore over the weekend, killing all three men aboard, relatives said.   Relatives identified 32-year-old Jacob Griffiths of Irvine as one of the three men on the plane.  More>>

Search Continues in High Desert for Marine's Missing Wife

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: As the search continues for missing 19-year-old Erin Corwin, her husband, 21-year-old Cpl. Jonathan Corwin spoke EXCLUSIVELY with KMIR News' Gitzel Puente.  More>>

Heavy Traffic Anticipated for the Holiday Weekend

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With today being getaway day, Riverside County residents looking to head out of town this Fourth of July weekend should brace for more traffic than usual as an expected 2.88 million Southern Californians hit the road.  The number of Southlanders traveling -- mostly on road trips -- is up 1.5 percent over the same period last year, according to a forecast from the Automobile Club of Southern California. More>>

KPSE Televising Palm Desert Fireworks Spectacular

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KPSE is partnering with the City of Palm Desert and Mix 100.5 to bring you fireworks on Independence Day.The fireworks will be launched from Civic Center Park at 9pm. The show is set to music, which will be broadcast live on MIX 100.5fm and the show and music will be carried live on KPSE from 9-9:30pm and then rebroadcast in its entirety 9:30pm-10pm.Below is information regarding the City of Palm Desert’s 26th Annual Independence Day Celebration: Road Closures Magnesia Falls at Monterey and ... More>>

Arrest In Indio Homicide Case

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A 21-year-old Palm Desert man was arrested today in the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man in Indio, a police spokesman said.  

Shawn Anthony Wynn was arrested about 3:35 p.m. in the death of Indio resident Juan Carlos Hernandez, who was found shot to death June 16 in an off-white Cadillac parked near Lancer Gate and Merlin Drive, Indio police Sgt. Dan Marshall said.Detectives believe there may be one or more suspects still at large, he said.

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You Ask. We Investigate.® Residents Without Gas for Sixth Consecutive Day

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CATHEDRAL CITY - Many residents at Date Palm Country Club have been living without gas for the sixth consecutive day after a fire broke out at the clubhouse's attic Wednesday evening .Cathedrall City Fire Department reported no injuries, but 75 homes have been without gas. More>>

Home With Explosives to be Burned Down Friday Night; Suspect Formally Charged

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Felony charges were filed today against a 22-year-old man suspected of making explosive devices at a Cathedral City mobile home, which authorities plan to burn down in place Friday evening.  Sean Stewart Clarke pleaded not guilty to nine felony counts --including possession of an explosive device, arson, assembling a booby trap and disposing of hazardous waste -- and a misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a controlled substance. More>>

You Ask. We Investigate.® Resident Alleges Watermelon Field Neglected

A viewer asked us to look into watermelon fields in Bermuda Dunes that she claims attract flies and are a nuisance. The melon fields, located on Madison and 38th Street, are partially hidden from the street but are bustling with employees harvesting the crop. More>>

Team USA Soccer Fans Go Wild for World Cup

Team USA was cheered on locally at Babe's Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse in Rancho Mirage. The World Cup match against Portugal ended in a draw but leading up to the game the fans were enthusiastic predicting a win for Team USA.  More>>

Technical School Funding Discussed at Town Hall

Assemblyman Brian Nestande, (R) Palm Desert, held a town hall meeting to discuss the importance of technical and vocational training in public schools. Local business leaders and residents attended and agree that the state's economic prosperity depends on it's future workforce. More>>

Possible County Take Over Bad for Desert Hot Springs Officers

The City of Desert Hot Springs has not come to a decision on whether or not they should disband its police department. The uncertainty is weighing heavily on the minds of their officers.  More>>

Highway 111 Reopened After Crash in Rancho MIrage

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Eastbound lanes of Highway 111 are back open again after being closed this afternoon following a three-car accident.  It was reported around 2:30 this afternoon in front of The River in Rancho Mirage.  Initial reports are that a pickup driving westbound on Highway 111 jumped the center island and crashed into an Audi and Chevrolet that were traveling in the eastbound lanes.Several people are reportedly hurt. More>>

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Manhunt Continues for Parolee After Pursuit Tuesday

A manhunt continues for a parolee who got away from officers after a pursuit Tuesday.

KMIR News brought you EXCLUSIVE home surveillance video.  

 

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Palm Springs to be Host City for Special Olympics in 2015

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Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet annnounced today the city will be a ``host town'' for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, which will be held in Los Angeles next year.  About 100 communities from San Luis Obispo to San Diego will participate in the host town program July 21-24, 2015. Host towns provide rest, training and cultural events before the Special Olympics, which will be held July 25-Aug. 2.More than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries are expected to participate. More>>

Stroke Selfie Goes Viral

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A Canadian woman thought she suffered from a stroke, but her doctor told her it was stress. The next time it happened, she recorded the symptoms for herself on her smartphone and now it's trending.The video of Stacey Yepes, 48, was eventually shown to doctors at Toronto Western Hospital.She'd had three mini strokes.Her local hospital is now taking a look at it so they can learn from her mini stroke.Take a look at the video. More>>

Free Rides on Sunline Busses this Morning

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SunLine Transit Agency will offer free rides this morning as part of a nationwide effort to get people to use public transportation.  It's all part of 'Dump the Pump Day"  SunLine will provide free rides on all local routes from 5 a.m. to noon. More>>

SunLine Transit Offers Free Rides to Locals for National Event

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SunLine Transit Agency will offer free rides tomorrow morning as part of a nationwide effort to get people to use public transportation. As part of Dump the Pump Day, sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, SunLine will provide free rides on all local routes from 5 a.m. to noon. "In these tough economic times with high gas prices, everyone is looking for a way to save money.  More>>

UCR Health Provides First Free Health Services in Coachella Valley

UCR Health held their first ever free health event in the Coachella Valley, they say it's the first of many and hope to establish a permanent facility that locals in need of healthcare can count on for their medical needs.  More>>

Local Church and Non-Profit Team Up to Help Fight Hunger

A week-long, morning, summer camp for children at the Southwest Community Church is raising money for The Narrow Door, a local non-profit that helps feed food insecure families in the Coachella Valley. The goal is to raise enough money to build two mobile food kitchens that can make and deliver hot meals to people who often go to bed hungry.  More>>

Eyesore Next Door: Home Under Construction

Neighbors who live behind a Palm Springs home say it's looked like a mess for way too long and it's time the owner cleaned up the yard. The owner says it's under construction and he plans to finish the home by September.  More>>

MEET SCRAPPY AND CHICO - ADOPTABLE PETS

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THOUSAND PALMS - Meet Scrappy and Chico. Scrappy is a terrier mix and Chico is a Chihuahua mix. They are both available for adoption at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms. More>>

YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE: Residents Say Palm Springs Intersection is Deadly

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PALM SPRINGS -- Some Palm Springs residents say an intersection in their city isn't only dangerous, it's deadly.  One neighbor contacted KMIR, and he's started a petition to encourage the city to make Dinah Shore and Crossley Road intersection safer. More>>

YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE. ® : Sundial Bus Reliability

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INDIO - A resident at Desert Cove Assisted Living complains the bus he takes outside the living home is almost never on time, forcing him to limit his therapy time at the Stroke Recovery Center in Palm Springs. "I had a 8:40 pick-up and they picked me up here at 9:10," says Martin Sherr, describing an incident last week. Sherr takes Sundial, an inexpensive transportation service for people with disabilities who are certified under the Americans with Disabilities Act. More>>

EYESORE NEXT DOOR: Once Beautiful Park in Indio Now a Mess

An Indio resident says he paid a lot premium to live next to a park but the city failed to maintain the property and now it's a mess. He says he and his neighbors are tired of living next to the  "smelly swamp" and wants the city to clean it up before someone gets sick.  More>>

Eyesore Next Door: Improve the Center Medians Along Da Vall Drive

CATHEDRAL CITY - A resident of Cathedral City emailed to ask us why center medians along Da Vall Drive on near Ramon Road have gone without landscaping for years. He has tried to get to the bottom of the problem on his own but because the property is on the border of Rancho Mirage and Cathedral City there is a question into which city should take responsibility for the maintenance.  More>>

Pinyon Pines Murder Update

Two suspects are now in police custody in connection with the Pinyon Pines triple murder.
Private Investigator Luis B says this was a good day.
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YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE. ® : Trash Dump Littering Surrounding Community

CATHEDRAL CITY - Because of Earth Day, a Sky Valley resident asked us to look into why the areas surrounding the Edom Hill Transfer Center, and now a closed landfill, are covered with trash and who is responsible for the clean up. You Ask. We Investigate.  More>>

YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE. ® : Rat Infested Illegal Dwelling

PALM SPRINGS - A resident of Thornhill Place Apartments in Palm Springs says that his apartment is infested with rats and when he tried to get Desert Property Management to help they tried to put a bandage on the serious issue by giving him rat traps. The city of Palm Springs says the dwelling was built without permits and is illegal. Now the resident is being evicted but says he came forward in hopes others aren't stuck living in the conditions he's been forced to live with for months. More>>

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  • YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE. ® : Sundial Bus Reliability

    YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE. ® : Sundial Bus Reliability

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:55:47 GMT
    INDIO - A resident at Desert Cove Assisted Living complains the bus he takes outside the living home is almost never on time, forcing him to limit his therapy time at the Stroke Recovery Center in Palm Springs. "I had a 8:40 pick-up and they picked me up here at 9:10," says Martin Sherr, describing an incident last week. Sherr takes Sundial, an inexpensive transportation service for people with disabilities who are certified under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    INDIO - A resident at Desert Cove Assisted Living complains the bus he takes outside the living home is almost never on time, forcing him to limit his therapy time at the Stroke Recovery Center in Palm Springs. "I had a 8:40 pick-up and they picked me up here at 9:10," says Martin Sherr, describing an incident last week. Sherr takes Sundial, an inexpensive transportation service for people with disabilities who are certified under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • You Ask. We Investigate.® Planned Power Outages Delayed Due to Heat

    You Ask. We Investigate.® Planned Power Outages Delayed Due to Heat

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:47 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:47:15 GMT
    PALM DESERT - Two planned power outages in Palm Desert have been delayed due to the extreme heat and overwhelming calls Southern California Edison has received. This isn't a typical action SCE takes, but they re-evaluated the situation and decided it was best to reschedule for a cooler time of year.
    PALM DESERT - Two planned power outages in Palm Desert have been delayed due to the extreme heat and overwhelming calls Southern California Edison has received. This isn't a typical action SCE takes, but they re-evaluated the situation and decided it was best to reschedule for a cooler time of year.

  • You Ask. We Investigate.® Is There an East Valley Arsonist?

    You Ask. We Investigate.® Is There an East Valley Arsonist?

    A viewer emailed asking if there was a connection between the recent East Valley fires. Cal Fire says that arson accounts for about 25 percent of all fires in that break out in Riverside County. They say citizens it's often citizens who prevent and help catch arsonists by reporting suspicious activity.

     Cal Fire Arson Hotline: 1 800- 468-4408. 

    A viewer emailed asking if there was a connection between the recent East Valley fires. Cal Fire says that arson accounts for about 25 percent of all fires in that break out in Riverside County. They say citizens it's often citizens who prevent and help catch arsonists by reporting suspicious activity.

     Cal Fire Arson Hotline: 1 800- 468-4408. 

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  • One Year Old Bitten by Family's Pit Bull

    One Year Old Bitten by Family's Pit Bull

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-07-26 04:07:44 GMT
    A 1-year-old girl was bitten today on an ear, lip and cheek by her family's pit bull in Cathedral City. The girl was bitten just before 5 p.m. at a home on San Susanna Avenue, said John Welsh of the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.
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  • Rare Summer Storm Surprises Valley Residents

    Rare Summer Storm Surprises Valley Residents

    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory until 9:00 tonight, they say the humidity combined with the heat can be dangerous for people and pets. They warn people to remain indoors, if possible and never leave your child or pet inside a car. 
    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory until 9:00 tonight, they say the humidity combined with the heat can be dangerous for people and pets. They warn people to remain indoors, if possible and never leave your child or pet inside a car. 
  • Suspicious Letter Sent to Time Warner Cable Office

    Suspicious Letter Sent to Time Warner Cable Office

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:31 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:31:59 GMT
    Authorities today investigated a ``suspicious'' letter found at a Time Warner Cable building in Palm Springs that later turned out to be harmless, possibly sugar. The letter was reported about 10:30 a.m. at the Time Warner office at 440 S. El Cielo Road.
    Authorities today investigated a ``suspicious'' letter found at a Time Warner Cable building in Palm Springs that later turned out to be harmless, possibly sugar. The letter was reported about 10:30 a.m. at the Time Warner office at 440 S. El Cielo Road.
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  • You Ask. We Investigate.® Planned Power Outages Delayed Due to Heat

    You Ask. We Investigate.® Planned Power Outages Delayed Due to Heat

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:47 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:47:15 GMT
    PALM DESERT - Two planned power outages in Palm Desert have been delayed due to the extreme heat and overwhelming calls Southern California Edison has received. This isn't a typical action SCE takes, but they re-evaluated the situation and decided it was best to reschedule for a cooler time of year.
    PALM DESERT - Two planned power outages in Palm Desert have been delayed due to the extreme heat and overwhelming calls Southern California Edison has received. This isn't a typical action SCE takes, but they re-evaluated the situation and decided it was best to reschedule for a cooler time of year.

  • Two Indio Men Shot Sunday are Identified

    Two Indio Men Shot Sunday are Identified

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:29 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:29:56 GMT
    Two young men killed in separate shootings about 20 minutes apart in Indio on Sunday were identified today. Julian Palomino Lopez, 20, of Indio, was believed to have been shot near North Jackson Park in the 43200 block of Towne Street, and 25-year-old Christopher Luis Aguilar of Indio was shot in the 83700 block of Avenue 48, Indio police spokesman Sgt. Dan Marshall said.
    Two young men killed in separate shootings about 20 minutes apart in Indio on Sunday were identified today. Julian Palomino Lopez, 20, of Indio, was believed to have been shot near North Jackson Park in the 43200 block of Towne Street, and 25-year-old Christopher Luis Aguilar of Indio was shot in the 83700 block of Avenue 48, Indio police spokesman Sgt. Dan Marshall said.
  • One Year Old Bitten by Family's Pit Bull

    One Year Old Bitten by Family's Pit Bull

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-07-26 04:07:44 GMT
    A 1-year-old girl was bitten today on an ear, lip and cheek by her family's pit bull in Cathedral City. The girl was bitten just before 5 p.m. at a home on San Susanna Avenue, said John Welsh of the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.
    A 1-year-old girl was bitten today on an ear, lip and cheek by her family's pit bull in Cathedral City. The girl was bitten just before 5 p.m. at a home on San Susanna Avenue, said John Welsh of the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.
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  • Arizona execution renews debate over methods

    Arizona execution renews debate over methods

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-07-26 16:55:14 GMT
    A third execution by lethal injection has gone awry in six months, renewing debate over whether there is a foolproof way for the government to humanely kill condemned criminals, and whether it's even worth...
    A third execution by lethal injection has gone awry in six months, renewing debate over whether there is a foolproof way for the government to humanely kill condemned criminals, and whether it's even worth looking for...
  • Carjackers on run after crash that killed 3 kids

    Carjackers on run after crash that killed 3 kids

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:46 PM EDT2014-07-26 16:46:29 GMT
    Police are searching for two men who carjacked an SUV and plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit at a Philadelphia street corner, killing three kids and seriously injuring two women.
    Two carjackers who fled after ramming a stolen SUV into a family selling fruit for their church, killing three young siblings, were still on the run Saturday as the reward for their capture topped $100,000.
  • Gifts-for-favors trial set for ex-governor, wife

    Gifts-for-favors trial set for ex-governor, wife

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:25 PM EDT2014-07-26 16:25:52 GMT
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, his reputation already tarnished and his political future destroyed by a gifts-for-favors scandal, faces the possibility of an even greater loss when his trial on federal...
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, his reputation already tarnished and his political future destroyed by a gifts-for-favors scandal, faces the possibility of an even greater loss when his trial on federal corruption...
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    It's brawn versus brains at the box-office but which one between "Hercules" and "Lucy" is worth your time and money?  Take a look at my reviews.
  • The One Movie You Have to See This Weekend

    The One Movie You Have to See This Weekend

    A trio of smaller, independent films light up the valley -- "The Fluffy Movie" starring Gabriel Iglesias, "And So It Goes" with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, and a movie that's sure to get Oscar nominations, many of them, "Boyhood."
    A trio of smaller, independent films light up the valley -- "The Fluffy Movie" starring Gabriel Iglesias, "And So It Goes" with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, and a movie that's sure to get Oscar nominations, many of them, "Boyhood."
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