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San Bernardino apple farm sues school district for pulling student tours for owner’s racially charged tweets

San Bernardino apple farm sues school district for pulling student tours for owner’s racially charged tweets

Cajon High School in San Bernardino on Monday afternoon, April 10, 2017.; Credit: Maya Sugarman/KPCC AirTalk® For years, Riley Farms in San Bernardino county hosted school tours featuring a colonial era, reenactment-style apple orchard. That was until tweets from owner James Riley surfaced sparking a public backlash. Riley’s tweets, often of a conservative political nature […]

Trump declares National Emergency over immigration ‘crisis’

Trump declares National Emergency over immigration ‘crisis’

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on border security during a Rose Garden event at the White House February 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. ; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images AirTalk® President Donald Trump announced Friday that he will declare a national emergency to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump said […]

West Hollywood mayor John Duran asked to step down amid harassment allegations

West Hollywood mayor John Duran asked to step down amid harassment allegations

An attendee of the 2018 Los Angeles Women’s March waving a rainbow flag.; Credit: Becca Murray/KPCC Itxy Quintanilla | AirTalk® Members of the West Hollywood city council on Tuesday called for John Duran to resign as mayor. This comes after several men from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles accused Duran of sexual harassment […]

New L.A. City ordinance requiring contractors to disclose NRA business ties raises First Amendment questions

New L.A. City ordinance requiring contractors to disclose NRA business ties raises First Amendment questions

Los Angeles City Hall.; Credit: Photo by Harshil Shah via Flickr Creative Commons AirTalk® The Los Angeles City Council passed a law Tuesday requiring companies that want city contracts to disclose whether they have ties to the National Rifle Association. Councilman Mitch O’Farrell sought the ordinance in the wake of recent U.S. mass shootings. He […]

Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, drug lord and former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, convicted

Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, drug lord and former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, convicted

Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera aka “el Chapo Guzman” (C), is escorted by marines as he is presented to the press on February 22, 2014 in Mexico City.; Credit: ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® One of Mexico’s most notorious drug lords, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was convicted Tuesday of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation after […]

A deep dive into the state’s audit on prison reform and recidivism

A deep dive into the state’s audit on prison reform and recidivism

California’s Corcoran State Prison.; Credit: Grant Slater/KPCC AirTalk® Ambitious goals were set in 2012 to help California inmates make the transition back to life on the outside. But as the Los Angeles Times reports, a new state audit found that the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has not connected prisoners with social programs designed to […]

Was the National Enquirer’s ‘catch and kill’ story on Jeff Bezos politically motivated?

Was the National Enquirer’s ‘catch and kill’ story on Jeff Bezos politically motivated?

The National Enquirer is photographed at a convenience store on February 8, 2019 in New York City. ; Credit: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images AirTalk® Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says he was the target of “extortion and blackmail” by the publisher of the National Enquirer, which he said threatened to publish revealing personal photos of him unless […]

Comparing wildfire mitigation plans from Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric

Comparing wildfire mitigation plans from Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) crews repair power lines that were destroyed by the Camp Fire on November 21, 2018 in Paradise, California; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images AirTalk® On Wednesday, Southern California Edison sent the California Public Utilities Commission its wildfire mitigation plan, which proposes that the power company look over power lines, cut down […]

Comparing wildfire mitigation plans from Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric

Comparing wildfire mitigation plans from Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) crews repair power lines that were destroyed by the Camp Fire on November 21, 2018 in Paradise, California; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images AirTalk® On Wednesday, Southern California Edison sent the California Public Utilities Commission its wildfire mitigation plan, which proposes that the power company look over power lines, cut down […]

As the Oscars goes host-less for the first time in 30 years, we ask — what makes for a great host?

As the Oscars goes host-less for the first time in 30 years, we ask — what makes for a great host?

Oscar statue watches over the 91st Oscars Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California.; Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® Following the controversy and subsequent stepping down of Kevin Hart from the Oscars hosting gig, the Academy has officially announced that the 91st Academy Awards will be foregoing a host altogether. Instead, […]