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Check out all the free stuff at the library: 3-D printers, VR headsets and more |Sep 1, 2017

If you haven’t visited your library for a while, you may be surprised. Sure, the books, music and movies are still there, but libraries across Southern California are also offering computers, virtual reality game consoles and other items, along with a wealth of free classes and community events.

Construction firms can’t find enough skilled workers amid too much demand for fixing up homes, granny flats |Aug 30, 2017

Construction firms are grappling with a shortage of workers, and contractors in California and other western states are among the hardest hit. That’s the upshot of an industry-wide

What’s streaming on Amazon Prime, Netflix in September: ‘Jerry Before Seinfeld,’ ‘Transparent’ and Paul Hollywood hits the road, more |Aug 28, 2017

With all the television shows and movies streaming in September, there’s plenty to choose from. Like Jerry Seinfeld, for instance. Named the highest paid comedian of 2017 by Forbes, he’s obviously still doing something right.

Californians have twice as much debt as income. That could mean trouble if another recession hits. |Aug 25, 2017

A newly released ranking of states mostly likely to survive the next recession finds California on shaky ground. The report from

Interior Department won’t eliminate national monuments but some may shrink |Aug 24, 2017

The San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, as well as others ordered reviewed by President Donald Trump, will not be eliminated, but many should be reduced in size, according to documents released Thursday.

Why City of Industry got 2,500 acres for half its $100 million offer |Aug 24, 2017

CITY OF INDUSTRY >> The City of Industry secured 2,500 acres of ranch land outside its borders eyed for a solar farm for less than half the appraised value after agreeing to forever protect the land from housing development.

Sentence handed down to South Pasadena man who murdered his 5-year-old son, details emerge |Aug 23, 2017

ALHAMBRA >> A South Pasadena man was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison for smothering his 5-year-old son then leaving the body in a wooded area in Santa Barbara County. A day before the murder, Aramazd Andressian Sr.

Report: California needs to address housing crisis to meet long-term climate change goals |Aug 22, 2017

California’s economy grew robustly during the past decade even as state-imposed environmental standards to combat climate-change helped lower greenhouse gas emissions. But authors of a report released Tuesday cautioned that the future might not be so rosy: They found that transportation-related emissions have begun to rise due in part to longer commute times for California workers who can’t afford to live in the cities where they work.

100 supporters, 4 local members of Congress blast Trump’s review of national monuments |Aug 22, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> At a rally Tuesday, four local members of Congress blasted President Trump’s executive order that called for the review of dozens of national monuments, which they fear could mean scaling back or eliminating those protected natural areas entirely.

Southland Assembly members divided on immigration bill |Aug 22, 2017

A bill that would further limit interactions between California law enforcement agencies and federal immigration agents is getting a mixed reception from Southern California Assembly members, with at least several still undecided.

La Verne City Council approves water rate increases |Aug 22, 2017

LA VERNE >> Customers of La Verne’s water system can expect to see higher water bills beginning Oct. 1. City Council members approved a resolution calling for an increase in the city’s water rates.

Covina man crashes Harley-Davidson, dies in Diamond Bar |Aug 21, 2017

DIAMOND BAR — The coroner’s office today released the name of a 33-year-old man killed in a single-vehicle crash near Diamond Bar in unincorporated Los Angeles County while riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Diamond Bar man to be sentenced for selling illegal sex-boosting ‘herbs’ |Aug 21, 2017

LOS ANGELES — A Diamond Bar man faces possible prison time today for illegally importing the active ingredients used in erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra and Cialis and repackaging the drugs for sale as herbal sexual enhancement products.

When will clouds and fog clear for solar eclipse in Southern California? |Aug 21, 2017

Wait. It’s Eclipse Day in L.A. But will the morning clouds burn off, so we can experience the historic event? Here’s the forecast: We’ll have low clouds, fog and drizzle this morning on an otherwise sunny day.

LA’s eclipse-watchers flock to Griffith Park Observatory for a real ‘Solarpalooza’ |Aug 21, 2017

“L.A., we’re in an eclipse!” With those words at exactly 10:21 a.m. Monday, spectators at the Griffith Observatory erupted into a loud cheer. As the echo reverberated down the mountain, the bright, sunny sky suddenly turned murky, as if someone had activated a giant Instagram filter over the City of Angels.

Photos: The 2017 solar eclipse seen from Southern California and across the U.S. |Aug 21, 2017

The clouds cleared by the time the solar eclipse began Monday morning on the West Coast, and astronomers young and old, amateur and professional turned their attention -- and their protective-glasses-covered eyes -- to the sky to view the rare celestial event.

Gas company could clear monitoring site from Rancho Cucamonga neighborhood |Aug 21, 2017

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Preliminary results show a residential neighborhood that once experienced elevated methane gas levels from a

Colonies corruption case halts so jury and defendants can view eclipse |Aug 21, 2017

At the Colonies bribery trial in San Bernardino, jurors were given a 45-minute break by Judge Michael A. Smith just before 10 a.m. to observe the eclipse. “If you don’t have the appropriate glasses, do not look directly at the sun,” Smith said.

Like everyone else, NASA’s space telescope stared at the Sun during the eclipse |Aug 21, 2017

PASADENA >> A week before the Great American Eclipse, scientists at NASA and Caltech decided they didn’t want a small space telescope to miss out on the show. As people across the nation looked upward, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, turned toward the eclipse too.

Diamond Bar man sentenced for importing ingredients in Viagra, Cialis and selling them as herbal supplements |Aug 21, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> A Diamond Bar man was sentenced Monday to three months behind bars, followed by six months under electronic monitoring, for illegally importing the active ingredients used in erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra and Cialis and repackaging the substances for sale as herbal sexual enhancement products.

Toddler hit by vehicle in Eastvale dies from injuries |Aug 21, 2017

A toddler who was seriously injured when struck by a vehicle in Eastvale has died, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

Security scare at Ontario International Airport proves to be false |Aug 21, 2017

A possible security scare at Ontario International Airport proved to be false Sunday night. Police were alerted around 10 p.m. when officials conducting a security scan felt a laptop looked suspicious and unusual, Ontario Police Sgt.

BJ’s Brewhouse begins bringing craft beer to your door |Aug 21, 2017

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse has begun delivering craft beer to people’s homes. Representatives of the Huntington Beach restaurant chain say the alcohol delivery pilot program is available from these of BJ’s Inland restaurants.

Inland Assemblyman Chad Mayes remains as GOP leader — for now |Aug 21, 2017

Embattled Inland Assemblyman Chad Mayes will remain GOP caucus leader — at least for now — after a vote to remove him came up short late Monday afternoon, Aug. 21. The motion to vacate the chair — essentially, to fire Mayes — failed by three votes, Mayes spokesman Matt Mahon said.

Thousands gather across Inland Empire to view partial solar eclipse |Aug 21, 2017

Thousands of people across the Inland Empire ventured outside Monday and gathered at viewing sites to get a glimpse of the partial solar eclipse. About 2,000 people crowded around UC Riverside’s bell tower, many strung out in long lines to await the chance to squint through a telescope.

‘One-stop’ Parent Center opening in Jurupa Valley |Aug 21, 2017

They register their kids in one place, head elsewhere for a bus pass and go to another location for language testing. Parents must travel a lot to receive various services in the Jurupa Unified School District.

Anthem’s exit leaves thousands without health insurance choice in California |Aug 21, 2017

For about 60,000 Covered California customers, choosing a health plan next year will be easier, and possibly more painful, than ever: There will be only one insurer left in their communities after Anthem Blue Cross of California pulls out of much of the state’s individual market.

Effort to increase number of LA County supervisors hits roadblock in Sacramento |Aug 21, 2017

A state effort to expand the number of seats on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors stalled in Sacramento Monday, but its backers remain hopeful. The constitutional amendment submitted in May by State Sen.

Pennywise Partners with Eureka’s Lost Coast Brewery |Aug 21, 2017

Punk rock music, beer and good times are all pretty much synonymous, which is why it made perfect sense for Pennywise to release its own craft beer. The quartet from Hermosa Beach partnered with Eureka’s Lost Coast Brewery for the release of Pennywiser, a Session IPA that will be available in limited release in Southern California starting Wednesday, Sept.

Mt. Baldy hiker helps 2 others in need of rescue |Aug 21, 2017

Two hikers lost on Mt. Baldy were found and rescued Sunday by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies thanks to another hiker’s distress signal. Kathleen Hertzer, 42, of Los Angeles and Lindsay Zimmerman, 33, of Indianapolis, Indiana, made their way up Falls Road from Manker Flats about 9 a.

Rent headaches: 8 reasons why Southern California feels the financial pinch |Aug 20, 2017

The rent check can sting in Southern California. The regional cost of renting has surged at double the pace of overall inflation so far this century. Renters in Los Angeles and Orange counties give more of their paychecks to the landlord than any other metro in the nation.

Crackdowns begin on seat-hoggers, loud talkers and manspreading on buses and trains |Aug 20, 2017

The woman seated next to them on the Metro Blue Line began speaking louder, and her words became more profane. She started cursing at her boyfriend who had his hand under her shirt. Then, when she announced in full voice she would take off her top and flash the train, that was the last straw.

DUI suspect gouges eye, punches, kicks Upland police officers, authorities say |Aug 20, 2017

UPLAND >> A probationer punched and tried to gouge the eyes of an Upland police officer who had pulled him over Saturday night, causing injuries that sent the officer to the hospital, authorities say.

8 solar eclipse questions answered for Southern Californians |Aug 20, 2017

What’s the big deal today? Surely you’ve heard. The world — the universe! — has been talking up the solar eclipse.

These graphics offer a quick look at San Bernardino County schools |Aug 20, 2017

Education statistics can help tell schools’ stories. As San Bernardino County campuses get the new school year underway, ever wonder what’s the largest local school system? Or what dropout and graduation rates are in the county? Or how many youths, on average, are learning in local classrooms? While students and teachers get re-acclimated to their classrooms for the 2017-18 school year, here’s a graphics-driven look at education in San Bernardino County.

How Big Bear Lake’s solar observatory is contributing to eclipse study |Aug 20, 2017

Most solar telescopes these days are in space. But there is still an active ground-based one perched at the end of a jetty on Big Bear Lake. Astronomers there are excited about today’s eclipse.

Toddler struck by vehicle, seriously hurt in Eastvale |Aug 20, 2017

A toddler was taken to the hospital with serious injures after being hit by a vehicle in Eastvale on Sunday afternoon, the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department reported. The child was hit in the 5800 block of Hamner Avenue shortly before 2:35 p.

Attorney says store closures could fuel a retail ‘Armageddon’ |Aug 19, 2017

They’re falling like dominos. It seems that we can’t go a week without a major retailer announcing store closures or declaring bankruptcy. And malls? They’re being hollowed out as companies seek to right-size their operations in the face of increasing online competition.

Parents of Inland Empire autistic kids aim to remove the stress from eating out |Aug 19, 2017

The stares. The dirty looks. The criticism of their parenting. It was all too much for Mike and Cassidi Rand. Every time the Victorville couple dined out with their autistic son, they felt like other patrons were judging them, whether they said anything to them or not.

How much bonding time you get with your baby is determined by how many co-workers you have. Is that fair? |Aug 19, 2017

When Cat Crist gave birth, she got 14 weeks off to recover from a caesarian delivery and nurse her new son. Her job was held for her return, and, if she chooses, she is entitled to another six weeks of unpaid leave during his first year.

How do I get parental leave in California? It changes based on whether SB 63 becomes law |Aug 19, 2017

Rules governing who is eligible for parental leave and pay are complex, depending on such factors as how many hours you work, whether you pay into the state disability fund, how long you have worked for your current employer, as well as how many workers your employer has and where they are located.

What a show at Ontario Convention Center reveals about policing’s past |Aug 19, 2017

ONTARIO >> The symbols of law enforcement’s storied past fill the Ontario Convention Center this weekend, but some of the best stories came from what’s not there. Smiling at an old radio, Albert vande Steeg, president of the Ontario Police Museum, recalled that they only had a range of about 10 miles when he became an Ontario police officer.

Southern California has a split personality |Aug 19, 2017

The longer I’ve lived in Southern California the more I realize we’re a tale of two regions. On the one side, we have the Southern California that’s depicted in movies and on TV.

Candidate for governor Antonio Villaraigosa stops by Riverside, calls the Inland Empire an area of ‘strivers’ |Aug 18, 2017

Gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa said during a stop in Riverside on Wednesday, Aug. 16, that he wants Inland cities such as Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Fontana to be known as “Villaraigosa country.

4 injured in motorcycle chase that ends in wrong-way Diamond Bar crash |Aug 18, 2017

DIAMOND BAR >> Four people were injured Friday, two critically, when a motorcycle that had been chased by the California Highway Patrol collided head-on with a car while going the west on the eastbound 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar, authorities said.

Fontana siblings connected to string of vehicle burglaries in Mountain Home |Aug 18, 2017

MOUNTAIN HOME >> A brother-sister team of vehicle burglars were foiled when they reportedly stole an electronic device from a bait vehicle that led detectives to the discovery of more stolen items, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials said.

Why 2 Inland Empire convicted murderers are now eligible for parole |Aug 18, 2017

A drunken Paul Carrillo in February 1981 decided he wanted to ride around in a taxi one night without paying. So he and a friend summoned a taxi and struck driver Stanley Pace in the head with a 2-by-4 with nails.

Dine 909: Local breweries joining Inland Empire Restaurant Week |Aug 18, 2017

It’s back ...Inland Empire Restaurant Week has returned! The event gives participants a chance to discover new restaurants or revisit old favorites at a special price.

California adds jobs in July — LA County, Inland Empire also see increases |Aug 18, 2017

California employers added 82,600 jobs in July and the region’s year-over-year gain of 276,400 jobs was the second largest in the nation, according to figures released Friday. “That was the largest job gain for the state since April of last year,” said economist Robert Kleinhenz, executive director of economic research for

Chuck E. Cheese to phase out animatronic shows |Aug 18, 2017

The Chuck E. Cheese band is breaking up, or at least they’ll going to have fewer gigs in the coming years. A recent CBS report reveals that the company’s popular performing animatronic figures will be phased out in the company’s newly updated locations.