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You Lose Your Home in a Fire — Then What?

You Lose Your Home in a Fire — Then What? Karina Gonzalez and her family of 14 lost their home in the Ranch fire, part of the Mendocino Complex. They're living out of tents now, and worry they won't be able to find affordable housing for all of them in Mendocino County. Reporter: Hope McKenney Bill to End Cash Bail in California Moves Forward But Loses Some Support California would eliminate cash bail by next fall and replace it with a system that weighs a criminal offender's risk to the community, under a bill that cleared a key legislative committee yesterday. Reporter: Marisa Lagos Immigrant from Senegal May Lose His Citizenship Over Marriage Fraud Charges The U.S. Attorney's office in San Francisco is seeking to revoke the citizenship of an immigrant from Senegal on charges that he committed marriage fraud. The case may be part of a larger investigation of African and Middle Eastern men. Reporter: Julie Small Sexual Abuse Survivors Push for California Attorney General Investigation This week, a Pennsylvania Grand Jury report alleged a massive cover-up in which the Catholic Church protected priests who it says abused more than a-thousand children. Now, survivors in California are pushing for a grand jury here. Reporter: Michelle Wiley

Cyber Attacks Against California Congressional Candidate

Cyber Attacks Against California Congressional Candidate Cyber attacks were put into play against the primary opponent of 15 term Congressional Republican Dana Rohrabacher, a defender of President Trump and a lawmaker sometimes referred to as Putin's favorite Congressman. Rolling Stone DC Bureau Chief Andy Kroll broke the story yesterday after getting his hands on emails and forensic records around the interference into the southern California race Guest: Rolling Stone DC Bureau Chief Andy Kroll Alleged Al-Qaeda and ISIS Agent Arrested in Sacramento County Federal agents arrested a refugee by the name of Omar Ameen in Sacramento County yesterday. He's accused of working for Al-Qaeda and ISIS in Iraq, where he is alleged to have killed an Iraqi policeman in 2014. Guest: Sacramento Bee Reporter Sam Sifton Wildfire Smoke Undoing Gains in Central Valley Air Quality In recent decades, communities in the Central Valley have made good progress toward improving the state's worst air quality. But new research reveals that now, smoke from all these wildfires is undermining those gains. Reporter: Alex Hall Wildfires Around California Turning the Corner ... For Now It's been a tough summer for wildfires. Hundreds of thousands of acres have been burned, several thousand homes destroyed, and at least 11 people have died. But, things seem to be turning the corner, at least for now. Guest: Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jonathon Cox State Lawmakers Appear Close to Deal on Bail Reform State lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown appear close to a deal to eliminate cash bail in California but some criminal justice reform advocates say they won't support the compromise. Reporter: Marisa Lagos Will The US Government Acknowledge Wrongdoing In Family Separations? Three California state senators want the nation's top leaders to apologize to immigrant children who were separated from their parents at the border. The largely symbolic, joint resolution is planned for debate today in the state legislature. Reporter: Jean Guerrero 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin Dies at 76 Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ″I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.

ACLU Argues in Court for Army Veteran's Citizenship Application

ACLU Argues in Court for Army Veteran's Citizenship Application 29-year old Yea Ji Sea was born in South Korea but grew up in Los Angeles. She joined the military under a program that would have fast-tracked her naturalization, but her application stalled. Now she faces deportation. The ACLU went to court to ask the federal government ... Continue reading ACLU Argues in Court for Army Veteran's Citizenship Application →

Firefighter Dies Fighting Mendocino Complex Fire

Firefighter Dies Fighting Mendocino Complex Fire At a press conference last night fire officials confirmed that the Mendocino Complex Fire, the largest in California history, has now become deadly. A firefighter from Utah died fighting an active part of the Ranch Fire. The Mendocino Complex has burning roughly 350,000 acres. Reporter: Hope McKenney Secretary of ... Continue reading Firefighter Dies Fighting Mendocino Complex Fire →

Wildfire Destruction Has Doubled From Last Year, Homeland Security Secretary Meets With Gov. Brown

Wildfire Destruction Has Doubled From Last Year, Homeland Security Secretary Meets With Gov. Brown Over 800,000 acres have burned across the state so far this year. That's more than twice the amount that had burned by this point last year. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is telling California residents to prepare for future major ... Continue reading Wildfire Destruction Has Doubled From Last Year, Homeland Security Secretary Meets With Gov. Brown →

Wildfire Destruction Has Doubled From Last Year, Homeland Security Secretary Meets With Gov. Brown

8th Person Dies in Connection with Carr Fire

8th Person Dies in Connection with Carr Fire An eighth person died Thursday in connection with the massive Carr Fire. 40-year-old Andrew Brake was a Heavy Equipment Mechanic for Cal Fire. He was killed in a traffic collision while driving a Cal Fire pickup truck on a state highway. Hundreds of Migrant Children Still Separated From Their Families, Despite Court Order Nearly 600 migrant children remain in U.S. custody, two weeks after a federal judge's deadline to reunite nearly 3,000 of them with their parents. Reunions of these remaining families are expected to take longer because many of the parents have been deported. Reporter: Julie Small California Lawmakers Approve Audit of LA County Department of Children and Family Services California lawmakers gave the thumbs up to a bipartisan request for an audit of the Los Angeles County Child welfare, following the death of a 10 year old boy. It is being reported that the boy's sexual orientation may have been an issue in his home. Immigration Judges File Grievance with U.S. Justice Department This week, the National Association of Immigration Judges filed a formal grievance against the U.S. Department of Justice and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. These judges, who deal with civil immigration cases, argue that due process in America's immigration courts is increasingly threatened by Donald Trump's get tough immigration policies. Reporter: Saul Gonzalez

Reunited Migrant Family Heading Home

Reunited Migrant Family Heading Home Yesterday, we brought you the story of 5-year-old Filemona, who was reunited with her parents in Guatemala City after being separated for three months as a result of the Trump Administration's "zero tolerance" policy when her father, Nazario, applied for asylum in California after crossing the border near Tecate. Her dad was deported back to the Guatemala, and Filemona stayed in a foster shelter in New York - one of the more than 430 children separated from their deported parents. The family now heads back to their village in Guatemala. Guest: Farida Jhabvala Romero Yosemite National Park Employees Face Money Problems Due to Fire Evacuation The Ferguson Fire threatening Yosemite National Park continues burning as well. Nearly 95,000 acres have been torched but firefighters are making progress and it's now 68 percent contained. Ever since officials closed parts of the Park indefinitely, many of its employees have been forced to find refuge. Reporter: Alex Hall Wildfires Push Back School Start Dates in Lake County So, it's mid August and that means it's almost back to school time. Some kids won't be grabbing their lunchboxes quite yet though, as the fires push back the start of the school year. The Mendocino Complex Fire will delay the start of at least four Lake County schools, impacting more than five thousand students. Settlement Reached in Case Against Southern California Gas Over Methane Leak State and local officials have reached a 120-million dollar settlement with Southern California Gas – it'll resolve public claims over the largest methane leak in U.S. history. But not everyone is happy with it. Reporter: Molly Peterson

Reunification: Young Migrant Girl Comes Home to Her Family in Guatemala

Reunification: Young Migrant Girl Comes Home to Her Family in Guatemala Three months ago, a little girl named Filemona was separated from her father in California as the two tried to cross the U.S. border. Her dad was deported back to the Guatemala and Filemona stayed in a foster shelter in New York. She was ... Continue reading Reunification: Young Migrant Girl Comes Home to Her Family in Guatemala →

Hundreds of Immigrant Parents Still Without Children as San Diego Judge Calls for Explanation

Hundreds of Immigrant Parents Still Without Children as San Diego Judge Calls for Explanation The U.S. Government has three days to tell a federal judge in San Diego why they are still separating more than 570 immigrant parents from their children. Government lawyers say some of these parents have committed crimes that put their children ... Continue reading Hundreds of Immigrant Parents Still Without Children as San Diego Judge Calls for Explanation →

Hundreds of Immigrant Parents Still Without Children as San Diego Judge Calls for Explanation

Carr Fire Claims Seventh Life, PG&E Lineman Working to Restore Power

Carr Fire Claims Seventh Life, PG&E Lineman Working to Restore Power Officials from PG&E say 21-year-old apprentice lineman Jay Ayeta died on Saturday working to restore power to communities affected by the Carr Fire burning in Shasta County. Six other people have been killed due to this fire. As of Monday morning, the blaze had ... Continue reading Carr Fire Claims Seventh Life, PG&E Lineman Working to Restore Power →

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