Photo: FBI Director James Comey testifies before the House Intelligence Committee hearing into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 20, 2017. (Joshua Roberts/ Reuters)
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FBI Director James Comey said today that the Russians did try to influence the U.S. election by hacking into DNC emails and by trying to access voter registration databases. Comey says the FBI is investigating whether that hacking was coordinated with the Trump campaign. Today we get the perspective from Russia.
Last November, California voters said yes to raising taxes on cigarettes. The new tax is estimated to bring in more than $1 billion this year to help fund health care. Governor Jerry Brown wants to use the money to boost spending on Medi-Cal. Doctors’ groups want the money to increase reimbursements for taking Medi-Cal patients.
At a DUI checkpoint in downtown San Diego on Friday, police officers were using a special device -- the Dräger 5000 -- to test for seven drugs, including marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines. But the device doesn’t reveal the levels of drugs in someone’s system -- just whether they’re there. And there could be some civil rights violations when police use it.
Students who enroll at Black Rock High School have fallen far behind in traditional school and struggle to earn a diploma. They deal with poverty, unstable homes and emotional trauma. A new documentary called “The Bad Kids” shows how the school’s principal and staff mentor the kids and get them back on track. The film premieres March 20th on PBS.
Black Rock High School Principal Vonda Viland and a student named Lee, in the documentary “The Bad Kids.” (Photo courtesy of Low Key Pictures)
THE BAD KIDS
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