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
Malibu -- wealthy and white -- is now a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants. We find out how actor Martin Sheen spurred that action.
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Some undocumented immigrants consider self-deportation The Senate voted on four immigration bills this week, but all failed. We get reaction from an El Segundo-based woman who used to be a DACA recipient, but got a green card a few years ago. Her cousins are DACA recipients, and her brother and parents are undocumented. She says her parents are considering self-deporting.
What we know about the mass school shooting in Florida On Wednesday, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz fatally shot 17 people at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida. The Anti-Defamation League says he was affiliated with a white supremacist group. We learn about this group, hear what politicians have to say about the incident, and remember those who’ve died at school shootings since Sandy Hook.
California DACA recipient fights for permanent fix This week, the Senate is debating and voting on an immigration bill -- or bills. We talk about what might come out of it. We also get a personal story of one DACA recipient, who quit her job and spent her savings to travel to Washington DC to advocate for a permanent DACA fix.
How common is domestic abuse? White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned last week after his two ex-wives and a former girlfriend accused him of physical and emotional abuse. Domestic violence affects women across the board. We talk with a wealthy, Harvard-educated woman who was married to an abusive man.
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