FROM Ron Lin
Will Banning Raves Prevent Overdoses? Two young women died this weekend at a rave at the Fairplex in Pomona. County supervisors suspect overdoses from MDMA or Ecstasy. As investigations continue, they're considering a moratorium on permitting such events on county property. Ron Lin is reporting the story for the LA Times .
El Niño: Is It Coming, or Is It Here? Scattered thunderstorms are again battering the mountain and high desert areas with potential for flooding rain, fierce lightning and even hail. An El Niño, as it's known, could mean beneficial rain to combat a four-year drought in the region. But it could also mean some potentially dangerous and damaging weather as well.
New Focus on Vaccination Rates at Child Care Centers Measles outbreaks used to occur in low-income areas where parents couldn't afford vaccinations. Now, they're happening in the wealthy suburbs of Orange and Los Angeles Counties. On the campus of Santa Monica High School, a confirmed case at the Infant Toddler Center has 14 other babies staying home for the next 21 days. The outbreak has moved one Los Angeles pediatrician to post a notice on Facebook , and in his waiting room, that he won't see children whose parents refuse to have them vaccinated.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.