The California primary election is Tuesday June 5. Democrats want to take over Congress this election cycle, and California Democrats are making a big push to do their part. They‘ve targeted a number of Republican-held seats. One of them is the 45th district in northern Orange County, which includes Irvine and Mission Viejo. Republican Mimi Walters currently represents that district.
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China is not taking a lot of our garbage anymore, and that’s a big problem for recycling. This year, China banned different kinds of plastic and paper, and tightened standards for what it does accept. China’s new rules are forcing cities to scramble to find other countries to accept their trash, and to rethink consumption and waste habits.
Annie Leonard, founder of Greenpeace USA. Photo courtesy of Leonard.
When we donate clothes to Goodwill, we think we’re recycling and being generous at the same time. Often, our old clothes end up in Africa because that’s where Goodwill has been sending them. But now some African countries are saying, “Thanks, but no thanks.” In Rwanda, President Paul Kagame wants to ban all imports of used clothes by 2019 -- in an effort to bolster the domestic economy.
Ghana-based journalist Ismail Akwei.
Credit: Rey Vladyc Mangouta/ El Rey Photography.
Haifaa Al-Mansour is the first Saudi woman to direct a film. Her movie "Wadjda” was Saudi Arabia’s first submission for an Oscar. Her latest work is "Mary Shelley," a biopic of the “Frankenstein” author. In Saudi Arabia, women aren’t allowed to make major decisions alone. They can't sign a contract or make travel plans. And they must be covered in public.
Filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour at KCRW. Photo by Amy Ta.
Elle Fanning as the lead in "Mary Shelley." Photo courtesy of IFC Films.
Police had released a photo of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko’s body, laying in a pool of blood with three gunshot wounds in his back. He was apparently assassinated in Ukraine. But this morning, Babchenko walked up to the microphone during a press conference in Kiev about his own murder. He had been working with Ukrainian police to fake his own assassination -- to foil an actual plot against his life.
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