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BC-CA--California News Digest 4:30 pm, CA

January 5, 2019

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in California. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Los Angeles bureau at 213-626-1200, losangeles@ap.org, or to the AP-San Francisco bureau at 415-495-1708, sanfrancisco@ap.org. Robert Jablon is on the news desk. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

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MODESTO, Calif. _ A memorial service is scheduled Saturday for Cpl. Ronil Singh, the police officer whom authorities say was killed by a man who was in the country illegally.


As the partial government shutdown drags on, private organizations, local businesses, volunteers and state governments are putting up the money and manpower to keep national parks across the U.S. open, safe and clean for visitors. But it is a makeshift arrangement that hasn’t prevented some parks from closing and trash from piling up, and it could become ineffective if the shutdown lingers.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ One of the advantages of being in government for 50 years, said California Gov. Jerry Brown, is that “you get to make mistakes that you then get to correct.” He leaves office having radically reshaped the most populous state’s criminal justice system twice _ once as a young governor in the 1970s and 1980s, again as a septuagenarian.

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SAN DIEGO — In Washington, it’s all about the wall. At the border, it’s only part of the story. Border authorities are struggling with outdated facilities ill-equipped to handle the growing increase in family migrants, resulting in immigrants being released onto the streets every day. The immigration court system is so clogged that some wait years for their cases to be resolved, and lacks funding to pay for basic things like in-person translators. An increase in sick children arriving at the border is putting a strain on medical resources. By Colleen Long and Elliot Spagat. SENT: 950 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO _ The parent company of California’s largest utility is assessing its finances and structure in the wake of wildfires that could expose it to billions of dollars in liability. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The head of a California-based health care company pleaded guilty Friday to trying to bribe an Alabama lawmaker to push legislation that would benefit his clinics. SENT: 200 words.


Supercross racing took a huge hit in 2015 when four-time champion Ryan Villopoto unexpectedly retired. Two years later, four-time champion Ryan Dungey put up his kickstand for good. But heading into this weekend’s season opener in Anaheim, California, the series has four talented rookies joining the circuit for the 2019 season. By Sports Writer John Marshall. SENT: 550 words, photos.


COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Los Angeles Chargers will wait until Saturday before deciding if tight end Hunter Henry will be added to the roster for the postseason. By Sports Writer Joe Reedy. SENT: 500 words.


_ WOMAN FILMING ATTACK KILLED _ A woman who witnessed a man beating a woman on a sidewalk in San Francisco was fatally stabbed by the suspect after she started recording him on her cell phone.

_ BIZARRE BANK ROBBERY _ Authorities are holding a man they say tried to rob a San Diego County bank, then told frightened customers to call 911, stripped to his underwear and awaited arrest.



SAN DIEGO _ A decorated Navy SEAL pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of premeditated murder and other crimes in the stabbing death of a teenage Islamic State prisoner in Iraq last year and the shooting of unarmed Iraqi civilians. By Julie Watson. SENT: 700 words, photos.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Xavier Becerra became perhaps the nation’s most influential attorney general when he was named California’s top lawyer two years ago, and he has since used his post atop what some call the “Resistance State” to pummel President Donald Trump’s administration with dozens of legal actions. By Don Thompson. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.


WASHINGTON _ The Department of Homeland Security has asked the military to provide more help securing the U.S.-Mexico border, two defense officials said Friday amid a political standoff over President Donald Trump’s demand for more money to build a border wall. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 347 words.



NEWMAN, Calif. _ The flag-draped casket of a California police officer who authorities say was gunned down by a man in the country illegally was carried in a procession Friday through the streets he once patrolled to a public viewing in a community theater. SENT: 387 words, photos.


YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. _ A man died after falling into a river at Yosemite National Park on Christmas Day, the National Park Service said Friday. SENT: 250 words, photos.


_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-MUIR WOODS _ Muir Woods National Monument in Northern California will close beginning on Monday due to problems with overflowing trash cans and toilets during the partial government shutdown.

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE _ The Mojave National Preserve has closed the parking lot and area around the historic Kelso Depot due to problems of trash, vandalism and damage amid the partial federal government shutdown.


_ REDWOODS PREDATOR-TRAPPING _ The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has agreed to a specific timeline to consider whether to ban the trapping of the imperiled Humboldt marten. The Humboldt marten is a cat-like creature that’s related to the mink and lives in coastal forests in southern Oregon and northern California.

_ CENSURED JUDGE RETIRES _ A California judge who was disciplined for courtroom comments and ordering the release of a jailed acquaintance has retired.

_ DOG ABUSE-SENTENCE _ Prosecutors in Northern California say a man has been sentenced to jail time for the brutal beating of his 9-month-old puppy.



LOS ANGELES _ People relied on the most popular mobile weather app to make plans and figure out how to dress for the elements, but its owners used it to track their every step and profit off that information, Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday. By Brian Melley. SENT: 450 words.


_ SAN DIEGO POLICE SHOOTING _ San Diego police say a knife-wielding man who advanced toward officers was shot and wounded.

_ HOMICIDE-NEXT-OF-KIN _ San Diego police have released the name of a homicide victim whose next-of-kin can’t be located.



NEW YORK _ Dramatic period pieces will vie for the top comedy-musical awards and song-stuffed movies are poised to dominate the dramatic categories. Welcome to the 71st annual Golden Globes. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 752 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Prodded by Ellen DeGeneres, comic Kevin Hart says he’ll reconsider his decision to step down as host of the Academy Awards. Hart had backed away two days after being named host last month when some homophobic tweets he had made a decade ago resurfaced. But DeGeneres urged him to host the show during an interview that aired Friday on her talk show. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 534 words, photo.


LOS ANGELES _ The wine was flowing and the atmosphere relaxed Friday at the American Film Institute Awards, which brought out some of Hollywood’s brightest stars of the moment, from Emily Blunt to Michael B. Jordan, for a celebratory luncheon in Los Angeles. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 450 words. UPCOMING: photos.


PALM SPRINGS, Calif. _ Bradley Cooper, Spike Lee, Olivia Colman and other Oscar contenders kicked off Hollywood’s 2019 awards season with an emotional trip to the desert city of Palm Springs. The Palm Springs International Film Festival gala was a familiar setting for Cooper, who received director of the year honors on Thursday. By Entertainment Writer Ryan Pearson. SENT: 407 words, photos.


_ PRODUCERS GUILD AWARDS-NOMINEES _ The producers behind hits “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “A Star Is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” are among the 10 nominees for the top prize at the Producers Guild Awards.

_ NAACP IMAGE AWARDS _ The NAACP Image Awards will be televised live for the first time from the Dolby Theatre. Photo.



SANTA CLARA, Calif. _ The Clemson Tigers are set to square off against the Crimson Tide for the fourth straight year in the College Football Playoff in Monday night’s title game. While most of the players have changed since Alabama won the first meeting for the championship in January 2016, the coaches have remained the same. By Sports Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 874 words, photos.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ Alabama’s Irv Smith Jr. has become a dangerous option for the Crimson Tide as both a pass catcher and blocker heading into Monday night’s national championship game against Clemson in Santa Clara, California. By Sports Writer John Zenor. SENT: 658 words, photos.


Supercross racing took a huge hit in 2015 when four-time champion Ryan Villopoto unexpectedly retired. Two years later, four-time champion Ryan Dungey put up his kickstand for good. Two of the sport’s biggest names and greatest champions gone, leaving a gap that could have sent the sport on a downward spiral. By Sports Writer John Marshall. SENT: 530 words.


ANAHEIM, Calif. _ The Vegas Golden Knights visit the Anaheim Ducks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


PHOENIX _ The Los Angeles Clippers visit the Phoenix Suns. By Jack Magruder. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ LeBron James is expected to miss his fifth straight game when the Lakers host the Knicks in the annual cross-country showdown between major-market teams that have seen better days. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


STANFORD, Calif. _ No. 6 Stanford hosts Southern California. By Rick Eymer. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 8 p.m.


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. _ Holy Names plays Cal Poly at Robert A. Mott Gymnasium. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.


RIVERSIDE, Calif. _ Bethesda plays UC Riverside at UCR Student Recreation Center.


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