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BC-CA--California News Digest 1:30 pm, CA

February 22, 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. John Antczak is on the Los Angeles news desk, followed by Robert Jablon. Olga Rodriguez is on the San Francisco news desk. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. _ A California couple pleaded guilty Friday to torture and years of abuse that included shackling some of their 13 children to beds and starving them to the point it stunted their growth. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach, 800 words, video.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The 2018 election left California Republicans in dismal shape, with no statewide officeholders, just seven of 53 U.S. House seats, less than a quarter of all state legislative seats and third-place status in voter registration behind independents and Democrats. Now the party faithful are gathering to decide who among three candidates should lead the state GOP into 2020 as President Donald Trump seeks re-election but is a virtual lock to suffer another blowout loss in California. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 896 words, photos.


_ CONSERVATIVE CONFRONTATION-BERKELEY _ University of California, Berkeley, police say they’re investigating an attack on a conservative activist who was punched in the face while recruiting on campus.


LOS ANGELES _ Virgin Galactic’s rocket plane reached space for a second time in a test flight over California on Friday, climbing higher and faster than before while also carrying a crewmember to evaluate the long-awaited passenger experience. By John Antczak. SENT: 680 words, photos, video.


LOS ANGELES _ The 91st Academy Awards lack a host but not intrigue. Among the questions heading into Sunday’s show are whether Netflix can win its first best picture Oscar. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 850 words, photos.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered additional DNA testing Friday on evidence that a death-row inmate says will prove his innocence in a 35-year-old murder case that has drawn national attention. By Don Thompson. SENT: 624 words, photos.



OAKLAND, Calif. _ Teachers walk picket lines for a second day, as union leaders resume talks with school administrators and vow to press ahead with demands for higher pay, smaller class sizes and more school resources. By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 600 words, photos.


RICHMOND, Va. _ Virginia House Republicans have announced plans to hold a public hearing where Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and the two women who have recently accused him of sexual assault can testify, a move that will likely inflame a partisan battle over the General Assembly’s role in investigating the allegations. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 545 words, photos.


_ EMERGENCY LANDING-MCCARRAN _ An airplane flight from Palm Springs made an emergency landing at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas after a passenger reported a medical problem.

_ CALIFORNIA STORMS LOS ANGELES _ Lingering cold air is keeping Southern California frigid following a storm that dropped snow at elevations rarely seen in the Los Angeles region.



SAN FRANCISCO _ YouTube’s year-in-review video is usually a celebration of video creators who upload free clips — sometimes wacky, sometimes personal, sometimes offensive — that the company then sells ads against. But this time, the video-sharing network provoked a backlash from creators and viewers with “Rewind 2018,” which sidelined many prominent YouTubers in favor of mainstream celebrities and an inclusive, feel-good message. By Rachel Lerman. SENT: 910 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Several phone apps are sending sensitive user data to Facebook, including health information, without users’ consent, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 370 words, photos.


_ RENO HOUSING PROJECT-LAWSUIT _ The California-based developers of a proposed housing development in a natural flood plain in Reno have filed a lawsuit accusing the city of blocking the project for political reasons.



LOS ANGELES _ By the time filmmaker Ava DuVernay got to Vanity Fair and Lancome’s Women in Hollywood pre-Oscars event Thursday night, she had already been to two other events that day. Such is the life in the days leading up to the Academy Awards Sunday, where it can often seem like there are more parties than there are nominees to go around. By AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 320 words.


PARK CITY, Utah _ Believe it or not, Hollywood executives told Dwayne Johnson “no thanks” when he pitched his latest movie. So the artist forever known as The Rock put on his independent film producer hat and went outside the studio system to make “Fighting With My Family.” By Entertainment Writer Ryan Pearson. SENT: 940 words, photos.


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. _ Even with rain clouds threatening from above, the spirits, and heels, were high at Diane von Furstenberg’s idyllic Coldwater Canyon property Thursday afternoon. The famed fashion designer and philanthropist had invited all the female Oscar nominees to gather at her home before the Academy Awards Sunday for an event that gave new meaning to the term “power lunch.” By Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 743 words, photos.



PEORIA, Ariz. _ Manny Machado pulled on a dark blue San Diego hat and slipped a crisp No. 13 Padres jersey over his broad shoulders. “It’s finally over,” Machado said with a grin. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 880 words, photos.


CALGARY _ The Anaheim Ducks visit the Calgary Flames. UPCOMING: Game starts at 6 p.m.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ The Memphis Grizzlies host the Los Angeles Clippers in their first game after the All-Star break. By Clay Bailey. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.


STANFORD, Calif. _ No. 7 Stanford, which is coming off a sweep of the LA schools, hosts Arizona on Friday night. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.


CORVALLIS, Ore. The Oregon Ducks, coming a loss to rival Oregon State on Monday, hosts UCLA. By Ron Richmond. UPCOMING: 600 words and photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.


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