BC-CA--California News Digest 4:30 pm, CA
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CALIFORNIA POLICE-OVERTIME FRAUD
The California Highway Patrol has suspended the police powers of numerous officers and supervisors in the agency’s East Los Angeles office after discovering fraudulent overtime records. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be expanded.
COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT PLAN
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Two states in the U.S. West have work to do on a plan to combat the shrinking supply of Colorado River water that 40 million people depend on but that’s threatened by a prolonged drought, a federal official said Friday. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 710 words, photos.
NET NEUTRALITY-LEGAL FIGHT
WASHINGTON — Tech companies and nearly two dozen U.S. states clashed with the government in federal court Friday over the repeal of net neutrality, a set of Obama-era rules aimed at preventing big internet providers from discriminating against certain technology and services. By Business Writers By Marcy Gordon and Tali Arbel. SENT: 600 words, photos.
DALLAS — Wade Wilson, the quarterback who led the Minnesota Vikings to an NFC championship game and coached the position with the Dallas Cowboys for more than a decade, died on his 60th birthday Friday. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 380 words, photos.
SAN DIEGO — America’s Cup challenger Stars & Stripes Team USA says it will have a coed crew when it competes for the oldest trophy in international sports in New Zealand in 2021. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 580 words.
_ PIPELINE EXPLOSION-FINE _ Southern California Gas Co. has been fined $3.3 million over a 2017 pipeline explosion that injured one person.
_ FATAL GUN BATTLE _ A Northern California man has been arrested on suspicion of shooting a woman to death during a fight among neighbors that sent him and another man to the hospital with stab and gunshot wounds.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. spent nearly $10 million on California lobbying efforts in the year before the utility giant declared bankruptcy, spending more than any other entity seeking to influence California government in 2018. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 570 words, photos.
APPLE-FACETIME FLAW-TEEN DISCOVERY
At the heart of Apple’s shocking FaceTime bug, which allowed just about anyone to turn an iPhone into a live microphone, stands a 14-year-old boy who stumbled upon the eavesdropping flaw more than a week before Apple took action. By Technology Writer Matt O’brien. SENT: 923 words, photo, video.
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-NATIONAL PARKS
SALT LAKE CITY _ National park visitors cut new trails in sensitive soil. They pried open gates while no one was watching. They found bathrooms locked, so they went outside. One off-roader even mowed down an iconic twisted-limbed Joshua tree in California. By Brady McCombs and Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 840 words, photos.
_ELEPHANT SEAL BEACH TAKEOVER, from SAN FRANCISCO _ Tourists unable to visit a popular beach in Northern California that was taken over by a colony of nursing elephant seals during the government shutdown will be able to get an up-close view of the creatures, officials said Friday. SENT: 285 words, photos.
SAN FRANCISCO _ California prison inmates cannot hold state officials liable for contracting an airborne fungus that was more prevalent in the prison system, a U.S. appeals court said Friday in a decision throwing out the inmates’ lawsuits. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 393 words.
SAN FRANCISCO _ A powerful storm heading toward California on Friday was expected to produce heavy rainfall, damaging winds, localized stream flooding and heavy snow in the Sierra Nevada. SENT: 330 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates as storm develops.
TRUMP HAT BAN-RESTAURANT
SAN MATEO, Calif. _ A San Francisco Bay Area restaurant owner who was criticized after saying he would refuse service to anyone wearing a red “Make America Great Again” baseball cap has apologized and reversed course, saying Friday his restaurant will keep serving everyone. SENT: 284 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES _ Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday that they have declined to charge attorney Michael Avenatti with misdemeanor domestic violence but will hold hearings on the allegations. By Brian Melley. SENT: 420 words, photo.
PHOENIX _ A government report has found that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement doesn’t always properly hold accountable contractors who care for detained immigrants. SENT: 220 words, photos.
_ CANNABIS CRACKDOWN _ Search warrants have been served at 10 inland Southern California marijuana dispensaries allegedly operating without licenses.
_ HATE CRIME INVESTIGATION _ A Seattle man has pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempting to murder two men near a Los Angeles synagogue.
_ SEX TRAFFICKING-RECRUITING MINORS _ A Los Angeles prostitute who referred to herself as “the most hated hoe in LA” has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for recruiting minors to exchange money for sex.
_ HOUSE PARTY KILLINGS _ A Los Angeles County jury has convicted a 21-year-old man of murdering two men at separate house parties in 2016.
_ REAL ESTATE FRAUD _ Prosecutors have now filed 162 felony counts against a Los Angeles woman who allegedly bilked millions of dollars from elderly property owners and others through real estate and financial fraud.
_ CRUISE SHIP MEDEVAC _ A passenger has been medevaced from a cruise ship off Southern California.
NEW YORK _ Facebook says it has removed 783 Iran-linked pages, accounts and groups from its service for what it calls “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 286 words, photo.
SAN RAMON, Calif. _ Chevron Corp. on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $3.73 billion. SENT: 185 words.
SUPER BOWL ADS-10 ADS TO WATCH FOR
NEW YORK _ This year’s Super Bowl ads are designed to entertain and go down easy, as Stella Artois brings back Carrie Bradshaw and “The Dude” and the Backstreet Boys and Chance the Rapper remix the 1990s classic “I Want It That Way” for Doritos. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 776 words, photos.
_ SUPER BOWL-FINE ARTS FEUD _ As the Super Bowl draws near, even art museums in the rival cities are giving each other the brush-off. By William J. Kole. Photos.
FILM-RICHARD E GRANT
NEW YORK _ Richard E. Grant braved a paralyzingly cold night on Thursday to attend a screening of “Withnail & I,” his cultishly adored film debut, in the midst of a whirlwind and much-enjoyed campaign for his Oscar-nominated turn in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” That it was frigid was fitting. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 859 words, photos.
PASADENA, Calif. _ PBS is launching a weekly series that will link headline-making stories to their historical roots. The magazine-format program, titled “Retro Report,” will be hosted by journalist Celeste Headlee and artist Masud Olufani, PBS said Friday. SENT: 179 words.
The Recording Academy’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion is a launching a new initiative. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 650 words, photos.
TV CRITICS WATCH
PASADENA, Calif. _ A roundup of PBS panels from the Television Critics Association winter meeting. By David Bauder and Lynn Elber. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL PREVIEW
ATLANTA _ Hey, have you guys been here before? If you’re a New England Patriot, the answer pretty much is “all the time.” If you play for the Rams, the reply basically is “never in my life.” By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 900 words, photos.
_ FBN--SUPER BOWL-WHY THE PATRIOTS WILL WIN
_ FBN--SUPER BOWL-WHY THE RAMS WILL WIN
FBN--SUPER BOWL-RAMS REVOLVING DOOR
ATLANTA _ The Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles, had seven head coaches and used 20 starting quarterbacks since losing to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl 17 years ago. Meanwhile, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are still here and they’re going for their sixth NFL title in the rematch Sunday. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 776 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL-SHIELDS’ JOURNEY
ATLANTA _ Concussions confined Sam Shields to dark rooms for six months and kept him out of football for nearly two years. The former Pro Bowl cornerback in Green Bay just couldn’t quit, but he can’t believe his NFL return is culminating in a second trip to the Super Bowl. Shields never even dared to imagine he would play in every game for the Los Angeles Rams, who depend on his selfless play on special teams. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 700 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL-STILL KICKING
ATLANTA _ Whenever he’s ready to hang up his cleats, Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski’s list of milestones should start with one word: consistency. Only two players on the Patriots’ 2018 roster — Gostkowski and Tom Brady — were around for each of their previous five Super Bowl appearances. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 730 words, photos.
ATLANTA _It may seem as though Aqib Talib says “goodbye” as often as the flight attendant near the front of an airplane. And yet, he keeps resurfacing on good teams_ and at the Super Bowl. The colorful cornerback is here with the Rams this season, three years after making the trip with the Broncos, which is where he landed after coming oh-so close to making the title game during his stay in New England. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 830 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL-SPORTS BETTING-LAS VEGAS
LAS VEGAS _ Thousands of football fans from around the country converge at Las Vegas casinos every February to place their bets on the Super Bowl’s winner, MVP, first touchdown scorer and hundreds of other outcomes. By Regina Garcia Cano. SENT: 830 words, photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL-NEW ORLEANS
NEW ORLEANS _ From the “Boycott Bowl” to the “Dunk the Referee” tank, people in New Orleans are finding creative ways to spend Sunday doing anything but watching the Super Bowl. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 650 words, photo.
FBN--SUPER BOWL-PERFECT ATTENDANCE
ATLANTA _ Donald Crisman, Gregory Eaton and Tom Henschel are members of a unique and extremely exclusive club _ they’re the only known fans to have attended every Super Bowl. They share time together every year, and they’ll keep their streak going at Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos, video.
FBN--SUPER BOWL-ST LOUIS BLUES
ST. LOUIS _ Many fans in St. Louis will be rooting for the Patriots in this Super Bowl. Bitter feelings run deep after the Rams left for Los Angeles three years ago and owner Stan Kroenke’s likeness will be on dartboards and in urinals at bars this weekend. By Jim Salter. SENT: 710 words.
FBN--SUPER BOWL-NANTZ’S BUSY STRETCH
Jim Nantz has been the lead announcer for many events during his 34 years at CBS, but calling four major championship events in a span of 106 days will be something new. The stretch begins on Sunday when Nantz calls his fifth Super Bowl. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 700 words, file photos.
FBN--SUPER BOWL-CONGRESSMAN LEWIS
ATLANTA _ Rep. John Lewis has studied the NFL’s response to Colin Kaepernick and believes the league could’ve have taken a better approach than to blackball the ex-quarterback. In a tour of his congressional district that’s hosting the Super Bowl, Lewis discussed the national anthem issue that began with Kaepernick and other players kneeling to protest police brutality. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
SAN DIEGO _ Philip Rivers simply wanted to say thanks to San Diego for the way it supported him for the first 13 years of his NFL career. He knew it wouldn’t be as easy as he can still make it look on the field on Sunday afternoons as quarterback of the Los Angeles Chargers, and it wasn’t. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 800 words.
SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Nick Lima made the most of his opportunity when he was given the chance to make his U.S. national team debut in a new system under new coach Gregg Berhalter. He fared well in a role that asks him to play a combination of right back and as a defensive midfielder and looks to build on that Saturday when the Americans complete their start-of-year camp with a game against Costa Rica at Avaya Stadium. By Sports Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 696 words, photo.
BKL--WNBA FREE AGENCY RDP
NEW YORK _ The Indiana Fever are keeping their core together. Natalie Achonwa, Shenise Johnson and Erica Wheeler re-signed with the Fever on Friday, the first day that WNBA teams could announce free agent signings. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 417 words.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ NASCAR’s biggest stars have all moved on. Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are television analysts while Tony Stewart is racing sprint cars again. Danica Patrick traded her firesuit for athleisure-wear while Carl Edwards just kind of disappeared. America’s top motorsports series is in need of a new face. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 1,051 words, photos.
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