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

March 19, 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. Christopher Weber 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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LOS ANGELES _ “The Young and the Restless” star Kristoff St. John died of heart disease, with excessive drinking at the time of his death a contributing factor, according to a coroner’s report released Tuesday. SENT: 275 words, photo.


_ MALL PANIC _ Prosecutors have charged a Missouri man they say caused a panic at a Los Angeles mall last week. Photo.

_ MALNOURISHED HORSES _ Prosecutors say a 72-year-old woman faces charges after more than 20 malnourished horses and two dead ones were found at her desert property in Southern California.

_ SHOOTING FUGITIVE ARRESTED _ Authorities say a 44-year-old man identified as the suspect in the New Year’s Day shooting of his girlfriend in California has been arrested in downtown Las Vegas.

_ VEGAS WORKERS-NATIONWIDE PICKET _ Hospitality workers around the country will picket the restaurants of celebrity chefs and officer of other business partners of a Las Vegas-based casino operator that has refused to bargain with a union.

_ KRISTOF ST JOHN-DEATH _ Officials say “Young and the Restless” star Kristoff St. John died of heart disease, with heavy drinking at the time of his death a contributing factor.

_FREE AGENCY-49ERS _ The San Francisco 49ers have signed punter Justin Vogel to a one-year contract.



WASHINGTON _ A divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against a group of immigrants in a case about the government’s power to detain them after they’ve committed crimes but finished their sentences. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 676 words, photos.


_US-MEXICO-ASYLUM, from SAN DIEGO _ The first scheduled hearings under a new Trump administration policy to make asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. immigration courts will be held Tuesday afternoon in San Diego. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 560 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated from afternoon hearings.


In the wake of a massive college bribery scheme, the schools caught in the middle have been left facing a thorny question: What to do about the students who may have been admitted through fraud? The University of Southern California announced late Monday it had placed holds on an undisclosed number of students, meaning they can’t register for classes or obtain transcripts until their cases are reviewed. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 850 words, photos.


Over the past 20 years, Americans have been twice as likely to sweat through record-breaking heat rather than shiver through record-setting cold, a new Associated Press data analysis shows. By Seth Borenstein and Nicky Forster. SENT: 943 words, photos, video.


LOS ANGELES _ A growing majority of Americans say marijuana should be legal, underscoring a national shift as more states embrace cannabis for medical or recreational use, according to data released Tuesday. Support for legal marijuana has hit 61 percent, up 4 points from two years ago. And the increase cut across all age groups, an analysis by The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the General Social Survey found. By Michael R. Blood. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 3 p.m.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California’s chief justice Tuesday praised the racial and gender diversity of judges appointed by former Gov. Jerry Brown and highlighted women in leadership roles in state government, but said the work of the civil rights movement still remained unfinished. SENT: 275 words, photos.



SAN FRANCISCO _ San Francisco on Tuesday is expected to pay $13.1 million to a man who spent more than six years in prison after city police framed him for murder. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is scheduled to approve the payment to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by Jamal Trulove. SENT: 260 words. UPCOMING: will be updated after approval during meeting starting at 2 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO _ San Francisco’s city attorney is cracking down on e-cigarettes that some say aggressively target kids drawn to vaping. Dennis Herrera announced Tuesday that he’s teamed up with Chicago and New York in a letter demanding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration evaluate the impact e-cigarettes have on public health. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 1:30 p.m.


RENO, Nev. _ Conservationists want to join a legal battle in opposition to off-road vehicle users who are trying to overturn U.S. protections for a type of imperiled bird found only along the California-Nevada line. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 550 words, photos.


WASHINGTON _ Jim Mattis, who resigned as Pentagon chief three months ago, is returning to Stanford University. The Hoover Institution at Stanford announced Tuesday that Mattis will join the public policy think tank to research and write about domestic and international security policy. SENT: 246 words.


CHICAGO _ A woman who’s been dubbed a serial stowaway was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months of probation after pleading guilty to sneaking past Chicago airport security last year, boarding a plane and flying to London without a ticket. SENT: 317 words.


_ OVERTURNED PROPANE TANKER _ Authorities in Calistoga have ordered people living and working the Sonoma/Napa County line to evacuate after a propane tanker overturned and they say the immediate threat is over.

_FORCED LABOR _ A federal jury in Northern California has convicted the owner of a construction company of harboring workers from Mexico in the country illegally and forcing them to work for little pay.



FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. _ States that rely on the Colorado River are pushing for federal legislation to implement a plan to protect the water amid a prolonged drought. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated from 2 p.m. press conference.


_ SUPER BLOOM-LA AIRPORT _ Travelers flying in and out of Los Angeles International Airport are being treated to a rare visual spectacle of large wildflower fields coming into bloom between runways.

_ LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF _ Turnover continues in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department with the departure of its second-in-command little more than three months into the term of new Sheriff Alex Villanueva.

_ SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STINGRAYS _ San Diego lifeguards are reminding beachgoers entering the ocean to shuffle their feet to avoid painful encounters with stingrays.



DETROIT _ U.S. securities regulators countered Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s contempt-of-court defense Monday night, writing in court papers that he brazenly disregarded a federal judge’s order and that one of his arguments “borders on the ridiculous.” By Tom Krisher. SENT: 740 words, photos.


_ GOOGLE-GAMING _ Google says it plans to launch a video-game streaming platform called Stadia, positioning itself to take on the traditional video-game business.



LOS ANGELES _ Jordan Peele’s sweet spot as a filmmaker are the “pit in your stomach” moments. That thing that happens when you realize the woman stirring the tea isn’t just there for conversation. When you notice that the help is a little off. Or, as in his new film “Us,” when you see that the family of four standing in your driveway late at night looks exactly like you. By Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 960 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ It’s not uncommon for people to just look at Jodi Benson and burst into tears. Sometimes they hyperventilate or scream. But mostly they break down and start sobbing. Benson will hold them, heaving in her arms, and pat their back gently. By Mark Kennedy. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


On Wednesday, the Walt Disney Co.’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox will become finalized, merging two of Hollywood’s “Big Six” studios, introducing Mikey Mouse to Deadpool and greatly adding to anxieties in the movie business. Some analysts say it’s just the start of disruption to come. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.


As “Gotham” wraps up its five-season run, series star Ben McKenzie is looking ahead to his next career chapter. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ Life hasn’t been easy for singer Jenny Lewis since the sunnier days when she performed in support of a 2014 album while wearing a rainbow-hued pantsuit and carrying a guitar with similar bright colors. Her mother died, and a 12-year relationship ended, sending Lewis on a cross-country journey in search of herself. Finally, with a new album finished and awaiting a Friday release, she’s had to deal with the uncomfortable story of occasional collaborator Ryan Adams’ alleged mistreatment of women. By David Bauder. SENT: 817 words, photos.


_ MASTERCLASS-DAVID LYNCH _ According to filmmaker David Lynch, all it takes are 70 ideas to make a feature film. Photos.



Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 660 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ The Los Angeles Dodgers are once again loaded in their chase for an elusive World Series title. A rock-solid starting rotation. Hitters who can produce offensively and defend multiple positions. Overall depth that allows for aggressive platooning. By Beth Harris. SENT: 723 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO _ Bruce Bochy has long been a manager who makes it all about his players, the men he writes into the lineup day after day, game after game, month after month. That’s a big reason San Francisco’s veteran, likely Hall of Fame skipper, decided in February to make it public he will retire at the end of this season. He grew tired of the constant questions, the regular speculation about his future. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 880 words, photos.


SAN DIEGO _ When word of Manny Machado’s $300 million, 10-year contract with the San Diego Padres broke early in spring training, team officials wouldn’t immediately confirm the deal because the All-Star slugger still had to pass a physical. But that didn’t keep general partner Peter Seidler, a nephew of former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Pete O’Malley, from expressing what a monumental move it was for a franchise that had mostly stumbled and bumbled through its 50-year history. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 820 words.


DENVER _ In no sport but the NFL do players, fans, coaches and general managers annually debate the rules of the game, advocating ways to make pro football better, safer, fairer. Officiating is especially a hot topic around the league after a blown call late in the NFC championship game pretty much cost the New Orleans Saints a trip to the Super Bowl. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.


IRVINE, Calif. _ UC Irvine is more than a team with one of the best nicknames in the NCAA Tournament. The Anteaters _ who face Kansas State on Friday in the South Regional _ are the first Big West Conference team in 28 years to post 30 wins and have four players whose fathers or grandfathers played in the NBA. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos.


VISTA, Calif. _ Members of the first U.S. national skateboarding team are announced less than two years before the sport makes its Olympic debut. The team is made up of four skates each in men’s and women’s park and street. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: Story by 6 p.m.


MINNEAPOLIS _ The Golden State Warriors, wrapping up a four-game road trip with a slim lead for the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs, visit the Minnesota Timberwolves. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.


MILWAUKEE _ The Los Angeles Lakers, losers in eight of nine in March, visit the Milwaukee Bucks. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is coming off a career-high 52-point game in a loss to the 76ers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The Brooklyn Nets visit the Sacramento Kings. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ Playing the second game of a back-to-back, the Indiana Pacers visit the Los Angeles Clippers. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


_ FBN--RAMS-BORTLES _ Quarterback Blake Bortles has agreed to a one-year deal to become Jared Goff’s backup with the Los Angeles Rams.


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