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

May 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. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The California Senate approved tougher rules that limit parents from refusing to vaccinate their schoolchildren. Opponents in the chamber’s gallery shouted “We will not comply” when the bill was approved on a mainly party-line 24-10 vote. By Don Thompson. SENT: 500 words, photos.


ALEXANDRIA, Va. _ John Walker Lindh, the young Californian who became known as the American Taliban after he was captured by U.S. forces in the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, is set to go free Thursday after nearly two decades in prison. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 1,054 words, photos.


SAN DIEGO _ A lawyer for a Navy SEAL accused of murder wants military prosecutors and a judge removed from the case for their roles in snooping on emails sent to the defense team and a journalist in an effort to find the source of news leaks. By Julie Watson and Brian Melley. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from hearing underway.


LA JOLLA, California _ At first glance, it looks like a branch of kelp, but then an eye moves among its leafy appendages, and ridges of tiny, translucent fins start to flutter, sending the creature gliding through the water like something from a fairy tale. A Southern California aquarium has built what is believed to be one of the world’s largest habitats for the surreal sea dragons, whose native populations off Australia are threatened by pollution, warming oceans and the illegal pet and alternative medicine trades. By Julie Watson. SENT: 607 words, photos, video.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The Trump administration will not immediately give $1 billion it revoked from California’s high-speed rail project to another project, according to a legal agreement reached Wednesday between the two sides. SENT: 240 words.


_ CALIFORNIA LAWMAKER-CHILD CRUELTY — A California lawmaker cleared last week of a child cruelty charge is back at the state Capitol. Photos.



SAN FRANCISCO _ Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. has received approval to establish a $105 million fund to help survivors of recent California wildfires that were caused by the utility’s power lines. A federal judge overseeing PG&E’s bankruptcy said he wants to see the fund up and running as quickly as possible to help people who lost homes in the fires. By Daisy Nguyen. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m.


_ CAR OFF CLIFF _ Northern California rescuers pulled a woman from a car that plunged 450 feet (137 meters) down a cliff. Photos.



RIVERSIDE, Calif. _ The man who bought the rifles a husband and wife used to kill 14 people in the San Bernardino terrorist attack in 2015 will seek to withdraw his guilty plea. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m.


_ CALIFORNIA STORMS _ Memorial Day may be the unofficial start of summer, but California is heading toward the holiday with rainy, windy and snowy weather. Photos.

_ FOUR KILLED _ Four people are dead after a single car crash overnight on Interstate 710 in southeast Los Angeles County.

_ STOLEN POLICE SUV _ Authorities say a marked police SUV with weapons inside has been stolen from a police parking lot in Southern California.



NEW YORK _ A federal judge has ruled that Qualcomm unlawfully squeezed out cellphone chip rivals and charged excessive royalties to manufacturers such as Apple in a decision that undercuts a key part of its business. The decision vindicates the U.S. Federal Trade Commission two years after it filed its antitrust lawsuit against the San Diego chipmaker. By Tali Arbel and Michael Liedtke. SENT: 581 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Saudi Arabia’s state owned oil company will begin buying liquid natural gas from a U.S. company under a 20 year agreement. Saudi Arabian Oil Co., also known as Aramco, said Wednesday it would buy 5 million tons of liquid natural gas per year from Sempra Energy, based in San Diego. By Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: 437 words, photos.


_ FACEBOOK DATA CENTER _ New Mexico’s largest utility has petitioned state regulators to reopen the case on who will pay for nearly half the cost of the $85 million transmission line to the Facebook data center.



CANNES, France _ Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio said they forged a “cinematic bond” making Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time a Time ... in Hollywood,” while Tarantino bristled at the suggestion at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday that Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate isn’t primary enough in the film. By AP Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT. 715 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ Some of Lionsgate’s most popular film franchises from “Hunger Games” to “Twilight” will be brought to life when the studio opens what it calls the world’s first vertical theme park in China this summer. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 842 words, photos.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ “Party of Five,” a 1990s teen drama that focused on a family grappling with life after the death of their parents, is getting a reboot with a Mexican American family whose parents are deported. Disney announced this month that the Sony Pictures Television retooled Generation X-era show will air on the Freeform network and will star a Latino cast. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 598 words, photos.



SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The most talented team in San Jose Sharks history came up short of the ultimate goal of a Stanley Cup just like every other year. Now they head into an offseason of uncertainty surrounding stalwarts Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, as well as Erik Karlsson. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 892 words, photos.


CLEVELAND _ The Athletics will be without slugger Khris Davis as they try to complete a three-game series sweep of the Indians. Davis was placed on the injured list and Oakland is awaiting test results to see how long they’ll be missing the power hitter. Game time 1:10 p.m. Freelancers Brian Dulik and Steve Herrick. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started at 10:10 a.m.


_ BBA--ATHLETICS-DAVIS _ Oakland Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis is undergoing an MRI on his ailing left hip in Cleveland, but the team has opted against placing him on the injured list for now.


SAN DIEGO _ Arizona plays San Diego at PETCO Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 12:40 p.m.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. _ Lefty Rich Hill starts when the NL-leading Los Angeles Dodgers finish a two-game series at Tampa Bay. Opener Ryne Stanek takes the ball first for the Rays, who have given up 20 runs over their last two games. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4 p.m.


ANAHEIM, Calif. __ The Minnesota Twins try to complete a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:07 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO _ Atlanta plays San Francisco at Oracle Park. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:45 p.m.


_ BKC--OHIO STATE-SUEING TRANSFER _ The Ohio State basketball program is adding California’s leading scorer Justin Sueing to the team.


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