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

May 23, 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 Assembly voted Thursday to cap interest rates on consumer loans, a move supporters called necessary to crack down on predatory lending. By Andrew Oxford. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.




John Walker Lindh, the Californian who took up arms for the Taliban and was captured by invading U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001, got out of prison Thursday after more than 17 years, released under tight restrictions that reflected government fears he still harbors radical views. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 770 words, photos.



_ AMERICAN TALIBAN-RELEASE-AP WAS THERE _ Republication of a Dec. 21, 2001, story when AP journalist Justin Pritchard reported on the American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh’s journey to the Taliban front lines. SENT: 930 words, photos.


MIAMI _ A surge of asylum-seeking families has been straining cities along the southern U.S. border for months, but now the issue is flowing into cities far from Mexico, where immigrants are being housed in an airplane hangar and rodeo fairgrounds and local authorities are struggling to keep up with the influx. By Adriana Gomez Licon. SENT: 958 words, photos.



SAN FRANCISCO _ A battle between the press and police is playing out in politically liberal San Francisco after police raided a freelance reporter’s home and office seeking to uncover the source of a leaked police report into the unexpected death of the city’s former elected public defender. By Janie Har. SENT: 767 words, photos.

_ CALIFORNIA STORMS _ The central Sierra Nevada is expected to get more late-spring snow ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.

_ TRAINING SHIP ACCIDENT _ The California Maritime Academy’s training ship Golden Bear is resuming a cruise after being damaged in an accident in the eastern Caribbean. Photos.

_ ROAD RAGE SHOOTING _ One person was killed and another wounded in a car-to-car shooting on State Route 70 in the Plumas Lake area of the Sacramento Valley.

_ ELEPHANT SEALS-NATIONAL SEASHORE _ An unexpected influx of elephant seals has restricted access to a beach at Point Reyes National Seashore northwest of San Francisco. Photos.



ORLANDO, Fla. _ Big cities in the U.S. aren’t growing like they used to. Most of the nation’s largest cities last year grew by a fraction of the numbers they did earlier in the decade, according to population and housing unit estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 478 words, photos.


BOISE, Idaho _ Police in Idaho were searching Thursday near a small town for a Los Angeles man suspected of shooting and killing a motorist along a desolate stretch of interstate highway in Utah. SENT: 319 words, photos.




_ SAN CLEMENTE HOMELESS _ A lawyer for homeless people is objecting to plans by seaside San Clemente to relocate a tent encampment from a parking lot in the North Beach area to a city yard.



SAN FRANCISCO _ Facebook removed more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as the previous six months, the company said Thursday. Nearly all of them were caught before they had a chance to become “active” users of the social network. By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 717 words, photos.


Shares of Tesla, suffering one of the worst stretches in company history, rebounded Thursday after CEO Elon Musk told employees that orders are up. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 480 words, photos.


LAS VEGAS _ A company backed by tech billionaire Elon Musk has been awarded a nearly $49 million contract to build a transit system using self-driving vehicles underneath the Las Vegas Convention Center. The board of directors of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority approved the contract Wednesday with The Boring Company of Hawthorne, California. SENT: 321 words, photos.


RENO, Nev. _ NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator’s line of sight as businesses look in the future to unleash the unmanned devices in droves above busy streets and buildings. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 708 words, photos.



NEW YORK _ Brittany K. Barnett and MiAngel Cody are warrior attorneys with a mission: freeing nonviolent drug offenders serving life in a federal system the lawyers are working to reform. When it comes to the cause, their energy is boundless, Barnett through her Buried Alive Project and Cody as founder of The Decarceration Collective. And they’re immensely grateful to Kim Kardashian West for joining the fight, catching some headlines in the process. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 997 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ Kim Kardashian West isn’t the only celebrity speaking out for prison reform. It’s a topic that was also very important to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, and to Common, Kevin Hart and a host of others who consider the criminal justice system often unfair and dehumanizing. By Marcela Isaza. SENT: 753 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Actor Jharrel Jerome, perhaps best known for his role in “Moonlight,” recalls walking to school a few years ago in his native New York City, worried about an upcoming test, when he was stopped by two police officers. “Stop! Can I see your bag?” one asked him. By Mark Kennedy. SENT: 1,115 words, photos.


SANTA MONICA, Calif. _ A years-long lawsuit between Michael Jackson’s estate and one of the superstar’s former managers has been settled, ending one of the final legal fights over the King of Pop’s assets. By Andrew Dalton. SENT: 525 words, photos.



SAN JOSE, Calif. _ After falling six wins short of a title, the San Jose Sharks now face big decisions about the status of franchise icons Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, and star defenseman Erik Karlsson. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 2 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. _ Kevin Durant is yet to progress to on-court work in his recovery from a strained right calf and won’t be ready to return for Golden State in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on May 30. Big man DeMarcus Cousins might be healthy for the series opener against either Milwaukee or Toronto. Both players were re-evaluated Thursday and the Warriors expect they each will be ready at some point during the team’s fifth straight finals. By Janie Mccauley. SENT: 183 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


NEW YORK _ Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden got the most votes, and Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker were also big winners when the All-NBA teams were announced. Those guards can cash in with supermax contracts based on their selections to one of the three All-NBA teams that were announced Thursday. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 448 words, photos.


UCLA coach Mick Cronin has hired Michael Lewis as an assistant on his new staff. Lewis spent the last three seasons in the same role at Nebraska, where he worked as the program’s offensive coordinator and helped develop the team’s guards. SENT: 215 words.


SAN FRANCISCO _ Atlanta plays San Francisco at Oracle Park. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 12:45 p.m.


ANAHEIM, Calif. _ The Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels play a makeup game after Wednesday’s contest was postponed. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Game started at 1:07 p.m.


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