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BC-CA--California News Digest, CA

February 24, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Pacific.

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TOP STORIES:

OSCARS

LOS ANGELES _ Coverage of the 91st annual Academy Awards, being presented Sunday from the Dolby Theatre. By AP Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 600 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developments from show that starts at 5 p.m.

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_OSCARS-THE LATEST

_OSCARS-FASHION _ Who’s wearing what and by whom at the world’s most watched fashion show - the Oscar red carpet. By Leanne Italie. UPCOMING: About 600 words by 6 p.m.,, photos

_OSCARS-LIST _ A running list of winners in order of significance.

_ADDITIONAL SEPARATES: Separates of about 300 words are planned throughout the show on winners in the following categories: animated feature, foreign language, documentary feature, actor, actress, supporting actor and supporting actress, song. Spontaneous separates will be filed on merits.

CALIFORNIA REPUBLICANS

SACRAMENTO _ The California Republican Party on Sunday selected a new leader focused on nuts-and-bolts organizing and raising money over two rivals who favored a stronger embrace of President Donald Trump. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 475 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA DOUBLE MURDER-PARDON

SIMI VALLEY _ The city of Simi Valley, California, has reached a $21 million settlement with a man wrongly imprisoned for nearly 40 years in the killing of his girlfriend and her 4-year-old son. SENT: 350 words, photos.

R KELLY-LEGACY

LOS ANGELES _ R. Kelly is regarded as one of music’s all-time hit makers, but the years of sexual abuse allegations against the embattled R&B star have created a dark cloud over his musical legacy. By Jonathan Landrum, Jr. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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_R KELLY-INVESTIGATIONS

BOX OFFICE

LOS ANGELES _ “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” breathed some fire into a slumping box office with a franchise-best $55.5 million debut over Oscar weekend. By Jake Coyle. SENT: 750 words, photos.

Also:

_ MOUNTAIN PLANE CRASH _ Authorities say search and rescue teams have discovered the remains of one person near the wreckage of a missing plane in Southern California’s Tehachapi Mountains.

_BOBCAT STRUCK _ Officials say a bobcat is recovering after being struck by a police car on a canyon road in Southern California.

_ MEXICO BORDER WALL-IMAGES _ A photo exhibit showcasing different barriers along the U.S. border with Mexico is reaching an expanded audience.

_ IRAN-US _ Iran says an American detained last July is not being held on security-related charges.

_ GAS PRICES _ The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline is up 10 cents a gallon (3.8 liters) over the past two weeks, to $2.44.

SPORTS:

SHARKS-WINGS

DETROIT _ The San Jose Sharks, playing to improve their playoff positioning, continue their road trip against the rebuilding Detroit Red Wings.

DUCKS-OILERS

EDMONTON, Alberta _The Edmonton Oilers proved they haven’t given up on the season, and they did it without their top player. Josh Currie and Sam Gagner scored and Edmonton beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1, as Oilers captain Connor McDavid missed the game while serving a suspension. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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