BC-CA--California News Digest 1:30 pm, CA
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LOS ANGELES _ The University of Southern California on Wednesday announced a new school president who will usher in “a new era” following a series of scandals that culminated last week with the school’s central role in a massive college admissions bribery case. Former University of North Carolina President Carol Folt will become USC’s 12th president on July 1. By Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 670 words, photos. UPCOMING: Update, photos, video from 2:30 p.m. press conference.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-FOREST MANAGEMENT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California is calling in the National Guard for the first time next month to help protect communities from devastating fires like the one that largely destroyed the city of Paradise last fall. It’s pulling the troops away from President Donald Trump’s border protection efforts and devoting them to fire protection, another area where Trump has been critical of California. By Don Thompson. SENT: 770 words, photos, video.
A growing number of Americans say the inflow of immigrants should remain the same or be increased, a shift that comes as the Trump administration ramps up border enforcement, according to a major US survey. By Amy Taxin. UPCOMING: 580 words, photos by 3 p.m.
CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY STRIKE
LOS ANGELES _ Members of a union representing research and technical workers walked picket lines Wednesday at University of California campuses and hospitals in a one-day strike amid a lengthening stretch of unsuccessful contract negotiations. SENT: 330 words, photos. UPCOMING: Update from Bernie Sanders appearance at UCLA.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to charge California water customers up to $10 per month to raise money for improvements in drinking water quality in low-income and rural areas. It’s a proposal that’s failed before in the Legislature and will face resistance among some fellow Democrats hesitant to pass another tax. By Kathleen Ronayne. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Gov. Gavin Newsom and California’s big city mayors pushed Wednesday for more money to help the homeless on top of the $500 million the state already is spending on one of its most vexing problems. By Don Thompson. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 2 p.m.
GARDEN PARTY-NAKED MANNEQUINS
SANTA ROSA, Calif. _ A Northern California man is taking revenge on the anonymous neighbor who complained to officials about his tall fence with a garden party of naked mannequins. SENT: 250 words, photos.
_ GIRL’S BODY FOUND _ Prosecutors have charged a mother with murder in the death of her 9-year-old daughter, whose body was found in a duffel bag along a suburban horse trail near Los Angeles.
_ PURSUIT BREAKDANCE _ Law-breaking turned into breakdancing at the end of a Southern California vehicle pursuit.
_ SCHOOL BRAWL _ A deputy had to use pepper balls to break up brawls among students at a Southern California middle school.
_ BAR CRASH _ Four people were injured when a pickup truck crashed through the wall of a Southern California bar.
SUPREME COURT-CLASS ACTIONS
WASHINGTON _ The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed a lower court to take another look at a lawsuit that involved Google and privacy concerns and ended in a class-action settlement. SENT: 274 words.
BRUSSELS _ Europe’s antitrust regulators slapped Google with a big fine Wednesday for the third time in less than two years, ordering the tech giant to pay $1.7 billion for freezing out rivals in the online advertising business. By Kelvin Chan and Raf Casert. SENT: 720 words.
_ UBER-FREIGHT _ Ride-hailing giant Uber is expanding its freight business into Europe. The service connects trucking companies with shippers who have loads to haul.
_ LITHUANIA-US-CYBERTHEFT _ A Lithuanian man who duped Google and Facebook into transferring over $100 million into accounts he controlled has pleaded guilty to wire fraud.
ELECTION 2020-KAMALA HARRIS
WASHINGTON _ Many of Hollywood’s power elite, including prolific television hit maker Shonda Rhimes, were hosting a fundraiser Wednesday for Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris. By Brian Slodysko and Juana Summers. SENT: 280 words, photos.
Disney has closed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business, putting “Cinderella,” ″The Simpsons,” ″Star Wars” and “Dr. Strange” under one corporate roof. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 520 words, photos.
MUSIC-LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
LOS ANGELES _ Songs performed by Jay-Z, Cyndi Lauper and a Robert F. Kennedy speech are among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry. SENT: 160 words, photos.
TOKYO _ Ichiro drew all the cheers. Most everyone else on the Seattle Mariners did all the hitting. A crowd that came to salute Ichiro Suzuki in his homeland saw Domingo Santana deliver the biggest hit at the Tokyo Dome, a grand slam that sent Seattle over the Oakland Athletics 9-7 Wednesday in the Major League Baseball opener. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 880 words, photos.
_ BBA--MARINERS-ATHLETICS-SCENE _ Talk about a serious home-field advantage. Ichiro Suzuki had it on a night to celebrate all things Ichiro _ “Ichiromania” in other words _ as he started for the Seattle Mariners against the Oakland Athletics in MLB’s opening game of the season. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 780 words, photos.
ANAHEIM, Calif. _ The Los Angeles Angels are about to make Mike Trout the highest-paid athlete in North American team sports history. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 700 words, photos.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ Tennessee is breathing a sigh of relief after receiving one of the last at-large spots in this year’s women’s NCAA Tournament to remain the only school to play in every tourney in the event’s 38-year history. Tennessee (19-12) is the 11th seed in the Albany Region and faces UCLA (20-12) on Saturday at College Park, Maryland. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 684 words, photos.
After watching two of her older sisters play in multiple Final Fours, Rice’s Erica Ogwumike is eager to begin her own NCAA Tournament experience. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 1,056 words, photos.
OLY--US SKATEBOARDING TEAM
VISTA, Calif. _ There’s always been a rebelliousness and a bit of an attitude to skateboarding, and now there’s credibility. That’s what being added to the Olympics will do for a sport, and that was the vibe when USA Skateboarding announced its first-ever national team of eight men and eight women, including stars Nyjah Huston, Brighton Zeuner and Tom Schaar. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 955 words.
HKN--AROUND THE NHL
Many NHL teams have plenty to play for down the final stretch of the regular season, trying to get in the playoffs or to improve their positioning, before 16 teams compete for the Stanley Cup. Some players have a lot at stake, too. By Larry Lage. SENT: 727 words, photos.
ANAHEIM, Calif. _ The Winnipeg Jets look to stay on top of the Central Division when they go for their fourth straight victory against the Anaheim Ducks, who have won two straight. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
_ BKN--PISTONS MOVES _ The Detroit Pistons have assigned Khyri Thomas and Svi Mykhailiuk to Grand Rapids, the team’s G League affiliate. Mykhailiuk was acquired from the Lakers on Feb. 6 in the deal that sent Reggie Bullock to Los Angeles.
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