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

February 4, 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 Los Angeles news desk, followed by Robert Jablon. Olga Rodriguez is on the San Francisco news desk. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-CHRONIC PAIN

UNDATED _ A study finds chronic pain is the most common reason people give when they enroll in state-approved medical marijuana programs. That’s followed by stiffness from multiple sclerosis and chemotherapy-related nausea. The study didn’t measure whether marijuana actually helped anyone with their problems. But the patients’ reasons match up with what’s known about the science of marijuana and its chemical components. By Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 550 words, photos.

PLANE CRASH-NEIGHBORHOOD

YORBA LINDA _ Dave Elfver was getting ready to go to a friend’s house to watch the Super Bowl when he heard a whining sound in his Southern California neighborhood “like a motorcycle going a hundred miles per hour.” Then, he said, came the explosion from a twin-engine plane that broke apart in flight and crashed, setting a home on fire in the Los Angeles suburb of Yorba Linda, killing five people and injuring two. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 850 words, photos, video. Will be updated from NTSB press conference tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m.

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE-GENITALIA SURGERY

SACRAMENTO _ A new California bill would prohibit doctors from treating or performing surgery on a child with intersex traits unless it is medically necessary or the child is old enough to consent. The California Medical Association says it has “very serious concerns” about the proposal. By Kathleen Ronayne. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

WINTER WEATHER

SEATTLE _ Winter weather pounded a swath of the U.S. West on Monday, closing schools, snarling traffic and turning coastal cities like Seattle that rarely get much snow unusually white as the Midwest warmed up following a dangerous blast of cold last week. The Pacific Northwest’s first major winter snowstorm comes as parts of California and Montana brace for the threat of mudslides and avalanches. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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_CALIFORNIA STORMS

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

HIGHWAY CRASH-FATHER KILLED

SAN FRANCISCO _ A man killed on a San Francisco freeway when a wrong-way driver crashed head-on into his minivan was the father of seven children who had immigrated to the United States after working with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, a friend said Monday. Waheed Etimad, 40, came to the United States four years ago seeking a better life for his children, friend Sadat Barakazi said. SENT: 250 words.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

SAN DIEGO-WELCOMING IMMIGRANTS

SAN DIEGO _ The city of San Diego plans to hire its first manager to lead an ambitious effort to welcome immigrants and refugees and integrate them into the community through education and job assistance. By Julie Watson. SENT: 350 words, photos.

Also:

_ MISSING WOMAN-REMAINS _ Authorities say human remains found last month by hunters in Southern California have been identified as a woman missing for nearly four years.

_ DEPUTY SHOOTING _ A man awaiting trial in the 2016 shooting of an Alabama deputy is now accused of trying to mail marijuana from California to Birmingham.

_ BUSIEST AIRPORTS _ O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Los Angeles International Airport, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Denver International Airport were the busiest airport in the U.S. last year.

BUSINESS:

_ TELSA-MAXWELL-ACQUISITION _ Tesla is buying the battery company Maxwell Technologies Inc. about $218 million in stock.

_ ULTIMATE SOFTWARE PURCHASED _ A Florida software company is being purchased by a California private equity firm for $11 billion.

ENTERTAINMENT:

MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-EXPANDED NOMINEES

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ When the Grammys added more nominees to its top four categories, the Recording Academy said the expansion from five to eight nominees would add more “flexibility” for voters. But for those artists competing for the night’s biggest awards, the change made it a little harder for any one nominee to win, statistically speaking. For the first time in the history of the awards, eight nominees will compete in album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best new artist. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-Q&A-DAN + SHAY

OSCAR-NOMINEES LUNCHEON

BEVERLY HILLS _ This year’s class of Academy Award nominees has gathered for their nominee luncheon, an annual meetup where Oscar winners and hopefuls mingle and share advice, all without the fear of winner or losing. Glenn Close, “Free Solo” climber Alex Honnold and director Phil Lord spoke in a circle for about 20 minutes as other guests, including best original song nominee Diane Warren and actor Chris O’Dowd, entered the gathering at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. SENT: 325 words, photos.

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_ OSCARS-PRESENTERS

Also:

_ DEMI LOVATO-21 SAVAGE _ Singer Demi Lovato has deleted her Twitter account following criticism that she was laughing at memes about 21 Savage.

_ KRISTOFF ST JOHN-DEATH _ “Young and the Restless” actor Kristoff St. John has died at age 52.

_ TV-ATLANTA DELAYED _ Donald Glover’s comedy “Atlanta” will be back. Just not as soon as expected.

_ OBIT-CY LEE _ The author of the best-selling “The Flower Drum Song” has died. C.Y. Lee, whose novel was adapted into a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and Oscar-nominated movie, was 102.

SPORTS:

SUPER BOWL

ATLANTA _ Graying but still gritty, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots came to the Super Bowl intending to stave off, for at least one more game, the inevitable onslaught of the NFL’s future. Job well done. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 950 words, photos, video.

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_ON FOOTBALL-PATRIOTS PAIN

_RAMS ROCKED

_SUPER BOWL-KEY

_SUPER BOWL-BRADY’S SIXTH

_SUPER BOWL-PATRIOTS DEFENSE

_SUPER BOWL-MVP

_SUPER BOWL-GOFF’S GAFFES

_SUPER BOWL-RAMS DEFENSE

_SUPER BOWL-PAUL NEWBERRY

_SUPER BOWL-ARREST

_SUPER BOWL-COLIN KAEPERNICK MURALS

RAIDERS-SAN FRANCISCO

SAN FRANCISCO _ The Oakland Raiders are in talks with the Giants about playing their home games next season at Oracle Park in San Francisco. A person with knowledge of the negotiations said Sunday night the two sides are in discussions, but no deal has been reached. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because nothing has been finalized. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 400 words, photos.

SPURS-KINGS

SACRAMENTO _ The San Antonio Spurs visit the Sacramento Kings. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Starts 7 p.m.

SAILGP-TAYLOR CANFIELD

SAN DIEGO _ In an interesting crossover, Taylor Canfield of the America’s Cup challenger Stars & Stripes Team USA has joined the U.S. team in the fledgling SailGP league just two weeks before the inaugural regatta in Sydney, Australia. The U.S. SailGP team announced the addition of Canfield as flight controller-tactician a day after launching its 50-foot foiling catamaran on Sydney Harbor. By Sports Writer Bernie Wilson. SENT: 350 words.

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