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

February 15, 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. 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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WASHINGTON _ Defiant in the face of a stinging budget defeat, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to get more federal dollars for his long-promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, relying on a broad interpretation of his powers that was certain to trigger stiff legal challenges. By Alan Fram, Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,070 words.


_TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY-CALIFORNIA, from SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California is likely to sue President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, the state attorney general said Friday. Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Gov. Gavin Newsom, both Democrats, told reporters there is no emergency at the border and Trump doesn’t have the authority to make the declaration. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 414 words, photos.


On that frantic morning, TK Huff was calm. The 71-year-old amputee sat in his wheelchair, pointing a garden hose at what quickly became the deadliest wildfire in California history. Nobody knew at the time, early on Nov. 8, how bad it would be. When his family called at 7:15 a.m., Huff said he would leave. But he never made it out. By Jocelyn Gecker and Janie Har. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.


_PARADISE LOST-100 DAYS LATER-PHOTO ESSAY, from PARADISE, Calif. _ In the 100 days since a wildfire nearly burned the town of Paradise off the map, Joanie Ellison has made a tearful drive dozens of times to the ruins of her home, resisting the urge to look away from the devastation so she can fully absorb the staggering loss. By Noah Berger and Brian Melley. SENT: 1,141 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO _ Avid skiers had to sit out a Presidents Day holiday weekend of skiing as heavy rain and snow fell Friday for a fourth day in a row in California’s mountains, where snow is so deep plows couldn’t plow and cities were running out of places to put the snow.  By Olga R. Rodriguez and John Antczak. SENT: 800 words, photos. 





SAN FRANCISCO _ The process behind Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ decision to ask about people’s citizenship status in a U.S. Census question was “rotten to its core” and failed to consider it would cost California money and at least one Congressional seat, an attorney for the state said Friday. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 388 words, photos.


_SUPREME COURT-CENSUS-CITIZENSHIP QUESTION _ The Supreme Court will decide whether the 2020 census can include a question about citizenship that could affect the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal money. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 620 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES _ Police arrested a security guard on suspicion of shooting a self-described First Amendment activist after the two engaged in a videotaped confrontation outside a Los Angeles synagogue and school. By John Rogers. SENT: 422 words.


LOS ANGELES _ The new leader of the nation’s largest sheriff’s department on Friday will further limit when inmates in Los Angeles County jails can be transferred to U.S. authorities for deportation. SENT: 282 words, photos.


SANTA ANA, Calif. _ A man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his parents and their housekeeper in an upscale Southern California community, authorities said Friday. SENT: 160 words.


_ PRISON RIOT _ Corrections officials say a riot broke out among nearly 50 inmates at a San Diego prison, leading to 10 injuries.



Would anyone _ anyone at all _ like to thank the academy? This is normally the time of year when Oscar hopefuls are readying acceptance speeches that almost always begin with a few words of gratitude for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. But that sentiment has been hard to come by in the torturous and troubled lead-up to the 91st Academy Awards. By Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 1,229 words, photos


NEW YORK _ So, Regina King walked into a 99-cent store. And what’d she get? A prophecy on her life. No joke. King was shopping around — “sometimes people will say, ‘You at the 99-cent store?’ I like a bargain too” — when a woman walked up to her with something of a prediction. By Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 1,116 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ Tichina Arnold knew as a tot she was meant to perform. “I told my mom at the age of 3, ‘I want to sing.’ And of course my mom being a mother, she said, ‘Well, my baby wants to sing.’ So they put me up on a chair,” Arnold recalled. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 748 words, photos.



NEW YORK _ Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled collusion cases against the NFL. In a three-sentence statement released Friday, the NFL said: By Barry Wilner. SENT: 577 words, photos.


MESA, Ariz. _ The Oakland Athletics added depth to their outfield mix by signing outfielder Robbie Grossman to a one-year, $2 million contract Friday. By Carrie Muskat. SENT: 370 words.


PEORIA, Ariz. _ Chris Paddack could be among the next wave of pitching prospects to come up with the San Diego Padres. UPCOMING: 600 words.


GLENDALE, Ariz. _ Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is trying not to be too antsy as he works his way back from hip and elbow surgeries. And he was never bothered about Manny Machado taking his spot for last year’s World Series run. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 600 words by 3 p.m.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. _ Switch-hitting, versatile infielder Yangervis Solarte has reached agreement on a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants. He will provide infield depth for manager Bruce Bochy. SENT: 154 words.


SAN DIEGO _ Mike Martz will be coaching pro football in his hometown Sunday night at the same stadium where, nearly 51 years earlier, he took his future wife on their first date. It’s a dream come true for Martz, and the San Diego Fleet of the new Alliance of American Football will try to fill the gaping hole left when the NFL’s Chargers bolted for the Los Angeles area two seasons ago. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 9111 words.


LOS ANGELES _ Jordan Spieth had his lowest first-round score in eight months, and it must have felt as though it took about that long to do it. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


ANAHEIM, Calif. _ The Anaheim Ducks look to go 2-0 under Bob Murray when they host the Boston Bruins, who have won three straight. By Dan Greenspan. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ No. 10 Stanford looks to bounce back from a 40-point loss to Oregon when it travels to UCLA, which is on a six-game winning streak. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 550 words. Game starts at 6 p.m.


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