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BOSTON _ Could Aunt Becky be headed to prison? It could go either way, experts say. Some of the wealthy parents accused of paying bribes to get their kids into the University of Southern California and other top universities may get short stints behind bars to send a message that the privileged are not above the law, some lawyers say. But others predict that most, if not all, will end up with probation and a fine. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 915 words, photos.
STATE OF COAST GUARD
LOS ANGELES _ The U.S. Coast Guard strapped with an aging fleet is about to award a contract for a much-needed new icebreaker to help compete against Russia and China for a presence in the arctic, but needs more funding for operations and infrastructure, the service’s commandant said Thursday. Adm. Karl Schultz also outlined plans to improve conditions for women and minorities in a state-of-the-service address to personnel at the Port of Los Angeles. By John Antczak and Julie Watson. UPCOMING: 750 words.
WASHINGTON _ Multiple Democratic presidential candidates said Thursday that they won’t attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference in Washington next week. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Kamala Harris of California are among the 2020 contenders who have decided not to attend. By Juana Summers and Elana Schor. SENT: 456 words, photos.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti _ An American security contractor from San Diego at the center of a mysterious case roiling Haitian politics says that he and a group of fellow veterans were sent to Haiti on a mission to protect a businessman signing a more than $50 million contract at the country’s central bank. By Danica Coto and Michael Weissenstein. SENT: 1,184 words, photos.
REDRAWING AMERICA-IMBALANCE OF POWER-REFORMS-GLANCE
In most places, state lawmakers and governors are responsible for drawing and approving maps for U.S. and state legislative districts following each U.S. Census. But a growing number of states are shifting the task to independent or bipartisan commissions, or making other changes intended to reduce the likelihood of partisan gerrymandering. Here’s a look at some of the states using commissions or other nontraditional methods for the next round of redistricting, after the 2020 Census. By The Associated Press. SENT: 1,765 words.
SAN FRANCISCO _ The American Civil Liberties Union sued the FBI on Thursday for records related to a divisive 2017 report that said black extremists were on the rise following the shooting deaths of several African-Americans. By Janie Har. SENT: 320 words, photos.
TRUMP-CAMPUS FREE SPEECH
President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Thursday requiring U.S. colleges to certify that they protect free speech on their campuses or risk losing federal research funding, White House officials said. Trump initially proposed the idea during a March 2 speech to conservative activists, highlighting the case of Hayden Williams, an activist who was punched in the face while recruiting for the group Turning Point USA at the University of California, Berkeley. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 855 words, photos.
_ DUI STOP-WOMAN KILLED _ Authorities in central California say a woman who was pulled over for a possible DUI was hit and killed by a passing vehicle after she ran away from her car.
_ CHATTY INTRUDER _ Police in Palo Alto say a man entered a woman’s bedroom, turned off the lights, sat on her bed and tried to talk to her before leaving. SFGate reports the woman contacted police Sunday to report an intruder in her apartment.
_ SUPER BLOOM _ A Southern California city overwhelmed by throngs of visitors seeking out a rare wildflower bloom says it has a poppy plan.
_ SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STORMS _ The calendar says spring but a winter weather advisory remains in effect for Southern California mountains.
SAN FRANCISCO _ Facebook left millions of user passwords readable by its employees for years, the company said Thursday, an acknowledgement it offered after a security researcher posted about the issue online. By Barbara Ortutay and Frank Bajak. SENT: 985 words, photos.
_ GOOGLE-AI DOODLE _ Google is celebrating composer Johann Sebastian Bach with its first artificial intelligence-powered Doodle. Photos.
LOS ANGELES _ Jason Derulo is simultaneously looking ahead, looking back and looking across the ocean for his new project. In “Let’s Shut Up & Dance,” the pop singer collaborates with Asian K-pop acts Lay Zhang and NCT 127 in a trans-Pacific partnership he thinks ought to be increasingly common in the musical future. By andrew Dalton. SENT: 653 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES _ Fox will use five commentary crews for its broadcast of this year’s Women’s World Cup, basing two teams in France and the others in its Los Angeles studio. SENT: 422 words.
Reigning national champion Villanova will be in action along with Michigan, the runner-up from a year ago, while Belmont and Murray State open the NCAA Tournament as trendy upset picks. There’s Kansas and Michigan State to provide some blue-blood flavor, and Murray State’s Ja Morant and Marquette counterpart Markus Howard some star power. There’s the big-name coaches such as Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and the under-appreciated in Wofford’s Mike Young. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 990 words, photos.
HARTFORD, Conn. _ Defending champion Villanova returns to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 6 seed to face No. 11 Saint Mary’s. By Pat Eaton-Robb. Upcoming 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4:20 p.m.
Eds: See BC-Time Schedule for complete list of NCAA first round start times.
TOKYO _ The magnitude of the moment — of sharing the field with the towering Ichiro Suzuki in his farewell — left Seattle Mariners teammate Yusei Kikuchi in reverential silence. Asked what that experience meant, the Japanese rookie pitcher paused for a full minute. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 1,026 words, photos.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. _ Clay Matthews is eager to come home after a decade with the Green Bay Packers. The pass-rushing veteran and former USC star joins the Los Angeles Rams with dreams of making another Super Bowl run. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The Dallas Mavericks visit the Sacramento Kings. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. _ After rejoining the Golden State Warriors, Andrew Bogut makes his Oracle Arena season debut when the two-time defending champions return home to host the Pacers. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
LOS ANGELES _ Drew Doughty and the last-place Los Angeles Kings host their rivals, the playoff-bound San Jose Sharks. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
_ FBN--FREE AGENCY-RAIDERS _ The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent offensive lineman Jordan Devey. Devey spent the past three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs before joining the Raiders on Thursday.
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