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

June 13, 2018

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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When California finally regained its economic footing following the Great Recession, Gov. Jerry Brown convinced voters to back a measure allowing lawmakers to set aside more money for the inevitable next downturn. Four years later, the state’s rainy day fund is on the verge of being full. That reality brings a strange dynamic: If good economic times continue the state can’t put substantially more money in a fund that, even when full, could easily be wiped out by one very bad year. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 778 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO — Former state Sen. Mark Leno conceded the race for San Francisco mayor Wednesday after the latest tally showed rival London Breed extending her slim lead with the ballots left to count dwindling. By Janie Har. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2:30 p.m., then new material from Breed availability at 3 p.m.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians will face a choice this November of whether to divide the nation’s most populous state into three, an effort that would radically shake up the West Coast. The “Cal 3” initiative is driven by venture capitalist Tim Draper, who has tried and failed in the past to place an effort to break up California on the ballot. Even if it wins passage from voters, the measure would face significant hurdles. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 577 words, photos, graphics.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Legislature resumed its investigation into an allegations of sexual misconduct by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia after initially finding the claim couldn’t be substantiated. By Sophia Bollag. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Victims of a notorious California serial killer may get a renewed chance to seek up to $70,000 in compensation for their emotional trauma or financial losses under pending legislation. A budget bill being considered this week would extend the time for victims to file for benefits. Lawmakers have until Friday to approve a budget. SENT: 296 words.



SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco authorities are renewing debate Wednesday over removing a prominent 19th century statue depicting a Native American at the feet of a Spanish cowboy and a preaching Catholic missionary. Native American activists for decades have advocated the removal of the bronze statue, which they say is demeaning and racist. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from 5 p.m. meeting.


OAKLAND, Calif. — An Air Force officer with top security clearance who vanished 35 years ago and was arrested in California last week worked for years as a consultant for the University of California system, former colleagues said. University system colleagues knew William Howard Hughes Jr. as a personable, brainy number cruncher for the system’s vast health benefits program. SENT: 460 words, photos.


BIG SUR, Calif. — California transportation officials are targeting July for reopening a stretch of Highway 1 in the scenic Big Sur coastal region that was blocked last year by a massive landslide. The crucial road was projected to open in mid-September but Caltrans announced Tuesday it will open to all travelers by the end of July. SENT: 300 words, photos.



SANTA ANA, Calif.— A jury on Wednesday recommended the death penalty for an Illinois killer who was convicted of murdering five more women in Southern California more than two decades ago. SENT: 263 words, photo.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA rover on Mars has been knocked out by gigantic dust storm that envelops the planet and blots out the sun. “This storm is threatening, and we don’t know how long it will last, and we don’t know what the environment will be like once it clears,” said John Callas, the Opportunity project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 331 words, photos.


MEXICO CITY — Hurricane Bud made a brief run as a powerful Category 4 storm off Mexico’s Pacific coast, but quickly weakened into a tropical storm by Wednesday morning, easing — but not completely ending — the threat to resorts in its path at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. SENT: 281 words, photo.



NEW YORK — Comcast made a $65 billion bid Wednesday for Fox’s entertainment businesses, setting up a battle with Disney to become the next mega-media company. The bid comes just a day after a federal judge cleared AT&T’s takeover of Time Warner. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 809 words, photo.


NEW YORK — Starting a food truck to sell tacos or barbecue on downtown streets may seem easy or fun, but owners are finding they need more sophisticated plans now that the novelty has worn off. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 1,003 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES — After a fallow period, and a big boost from “The Big Sick,” the rom-com is making a major comeback this summer with releases like Netflix’s “Set It Up,” ″Crazy Rich Asians,” ″Mamma Mia 2,” ″Juliet, Naked” and “Destination Wedding.” By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.


— PEOPLE-JOHN SCHNEIDER — “Dukes of Hazard” star John Schneider was released from the Los Angeles County Jail on Tuesday hours after he was jailed for an alimony dispute. His three-day sentence was cut short because of overcrowding.

— MOVIE-DUMBO TRAILER — Disney has released its first teaser trailer for Tim Burton’s remake of the classic “Dumbo.” The live-action film stars Danny DeVito, Colin Farrell, Alan Arkin, Eva Green and Michael Keaton.



SANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo showed what he can do in coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense even before he fully understood it in an impressive five-game cameo at the end of last season. With an entire offseason to learn the foundation of the San Francisco 49ers’ scheme and build chemistry with his receivers and offensive line, he should only be better in his first full season as an NFL starter in 2018. By Sports Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 785 words, photos.


— FBN--HALAS AWARD-GOODWIN — San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin has won the 2018 George Halas Award from the Professional Football Writers of America.


SEATTLE — Now with the third-best record in baseball, the Seattle Mariners send Marco Gonzales to the mound on Wednesday afternoon looking for a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. Mike Trout has four homers in the first two games of the series but no wins for the Angels. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 1:10 p.m.


MIAMI — The Miami Marlins face the San Francisco Giants in the third game of a four-game series Wednesday. By Christopher Stock. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4:10 p.m.


ST. LOUIS — Luke Weaver starts for the St. Louis Cardinals as they close out their series with the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night. Eric Laurer starts for the Padres, who defeated St. Louis a night earlier. By Steve Overbey. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5:15 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. — Right-hander Gerrit Cole (7-1, 2.16 ERA) takes the mound for the World Series champion Houston Astros having totaled 21 strikeouts to just four earned runs allowed in his first two starts against the Athletics this season. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Cole Hamels takes the mound for the Texas Rangers in their series finale against Kenta Maeda and the Los Angeles Dodgers. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


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