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

March 18, 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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TOP STORIES:

SUPER BLOOM SHUTDOWN

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. _ Like Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz,” the Southern California city of Lake Elsinore is being overwhelmed by the power of the poppies. More than 100,000 people flocked over the weekend to see this year’s rain-fed flaming orange patches of poppies lighting up the hillsides near the city of about 60,000 residents. By Amy Taxin and Julie Watson. SENT: 853 words, photos.

RIVER DANGERS

SAN FRANCISCO _ Searchers combed a river in the Sierra Nevada foothills for a little girl swept away during the weekend, and two people were rescued in Los Angeles early Monday, putting a focus on dangers resulting from California’s exceptionally wet winter. By Olga R. Rodriguez. SENT: 484 words, photos.

PERU EX-PRESIDENT DETAINED

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. _ Authorities say former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, wanted in connection with Latin America’s biggest graft scandal, was arrested in California on suspicion of public intoxication but the charge wasn’t significant to trigger possible extradition to his home country . SENT: 137 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2 p.m.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

SACRAMENTO-POLICE SHOOTING

SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The Rev. Al Sharpton joined the family of a black man fatally shot by police one year ago Monday to call for California to change how it responds to police shootings of civilians. The shooting death of 22-year-old Stephon Clark last year has prompted calls for stricter standards on when police can legally kill. By Kathleen Ronayne. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2:30 p.m.

Also:

_ WINTER WEATHER-NEVADA _ More winter weather is headed for the Sierra after a brief spring-like reprieve.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

_ MALL PANIC _ Los Angeles police have arrested a Missouri man they say caused a panic at a mall last week. Photos.

BUSINESS:

FACEBOOK-LOCAL NEWS

NEW YORK _ Facebook’s effort to establish a service that provides its users with local news and information is being hindered by the lack of outlets where the company’s technicians can find original reporting. By David Bauder. SENT: 420 words, photos.

LYFT-IPO

NEW YORK _ Lyft officially kicked off the road show for its initial public offering, putting 30 million shares up for sale Monday with an anticipated price of between $62 and $68 per share. SENT: 335 words, photos.

Also:

_ APPLE-NEW IPADS _ Apple has unveiled a new iPad that’s thinner and slightly larger than its current entry-level tablet. The new iPad Air will cost $499 and sport a screen that measures 10.5 inches diagonally. Photos.

_ HAWAIIAN AIRLINES-SAN FRANCISCO _ Hawaiian Airlines plans to add a daily flight to San Francisco in the fall.

ENTERTAINMENT:

FILM-WARNER BROS-TSUJIHARA

NEW YORK _ Warner Bros. chief Kevin Tsujihara, one of the highest ranking Hollywood executives to be felled by sexual misconduct allegations, stepped down from the studio Monday following claims that he promised roles to an actress in exchange for sex. By Jake Coyle. SENT: 825 words, photos.

SPORTS:

BBA--ATHLETICS-AUSSIE HENDRIKS

TOKYO _ Amid all the hoopla surrounding Suzuki Ichiro’s return to Japan with the Seattle Mariners, it’s been easy to overlook something: the Oakland Athletics are here, too, including Aussie pitcher Liam Hendriks. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 550 words, photos.

BBC--COLLEGE BASEBALL RDP

UCLA has overcome a rash of injuries to rise to No. 1 in the major polls. The Bruins have had to overcome a spate of injuries to get there. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photo.

TEN--BETTING SUSPENSION

LONDON _ A Swedish tennis player who is a sophomore at the University of San Diego has been suspended and fined after admitting to having bet on tennis matches. SENT: 200 words.

BKN--WARRIORS-SPURS

SAN ANTONIO _ Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors visit the Spurs in a possible preview of a first-round playoff rematch a year after San Antonio was swept. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.

HKN--JETS-KINGS

LOS ANGELES _ The Winnipeg Jets try to keep their narrow lead atop the Central Division when they visit the Los Angeles Kings, who are last in the Western Conference. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4:30 p.m.

HKN--GOLDEN KNIGHTS-SHARKS

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The San Jose Sharks look to bounce back from their first consecutive home losses in regulation when they host the Vegas Golden Knights. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

Also:

_ FBN--FREE AGENCY-49ERS _ The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed defensive back Jimmie Ward to a one-year deal.

_ FBN--FREE AGENCY-RAIDERS _ The Oakland Raiders have re-signed free agent return specialist Dwayne Harris.

_ MLB PLAYER-FATAL CRASH _ A South Carolina man killed in a car crash last week has been identified as a former Major League Baseball player who was a member of the Seattle Mariners during its inaugural season.

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