AP-CA--California News Digest 4:30 pm, CA
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MILWAUKEE — David Freese is hitting third for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers, returning to a city where he enjoyed postseason success in 2011. SENT: 250 words, photos.
USA GYMNASTICS-INTERIM PRESIDENT
INDIANAPOLIS — USA Gymnastics has hired former Congresswoman Mary Bono as interim president and chief executive officer. The organization announced the move Friday. Bono will hold the position while USA Gymnastics searches for a permanent successor to Kerry Perry, who resigned under pressure from the United States Olympic Committee in September after spending nine months on the job. Bono spent 15 years as a U.S. Representative from Southern California from 1998-2013. By Will Graves. SENT: 480 words.
LOS ANGELES — Josh Falo will look across the line of scrimmage at some point Saturday night, and the Southern California tight end will be lined up against his brother, Colorado linebacker Nu’umotu Falo. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 860, photos.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — When it comes to stopping opposing offenses from moving the ball, the San Francisco 49ers defense has fared all right early this season. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 620 words.
— HUMAN REMAINS — Authorities say they’ve found the remains of three people buried near Los Angeles and the deaths are being treated as suspicious.
— WIFE KILLING-HIT MEN — A Southern California man hired to help kill another man’s estranged wife has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
GARDEN GROVE — The animal rights group PETA alleges dogs at one of the nation’s largest canine blood banks are mistreated, but the non-profit that runs the Southern California facility says the retired racing greyhounds are well-cared for and save other dogs’ lives. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent complaints this week to California and local authorities alleging the 200 greyhounds kept at Hemopet don’t receive proper care and are cooped up nearly all day in pens too small for their size. The group contends confining dogs in a facility to draw their blood is wrong and says they should be placed in homes and only donate blood if their owners opt to bring them in. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 800 words, photos.
SAN FRANCISCO — Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris said they did not sign off on three White House nominees for open California seats on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and will oppose the confirmations. President Donald Trump has nominated Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California Patrick Bumatay, Los Angeles appellate attorney Daniel Collins and Los Angeles litigator Kenneth Kiyul Lee for the vacancies. SENT: 550 words, photos.
WAREHOUSE PARTY FIRE
SAN FRANCISCO — A judge’s vacation and miscommunication led to another delay Friday in the court case connected to a Northern California warehouse fire that killed 36 people two years ago. Attorneys for Derick Almena, one of two men charged criminally, had planned to urge a judge Friday to restore a plea deal that called for Almena to serve nine years in prison. By Paul Elias. SENT: 525 words, photos.
BURNING MAN-RENO OFFICE
RENO, Nev. — The San Francisco-based Burning Man organization is opening a year-round, satellite office in Reno to better support operations in the northern Nevada desert that hosts the annual counterculture festival. The Reno Gazette Journal first reported this week Burning Man will begin a three-year lease later this year at the old downtown Post Office built on the banks of the Truckee River in 1933. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— SOUVENIR MERCHANTS KILLINGS — A 64-year-old shopkeeper who claimed to be insane when he shot and killed two competing souvenir merchants at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf in 2011 has been found guilty in the slayings.
— LIFE-SIZED WHALE SCULPTURE — Artists are putting the finishing touches on an 82-foot-long (24-meter-long) blue whale made from discarded plastic that will be in display near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge to raise awareness about ocean pollution.
SAN DIEGO — California has a 28 percent lower lung cancer death rate than the rest of the country thanks to statewide policies against tobacco, a study concluded. As far back as the 1980s the state highlighted the link between smoking and cancer and introduced the nation’s first tobacco control program. SENT: 250 words, photos.
— SMUGGLING ARRESTS — Border Patrol agents say four people, including a migrant from Mexico, were caught trying to smuggle meth and a stolen firearm near the California-Arizona border.
— DRUG SENTENCE-MAN DEPORTED — A man who helped hold a victim for ransom in an attempt to collect on a six-figure marijuana deal has been sentenced to prison and deportation for a second time in federal court.
— TRUMP AIDE-TEACHER — A Southern California school district has suspended a teacher who recounted how a senior aide to President Trump ate glue as a third-grader.
— TESLA-TAX CREDIT — Tesla Inc. says buyers must order cars by Monday to get the full federal electric vehicle tax credit of $7,500.
NEW YORK — Facebook says hackers accessed data from 29 million accounts as part of the security breach disclosed two weeks ago. The exact number hadn’t been known before. Originally Facebook said 50 million accounts could have been affected, but Facebook didn’t know if they had been misused. SENT: 675 words, photos.
BOSTON — Robots delivering room service, check-in kiosks with facial recognition technology and “smart” speakers that serve as an in-room concierge. The hotel of the not-so-distant future sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel, but it’s drawing real world anxiety for some of the thousands of Marriott hotel workers on strike across the U.S. this month. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— ELECTRIC VEHICLES-FREE TEST DRIVES — NV Energy is offering Reno residents a chance to take a free test drive behind the wheel of some of the latest electric vehicle models on the road today.
STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS
BEVERLY HILLS — Nineteen student filmmakers got the opportunity to “thank the academy” at the actual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Thursday night. The winners of the 45th Student Academy Awards are eligible to compete for a 2018 Academy Award in the animated short, live action short and documentary short categories. They join an esteemed list of Student Academy Award alumni like Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Patricia Riggen and Robert Zemeckis. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 550 words.
WASHINGTON — Live from the Oval Office, it’s Kanye West with a jaw-dropping performance. The rapper didn’t rap. But, seated across from President Donald Trump at the Resolute Desk, the musician delivered a rambling, multipart monologue Thursday that touched on social issues, hydrogen planes, mental health, endorsement deals, politics and oh so much more. By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.
SANTA MONICA — Beyonce paid homage to a high-profile music executive being honored at a charity event to raise money for cancer research. The singer’s vocals soared as she performed three ballads including her 2009 smash hit “Halo” and “Ava Maria” after saluting the character of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing CEO Jon Platt at the City of Hope gala near Los Angeles on Thursday night. She took the stage following her husband, Jay Z, who presented Platt with the Spirit of Life award during a charity event that raised more than $6 million. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— PEOPLE-ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER — Arnold Schwarzenegger says he “stepped over the line several times” with women.
— FLEETWOOD MAC-LAWSUIT — Lindsey Buckingham is suing Fleetwood Mac for kicking him off the band’s new tour.
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers put Xavier Cedeno on their roster for the NL Championship Series against Los Angeles, adding another left-hander to their deep bullpen for the matchup with the Dodgers’ power-packed lineup. SENT: 320 words, photos.
SANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers are apologizing for initially leaving Colin Kaepernick out of a photo gallery celebrating the team’s history against the Green Bay Packers. The team posted dozens of photos on its website of past games against the Packers before the teams meet again Monday night without at first including any of Kaepernick. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 400 words, photos.
LONDON — Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden wants Marshawn Lynch to see more of the ball when the running back goes up against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Lynch only had 31 yards rushing on nine carries in last Sunday’s 26-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers and Gruden is looking for bigger numbers at Wembley Stadium in London when the former Seahawk gets his first chance to play his old team. By Mattias Karen. SENT: 600 words, photos.
UNDATED — It was the final minute of a preseason game between Philadelphia and Dallas, the 76ers were up by four points with the ball, and thousands of fans were screaming “defense” at the top of their lungs. A common scene, with an uncommon detail: The game was in China. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
BERKELEY — Chip Kelly hasn’t gotten too caught up in UCLA’s winless start and doesn’t want his players to, either. That’s why the Bruins first-year coach downplayed the idea of any extra pressure heading into Saturday’s game against California at Memorial Stadium. By Michael Wagaman. SENT: 700 words.
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