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

March 22, 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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SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California Gov. Gavin Newsom will allow state fire officials to bypass some environmental regulations to clear dead trees and other vegetation ahead of the next wildfire season. His order will come Friday as he declared a state of emergency, saying the number of dead trees across the state is “creating extremely dangerous fire risk.” By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 387 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.


_ CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-REBUILDING, from SANTA ROSA, Calif. _ An official says that 17 months after a massive wildfire destroyed hundreds of homes in a wine country neighborhood, 70 percent of the properties are under construction or have been rebuilt.


SAN FRANCISCO _ A U.S. judge says civil rights groups seeking to block the Trump administration’s policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico until their cases are heard have cleared basic legal requirements to bring their case but appeared skeptical about one of their key arguments. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 440 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ By the time California’s presidential primary election arrived in 2016, Bernie Sanders was a beaten man. This time around, everything has changed. The senator from Vermont was an insurgent outsider three years ago in a head-to-head race against Hillary Clinton, the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state whose grip on the Democratic nomination was effectively unshakeable by the time California’s primary was held in June that year. By Michael R. Blood. SENT: 895 words, photos.


_ ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS-DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS _ The Democratic Socialists of America has endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in his second run for president. SENT: 137 words, photos.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.2 percent in February. The state Employment Development Department said Friday that California added 14,600 nonfarm payroll jobs during the month.



OGDEN, Utah _ A suspect in a 2012 Northern California killing is in jail following a fraudulent $3 purchase. Cody Tripp, 33, was booked Wednesday in the Weber County Jail in Ogden, Utah, and is being held without bail, the Standard-Examiner reported on Thursday. SENT: 340 words, photos.


_ GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE TOLL _ A trip across the Golden Gate Bridge is about to get more expensive. Golden Gate Bridge officials voted Friday to raise tolls up to $9.75 by 2023.

_ STOCKTON-THREE KILLED _ Police in Stockton are investigating the killings of three people who were shot Friday while sitting inside a car.



LOS ANGELES _ A new Coast Guard cutter commissioned Friday honors a petty officer who was killed in a confrontation with suspected smugglers off Southern California. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.


NEW YORK _ New York real estate heir Robert Durst is facing a new lawsuit that claims he killed his first wife and disposed of her body in 1982. A sister of Kathleen Durst filed a wrongful death claim Friday accusing Durst of killing the woman in their suburban New York City home. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2:30 p.m.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ An endangered federal program that has helped preserve the historic Route 66 Highway for two decades has issued its last call for grants aimed at saving aging buildings and landmarks. The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is accepting grant applications until April 12, and it’s not clear if Congress will continue the project after that. The program is set to end in the fall, and no agreement has been reached to keep it going. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 475 words, photos.


_ GHOST GUNS-NEW JERSEY _ New Jersey’s attorney general has sued a Southern California company that sells gun parts that can be turned into working firearms.

_ TRANSIT RAPE _ Los Angeles police are looking for a transient suspected of choking, punching and raping a victim in a subway station.

_ FIREFIGHTING TECH _ The Los Angeles Fire Department has deployed 1,000 hand-held thermal imaging cameras that can help firefighters locate victims in smoke-filled rooms or find fire hidden inside walls, attics and crawl spaces.



LOS ANGELES _ Dockworkers fearing increasing automation will cost jobs in the Port of Los Angeles are fighting use of driverless electric cargo trucks. SENT: 374 words.


_ ELON MUSK-FLINT _ Tech billionaire Elon Musk surprised students by showing up at a school assembly in Flint, Michigan, and promising to take some of them for a tour of his Space X rocket factory in California.



LOS ANGELES _ In the run-up to the Kids’ Choice Awards, host DJ Khaled is feeling plenty of support — from his son. The producer-DJ said his 2-year-old son, Asahd, gets excited just watching his dad in the ads promoting the show on Nickelodeon. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 370 words.


NEW YORK _ In their early days, the Beatles were called Johnny and the Moondogs and Coldplay went by Pectoralz. The rock band Wallows is no different. Over the years, the trio has had a number of names, from the Feaver to The Narwhals. Now they’re taking a big step to help people remember the band: A full-length album. By Alicia Rancilio. SENT: 736 words, photos.


BURBANK, Calif. _ Gary Clark Jr. has created a lot of conversation with “This Land,” the provocative first song off his latest album that shares the same name. By Ryan Pearson. SENT: 594 words, photos.



SAN JOSE, Calif. _ UC Irvine got back-to-back 3-pointers from Evan Leonard to spark the deciding run in a 70-64 upset over Kansas State that marked the Anteaters’ first NCAA Tournament victory in school history. The Friday victory was the 17th consecutive for UC Irvine, which lost 57-55 to Louisville in 2015 in their only NCAA appearance. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 570 words, photos.

Eds: See BC-Time Schedule for the full schedule of NCAA tournament games.


LOS ANGELES _ UCLA men’s soccer coach Jorge Salcedo has resigned in the wake of his indictment in the college admissions scandal. SENT: 208 words.


TEMPE, Ariz. _ During his news conference in Tokyo after playing his final game, Ichiro Suzuki mentioned young Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani, saying the two-way player could be one of the best in the world. Ohtani was flattered to hear that from his idol. By Carrie Muskat. SENT: 350 words.


STANFORD, Calif. _ Ten months ago, Tara VanDeveer the Hall of Fame Stanford coach called once more upon her counterpart at UC Davis for some offensive guidance. Davis coach Jennifer Gross and top assistant Joe Teramoto visited campus a third time to work with VanDerveer and the Cardinal on the Princeton system. On Saturday, No. 2 seed Stanford (28-4) takes on the Big West champion and 15th-seeded Aggies (25-6) in the NCAA Tournament. The other first-round matchup at Maples Pavilion in the Chicago Regional features West Coast Conference champion BYU (25-6), a seventh seed, against No. 10 Auburn (22-9). By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.


CLEVELAND _ Back in the playoff race thanks to an 8-1 start in March, the Los Angeles Clippers carry a three-game winning streak into their matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who haven’t gotten healthy and better. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ All-Star D’Angelo Russell returns to face the team that gave up on him after just two seasons when the Brooklyn Nets visit LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


ANAHEIM, Calif. _ The San Jose Sharks visit the Anaheim Ducks. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


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