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

March 4, 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. _ Prosecutors’ finding that Sacramento police broke no laws when they fatally shot an unarmed black vandalism suspect last year is spurring new support for changing California’s legal standard for when officers can use lethal force. By Don Thompson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO _ The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld a decision by state lawmakers to roll back one way for public workers to pad their pensions, but avoided ruling on the larger issue of whether retirement benefits can be taken away once promised. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 630 words.


LOS ANGELES _ Luke Perry, who gained instant heartthrob status as wealthy rebel Dylan McKay on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” died Monday after suffering a massive stroke, his publicist said. He was 52. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 640 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach, 800 words.


_ OBIT-LUKE PERRY-REACTION _ Reaction to the death of Luke Perry, whose credits included “Beverly Hills, 90210,” ″Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Riverdale.” SENT: 670 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ Juan Corona, who in 1971 became the nation’s most prolific serial killer when he was convicted of killing and burying the bodies of 25 California farm laborers, died Monday at age 85. By John Rogers. SENT: 325 words, photos. UPCOMING: 550 words.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Leaders of California’s high-speed rail project told the Trump administration Monday its plans to withhold or claw back $3.5 billion in federal money for the project is “legally indefensible” and “disastrous policy.” By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 550 words by 3 p.m.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ A group of Democratic California lawmakers called Monday for the state to invest $100 billion to drastically reduce its carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels by 2030. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 380 words, photos.



SAN FRANCISCO _ California and 19 other states are seeking to overturn new obstacles the Trump administration set up for women seeking abortions, including barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from making abortion referrals. By Paul Elias. SENT: 274 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.


_ OAKLAND TEACHERS STRIKE _ Thousands of Oakland teachers are back in classrooms after union members voted to approve a contract deal giving them 11 percent raises and a one-time 3 percent bonus

_ WINTER WEATHER-SIERRA _ Another winter storm watch goes into effect Tuesday morning in the mountains around Lake Tahoe, where 1 to 3 feet of new snow is possible in the upper elevations.



ORANGE, Calif. _ A California man was arrested in a spa explosion that killed his ex-girlfriend last year after authorities painstakingly analyzed remnants of a bomb and traced materials to the suspect, his home and car, federal prosecutors said Monday. By Amy Taxin and Brian Melley. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from 2 p.m. court appearance.




COSTA MESA, Calif. _ A California school district is investigating a social media photograph in which young people are seen giving Nazi salutes while standing around a table on which red cups form a swastika. SENT: 250 words.


_ SUPREME COURT-POLICE SHOOTING _ The Supreme Court is leaving in place a roughly $4 million judgment for an innocent couple shot while California deputies searched for a wanted man.


_ DISNEY-IGER SALARY _ The Walt Disney Co. is cutting $13.5 million of CEO Bob Iger’s annual future potential earnings ahead of the closing of Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets.



LOS ANGELES _ When Steven Spielberg speaks about the business of Hollywood, everyone generally listens and few dissent. But reports that he intends to support rule changes that could block Netflix from Oscars-eligibility have provoked a heated, and unwieldy, debate online this weekend. By Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ A television personality for the Mexican-based Televisa network is facing strong criticism after dressing up in “brownface” and wearing a prosthetic nose to make fun of indigenous Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio. SENT: 540 words, photo.


_ PEOPLE-TAMRON HALL _ Tamron Hall is having a baby and getting her own talk show. The former NBC “Today” show anchor and host tweeted Monday that she’s pregnant. She wrote that she was “in a safe place at 32 weeks” to share her joy.



SAN FRANCISCO _ San Francisco Giants President and CEO Larry Baer was granted a leave of absence from the team on Monday following the release of a video showing him in a physical altercation with his wife. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 470 words, photos.


GLENDALE, Ariz. _ Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Clayton Kershaw is making steady progress in his recovery from left shoulder inflammation, but the ace may not be ready to start opening day. SENT: 200 words.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The New York Knicks visit the Sacramento Kings. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ LeBron James and his struggling Lakers are five games behind Lou Williams’ impressive Clippers heading into the Staples Center co-tenants’ third meeting of the season. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


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