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

February 27, 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:

WESTERN STORMS

GUERNEVILLE, Calif. _ Floodwaters left two communities in Northern California’s wine country accessible only by boat Wednesday after a rain-swollen river overflowed its banks following a relentless downpour, inundating an already waterlogged region as snow from the storm system piled up from California’s mountains to Montana. By Haven Daley and Olga R. Rodriguez. SENT: 760 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates through the day. Russian River expected to crest around 10 p.m.

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_ WESTERN STORMS-THE LATEST

_ AMTRAK-AVALANCHE, from RENO, Nev. _ Two Amtrak trains together carrying nearly 300 passengers stopped and reversed directions because of an avalanche that closed railroad tracks in the Sierra Nevada in Northern California. SENT: 335 words, photos.

_ WOMAN BURIED IN CAR, from SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. _ Authorities in a Northern California resort town say a snowplow operator inadvertently bumped into a car buried in snow and found a woman inside. She was rescued and in good health. SENT 208 words, photos.

BORDER WALL-PROTOTYPES

SAN DIEGO _ The government is demolishing eight prototypes of Donald Trump’s prized border wall that instantly became powerful symbols of his presidency when they were built nine months after he took office. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 1,125 words, photos.

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_ BORDER WALL-PROTOTYPES-THE LATEST

TRANSGENDER TROOPS

SAN DIEGO _ Lindsey Muller served in the Army as a man for nearly a decade before telling her commanders in 2014 that she identified as a woman and would resign because military policy barred transgender personnel. Her superiors, citing her outstanding performance, persuaded the decorated attack helicopter pilot to stay. After then-President Barack Obama changed the policy, she started dressing in uniform as a woman. Muller went on to be recommended for a promotion as the surgery to complete her gender transition was scheduled, but the operation was postponed in 2017 when President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he was reinstituting the ban. By Julie Watson and Jennifer McDermott. SENT: SENT: 1,018 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from ongoing congressional hearing.

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_ TRANSGENDER TROOPS-THE LATEST

CAPITOL:

ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE-MISCONDUCT PROBE

SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The Republican judge who ran unsuccessfully for California attorney general last year has been barred from serving on the bench or working with any state court. SENT: 134 words, photos.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

MOTHER-SON BALCONY PLUNGE

UPLAND, Calif. _ Investigators on Wednesday were trying to determine why a California woman allegedly fatally injured her infant daughter, dropped her young son off a second-story apartment building landing and then jumped herself. SENT: 415 words, photos.

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_ HOT DOG STAND FIGHT _ Prosecutors have filed multiple battery charges against a California man whose clash with two women over a hot dog was caught on now-viral video.

BUSINESS:

_ ICEE HEADQUARTERS MOVE _ ICEE Co., a national frozen beverage company, is moving its corporate office from California to Tennessee.

ENTERTAINMENT:

MICHAEL JACKSON-ACCUSERS DOCUMENTARY

LOS ANGELES _ The family of Michael Jackson had a feeling the years-old child molestation allegations against the pop superstar would resurface at some point. So they say they weren’t entirely surprised to learn that a forthcoming HBO documentary would feature two of his accusers. By Andrew Dalton. SENT: 1,038 words, photos.

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_ MICHAEL JACKSON ACCUSERS-OPRAH _ An Oprah Winfrey interview with two men who say Michael Jackson sexually abused them as boys will air immediately after a documentary on the men.

TV-NETWORKS FIGHT BACK

PASADENA, Calif. _ Top television executives say they’re not giving up in the face of what has become the Netflix era. ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox chiefs know they’re in a fight for their life and are making changes to compete, but say they have some advantages that should be emphasized. By David Bauder and Lynn Elber. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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_ TV-BEVERLY HILLS 90210-REUNION _ The original stars of “Beverly Hills, 90210” are planning a high school reunion with a twist. Fox said Wednesday that cast members including Jason Priestly and Jennie Garth will play “heightened versions” of themselves in a six-part series airing this summer.

SPORTS:

HKN--BLACKHAWKS-DUCKS

ANAHEIM, Calif. _ The Anaheim Ducks return home and look to snap a three-game losing streak when they host the Chicago Blackhawks, who have dropped their last two. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKN--WARRIORS-HEAT

MIAMI _ The Miami Heat have lost six straight at home to get into serious trouble in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and plat host to the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 4:40 p.m.

BKN--CLIPPERS-JAZZ

SALT LAKE CITY _ The Los Angeles Clippers visit the Utah Jazz as the two teams battle for playoff position in the West. By Matthew Coles. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.

BKN--BUCKS-KINGS

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

BKN--PELICANS-LAKERS

LOS ANGELES _ Anthony Davis and the Pelicans visit the Lakers for the first time since New Orleans decided not to trade its superstar forward to Los Angeles at the trade deadline. Davis was held out of the teams’ meeting last week in New Orleans, and the Pelicans still won. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

BKC--UC RIVERSIDE-CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE

LOS ANGELES _ UC Riverside plays Cal State Northridge at Matadome. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--WYOMING-FRESNO STATE

FRESNO, Calif. _ Wyoming plays Fresno State at Save Mart Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.

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_ FBN--49ERS-COACHING STAFF _ The San Francisco 49ers have added former NFL receivers Wes Welker and Miles Austin as assistant coaches.

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