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BC-CA--California News Digest 4:30 pm, CA

April 6, 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. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ A federal judge has halted sales of high-capacity ammunition magazines in California, giving state officials a chance to appeal his order last week that allowed their sale for the first time in nearly 20 years. U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez on Friday barred further sales until the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers whether to reinstate the state’s ban on magazines holding more than 10 bullets. By Don Thompson. SENT: 125 words. DEVELOPING.


PHOENIX _ A relative of a California woman kidnapped while on a safari in Uganda said Friday he wants to see the U.S. send in Navy SEALS to locate and rescue her if that’s what it takes. Phoenix resident Rich Endicott said Friday he hasn’t spoken with his cousin since a family reunion several years ago, but he is working every angle to try to see she is rescued. The woman from Costa Mesa, California, has a small skin care shop, is in her late her late 50s and has a daughter and granddaughter. By Bob Christie. SENT: 400 words.


FRESNO, Calif. _ The California Air National Guard says its top commander, Major General Clay Garrison, has been relieved of command and will be replaced by Brigadier General Gregory Jones. A guard spokesman on Friday confirmed the shakeup, but did not have additional details. The command change comes after the Los Angeles Times detailed allegations that whistleblowers at the guard’s Fresno base suffered reprisals for questioning actions or conduct. The newspaper reported an incident in which someone urinated in a female guard member’s boots. UPCOMING: 350 words by 5:30 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO _ A tech entrepreneur and his wife have made a very Silicon Valley donation to his San Francisco alma mater _ $25 million, mostly in cryptocurrency. By Olga Rodriguez. SENT: 300 words.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Federal prosecutors indicted a Northern California nurse, a tattoo artist in Arizona and two others on charges of selling opioids, heroin and methamphetamine over the darknet. SENT: 350 words.


_ NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE-CAUSE _ An investigation has determined that a July 2017 wildfire that destroyed more than 40 homes in Northern California was sparked by a defective electrical panel at a Butte County home.



EL CENTRO, Calif. _ President Donald Trump headed to the border with Mexico on Friday to make a renewed push for border security as a central campaign issue for his 2020 re-election. Trump, tweeting as Air Force One approached California, tried to blame Democrats for a lack of progress on the wall, which was his signature campaign promise yet remains unbuilt. By Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 776 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developments from Trump’s visit to border and private fund-raiser in Beverly Hills this evening.



_BORDER SECURITY-WALL _ The White House has touted a two-mile stretch of fencing President Donald Trump is visiting Friday as the first section of his proposed border wall to be built. In reality, the newly fortified structure commemorated with a plaque bearing his name and those of top immigration and homeland security officials was a long-planned replacement for an old barrier. By Astrid Galvan. SENT: 650 words, photos.

_TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY _ California and 19 other states that are suing President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to build a border wall have requested a court order to stop money from being diverted to fund the project. SENT: 137 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ In a major challenge to regulations that govern California’s marijuana market, Beverly Hills and 24 other local governments sued Friday to overturn a rule allowing home deliveries even into communities that banned commercial pot sales. By Michael R. Blood. SENT: 437 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO _ Like health officials facing outbreaks of disease, internet companies are trying to contain vaccine-related misinformation they have long helped spread. By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 768 words, photos.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California Gov. Gavin Newsom is traveling to El Salvador to learn firsthand what is prompting thousands of people to leave and seek new lives in the United States. Joining him is an aide whose father made the same journey to the U.S. nearly 40 years ago. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 869 words, photos.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California’s secretary of state says two Republican state Assemblymen will face off in June to fill one of two vacancies in the state Senate. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 250 words by 2 p.m.



MEDFORD, Ore. _ A plan to reintroduce the California condor to the Redwood National Forest could mean the giant raptors will eventually repopulate Oregon’s Rogue Valley as well. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be expanded.


_ HOMELESS WOMAN KILLED _ Police in Lodi are investigating the killing of a homeless woman during an apparent drive-by shooting at a park.


_ PACIFIC COCAINE SEIZURES _ More than 14,300 pounds (6,486 kilograms) of cocaine seized in the Eastern Pacific has been brought to San Diego aboard a Coast Guard cutter.

_ SWASTIKA VANDALISM _ Authorities are investigating after swastikas were burned into synthetic grass at a Southern California home.



DETROIT _ A federal judge in New York has ordered Tesla CEO Elon Musk and U.S. securities regulators to meet for at least an hour to try and settle a dispute over Musk’s tweets. SENT: 440 words, photos.



LAS VEGAS _ The movie industry returned to their day jobs Friday after four days of schmoozing, deal-making and watching movie studios and stars sell the best of what’s to come to theaters at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. By Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 880 words, photos.


_ AVENGERS-DONATION _ Some of Marvel’s top Avengers have assembled to support a $5 million donation to benefit seriously ill children in hospitals around the globe. By Jonathan Landrum, Jr. Photos.



ARCADIA, Calif. _ Santa Anita is preparing for its biggest day of racing so far this year Saturday amid continued criticism and calls for the track to be shut down after the deaths of 23 horses in three months. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.


SAN DIEGO _ Meb Keflezighi hasn’t slowed down a bit since retiring from competitive running. One of his latest ventures is being a part-owner of the Carlsbad 5000 road race. Being a man of the people, he’ll jump into one of the five-age group races Sunday before holding the tape for the elite racers. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 500 words.


OAKLAND, Calif. _ The first-place Warriors host a Cavaliers team riding a seven-game losing streak coming into Friday night’s game. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


SALT LAKE CITY _ The Utah Jazz are rolling toward the playoffs, posting a 9-1 record over their last 10 games, as they host the Kings on Friday night. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ Playing out the string without LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers visit the playoff-bound Clippers. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


DENVER _ After a 3-4 start on the road, the Colorado Rockies play their first game at Coors Field on Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rockies will throw Tyler Anderson and the Dodgers Kenta Maeda. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started at 1:10 p.m.


ST. LOUIS _ Paul Goldschmidt makes his home debut for the St. Louis Cardinals, who send righthander Jack Flaherty to the mound against San Diego. Nick Margevicius was expected to go for the Padres in their road opener. By Steve Overbey. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started at 1:15 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO _ With rain in the forecast all day, the Giants are scheduled to host their home opener with Dereck Rodriguez starting in an interleague matchup against the Tampa Bay Rays. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1:35 p.m.


HOUSTON _ Houston’s Collin McHugh opposes Oakland’s Frankie Montas as the Astros look to get on track in their home opener after opening the season with a 2-5 road trip. By Kristie Rieken. 750 words, photos. Game starts at 5:10 p.m.


ANAHEIM, Calif. _ The Texas Rangers have a three-game winning streak going into their game against the Los Angeles Angels, who have dropped their last five. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


ANAHEIM, Calif. _ The Anaheim Ducks wrap up their first non-playoff season in seven years with a Freeway Faceoff against the last-place Los Angeles Kings. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


VANCOUVER _ The LA Galaxy plays at the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.


_ FBN--LIONS-ANDERSON _ The Detroit Lions have signed free agent running back C.J. Anderson, who made big plays for the Rams after being acquired late last season.


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