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

February 8, 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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WASHINGTON _ Congressional bargainers traded offers and worked Friday toward a border security compromise that would avert a fresh federal shutdown and resolve a clash with President Donald Trump that has dominated the opening weeks of divided government. By Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor. SENT: 865 words, photos.


_ BORDER ARRESTS, from SAN DIEGO _ Central Americans are increasingly entering the United States illegally in groups of at least 100 people in rugged, remote stretches of the Mexican border, authorities said Friday upon releasing January figures that show total arrests fell for a second straight month. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 434 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Federal prosecutors are looking into the National Enquirer’s handling of a story about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ extramarital affair to see if the tabloid’s publisher violated a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Friday. By Michael R. Sisak, Michael Balsamo and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.




More than 120 visitors and staff who became snowbound in a Sierra Nevada resort for five days have been rescued, authorities said Friday. By Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 380 words, photos by 2:30 p.m.


_ CALIFORNIA STORMS-BEACH TRASH _ The storms that have been blanketing California’s mountains with much-needed snow and filling reservoirs have also been flushing all sorts of urban trash down rivers and drains, making a mess of beaches. SENT: 130 words, photos.


Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden reintroduces legislation to legalize marijuana at the federal level. Meanwhile, former House Speaker John Boehner, who sits on the board of a major cannabis company, announces the formation of a lobbying group to push for national marijuana reforms. By Michael R. Blood. SENT: 415 words.


_ FUNERAL SHOOTING _ Police are searching for a masked suspect they say walked into a Sacramento church and started shooting during a funeral service.

_ CHURCH VANDALISM _ A woman has been arrested after surveillance video caught her toppling a crucifix statue and destroying other religious artwork in a Northern California church.

_ CARE HOME RESIDENT KILLING _ Police in central California have arrested teenager in the 2017 murder and rape of a woman who lived at a mental health facility and was attacked while taking a walk.



SYDNEY _ Australian police arrested six people after what authorities said Friday was the largest single seizure of methamphetamine in the United States. I happened last month at the Long Beach-Los Angeles port complex. By Trevor Marshallsea. SENT: 420 words, photos, video.


_ INTERSTATE SHOOTING _ A man has been fatally shot in a pre-dawn confrontation with California Highway Patrol officers on a rural stretch of Interstate 5 in the San Joaquin Valley.

_ BANNING SHOOTING _ Riverside County homicide detectives are investigating a fatal shooting by a Banning police officer during disturbance call at a home.



SAN FRANCISCO _ Get ready to say good riddance to the checkout line. A year after Amazon opened its first cashier-less store, startups and retailers are racing to get similar technology in stores throughout the world, letting shoppers buy groceries without waiting in line. By Michael Liedtke and Joseph Pisani. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Quarterly reports from Mattel and Hasbro show that while the demise of Toys R Us has shaken up the industry, the two dominant toymakers’ paths are diverging less than a year later. SENT: 496 words, photos.


WASHINGTON _ The head of the Food and Drug Administration is questioning whether electronic cigarette maker Juul and its new partner Altria are following through on pledges to help stop underage vaping. By Matthew Perrone. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


_ WELLS FARGO-TECH ISSUES _ Wells Fargo’s problems with its online and mobile banking services, as well as its ATMs, is lingering into a second day as the bank continues to recover from a possible fire at one of its data centers.



PASADENA, Calif. _ Makers of the “Free Solo” documentary about Alex Honnold’s unaided climb up the rock face of Yosemite’s El Capitan say they would have still made the film if Honnold had slipped and fell to his death. By David Bauder. SENT: 320 words, photos.


_ FILM-WICKED _ The winds have changed again for the long-awaited movie version of the hit musical “Wicked.” Universal Pictures says Friday that the film will land in theaters on Dec. 22, 2021. It had originally been on the schedule for this December. Photos.

_ KRISTOFF ST JOHN-DEATH _ The “Young and the Restless” is remembering Kristoff St. John with a series of special episodes. Photos.



ORLANDO, Fla. _ Don’t look for a National League designated hitter this year or for new anti-tanking rules in June’s amateur draft. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 1,060 words.


LOS ANGELES _ A loaded starting rotation. Solid hitters who can play multiple positions. An All-Star closer. The Los Angeles Dodgers are once again stocked for a successful run. So what’s wrong? By Beth Harris. SENT: 680 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO _ The San Francisco Giants have had a quiet offseason, aside of course from acquiring new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi from the rival and six-time defending division champion Dodgers and challenging him with getting this franchise back into contention. Or, as Zaidi emphasized, competing night in and night out. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 894 words, photos


SAN FRANCISCO _ Bryce Harper and the Giants met in the free agent slugger’s hometown of Las Vegas this week, and new San Francisco baseball operations chief Farhan Zaidi said the sides had mutual interest. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 600 words.


ANAHEIM, Calif. _ A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that reliever Daniel Hudson has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Los Angeles Angels. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 150 words.

MMA--UFC 234

Robert Whittaker defends his middleweight belt against Kelvin Gastelum in the main event Sunday in Melbourne, Australia. Even more eyes will be on the 185-pound fight right before them, when MMA great Anderson Silva takes on up-and-coming star Israel Adesanya. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

GLF--AT&T Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. _ Brian Gay and Scott Langley shared the lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, with Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth among big names not far behind. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


ANAHEIM, Calif. _ American Bradie Tennell looks for her first major international title as she goes into Friday’s ladies’ free skate with the lead at the Four Continents. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 650 words. Ladies free skate starts at 7 p.m.


ANAHEIM, Calif. _ Alysa Liu is too young to compete in this weekend’s Four Continents meet, but the 13-year old, who is the youngest champion in U.S. history, was at the meet competing in the opening ceremony and reflecting on the past couple weeks. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 500 words, file photos.


PHOENIX _ The Golden State Warriors, coming off a blowout win over San Antonio, face the stumbling Phoenix Suns, losers of 12 straight. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.


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


STANFORD, Calif. _ No. 11 Stanford hosts No. 7 Oregon State. By Rick Eymer UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.


BERKELEY, Calif. _No. 3 Oregon visits California. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.


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