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BC-CA--California News Digest, CA

May 12, 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 _ There was no shortage of legislative shout-outs as Gov. Gavin Newsom revealed his wish-list for California’s $200 billion-plus state budget Thursday, with the Democrat praising lawmakers’ work on early childhood education, poverty and more. That good will is about to be tested as Newsom passes his budget off to lawmakers for a final five weeks of negotiations ahead of a June 15 deadline. He’s already rejected some of their more ambitious proposals and asked them to take politically painful votes to raise taxes. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 800 words, photos.


BEVERLY HILLS _ The Democrats who want to be president are swarming California, competing for campaign cash and media attention while courting longtime allies of home-state Sen. Kamala Harris on their rival’s own turf. Former Vice President Joe Biden swooped in to Los Angeles on Wednesday to raise money and snack on tacos with Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has yet to offer an endorsement despite backing Harris in the past. Pete Buttigieg met with labor activists and LGBT donors, and promised to “vigorously contest California.” By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 950 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO _ A freelance journalist is vowing to protect his source after San Francisco police raided his home and office while keeping him handcuffed for several hours as part of a criminal investigation, according to a newspaper report. Bryan Carmody told the Los Angeles Times that officers banged on his door Friday and confiscated dozens of personal items including notebooks, his cellphone, computer, hard drives and cameras. A judge signed off on search warrants, which stated officers were investigating “stolen or embezzled” property. SENT: 600 words, photos.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ An armed group in New Mexico whose leader faces federal firearms possession charges drew national attention last month for detaining asylum-seeking Central American families near the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s not the first time an armed militia patrolled the border amid immigration and racial tensions. Throughout U.S. history, private, armed groups have been hired or appointed themselves to police the U.S-Mexico border for a variety of reasons. A look at the history of armed groups patrolling the border. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 825 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” gave “Avengers: Endgame” a run for its money this weekend at the box office, but the superheroes managed to hold onto the throne once again. The Walt Disney Co. said Sunday that the Marvel blockbuster earned an estimated $63.1 million from its third weekend in North American theaters, bringing its domestic grosses to $723.5 million, surpassing the totals for “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” By Lindsay Bahr. SENT: 850 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO _ San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies as the technology creeps increasingly into daily life. Some say that a ban in a city full of tech companies sends a strong warning to police. Other cities, states or even Congress could follow with restrictions on use of a quickly developing yet problematic technology that could severely curtail civil liberties. Critics of a ban say police need tools to catch criminals. By Matt O’Brien and Janie Har. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos early Monday.


_ LA SUBWAY DELAY _ Officials say a planned subway project that will connect three rail lines in downtown Los Angeles has been delayed again.

_ ARMED SUSPECT SHOT _ Authorities say a man with a semi-automatic handgun was shot and wounded by police during a foot chase in Southern California.

_ CARJACKING-FATHER ARRESTED _ Police have arrested a California man they say falsely claimed that his 3-year-old daughter was abducted in a carjacking, triggering an Amber Alert.

_ COUNSELOR STABBED _ A man has been convicted of stabbing a volunteer counselor 26 times in an attack at a central California drug addiction center four years ago.



COSTA MESA _ Quarterback Easton Stick got plenty of snaps in order to make a favorable first impression during the Los Angeles Chargers rookie minicamp over the weekend. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 550 words, file photos.


LOS ANGELES _ Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals look to take the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers as the teams wrap up a four-game set.


OAKLAND _ Cleveland plays Oakland at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.


BALTIMORE _ Los Angeles plays Baltimore at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.


DENVER _ San Diego plays Colorado at Coors Field.


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