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BC-CA--California News Digest 5 pm, CA

January 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. Robert Jablon is on the news desk. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

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LOS ANGELES _ Strike or not, after a deal is reached on a contract for Los Angeles teachers, the school district still will be on a collision course with deficit spending because of pensions and other financial obligations. School systems across California are experiencing burdensome payments to the state pension fund while struggling to improve schools. LA is among districts not well positioned to manage the confluence of slower revenue growth, declining enrollment and rising pension rates.


SEATTLE, Wash. _ Riding the momentum from November’s elections, Democratic leaders in the states are wasting no time delivering on their biggest campaign promise _ to expand access to health care and make it more affordable.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ A federal magistrate has recommended overturning the controversial conviction of a California man accused of attending a terrorist training camp in Pakistan and plotting an attack in the United States. U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Barnes said Friday that Hamid Hayat, a young cherry picker from Lodi, likely never would have been convicted were it not for the inexperience of his defense attorney. By Don Thompson. UPCOMING: 600 words, file photos.


LOS ANGELES _ A massive teachers strike in Los Angeles is still planned for Monday after a union rejected a new offer from the nation’s second-largest school district. By Amanda Lee Myers. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.


WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers expressed optimism Friday that the Trump administration would spare billions of dollars in unspent disaster relief funds earmarked for areas including hurricane-pounded Puerto Rico as they search for money to build the president’s promised border wall. By Jill Colvin, Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram. SENT: 900 words, photos.


The partial government shutdown is starting to strain the national aviation system, with unpaid security screeners staying home, air-traffic controllers suing the government and safety inspectors off the job. By Airlines Writer David Koenig. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


NEW YORK — An executive at a San Diego television station that accused CNN of rejecting an appearance by one of its reporters for political reasons conceded Friday he didn’t really know why the network turned him down. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 340 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — “Green Book” co-writer Nick Vallelonga has apologized for a 2015 tweet about Muslims and 9/11 that has resurfaced a few days after the film won a Golden Globe Award. SENT: 230 words, photos.


OAKLAND, Calif. _ Athletics slugger Khris Davis is getting a $6 million raise after leading the majors in home runs last season. Davis reached agreement Friday with Oakland on a $16.5 million, one-year contract to avoid salary arbitration. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 600 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers reacquired catcher Russell Martin in a trade with Toronto on Friday, and also reached one-year deals with their seven remaining arbitration-eligible players. SENT: 490 words, photos.


_ COLD CASE RAPES _ Authorities say they have arrested a man suspected of raping a 9-year-old girl and a woman in Southern California during the 1990s after identifying him through genealogical DNA.

_ MAN BITTEN BY LION _ A robber who climbed into a California zoo and was bitten by a lion has been sentenced to probation and told he can’t go anywhere near the zoo.

_ PROPELLER DEATH _ A citrus worker in California’s Central Valley has died after a 600-pound blade from a wind machine broke loose and hit him.



DAVIS, Calif. _ Natalie Corona followed in her father’s footsteps and became a police officer, fulfilling a lifelong dream just a few months ago when her dad had the honor of pinning the badge on her uniform. Corona was shot and killed Thursday night, becoming the second officer killed in the line of duty in California in the past two and a half weeks. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.


OAKLAND, Calif. _ A “substantial number” of women would lose birth control coverage under new rules by the Trump administration that allow more employers to opt out of providing the benefit, a U.S. judge said at a hearing on Friday. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 450 words, photos.


SANTA ANA, Calif. _ A California jury decided Friday that the Mongols motorcycle gang should be stripped of its trademarked logo in a first-of-its-kind verdict, federal prosecutors said. By Brian Melley. SENT: 430 words, photos.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Gov. Gavin Newsom held his toddler son during his inaugural address, spent nearly two hours discussing his state budget with reporters and engaged in two Twitter spats with the president. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 800 words, photos.


_ THREE DEAD _ Northern California authorities say two adults and child have died in a murder-suicide in a rural residence.

_ LOST COAST HIKER _ California authorities are searching for a possibly injured Canadian hiker on the rugged Lost Coast Trail.



SAN DIEGO _ The mother of a U.S. Navy veteran who has been held in Iran since July says she’s worried her son who was undergoing cancer treatment will not survive the detainment. By Julie Watson. SENT: 400 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES _ A SpaceX rocket delivered 10 satellites to low-Earth orbit on Friday, completing a two-year campaign by Iridium Communications Inc. to replace its original fleet with a new generation of mobile communication technology and added global aircraft tracking capability. By John Antczak. SENT: 400 words, photos.



MEXICO CITY _ Playing Cleo in director Alfonso Cuaron’s Spanish-language film “Roma ” was for Yalitza Aparicio much more than putting herself in the shoes of another woman. For the lead actress of Mixtec origin praised for her moving portrayal of a domestic worker, it was personal: that was her mother’s occupation. By Berenice Bautista. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES _ Dak Prescott and Jared Goff lead two franchises carrying the weight of history into the Coliseum. The Cowboys are one win away from their first NFC championship game in 23 years, while Goff’s Rams could end a 14-year playoff victory drought. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. _ His coach downplays it. Tom Brady does not. Brady knows the cold-weather New England Patriots should have an advantage when they host the warm-weather Los Angeles Chargers in Sunday’s AFC divisional-round game. By Mike Shalin. SENT: 769 words, photo.


COSTA MESA, Calif. _ Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry is hopeful of playing less than eight months after suffering a knee injury, but it is likely to be a game-time decision. By Sports Writer Joe Reedy. SENT: 505 words.


_ FBN--CHARGERS-ROSE _ The Los Angeles Chargers have signed kicker Nick Rose ahead of Sunday’s AFC playoff game against New England.


NEW YORK _ The NFL is launching a social justice platform, with an emphasis on education, economic development and community and police relations. The platform is called Inspire Change and includes the funding of grass-roots organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Operation HOPE. It also will establish a digital learning curriculum for African-American history in 175 underserved high schools. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 640 words, photo.


Major League Soccer’s expansion Cincinnati team selected UCLA midfielder Frankie Amaya with the No. 1 pick in the league’s SuperDraft on Friday. By Sports Writer Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 450 words.


_ SOC--MLS-HONORING SCHMID _ Major League Soccer is renaming its annual Coach of the Year award to honor the late Sigi Schmid, the winningest coach in league history.


LAS VEGAS _ The NHL this week tested puck and player tracking for the first time in regular-season games, an exciting step with plans to have it place across the league next season. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.


ANAHEIM, Calif. _ Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks attempt to end their nine-game losing streak against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


SALT LAKE CITY _ The wait for LeBron continues as the Lakers prepare to face the Jazz on Friday night in Utah. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. _ Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, who hit a record 14 3-pointers against Chicago earlier this season, gets another chance against the Bulls. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


TEMPE, Ariz. _ No. 6 Stanford tries for its eighth straight win when the Cardinal play at No. 19 Arizona State. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ No. 10 Oregon State visits UCLA in women’s action at Pauley Pavilion, where the Bruins are 6-1. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ No. 5 Oregon (13-1, 3-0 Pac-12) , which leads the nation in scoring offense, looks for its sixth straight win over USC (10-4, 0-3), which has dropped four of its last five after starting 9-0. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.


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