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

March 14, 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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SAN FRANCISCO _ In the first lawsuit to come out of the college bribery scandal, four students are suing Yale, Georgetown, Stanford and other schools entangled in the case, saying they and others were denied a fair shot at admission. The plaintiffs brought the class-action complaint Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco and asked for unspecified damages. By Sudhin Thanawala and Michael Melia. SENT: 380 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2:30 p.m.



_COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-HOW IT BEGAN _ The biggest school admissions scandal ever prosecuted began with a tip from an executive investigators were targeting in a securities fraud probe, a law enforcement official said Thursday. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 453 words, photos.

_COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-HALLMARK, from LOS ANGELES _ The Hallmark Channel cut ties Thursday with favored star Lori Loughlin, a day after her arrest in a college admissions scam put the family-friendly network and extended Hallmark brand in uncomfortable proximity to a headline-grabbing scandal. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 650 words, photos.

_COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-MICKELSON, from PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. _ Phil Mickelson says he might be “more shocked than anyone” to learn that a college consulting company he has used the last three years has been accused of orchestrating a massive bribery scheme. By Doug Ferguson

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-SPORTS, from AUSTIN, Texas _ Coach Gordie Ernst’s Georgetown University tennis teams didn’t win any Big East championships. At Wake Forest, Bill Ferguson’s volleyball teams struggled near the bottom of their conference. At Stanford, John Vandemoer’s sailing teams were nationally ranked but competed in a sport that isn’t governed by the NCAA. All are charged in the college bribery scandal. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 875 words, photos.


WASHINGTON _ The Republican-run Senate rejected President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border on Thursday, setting up a veto fight and dealing him a conspicuous rebuke as he tested how boldly he could ignore Congress in pursuit of his highest-profile goal. By Alan Fram, Lisa Mascaro and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.



_ IMMIGRATION JUDGES _ Immigration judges say a new quota system threatens to increase an already overwhelming backlog of cases in U.S. immigration courts. SENT: 150 words.


LOS ANGELES _ California is free of drought for the first time in more than seven years and only a small amount of its territory remains abnormally dry as a very wet winter winds down, experts said Thursday. By John Antczak. SENT: 360 words, photos.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California lawmakers announced fresh plans Thursday to tamp down on rising rents through proposals to expand rent control and stop rental price gouging. Voters soundly rejected a rent control ballot measure last November, but the lawmakers said they hope to achieve compromise this year. By Kathleen Ronayne. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.



SAN FRANCISCO _ An environmentalist organization says using bulldozers to fight major wildfires is often ineffective and leaves lasting environmental damage and questions their continued deployment. Dozers cut 305 miles of lines through the scenic forest around Northern California’s Shasta Lake last year and one driver died and another seriously injured while battling a fire so fierce that it created a tornado of flames. By Paul Elias. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m., photos.



CORONA, Calif. _ Authorities searching for an 8-year-old boy missing for two weeks in Southern California have arrested his parents, police said Thursday. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


_ PLANE COLLISION-CALIFORNIA _ A small plane ran into another aircraft on a Los Angeles-area runaway in a fiery crash that killed one person and injured another.

_ COLD CASE MURDER-ARREST _ A Colorado man charged with the 1973 murder of an 11-year-old girl in Southern California also faces charges of sex acts on two other girls.

_ HIGHWAY CALL BOXES _ There’s another nail in the coffin for Southern California’s highway call boxes in the age of cellphones.



HAWTHORNE, Calif. _ Tesla unveils its new Model Y SUV in an event hosted by Elon Musk. UPCOMNG: Developing from 8:30 p.m. event.


_ FACEBOOK OUTAGE _ Facebook says its lengthy outages over the past day were the result of a “server configuration change.”



ARCADIA, Calif. _ Race day medication of horses will be banned at Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields, The Stronach Group announced Thursday after a filly broke both front legs at the end of a workout on the main dirt track in Arcadia and was euthanized, becoming the 22nd horse to suffer catastrophic injuries since Dec. 26. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.




OAKLAND, Calif. _ Khris Davis hardly cares how many home runs he hits this year if he can slug the Oakland Athletics much deeper into the postseason. Sure, he has some numbers in his head. How could he not after leading the majors with 48 homers last year? Perhaps 50 is now within reach. By Janie Mccauley. SENT: 870 words, photos.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. _ The San Francisco 49ers introduce new pass rusher Dee Ford and linebacker Kwon Alexander. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.


The day surfing lost one of its most beloved rabble-rousers was the day it rediscovered its soul. That’s one of the many takeaways from “Momentum Generation,” a documentary that is, at its core, about surfers, but speaks every bit as loudly about friendship, loyalty and the price people will pay to be the best at what they do. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.


INDIAN WELLS, Calif. _ Venus Williams and Karolina Pliskova are among the women seeking the last semifinal berth at the BNP Paribas Open. Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem are among the men bidding for quarterfinal berths. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.


LAS VEGAS _ Top-seeded Washington faces USC in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Game started at noon.


LAS VEGAS _ No. 2 seed Arizona State opens the Pac-12 tournament in the quarterfinals against No. 7 UCLA. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Game starts at 6 p.m.


BOSTON _ The Celtics broke out of a recent slump with a 3-1 West Coast road trip that included a last-second win over Sacramento. Boston begins a three-game home stand with a rematch against the Kings, who have lost seven of their last 10 and are 4 1/2 games out of the last playoff spot in the West. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4:30 p.m.


TORONTO_ LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers will try to win consecutive games for the first time in almost two months when they visit the Raptors. Toronto’s 27 home wins this season are tied for the most in the NBA. By Ian Harrison. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.


GLENDALE, Ariz. _ The Anaheim Ducks visit the Arizona Coyotes. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ The Nashville Predators visit the Los Angeles Kings. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The San Jose Sharks go for their seventh straight win when they host the Florida Panthers. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


_ HKN--SHARKS-SIMEK _ San Jose Sharks defenseman Radim Simek needs surgery for torn ligaments in his right knee.


_ CYC--TOUR OF CALIFORNIA _ Three-time world champion Peter Sagan and former Tour of California champion George Bennett will be at the start line when the most prestigious cycling race in the U.S. begins May 12.


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