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

April 4, 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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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

NEW FOR 5 PM:

SUV OFF CLIFF

SAN FRANCISCO _ Hours before her wife drove an SUV off a cliff, Sarah Hart searched on her phone whether it was relatively painless to drown by death. A California Highway Patrol investigator testified about the searches Thursday in Mendocino County. By Janie Har. SENT: 600 words, photos.

TRUMP HAT-FIGHT

SAN FRANCISCO _ San Francisco police arrested a man suspected of slashing another man’s hand after the victim allegedly knocked a “Make America Great Again” hat off his head. By Paul Elias. UPCOMING: 350 words bu 5:30 p.m.

DODGER STADIUM-FAN ATTACKED

LOS ANGELES _ Investigators believe they know what caused a Dodger Stadium parking lot altercation that left a baseball fan with a fractured skull last week but they aren’t revealing the reason until they locate two other people involved to get their side, a police official said Thursday. SENT: 450 words, photos.

MEXICO-BORDER SLOWDOWN

MEXICO CITY _ The World Trade Organization sees a “challenging” and “difficult” road ahead for international trade liberalization due to the current political climate. WTO director-general Roberto Azevedo said Thursday he’s confident Mexico and the United States can sort out their current trade difficulties, which include a border-crossing slowdown, U.S. threats to close the border and the still-pending ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. SENT: 275 words, photos.

Also:

_ SISTERS STRUCK _ Police say a 14-year-old girl was killed and her 12-year-old sister was hospitalized in grave condition after they were struck by a big rig while they walked to school in Los Angeles.

_ GIRLFRIEND SLASHED _ A Los Angeles-area man who stabbed and slashed his ex-girlfriend when they met to discuss their relationship has been sentenced to 22 years to life in prison.

TOP STORIES:

CBD CONFUSION

SAN FRANCISCO _ CBD-infused food, drinks and dietary supplements are popping up everywhere even though the federal government says they’re illegal. It has the nation’s two largest states, California and Texas, in rare agreement on an issue and joining others considering legalizing the cannabis compound that many see as beneficial to their health. SENT: 990 words, photos.

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_CALIFORNIA MARIJUANA-LICENSES, from LOS ANGELES _ The California Senate has approved a bill to close a gaping hole in the state’s struggling marijuana industry. Hundreds of pot growers have seen their temporary licenses expire before the state has replaced them, leaving those businesses in a legal lurch and technically unable to do business. By Michael R. Blood. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.

NIPSEY HUSSLE

LOS ANGELES _ The man suspected of killing rapper Nipsey Hussle was charged Thursday with murder and two counts of attempted murder. Los Angeles County prosecutors filed the charges against 29-year-old Eric Holder, who was to appear in court. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from arraignment.

CALIFORNIA-POLICE RECORDS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California’s attorney general said Thursday he won’t release older records on state law enforcement agents’ misconduct despite an appeals court ruling that they are public records. That’s prompted criticism from the Democratic state senator who authored last year’s police transparency law. By Don Thompson. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

FLINTSTONE HOUSE-FIGHT

HILLSBOROUGH, Calif. _ Towering dinosaurs stand among fanciful mushrooms in the sloping backyard. A life-sized Fred Flintstone welcomes visitors near the front door. And by the driveway on the lawn is a giant “Yabba Dabba Do” sign in orange, purple and red. The latest battle in the war between government rules and property rights is playing out in a posh San Francisco suburb, where a retired publishing mogul has installed an elaborate homage to “The Flintstones” family. By Janie Har. SENT: 747 words, photos.

Also:

_ CHAIN SAW-PANTS _ A California business owner says store surveillance video recorded a man stealing a small chain saw by stuffing it down his pants.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

IMMIGRATION-ZERO TOLERANCE

SAN DIEGO _ A surge in family arrivals has led Border Patrol agents to shift attention away from preparing criminal cases to caring for families, a blow to the Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy on illegal entry. By Elliot Spagat and Nooman Merchant. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, graphic.

Also:

_ HATE CRIME INVESTIGATION _ A man accused of trying to run down two Jewish men outside a Los Angeles synagogue last year has been ordered to stand trial.

_ NEWCASTLE DISEASE-COUNTY FAIR _ The Kern County Fair has canceled its September poultry show and live exhibits due to the outbreak of virulent Newcastle disease in California.

_ HARBOR JELLYFISH _ Visitors to Southern California’s Channel Islands Harbor have been treated to the sight of large numbers of jellyfish.

BUSINESS:

TESLA-SEC-HEARING

NEW YORK _ With Tesla CEO Elon Musk watching, a federal judge in New York began hearing oral arguments Thursday over whether Musk is in contempt of court for violating an agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. By Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: 580 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

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_ TESLA-SEC-HEARING-THE LATEST

SNAPCHAT-GAMES

SAN FRANCISCO _ Snapchat is joining the online-games bandwagon with a new service that lets people play together on its mobile platform. The company says it wants to make it easier for friends to play together. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

FINANCIAL MARKETS-IPOS-WHAT TO KNOW

We use Uber to go places, Slack to chat with co-workers and Pinterest to save our favorite ideas. Why not own a piece of these companies that increasingly dominate our daily lives? That’s the question for many regular investors as a parade of well-known technology companies are expected to make their stocks available to everyone for purchase this year, not just big pension funds and wealthy people. By Stan Choe. SENT: 984 words, photos.

ENTERTAINMENT:

CINEMACON-PARAMOUNT

LAS VEGAS _ Paramount Pictures is getting the final day of CinemaCon off to a toe-tapping start with some footage from the Elton John musical “Rocketman.” By Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 136 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

Also:

_ SLASH-PERLA HUDSON AUCTION _ The former wife of Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash is selling off exotic and erotic items from their 14 years of marriage. Photos.

SPORTS:

CAR--NASCAR-FOX-WALTRIP RETIRES

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Darrell Waltrip is set to take the checkered flag on his broadcasting career. The Fox Sports analyst will retire at the end of the network’s portion of the NASCAR schedule following the June 23 race at Sonoma Raceway in California. It will likely be the last time the Kentucky native will utter his “Boogity! Boogity! Boogity! Let’s go racing, boys!” call to open a race. SENT: 370 words, photos.

GLF--LPGA TOUR

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. _ Nelly Korda opens play in the ANA Inspiration, trying to build on her fast start to the LPGA Tour season in the first major championship of the year. By John Nicholson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.

BKN--CAVALIERS-KINGS

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

BKN--WARRIORS-LAKERS

LOS ANGELES _ Stephen Curry and the defending champion Golden State Warriors visit the Los Angeles Lakers, who are closing out a losing season without LeBron James. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

HKN--SHARKS-OILERS

EDMONTON _ The San Jose Sharks visit the Edmonton Oilers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.

BBA--RANGERS-ANGELS

ANAHEIM, Calif. _ Matt Harvey makes his home debut when the Los Angeles Angels stumble back from a 1-5 start to the season for their home opener against Edinson Volquez and the Texas Rangers. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BBA--RED SOX-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. _ Brett Anderson starts for the Athletics in their series finale against the Red Sox. By Gideon Rubin. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 12:35 p.m.

BBN--DODGERS-KERSHAW

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will pitch in a rehab assignment for AAA affiliate Oklahoma City on Thursday. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 500 words, with photos. Game starts at 5:05 p.m.

Also:

_ BKC--MONTANA STATE-COACH _ Montana State has named former player and current Cal State Fullerton assistant Danny Sprinkle as the Bobcats’ new men’s basketball coach.

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