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

March 25, 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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LOS ANGELES _ Michael Avenatti, the attorney best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, was arrested Monday on charges he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike and embezzled a client’s money to pay his own expenses. By Brian Melley and Larry Neumeister. Avenatti, 48, was charged with extortion and bank and wire fraud in separate cases in New York and California. He was arrested in New York. SENT: 709 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: New approach, 900 words by 3:30 p.m.





BOSTON _ A dozen athletic coaches, test administrators and others have pleaded not guilty to participating in a nationwide college admissions scam. The defendants arrested in the Operation Varsity Blues investigation were arraigned in Boston’s federal court on Monday. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. _ The group of white-haired folks _ some pushing walkers, others using canes _ arrive right on time at the gates of Laguna Woods Village, an upscale retirement community in the picturesque hills that frame this Southern California suburb a few miles from Disneyland. There they board a bus for a quick trip to a building that, save for the green Red Cross-style sign in the window, resembles a trendy coffee bar. The people, mostly in their 70s and 80s, pass the next several hours enjoying a light lunch, playing a few games of bingo and selecting their next month’s supply of cannabis-infused products. By John Rogers. SENT: 1,070 words, photos, video.


_ CLIFF COLLAPSE SEARCH _ Authorities in San Francisco have found a body in the area where a woman was buried in a slide about a month ago.

_ WINTER WEATHER-SIERRA _ The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Lake Tahoe where as much as 3 feet of snow is possible along Sierra ridgetops by Wednesday.



HACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif. _ Mourners gathered Monday in a Los Angeles suburb at a memorial service for a 9-year-old girl whose body was found this month stuffed in a duffel bag along an equestrian trail in the community. His mother has been charged. By John Rogers. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from service.


YORBA LINDA, Calif. _ Radio show host Hugh Hewitt has been tapped to head a foundation focused on preserving the legacy of former President Richard Nixon, officials said Monday. SENT: 200 words, photos.


_ DEAD WHALE _ A dead whale drew crowds after washing ashore at the west end of Malibu during the weekend. The gray whale was found Sunday on the sand near the Ventura-Los Angeles county line.



CUPERTINO, Calif. _ Apple laid out the details of its news subscription service, Apple News Plus, and a new credit card at an event Monday. It’s also expected to launch a video service that could compete with Netflix, Amazon and cable TV itself. By Michael Liedtke and Tali Arbel. SENT: 614 words, photos.





PASADENA, Calif. _ From bloody to boring, the everyday lives of vampires are played for laughs in “What We Do In The Shadows,” a new FX series based on the 2015 cult film from New Zealand. By AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 780 words, photos.


_ MICHAEL MADSEN-DUI _ Police have arrested actor Michael Madsen after they say he was stopped while driving under the influence.



NFL owners begin their meetings Monday with a heavy load of officiating and instant replay proposals for their consideration. They also will discuss changes to the overtime structure. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.


COLLEGE PARK. Md. _ UCLA strives for a fourth straight trip to the Sweet 16 of the women’s NCAA Tournament in a matchup with No. 3 seed Maryland on the Terrapins’ home court. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 4 p.m.


WACO, Texas _ Baylor looks to get to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the 11th season in a row, and goes for its 16th consecutive women’s NCAA Tournament win at home. The Lady Bears host California, which lost second-round games to Baylor in 2014 and 2017. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.


STANFORD, Calif. _ Second-seeded Stanford looks to advance to the Chicago Regional semifinals when the Cardinal host No. 7 seed BYU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.


ANAHEIM, Calif. _ Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels continue the exhibition Freeway Series against Justin Turner and the Los Angeles Dodgers. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


SEATTLE _ Back from its trip to Japan, the Seattle Mariners play the first of two exhibition games against the San Diego Padres on Monday night. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


CALGARY _ The Los Angeles Kings visit the Calgary Flames. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.


SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The San Jose Sharks try to snap a five-game losing streak when they host the Detroit Red Wings. By Gideon Rubin. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


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