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

April 3, 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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SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California officials on Wednesday discussed ways for homeowners to afford insurance in fire-prone areas and for utilities to survive devastating wildfires that threaten to worsen with climate change. One potential option to help with costs is a new state catastrophe fund backed by tens of billions of dollars. By Don Thompson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.


BOSTON _ Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin appeared in federal court alongside other wealthy parents Wednesday to face charges in the college bribery scandal that has roiled the world of admissions and amplified complaints the system is stacked in favor of the rich. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 603 words, photos.


WILLITS, Calif. Officials shared grisly details of the deaths of a family whose SUV plunged off a cliff off Northern California’s coast during a coroner’s inquest Wednesday to help them classify the deaths. Law enforcement officials and a forensic pathologist testified on the first of two days of testimony before a jury that will decide whether the March 2018 deaths of Jen and Sarah Hart and their six adopted children SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from afternoon testimony.





RENO, Nev. _ Burning Man organizers say the U.S. government wants to place unreasonable conditions on a proposal to expand the counter-culture festival’s capacity to 100,000, including stepped-up security searches and new perimeter barriers that land managers say would reduce vulnerability to acts of terrorism. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 720 words, photos.


_ CALIFORNIA STORMS _ A thunderstorm that dumped more than 4 inches (2.5 centimeters) of rain in 24 hours flooded several areas of Chico. The rain trapped motorists in flash floods and inundated homes and businesses and several university buildings.



ANAHEIM, Calif. _ Authorities say they have charged four women with running a prostitution network in California, Nevada and Utah that netted tens of thousands of dollars a month. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be expanded.


A judge has sentenced three former Penn State fraternity members _ one from Encinitas, California _ to jail in the 2017 death of a pledge, the first defendants ordered to serve time behind bars in a case that rewrote Pennsylvania’s anti-hazing law. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: 616 words, photos.


WICHITA, Kan. _ An Ohio gamer upset over a $1.50 bet in an online game pleaded guilty Wednesday to asking a prankster to make a bogus emergency call, then trying to hide his involvement when he realized the antic had gotten a Kansas man killed by police. By Roxana Hegeman. SENT: 523 words.


_ JANE GOODALL-LOS ANGELES _ Los Angeles city leaders honored the lifetime achievements of famed primatologist Jane Goodall by singing “Happy Birthday” to her on her 85th birthday. Photos.

_ SLASHER CYCLIST _ Los Angeles police say they are trying to find a bicyclist who rides close to people and slashes their faces. He is believed to have struck four times since last month.

_ HUMAN REMAINS IDENTIFIED _ Authorities in western Arizona have learned the identity of a person whose skull was found in the desert.



NEW YORK _ _ Days after Nipsey Hussle died, the rapper’s albums and songs are selling well and topping the charts. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 500 words, photo.


_NIPSEY HUSSLE, from LOS ANGELES: Suspect in killing likely makes his first court appearance on Thursday.


PALM SPRINGS, Calif. _ Social media photos showing Miley Cyrus posing in a Joshua tree have drawn criticism from people concerned about protecting the iconic desert species. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m.


LAS VEGAS _ Universal Pictures and the Walt Disney Company, now with 20th Century Fox under its banner, will present their upcoming film slates to an audience of theater owners and exhibitors, on Wednesday. Multiple items expected. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ The new “Pet Sematary ” has familiar elements of Stephen King’s classic 1983 novel and previous film, namely the haunted graveyard where the dead are buried but return as murderous incarnations of their former selves. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 726 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES _ Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball and his company Big Baller Brand are suing co-founder Alan Foster, alleging he conspired to steal millions of dollars from the shoe and clothing line. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 330 words.


RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. _ Nelly Korda tries to build on her fast start to the LPGA Tour season with a major step at the ANA Inspiration. By John Nicholson. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ James Harden and the Houston Rockets visit the surging Los Angeles Clippers, who went 13-2 in March. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


SAN DIEGO _ Left-hander Robbie Ray and the Arizona Diamondacks go for a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres, who counter with lefty Joey Lucchesi. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started at 12:40 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. _ Marco Estrada makes his third start for the Athletics when they face the Boston Red Sox. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:07 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ The first-place Flames face the last-place Kings on Wednesday night. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


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