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

March 13, 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 _ Colleges and companies moved swiftly to distance themselves from employees swept up in a nationwide college admissions scheme, many of them coaches accused of taking bribes and others prominent parents accused of angling to get their children into top schools by portraying them as recruited athletes. By Michael Melia and Andrew Dalton. SENT: 850 words, photos. UPCOMING: Update from afternoon court appearances.


_COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-RINGLEADER, from NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. _ For 25 years, William “Rick” Singer was in the business of helping high school students gain entrance to some of the country’s top schools. He was successful, gaining a reputation as a master salesman but also someone with questionable ethics, according to people who knew him professionally. He started his career in Sacramento and for years high school counselors there traded “Rick stories” and warned each other, “He’s shady, be careful.” By Amy Taxin and Jocelyn Gecker. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 2 p.m.

_COLLEGE BRIBERY-PRIVILEGE _ The families ensnared in the college bribery scandal embody wealth and privilege in America: CEOs, Hollywood stars, Wall Street millionaires. A California vineyard owner. A prominent Manhattan lawyer. If they’re villains, they’re villains made to order for a time preoccupied with deep divisions of class, privilege and race — a time when many regular Americans often feel they have no chance of getting ahead in a system that’s engineered in favor of the richest of the rich. By Michelle R. Smith and Deepti Hajela. SENT: 1,040 words.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The 737 inmates on the nation’s largest death row got a reprieve from California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday when he signed an executive order placing a moratorium on executions. By Don Thompson. SENT: 930 words, photos.



_ CALIFORNIA DEATH PENALTY-NEWSOM _ California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the seeds of his move to put a moratorium on the death penalty were sown 40 years ago through his father’s advocacy on behalf of a man who was wrongfully convicted for murder. Pete Pianezzi was saved from the death penalty by a single juror and pardoned for his innocence four decades later by former Gov. Jerry Brown. By Kathleen Ronayne. UPCOMING: 500 words.


IOWA CITY, Iowa _ An Associated Press investigation finds that police departments routinely withhold video taken by body-worn and dashboard-mounted cameras that show officer-involved shootings and other uses of force. They often do so by citing a broad exemption to state open-records laws _ claiming that releasing the video would undermine an ongoing investigation. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 1,700 words, photos, video. An abridged version also has moved.


_ SUNSHINE HUB _ Online transparency tool developed by AP for its customers’ use that tracks state legislative attempts to alter the flow of public information.



SAN FRANCISCO _ The Trump administration tried to persuade a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday to block California laws aimed at protecting immigrants, seeking a win in one of numerous lawsuits between the White House and the Democratic-dominated state. At issue in the hearing before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a 2018 administration lawsuit over three California laws that extended protections to people in the country illegally. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 400 words.


_WOMAN KILLED-IMMIGRANT ARRESTED, from SAN FRANCISCO _ Officials in San Jose on Wednesday criticized so-called sanctuary policies they say prevented federal authorities from detaining a gang member in the country illegally before he allegedly killed a woman inside her Jose home. By Olga R. Rodriguez. SENT: 450 words, photo.


_ SCAFFOLDING COLLAPSE _ The Los Angeles Fire Department says scaffolding collapsed outside a six-story building, causing minor injuries to several people.

_ TESLA-CHARGING STATIONS _ A Los Angeles suburb has agreed to a deal with Tesla to build what’s described as the largest fast-charging site for electric vehicles in the western United States.

_ LA COUNTY SHERIFF _ The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted to direct county lawyers to evaluate the legality of a panel created by Sheriff Alex Villanueva that approved reinstatement of a deputy fired during the administration of his predecessor.

_ MISSING SWIMMER _ Rescue crews are searching for a swimmer missing in the ocean off Santa Monica. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says dive operations began late Tuesday morning and were resumed around dawn Wednesday.

_ FERRET-CITY HALL _ Animal control officers are caring for a french fry-munching ferret abandoned outside City Hall in Banning, California.



PASADENA, Calif. _ Short-term rental sites Airbnb and HomeAway have again lost a legal challenge to an ordinance enacted by a popular Southern California tourist city. A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled Wednesday that a lower court properly dismissed the challenge for failure to state a claim against seaside Santa Monica. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


NEW YORK _ Facebook says it is aware of outages on its platforms including Facebook, Messenger and Instagram and is working to resolve the issue. SENT: 115 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.



Just as did the female-led “Ghostbusters” and the divisive “Star Wars” entry “The Last Jedi,” Marvel’s first female-fronted superhero movie, “Captain Marvel,” came under a barrage of political-style attacks from some who opposed the film and its outspoken star, Brie Larson. But this time, with more than $500 million in box office in just days, the trolls lost. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos



ALAMEDA, Calif. _ The Oakland Raiders are expected to introduce new receiver Antonio Brown after they complete a trade with Pittsburgh to start the new league year. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.


BERKELEY, Calif. _ Andrew Vaughn began his junior season insistent he had no plans of figuring out a way to top his sensational sophomore year for California. That would be an overwhelming process considering he had among the best years in college baseball _ yet Vaughn is off to another incredible start. By Janie McCauley. 800 words, photos by 3 p.m.


INDIAN WELLS, Calif. _ Rafael Nadal has advanced to the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open, defeating qualifier Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-4. By Beth Harris. SENT: 160 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


LAS VEGAS _ No. 8 seed Arizona faces No. 9 USC in the opener of the Pac-12 tournament. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Game started at noon.


LAS VEGAS _ No. 5 seed Colorado faces No. 12 California in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Game starts at 2:30 p.m.


LAS VEGAS _ No. 7 seed UCLA faces No. 10 Stanford in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament. By Basketball Writer. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 6:30 p.m.


HOUSTON _ James Harden and the Houston Rockets try to extend their winning streak to 10 games when Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors, who are coming off a loss to Phoenix, visit. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m.


_ BBN--PADRES-SOLIS _ The San Diego Padres have finalized their minor league contract with left-handed reliever Sammy Solis.


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