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BC-CA--California News Digest, CA

February 9, 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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WASHINGTON _ Republicans have vilified Nancy Pelosi for years as a San Francisco liberal and now they’re trying to portray her as a captive of resurgent left-wingers in her Democratic Party. But in her early moves so far as House speaker, Pelosi is displaying her pragmatic streak. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 1000 words. With AP Video and AP Photos.


UNDATED _ Since last year’s mass shooting at a Florida high school, states have seen a surge of interest in laws intended to make it easier to disarm people who show signs of being violent or suicidal. Nine states have passed laws over the past year allowing police or family members to seek court orders requiring people who are deemed threatening to surrender their guns, bringing the total to 14 states nationwide. Several more are likely to follow in the months ahead: “Parkland would never have happened if Florida had a red flag law,” says Linda Beigel Schulman, whose son Scott Beigel was a teacher and coach who was killed during the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 1,200 words. Photos. Graphic.


LOS ANGELES _ A new report says poor communication, short staffing and infighting among agencies may have endangered firefighters who nearly during the Mendocino Complex of wildfires in Northern California last year. State and Los Angeles firefighters were trying to cut a fire line to protect homes last Aug. 19 when they were surrounded by flames and had to run through burning forest to safety. SENT: 350 words.


LOS ANGELES _ A man who was recorded antagonizing demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest in January has been arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer. SENT: 250 words, photo.


_ SMALL PLANE CRASH _ Two people were hospitalized with serious injuries after a small plane crashed into a field at Monterey Bay Academy Airport.

_ UNDERGROUND STORAGE FACILITY _ Police searching the Southern California home of an alleged motorcycle gang member uncovered a manhole that led to an underground shooting range.

_ FLOATING BODY _ The body of a woman was found floating in San Francisco Bay near a tourist attraction.



PASADENA, Calif. _ A.J. Calloway, a host on the syndicated entertainment news show “Extra,” was suspended Saturday as his parent company investigates sexual misconduct allegations. SENT: 245 words.


Dolly Parton is the 2019 MusiCares person of the year. Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, Norah Jones, Pink, Shawn Mendes, Chris Stapleton and Don Henley are among the performers set to pay tribute. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING 700 words, photos.


_MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-JANELLE MONAE: At a pre-Grammy brunch honoring Janelle Monae, a few hundred music industry players and performers packed tightly in a room to hear the singer speak passionately about women being the backbone of the music industry and dominating in nominations at Sunday’s show. By Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 465 words.

_MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-ROC NATION: Jay-Z hosts his ultra-exclusive brunch a day before the Grammys. By Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody. UPCOMING 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.

_MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-UNIVERSAL MUSIC: Universal Music Group, the parent label to acts from Ariana Grande to Kacey Musgraves, hosts its annual pre-Grammy brunch featuring chart-topping performers and budding artists from its roster. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ Director Bryan Singer hasn’t been involved with the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” for over a year, but with a fresh exposé alleging that he sexually assaulted minors and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts “suspending” his nomination, will he be the film’s Oscars Achilles heel? By Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 822 words, photos.



BOSTON _ The Boston Bruins honored Patrice Bergeron before the game. He made sure there was a celebration at the end. Bergeron scored a power-play goal with 2:26 left in overtime, and the Bruins beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-4 Saturday after blowing a two-goal lead. By Ken Powtak. SENT: 835 words, photos.


PHILADELPHIA _ The Boston Bruins honored Patrice Bergeron before the game. He made sure there was a celebration at the end. Bergeron scored a power-play goal with 2:26 left in overtime, and the Bruins beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-4 Saturday after blowing a two-goal lead. By Aaron Bracy. SENT: 695 words.


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