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TOP STORIES:

BUILDING EXPLOSION

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — A former boyfriend of a woman killed in a California office building explosion has been arrested on suspicion of possessing an unregistered destructive device, the FBI said Thursday. By Michael Balsamo and Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 810 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from expected court appearance after 2 p.m.

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his use of the word "animals" to describe some immigrants who enter the country illegally, saying he would continue to use the term to refer to violent gang members in spite of a sharp rebuke from Democratic leaders. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 725 words, photos, video.

SEA OTTERS-COMEBACK CHALLENGE

MOSS LANDING, Calif. — While threatened southern sea otters bob and sun in the gentle waves of this central California estuary, wildlife experts up and down the West Coast are struggling to figure out how to restore the crucial coastal predator to an undersea world that's falling apart in their absence. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 1,095 words, photos, video.

RHINO SURROGATE MOTHERS

SAN DIEGO — A southern white rhino has become pregnant through artificial insemination at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park — giving hope for efforts to save a subspecies of one of the world's most recognizable animals, researchers announced Thursday. By Julie Watson. SENT: 632 words. UPCOMING: Photos, video.

CAPITOL:

CALIFORNIA MUDSLIDES-INSURANCE

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Senate approved legislation Thursday that seeks to clarify homeowners' insurance coverage following deadly mudslides near Santa Barbara. Insurance policies generally cover damage caused by fires but not by mudslides. That creates confusion in cases like the mudslides in Montecito, which were triggered by a wildfire. By Jonathan J. Cooper UPCOMING: 300 words by 2:30 p.m.

Also:

— CALIFORNIA DOUBLE MURDER-PARDON — California has awarded nearly $2 million in compensation to a former inmate wrongly imprisoned for almost 40 years.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA:

— MURDER CONVICTION OVERTURNED — The California Supreme Court has overturned a murder conviction stemming from a 2004 gang-related shooting in Modesto that left one person dead.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

HEPATITIS A-SAN DIEGO

SAN DIEGO — A grand jury report concludes San Diego County officials mishandled the response to a recent Hepatitis A outbreak. UPCOMING: 250 words by 2:30 p.m.

Also:

— CUSTODY DEATH — Southern California authorities say a man who snatched a woman's cell phone and then fought with bystanders died after he was detained by police.

BUSINESS:

REBUILDING FISHERIES

PORTLAND, Maine — The number of American fish stocks that can be described as "overfished" has hit an all-time low, the U.S. government announced on Thursday. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 431 words, photos.

APPLE-SECOND CAMPUS

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina legislative leaders said Thursday they're committing to a big expansion of tax breaks to attract employers promising thousands of jobs, a move that comes as people familiar with recruitment efforts tell The Associated Press tech giant Apple is strongly considering the state for a new corporate campus. By Emery P. Dalesio and Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 705 words.

ENTERTAINMENT:

FILM-STAR WARS-SOLO

CANNES, France — When J.J. Abrams was a "Star Wars" novice, Lawrence Kasdan, the writer of "The Empire Strikes Back" and "The Return of the Jedi," had some advice for him: "Star Wars" is not important. "But what is important is the way people feel about it," said Kasdan. "And they are very committed to it. What they're committed to is a certain kind of film." By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,034 words, photos, video.

APPRENTICE CONTESTANT-TRUMP

NEW YORK — Former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos can proceed with her defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump, at least for now, a New York court said Thursday. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 532 words, photo.

Also:

— PEOPLE-BACKSTREET BOYS — The Backstreet Boys have a new single. Photo.

SPORTS:

RAC--HORSE RACING-SPORTS BETTING

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Horse racing has been struggling for years to regain a strong footing on the national sports landscape, and owners hope to use betting on other sports to bring fans back to the tracks. The gamble is not a sure thing since not everyone is on board with the Supreme Court's ruling earlier this week that allows states to offer sports betting. By Sports Writer Gary B. Graves. SENT: 940 words, photos.

BKN--WNBA POWER POLL

NEW YORK — The defending champion Minnesota Lynx begin the season atop the preseason Associated Press WNBA poll — again. Los Angeles was second, garnering the other five first-place ballots. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 300 words, photos.

With:

— BKN--WNBA-TICKET DONATIONS — The WNBA is teaming up with several organizations that support women and girls. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 460 words, photo.

BBN--DODGERS-MARLINS

MIAMI — Justin Turner tied a career high with five RBIs and Kenta Maeda pitched eight sharp innings to help the Los Angeles Dodgers snap a six-game losing streak by beating the Miami Marlins 7-0 Thursday afternoon. By Sports Writer Steven Wine. SENT: 410 words, photos.

BBN--PADRES-PIRATES

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres begin a four-game series on Thursday night. Game starts at 4:05 p.m.

BBA--ATHLETICS-BLUE JAYS

TORONTO — The Blue Jays send Aaron Sanchez to the mound Thursday night when Toronto hosts the Athletics and Andrew Triggs. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 4:07 p.m.

BBA--RAYS-ANGELS

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Inconsistent Rays ace Chris Archer faces much-improved Tyler Skaggs when Tampa Bay opens a four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BBN--ROCKIES-GIANTS

SAN FRANCISCO — Right-hander Jeff Samardzija (1-2, 6.94 ERA) pitches the opener against Colorado in the Giants' first matchup of 2018 with the division rival Rockies. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:15 p.m.

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