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

December 18, 2018

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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SAN DIEGO _ The 14 defendants had been charged with entering the country illegally. But there was a problem: When their cases were called in court, they could not show up because they had already been deported. U.S. Magistrate Judge William Gallo quickly concluded that none of the migrants could be prosecuted _ a decision that struck at the heart of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy, which calls for treating illegal border crossing as a common crime. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 957 words, photos.


_TRUMP-BORDER WALL, from WASHINGTON _ The Senate’s top Republican and Democratic leaders began negotiating Tuesday after the White House indicated President Donald Trump does not want a federal government shutdown over his demand for $5 billion for a border wall with Mexico. By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,114 words, photos.

_ BORDER WALL-EXPLAINER _ A look at the status of the wall. By Nomaan Merchant and Colleen Long. SENT: 825 words, photos.


A Yemeni mother blocked by the Trump administration’s travel ban has won her fight for a waiver that would allow her to travel to California to see her dying 2-year-old son. By Julie Watson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk is set to unveil an underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday that could move people faster than subways. By Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 520 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated around 8:30 p.m.


NEW YORK _ Penny Marshall, the trailblazing director of smash-hit big-screen comedies who first indelibly starred in the top-rated sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” has died at her Los Angeles home. She was 75. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 800 words, photos.


_ OBIT-PENNY MARSHALL-REACTIONS _ Celebrities offer their thanks, remembrances and condolences on the death of actress-director Penny Marshall, who died Monday at 75. Photo.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown predicted a dismantling of the nation’s health care law would sweep Democrats back into control of the U.S. Senate and the White House in 2020 and reflected on his four terms in office during a Tuesday appearance at the Sacramento Press Club. By Kathleen Ronayne. UPCOMING: 130 words by 2 p.m., then 400 words, photos by 3 p.m.


_ EXPLOSIVE MATERIAL-STUDENT _ Police say a 14-year-old student was arrested for allegedly bringing a knife and acid that can be used to make an explosive device to a Northern California high school.



LOS ANGELES _ Authorities have arrested a Southern California doctor on charges of doling out illegal prescriptions they say were part of a pattern that led to five fatal overdoses and the death of an off-duty firefighter who was struck by a driver under the influence. By Brian Melley. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 3:30 p.m.


_ CAMPUS MURAL DISPUTE _ Amid growing objections, the Los Angeles Unified School District has paused plans to paint over a campus mural of actress Ava Gardner that Koreatown activists contend resembles the Japanese imperial battle flag. Photos.

_ CALIFORNIA SURF _ Powerful, dangerous waves continue to pound much of the California coast. Photos.

_ SPY SATELLITE _ The launch of a classified satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office has been scrubbed due to high winds in California.



WASHINGTON _ The government’s top doctor is taking aim at the best-selling electronic cigarette brand in the U.S., urging swift action to prevent Juul and similar vaping brands from addicting millions of teenagers. By Health Writer Matthew Perrone. SENT: 500 words, photos.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. _ Vice President Mike Pence missed seeing a SpaceX rocket soar Tuesday. But he still got to view the California company’s new crew capsule, designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station as soon as next year. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 300 words, photos.



And the top pop culture moments of 2018 are ... Wait. WAS there any pop culture this year? Of course there was, but you could be forgiven for forgetting, because more than ever it was politics, politics, and more politics occupying the zeitgeist and sucking the proverbial air out of the room. Still, if you wanted a break from that, there was a royal wedding with something for everyone, some groundbreaking movies, the return of Mary Poppins (to the screen) and Harry Potter (to Broadway), a goodbye to some favorite celebrities, a tale of two coats that were more than just coats, and more. Join us on a highly selective chronological journey through a year in pop culture: By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.


_ TV-FALLON-HAMILTON _ Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” will air an episode next year from Puerto Rico including an exclusive performance with Lin-Manuel Miranda reprising his role in “Hamilton.” Photo.

_ PEOPLE-SHIRLEY MACLAINE _ Actor Shirley MacLaine will receive AARP the Magazine’s lifetime achievement honor at the Movies for Grownups Awards next year. Photo.



CARSON, Calif. _ Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed a new contract with the LA Galaxy that will make him one of the team’s three designated players. SENT: 378 words.


NEW YORK _ Ryan Getzlaf and the surging Anaheim Ducks look to keep up their strong play as they visit the New York Rangers. Anaheim has won nine of its last 10 to move into second place in the Pacific Division. The Rangers have just one win in their last seven games (1-3-3). UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 4 p.m.


ST. PAUL, Minn. _ The San Jose Sharks, who are on a four-game winning streak visit the Minnesota Wild, who expect captain Mikko Koivu back in the lineup after a four-game absence to injury. By Brian Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ The Jets are at the LA Kings on Tuesday night. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


NEW YORK _ The Brooklyn Nets look for their first six-game winning streak since 2015 when they host the Lakers and LeBron James, who is coming off his lowest-scoring game of the season. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4:30 p.m.


STANFORD, Calif. _ San Jose State plays Stanford at Maples Pavilion. By Rick Eymer. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. _ USC plays Santa Clara at Leavey Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. _ Cal Poly plays Cal State Bakersfield at Icardo Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - No. 9 Tennessee puts its undefeated record on the line when it hosts No. 8 Stanford, which handed No. 6 Baylor its first loss Saturday. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 3 p.m.


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