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BC-CA--California News Digest, CA

May 4, 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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LOS ANGELES _ A stretch of road in Los Angeles will be renamed after former President Barack Obama. A concert and ceremony is scheduled Saturday to unveil Obama Boulevard. The street will replace Rodeo Road, a 3 ½-mile street that runs across the city’s historic black neighborhood. SENT: 425 words. UPCOMING: photos from the 5 p.m. ceremony.


AVALON, Calif. _ The mountaintop runway on Santa Catalina Island, a tourist destination off the Southern California coast, has reopened after five months of construction. SENT: 365 words. UPCOMING: photos.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. _ SpaceX has launched a load of supplies to the International Space Station, running at full power following repairs. A Falcon rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, early Saturday morning, carrying a Dragon capsule with 5,500 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of goods. The recycled Dragon is due to arrive at the orbiting lab Monday. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 570 words.



LOS ANGELES _ Werner Herzog says there’s a “subversive message” to his new documentary “Meeting Gorbachev”: Talk to your geopolitical enemies. Herzog interviewed former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev three times in a six-month span to make the new film. He highlights Gorbachev’s leadership during the reunification of Herzog’s native Germany as well as the groundbreaking 1986 arms control summit with U.S. President Ronald Reagan. By Ryan Pearson. SENT: 385 words, photo.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ A new documentary examines the diverse wildlife and landscape of the Rio Grande along the U.S.-Mexico border amid the political pressure to erect a border wall. “The River and The Wall” released Friday at select theaters follows five people who take a 60-day journey along the Rio Grande from El Paso to Brownsville, Texas. The film highlights the fragile ecological makeups that exist in the borderlands in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and California. By Russel Contreras. SENT: 575 words, photos.


MIAMI _ Electronic music producer and DJ Steve Aoki imagines a future where humans live in harmony with technology, and he’s sharing that vision in a new comic book series called “Neon Future.” The story is set roughly 30 years from now in a United States that has outlawed advanced technology. A civil war is brewing between people who have integrated technology into their bodies and those who have not. By David Fischer. SENT: 850 words, photos.



The start of the NBA’s second round has provided some lengthy breaks and plenty of time for adjustments. Not so for Portland and Denver, who could really use another day off after their four-overtime marathon on Friday but will be back on the court Sunday for one of two Game 4s. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.


HOUSTON _ James Harden, who is dealing with injuries to both eyes, looks to lead the Houston Rockets to a win over Golden State in the Western Conference semifinals after the Warriors won the first two games of the series. By Kristie Rieken. 750 words. Photos.


SAN DIEGO _ Rich Hill and the Los Angeles Dodgers go for a second straight win against the San Diego Padres, who counter with lefty Joey Lucchesi. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 5:40 p.m.


MONTERREY, Mexico _ Houston opens a two-game series in Mexico against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday. By Carlos Rodriguez. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. EDT.


CINCINNATI _ The Giants try to build on the momentum of their big series-opening comeback when they play the Cincinnati Reds. San Francisco rallied from an eight-run deficit to a 12-11 win in the opener. Game time 7:10 p.m. With photos.


PITTSBURGH _ Oakland plays Pittsburgh at PNC Park.


SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The San Jose Sharks return home after splitting two games in Colorado to take on the Avalanche in Game 5 of a second-round series that is tied at two games apiece. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. PDT


LOS ANGELES _ The Chicago Fire plays at the Los Angeles FC.


NEW YORK _ The LA Galaxy plays at the NY Red Bulls.


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