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AP-CA--California News Digest 5 pm, CA

June 15, 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. Robert Jablon is on the news desk. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Pacific.

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NEW FOR 5 PM:

SESSIONS-SEPARATING FAMILIES

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Bible on Thursday in his defense of his border policy that is resulting in hundreds of immigrant children being separated from their parents after they enter the U.S. illegally. Sessions, speaking in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on immigration, pushed back against criticism he had received over the policy. By Colleen Long. SENT: 450 words, photos, videos.

CHARGERS-DEFENSE

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Melvin Ingram expects greatness from the Los Angeles Chargers defense.

Ingram is so confident of it, he wants a chance to moonlight on offense.

The Pro Bowl defensive end lobbied for a look at tight end after the team’s three-day mandatory minicamp concluded Thursday. By Dan Greenspan. SENT: 640 words, photos.

Also:

— SWIMMING POOL-GAS CLOUD — Authorities say 35 people have been taken to hospitals after they were exposed to a toxic gas cloud at a San Jose swimming pool.

— DISMEMBERED ROOMMATE — A San Francisco woman has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge accusing her of killing and dismembering her roommate, whose body prosecutors say was discovered in plastic bags at their home.

TOP STORIES:

SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR-BREED

SAN FRANISCO — San Francisco’s incoming mayor knows the yawning gap between rich and poor firsthand, having been raised by her grandmother in the city’s drug- and violence-riddled projects. It is now the job of London Breed — the first black woman elected mayor of the city — to unite a wealthy but frustrated San Francisco, where the high-tech economy has sent the median price of a home soaring to $1.3 million and where homeless tents and human waste fester on sidewalks. By Janie Har. SENT: 950 words, photos.

MARIJUANA-BANKING

LOS ANGELES — A proposal in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana could encourage more banks to do business with cannabis companies, but it appears to fall short of a cure-all for an industry that must operate mainly as a cash business in a credit card world. By Michael R. Blood. SENT: 830 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA BUDGET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — State lawmakers approved a $139 billion budget Thursday that uses California’s massive surplus to boost funding for homeless programs, welfare, child care and universities while also socking some money into savings. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 640 words, photos.

With:

— CALIFORNIA BUDGET-LAWMAKER OFFICES

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lawmakers approved more than $700 million to renovate their own office building as part of the state budget Thursday. By Sophia Bollag. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. Photos planned.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA:

YOSEMITE-MARIPOSA GROVE OPENS

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Yosemite National Park’s largest sequoia grove is ready to open to the public after crews completed a restoration project to protect the nearly 500 ancient trees, officials said Thursday. Mariposa Grove, a 4-acre (1.50-hectare) habitat of the towering reddish-brown trees, will open Friday after being closed for three years. SENT: 330 words, photos.

Also:

— RACIST STATUE-SAN FRANCISCO — Activists urging the removal of a prominent 19th century statue in San Francisco depicting a Native American at the feet of a Spanish cowboy and a Catholic missionary will get another chance to make their case.

— LAKE TAHOE-CLARITY WORSENS — Scientists at Lake Tahoe say the clarity of the alpine lake that straddles the California-Nevada line sank to an all-time low last year.

ANIMAL NIGHTLIFE

NEW YORK — Lions and tigers and bears are increasingly becoming night owls because of us, according to a new study led by a University of California, Berkeley ecologist. Scientists have long known that human activity disrupts nature. Besides becoming more vigilant and reducing time spent looking for food, many mammals may travel to remote areas or move around less to avoid contact with people. By Emiliano Rodriguez Mega. SENT: 414 words, photo.

Also:

— MICHIGAN TRIATHLON DEATH — A 61-year-old California man who died while competing in a western Michigan triathlon had an enlarged heart and signs of a previous heart attack.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

ANCIENT REMAINS

SAN MIGUEL ISLAND, Calif. — The mystery behind the skull of an ancient man discovered in the eroding coastline of a remote Southern California island has been laid to rest along with the bones unearthed by researchers. But much of the story of the Native American who died 10,000 years ago will remain unknown. SENT: 324 words, photo.

Also:

— BUS STABBING — A man has been charged with murder following the death of a passenger who was stabbed aboard a Southern California transit bus.

BUSINESS:

CHICAGO-O’HARE EXPRESS

CHICAGO — The Boring Company, founded by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, has been selected to build a high-speed underground transportation system that it says will whisk passengers from downtown Chicago to O’Hare International Airport in mere minutes. SENT: 581 words, photos.

MICROSOFT-AUTOMATED CHECKOUT

Microsoft is working on automated checkout technology that could help retailers compete with Amazon’s new cashier-less stores. By Technology Writer Matt O’brien. SENT: 229 words, photos.

ENTERTAINMENT:

CRYSTAL LUCY AWARDS

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Frances McDormand never uttered the words “inclusion rider” at the Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards Wednesday night in Beverly Hills, but she did cheekily place a red bumper sticker with the phrase written clearly in black capital letters on her backside. It got the point across. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 710 words, photos.

Also:

— PEOPLE-MILLIE BOBBY BROWN — “Stranger Things” actress Millie Bobby Brown has deleted her Twitter account after users posted memes depicting her as homophobic.

— PEOPLE-DRAKE — Drake is having a Degrassi Community School reunion. Photo.

— TV-AMAZON-KIDMAN — Amazon Studios says it’s signed a deal with Nicole Kidman and her production company for TV and movie projects. Photo.

SPORTS:

FBN--RAMS-STADIUM TOUR

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — The Los Angeles Rams are getting a sneak peek at their palatial new home. Coach Sean McVay is scrapping the final practice of minicamp and taking his players and coaches on a tour of their multibillion-dollar stadium, which will open for the 2020 season. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

FBN--RAIDERS-CABLE

ALAMEDA, Calif. — As soon as Tom Cable drove into the Raiders facility seven years after being fired from his dream job as head coach in Oakland, he knew he wanted to return to the franchise he cheered for as a kid. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 870 words, photos.

BBN--GIANTS-MARLINS

MIAMI — It was a much-needed win for the San Francisco Giants, but it came at a great cost. Pablo Sandoval’s tie-breaking two-run single in the 16th inning lifted the Giants past the Miami Marlins 6-3 on Thursday, but the Giants also lost third baseman Evan Longoria to a broken left hand after he was hit by a pitch. By Christopher Stock. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

BBA--ASTROS-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. — Houston ace Justin Verlander made two mistakes, both resulting in home runs. The way the Astros are swinging the bats these days, it hardly mattered. Verlander pitched five-hit ball over seven innings and the Astros jumped out to another early lead, beating the Oakland Athletics 7-3 Thursday for their eighth straight win.. By Janie McCauley. By Michael Wagaman. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BBN--PADRES-BRAVES

ATLANTA — The NL East-leading Atlanta Braves will open a four-game series against the San Diego Padres on Thursday night when Anibal Sanchez faces Tyson Ross. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 4:35 p.m.

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