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BC-CA--California News Digest, CA

December 29, 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. Daisy Nguyen 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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TOP STORIES:

TRAVEL BAN-DYING SON

OAKLAND — The 2-year-old son of a Yemeni woman who sued for a waiver from the Trump administration’s travel ban to be with the ailing boy in the United States has died, an advocacy group said. Abdullah Hassan died Friday at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, where his father, Ali Hassan, brought him in the fall to get treatment for a genetic brain disorder, the Council on American-Islamic Relations said. A funeral is scheduled for Saturday afternoon. SENT: 410 words. Will be updated. With AP Photos.

POLICE OFFICER KILLED-CALIFORNIA

SAN FRANCISCO — A man suspected of killing a California policeman was in the U.S. illegally and captured while planning to flee to his native Mexico, a sheriff said as he all but blamed the state’s sanctuary law for the officer’s death. By Olga R. Rodriguez and Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 691 words. With AP Photos.

CALIFORNIA-NEW LAWS

SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Jerry Brown is leaving office Jan. 7 after signing more than 1,000 laws in his last year, further positioning the state as a bastion of liberal activism and goad to President Donald Trump. The laws, most of which take effect Tuesday, ease criminal sentences, tighten gun restrictions and address climate change, gender discrimination and sexual harassment. By Don Thompson. SENT: 878 words. With AP Photos.

GAY CONVERSION THERAPY

NEW YORK — Activists urging more states to ban gay conversion therapy for minors are expecting major gains in 2019, thanks to midterm election results and the buzz generated by two well-reviewed films. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have already enacted laws prohibiting licensed therapists from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation. Leaders of a national campaign to ban the practice are hopeful that at least four more states — Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts and New York — will join the ranks in the upcoming legislative sessions. By David Crary. SENT: 923 words. With AP Photos.

ALABAMA STATE-ROSE PARADE

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama State University’s nationally known marching band will be performing in the Rose Parade. The Mighty Marching Hornets are among a select group of bands to receive one of the most-coveted invitations among high school and college marching bands nationwide, The Montgomery Advertiser reported. SENT: 403 words.

Also:

SHACKLED CHILDREN-HOUSE FOR SALE: California house in tortured-children case is for sale

NEWSPAPER PLANT VIRUS: Newspaper plant virus halts Los Angeles Times deliveries

LOS ANGELES-CRIME: Crime is down in Los Angeles this year

SPORTS:

BC-FBN--ON FOOTBALL-OFFBEAT AWARDS

The Associated Press will hand out its individual NFL awards on the night before the Super Bowl in Atlanta. Until then, here are some off-the-beaten track honors to consider. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 1416 words. With AP Photos.

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