BC-CA--California News Digest 4:30 pm, CA
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AP EXPLAINS-BORDER WALL-DRUGS
PHOENIX _ In his demands that Congress set aside $5.7 billion for a border wall, President Donald Trump has insisted that a new physical barrier would stop heroin entering the U.S. from Mexico. But U.S. statistics, analysts and ongoing testimony at the New York City trial of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman show that most hard drugs entering the U.S. from Mexico come through land border crossings staffed by agents, not open sections of the border. By Anita Snow. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.
CUIDAD HIDALGO, MEXICO _ Hundreds of mainly Honduran migrants began crossing peacefully into Mexico on Thursday without the confrontations that marked last fall’s migrant caravans. By Sonia Perez D. SENT: 350 words, photos.
SAN FRANCISCO _ Netflix’s video streaming service added more subscribers than ever during the crucial holiday season, but the company signaled its growth is slowing in the U.S. as it begins to roll out double-digit price increases in its biggest market. By Michel Liedtke. SENT: 700 words, photo.
SAN FRANCISCO _ The storm that pummeled much of California for three days began moving east Thursday after causing at least six deaths, forcing wildfire victims threatened by floods to flee their homes and plunging nearly 300,000 utility customers into darkness at its peak. By Paul Elias and John Antczak. SENT: 720 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated with afternoon developments.
_ CALIFORNIA STORMS-THE LATEST
LOS ANGELES _ California has finalized its rules governing the nation’s largest legal marijuana market, a milestone coming more than a year after the state broadly legalized cannabis sales for adults. By Michael R. Blood. SENT: 700 words, photos.
PORTLAND, Ore. _ Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year’s fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 800 words, photos.
_ CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-SHELTER _ Officials are looking for more stable housing for roughly 600 people still sleeping at a Northern California fairground following a deadly wildfire last year.
_ SHOOTING RAMPAGE _ Northern California investigators have identified the gunman who killed a 93-year-old woman during a shooting rampage as a Montana resident with no known ties to the region or victims.
LOS ANGELES TEACHERS-STRIKE
LOS ANGELES _ A new round of contract negotiations started Thursday between Los Angeles school district officials and a teachers union as thousands of educators picketed in the rain. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 400 words, photos. Will be updated after afternoon developments.
_ LOS ANGELES TEACHERS-STRIKE-THE LATEST
TUCSON, Ariz. _ A group of border sheriffs says that a border wall is only a sound bite and “not a cogent” public policy position that’s needed to secure the border. SENT: 277 words, photo.
_ FOUR SHOT _ Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the fatal shootings of three men and wounding of another on the outskirts of the high desert city of Palmdale.
_ COLLEGE LOCKED DOWN-ARREST _ A California man has been charged with threatening to shoot up a college that was locked down for hours as police searched the campus.
_ ICE CONTRACTOR-CHILD SEX _ A 35-year-old computer engineer working on contract for Immigration and Customs Enforcement is accused of trying to lure a Florida girl to California to fulfill a “daddy-daughter” sex fantasy.
_ FATAL DOG ATTACK _ A 70-year-old Joshua Tree woman has been killed after being mauled by four pit bills in her home.
LONDON _ Facebook said Thursday it removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations targeting users outside the U.S. By Business Writer Kelvin Chan. SENT: 568 words, photo.
SAN FRANCISCO _ Gymboree has filed for bankruptcy protection for a second time in as many years, but this time the children’s clothing retailer will begin winding down operations for good. The San Francisco company said late Wednesday that it will close all of its Gymboree and Crazy 8 stores and attempt sell its Janie and Jack business, intellectual property and online business. SENT: 284 words, photos.
MUSIC-CHRIS CORNELL-TRIBUTE CONCERT
LOS ANGELES _ Many from Metallica and the Foo Fighters rocked on with electrifying performances as family members gave heartfelt speeches in memory of the late Chris Cornell. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 520 words, photos.
NEW YORK _ PJ Morton is prepping for the biggest week of his life: He’s set to perform at next month’s Super Bowl halftime show as a member of Maroon 5, and seven days later, he’ll attend the Grammy Awards, where he’s nominated for four honors _ including three for his work as a R&B singer. “You work hard and you hope for the best. But none of this is promised or guaranteed, so I just celebrate every victory,” he said. “I’m just super-grateful.” By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 1,345 words, photos.
_ MUSIC-GRAMMY PERFORMERS _ Album of the year nominees Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae and Post Malone will perform at next month’s Grammy Awards. Photo.
FBN--RAMS-LONG TIME COMING
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. _ The NFC championship game is a long-awaited opportunity for almost every member of the Los Angeles Rams’ core. Ndamukong Suh and Louisiana native Andrew Whitworth had never even won a playoff game before last week, while former Saints receiver Brandin Cooks desperately wants another shot after getting a concussion during last year’s Super Bowl loss with New England. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
COSTA MESA, Calif. _Philip Rivers just concluded his 15th season with the Los Angeles Chargers but the quarterback’s future beyond 2019 is one of many areas that general manager Tom Telesco will have to address during the offseason. By Joe Reedy. SENT. 680 words.
LOS ANGELES _ Canelo Alvarez will return to the ring and to the middleweight division on May 4 to fight Danny Jacobs. Alvarez will defend his WBC and WBA titles against IBF champion Jacobs in a matchup of two of the sport’s top performers. No venue has been announced for the bout on the eve of Cinco de Mayo. SENT: 307 words.
LA QUINTA _ Phil Mickelson still feels as young as ever. He still plays that way, too. Mickelson began his 27th full season as a pro Thursday by flirting with one of the few feats he hasn’t accomplished — golf’s magic number. The 48-year-old left-hander still shot a 12-under 60 in the Desert Classic, tying his career-low score he last shot in the Phoenix Open six years ago. SENT: 580 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES _ UCLA goes for its fifth straight win in its crosstown rivalry with Southern California this weekend. It’s been a season of struggle and distraction for both teams. By Beth Harris. SENT: 770 words, photos.
BKC--SACRAMENTO STATE-NORTHERN ARIZONA
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. _ Sacramento State plays Northern Arizona at J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome. Game starts at 5:30 p.m.
SPOKANE, Wash. _ Loyola Marymount plays at No. 5 Gonzaga on Thursday evening. By Nicholas K. Geranios. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game begins at 6 p.m.
STOCKTON, Calif. _ San Francisco plays Pacific at Alex G. Spanos Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 6 p.m.
SEATTLE _ Washington goes for its sixth straight win overall and a 4-0 start in Pac-12 play when it hosts Stanford on Thursday night. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 6 p.m.
PULLMAN, Wash. _ California plays at Washington State in Pac-12 basketball. By Ricky Hester. Upcoming: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
BKC--UMKC-CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. _ UMKC plays Cal State Bakersfield at Icardo Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.
BKC--HAWAII-CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
LOS ANGELES _ Hawaii plays Cal State Northridge at Matadome. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.
BKC--UC SANTA BARBARA-UC DAVIS
DAVIS, Calif. _ UC Santa Barbara plays UC Davis at The Pavilion at ARC. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.
BKC--UC RIVERSIDE-CAL STATE FULLERTON
FULLERTON, Calif. _ UC Riverside plays Cal State Fullerton at Titan Gym. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.
PORTLAND, Ore. _ San Diego plays Portland at Chiles Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.
BKC--SANTA CLARA-SAINT MARY’S
MORAGA, Calif. _ Santa Clara plays Saint Mary’s at McKeon Pavilion. UPCOMING: Game starts at 8 p.m.
MALIBU, Calif. _ BYU plays Pepperdine at Firestone Fieldhouse. UPCOMING: Game starts at 8 p.m.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The Hornets return home looking to make up ground in the Eastern Conference standings after going 2-4 on a West Coast road trip. Among the losses was to the Kings on Saturday night. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts at 4 p.m.
OKLAHOMA CITY _ The Los Angeles Lakers still playing without the injured LeBron James, visit the Thunder. Oklahoma City has lost four of five. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS _ The Anaheim Ducks, lugging a franchise-long 12-game losing streak, visit Minnesota to play the Wild. By Mike Cook. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.
DALLAS _ The Stars try to avoid matching a season high with a fourth straight loss in a visit from the Kings. Dallas won at home in the first meeting with LA. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 5:30 p.m.
_ FBN--49ERS-COACHING STAFF _ The San Francisco 49ers have hired Joe Woods as their defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator.
_ BKC--UCLA-SHERFIELD _ Grant Sherfield, a guard who signed with UCLA last fall, has requested and received a release from his letter of intent.
_ RAC--SANTA ANITA-CANCELLATION _ Santa Anita has canceled its eight-race card because of wet weather after 3½ inches of rain dropped on the Southern California racetrack in three days.
_ SOC--US-GARZA _ Cincinnati defender Greg Garza has left the U.S. national team training camp because of a strained quadriceps.
_ ALL-STAR DRAFT _ The NBA’s All-Star draft will be Feb. 7, and broadcast on TNT.
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