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BC-CA--California News Digest 4:30 pm, CA

March 28, 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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NEW AT 4:30 P.M.


LOS ANGELES _ The federal government has sued California over water policies it says violate the state’s environmental protection act. The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Sacramento challenges a plan that went into effect in December to increase water flows in the San Joaquin River. By Brian Melley. AP Photos. 400 words by 5 p.m.


AUBURN _ Video of California jail guards using force against a mentally ill inmate have been released as a federal judge gave final approval to a $1.4 million settlement over alleged abuse at the lockup. UPCOMING: 300 words by 7 p.m.



SAN FRANCISCO _ The death penalty system in California is dysfunctional and expensive, and a ballot measure approved by voters to speed up executions will not make it workable, a state Supreme Court justice said Thursday in an unusual opinion that added to a renewed debate about capital punishment. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 615 words, photos.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California lawmakers announced a half-dozen measures intended to discourage a repeat of the college admissions bribery scandal that was centered in the Golden State but is roiling universities nationwide. By Don Thompson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


_ COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY _ A former women’s soccer coach at Yale University pleaded guilty Thursday to taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for pretending applicants were recruits to boost their chances of getting into the school. SENT: 590 words.


COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris announced Thursday the rollout of a slate of endorsements in South Carolina, including one of its longest-serving black lawmakers. The senator from California hopes the support will show her ability to reach broad sectors of the critical early-voting state. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 650 words, photos.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday that Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. plans to remake its board of directors with hedge fund financiers and people who have little experience in utility operations and safety, and he urged the utility’s leader to change course. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.



NEW YORK _ The federal government charged Facebook with high-tech housing discrimination Thursday for allegedly allowing landlords and real estate brokers to systematically exclude groups such as non-Christians, immigrants and minorities from seeing ads for houses and apartments. By Mae Anderson and Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 690 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES _ The University of Southern California’s $69 million sale of naming rights for Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is being criticized as dishonoring the historic stadium’s dedication as a tribute to soldiers who fought and died in World War I. By John Antczak. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.


CORONA, Calif. _ A father jailed on a child abuse charge is now facing a murder count in the death of his missing 8-year-old son, California prosecutors said Thursday. SENT: 240 words, photos.


_ TRUCK PURSUIT _ Los Angeles police have arrested a driver after a slow-speed pursuit of a reportedly stolen tanker truck.

_ DAMAGED ROAD-SQUIRRELS _ Squirrels and California’s very rainy winter apparently combined to open a huge hole that blocked a Riverside County road.



NEW YORK _ Wells Fargo Chief Executive Tim Sloan is stepping, effective immediately, after less than four years on the job during which saw an unending wave of scandals at the troubled bank. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


NEW YORK _ Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft have redefined what we expect from transportation, hooking customers on the immediacy of on-demand rides with a few clicks on a smartphone. But whether the companies can turn their popularity into profits is a question investors are asking as both companies prepare to offer shares to the public. By Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.


_ DISNEY-SMOKING _ Disney is eliminating smoking areas at its theme and water parks in California and Florida. Photos.



NEW YORK _ As an esteemed film critic and director of the New York Film Festival, Kent Jones’ perch is the film world is a rarified one. But he has long harbored a dream beyond his day job. He doesn’t just want to write about and curate movies. He wants to make them. By Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.


Director Tim Burton and stars Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton discuss “Dumbo,” Disney’s live-action remake of the 1941 animated classic. By Mike Cidoni Lennox and Sian Watson. SENT: 500 words, photos.


_ NAACP IMAGE AWARDS _ Jay-Z will receive the President’s Award during the 50th NAACP Image Awards on Saturday. Photos.



ARCADIA, Calif. _ The California Horse Racing Board weighs new safety and medication rules Thursday in the wake of 22 horse deaths at Santa Anita. By Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Update, photos, video from meeting underway.




LOS ANGELES _ Hyun-Jin Ryu makes his first opening day start when the Los Angeles Dodgers begin their pursuit of their third straight NL title against Zack Greinke and the Arizona Diamondbacks. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 1:10 p.m.


_ BBN--DODGERS-KERSHAW _ Clayton Kershaw has been placed on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ injured list, officially ending his franchise-record streak of eight consecutive opening day starts.


SAN DIEGO _ Bruce Bochy begins his 25th and final season as a major league manager when the San Francisco Giants, led by ace Madison Bumgarner, face a San Diego Padres lineup revitalized by the addition of slugger Manny Machado and hotshot rookie shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started at 1 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. _ Mike Trout plays his first game since signing a new $426.5 million deal with the Angels when Los Angeles opens the season at Oakland. The Athletics are 0-2 after losing twice last week to the Mariners in Tokyo. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 1:07 p.m.


NEW ORLEANS _ Former Pelicans draft choice Buddy Hield the Sacramento Kings try to win for the fifth time and six games and keep alive fading playoff hopes when they visit New Orleans on Thursday night. The Pelicans have lost nine of 10. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.


MILWAUKEE _ The Los Angeles Clippers put their six-game win streak on the line when they visits the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.


VANCOUVER _ The Los Angeles Kings visit the Vancouver Canucks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


_ BKN--LAKERS-HART _ Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart will miss the rest of the season with a right knee injury. The Lakers announced the decision Thursday.


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