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AP-CA--California News Digest 1:30 pm, CA

May 13, 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. Christopher Weber is on the Los Angeles 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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SACRAMENTO — California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom once joked his job doesn’t involve much governing, but that’s not stopping candidates from shelling out millions of dollars to replace him. About $10 million has been spent on the race, including nearly $5 million from an independent group funded primarily by one of the candidates’ fathers. By Sophia Bollag. SENT: 775 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — A judge has ruled that Los Angeles County wrongly canceled Medi-Cal coverage for thousands of residents, often leaving them without access to health care and needed medicines. The Los Angeles Times reports Sunday that last week’s ruling said the county violated state law by terminating coverage for beneficiaries even though they turned in their renewal paperwork on time. The judge ordered the county to fix the problem. SENT: 125 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m.


SPOKANE, Wash. — The eruption of a Hawaii volcano has people warily eyeing volcanic peaks on America’s West Coast. The West Coast is home to an 800-mile (1,300-kilometer) chain of 13 volcanoes from Washington state’s Mount Baker to California’s Lassen Peak. They include Mount St. Helens, whose spectacular 1980 eruption in the Pacific Northwest killed dozens of people and sent volcanic ash across the country, and massive Mount Rainier, which towers above the Seattle metro area. The peaks are part of the “Ring of Fire,” volcanoes that sit on tectonic plates. Hawaii is not part of the Ring of Fire. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 950 words. This story originally moved May 12. This is a corrected version.


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota voters enthusiastically passed “Marsy’s Law” in 2016, joining several states that have embraced the constitutional amendments requiring crime victims to be notified of developments in their cases and giving them other rights. Now they’re being asked to embrace changes to the amendment to help police and prosecutors cut down on unforeseen bureaucratic problems it has created. The proposed changes — which the Marsy’s Law campaign supports — would require victims to opt in to many of their rights and specifically allow authorities to share information with the public to help solve crimes. Five states — California, Ohio, Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota — have a Marsy’s Law on their books. By James Nord. SENT: 725 words, photos.


SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — A Tesla sedan with a semi-autonomous Autopilot feature rear-ended a fire department truck at 60 mph (97 kph) apparently without braking before impact, but police say it’s unknown if the Autopilot feature was engaged. The cause of the Friday crash, involving a Tesla Model S and a fire department mechanic truck stopped at a red light, was under investigation, said police in South Jordan, a suburb of Salt Lake City. SENT: 400 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — “Avengers: Infinity War” is still ruling the box office in its third weekend in theaters, easily beating out the mom-themed fare. The Walt Disney Studios on Sunday estimates that “Infinity War” has added $61.8 million from North American theaters bringing its total domestic earnings to $547.8 million. Globally the film has now grossed over $1.6 billion— $200 million of which was from its massive opening in China this weekend. It’s now the fifth highest grossing film of all time worldwide. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 750 words, photos.


— WRONGFUL TERMINATION-CHIPOTLE — A California jury has awarded nearly $8 million dollars to the former manager of a Chipotle Mexican Grill who was framed for theft and wrongly fired.

— BOMB THREATS-ARREST — Investigators say a 55-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing rainbow flags and threatening bomb attacks against gay people and sheriff’s deputies in a Northern California resort town.

— LIBRARY BOOK-47 YEARS OVERDUE — A book nearly five decades overdue has been returned to the San Francisco Public Library.

— BLOWN BOUNCE HOUSE — Authorities say a child suffered minor injuries as strong winds blew a bounce house from a California neighborhood onto a nearby highway.

— STEPFATHER-SON KILLINGS — Southern California investigators are investigating the shooting deaths of a 66-year-old man and his 85-year-old stepfather as a murder-suicide.

— TWO SHOT — Los Angeles police say a man was shot dead and another man was critically wounded when someone opened fire outside an all-night house party.



HOUSTON — The Golden State Warriors are in the unfamiliar position of opening on the road as they prepare for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals with the top-seeded Rockets in Houston on Monday night in the series that many have been waiting for all season. It’s the first time the No. 2 Warriors have been in a playoff series without home-court advantage since 2014 when they lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 4-3 in the opening round. By Sports Writer Kristie Rieken. SENT: 975 words, photos.


— DODGERS-STADIUM-RACCOON — Perhaps the only thing that could slow the Cincinnati Reds relievers in this five-game win streak was a raccoon in the bullpen on Sunday.


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