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

February 25, 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. John Antczak is on the Los Angeles news desk, followed by Robert Jablon. Olga Rodriguez 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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LOS ANGELES _ A California judge on Monday approved a $120 million court settlement between Southern California Gas Co. and the state and city of Los Angeles following the nation’s largest-known natural gas leak. By Brian Melley. SENT: 725 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO _ San Francisco’s top prosecutor says his office used technology to erase 8,000 marijuana convictions and reduce felony convictions to misdemeanors. By Paul Elias. SENT: 515 words, photos. UPCOMING: Video.


LOS ANGELES _ Nearly 200,000 people live, work or pass through California’s volcanic hazard zones on a daily basis and the probability of an eruption in the next 30 years is about 16 percent, researchers said Monday in a report assessing risks to the nation’s most populous state. By John Antczak. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ A commission tasked with the tricky question of how to spread costs related to increasingly devastating California wildfires held its first meeting Monday. It’s a question that has perplexed lawmakers following wildly expensive 2017 and 2018 wildfires that partly prompted the state’s largest utility to file for bankruptcy. By Kathleen Ronayne. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California consumers would have more power to sue corporations for misusing their data under a proposal by the state’s attorney general to expand what already is the nation’s most far-reaching law protecting personal information. By Don Thompson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2 p.m.



SAN FRANCISCO _ A jury in federal court in San Francisco will decide whether Roundup weed killer caused a California man’s cancer in a trial starting Monday that plaintiffs’ attorneys say could help determine the fate of hundreds of similar lawsuits. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 530 words, photos.


WASHINGTON _ Federal judges can’t rule from beyond the grave, the Supreme Court said Monday. The high court said in an unsigned opinion that a federal court can’t count the vote of a judge who died in a decision issued after the judge’s death. The justices said “federal judges are appointed for life, not for eternity.” By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 466 words, photos.


OAKLAND, Calif. _ Two men have been arrested in the shooting the security guard for a news crew that was robbed while covering the Oakland teachers’ strike, authorities said Monday. SENT: 317 words.


RENO, Nev. _ Another big winter storm started blowing into the Sierra Nevada on Monday, with up to 8 feet (2.4 meters) of new snow possible in the upper elevations around Lake Tahoe over the next three days and dangerous winds in the valleys around Reno. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 370 words.


_ YOSEMITE DEATH _ Officials say a woman hiking in Yosemite National Park in California was killed after being struck by falling rock and ice on a dangerous trail that was closed to the public.

_ NEWSPAPER CARRIER KILLED _ A Press Democrat newspaper carrier was killed when he was run over by his car while delivering newspapers in Santa Rosa.



WICHITA, Kan. _ A California man has asked for 20 years in prison as his punishment for making a hoax call that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man following a dispute between two online gamers over $1.50 bet in a Call of Duty WWII video game. By Roxana Hegeman. SENT: 513 words, photos.


_ EX-POLICE CHIEF BATTERY _ A former Southern California police chief and an officer have pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from an off-duty fight with paramedics at a concert.

_ MISSING INFANT _ Authorities are searching a Southern California landfill for the body of a missing infant and have issued arrest warrants for the boy’s parents. Photos.

_ LAKE ICE RESCUE _ A helicopter crew rescued a skier who fell through ice on a lake in the Cuyamaca Mountains east of San Diego. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department says the incident happened at midday Sunday at Big Laguna Lake.

_ MOUNTAIN PLANE CRASH _ The Kern County Sheriff’s Office says it has recovered all three victims of a plane crash in the snowy Tehachapi Mountains.



NEW YORK _ Immigrants with specialized skills are being denied work visas or seeing applications get caught up in lengthy bureaucratic tangles under federal changes that some consider a contradiction to President Donald Trump’s promise of a continued pathway to the U.S. for the most talented foreigners. By Matt Sedensky. SENT: 1,520 words, photos.


BECKER, Minn. _ Google’s plan to build a $600 million wind-powered data center in central Minnesota could hinge on the tech giant’s request for officials to waive 20 years’ worth of future taxes. SENT: 320 words.


_ GOOGLE DATA CENTER-MINNESOTA _ Google’s plan to build a $600 million wind-powered data center in central Minnesota may hinge on the tech giant’s request for officials to waive 20 years’ worth of future taxes.



The decision to hand the best film Oscar to “Green Book” continued to be debated Monday, long after the last Champagne glass had finally been emptied. Rarely in Oscar history, after all, has a winning movie prompted a noted guest in the audience, who had just won his first competitive Oscar, to try to storm out of the night’s big coronation. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 500 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ Spike Lee’s first-ever competitive Oscar award turned a mostly staid ceremony into one with joy and passion, but that later gave way to frustration. By television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 545 words, photos.


_ TRUMP-SPIKE LEE _ President Donald Trump is going after director Spike Lee, who used his Oscar acceptance speech to urge mobilization for the 2020 election. SENT: 240 words, photo.

_ OSCARS-TV RATINGS _ The Nielsen company says ABC’s telecast of the Academy Awards reached 29.6 million viewers, a 12 percent bump from last year’s record low ratings. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.

_ OSCARS-MOMENTS _ Spike Lee bounding into the arms of Samuel L. Jackson. A weeping Lady Gaga, and a delightfully daft Olivia Colman. Historic breakthroughs for black nominees and for women. The hostless Oscars at first threatened to be a rather dull affair, but soon came alive with genuine feel-good moments and heartwarming surprises. By AP National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 1,000 words, photos and video.

_ OSCARS-BACKSTAGE _ Backstage at the Oscars it seems like a whole other show is going on, from fun interactions, like Captain America meeting Aquaman, to the stunned daze of winners walking backstage and looking for a drink _ champagne for Lady Gaga and white wine for Olivia Colman, please. Highlights from the wings. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. Upcoming: 750 words, photos by 4 a.m. Eastern.

_ OSCARS-FASHION HIGHLIGHTS _ Lady Gaga sported the Tiffany Diamond around her neck and Glenn Close wore 40 pounds of gold dress to the Oscars. Charlize Theron rocked a bob in transformative dark brown and Jennifer Lopez was fit for battle in a head-to-toe mirror mosaic on a mighty silver dress. Hollywood’s fashion show Sunday in Los Angeles went technicolor and soft, ruffly and classic. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 980 words, photos and video.

_ OSCARS-PARTIES _ The last awards have been handed out, and it’s time to party. For Oscar winners, the first stop is usually the Governors Ball, where they can have their new trophies engraved, while other stars head to Vanity Fair soiree. By AP Entertainment Writers Andrew Dalton and Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.


_ PEOPLE-TAYLOR SWIFT _ It’s an engagement that was Taylor-made. Alex Goldschmidt posted video on Instagram of a surprise Taylor Swift appearance as he got engaged to Ross Girard at the Sycamore Tavern in Los Angeles on Saturday. Photo.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Stephen Curry is back home in Charlotte again, this time not as an All-Star but rather with the Warriors as they take on the Hornets. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Game starts at 4 p.m.


MINNEAPOLIS _ The Sacramento Kings, trying to keep up in the Western Conference playoff race, visit Minnesota to wrap up a three-game road trip out of the All-Star break. The Timberwolves play their first home game in 12 days. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ The Memphis Grizzlies host LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night. By Clay Bailey. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks visit the Los Angeles Clippers. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


TAMPA, Fla. _ The NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning aim to extend their eight-game winning streak and reach the 100-point plateau when they face the last-place Los Angeles Kings, who’ve lost seven in a row. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4:30 p.m.


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


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