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

March 15, 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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TIJUANA, Mexico _ Juan Carlos Perla says he spent his first night in the U.S. in a cold immigration cell with 21 others at the nation’s busiest border crossing. Fluorescent lights were always on in the basement holding area. Space was so tight that he laid his sleeping mat next to a toilet. The 36-year-old from El Salvador soon reunited with his wife and three sons, ages 6, 4 and 10 months, who were in another cell, and the family returned to Tijuana, Mexico, to await asylum hearings in San Diego. They were one of the first families to contend with a radical U.S. policy shift that makes asylum seekers stay in Mexico while their cases wind through immigration courts. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 1,105 words, photos.


_ BORDER PATROL-VIDEO CROSSERS, from SAN DIEGO _ A video shot at a section of U.S.-Mexico border wall dividing a beach shows dozens of migrants squeezing through a breach in a metal fence, and running north along the sand into California, some carrying children.

_IMMIGRATION-BUS DROPOFFS, from PHOENIX _ Greyhound Lines Inc. is no longer allowing U.S. authorities to drop off immigrant families inside bus stations, forcing those who have been released from custody to wait outside until they have a ticket. By Astrid Galvan. SENT: 580 words, photos.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The man accused of being a notorious California serial killer who eluded capture for decades had been arrested by Sacramento police in the 1990s, years before he was connected to the murders, a newspaper reported Friday. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ Did people domesticate dogs or was it the other way around? And why do these two species seem to think so much alike, act so much alike and get along so well? The California Science Center has spent the past five years sniffing out the answers to those and hundreds of other vexing canine questions. It will begin revealing the conclusions Saturday with an ambitious, if somewhat lighthearted, new exhibition called “Dogs! A Science Tail.” By John Rogers. SENT: 900 words, photos.



OAKLAND, Calif. _ The Coliseum Authority approved a lease agreement Friday to keep the Raiders in Oakland for at least one more season. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 444 words.


_ CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-DEBRIS CLEANUP _ State officials say debris removal on Northern California hills scarred by a deadly wildfire will resume next week after being suspended for 10 days because of wet, unstable slopes.



RIVERSIDE, Calif. _ The Swiss flavor and fragrance company Givaudan has donated $3.5 million to build a screened structure that will protect several acres of trees at the University of California, Riverside’s huge citrus collection from a bug-transmitted disease. SENT: 310 words.


_ LAX PEOPLE MOVER _ It’s been talked about for years, and now construction is underway on a people mover to carry travelers in and out of Los Angeles International Airport.



SAN FRANCISCO _ Facebook is rolling out technology to make it easier to find and remove intimate pictures and videos posted without the subject’s consent, often called “revenge porn.” By Rachel Lerman. SENT: 493 words, photos.


SAN DIEGO _ A jury has decided Apple should pay $31 million in damages for infringing on patents for technology owned by mobile chip maker Qualcomm that helps iPhones quickly connect to the internet and extend their battery life. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.



NEW YORK _ Months after being fired over old tweets, James Gunn has been rehired as director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.” By Jake Coyle. SENT: 330 words, photos.


_ GOLDEN GLOBES _ The Hollywood Foreign Press Association says it has chosen a date for next year’s Golden Globe Awards. The association said Friday the 77th annual awards will be held Jan. 5.



OAKLAND, Calif. _ The Coliseum Authority approved a lease agreement Friday to keep the Raiders in Oakland for at least one more season. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 444 words.


FONTANA, Calif. _ Kyle Busch is on the brink of his 200th victory across NASCAR’s three major series as he hits Southern California’s weathered asphalt. After a weekend sweep in Phoenix, nobody will be surprised if he reaches the milestone Saturday in the Xfinity Series. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.


_ CAR--NASCAR-FONTANA QUALIFYING _ By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos. Qualifying starts 5:40 p.m.


SAN DIEGO _ Out on Pensacola Bay, the combination of a fantastical-looking test boat called the Mule and technology from aviation giant Airbus is giving the New York Yacht Club’s American Magic a flying start toward trying to win the America’s Cup in two years. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 1,150 words.


LAS VEGAS _ No. 14 Nevada will face San Diego State in a Mountain West Conference semifinal game Friday night. In the other semifinal game, Utah State takes on Fresno State. By Adam Soboleski. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Game time for Nevada-San Diego State is 6 p.m. ET. Game time for Utah State-Fresno State is 8:30 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ The Los Angeles Clippers continue a four-game homestand as they host the Chicago Bulls. The Clippers have won eight of their last 11 while the Bulls have dropped three straight. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 650 word, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


PHILADELPHIA _ The Sacramento Kings visit the Philadelphia 76ers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4 p.m.


DETROIT _ After a pair of blowout losses on the road, the Pistons return home to try to get their playoff chase back on track against the Lakers. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 4 p.m.


DENVER _ After three days off, the Colorado Avalanche return to the ice to face Anaheim on Friday night. The Avalanche enter the day trailing Arizona by five points for the last wild-card spot in the Western Conference. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.


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