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

May 17, 2019 GMT

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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SAN DIEGO _ The Border Patrol has begun flying migrants who are arrested in South Texas to San Diego and is considering flights to Detroit, Miami and Buffalo, New York. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be expanded.


_BORDER WALL-LAWSUITS, from SAN FRANCISCO _ President Donald Trump is moving fast to spend billions of dollars to build a wall on the Mexican border with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency, but he first must get past the courts. On Friday, a federal judge in Oakland, California, will consider arguments in two cases that seek to block the White House from spending Defense and Treasury Department money for wall construction. By Daisy Nguyen and Elliot Spagat. SENT: 658 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from hearing.


LOS ANGELES _ An investigation into the cause of the largest-known release of methane in the U.S. faults a Southern California utility for the way it maintained its natural gas storage field before the massive 2015 blowout. By Brian Melley. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m., photos.


NEW YORK _ Herman Wouk, the versatile, Pulitzer Prize winning author of such million-selling novels as “The Caine Mutiny” and “The Winds of War” whose steady Jewish faith inspired his stories of religious values and secular success, died on Friday at 103 in Palm Springs. By Hillel Italie. SENT: 1,499 words, photos.




SAN FRANCISCO _ Federal officials are promoting a campaign to get ships to slow down as they approach San Francisco and other California ports so they are less likely to injure or kill whales. Marine experts say four of the 10 gray whales found dead near San Francisco this year were killed by ships. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 2 p.m.


CLOVIS, Calif. _ Two girls having a slumber party in California fought off a naked man who broke into the home through a window and sexually assaulted them last weekend, police said. SENT: 200 words, photos.



RIVERSIDE, Calif. _ A wide area including a freeway around an F-16 fighter jet crash site in Southern California remained off-limits Friday as military and civilian authorities investigated. By Amy Taxin and John Antczak. SENT: 540 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 3 p.m. press conference.


CORONA, Calif. _ A new assessment by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers raises concern about the potential for failure of the spillway of a flood control dam on a Southern California river where 1.4 million people live downstream. SENT: 270 words, photos.


A Los Angeles federal judge will let a jury decide whether conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ Infowars website had a legal right to sell a poster featuring the image of Pepe the Frog, a character that became hijacked by far-right extremists. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 137 words. UPCOMING: Will be expanded.


_ FACEBOOK DATA CENTER _ New Mexico regulators have declined to reconsider their decision for the state’s largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for a new transmission line.



LOS ANGELES _ When season eight of “Game of Thrones” began, The Associated Press examined the arcs of the major characters who had survived the bloody series until its final season. With Sunday’s finale of the HBO show looming, here’s an update on where those characters stand after an action-packed season of zombie-mobbing, dragon-torching and secret-revealing. By Andrew Dalton. SENT: 1,125 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ When broadcasters staged their annual, extravagant showcases for next season’s shows, they were after media-buyers’ hearts and wallets and headlines about, say, wooing award-winner Edie Falco for a police series or Jimmy Smits of “L.A. Law” fame back to a new legal drama. Then unwelcome plot twists smacked several networks. Consider Fox’s predicament with “Empire” and Jussie Smollett. The network made the surprise announcement that next season would be the show’s last, enthusiastically trumpeting a plan to make it “a large television event,” as Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier described it during a news conference this week. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 1,106 words, photos.



PORTLAND, Ore. _ Damian Lillard says the Warriors did their job and protected home court. Now it’s time for the Trail Blazers to do the same. The Western Conference finals between the upstart Blazers and the defending champion Warriors shifts to Portland on Saturday with Golden State holding a 2-0 advantage. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. _ Toronto guard Kyle Lowry squarely planted his feet and braced for contact with Milwaukee Bucks athletic big man Giannis Antetokounmpo barreling down on him. Lowry, one of the best in basketball at taking a charge, absorbed the punishment and drew a foul against the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo. These days, not everybody is willing to do what Lowry does in the fast-paced, open-floor NBA game. By Janie Mccauley. SENT: 1,235 words, photos.


ST. LOUIS _ After a dramatic comeback to steal Game 3 in overtime, the San Jose Sharks try to take a commanding 3-1 lead over the St. Louis Blues when their Western Conference final resumes. By Joe Harris. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.


DETROIT _ The A’s and Tigers meet again after Oakland pounded Detroit in the series opener 17-3. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4:10 p.m.


PHOENIX _ San Francisco right-hander Jeff Samardzija faces Arizona right-hander Merrill Kelly when the Giants and Diamondbacks open a three-game series. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:40 p.m.


_ BBN--GIANTS-RAYS TRADE _ The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired journeyman catcher Erik Kratz in a trade with the San Francisco Giants. SENT: 170 words.


ANAHEIM, Calif. _ Kansas City opens a three-game series Friday at Los Angeles with Brad Keller on the mound. The Angels go with Matt Harvey. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:07 p.m.


CINCINNATI _ The Reds open a series against the Dodgers, who are 33-22 at Great American Ball Park, the second-best mark by a visiting team, trailing only the Mets. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


_ BBN--DODGERS-MAEDA _ The Dodgers put Kenta Maeda on the 10-day injured list after he hurt his left thigh, costing them one of their best starters in May. By Joe Kay. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be expanded.


SAN DIEGO _ Left-hander Joey Lucchesi and the San Diego Padres go for a second straight win against the Pittsburgh Pirates, who counter with Jordan Lyles. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.


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