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

May 15, 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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SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The new chief executive of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. makes his first appearance before California lawmakers amid the utility’s bankruptcy proceedings. By Kathleen Ronayne. UPCOMING: Developing from 1:30 p.m. hearing. AP photos planned.


NASHUA, N.H. _ Kamala Harris wants to ban the importation of AR-15-style assault weapons by executive action if elected president. The Democratic senator and presidential candidate from California detailed her proposal on Wednesday to stop importing the weapons until the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives can analyze whether the ban should be permanent. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


_ ELECTION 2020-HARRIS-BIDEN _ Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said Wednesday that she disagrees with rival Joe Biden’s argument that the 1994 crime bill didn’t lead to mass incarcerations of black people. By Hunter Woodall. SENT: 332 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ The challenge was to develop software that could easily be downloaded onto tablets that poor children around the world could use to teach themselves to read, write and do simple arithmetic. The incentive was $10 million for the winner. Nearly 200 teams from 40 countries around the world jumped at the chance to become the latest winner of an XPRIZE. By John Rogers. SENT: 722 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated with winner announcement around 8 p.m.




SAN FRANCISCO _ A cold front expected to dump rain and snow in Northern California starting Wednesday has prompted the closure of a popular road at Yosemite National Park and left outdoors businesses bracing for smaller crowds through the weekend. By Olga R. Rodriguez. SENT: 600 words, photos.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Prosecutors say a Northern California man hired to administer federal firefighting grants will plead guilty to charges that he submitted $500,000 in false reimbursement reports over a five year period. SENT: 300 words, photos.


_ COUPLE FOUND DEAD _ Sacramento police say they are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman found inside a home as possible homicide.



SANTA ANA, Calif. _ Attorney Michael Avenatti hired a lawyer to represent him Wednesday after a federal judge rejected his request for a public defender in a case alleging he stole millions of dollars from clients, cheated on taxes and committed bank fraud. By Amy Taxin and Brian Melley. SENT: 480 words, photos.


BOSTON _ A California man who threatened to kill employees of The Boston Globe after the newspaper called on media organizations nationwide to denounce President Trump’s attacks on the media has pleaded guilty. SENT: 285 words.


PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. _ The principal of a Southern California high school planned to meet Wednesday with all students following the spread of a social media photo showing two students laughing while displaying a prom proposal poster containing a racial slur. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


_ LA JAIL-BEDBUGS _ The Los Angeles Police Department has temporarily shut down one of its jails because of a bed bug infestation.

_ SAN DIEGO-SLEEPING IN VEHICLES _ The San Diego City Council has enacted a new ordinance that places limits on sleeping overnight or living in vehicles.

_ PORT OF LA ACCIDENT _ A dockworker has been killed and another seriously injured in an accident at a Port of Los Angeles container terminal.

_ MILITARY DOG-TRAINER-REUNITED _ A former military dog trainer and his now-retired canine partner have been reunited in an emotional encounter in Texas. Aaron Stice was a corporal in the Marines when he last saw the Belgian Malinois at Camp Pendleton.



NEW YORK _ It’s not just big oil and power companies that investors are pushing to do better on the environment. In the next few weeks, Amazon investors will vote on a proposal made by shareholders and workers to push the company to describe how it’s curbing its use of fossil fuels. In California, investors of Ross Stores are asking the retailer of off-price clothing to set goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And in Kentucky, Yum Brands shareholders are pushing for an annual report on what the parent of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell is doing about deforestation caused by its suppliers. By Stan Choe. SENT: 962 words, photos.



CBS defended its decision to renew the drama series “Bull” after settling a sexual harassment claim against its star Michael Weatherly, saying the actor “owned” and apologized for his on-set behavior toward actress Eliza Dushku. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 391 words, photos.


“The Big Bang Theory” finale has yet to air and CBS is already back in business with its creator. The network said Wednesday its fall lineup will include a new sitcom from Chuck Lorre that stars Billy Gardell, who co-starred in “Mike & Molly.” By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated.


_ TV-NEW SEASON-CBS SCHEDULE. SENT: 140 words, photos.


BURBANK, Calif. _ “Big Bang Theory Stars” reflect on the show’s end, next steps. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 960 words, photos.


_ ABORTION-GEORGIA-FILM INDUSTRY _ Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has delayed an annual trip to Los Angeles to promote Georgia’s film industry as movie executives, producers and actors criticize the state’s new abortion ban.



OAKLAND, Calif. _ The Golden State Warriors showed off that familiar swagger, celebrated like they so love to do and got contributions on both ends of the floor from up and down the roster. Just the way they prefer to thrive. And having fun doing so, taking joy in things going right. Portland will take a look at all that went wrong in a 116-94 Game 1 defeat. By Janie McCauley. 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.


NEW YORK _ Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, whose coast-to-coast rivalry in the 1980s propelled the NBA to a new level of popularity, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 337 words.


NEW YORK _ The Los Angeles Sparks re-signed free agent Riquna Williams, who was arrested last month after fight with her ex-girlfriend at a Florida home. By Doug Feinberg.


ST. LOUIS _ The Sharks and Blues are tied at a game apiece as their Western Conference final shifts to St. Louis for Game 3. The Blues hope to get Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko going in their return to home ice. By Joe Harris. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.


MINNEAPOLIS _ Los Angeles plays Minnesota at Target Field in the series finale. Jake Odorizzi (5-2, 2.32 ERA) will try to extend his scoreless innings streak from 20 for the Twins while Trevor Cahill (2-3, 6.35) starts for the Angels. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 10:10 a.m.


SAN FRANCISCO _ The Toronto Blue Jays go with Thomas Pannone when they face the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night. Shaun Anderson will be on the mound for San Francisco. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 12:45 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ The Los Angeles Dodgers close a nine-game homestand when they host NL West rival San Diego. Padres starter Matt Strahm (1-2, 3.00) has one of the top road ERAs in the National League and opposes Kenta Maeda (4-2, 4.03). By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


MORRO BAY, Calif. _ The fourth stage of the Tour of California takes riders along the picturesque Big Sur coast. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.


_ FBN--49ERS-MOVES _ The San Francisco 49ers have signed tight end Levine Toilolo to a one-year deal.


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