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BC-CA--California News Digest 4:30 pm, CA

May 20, 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. Robert Jablon is on the news desk. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

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SAN FRANCISCO _ A San Francisco freelance journalist whose home was raided by police in connection with a leaked report about the death of the city’s public defender is seeking the immediate return of his belongings.

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FULLERTON, Calif. — A California man was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for making racist threats against a pregnant African American woman in a court-offered plea deal that rankled prosecutors and community advocates. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 400 words.


SAN FRANCISCO — Pac-12 revenue fell by $12 million in 2018 to $497 million because the conference could not make up for lost Rose Bowl revenue from when the game hosted a College Football Playoff semifinal after the 2017 season. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

_ EX-MAYOR-PLEA DEAL _ A former Northern California mayor has pleaded no contest to a conflict of interest charge as part of a plea deal.

_ PREFONTAINE CLASSIC-SEMENYA _ Caster Semenya will compete in the 3,000 meters at the Prefontaine Classic next month, a distance that doesn’t fall under track and field’s new rules for testosterone limits.



SACRAMENTO, Calif._ California wants to expand government-funded health care benefits to low-income immigrants living in the state illegally, but the state’s Democratic leaders can’t agree on how exactly to do it. Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to include people ages 19 to 25, but a proposal in the Senate would extend that coverage to people 65 and older and ensure young people never age out of coverage once they have it. By Adam Beam. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.


VISTA, Calif. _ A jury in Southern California heard opening statements Monday from the prosecution and defense in the trial of former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. He faces charges of raping two women last year and an unconscious 17-year-old girl in 2003. By Julie Watson. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach, 650 words by 3 p.m.




INDIO, Calif. _ A man was convicted Monday of killing two Southern California police officers in an ambush-style attack. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: Photos planned.



WEST POINT, N.Y. _ The parents of a 21-year-old West Point cadet fatally injured in a skiing accident can use his frozen sperm to produce a child, a judge ruled while noting potential ethical considerations. SENT: 566 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO _ California’s Commission on Judicial Performance has imposed a severe public censure on a Santa Cruz County judge who ran a red light then tried to have the ticket dismissed. SENT: 215 words.


_ ARMS BROKER ARRESTED _ Prosecutors say a California man has been arrested on suspicion of illegally dealing military-grade weapons to an overseas government. 

_ YOUTUBE THREATS-ARREST _ A Utah man is accused of making online threats to shoot YouTube employees, going so far as to drive to their Northern California headquarters with a gun.



INDIAN WELLS, Calif. _ A brawl involving officials of a small Southern California city erupted at a weekend conference for local government officials, but what happened remained unclear Monday amid conflicting accounts. SENT: 500 words.


SANTA ANA, Calif. _ Federal prosecutors say a man has agreed to plead guilty to stealing a ring-tailed lemur from a Southern California zoo. The U.S. attorney’s office says in a news release that 19-year-old Aquinas Kasbar of Newport Beach agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor count of unlawfully taking an endangered species. SENT: 150 words, photos.


_ CALIFORNIA STORMS _ Late spring wintry weather has brought rain, wind and snow to California, including a dusting of white on mountain peaks east of Los Angeles.

_ SUPREME COURT-LOOTED ART _ The Supreme Court is leaving in place a ruling for a California museum in a dispute over ownership of two German Renaissance masterpieces seized by the Nazis in World War II.



Across California, at least 20 companies providing care for the elderly, disabled and mentally ill continue to operate illegally after being cited for failing to pay their workers more than $1.4 million in back wages and penalties. By Jennifer Gollan of Reveal From The Center For Investigative Reporting. SENT: 1,488 words, photos



LOS ANGELES _ Winter has come and winter has gone, the last of the heads have been lopped off and the last of the dragon fire has been spit as “Game of Thrones” aired its 73rd and final episode Sunday night. With ratings predictably huge, the results of the game were a split decision, as they often were in the show’s eight seasons, and fan opinions were deeply divided, as they so often are for big series endings, from “Seinfeld” to “The Sopranos” to “Lost.” By Andrew Dalton. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ It’s been a roller-coaster year for James Gunn, who was fired from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” over old tweets in July, and rehired this March. By Mike Cidoni Lennox. SENT: 528 words, photos.



EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Frank Vogel’s goal to build “organizational togetherness” within the Los Angeles Lakers met the reality of the team’s current dysfunction Monday. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 500 words, photos.


ST. LOUIS _ Jaden Schwartz is on a scoring run that has the St. Louis Blues dreaming big. Schwartz’s hat trick in Game 5 on Sunday helped give the Blues a 3-2 series lead against the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference final and set the single-season franchise record for playoff wins. By Joe Harris. SENT: 800 words, photos.


PORTLAND, Ore. The Golden State Warriors are on the brink of their fifth straight NBA finals, up 3-0 over the Portland Trail Blazers with Game 4 set for Monday night. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.


CLEVELAND _ Carlos Carrasco, who hasn’t allowed a run in 12 innings, starts as the Indians open a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:10 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO _ Atlanta plays San Francisco at Oracle Park. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:45 p.m.


SAN DIEGO _ Rookie right-hander Chris Paddack tries to stop San Diego’s three-game losing streak when the Padres host Luke Weaver and the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opener of a three-game series. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


ANAHEIM, Calif. _ Minnesota and Los Angeles begin a three-game series. The Twins took three of four at Seattle while the Angels began a nine-game homestand taking two of three from Kansas City. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


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