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

May 21, 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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SAN FRANCISCO _ A San Francisco journalist whose equipment was seized in a police raid will get back his property, a police attorney said Tuesday at a court hearing, but that did not resolve larger issues in the case that alarmed journalism advocates. By Janie Har. SENT: 556 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ California growers are frustrated by an unusually wet spring that has delayed the plantings of some crops like rice and damaged others including strawberries and wine grapes. By Christopher Weber. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 3 p.m.


PLYMOUTH, Mass. _ Companies specializing in nuclear demolition and radioactive waste storage are buying up aging U.S. reactors and promising to decommission them in dramatically less time than their utility owners had planned _ eight years instead of 60 in some cases. Viewed by experts as an emerging trend in the nuclear power industry, the sales of these retired or soon-to-be-retired reactors present a paradox for residents, state officials and nuclear watchdogs. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 1,071 words, photos



SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California sued Tuesday to block the Trump administration from cancelling nearly $1 billion for the state’s high-speed rail project, escalating the state’s feud with the federal government. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 500 words, photos.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday he is launching a new task force on homelessness as the state grapples with a housing crisis. By Andrew Oxford. SENT: 375 words, photos.


_ CALIFORNIA MARIJUANA-BANKING _ The California Senate has voted to allow special banks to handle money from legal marijuana retailers.


_ COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY _ A New York lawyer and a Napa Valley vintner have admitted to participating in the college admissions bribery scheme. Gordon Caplan and Agustin Huneeus Jr. pleaded guilty Tuesday in Boston federal court. Photos.

_ HISTORIC CEMETERY VANDALIZED _ A Gold Rush era cemetery in California’s capital has been hit by vandalism.



VISTA, Calif. _ Prosecutors call the first of five women to testify at the rape trial of former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr., who faces up to life imprisonment if convicted. By Julie Watson. SENT: 660 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated from afternoon testimony.




WASHINGTON _ Lawmakers clashed Tuesday over the Trump administration’s move to send hundreds of Transportation Security Administration employees to the U.S.-Mexico border, and one airport official warned it could lead to long checkpoint lines this summer. SENT: 260 words, photos.


_ VENICE KILLING _ Los Angeles police are asking the public for information to solve the killing of a man on a street in the Venice area.


_ SELF-DRIVING TRUCKS-MAIL _ A California-based self-driving truck company has partnered with the U.S. Postal Service to test autonomous technology on the long-haul route between Phoenix and Dallas.



LOS ANGELES _ In its last blast, “The Big Bang Theory” topped the TV ratings by a light-year. The back-to-back, two-episode finale of the nerdy CBS comedy’s 12-season run drew 18.5 million live viewers Thursday night to easily win the week, the Nielsen company said Tuesday. By Andrew Dalton. SENT: 586 words, photos.


CANNES, France _ Twenty-five years after premiering “Pulp Fiction” in Cannes, Quentin Tarantino returned to the French film festival with neither great vengeance nor furious anger but a gentler fairy tale about 1960s Los Angeles. By Jake Coyle. SENT: 363 words, photos.


Disney is inviting audiences back to Agrabah in its live-action update of “Aladdin,” with Will Smith, which hits theaters nationwide Friday. The filmmakers and stars had to do a delicate dance of paying homage to the animated classic while also adding a modern spin to the story. By AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr and Cindy Martin. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.


John Legend, Josh Groban, Julia Roberts and Milo Ventimiglia are among the celebrities taking part in NBC’s Red Nose Day special Thursday to raise money for children in need. By AP Television Writer Lynn Elber. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo


NEW YORK _ During the recording of what became one of Nipsey Hussle’s final songs, the rapper and DJ Khaled spoke passionately about “our families, entrepreneurship, leadership and just love,” Khaled recalls. The result of the session is “Higher,” the latest single from Khaled’s new album “Father of Asahd,” released Friday. By Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 572 words, photos.



And now, they wait. Again. The Golden State Warriors have gotten used to going to the NBA Finals, and their win in Portland on Monday night clinched their fifth consecutive trip. They’ve also gotten used to waiting for those finals to begin, with long layoffs after the Western Conference finals having become their norm. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 790 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ With Dallas’ Luka Doncic and Atlanta’s Trae Young leading the way, the top five NBA draft picks from 2018 have been selected as the top five NBA rookies this season. SENT: 357 words.


ALAMEDA, Calif. _ After an offseason filled with rumors about his job status, Derek Carr is back again as starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. _ Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urías was reinstated Tuesday from administrative leave by Major League Baseball. SENT: 171 words, photos.


ST. LOUIS _ The Blues were in last place at the start of the year, but a dramatic turnaround the second half of the season and a dream run through the playoffs have them one win away from their first Stanley Cup final since 1970. Meanwhile, the Sharks need to win Game 6 of their Western Conference final to keep their own Stanley Cup hopes alive. By Steve Overbey. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.


CLEVELAND _ Oakland plays Cleveland at Progressive Field. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 3:10 p.m.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. _ Clayton Kershaw gets the start when the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers begin a two-game road series against the Tampa Bay Rays, who counter with opener Hunter Wood. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4:10 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO _ Atlanta RHP Julio Teheran (3-4, 3.88 ERA) pitches in his first start against San Francisco since 2013. Right-hander Shaun Anderson (0-0, 3.60) makes his second career start for the Giants. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:45 p.m.


ANAHEIM, Calif. _Michael Pineda takes the hill for the Minnesota Twins, who have gone 4-1 so far on their seven-game road trip. Trevor Cahill, who has allowed 14 home runs, gets the start for the Los Angeles Angels. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos, Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


SAN DIEGO _ Zack Greinke needs three strikeouts for 2,500 in his career when he faces lefty Matt Strahm and the San Diego Padres. When he started at San Diego on April 2, Greinke struck out 10 and hit two home runs in an 8-5 win. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


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