• AP-CA--California News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, CA

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    Good morning! 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, or losangeles@ap.org. John Antczak is on the desk, followed by Andrew Dalton. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-626-1200 or fsbaker@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Pacific. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories

  • Grandma charged after toddler found wandering in only boots

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    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh woman has been charged with endangering the welfare of her 2-year-old granddaughter after the girl was found outside in the cold naked, wearing only a pair of boots. Forty-five-year-old Erika Rutherford faces a preliminary hearing March 13 following her arrest Thursday evening. That's when police say a neighbor called 911 after finding the girl outside about 6:40 p.m. The temperature was well below freezing at the time. Police say Rutherford was supposed to be watching the girl while the girl's mother — Rutherford's daughter — was at work. Online court records don't list an attorney for Rutherford.

  • Militants attack oil field in central Libya, kill 8

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    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Militants attacked an oil field in central Libya on Friday, killing eight guards before setting it ablaze in the latest in a spate of attacks on petroleum facilities blamed on a local Islamic State affiliate. The gunmen attacked al-Ghani oil field near the town of Zalla, some 750 kilometers (470 miles) southeast of the capital Tripoli, National Oil Corporation spokesman Mohammed al-Harari told The Associated Press. He said black smoke filled the sky above the facility. A company statement said the attackers came from the north, an apparent reference to the city of Sirte, seized by an Islamic State affiliate last month. Since then several attacks have been launched on nearby oil sites, but no one has cl

  • Residents: Boko Haram readies for battle in NE Nigeria

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    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram fighters are massing at their headquarters in the northeast Nigerian town of Gwoza in preparation for a showdown with multinational forces, residents and an intelligence officer said. A woman trapped there since Gwoza was seized in July told her daughter that Islamic extremists are urging civilians to leave town to avoid being killed in crossfire in an anticipated major battle. Hajiya Adama said her mother said the fighters also have released young women being held against their will, including some made pregnant during their captivity. She said her mother left last week and escaped to the town of Yola, in neighboring Adamawa state.

  • Prospect of higher interest rates sends stocks, bonds lower

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The prospect of higher interest rates is sending U.S. stock and bond prices lower in midday trading. Yields on long-term U.S. government bonds rose sharply Friday after the Labor Department reported a surge in hiring last month. That raised the likelihood that the Federal Reserve could raise rates this summer. Stocks also fell, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down 200 points, or 1.1 percent, to 17,935 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 22 points, or 1.1 percent, to 2,078. The Nasdaq fell 44 points, or 0.9 percent, to 4,938. Apple rose 1 percent on news that the company would join the Dow, replacing AT&T. AT&T fell 1.5 percent. The yield on the 10-ye

  • Director Stephen Daldry on dogs, 'Wicked' and 'Billy Elliot'

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Director Stephen Daldry has two shows opening on Broadway this season and that means juggling two sets of casts — both human and doggie. One recent afternoon, he spent time with Mimi and Marco, a pair of Pembroke Welsh Corgis, who are delighting theatergoers onstage in "The Audience," playing the pets of Queen Elizabeth II. He happily cavorted with the short-legged dogs, rescued from a Massachusetts home. The breed has a herding instinct that makes them vocal and nip at the heels but they seemed to enjoy the attention. Daldry knows well the peril of corgis: When "The Audience" was in London in 2013, one of the corgis there was fired for what he calls "insubordination against Her Majesty the Queen.

  • Pair pilfer $9,000 worth of underwear from Wyoming store

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    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Police say a man and woman have stolen more than $9,000 worth of women's undergarments from a department store in Wyoming's capital. Officer Dan Long, a Cheyenne police spokesman, says the shoplifters made off with just over 1,000 pairs of panties from the J.C. Penney store in a local mall Wednesday afternoon. Video surveillance shows the two leaving the store with a large plastic bag. Long says store employees did not notice the theft until several minutes after it happened and the pair got away before police arrived. Police estimate roughly 800 pairs of Ambrielle brand underwear and 200 pairs of Flirtitude brand garments were taken.

  • Homeowners group relents, Oks playhouse for girl with cancer

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A young girl with leukemia who asked for a playhouse in her backyard will get her wish, after a homeowners association that initially rejected the idea relented. The homeowners group in the Kansas City, Missouri, suburb of Raymore met Thursday to reconsider whether to allow 6-year-old Ella Schultz to have a "barn-style" playhouse, after it rejected the proposal initially, citing a lack of details. In a statement, the board said it approved the project after getting the information it needed during a meeting with a construction group and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "We couldn't be more pleased to see that happen," said the group, noting that several details still need to be worked out.

  • Court postpones hearing in prosecution of Ugandan rebel

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    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges have postponed a key pretrial hearing for an alleged commander in Ugandan rebel Joseph Kony's notorious Lord's Resistance Army to give prosecutors more time to prepare and possibly broaden the case. The confirmation of charges hearing for Dominic Ongwen that had been provisionally set for Aug. 24 was pushed back Friday to Jan. 21, 2016. Ongwen, who faces charges including murder and sexual enslavement, was taken into custody in January and is in pretrial detention at the court's cell block in The Hague. He allegedly led a deadly attack on a Ugandan refugee camp in May 2004.

  • Matt Ford opens 1-shot lead after Africa Open 2nd round

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    EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) — Matt Ford opened a one-shot lead at the Africa Open on Friday after a second-round 66 took him to 11 under par. Ford didn't repeat his bogey-free first round, but still went one better than his opening 67 after making six birdies and holing out for an eagle two on the par-4 No. 12. He made two bogeys for 6 under on the day at East London Golf Club. Co-leader overnight, the Englishman is ahead on his own from Spaniard Eduardo de la Riva. Both are seeking to end a seven-year winning run by South African golfers at the European Tour event. Jaco van Zyl, Gregory Havret and Erik van Rooyen are three shots off the lead in a tie for third on 8 under.

  • 'Heroic' Detroit judge was wounded trying to protect family

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    DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge who was shot in the leg and wounded acted heroically by trying to keep the assailants out of his Detroit home and away from his family, a prosecutor said Friday. Terrence Berg, a judge on the U.S. District Court in Flint, was shot Thursday night outside his home while taking out the trash. "Two robbers demanded access to his home and he refused. That's when he was shot," U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said. "He was very heroic. He's paid a price for it, but fortunately it's a wound to the leg. He's going to recover." She said the attack doesn't appear to have been motivated by Berg's work as a judge. He was scheduled to have surgery on Friday. His wife, Anita Sevier, said she heard

  • CBS' Plante returns to Selma 50 years later

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Fifty years after covering the civil rights marches in Selma for CBS News, senior White House correspondent Bill Plante is returning to Alabama for this weekend's commemorations still working for the same news organization. As one mark of how things have changed in five decades, Plante will be interviewing a black man who is president of the United States on Saturday. President Barack Obama will also be in Alabama to mark the occasion. Plante was a 27-year-old reporter in 1965 who bore witness to police tear-gassing and beating demonstrators on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Later, he interviewed the Rev. Martin Luther King as he crossed the bridge in a separate march to the state capital in Montgomery.

  • Ohio home pelted by eggs for a year; police can't crack case

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    EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — An 85-year-old man says his suburban Cleveland home has been pelted with eggs several times a week for a year, and police haven't been able to crack the unusual case despite stakeouts, questioning neighbors, installing a surveillance camera and even testing eggshells as evidence. The homeowner and Euclid police suspect the eggs are launched a block or two away, the Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1BNXAZj ) reported. Albert Clemens Sr. said whoever is responsible has "phenomenal" accuracy, launching five or six at a time and often hitting the front door of the green, two-story home that he and his late wife bought nearly six decades ago.

  • Curtis Stone gets behind the camera, back into the kitchen

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Success came early and strong for Curtis Stone. By his 20s, the Australian was cooking in London's top restaurants. By 30, he'd made the jump to television. But after nearly a decade on shows including Bravo's "Top Chef Masters" and Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice," some in the culinary world started questioning whether he'd spent too much time in front of the camera and not enough firing up a stove. Now 39, Stone seems to have defied his skeptics. Last year, he opened Maude, a 25-seat Beverly Hills restaurant (named after his grandmother) that selects one seasonal ingredient per month to infuse into a nine-course meal. In a city filled with big-name restaurants, it's been a hit: Reservations f

  • Hyundai recall: Water leak can cause gear shift problem

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    DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai is recalling more than 26,000 Genesis luxury cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix a water leak that can cause the transmission gear shifter to malfunction. The recall covers cars from the 2015 model year. Water can leak into the rear light assembly. In rare cases that can cause delays in gear shifting or display the wrong gear on the instrument panel. The gear selector is connected electrically to the rear lights. Hyundai says in government documents that the incorrect gear can increase the risk of the cars moving unexpectedly and causing a crash. The company says it has no reports of any crashes or injuries from the problem. Dealers will install pads to stop the water leak at no cost to the owner

  • Lakeside communities in Chad live in fear of Boko Haram

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    N'GOUBOUA, Chad (AP) — The Boko Haram militants attacked N'gouboua before dawn, marking the first time the Nigerian extremist group had hit a town inside Chad. Crying "Allahu akbar" or God is Great into the pre-dawn darkness, they opened fire indiscriminately and burned scores of mud-brick houses with gasoline, killing at least eight civilians and two security officers. Nearly six years into its insurgency in Nigeria, the Islamic extremist group is now attacking villages in the other countries bordering Lake Chad — Chad, Niger and Cameroon — and local officials say the motive is greed, not a drive to establish an Islamic caliphate. Some 3,400 Nigerian refugees had been living in N'gouboua at the time of the Feb.

  • Arizona State University library damaged by flooding

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    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A library on Arizona State University's Tempe campus is closed due to water damage from a sprinkler system malfunction. University administrator Bruce Jensen says the Daniel E. Noble Science and Engineering Library's sprinkler system activated at about 5 a.m. Friday and remained on for about an hour. Jensen says damage is concentrated in the three-story building's atrium but that other areas also are affected. However, Jensen says it appears that most of the damage is at floor level so there's minimal damage to the library's collection. Jensen says cause of the malfunction is under investigation and that it's not yet known how long the library will remain closed.

  • Authorities: Retired University of Florida professor killed

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    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Police have apprehended a suspect in the death of a retired University of Florida professor who was initially believed to have died in a house fire. Autopsy results show the professor, 75-year-old Thomas Oakland, had been bludgeoned to death before the blaze consumed his Gainesville home on Wednesday. Police opened a homicide investigation and began searching for a couple who knew the professor. Late Thursday, police apprehended 37-year-old Stephen Underwood Jr. in Jacksonville. Underwood had been released from prison Dec. 22 after convictions for fraud and trafficking in stolen property, according to state records. Gainesville Police spokesman Officer Ben Tobias said the couple had a re

  • NBC brings back former news president

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    NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has changed the leadership of its troubled news division by bringing back the executive who led the network out of a dark period two decades ago. The hiring of Andy Lack as chairman of NBC News and MSNBC was announced Friday in a memo to staff from NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke. Lack, who was NBC News president from 1993 to 2001, subsequently ran Sony Music Entertainment, worked at Bloomberg Media and most recently has been head of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, a federal agency. Among Lack's first duties will be deciding the future of Brian Williams, who is serving an unpaid six-month suspension for misrepresenting his role covering the Iraq War in 2003 and is the subject of an ongoing internal in

  • 1 month prison for businessman in smuggling of Dodgers' Puig

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    MIAMI (AP) — A businessman who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig get out of Cuba to sign a rich American baseball contract was sentenced Friday to a month in prison and five months' house arrest for violating U.S. immigration laws. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola on Friday gave Gilberto Suarez, 41, less than the one-year maximum partly because his main role in the 2012 smuggling venture was having Puig driven in a taxi from Mexico City to the Texas border. Other conspirators, including boat captains and members of Mexico's violent Zetas drug gang, were involved in other stages of the trip. Scola also said he was showing Suarez some leniency because Puig and others in the smuggling trip were threatened by the Zeta




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