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VIRUS OUTBREAK-CALIFORNIA

LOS ANGELES — California has reported 40,000 coronavirus deaths as the state’s steepest surge of cases begins to taper. Data reported by Johns Hopkins University shows the state passed the milestone Saturday. The grim number comes amid a sharp recent decline in cases and hospitalizations but while deaths surge at a record pace. By Brian Melley and Amy Taxin. SENT: 1030 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT

While millions of Americans wait for the COVID-19 vaccine, hospital board members, their trustees and donors around the country have gotten early access to the scarce drug or offers for vaccinations, raising complaints about favoritism tainting decisions about who gets inoculated and when. By Russ Bynum, Michelle R. Smith and Rachel La Corte. SENT: 1100 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MEDIA

NEW YORK — Across the country, many people are at a loss for where to turn for help during the pandemic. So they’re reaching out to local journalists. Flummoxed by confusing websites and recommendations about how to get vaccinated, they’re calling reporters whose work they see or read to ask them questions. By David Bauder. SENT: 950 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-NAVY DESTROYER

HONOLULU — The Navy has announced about a dozen personnel assigned to a Pearl Harbor destroyer, now in San Diego, have tested positive for COVID-19 and were removed from the ship. SENT: 265 words.

PEOPLE-JACK PALLADINO

SAN FRANCISCO — Jack Palladino, the private investigator who worked on high-profile cases ranging from the Jonestown mass suicides to celebrity and political scandals, is on life support after suffering a head injury during an attempted robbery. SENT: 400 words, photo.

SPORTS:

BKN--PISTONS-WARRIORS

SAN FRANCISCO — The Detroit Pistons visit the Golden State Warriors. UPCOMING: 600 words.

BKN--LAKERS-CELTICS

The Los Angeles Lakers visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING: 600 words.

BKN--KINGS-HEAT

MIAMI — The Miami Heat are hoping to get Jimmy Butler back on Saturday night, when they play host to the Sacramento Kings. Game begins 8:10 p.m. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

HKN--BLUES-DUCKS

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ryan Getzlaf leads the low-scoring Anaheim Ducks against the defensively deficient St. Louis Blues in the first of two consecutive games between the West Division rivals. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Starts 6 p.m. PST.

GLF--FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN

SAN DIEGO -- Viktor Hovland of Norway is in front entering the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Among those two shots behind are first-round co-leader Patrick Reed and Jon Rahm, who won this tournament in 2017. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m. EST.

BKC--T25-GONZAGA-PEPPERDINE

MALIBU, Calif. — Top-ranked and unbeaten Gonzaga has a 40-game winning streak against Pepperdine. The Bulldogs last loss against the Waves was in 2002. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m. PT

BKC--STANFORD-ARIZONA STATE

TEMPE, Ariz. — Stanford plays at Arizona State in a Pac-12 game. UPCOMING: 150 words. Starts at 6 p.m.

BKC--UC IRVINE-HAWAII

UC Irvine plays Hawaii at Stan Sheriff Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--WYOMING-SAN DIEGO STATE

Wyoming plays San Diego State at Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--CAL STATE FULLERTON-CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD

Cal State Fullerton plays Cal State Bakersfield at Icardo Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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