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It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on today:

Trump Meets His Match: Stormy Daniels' Combative Lawyer Michael Avenatti
Michael Finnegan, Maura Dolan @
Michael Avenatti's aggressive legal and media tactics have driven television coverage of the scandal over President Trump's alleged affair with porn actress Stormy Daniels and the $130,000 that she was paid to cover it up.

Why The Stephon Clark Shooting Will Become A Campaign Issue | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Lillis @
Sacramento political consultant Andrew Acosta said candidates will want to tread carefully when discussing the Clark shooting.

San Diego's Climate Action Plan Puts Hitch In Marijuana Supply Chain - The San Diego Union-tribune
David Garrick @

California Zigzags On Ambitious Water-delivery Project, Puts Two-tunnel Concept Back On The Table
Bettina Boxall @
Four days after the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California took a funding scheme for two delta tunnels off the table, it is back on the agenda for a board vote next week.

'bucket Brigade' Volunteers Still Digging California Homes Out After Mudslides -
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Several Injured In Human-smuggling Crash On I-8 Near Campo - The San Diego Union-tribune
Kristina Davis @

Graham Predicts New Push For An Immigration Deal - Politico

Graham added that a deal is critical because he expects the courts to eventually rule that President Donald Trump has the authority to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Lax Now Leads Nation In 'automated' Lanes Designed To Speed Bag Screening
Hugo Martin @
The 14 new "automated" screening lanes at the Tom Bradley International Airport are promoted as helping cut screening times by as much as 30%. The airport now has 27 total such lanes, besting Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Renegade yacht breaks anchor and is towed out of Aquatic Park

The seagoing saga of a yacht illegally anchored in Aquatic Park Cove sailed into new waters when the boat broke free of its anchor, drifted into the Hyde Street Pier and on Saturday was moored at a harbor run by the Port of San Francisco. Skipper Bryan Pennington, who has openly defied the laws of the San Francisco Maritime Park by anchoring his trimaran close to shore for more than 130 days, was not on board his vessel when it broke free Thursday, said Morgan Smith, acting superintendent for the National Park Service, which has jurisdiction over Aquatic Park. After drifting into the pier, the boat was towed by a private company into the Hyde Street Harbor, which is under the authority of the Port of San Francisco.

Yosemite Valley Floods From Rain, Storm April 7, 2018 | The Fresno Bee
Carmen George @
By Carmen George

Hungarians go to the polls today. But are voters enough to protect democracy?

Elected politicians can follow the letter of the law and yet manage to tilt the playing field.

Body Pulled From Surf Could Be Child From Mendocino Crash, Authorities Say
Soumya Karlamangla @
Authorities say they may have found one of the missing children who likely plunged off a Northern California cliff in a fatal car crash that officials suspect was intentional.

Trump Blames Putin For Backing ‘animal Assad’ - Politico

President Donald Trump also blamed former President Barack Obama for the attack. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images