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

September 4, 2018

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 DIEGO — Republican U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California will go to trial on corruption charges after Election Day. In federal court in San Diego on Tuesday, all sides agreed a trial could begin in late November, though no date was set. Protesters outside the courthouse chanted, “Hunter has to go!” SENT: 125 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 2:30 p.m.


—ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE-MISCONDUCT PROBE, from SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Steven Bailey, a former judge now running for California attorney general, is facing a judicial ethics tribunal just two months before the November election. By Don Thompson. SENT: 690 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 1 p.m. hearing.


NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — An investigator testified Tuesday that a California man charged with killing a gay University of Pennsylvania student had troves of anti-gay, anti-Semitic and white hate group materials on his phone. By Brian Melley. SENT: 298 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from afternoon developments at preliminary hearing.


LONG BEACH, Calif. — A replacement bridge under construction at the second-busiest port in the U.S. isn’t just a crucial route for cargo trucks and Southern California commuters — it’s a concrete-and-steel science experiment for engineers and seismologists. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 652 words, photos, video.



OAKLAND, Calif. — The NCAA is scheduled to be back in court defending its amateurism rules against plaintiffs who say capping compensation at the value of a scholarship violates federal antitrust law. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.


— DEADLY PLANE CRASH — Firefighters say a man was killed and two women were injured when a small plane crashed near the Palo Alto airport.

— CHP OFFICER-MURDER SUICIDE — Authorities in Northern California say an off-duty highway patrol officer fatally shot his wife before turning the gun on himself.

— CHILD KILLED — Madera County authorities say a 7-year-old girl died after being struck by a boat in Bass Lake on e Labor Day holiday.



LOS ANGELES — The family of a bystander accidentally killed by police when they tried to stop a gunman from entering a Los Angeles grocery store blasted newly released video of the shooting Tuesday, saying it’s carefully crafted to paint officers in the best light. By Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 436 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. press conference.


MOABI REGIONAL PARK, Calif. — The body of a second person killed in a weekend collision of two recreational boats on the Colorado River was found Tuesday and the search continued for two others still missing, authorities said. SENT: 172 words, photos.


— SMALL PLANE CRASH — The crash of a single-engine airplane at a Los Angeles airfield has killed a 60-year-old man and injured a 12-year-old boy.



WASHINGTON — Twitter’s CEO says the company is not biased against Republicans or Democrats and is working on ways to ensure that debate is healthier on its platform. By Mary Clare Jalonick and Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 330 words, photo.





BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — A pair of ruby slippers used in “The Wizard of Oz” and later stolen from a Minnesota museum were recovered in a sting operation after a man approached the shoes’ insurer and said he could help get them back, the FBI said Tuesday. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 548 words, photo.


— SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-CHARGES REJECTED — Los Angeles prosecutors have cited the statute of limitations while saying they won’t file sexual assault cases against actors Kevin Spacey and Steven Seagal involving incidents in the early 1990s.

— SAG-AFTRA FOUNDATION-HARRISON FORD-LADY GAGA — Harrison Ford and Lady Gaga are being honored by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation with the Artists Inspiration Award for their contributions to humanitarian and philanthropic causes. Photo.



OAKLAND, Calif. — The NCAA is scheduled to be back in court defending its amateurism rules against plaintiffs who say capping compensation at the value of a scholarship violates federal antitrust law. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.


BERKELEY, Calif. — Jason Witten sat in a room with his new teammates going over video of his latest performance. It wasn’t much different than what he did for 15 seasons as a tight end with the Dallas Cowboys. But instead of being one of the faces of perhaps the NFL’s most high-profile franchise, Witten holds one of the most prominent television jobs in the sport: lead analyst for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 1,017 words, photo.


This season the Pac-12 is expanding an initiative to shorten college football game times. Thirty games will have shorter halftimes and restructured commercial breaks. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


STANFORD, Calif. — JJ Arcega-Whiteside is perfectly content to let Stanford teammate Bryce Love get all the attention and focus befitting a Hesiman Trophy contender. Arcega-Whiteside will gladly take the one-on-one matchups that result from defenses geared to stop Love and put up a highlight reel of his own. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.


ARLINGTON, Texas — A matchup of lefty starters when Andrew Heaney (8-8) pitches for the Angels and Mike Minor (10-7) goes for the Rangers. Heaney, 0-3 with a 10.38 in three previous starts at Texas, threw six scoreless innings in a win Thursday at AL West-leading Houston. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts at 5:05 p.m.


DENVER — Giants rookie RHP Dereck Rodriguez (6-2) has a 2.47 ERA heading in his start Tuesday against Colorado. He’s also holding hitters to a .207 average. Rockies RHP German Marquez (11-9, 4.11) is coming off a start in which he had 13 strikeouts for the Rockies. By Dennis Georgatos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5:40 p.m.


PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks, losers of four of five and now two games out of the NL West lead, send left-hander Robbie Ray to the mound to try to salvage a split with the last-place San Diego Padres in their two-game series. By Jose Romero. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:40 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Jason Vargas of the New York Mets faces Rich Hill and the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time since 2013. Vargas is 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA over his last four starts. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. — J.A. Happ, a 15-game winner, starts Tuesday night for the Yankees against the Oakland Athletics. Happ is 5-0 with a 3.38 ERA over six starts since joining New York from the Blue Jays before the trade deadline. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


SAN JOSE, Calif. — The U.S. women’s soccer team tries to improved its unbeaten streak to 21 games in another exhibition matchup with Chile after the Americans’ 3-0 victory Friday night in Carson, California. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


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