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

September 28, 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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WASHINGTON — After a flurry of last-minute negotiations, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court after agreeing to a late call from Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona for a one week investigation into sexual assault allegations against the high court nominee. By Lisa Mascaro, Alan Fram And Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 750 words, photos, video, audio. UPCOMING: Updates as developments occur.



— SUPREME COURT-TRUMP — President Donald Trump said Friday he found the testimony by a woman who said she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh decades ago to be “very compelling,” but added that he’d given no consideration to the idea of nominating someone else. By Jonathan Lemire, Zeke Miller and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 556 words, photos.

— SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-FACT CHECK — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his Senate supporters misrepresented the record when they stated that three witnesses refuted Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that he sexually assaulted her at a party more than 30 years ago. By Calvin Woodward and Chloe Kim. SENT: 450 words.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose retirement created the vacancy that produced the no-holds-barred confirmation fight over Brett Kavanaugh, said maintaining democracy takes work and civil discourse is critical to its survival. By Kathleen Ronayne. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.


SANTA ANA, Calif. — A judge has ruled that California can’t require the city of Huntington Beach to follow a state law limiting local police collaboration with federal immigration agents. SENT: 450 words.


SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. appeals court on Friday ordered a new trial in a lawsuit accusing Led Zeppelin of copying an obscure 1960s instrumental for the intro to its classic 1971 rock anthem “Stairway to Heaven.” A federal court jury in Los Angeles two years ago found Led Zeppelin did not copy the famous riff from the song “Taurus” by the band Spirit. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 350 words, photos.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is telling automakers they must still comply with the state’s strict vehicle mileage standards even if President Donald Trump rolls them back. By Jonathan J. Cooper. UPCOMING: 300 words.


LOS ANGELES — A new California law will have divorce judges treating issues involving pets more like fight over child custody. By John Rogers. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos.



SHASTA LAKE, Calif. — A U.S. Bureau of Reclamation crew has begun testing the strength of Shasta Dam’s concrete as part of preparation work to raise its height by more than 18 feet. The crew began drilling holes Thursday on top and on both sides of the dam in Shasta County to determine if the 602-foot structure can withstand the additional height. SENT: 350 words, photo.


— ELECTRIC SCOOTER-DUI — A Los Angeles man has been fined $550 and ordered to pay restitution for riding an electric scooter while intoxicated and knocking over a 64-year-old pedestrian on a sidewalk.

— SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SURF — Swell from Hurricane Rosa off Mexico is expected to increase surf and rip currents along the Southern California coast.

— ILLEGAL MARIJUANA RAIDS — Sheriff’s deputies destroyed more than 5,400 marijuana plants and rescued a sick puppy while serving search warrants on illegal grows in the interior of Santa Barbara County this week.



DETROIT — Tesla without Elon Musk at the wheel? To many of the electric car maker’s customers and investors that would be unthinkable. But that’s what government securities regulators now want to see. By Business Writers Tom Krisher and Alexandra Olson. SENT: 1,200 words, photo.

— TESLA STOCK-WILD RIDE — Tesla investors have taken a wild ride as Wall Street values the promise of one of the world’s leading electric car makers, the hurdles the company faces as it tries to become a world-class manufacturer, and a mercurial CEO who can get the market buzzing with a single tweet. By Markets Writer Marley Jay. SENT: 464 words, photo.

— SEC-ELON MUSK-5 THINGS TO KNOW — The Securities and Exchange Commission’s complaint accusing Tesla CEO Elon Musk of committing stock market fraud paints a picture of a man who is either a liar or a reckless leader. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 625 words, photo.


NEW YORK — Facebook says it recently discovered a security breach affecting nearly 50 million user accounts. The hack is the latest setback for Facebook during a year of tumult for the global social media service. SENT: 380 words, photo.




SAN FRANCISCO — Google CEO Sundar Pichai is scheduled to meet privately with members of Congress Friday after he and his boss, Google co-founder Larry Page, stood up lawmakers at a public hearing earlier this month. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 440 words, photo.


— EDWARDS-FILM TRIP — Gov. John Bel Edwards will travel to California in a bid to promote Louisiana’s film and TV tax break program to entertainment companies like Netflix and HBO, the governor’s office announced Friday.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. — They have the date 10-1-2017 tattooed on their bodies and have memorial walls of pictures in their homes. One woman made a bracelet out of her Route 91 Harvest festival wristband, while many others can be spotted at concerts wearing shirts that say “survivor.” By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 1,511 words, photos, video.


LOS ANGELES — Hillary Clinton made a cameo appearance on the premiere of the “Murphy Brown” reboot as an applicant for a secretarial job who says she has “some experience with emails.” The former secretary of state and first lady played a doppelganger named “Hilary” with one L instead of two in a brief scene with star Candice Bergen on the first new episode in 20 years of the CBS sitcom on Thursday night. By Andrew Dalton. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be expanded.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The quarterbacks will be in the spotlight when No. 7 Stanford visits No. 8 Notre Dame on Saturday night. K.J. Costello has led the Cardinal to a 4-0 start after rallying Stanford to 38-31 overtime victory at Oregon last week. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly a week ago relied on Ian Book, who led the Irish to 56-27 win at Wake Forest. Senior Brandon Wimbush led Irish to their first three victories of the season. It’s the first top-10 showdown in South Bend in Kelly’s tenure. By John Fineran. SENT: 816 words, photos.


BERKELEY, Calif. — No. 24 California has used an improved defense to get back into the AP poll for the first time since 2015. The Golden Bears will now have to contend with Justin Herbert and No. 17 Oregon. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 786 words, photos.


TUCSON, Ariz. — Khalil Tate has yet to take off on a long run, in part because of a lingering ankle injury. Southern California still plans to keep a close eye on the Arizona quarterback. By John Marshall. SENT: 600 words.


BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado plays winless UCLA in Boulder with a chance to start the season 4-0 for the first time since 1998. Since the Buffaloes started Pac-12 play in 2011, they’ve gone 1-6 against the Bruins. This is a trend Colorado would very much like to curb in the conference opener for both schools. The Bruins hope to prevent dropping to 0-4 for the first time since 1971. By Michael Kelly. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — UCLA freshman Shareef O’Neal will sit out the entire upcoming basketball season because of a heart condition that the son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal says is “risky.” By Sports Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 387 words.


In addition to practicing her serve, set and spike, Kerri Walsh Jennings has been getting ready for her next beach volleyball tournament by sitting in on brand meetings, recruiting other players and lining up musical acts. By Sports Writer Jimmy Golen. SENT: 700 words, photos.


SAN DIEGO — A person familiar with the situation says former America’s Cup holders Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts are set to announce a new sailing league called SailGP that will be contested in an enhanced class of foiling 50-foot catamarans. By Sports Writer Bernie Wilson. SENT: 137 words. UPCOMING: Will be expanded.


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Fiers starts for Oakland against Jaime Barria of the Angels in the series opener. The A’s have clinched a wild-card berth, while the Angels are playing their final series of the season. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


SAN DIEGO — Patrick Corbin and the Arizona Diamondbacks open their final series of the year when they face rookie Eric Lauer and the San Diego Padres in a matchup of left-handers. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO — With Los Angeles falling out of first place in the NL West behind Colorado, Hyun-Jin Ryu pitches for the Dodgers in the series opener at San Francisco. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts


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