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

November 9, 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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PARADISE, Calif. — Five people were found dead in their burned-out vehicles after a Northern California wildfire incinerated most of a town of about 30,000 people with flames that moved so fast there was nothing firefighters could do, authorities said Friday. Only a day after it began, the blaze near the town of Paradise had grown to nearly 110 square miles (285 square kilometers) and was burning out of control. By Don Thompson And Paul Elias. SENT: 977 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates with fire developments, new photos, new video.



—CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE-THE MISSING, from CHICO, Calif. — People have scoured shelters, held up signs with photos, called 911 and posted desperate online pleas for help finding relatives they haven’t heard from since a fast-moving wildfire devastated a Northern California town. A day after tens of thousands evacuated the town of Paradise and nearby Magalia, dozens of people, many of them elderly, remained unaccounted for. Relatives flooded social media asking for help finding their loved ones. By Phuong Le and Daisy Nguyen. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 2:30 p.m. 


THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — A city reeling from a mass shooting was under a siege of a different sort Friday as raging wildfires on both sides of Thousand Oaks forced evacuations and shut down part of the main freeway. By Jonathan J. Cooper and Brian Melley. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 780 words, new approach, photos, video by 3 p.m.



THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — The gunman who killed 12 people at a country music bar in Southern California went on social media during the attack and posted about his mental state and whether people would believe he was sane, a law enforcement official said Friday. By Jonathan J. Cooper and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 773 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates with investigation developments.



—CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING-VEGAS SURVIVORS, from THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Barely a year after surviving a massacre at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Brendan Kelly found himself in a terrifyingly familiar scene. Kelly, 22, said he was dancing with friends at a bar in suburban Los Angeles on Wednesday night when the bullets began flying. When the gunfire was over, 12 people were dead, including a Navy veteran who had lived through the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history a year ago. By Kathleen Ronayne And Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 870 words, photos.


SAN DIEGO — President Donald Trump ordered Friday that anyone who enters the U.S. illegally from Mexico by going around official border crossings is ineligible for asylum. His edict takes aim at the cherished principle of asylum, which grants haven to people who flee persecution on grounds of race, religion, nationality, political opinion and other factors. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 772 words, photos.



SANTA ANA, Calif. — A Southern California man pleaded not guilty on Friday to the murder of a gay University of Pennsylvania student in a hate crime. Samuel Woodward, a 21-year-old from Newport Beach, California, entered the plea during a hearing in Orange County Superior Court. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 314 words, photo.



BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Five emerging screenwriters are experiencing a breakthrough of a lifetime earning praise from the film academy for their work. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized each screenwriter at the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting on Thursday night. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 373 words, photo.


— VIGGO MORTENSEN-APOLOGY — Actor Viggo Mortensen has apologized for using a racial slur during a panel discussion about his new film “Green Book.” Photos.

— PEOPLE-EMMA WATSON-TOM FELTON — There were no brooms in the air or “Mudblood” insults when Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy met up at a beach. Photo.

— JOHN MELLENCAMP-MEG RYAN ENGAGED — Here’s a little ditty ’bout John and Meg. Photo.



COSTA MESA, Calif. — Cornerback Desmond King has emerged as one of the Chargers top defensive players over the past month. He has three interceptions in the past three games as Los Angeles has won five straight going into Sunday’s game at Oakland. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos.


THOUSAND OAKS — Cornerback Marcus Peters criticized himself for playing poorly when his Los Angeles Rams lost at New Orleans last weekend. That doesn’t mean Saints coach Sean Payton can say anything about it, however. By Sports Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 346 words, photo.


Slowing down the blistering pace of Utah State’s offense has evolved into a virtually impossible task for nearly every opponent that’s faced the Aggies this season. How effective has Utah State been in dismantling defenses? The No. 14 Aggies enter their regular season home finale against San Jose State on Saturday entrenched among the nation’s best teams at finding the end zone. By John Coon. UPCOMING: 600 words and photos by 4 p.m.


STANFORD, Calif. — A preview of Stanford’s game against Oregon State. By Rick Eymer. UPCOMING: 600 words.


LOS ANGELES — As Southern California piled up one victory after another in a 14-game winning streak against California, defensive supremacy has always been on the side of the Trojans. But the Golden Bears have the far sturdier defense going into the Coliseum on Saturday, and with it comes their best chance at victory since the two programs emerged as the dominant forces in the Pac-10 during the mid-2000s. SENT: 740 words, photos.


TEMPE, Ariz. — After wins over USC and Utah, the Arizona State Sun Devils are in the thick of the crowded Pac-12 South race. They will need a victory over UCLA Saturday to stay there. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2 p.m.


BOISE, Idaho — No. 16 Fresno State faces Boise State on Friday night in a rematch of last year’s Mountain West championship game, but this time the power has shifted to Fresno State. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


WILMINGTON, N.C. — Stanford of the Pac-12 visits UNC Wilmington on Friday night. It’s a matchup of programs led by former assistant coaches to North Carolina’s Roy Williams with Jerod Haase with the Cardinal and C.B. McGrath with the Seahawks. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts at 4 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Led by 7-foot-1 freshman Moses Brown, No. 21 UCLA hosts Long Beach State. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.


SHANGHAI — California and Yale open their seasons on Friday with a game in China. UPCOMING: 700 words.


RENO, Nev. — No. 7 Nevada hosts Pacific on Friday night. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


Texas A&M hosts UC Irvine. By Larry Bowen. UPCOMING: 600 words.


CORVALLIS, ORE. — The No. 8 Oregon state women host Cal Poly in the season opener. By Kyle Odegard. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.


ST. LOUIS — The San Jose Sharks visit the St. Louis Blues. By David Solomon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Anaheim has won two of its last three as it hosts Minnesota, which is on its sixth stop in a seven-game road trip. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


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