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

October 7, 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. Amy Taxin is on the Los Angeles news desk. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

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LOS ANGELES — Two women in their 30s from different political parties are new arrivals on the California political scene, each trying to engineer a remarkable achievement on Election Day — defeating an established congressman. Democrat Katie Hill is promising to end politics as usual in a district that cuts through suburbs and high desert in northern Los Angeles County. Republican Elizabeth Heng says she will be a new voice in Congress for a hardscrabble stretch of California’s farm belt. By Michael R. Blood. SENT: 975 words, photos.



— ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-HARRIS — California Sen. Kamala Harris is in swing state Ohio to energize fellow Democrats disappointed by the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh ahead of November’s pivotal midterm elections.


UNDATED — Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court has put a spotlight on the dozens of federal cases pitting the Trump administration against Democratic-leaning states, on issues including auto emission standards, immigration and a free-flowing internet. He lashed out against “left-wing opposition groups” and others during the recent Senate hearing over a high school-era sexual assault allegation, raising questions about whether he can be impartial deciding cases that revolve around Democratic policies or that directly involve Democratic officials. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 900 words, photos.


CORTE MADERA — Sonia Orbuch, who survived the Holocaust as a teenager in eastern Europe by joining a resistance group that was sabotaging the Nazis, has died in Northern California, a newspaper reported. She was 93. Orbuch died Sept. 30 at her home in Corte Madera, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday, quoting her son, Paul Orbuch, and a longtime friend, Fred Rosenbaum. SENT: 375 words.


NEW YORK — New Yorkers are so far turning up their noses at the city’s ambitious organics collection program, which has stalled because not enough people are participating in the often-smelly chore of separating out all those table scraps, spoiled meat, rotten vegetables and cut grass. Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced his pilot program five years ago, hoping hundreds of thousands of tons of the city’s leftovers and yard waste would be churning their way through the system by now to be turned into compost, gas or electricity. When businesses that use mostly private haulers are factored in, the city’s annual tonnage of organics last year increased to around 40,000. But both San Francisco and Seattle, which have mandatory programs backed up by fines, each collect more than four times as much, over 170,000 tons every year. By Stephen R. Groves. SENT: 775 words, photos.


NEW YORK — In a weekend of perfect counterprogramming for Hollywood, the comic-book movie “Venom” shrugged off bad reviews to shatter the October box-office record with an $80 million debut, while Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” soared to $41.3 million. With $174.5 million in tickets sold at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore, it was easily the best October weekend ever thanks to two very different films that both outperformed expectations. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 825 words, photos.


PORTLAND, Ore. — Comedian Katt Williams has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a hired driver during an argument about taking him and his dog from the Portland, Oregon, airport to a performance in the city. Williams, who was in jail Sunday, came to Portland to perform in Nick Cannon’s “Wild ’N Out” comedy improv show Friday night. By Andrew Selsky. SENT: 300 words, photos.


— ARMED SUSPECT SHOT — Authorities say sheriff’s deputies shot and killed an armed man who threatened to shoot residents of a Northern California rehab facility.

— OFFICER KILLED-GUILTY PLEA — A gang member has admitted his role in the shooting death of a San Diego-area police officer during a traffic stop nearly 12 years ago.

— CUSTODY DEATH — San Diego police say a naked man who ran in and out of traffic before being restrained by a police officer and bystanders died shortly after being taken into custody.

— GAS PRICES — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has spiked 7 cents a gallon over the past two weeks, costing $2.97.



EL SEGUNDO — Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick will not start against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night because of a lower-body injury. Quick sustained the injury in practice Saturday and is day to day. By Dan Greenspan. SENT: 275 words, photos.


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark wrecked Tyrrell Hatton’s hopes of winning the Dunhill Links Championship for a third straight year when he shot a 5-under 67 in the final round on Sunday for a one-stroke victory. Bjerregaard started the day four strokes adrift of overnight leader Hatton but he reeled in the European Ryder Cup player to finish with a 15-under winning total of 273. SENT: 275 words.


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