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

August 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. Christopher Weber 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 FRANCISCO — Firefighters struggled mightily Tuesday through rugged terrain, high winds and a heat wave to slow the spread of a wildfire that grew to be California’s largest ever recorded in less than two weeks. The wildfire about 100 miles north of San Francisco grew to 454 square miles because of a perfect “alignment” of weather, topography and abundant vegetation turned by years of drought into dry, highly flammable fuel, official said. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates on fire developments throughout the day.


SAN LUIS, Ariz. — The 3-year-old boy with a bowl haircut and striped shirt silently clung to his father in the back of a U.S. Border Patrol truck. Their shoes still muddy from crossing the border, the father and son had just been apprehended at a canal near a border fence in Arizona on a muggy night in July. Before the father, son and two older children could make it any farther, a Border Patrol agent intervened and directed them through a large border gate. By Astrid Galvan. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


—BORDER WALL-LAWSUIT, from PASADENA, Calif. — A legal challenge Tuesday to the Trump administration’s planned border wall hinged on whether the state of California and environmental groups can even fight such a project in court. A federal appeals court struggled with a law that gave the Homeland Security secretary broad authority to waive all legal requirements to expedite constructing sections of border wall but also restricts legal challenges. By Brian Melley. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2:30 p.m.


SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers are seeking answers from the Department of Motor Vehicles about hours-long wait times that have prompted public outcry. When Assemblyman Phil Ting visited a San Francisco DMV office in his district last month, he said the line snaking around the block looked more like a queue for rock concert tickets. By Sophia Bollag. SENT: 325 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 4 p.m. hearing.


DEADLY SHOOTING-SAN FRANCISCO BRIDGE — The family of a man who was fatally shot on a San Francisco bridge early Monday say he was an aspiring rapper visiting from Mesquite, Texas.



LOS ANGELES — A motorist was killed in a car-to-car shooting and then his car rolled over a pedestrian, killing him, Los Angeles police said Tuesday. The shooter’s vehicle struck and critically wounded a bicyclist as it sped away Monday night in the Baldwin Hills area, Officer Mike Lopez said. Investigators haven’t identified a motive. SENT: 175 words.


WEST HOLLYWOOD — The West Hollywood City Council has unanimously approved a resolution seeking the removal of Donald Trump’s star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame for the president’s “disturbing treatment of women and other actions.” Monday’s vote isn’t likely to get the intended result. The tourist attraction is in neighboring Los Angeles and it’s run by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. SENT: 175 words, photos.


PHOENIX — A federal appeals court has ruled that a Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a Mexican teen on the other side of the border doesn’t have immunity and can be sued by the boy’s family for violating his civil rights. The ruling on Tuesday has wide implications and came almost two years after the agent’s attorney argued he was immune from a civil lawsuit because the U.S. constitution didn’t extend to 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was in Mexico when agent Lonnie Swartz shot him about 10 times through a border fence. By Astrid Galvan. SENT: 525 words, photos.


— MURDER SUSPECT KILLED — Police say a murder suspect was killed and FBI agent was wounded when gunfire erupted during an attempted arrest in South Los Angeles.

— CHEMICAL EXPOSURE-CALIFORNIA — Eight employees at a Southern California aerospace facility were taken to a hospital after being exposed to an unknown chemical that caused them breathing problems.

— FENTANYL SEIZURE-SENTENCE — A Tijuana college student was sentenced in San Diego to more than seven years in federal prison for smuggling nearly 80 pounds (36 kilograms) of fentanyl into the United States.

— COUNCILMAN-UNBLOCKED — Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander unblocked a gun-rights group on Twitter after it wrote a letter to him, demanding the action.



SAN FRANCISCO — Tesla CEO Elon Musk is considering leading a buyout of the electric car maker in a stunning move that would end the maverick company’s eight-year history trading on the stock market. In his typically unorthodox fashion, the eccentric Musk dropped his bombshell on his Twitter account, which he has used as a platform for pranks, vitriol and now for a proposal to pull off one of the biggest buyouts in U.S. history. By Business Writers Michael Liedtke And Alexandra Olson. SENT: 725 words, photos.



NEW YORK — When actress Scarlett Johansson reversed course recently and canceled plans to play a transgender man in the film “Rub & Tug,” transgender actors like Scott Turner Schofield were gratified — and pleasantly surprised. After years of watching non-trans stars win accolades — including Oscars — for what was seen as bravery in playing transgender characters, finally it seemed that somebody got it. “To have someone with any amount of power be reflective, and say, ‘I did something wrong, I learned something and I’m sorry’ — that absolutely feels like change,” says Schofield, a veteran trans performer who stars in the upcoming European film “The Conductor.” By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 1,300 words, photos, video.


NEW YORK — ABC’s “Bachelorette” Becca Kufrin and her new fiance, Garrett Yrigoyen, hope to move forward after controversy. Shortly after the season premiere, it was discovered that Yrigoyen had liked Instagram posts that mocked transgender people, feminists and Parkland, Florida, shooting survivor David Hogg. He responded quickly by deleting the account and apologizing, describing the likes as “mindless taps.” By Alicia Rancilio. SENT: 350 words, photos.


— TV-MICKEY’S 90TH SPECTACULAR — Mickey Mouse is getting the full star treatment as the iconic character turns 90 this year.

— TV-JIM CARREY — Jim Carrey says his cartoons pillorying the Trump administration are a civilized response to what he called an unfolding “nightmare.”

— SEAWORLD LAYOFFS — SeaWorld Entertainment is eliminating 125 positions, despite recent increases in attendance and revenue.



BEVERLY HILLS — LeBron James has yet to play a minute for the Los Angeles Lakers, yet the NBA superstar is already busy in Hollywood. James is behind the three-part documentary series, “Shut Up and Dribble,” announced Monday by Showtime. SENT: 300 words, photos.


— TRUMP-LEBRON — New Jersey Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez says President Donald Trump’s attack on NBA star LeBron James is part of a larger pattern of racist behavior.


CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired forward Sam Dekker in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers. Dekker, a first-round pick by Houston in 2015, averaged 4.2 points and 2.4 rebounds as a reserve in 73 games last season for the Clippers. The 6-foot-9 Dekker figures to get more minutes with the Cavaliers, who are revamping their roster following superstar LeBron James’ departure as a free agent. By Sports Writer Tom Withers. SENT: 150 words.


NEW YORK — While most WNBA teams are battling for playoff spots in one of the league’s most competitive postseason races, New York, Indiana, Chicago and Las Vegas are jockeying for the draft lottery position. The league changed the lottery system in 2015 to include teams’ record over a two-year span to avoid teams tanking to get the top draft pick. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 700 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO — Lefty Madison Bumgarner, who needs one victory for fourth place on the San Francisco wins list, has won his last four starts against the Astros with a 1.20 ERA but hasn’t faced Houston since a five-hitter with 12 strikeouts on Aug. 11, 2015. By Gideon Rubin. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Started 12:45 p.m.


OAKLAND — Lefty Sean Manaea (10-7, 3.38) will make his seventh interleague start Tuesday against the Dodgers, tying him for second-most in major league history for one season. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 7:05 p.m.


ANAHEIM — Jacob Turner makes his first start for the Tigers since 2012 when Detroit attempts to end its four-game skid against Andrew Heaney and the Los Angeles Angels, who are likely to be without Mike Trout on the injured superstar’s 27th birthday. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 7 p.m.


MILWAUKEE — The Brewers get a respite from facing fellow playoff hopefuls when they open a three-game series against the NL-worst San Diego Padres. Upcoming: 650 words, photos. Starts 5:10 p.m.


NORMAN, Okla. — Robin Ventura had a bat in his hand and a helmet on his head. For reasons probably he doesn’t even know, Ventura threw down the bat and took off the helmet before charging into infamy. The Oklahoman reports it’s been 25 years since Ventura made baseball history. In a scene that won’t be forgotten for decades, Ventura sprinted at 46-year-old Nolan Ryan, who had just plunked Ventura in the shoulder with a pitch. You remember what happened. Ventura ducked his head, right into the arms of the Texas Rangers legend. Ryan put the 26-year-old Ventura in a headlock and started pummeling. A victory for old guys everywhere. “Some things don’t work out for you, I guess,” Ventura said with a chuckle on Monday night, when he was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. By Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman. SENT: 850 words, pursuing photos.


— CHARGERS-BOSA INJURY — Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa left practice early on Tuesday because of a left foot injury. By Dan Greenspan.


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