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UKIAH, Calif. — Firefighters on Wednesday for the first time said they have made good progress battling the state’s largest-ever wildfire, but didn’t expect to have it fully under control until September. The 470 square-mile (1,217 square-kilometer) fire north of San Francisco has grown to the size of Los Angeles since it started two weeks ago, fueled by dry vegetation, high winds and rugged terrain too dangerous for firefighters to directly attack the blaze. By Paul Elias and Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from fire developments.
—CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-ARSON ARREST, from LOS ANGELES — Police have arrested a man in connection with a Southern California wildfire that has burned 12 cabins and led to evacuations. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 3 p.m.
CALIFORNIA GAS LEAK
LOS ANGELES — A nearly $120 million settlement has been reached in litigation stemming from a blowout at a Southern California storage field where a massive methane release forced thousands from their homes three years ago. Southern California Gas Co. said the settlement delivers on its commitment to the state following the October 2015 leak at Aliso Canyon in Los Angeles. By Brian Melley. SENT: 500 words, photos.
HOOKING KIDS ON TECH
CHICAGO — Children’s advocates want the American Psychological Association to condemn the tech industry’s practice of using persuasive psychological techniques to keep kids glued to their screens. The advocates, citing research that links excessive use of social media and video games with depression and academic troubles, say it’s unethical for psychologists to be involved in tactics that risk harming kids’ well-being. Skeptics say the research is inconclusive, and they note that psychologists have been involved in other industries’ marketing and advertising for decades. By Lindsey Tanner And Matt O’Brien. SENT: 875 words, photos.
AT THE CAPITOL
CALIFORNIA LEGILSATURE-SPECIAL ELECTION
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Democratic mayor from a Los Angeles suburb leads a Republican businesswoman by 4 percentage points in a special election for a state Senate seat left vacant by the incumbent’s resignation over sexual misconduct allegations. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.
SIKH BEATEN — Another Sikh man was attacked in central California but police say they are treating the assault as an attempted robbery and not a hate crime.
DRUG SMUGGLING ARRESTS
LOS ANGELES — Nearly two dozen people were arrested Wednesday and charged with using small aircraft to smuggle heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine over the U.S. border at the behest of one of Mexico’s most notorious drug cartels. The arrests of 22 suspects come on the heels of a nearly three-year investigation into three drug trafficking organizations that authorities say were working on behalf of the Sinaloa Cartel. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 325 words, photos.
SAN DIEGO — The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in Southern California has settled two of three gender discrimination lawsuits filed by top female scientists. The renowned research center and two former plaintiffs, Kathy Jones and Vicki Lundblad, said in a statement Tuesday that they’ve agreed to “put our disagreements behind” and “move forward together.” The terms weren’t disclosed. By Ariel Tu. SENT: 300 words, photos.
MEXICO CITY — Hurricane John advanced northwestward along Mexico’s western coast on Wednesday, expected to stir up heavy surf and drop rain on the southern Baja California Peninsula while keeping away from landfall. Another tropical storm farther out in the Pacific and one in the northern Atlantic posed no threats to land. SENT: 250 words.
— SMUGGLING BOAT COLLISION — A judge has ruled that a deadly collision between a panga boat and a Customs and Border Protection vessel three years ago was the fault of the panga driver — not the agents trying to stop a human smuggling operation.
— JOLIE-PITT DIVORCE — Brad Pitt says he has given estranged wife Angelina Jolie Pitt $1.3 million and lent her another $8 million since their separation two years ago.
SAN FRANCISCO — Board members at Tesla are evaluating CEO and Chairman Elon Musk’s $72 billion proposal to take the electric car and solar panel maker private. Six of nine members said in a prepared statement Wednesday that Musk began talking with the board about the move last week. This included discussing how being a private company could better serve Tesla’s long-term interests. Board members met several times and also addressed funding for the move, according to the statement. SENT: 475 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Amazon, known for bringing items to shoppers’ homes, is adding a curbside pickup option at Whole Foods for Prime members. Shoppers will be able to order eggs, milk and other groceries on the Prime Now app, park in reserved spaces at the store and then workers will place the items in their cars. By Retail Writer Joseph Pisani. SENT: 250 words, photos.
SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-PRIVACY LAW
NEW YORK — A Rhode Island software company that sells primarily to businesses is nonetheless making sure it complies with a strict California law about consumers’ privacy. AVTECH Software is preparing for what some say is the wave of the future: laws requiring businesses to be upfront with customers about how they use personal information. California has already passed a law requiring businesses to disclose what they do with people’s personal information and giving consumers more control over how their data is used — even the right to have it deleted from companies’ computers. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 900 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES — Brad Pitt said in court documents Wednesday that he has given estranged wife Angelina Jolie Pitt more than $1 million and lent her another $8 million since their separation two years ago, countering her assertion from a day earlier saying he has paid “no meaningful child support.” Pitt’s attorneys said in the two-page document filed in Los Angeles Superior Court that he “adamantly disputes the contention that he has not paid significant child support.” The document added that he loaned Jolie Pitt $8 million to buy her current home, and has paid over $1.3 million in bills for the benefit of Jolie Pitt and their six children. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 400 words, photos.
OSCARS-DATE CHANGE-NEW CATEGORY
LOS ANGELES — The Oscars are adding a new category to honor popular films and promising a brisk three-hour ceremony and a much earlier air date in 2020. John Bailey, the newly re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and film Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in an email to members Wednesday morning that the Board of Governors met Tuesday night to approve the changes. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 350 words, photos.
FILM-CRAZY RICH ASIANS
LOS ANGELES — It’s been 25 years since a major Hollywood studio released an English-language film with a primarily Asian cast. The last was Wayne Wang’s adaptation of the generational tear-jerker “The Joy Luck Club,” which was released in 1993. But that dry spell is about to end with the release of the opulent romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” on Wednesday Aug. 15. The film is based on Kevin Kwan’s best-selling book about a Chinese-American woman who gets a culture shock when she meets her boyfriend’s wealthy family in Singapore. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.
— PEOPLE-CARRIE UNDERWOOD — Carrie Underwood says her family is adding “another fish to our pond.”
NBA NATIONAL TV SCHEDULE
UNDATED — NBA fans will get a smorgasbord of LeBron James in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform, the All-Star laden lineup of the defending champion Golden State Warriors, the Houston Rockets and the up-and-coming Boston Celtics as part of the league’s national television schedule. The NBA released its TV schedule for the first week of the season, Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Wednesday, and all are prominently featured. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. SENT: 475 words, photos.
SANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers will honor former tight end Dwight Clark with a season-long celebration of his life that will include unveiling a statue of “The Catch.” Clark died in June at age 61. He suffered from ALS. SENT: 325 words, photos.
ANAHEIM — Rookie Jaime Barria takes the mound when the Los Angeles Angels attempt to get back to .500 with a three-game sweep of the Tigers. Detroit counters with Blaine Hardy in its attempt to avoid a winless six-game road trip. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Started 1 p.m.
MILWAUKEE — Brett Kennedy makes his big league debut for the San Diego Padres, who will try to take a second straight game against the Brewers. Jhoulys Chacin (10-4) starts for Milwaukee. Upcoming: 650 words, photos. Starts 5:10 p.m.
OAKLAND — Clayton Kershaw has never posted a decision in three previous starts vs. Oakland but owns a 0.87 ERA. He faces the A’s for the first time since Aug. 18, 2015, while Mike Fiers makes his Oakland debut after being traded by the Tigers. By Gideon Rubin. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 7:05 p.m.
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