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

August 5, 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. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

CALIFORNIA REPUBLICANS-GAS TAX

SACRAMENTO — Top national Republicans and grassroots donors alike have poured money into the campaign to repeal a recent gas tax increase in California with the hopes it will drive turnout in November and help the GOP hold onto U.S. House seats in the heavily Democratic state. But they face an uphill battle against opponents with far more cash, who say the increase is needed to repair the state’s crumbling roads. By Sophia Bollag And Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 825 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

CLEARLAKE — A utility worker was killed near a Northern California wildfire as crews working in sweltering conditions battled multiple blazes, including twin fires that exploded in size and forced hundreds more to evacuate rural communities, officials said Sunday. The Pacific Gas and Electric employee was fatally injured in a vehicle-related accident Saturday on the western edge of the Carr Fire in Shasta County, said utility spokeswoman Melissa Subbotin. Jairus Ayeta, who was in his 20s, worked as an apprentice lineman and was part of a PG&E crew working in “dangerous terrain” to restore power, she said. SENT: 625 words, photos.

SMALL PLANE CRASH

SANTA ANA — Authorities say five people on board a small plane were killed but nobody on the ground was hurt when the Cessna crashed in a Southern California parking lot. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac says the twin-engine plane declared an emergency Sunday before crashing about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from Orange County’s John Wayne Airport. SENT: 125 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos. Developing.

FILM-BOX OFFICE

NEW YORK — Tom Cruise sped past Winnie-the-Pooh at the box office to lead all films for the second straight week with an estimated $35 million in ticket sales for “Mission Impossible -- Fallout.” The success of Paramount Pictures’ sixth, stunt-filled “Mission: Impossible” installment, along with muted enthusiasm for the Walt Disney Co.’s “Christopher Robin,” made for a seldom-seen result: A Disney movie debuting in second place. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 725 words, photos.

CBS-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

BEVERLY HILLS — CBS’ entertainment chief fielded a barrage of questions about sexual harassment at CBS Corp. during a session with reporters intended to promote the network’s fall TV schedule. The network’s presentation Sunday to the Television Critics Association summer meeting came amid allegations against CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves. SENT: 150 words.

TV-MURPHY BROWN

BEVERLY HILLS — “Murphy Brown” will weigh in on the MeToo movement when the series starring Candice Bergen returns to a very different world in September, the show’s creator said Sunday. The 13-episode reboot reunites Bergen as a sharp-tongued investigative journalist and TV anchor with most of the original cast from the CBS show’s initial 10-year run that ended in 1998 — before the internet and the rise of 24-hour cable news took hold. Once again, scripts will be inspired by current events, including the fourth episode entitled ”(Hashtag) MurphyToo.” By Beth Harris. SENT: 300 words, photos.

Also:

— CAR DEATH — Los Angeles County authorities say a 51-year-old man found dead in a car was intellectually disabled and may have been accidentally left in the vehicle.

— SEX ED — Southern California school officials say they’ve ended a sex education program for elementary school students after parents complained the curriculum was too graphic, undermined religious values and promoted premature sexual interest.

— PADRES MOVES — The San Diego Padres have promoted right-hander Trey Wingenter from Triple-A El Paso after losing right-handers Tyson Ross and Jordan Lyles on waiver claims.

SPORTS:

ANGELS-SCIOSCIA

CLEVELAND — Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia reached deep into his vocabulary to describe a report saying he’ll step down after this season. “Poppycock,” Sciocsia said Sunday, using a dated term for “nonsense.” By Sports Writer Tom Withers. SENT: 275 words, photos.

ANGELS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND — Jose Ramirez hit a three-run homer, rookie Shane Bieber picked up his sixth win and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Sunday. Ramirez’s home run in the first inning — his 33rd of the season — came against Deck McGuire, called up from Triple-A Salt Lake to start in place of the injured Tyler Skaggs. By Steve Herrick. SENT: 550 words, photos.

Also:

— GIANTS-POSEY — San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey returned to the lineup Sunday in the series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

— PADRES MOVES — The San Diego Padres have promoted right-hander Trey Wingenter from Triple-A El Paso after losing right-handers Tyson Ross and Jordan Lyles on waiver claims.

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