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BC-CA--California News Digest, CA

December 22, 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. Daisy Nguyen is on the San Francisco news desk. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Pacific.

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SAN FRANCISCO _ A woman who credits a paramedic for saving her life when she went into premature labor during the devastating wildfire in Northern California has named her baby after him. Mickey Huber helped keep Anastasia Skinner calm while rushing to get her to the hospital where her labor was stopped. She gave birth to the full-term baby girl more than a month after the Nov. 8 fire broke out. By Daisy Nguyen. SENT: 800 words, photos.


TIJUANA, Mexico _ A policy shift by the Trump administration means asylum seekers may be forced to stay in dangerous border cities as they press their cases while being forced to wait in Mexico for the outcomes. The decision was made with crucial details still unknown _ a move that creates uncertainty along the border and possibly an incentive for people to cross illegally before the change takes effect. By Moises Castillo and Elliot Spagat. SENT: 850 words, photos.


SEATTLE _ The hemp industry still has work ahead to win legal status for hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD oil. The head of the Food and Drug Administration says adding CBD to food or dietary supplements is still illegal. President Donald Trump signed a farm bill this week designating hemp as an agricultural crop. But FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb issued a statement saying CBD is a drug ingredient and therefore illegal to add to food or supplements without approval from his agency. By Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 400 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ A Congolese boy who traveled to Los Angeles to undergo surgery to remove a large tumor on his face has died after having an adverse reaction to anesthesia. The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, which sponsored 8-year-old Matadi Sela Petit’s travels and medical procedures, announced his death Saturday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 200 words by 2 p.m.


_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-CALIFORNIA _ The entrances to Yosemite National Park stayed open but visitor centers were closed, National Park Service programs were canceled and campgrounds were not staffed as a partial government shutdown took effect Saturday.

_ ELECTRIC SCOOTER FATALITY _ A man riding an electric scooter has died after being struck by a car in Chula Vista.


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