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AP-CA--California News Digest 4:30 pm, CA

November 30, 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 news desk. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

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SAN DIEGO — California Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom said Thursday the state must do more to address what he called a “humanitarian crisis” at the border with Mexico. Newsom said he planned to discuss the large caravans of Central American migrants when he attends Mexico’s President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s inauguration on Saturday. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 375 words, photos.


UNDATED — As lawmakers called Thursday for stricter background checks and a public hearing to further investigate problems at a massive detention camp for migrant teens, the agency responsible for the shelter said it could take as long as a month to complete FBI fingerprint scans for the 2,100 staffers working there. More than 2,300 teens are being held at the remote tent city in Tornillo, Texas, which opened in June as a temporary, emergency shelter. It now appears to be becoming more permanent, with ongoing construction at costs that can reach $1,200 per child per day, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. By Martha Mendoza And Garance Burke. SENT: 675 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — They haven’t spoken in days, not since President Donald Trump called to congratulate Nancy Pelosi on Democrats’ election night win. But they don’t really need to. Trump and Pelosi go way back, from the time she first showed up at Trump Tower fundraising for the Democrats long before he would become president or she the House speaker. Two big-name heirs to big-city honchos — Trump and Pelosi each had fathers who were political power players in their home towns — they’ve rubbed elbows on the Manhattan social scene for years. By Lisa Mascaro, Jonathan Lemire And Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


— CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE RESCUE — A Northern California sheriff’s office released harrowing body camera footage of a deputy who was nearly overrun by flames as he helped with evacuations the night the deadly Camp Fire swept through Paradise.

— SAN FRANCISCO EVACUATION — Authorities say a woman was arrested after lighting a large firecracker near a security checkpoint inside a courts building in San Francisco.

— SUPERMARKET STANDOFF — Relatives of a woman killed by a Los Angeles police bullet during a shootout with a gunman at a Trader Joe’s store have sued the city.

— MCDONALD’S-KETCHUP ATTACK — A California woman who police say pushed, punched and choked a McDonald’s manager because she wanted ketchup has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor battery.

— LYFT-MOTIVATE BIKES — Lyft has completed its acquisition of Motivate, the nation’s largest bike-sharing company.

— PEOPLE-QUENTIN TARANTINO — Quentin Tarantino has married Israeli singer and model Daniella Pick.AP Photos NYET431, NYET432.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman is resigning amid a cascade of sexual harassment allegations in recent days, he announced Thursday. Bauman’s decision comes hours after Governor-elect Gavin Newsom called for the embattled chairman to step aside. SENT: 350 words.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A leader of California’s high-speed rail project defended the decision to begin building tracks in the Central Valley without all approvals in hand but said the project has a poor management structure and a “troubling” lack of proper documentation. Tom Richards, vice chair of the board that oversees the high-speed rail authority, was speaking to lawmakers about the findings of a scathing state audit that faulted the project’s management and decision making. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: 500 words.


Dixie Singh is No. 158 on the official list of people missing after Northern California’s catastrophic wildfire. That came as news to her. “I am the only Dixie Singh I’ve ever heard of. And I am alive,” the 86-year-old woman said Wednesday. Singh’s story illustrates the confusion and uncertainty that persist three weeks after the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century ripped through a string of communities with astonishing speed and destruction. By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 1,169 words, photos.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An outside investigator says a California Assemblywoman was “overly familiar” with a legislative staff member who accused her of misconduct but did not retaliate against him for accusing her of groping. The investigator repeated earlier findings that there’s not enough evidence to substantiate allegations that Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia groped Daniel Fierro in 2014. UPCOMING: 250 words.



SAN FRANCISCO — California regulators are ordering the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. utility to improve its “safety culture” after questioning the safety qualifications of top executives. The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday ordered the company to implement 60 recommendations from an independent consultant hired to examine Pacific Gas & Electric’s safety practices. By Paul Elias. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 2:30 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO — A storm that moved through Northern California largely missed wildfire-burned areas Thursday but crews remained ready to respond as more rain reached communities devastated by a recent wildfire, officials said. By Olga R. Rodriguez. SENT: 550 words, photos.



SAN DIEGO — No criminal charges will be filed against any of the 42 people associated with a caravan of Central American migrants who were arrested in a clash that ended with U.S. authorities firing tear gas into Mexico, The Associated Press has learned. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 492 words, photos.


TIJUANA, Mexico — Aid workers and humanitarian organizations expressed concerns Thursday about the unsanitary conditions at the sports complex in Tijuana where more than 6,000 Central American migrants are packed into a space adequate for half that many people and where lice infestations and respiratory infections are rampant. By Christopher Sherman. SENT: 899 words, photos.


DALLAS — The FBI says a 78-year-old inmate who says he killed more than 90 people as he moved around the country for nearly four decades offered his confessions as a bargaining chip to be moved from a California prison. By David Warren. SENT: 675 words.


— AIRLINE EMPLOYEE-NAME MOCKING — A woman says a Southwest Airlines agent in Southern California mocked her 5-year-old daughter’s ‘Abcde’ name when they were preparing to board a flight home to Texas.



NEW YORK — After repeated food poisoning outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce, the produce industry is confronting the failure of its own safety measures in preventing contaminations. By Food & Health Writer Candice Choi. SENT: 862 words, photos, video.


SAN FRANCISCO — General Motors’ No. 2 executive is moving from Motor City to Silicon Valley to run the automaker’s self-driving car operations as it attempts to cash in on its bet that robotic vehicles will transform transportation. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 701 words, photos.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — America’s next moon landing will be made by private companies — not NASA. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Thursday that nine U.S. companies will compete in delivering experiments to the lunar surface. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 599 words.



LOS ANGELES — A Hollywood writer and director has announced the death of his wife and longtime collaborator, Gloria Katz, who co-wrote “American Graffiti” and helped give Princess Leia her power in “Star Wars.” She was 76. SENT: 339 words.


— FILM-VIOLA DAVIS-SHIRLEY CHISHOLM PROJECT — Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis is gearing up to play groundbreaking politician Shirley Chisholm in a film for Amazon Studios. Photo.

— DOLLY PARTON-MUSICARES — Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Don Henley and Mavis Staples will perform in tribute to Dolly Parton when she’s honored as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. Photos.

— MUSIC-HUGH JACKMAN — Hugh Jackman will launch his first ever world tour next year, performing at arenas mostly reserved for pop, rock and rap stars. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. Photo.



PITTSBURGH — Philip Rivers didn’t exactly spend a lot of time poring over the most accurate performance by a quarterback in NFL history. The longtime Chargers quarterback understands there’s no time. By Sports Writer Will Graves. SENT: 885 words, photo.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Richard Sherman gets the chance to experience a new side of the San Francisco-Seattle rivalry when he plays his former Seahawks team for the first time since signing with the 49ers this offseason. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. — While the other Power Five conferences will hold championship games that will help determine the field for the College Football Playoff, the prize in the Pac-12 title game will be a more traditional one with a spot in the Rose Bowl. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


The Stanford women’s soccer team has a 45-match unbeaten streak, but this season came with a few challenges. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 665 words.


EDMONTON — The Los Angeles Kings are the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.


TORONTO — The suddenly hot Golden State Warriors visit the first-place Toronto Raptors on Thursday night. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Clippers visit the Sacramento Kings. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — LeBron James and the Lakers attempt to rebound from their first back-to-back losses in a month when they host Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers, who have won five of seven. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


CEDAR CITY, Utah — San Diego Christian plays Southern Utah at America First Event Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 5:30 p.m.


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Sacramento State plays UC Santa Barbara at Thunderdome-UC Santa Barbara Events Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.


RIVERSIDE, Calif. — California Baptist plays UC Riverside at UCR Student Recreation Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jackson State plays Santa Clara at Leavey Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.


DAVIS, Calif. — Northern Arizona plays UC Davis at The Pavilion at ARC. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Bethesda plays Loyola Marymount at Gersten Pavilion. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.


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