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

December 28, 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. John Antczak 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 _ The man accused of killing a California police officer who pulled him over to investigate if he was driving drunk was captured Friday as he tried to flee to Mexico, authorities said. By Olga R. Rodriguez. SENT: 380 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.




SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ It was a matter of life and death in 2015 when California Gov. Jerry Brown pondered an assisted suicide bill granting terminally ill people the right to choose when they die. After much speculation, Brown signed the measure, a victory for “death with dignity” advocates and a blow to the Catholic Church, which vigorously opposed it. Brown, who once considered becoming a priest, added to his signature a five-paragraph statement outlining how he made his decision: He sought contradicting perspectives from the church, families of the terminally ill, his friends and doctors. And he pondered his own existence. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 1,319 words, photos.


_ JERRY BROWN DEPARTS-ON THE ISSUES _ A look at Gov. Jerry Brown’s record.

_ JERRY BROWN DEPARTS-TIMELINE _ A look at key moments in the life of the state’s longest-serving governor.


_ CALIFORNIA COLD _ California is ending the year with blustery, chilly weather and it’s going to get colder in some areas.

_ OBIT-BURROUS _ Chris Burrous, weekend news anchor at Los Angeles TV station KTLA, has died.



NEW YORK _ Tesla named two independent board members Friday as part of a settlement with U.S. regulators who demanded more oversight of CEO Elon Musk. Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, an executive vice president at Walgreens Boots Alliance, join the board as independent directors, effective immediately. SENT: 539 words, photo.


NEW YORK _ Wells Fargo will pay $575 million in a settlement with attorneys general from all 50 states and the District of Columbia that are investigating fake accounts opened without the knowledge of customers and a string of other dodgy practices. SENT: 308 words, photo.



NEW YORK _ Whether it’s blackface minstrel routines from Bing Crosby’s “Holiday Inn,” Apu’s accent in “The Simpsons,” bullying scenes in “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the arguably rapey coercion of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “Sixteen Candles” or the simplistically clunky gender interactions of “Mr. Mom,” Americans have amassed a catalog of entertainment across the decades that now raises a series of contentious but never-more-relevant questions: What, exactly, do we do with this stuff today? By National Writer Ted Anthony. SENT: 1,806 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ For so long, movies around the holidays have been merry and bright. Lately, more and more seem murderous and designed to fright. Take this winter, where, of course, sugary options abounded, such as “Mary Poppins Returns” on the big screen and “A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding” on TV. Then there’s the post-apocalyptic survival story “Bird Box.” By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 587 words, photos.


_ PEOPLE-CHAKA KHAN _ The singer perhaps best known for the 1984 smash “I Feel For You” is ready to bloom again. Chaka Khan plans her first album in a decade, and, on New Year’s Day, will serve as grand marshal at the Rose Parade. By Entertainment Writer Mike Cidoni Lennox. Photo.

_ OBIT-ADONIS _ Frank Adonis, an actor best known for his roles in Martin Scorsese films including “Goodfellas,” “Raging Bull” and “Casino,” has died. He was 83.



KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ So much for the Chiefs resting their starters in Week 17 against Oakland. After twice failing to wrap up the AFC West and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, the Chiefs get one more chance against the Raiders on Sunday. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 800 words, photos for weekend use.


The Associated Press will hand out its individual NFL awards on the night before the Super Bowl in Atlanta. Until then, here are some off-the-beaten track honors to consider: By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,600 words, photos.

MMA--UFC 232

INGLEWOOD, Calif. _ UFC 232 is on track to sell out the famous Forum just six days after the traditional end-of-the-year show was moved from Las Vegas to Southern California. That’s a testament to the quality of a card headlined by Jon Jones’ return against Alex Gustafsson and Cris “Cyborg” Justino’s superfight with fellow champion Amanda Nunes. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.


NEW YORK _ As 2018 comes to a close, the WNBA is at a crossroads. The play on the court has never been better with Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird leading the Seattle Storm to a championship. Television ratings were up over 30 percent and the WNBA Finals Game 3 clincher had its highest rating on ESPN2 since 2010. Yet those numbers haven’t led to league and its owners making money. The WNBA said it has lost a significant amount of money over the last 22 years, including $12 million last season. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.


PHOENIX _ The Pac-12 had a strange 2017-18 season. Southern California finished second to Arizona in the regular season and lost to the Wildcats in the conference tournament title game, yet didn’t get an NCAA invite. UCLA tied for third but still got into the field of 68, along with Arizona State after finishing eighth during the regular season and losing in the opening round of the Pac-12 Tournament. This season could end up with a similar result. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 854 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ LeBron James is unlikely to play due to a groin injury when the Lakers face the Clippers in this season’s first chapter of their hallway rivalry. The Staples Center co-tenants are both off to winning starts to the season. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


_ BKN--LAKERS-RONDO SURGERY _ Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo will be sidelined at least a month after undergoing surgery to repair a ligament on his right ring finger. SENT: 250 words, photo.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. _ UC Riverside plays Air Force at Clune Arena. UPCOMING: Game starts at 6 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ UC Davis plays Loyola Marymount at Gersten Pavilion. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.


_ BKN--CAVALIERS-MCCAW _ A person with knowledge of the agreement says Patrick McCaw has signed a two-year, $6 million offer sheet with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

_ BBA--BLUE JAYS-SHOEMAKER _ Free-agent pitcher Matt Shoemaker has agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.

_ SOC--US-LEWIS _ New York City FC midfielder Jonathan Lewis has been added to the U.S. roster for its January training camp in Chula Vista, California.


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