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

December 20, 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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TOP STORIES:

TRUMP-BORDER WALL

WASHINGTON _ Lashed by rare criticism from conservatives, President Donald Trump declared Thursday he would not sign a bill to keep funding the government because it fails to provide billions for his border wall with Mexico, throwing Congress into deep disarray and risking a federal shutdown this weekend. By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 937 words, photos, video.

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_TRUMP-BORDER WALL-THE LATEST

_UNITED STATES-MEXICO-ASYLUM, from WASHINGTON _ Immigrants seeking asylum along the southwest border will no longer be released into the U.S. while their cases play out, the Trump administration said on Thursday, forcing them instead to wait in Mexico in one of the most significant moves on immigration since the president took office. By Colleen Long and Mark Stevenson. SENT: 975 words, photos, video.

CALIFORNIA-HEPATITIS A

SAN DIEGO _ The city and county of San Diego failed to quickly control a Hepatitis A outbreak last year that grew to be among the largest seen in the U.S. in decades, killing 20 and sending hundreds to hospitals, according to a state audit released Thursday. By Julie Watson. SENT: 507 words. UPCOMING: Photos.

CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATS

LOS ANGELES _ The political jostling has started in the contest to lead the California Democratic Party, as the state is emerging as a potentially important player in the 2020 presidential contest. By Michael R. Blood. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

TRAVEL BAN-DYING SON

SAN FRANCISCO _ A Yemeni mother cradled her 2-year-old son in her lap, pressing her face close to his and clasping his hand as a series of tubes kept his small body alive. Shaima Swileh touched the boy for the first time since winning a more than yearlong legal battle to overcome the Trump administration’s travel ban and enter the U.S. to say goodbye to her dying child. By Julie Watson and Paul Elias. SENT: 636 words, photos, video.

LAKE TAHOE-VACATION RENTAL FIGHT

RENO, Nev. _ City officials in South Lake Tahoe, California, say they intend to work with local property owners to make sure new restrictions on short-term vacation rentals at the mountain resort doesn’t disrupt the plans of visiting families who want to spend the holidays there. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

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_ LAKE TAHOE-VACATION RENTAL FIGHT-THE LATEST

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_ SUBWAY STABBINGS-CALIFORNIA _ A lawyer for a 28-year-old transient charged with stabbing to death 18-year-old Nia Wilson on a commuter train platform says her client is not mentally fit to stand trial.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

IMMIGRATION-POLICE

LOS ANGELES _ The new Los Angeles County sheriff says he is going to remove federal immigration agents from the county’s jails. SENT: 121 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.

MARS LANDER

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. _ NASA’s new Mars lander has placed a quake monitor on the planet’s dusty red surface, just a few weeks after its arrival. Project manager Tom Hoffman in California called the milestone “an awesome Christmas present.” It’s the first time a robotic arm has lowered an experiment onto the Martian surface. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 240 words, photos.

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_ HOMELESS KILLING _ A $50,000 reward is being offered to help solve the murder of a homeless man in downtown Los Angeles last month. Photos.

_ HOLIDAY TRAVEL-LAX _ Officials forecast 5.8 million passengers will pass though Los Angeles International Airport during the 25-day holiday period.

_ POLICE COMMANDER-INTOXICATION _ A Los Angeles police disciplinary panel says a commander charged with public intoxication should be fired.

BUSINESS:

ALTRIA-JUUL

Altria, one of the world’s biggest tobacco companies, is spending nearly $13 billion to buy a huge stake in the vape company Juul as cigarette use continues to decline. By Michelle Chapman. SENT: 594 words, photos.

STEM CELL INFECTIONS

NEW YORK _ Health officials on Thursday reported an outbreak of bacterial infections in people who got injections of stems cells derived from umbilical cord blood. Investigators don’t think the contamination occurred at the clinics where the shots were given, because they found bacteria in unopened vials provided by the distributor, Yorba Linda, California-based Liveyon. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration sent a warning to Genetech Inc., the San Diego company that processed the stem cells. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 428 words, photo.

TWITTER-ABUSE

NEW YORK _ A report on Twitter by the human rights group Amnesty International is gaining traction and the company’s shares were punished Thursday, suffering one of their worst declines this year. SENT: 355 words, photo.

FACEBOOK-PROTECTING YOUR DATA

ATLANTA _ Is there anything users can do to protect their data without walking away from Facebook altogether? By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 683 words, photo.

BANGLADESH-FACEBOOK

DHAKA, Bangladesh _ Facebook is shutting down a series of fake news sites spreading false information about the Bangladesh opposition days before national elections, an official from the social media platform said Thursday. By Julhas Alam. SENT: 824 words, photos.

GERMANY-APPLE-QUALCOMM

BERLIN _ Apple is pulling older models of its iPhone from German stores after losing two patent cases brought by chipmaker Qualcomm, the company said Thursday. SENT: 225 words.

ENTERTAINMENT:

FILM-VICE-CHRISTIAN BALE AND AMY ADAMS

Christian Bale and Amy Adams, in their third film together, take on Dick and Lynne Cheney in Adam McKay’s biopic of the powerful former vice president. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.

YE-THE YEAR COMEDY ATTACKED ITSELF

While stylistically very different, the standup performances of Drew Michael’s debut HBO comedy special and Hannah Gadsby’s first one for Netflix both managed to shake up the comedy world by the time they finished their hour-long sets. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.

YE-BOX OFFICE

After a down year in 2017, the box office has been back in a big way, and headed toward a record, thanks to the massive successes of films like Disney’s “Black Panther,” `’Avengers: Infinity War” and “Incredibles 2.” By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1 p.m., photos.

SPORTS:

FBN--BEARS-49ERS PREVIEW

SANTA CLARA, Calif. _ Back before the season started and Khalil Mack was on the trading block from Oakland, the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers were two of the teams in hottest pursuit of the star pass rusher. The Bears won that competition and are headed to the playoffs for the first time in eight years, while the 49ers are headed to another disappointing finish thanks in part to a lack of defensive playmakers. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 893 words, photos.

FBN--RAMS-CARDINALS PREVIEW

GLENDALE, Ariz. _ The Arizona Cardinals might be just the antidote for what’s been ailing the Los Angeles Rams. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos

BBA--ANGELS-CAHILL

ANAHEIM, Calif. _ The Los Angeles Angels have added to their pitching staff, agreeing to a $9 million, one-year deal with Trevor Cahill. SENT: 232 words, photo.

HKN--DUCKS-BRUINS

BOSTON _ The Anaheim Ducks visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4 p.m.

HKN--JETS-SHARKS

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The San Jose Sharks seek their sixth straight win when they host the Central Division-leading Winnipeg Jets. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

BKN--MAVERICKS-CLIPPERS

LOS ANGELES _ The Los Angeles Clippers, who have dropped four straight, host the Dallas Mavericks, who have lost their last three. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

BKC--PEPPERDINE-LONG BEACH STATE

LONG BEACH, Calif. _ Pepperdine plays Long Beach State at Walter Pyramid. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD-PORTLAND STATE

PORTLAND, Ore. _ Cal State Bakersfield plays Portland State at Viking Pavillion. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

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