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

August 2, 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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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday proposed weakening Obama-era mileage standards designed to make cars more fuel efficient and less polluting, a major rollback already being challenged in the courts by California and other states. The administration also served notice that it wants to revoke states’ long-standing authority to set their own, stricter mileage standards. By Ellen Knickmeyer And Tom Krisher. SENT: 658 words, photos.


— TRUMP-MILEAGE STANDARD-CALIFORNIA — State prosecutors who pre-emptively sued months ago to block anticipated efforts by the EPA to weaken car fuel-efficiency standards blasted the Trump administration Thursday for doing so and vowed to continue their fight in the courts. By Brian Melley. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo, video by 3 p.m.


REDDING, Calif. — Carol Smith and her family returned to their hillside neighborhood Thursday to find her home reduced to mangled melted metal and piles of bricks and a sign warning of hazardous materials. The deadly blaze no longer is threatening the heavily populated areas and officials begun lifting mandatory evacuation orders. By Olga R. Rodriguez and Brian Skoloff. SENT: 625 words, photos.




SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has become the world’s first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion, the financial fruit of stylish technology that has redefined what we expect from our gadgets. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 920 words, photos.


—APPLE-DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — An upcoming Apple Store in a historic downtown Los Angeles theater is expected to help efforts to bring the area back to life, according to backers of the revival of the city’s Broadway area. UPCOMING: 250 words, photo.


SANTA ANA, Calif. — Southern California prosecutors say a man charged with the murder of a University of Pennsylvania student carried out the killing because the victim was gay. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.



SAN FRANCISCO — In a win for public employee unions, the California Supreme Court has rejected a ballot measure in San Diego that cut retirement benefits for city workers. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 2:30 p.m.



LOS ANGELES — New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — a rising liberal star who is challenging the Democratic Party establishment — was scheduled to appear Thursday in Los Angeles as part of West Coast fundraising swing. SENT: 210 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated after appearance that ends at 2 p.m.


— SUPERMARKET STANDOFF — A Los Angeles grocery store where a manager was accidentally killed by police during a gunbattle with a suspect has reopened. SENT: 110 words, photos.

— CHURCH ARSON — A 58-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to vandalizing and starting fires inside a Los Angeles Catholic church.

— BABY ABUSE DEATH — A Los Angeles County judge has sentenced a man to 24 years in state prison for abusing his 5-week-old daughter who later died from the injuries.



NEW YORK — A prominent political donor has helped pornographers, payday loan debt collectors and offshore gambling operations get past the gates of the banking system. That’s according to thousands of internal records from a Los Angeles-based online payment processing firm obtained by The Associated Press. By Jake Pearson And Jeff Horwitz. SENT: 2,992 words, photos.


RENO, Nev. — A former Tesla Inc. employee at the electric car maker’s battery plant in Nevada is seeking at least $1 million in defamation damages after it accused him of hacking into computers and stealing confidential information leaked to the media. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 698 words.



A rundown of top news from Television Critics Association panels, which will feature presentations Thursday by Fox. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


— USC ANNENBERG-LES MOONVES — The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism will temporarily suspend the use of the media center’s name: The Julie Chen/Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center. Photo.

— TV-FOX-THE SIMPSONS — Fox says it trusts the creators of “The Simpsons” to handle the show’s depiction of Indian shop owner Apu, which has drawn fire as a racist stereotype.



Terrell Owens learned a valuable lesson at a young age from the most influential person in his life. “I’ve always listened and learned a lot from my grandmother and how she lived her life and how she wanted me to live my life,” Owens told The Associated Press about Alice Black, who died of Alzheimer’s disease in 2012. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 800 words, photos.


NEW ORLEANS — Disgraced ex-NFL star Darren Sharper has renewed efforts to get a reduction in his 18-year federal sentence for drugging and raping women. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be expanded.


LOS ANGELES — Cody Garbrandt rocketed to the top of the UFC’s bantamweight division and then lost his title in equally stunning fashion. After becoming a father and learning new lessons about resilience, he’s back for a rematch with T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 227. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.


NEW YORK — Technical fouls are up this year in the WNBA with more already called this season than last. There were 92 technical fouls given to players before the All-Star break, 11 more than all of last season. Coaches have picked up another 30 technical fouls already with nearly 20 percent of the season left to play. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 936 words, photos.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jalen Beeks got his first major league win, C.J. Cron had a two-run single and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep by beating the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Thursday. By Mark Didtler. SENT: 490 words, photos.


— BBA--ANGELS-TROUT — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout missed Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays because of a bruised right wrist. Photo.


LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers against Jhoulys Chacin and the Milwaukee Brewers in the series finale. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.


PHOENIX — A pair of aces square off when San Francisco Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner faces Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Game starts at 6:40 p.m.


CHICAGO — Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs open a four-game series against the San Diego Padres. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5:05 p.m.


— FBN--CHARGERS-VERRETT — The Los Angeles Chargers have placed cornerback Jason Verrett on injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon.


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