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AP-CA--California News Digest 2 pm, CA

November 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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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Authorities are using a powerful tool in their effort to identify the scores of people killed by the wildfire that ripped through Northern California: rapid DNA testing that produces results in just two hours. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 910 words, photos.



— GOP LEADER-WILDFIRE — A county GOP chairman in Ohio says he was mistaken in publishing a meme on Facebook that appeared to refer to the California wildfires as “God’s Punishment to Liberal California.”


MALIBU, Calif. — Crews filled sandbags with sand from Malibu’s famous Zuma Beach on Tuesday as residents of homes surrounded by Southern California’s vast wildfire burn scars prepared for the Thanksgiving-eve arrival of a Pacific storm. UPCOMING: 350 words.


— SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE-RESCUE — The Los Angeles Fire Department has released video of one of its helicopter crews rescuing people from a mountain peak as a huge wildfire bore down last week.


THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — At first, the outlines of the mass shooter’s 28 years appeared unremarkable. Ian David Long enlisted in the Marines out of high school and married at 19. Within five years, he was honorably discharged, divorced and in college. As the picture sharpened, troubling details emerged — the kinds of clues that in hindsight make people wonder out loud whether the impulse that led Long to kill 12 people at a country music bar had been forming in plain sight. By Amanda Lee Myers and Justin Pritchard. SENT: 988 words, photos.




COLUMBIA, S.C. — California billionaire Tom Steyer made another move Tuesday toward launching a potential 2020 presidential bid with an announcement that he’s planning to return to early-voting South Carolina next month for an event in Charleston. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 375 words, photo.


HONOLULU — It has been a little over a year since a man escaped to California from the Hawaii psychiatric hospital, where he was committed after being found not guilty by reason of insanity of shooting a woman in a mall parking lot with a pellet gun and then repeatedly stabbing her to death in her car in 1979. By Audrey McAvoy and Jennifer Sinco Kelleher. SENT: 319 words, photos.



TIJUANA, Mexico — Officials in the Mexican border city of Tijuana said they have arrested 34 members of the caravan of Central American migrants for minor offenses and turned them over for deportation. By Julie Watson and Mark Stevenson. SENT: 776 words, photos.


— IMMIGRATION-ASYLUM SEEKERS — A judge has ordered the U.S. government not to enforce a ban on asylum for people who cross the southern border illegally, another court setback for the Trump administration’s efforts to impose new immigration restrictions without congressional approval. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 841 words, photos.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Mars is about to get its first U.S. visitor in years: a three-legged, one-armed geologist to dig deep and listen for quakes. NASA’s InSight, managed at California’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, makes its grand entrance through the rose-tinted Martian skies on Monday, after a six-month, 300 million-mile journey. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 1,069 words, photos, video.


WASHINGTON — An actress who says she had a relationship with Michael Avenatti alleges that he dragged her across the floor of his Los Angeles apartment after an argument over money, according to court documents obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. By Michael Balsamo and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 489 words, photo.


PHOENIX — More than 10 years after being sent to prison for committing bank robberies in four states, an 82-year-old man fled a California halfway house and returned to his old ways in Arizona, federal authorities said. By Terry Tang. SENT: 319 words, photo.


— VOTER FRAUD-SKID ROW — Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged nine people with felonies alleging they offered money and cigarettes to homeless people on LA’s Skid Row in exchange for false and forged signatures on ballot petitions and voter registration forms.

— ELECTRICAL VAULT BLAST — An explosion in an underground electrical vault in Long Beach has injured members of a work crew.



NEW YORK — For the past decade, Sheryl Sandberg has been the poised, reliable second-in-command to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, helping steer Facebook’s rapid growth around the world, while cultivating her brand in ways that hint at aspirations well beyond the social network. But with growing criticism over the company’s practices, or lack of oversight, her carefully cultivated image as an eloquent feminist leader is showing cracks. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


— OREGON-WINE CLAIMS — A major California wine producer must stop using labels that imply a connection to Oregon pinot noirs.



LOS ANGELES — Steve Martin and Martin Short are back on the road again for their new tour “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t.” The two comedy legends spoke to The Associated Press recently about the tour, which kicks off its 2019 leg on Jan. 12 in Atlanta, their friendship and when they knew that roasting each other was OK. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 1070 words, photo.


LOS ANGELES — “Ralph Breaks the Internet” may star an arcade bad guy with powerful hammer-like fists, but the animated sequel is also packing a punch with strong female characters. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 697 words, photo.



LOS ANGELES — The Rams are the NFL’s first team to 10 victories after their epic 54-51 win over Kansas City. Los Angeles has a bye week to bask in its triumph and to see how they can help a defense that relied on big plays to survive this thriller. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.


The Pac-12 enters the final week of the regular season with a few loose ends. Like the Pac-12 North. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words and photos by 4 p.m.


SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose captain Joe Pavelski looks to score a goal for the fifth straight game when the Sharks host the Edmonton Oilers and their new coach, Ken Hitchcock. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


WASHINGTON — John Wall’s Washington Wizards are stumbling along with a 5-11 record this season heading into Tuesday night’s game against the visiting Los Angeles Clippers. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 4 p.m.


VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Minnesota looks for a 4-0 start when the Golden Gophers face Santa Clara in the Vancouver Shootout on Tuesday night. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 6 p.m.


SAN DIEGO — Colorado tries to avoid losing for a second straight year to San Diego, which is playing four Pac-12 teams this year under new coach Sam Scholl. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Tennessee State plays Cal State Northridge at Matadome. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.


LAS VEGAS — Pacific plays UNLV at Thomas & Mack Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.


SACRAMENTO — UC Davis plays Sacramento State at Golden 1 Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


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