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

October 5, 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 — A deeply divided Senate pushed Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination past a key procedural hurdle Friday, and prospects seemed to improve that the conservative jurist was headed toward the nation’s highest court despite allegations that he sexually assaulted women decades ago. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.



—FACEBOOK-KAVANAUGH, from NEW YORK — The appearance of a Facebook executive behind Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during his contentious confirmation hearings has created some rifts at the company. SENT: 253 words, photo.


RAMONA, Calif. — In Southern California’s most Republican congressional district a GOP incumbent running against a first-time Democratic candidate should be a slam dunk for re-election. Not this year. Rep. Duncan Hunter is under indictment as he seeks a sixth term. He has spent as much on legal fees as his re-election campaign while splitting time between meeting voters and fighting corruption charges. By Julie Watson. SENT: 1,152 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. judge in San Francisco has ordered the Trump administration to turn over a key law enforcement grant to California that it withheld over the state’s so-called sanctuary policies protecting immigrants who are in the country illegally. By Sudhin Thanawala. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Investigators say a 62-year-old demonstrator was at fault when she was injured by a Sacramento County Sheriff’s patrol vehicle while protesting the killing of an unarmed black man by Sacramento police. UPCOMING: 400 words.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The U.S. Forest Service is set to round up 1,000 wild horses and says that many of them could be sold to distant slaughterhouses. The roundup is set to begin Tuesday and last through the month. It will target horses from a herd in the Devils Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory inside the Modoc National Forest, the Sacramento Bee reported. SENT: 300 words, photo.


SAN FRANCISCO — As two of the city’s most vaunted buildings sink or crack, an earthquake study recommended re-inspecting dozens of high-rises and beefing up construction codes for the growing crop of skyscrapers in the booming city. The “Tall Buildings Safety Strategy” report released Thursday listed 156 buildings taller than 240 feet, most of them in the northeastern area. SENT: 400 words, photo.


— HOTEL WORKERS STRIKE — About 200 workers at a Marriot hotel in Oakland walked out on strike Friday, joining thousands of hotel workers striking in San Francisco, San Jose and Boston.

— CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE — A small earthquake shook the Monterey Bay area but there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.



RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A judge has denied a request by a California woman charged with the torture and abuse of most of her 13 children to be considered for a mental health diversion program. Prosecutors say an attorney for Louise Turpin made the request on Friday, arguing that she had been diagnosed with histrionic personality disorder. UPCOMING: 350 words by 2:30 p.m.


SANTA ANA, Calif. — An Illinois killer convicted of murdering five women in Southern California has been sentenced to death. An Orange County Superior Court judge issued the sentence Friday for 54-year-old former Marine Andrew Urdiales. SENT: 398 words, photo.


— DOWNTOWN LA-TYPHUS — Public health authorities are investigating an outbreak of flea-borne typhus in downtown Los Angeles.

— MOSQUITOES-WEST NILE — A Southern California city is being sprayed with pesticide after an increase in mosquitoes testing positive for the West Nile virus.

— HISTORIC BUILDING FIRE — Fire has ravaged a vacant Los Angeles church that had been on the city’s list of historic and cultural monuments since 1993.

— ILLEGAL POT PUPPIES — Santa Barbara County authorities rescued a litter of puppies, their mother and another dog from a recently raided illegal marijuana grow in rural Cuyama Valley.



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The debut of SpaceX and Boeing crew capsules is off until next year. NASA said this week that the first commercial test flights have slipped from late this year into next. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 205 words, photo.


NEW YORK — When it’s machine versus man, it’s more likely you’ll be exchanging insurance information with man, according to data released by the electric-car maker Tesla. In the first quarterly report on the safety of its autonomous vehicles, Tesla said it recorded one accident for every 3.34 million miles driven when the autopilot was engaged. That is a vastly better record than the one compiled by humans. SENT: 327 words, photo.


— FLINT WATER-ELON MUSK — Elon Musk and the Musk Foundation are donating water stations and filtration systems to schools in Flint, Michigan, which is still recovering from a lead-tainted water crisis.



Will Vinton, an Oscar-winning animator who invented Claymation, a style of stop-motion animation, and brought the California Raisins to TV, has died in Oregon. He was 70. SENT: 335 words, photos.


— AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT-DENZEL WASHINGTON — The American Film Institute is honoring Denzel Washington with a Life Achievement Award. The organization said Friday that Washington will receive the award at a Gala Tribute on June 6 in Los Angeles. It will be broadcast on TNT. Photo.

— PEOPLE-BEN AFFLECK — Ben Affleck says battling addiction is “a lifelong and difficult struggle.” Photo.



LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers take a 1-0 lead over the Braves into Game 2 of their National League Division Series. Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw, bypassed for the opener, starts against Atlanta’s Anibal Sanchez. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:37 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. — After a surprising playoff berth, The Oakland Athletics head into the offseason looking to lock up manager Bob Melvin and other key pieces for the long term. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m


STANFORD, Calif. — The offensive inconsistency that has plagued Stanford despite four straight wins to open the season finally caught up to the Cardinal last week. No. 14 Stanford now looks to bounce back from that loss at Notre Dame and find that offensive groove that has been missing all season when the Cardinal (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) host Utah (2-2, 0-2) on Saturday night. By Sports Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 680 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — Winless UCLA wants to be where No. 10 Washington is, contending for Pac-12 titles and berths in the College Football Playoff. Though finding their breakthrough victory against the Huskies on Saturday night might be like the longest of long shots, the Bruins seem to have the right attitude necessary to achieve their long-term goal. By Dan Greenspan. SENT: 835 words, photos.


TUCSON, Ariz. — The California Bears, coming off a disappointing home loss to Oregon, face the Arizona Wildcats in a matchup of teams looking for their first Pac-12 victory. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.


PHILADELPHIA — The family of the late NFL star Junior Seau has settled its wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL over the popular San Diego linebacker’s 2012 suicide. SENT: 152 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The folks at the NFL are gloating. It’s hard to blame them. What they apparently want, judging by the continual emphasis on making things easier for offenses, is points. And more points. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 825 words, photos.


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sam Darnold wants the same thing New York Jets fans are hungry for: victories, and starting now. The rookie quarterback out of USC wrote an open letter that was posted on the team’s official website Thursday in which he talks about his transition to the NFL, how the first four games of his career have gone and his visions for the future. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 498 words, photo.


LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings open their season against the San Jose Sharks. Ilya Kovalchuk will make his Kings debut and play in his first NHL game in five seasons. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


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