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

October 10, 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. Christopher Weber 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 — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California will appear on stage with an election opponent for the first time since 2000 when she faces off against state Sen. Kevin de Leon next week. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 p.m.


—ELECTION 2018-TRUMP, from COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Chants of “Lock her up!” rang once again throughout an Iowa arena as President Donald Trump rallied supporters Tuesday night. But this time, the staple of Trump’s 2016 campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton had a new target: California Sen. Dianne Feinstein. By Jill Colvin And Zeke Miller. SENT: 650 words, photos, video.


SIMI VALLEY — A smiling Ronald Reagan waves to a crowd from aboard a rail car during a 1984 campaign stop in a new hologram revealed Wednesday at the late president’s namesake library in Southern California. “We think we made a good beginning, but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” the high-tech digital resurrection of the nation’s 40th president exclaims in his steady voice, a twinkle in his eye. By Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: video.


WASHINGTON — A California man on Wednesday was sentenced to six months in prison for unwittingly helping the Russian effort to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election. U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich sentenced Richard Pinedo to six months imprisonment followed by six months of home detention for selling bank account numbers to Russian operatives. According to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, the Russians used that information to set up PayPal accounts and purchase advertisements on Facebook. By Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 350 words.


SAN FRANCISCO — A jury’s $289 million verdict in favor of a school groundskeeper who says Roundup weed killer caused his cancer will face its first court test Wednesday. Agribusiness giant Monsanto will argue at a hearing that the verdict for DeWayne Johnson should be thrown out because he failed to prove that Roundup or similar herbicides caused his lymphoma, and presented no evidence that Monsanto executives were malicious in marketing Roundup. SENT: 350 words. Photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. hearing.




SAN FRANCISCO — A video of a racially charged, fatal San Francisco police shooting “casts doubt” on officers’ accounts that a black man was moving quickly toward them when they shot, a federal judge wrote in a court ruling. U.S. District Judge William Orrick’s ruling Tuesday denied San Francisco’s attempt to toss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Mario Woods, a 26-year-old black man officers fatally shot in December 2015. By Paul Elias. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: video.


RENO, Nev. — The owners of a Lake Tahoe ski resort in a legal battle with a conservationist group over a redevelopment project have failed to persuade a California judge to penalize the environmentalists with an order to pay more than $225,000 in attorney bills. UPCOMING: 130 words by 10 a.m., followed by about 500 words, photos by 2 p.m.


OAKLAND — An Oakland councilwoman filed a claim against the city alleging the city attorney’s office botched its case representing her in a lawsuit filed by a former Black Panther leader. Desley Brooks filed her claim Tuesday, nearly 10 months after a jury found she pushed and punched Elaine Brown and ordered the city and Brooks to pay the former Black Panther $4 million in damages. SENT: 250 words, photos.


— HOUSING DEAL CANCELED — The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously decided to scrap a controversial plan to sell a property where a developer wanted to build 867 housing units.

— CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-PROTEST — A federal grand jury has indicted four California men on conspiracy and rioting charges in connection with a torch-lit march and a rally of white nationalists in Virginia last year.



LOS ANGELES — Three victims molested by a Southern California police officer while participating in the department’s Police Explorer program have reached a $4 million settlement in a civil lawsuit. Attorney Anthony DeMarco says Wednesday that his office settled with the Irwindale Police Department and Learning for Life, the group that runs the Explorer program. It comes a year after a previous $2.75 settlement involving another victim of Officer Daniel Camerano. UPCOMING: 350 words by 2:30 p.m.


— JUVENILE DETENTION FEES — Los Angeles County supervisors have voted to stop collecting fees once charged to parents and guardians of juvenile delinquents for their incarceration — erasing nearly $90 million of families’ debt.

— CRASH-SUSPECT SHOT — Authorities say deputies shot and killed a man who came at them with a knife at the scene of a single-car crash in Southern California.

— TIED-UP MAN-ARRESTS — Authorities say three Fontana residents were arrested in connection with an attempted murder, torture and kidnapping case.

— DRUG MAKERS-LAWSUIT — Ventura County leaders have voted to sue drug manufacturers, marketers and distributors to recoup the costs of treatment, law enforcement and other expenses linked to the opioid addiction crisis.



NEW YORK — It can be subtle, like failing to make eye contact with a woman business owner but engaging in animated conversation with her male co-owner. Or more blatant, like asking an owner who’s seeking investor money if she plans to have children. Many women business owners say they’ve encountered gender discrimination from potential investors, customers and employees who don’t grasp the reality that a woman can be a CEO, trial attorney or own a technology company. Many women are taken aback at first and don’t know how to respond to comments or behavior they find insulting, intrusive and demeaning. But over time, they find strategies to deal with bias. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.



SAN FRANCISCO — Google will begin offering its pay-to-carpool service throughout the U.S., an effort to reduce the commute-time congestion that its popular Waze navigation app is designed to avoid. The expansion announced Wednesday builds upon a carpooling system that Waze began testing two years ago in northern California and Israel before gradually extending it into Brazil and parts of 12 other states. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 575 words, photos.


KODIAK, Alaska — California-based Astra Space Inc. has scheduled a commercial rocket launch at the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Kodiak Island. Notices from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Alaska Aerospace Corporation indicate the launch is planned for Friday with backup dates scheduled through Oct. 16. SENT: 275 words.



LOS ANGELES — More women are being hired to direct TV episodes but the numbers remain stagnant for directors of color, according to an industry guild study. Women directed a record 25 percent of episodic television in the 2017-18 season, an increase of 4 percent from the previous season, according to the Directors Guild of America study released Wednesday. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 400 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Cardi B and Post Malone marked major breakthroughs in the last year, but the rap stars won’t compete for best new artist at the 2019 Grammy Awards. Cardi B, who earned two nominations at this year’s Grammys held in February, was not eligible for nomination because of her previous nominations. The Grammys, which has adjusted the rules of best new artist over the years to keep up with the changing musical landscape, state that “any artist with a previous Grammy nomination as a performer” would not qualify. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 700 words, photos.


UNDATED — Taylor Swift kicked off her week with a rare political post on social media, and at the American Music Awards she continued the conversation by encouraging fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections. Swift won four honors including artist of the year at the fan-voted show on Tuesday in Los Angeles, beating out Drake, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons and Post Malone for the top prize. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 775 words, photos, video.


— VERNE TROYER — The Los Angeles County coroner says diminutive actor Verne Troyer died last April of suicide by alcohol intoxication.



UNDATED — A look at the best-of-seven National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers. SENT: 2,000 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers are entering a new era without the Big Three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. For the first time in years, they lack star power in a city that thrives on high-wattage talent. But it may be a short-term problem. While the Clippers seek to be competitive this season, the franchise already has an eye on next year. That’s when a blockbuster list of potential free agents comes on the market and the Clippers could go shopping for a big name or two. By Sports Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 700 words, photos.


UNDATED — The PGA Championship will remain with CBS Sports and pick up a powerful partner in ESPN for weekday rounds as part of an 11-year agreement in which the networks will combine to deliver 175 hours of coverage across broadcast, cable and digital platforms. Financial terms of the deal announced Wednesday were not disclosed, though it was clear the PGA Championship is more attractive held in May than in August. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 700 words, photos.


UNDATED — Doug Wilson didn’t go looking for Joe Thornton insurance last summer. The general manager of the San Jose Sharks already had it. The Sharks didn’t panic when they found out their longtime star had another setback with a series of nagging right knee injuries. They knew what they could count on from captain Joe Pavelski and the rest of the supporting cast. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 975 words, photos.


OKLAHOMA CITY — Steven Adams is invaluable to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He’s also a reminder: Big men in the NBA are still vital. The imposing 7-foot center from New Zealand is helping change the recent narrative that NBA centers are an endangered species, something that — based on spending and drafting this summer — is evidently not the case. The perimeter-oriented and defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors landed All-Star DeMarcus Cousins this summer, albeit on a $5.3 million bargain deal. By Sports Writer Cliff Brunt. SENT: 950 words, photos.


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