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

August 3, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Pacific.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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For the past week, Robert Tierney Jr. has been registering patients at a Northern California hospital in the mornings and checking out possible rentals after work, trying to count his blessings even though his house is one of the more than 1,000 destroyed in a deadly wildfire. By Janie Har. SENT: 866 words, photos.


—CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES, from REDDING, Calif. — Firefighters battling deadly and destructive blazes in Northern California faced worsening weather conditions on Friday after a record-breaking fire tornado last week. SENT: 444 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from fire developments.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A group of California co-workers who decided to play the lottery on a whim won last month’s $543 million Mega Millions jackpot, the largest prize ever on a single state ticket, the California Lottery said Friday. SENT: 246 words, photos.


SAN DIEGO — A federal judge holds a conference call with representatives of the Trump administration and American Civil Liberties Union on how to reunite still-separated families who were split apart at the U.S.-Mexico border, including hundreds of children whose parents were deported. By Elliot Spagat. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2:30 p.m.



SAN FRANCISCO — A California requirement that new models of semi-automatic handguns stamp identifying information on bullet casings is a “real-world solution” to help solve gun crimes, a divided U.S. appeals court said Friday in a decision that upheld the law. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 128 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. — Friends and family are remembering an 18-year-old woman who was stabbed to death at a train station in Oakland, California, in an unprovoked attack against her and her sister. By Eleni Gill. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 3 p.m.



LOS ANGELES — “I just shot at a cop,” the man with blood dripping from a bullet wound in his arm tells one of 40 people he has just taken hostage at a Los Angeles supermarket. In a gripping account published Friday by the Los Angeles Times, one of those hostages describes how she and others survived the ordeal. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 550 words by 2:30 p.m.


SANTA ANA, Calif. — A Southern California county on Friday said it will sue the state over its decision to allow a mobile needle exchange program aimed at curbing disease among drug users. SENT: 355 words.


— UNCONSCIOUS TRAIN PASSENGER — Authorities are investigating an incident in which a seemingly unconscious man was dragged off a Los Angeles County Metro light-rail train by another passenger and left on a station platform.

— MOTORCYCLISTS KILLED-UTAH CRASH — Police say two women were killed in southern Utah when a pickup truck collided with a group of motorcyclists traveling from California to Sturgis, South Dakota, ahead of a well-known motorcycle rally.



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA on Friday assigned the astronauts who will ride the first commercial capsules into orbit next year and bring crew launches back to the U.S. Southern California-based SpaceX and Boeing are shooting for a test flight of their capsules by the end of this year or early next, with the first crews flying from Cape Canaveral, Florida, by next spring or summer. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 740 words, photos.


RENO, Nev. — Nevada regulators and industry insiders say the state’s first year of broad marijuana legalization has exceeded even their highest expectations, with sales and tax collections already surpassing year-end projections by 25 percent. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 1,004 words, photos.



NEW YORK — Before telling authorities that Harvey Weinstein had raped her, his accuser had sent warm emails after the alleged attack welcoming plans to get together, seeking advice and telling him no one “understands me quite like you,” according to court papers his lawyers filed Friday. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 740 words, photos.


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — FX is diversifying its offerings, picking up a drama about a cutting-edge tech company starring Nick Offerman, sinking resources into a limited series based in feudal Japan and returning for a fourth series of “Fargo,” this time with Chris Rock. SENT: 280 words, photos.



Leave it to Terrell Owens to choose to become the first person to celebrate being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame somewhere other than at the Canton, Ohio shrine. By Sports Writer Steve Megargee. SENT: 885 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — Demetrious Johnson says he became the UFC’s most dominant champion by ignoring everything in life except his family, video games and mixed martial arts. The flyweight king with blinders on defends his belt in a rematch with Henry Cejudo at UFC 227 on Saturday. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.


CHICAGO — Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs continue their four-game series against the San Diego Padres. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started at 11:20 a.m.


CLEVELAND — Center fielder Leonys Martin is expected to make his home debut as the AL Central-leading Indians open a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, who have lost their last 10 games at Progressive Field. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 4:10 p.m.


PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks, knocked out of a tie for the NL West lead in the series opener, send lefty Patrick Corbin to the mound and San Francisco counters with right-hander Chris Stratton, just recalled from Triple-A Sacramento in the second game of the four-game set. By Jose Romero. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:40 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. — Brett Anderson takes the mound as the Oakland Athletics look for their fourth straight win in the opener of a weekend series against the Detroit Tigers. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Justin Verlander starts for AL West-leading Houston against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a rematch of last year’s World Series won by the Astros. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


— SOC--MLS-LAFC-SILVA — Los Angeles FC has acquired Brazilian defender Danilo Silva on a five-month loan from Internacional.

— FBC--NC STATE-ANGELINE — North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren says USC transfer tight end Cary Angeline will be eligible to play after sitting out the first three games.


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