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BC-CA--California News Digest, CA

December 25, 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-San Francisco bureau at 415-495-1708, sanfrancisco@ap.org. Sudhin Thanawala is on the news desk.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES:

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump said parts of the federal government will stay closed until Democrats agree to put up more walls along the U.S.-Mexico border to deter criminal elements. He said he’s open to calling the wall something else as long as he ends up with an actual wall. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-BORDER WALL-FACT CHECK

HOUSTON _ President Donald Trump’s claims over Christmas that he had awarded 115 miles of new border wall construction in Texas appear to confuse work that’s already funded and under way. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 570 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE-GOVERNOR’S PARDON

SAN FRANCISCO _ A woman who lost her home in California’s most destructive wildfire ever says she and her husband are humbled to have received pardons from Gov. Jerry Brown for old drug crimes. Heather Steels Burnett said in a phone interview on Christmas Day that the pardons were bright spots in what has been a difficult period for her family. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 480 words, photos.

Also:

_ WATER MAIN RUPTURE _ Officials say water to dozens of customers in a South Los Angeles neighborhood is now safe to drink after a water main break cut off their service.

_ POLICE SHOOTING _ Police in San Jose are investigating an officer-involved shooting that left one suspect dead.

SPORTS:

BKN--LAKERS-WARRIORS

OAKLAND, Calif. _ The Los Angeles Lakers visit the Golden State Warriors. AP photos planned.

CHEEZ-IT BOWL PREVIEW

PHOENIX _ The newly named Cheez-It Bowl has a history of points coming in bunches, with six of the past seven games producing at least one team scoring 30 points or more. This year’s Cheez-It Bowl might be lucky to have 30 combined points. California and TCU have two of the nation’s best defenses and are among the worst offenses, so points will likely be at a premium Tuesday night at Chase Field, home of baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks. By John Marshall. SENT: 800 words, photos. With: AP-FBC--Cheez-It Bowl Preview Capsule.

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