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

September 6, 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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TOP STORIES:

SONY HACK

LOS ANGELES — A computer programmer accused of working at the behest of the North Korean government was charged Thursday in connection with several high-profile cyberattacks, including the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack and the WannaCry ransomware virus that affected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide. By Michael Balsamo And Brian Melley. SENT: 884 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach, video.

With:

—SONY HACK-GLANCE

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. — Truckers abandoned big-rigs and motorists screamed in fear as they came dangerously close to an explosive wildfire that shut down about 45 miles of a major California interstate near the Oregon border that authorities were desperately trying to reopen. By Noah Berger and Paul Elias. SENT: 591 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: New approach, 650 words by 3 p.m.

With:

— CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST

IMMIGRATION-FAMILY DETENTION

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday moved to abandon a longstanding court settlement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept locked up, proposing new regulations that would allow the government to detain families until their immigration cases are decided. By Colleen Long and Amy Taxin. SENT: 800 words, photos.

HARRIS-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kamala Harris put Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on edge with a surprise question at his confirmation hearing on whether he spoke with anyone about the investigation into Russian election meddling. It’s the only time President Donald Trump’s high court pick appeared to stumble. SENT: 367 words, photos.

OBIT-BURT REYNOLDS

Burt Reynolds, the handsome film and television star known for his acclaimed performances in “Deliverance” and “Boogie Nights,” commercial hits such as “Smokey and the Bandit” and for an active off-screen love life which included relationships with Loni Anderson and Sally Field, has died at age 82. By John Rogers. SENT: 1,564 words, photos.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

WELLS FARGO-INVESTIGATION

NEW YORK — The Justice Department is investigating potential employee fraud at Wells Fargo & Co.’s wholesale banking unit, according to a published report. SENT: 323 words.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

OMNIVOROUS SHARK

IRVINE, Calif. — Ruining the reputation of sharks as bloodthirsty predators, Southern California researchers say they’ve found a shark that enjoys a side of sea grass with its prey. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

COLLEGE EVACUATION-THREAT

SAN DIEGO — A threat from a student forced the evacuation Thursday of a community college south of San Diego with about 20,000 students and 1,000 staff members on its main campus and three nearby satellite campuses. SENT: 200 words.

Also:

— DISNEYLAND-LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE — A California agency has fined Disneyland, saying the theme park failed to properly maintain cooling equipment, leading three employees to acquire Legionnaire’s disease.

BUSINESS:

UBER CEO-Q&A

NEW YORK — Ever since he stepped into his role as CEO a year ago, Dara Khosrowshahi has had to deal with wave after wave of major scandals and bad press, much of which he inherited from his predecessor, Travis Kalanick. By Business Writer Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: 780 words, photos.

ENTERTAINMENT:

OSCARS-NEW CATEGORY

LOS ANGELES — The organization that bestows the Academy Awards says it is suspending plans to award a new Oscar for popular films at the 2019 ceremony amid widespread backlash to the idea. SENT: 247 words, photo.

Also:

— GOOP-EGGS SETTLEMENT — Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle company goop has agreed to pay $145,000 in civil penalties over products including egg-shaped stones that are meant to be inserted into the vagina to improve health. Photo.

SPORTS:

FBN--NFL DRUG LAWSUIT

SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. appeals court on Thursday reinstated a lawsuit filed against the NFL by former players who claim the league illegally plied them with powerful prescription painkillers to keep them on the field. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 394 words, photos.

FBN--RAMS-CHARGERS-STADIUM SALES

LOS ANGELES — Although the palatial Inglewood NFL stadium is still nearly two years from completion, the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers are ready to fill it up. The Rams will begin season ticket sales in about two weeks for more than 50,000 seats in the under-construction stadium at Hollywood Park, the club announced Thursday. The Chargers will put general season tickets on sale in the first week of October. By Sports Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 413 words, photo.

FBN--RAIDERS-CARR

ALAMEDA, Calif. — When Jon Gruden got hired for a second stint as Oakland Raiders coach, there were immediately questions about how quarterback Derek Carr would respond to Gruden’s intensity, cursing and hands-on approach after four seasons with more low-key coordinators and defensive-minded head coaches. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m.

FBN--49ERS-SHERMAN

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Richard Sherman is set to make his debut for the San Francisco 49ers after working his way back from a ruptured Achilles’ tendon that ended his stint in Seattle. By Joe Stiiglich. UPCOMING: 600 words, by 4 p.m.

FBC--PAC-12-THIS WEEK

No. 17 Southern California at No 10 Stanford highlights this week in the Pac-12. SENT: 433 words.

BBN--PADRES-REDS

CINCINNATI — The Padres and Reds open a four-game series, with left-hander Eric Lauer (5-7) facing Luis Castillo (8-11). By Joe Kay. Game starts at 3:40 p.m.

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