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

December 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. 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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CHICO _ Bob Talk hadn’t even transferred the title for his new trailer _ the one that was supposed to get him off the streets _ when Northern California’s deadly wildfire whipped through and turned it to ash. He had lived in the trailer park in Paradise for all of three days. Talk is now among hundreds of people still in a shelter a month later. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 850 words, photos.


SACRAMENTO _ A pair of suspected fatal overdoses on California’s death row this week is adding urgency to an effort to allow prison guards and even inmates to carry a drug that can save lives of those who overdose on opioids. By Don Thompson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.


HELENA, Mont. _ An investigation into whether political operatives in North Carolina illegally collected and possibly stole absentee ballots in a still-undecided congressional race has drawn attention to a widespread but little-known political tool called ballot harvesting, which also was used in California. It’s a practice long used by special-interest groups and both major political parties that is viewed either as a voter service that boosts turnout or a nefarious activity that subjects voters to intimidation and makes elections vulnerable to fraud. By Matt Volz. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


_CALIFORNIA SENATE-RECALL, from SACRAMENTO _ Orange County is conducting a recall in California’s 34th Senate District, where the Republican incumbent lost. UPCOMING: 130 words by 2:30 p.m., then 450 words by 4:30 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ California became the first state in the nation to require homes built in 2020 and later be solar powered, following a vote by the Building Standards Commission. The unanimous action on Wednesday finalizes a previous vote by another panel and fulfills a decade-old goal to make the state reliant on cleaner energy. SENT: 350 words, photo.



SACRAMENTO _ California’s incoming governor, Gavin Newsom, announced Thursday he has selected a top civil rights expert and a longtime Capitol insider to fill two senior roles in his administration as he prepares to take office next month. Newsom hired Catherine Lhamon to be his top lawyer and Anthony Williams to be his chief lobbyist. SENT: 350 words.



VISALIA _ A high school teacher in California was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment after forcibly cutting the hair of one of her students while singing the National Anthem, authorities said. Teacher Margaret Gieszinger was arrested after videos posted to social media showed a student at University Preparatory High School in the city Visalia sitting in a chair at the front of the classroom as Gieszinger cuts his hair. SENT: 350 words, photos.


_ SOUTH LAKE TAHOE-RENTAL BAN _ California voters have narrowly approved a ballot measure banning short-term vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods outside downtown South Lake Tahoe beginning in three years.



LOS ANGELES _ The second round of a fall storm dumped snow and rain that jammed traffic on Southern California highways and loosened hillsides in wildfire burn areas on Thursday. At least one vehicle got stuck in a mudslide that shut down Pacific Coast Highway and surrounding roads in and around Malibu neighborhoods charred by last month’s destructive fire. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from afternoon developments.


ORANGE _ Advocates for survivors of child sex abuse say they have compiled a list of 72 priests who served in the Southern California Diocese of Orange and abused kids. Meantime, the Los Angeles Archdiocese has added names to its lists of suspected of sexual misconduct. By Amy Taxin. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 3 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, has been ordered to turn over a plane and Ferrari to his estranged wife as part of their divorce proceedings. By Amanda Lee Myers. UPCOMING: 325 words, photo by 2 p.m.


_ MOTHER-DAUGHTER KILLINGS _ Authorities say a woman and her teenage daughter were found dead in an apartment east of Los Angeles and investigators are searching for a 33-year-old man suspected of killing them.

_ FALSE SHOOTING REPORTS _ Police have arrested a man suspected of making false reports of active shooters twice in recent months at two Southern California hospitals.

_ ENTANGLED WHALES _ The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says last year was slightly worse than average for the entanglement of large whales, which is a major threat to the animals’ populations.



SAN FRANCISCO _ Lyft is another step closer to becoming a publicly traded company. The San Francisco ride-sharing service said Thursday that it confidentially submitted a draft registration statement for an initial public offering of shares with the Securities and Exchange Commission. SENT: 425 words, photos.


_ PHARMACEUTICAL KICKBACKS-SETTLEMENT _ A California-based pharmaceutical company has agreed to pay $360 million to resolve allegations that it used a charitable foundation to pay kickbacks to Medicare patients.



WASHINGTON _ Top executives from Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm are planning to meet at the White House amid strained ties between President Donald Trump’s administration and the tech industry. The White House says the Thursday meeting will address efforts to advance American leadership in innovation and how that will affect jobs, industries and the economy. SENT: 300 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Apple Watch is now fulfilling its promise to let people take EKGs of their heart and notify them when they have an irregular heartbeat. Apple announced the heart features in September, but didn’t make them available until Thursday. The new features have been given clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and are for U.S. customers only. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.



NEW YORK _ Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” seized control of the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards with a leading six nominations, narrowly edging Bradley Cooper’s tear-jerking revival “A Star Is Born,” the interracial road-trip drama “Green Book” and the period romp “The Favourite.” “Vice” topped all contenders Thursday, in nominations announced at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, including best picture, comedy and best actor nominations for Christian Bale’s nearly unrecognizable performance as the former vice president. It also earned nominations for Amy Adams’ Lynne Cheney, Sam Rockwell’s George W. Bush and both the screenplay and direction by McKay, the veteran comedy filmmaker who once skewered politicians as a “Saturday Night Live” writer. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.







LOS ANGELES _ Former NBA player and coach Derek Fisher has been hired to coach the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. The Sparks announced the move Wednesday, five days after longtime WNBA coach Brian Agler resigned. SENT: 250 words, photos.


LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ With a second straight division title in hand, Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams would love to grab a few more prizes. Another big one is there for the taking. The NFC West champion Rams look to clinch a first-round playoff bye when they visit the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears on Sunday in a primetime matchup between teams following similar paths. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos for weekend use.


LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ With a second straight division title in hand, Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams would love to grab a few more prizes. Another big one is there for the taking. The NFC West champion Rams look to clinch a first-round playoff bye when they visit the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears on Sunday in a primetime matchup between teams following similar paths. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos for weekend use.


SAN DIEGO _ The Royal Malta Yacht Club has been accepted as the fourth challenger for the 36th America’s Cup in 2021, making the Mediterranean archipelago the smallest country to compete for the oldest trophy in international sports. Malta Altus Challenge was accepted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. It joins Challenger of Record Luna Rossa of Italy, the New York Yacht Club’s American Magic and INEOS Team UK. By Sports Writer Bernie Wilson. SENT: 300 words.


_ CALIFORNIA-WILCOX EXTENSION _ California coach Justin Wilcox has signed a new five-year deal to stay under contract with the school through the 2023 season.


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