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

December 14, 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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A report on firefighter injuries from a Northern California wildfire that was the deadliest in the U.S. in 100 years details harrowing conditions they faced and a few close calls with death. The report by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the Camp Fire overtook three firefighters trying to set a backfire Nov. 8 and two others were injured the next day when a propane tank exploded. By Brian Melley. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3:30 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO _ The chief justice of the California Supreme Court says concerns about increasing polarization in the country prompted her to give up her Republican Party affiliation. SENT: 119 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 2:30 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ Father Jim Sichko has a 50-state congregation and a simple mandate from the pope: Go forth and do good deeds. That’s why the Roman Catholic priest found himself standing by the drive-thru of a popular Hollywood fast-food joint on a recent windy, rain-swept afternoon buying lunch for everyone who stopped by. The next day he’d be at a gas station in Kentucky, topping off people’s tanks. Then it would be on to Arizona where he would _ well, he wasn’t quite sure what he’d do there, but he’d think of something. By John Rogers. SENT: 956 words, photos, video.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California is moving to eliminate fossil fuels from its fleet of 12,000 transit buses, enacting a first-in-the-nation mandate that will vastly increase the number of electric buses on the road. By Jonathan J. Cooper. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 2:30 p.m.



SAN FRANCISCO _ In a rare step, the California Supreme Court has blocked Gov. Jerry Brown’s attempt to issue a pardon to a 37-year-old man Cambodian refugee facing deportation for killing and robbing a woman when he was 14 years old. By Paul Elias. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 p.m.


_ LIBRARIAN KILLED _ Sacramento police have arrested a man suspected of killing a librarian who was shot while sitting in her car in the library’s parking lot.


_ GROUNDWATER CLEANUP _ A settlement between the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Lockheed Martin will expand cleanup of San Fernando Valley groundwater contaminated by decades of manufacturing and testing of aircraft and other industrial equipment.

_ SHOOTINGS-PURSUIT _ Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies have detained five people after two shootings and a pursuit.

_ SERIAL KILLER INVESTIGATION-KENTUCKY _ A 78-year-old Texas inmate who authorities say confessed to killing dozens of people over four decades has been indicted on a murder charge in the 1981 death of a Kentucky woman. He’s already convicted of three Los Angeles-area killings.



AUSTIN, Texas _ One tech giant strung dozens of North American cities through a circus-like contest that led mayors and governors to desperately pitch their regions _ and offer huge sums of public money _ in hopes of landing a gleaming new corporate campus. The other swept in quietly before making its big move. The outcome was largely the same: Amazon and Apple are running out of room in their West Coast hometowns and establishing a major foothold in a handful of U.S. cities already known as second-tier technology hubs. By Michael Liedtke And Matt O’Brien and Will Weissert. SENT: 914 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Facebook said Friday that a software bug affecting nearly 7 million users may have exposed a broader set of photos to app developers than what those users intended. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 429 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES _ Awkwafina became a household name this summer, stealing scenes from the likes of Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock in the heist movie “Ocean’s 8” and then as a standout in the cultural phenomenon that was “Crazy Rich Asians.” But even considering her blockbuster summer, the 29-year-old New York native, born Nora Lum, whose dad wanted her to be an air traffic controller, still feels pretty normal. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 464 words, photos, video.


_ KANYE WEST-DRAKE 2NDLD-WRITETHRU _ Kanye West is not sending Christmas cheer to Drake. West appeared to reignite a feud with the fellow rapper in a series of tweets on Thursday in which he claimed Drake had called trying to threaten him. Photo.

_ APPLE-PEANUTS _ Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the “Peanuts” crew will have a new home on Apple’s streaming service. Apple has struck a deal with DHX Media to produce new “Peanuts” content. Photo.



COSTA MESA, Calif. _ With Thursday night’s win at Kansas City, the Los Angeles Chargers are no longer flying under the radar. In a city fixated on the Rams and the LeBron James Lakers, the Chargers haven’t received much attention despite an 11-3 record, and that’s perfectly fine with them. Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.


LAS VEGAS _ Fresno State finds itself in the Las Vegas Bowl as the champion of the Mountain West Conference in coach Jeff Tedford’s second season, less than two years removed from a 1-11 record. Arizona State, in its first season under coach Herm Edwards, hopes to use its trip to the postseason as a launching pad to similar success. By Dan Greenspan. SENT: 719 words, photo.




SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The Golden State Warriors visit the Sacramento Kings. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


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