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

September 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-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:

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump accused Democrats on Tuesday of using a “con game” to try scuttling Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and disparaged the account of the second woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, saying she herself conceded she was “totally inebriated and all messed up.” By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,060 words, photos, video.

With:

— SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST

CALIFORNIA-GAS TAX

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Without big-name candidates at the top of the ticket, California Republicans turned a ballot measure eliminating a recent gas tax hike in hopes of exciting conservatives and ensuring they show up to support lower profile legislative and congressional candidates this November. A similar strategy for 2020 emerged Tuesday, when conservative radio host Carl DeMaio announced he’ll pursue a ballot measure to eliminate high-speed rail. By Jonathan J. Cooper SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: New approach, 700 words by 4 p.m.

HOMELESS BEATINGS

LOS ANGELES — A man arrested on suspicion of beating a Southern California homeless man into unconsciousness and suspected in six other beating attacks — three of them fatal — is also being investigated in the disappearances of two of the suspect’s Texas relatives, officials said Tuesday. SENT: 480 words, photos. UPCOMING: Update from 3 p.m. police press conference.

CAPITOL:

— ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT — Ten states are demanding the Trump administration abandon a proposed overhaul of the Endangered Species Act.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

NEAR COLLISION-SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT

Safety regulators are recommending the use of technology to help avoid the kind of catastrophic collision that nearly occurred when an Air Canada jetliner zoomed over four taxiing planes full of passengers, coming as close as 10 to 20 feet over the top of one of them on the ground in San Francisco. By David Koening. SENT: 475 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from afternoon hearing developments.

BOY ABDUCTED

MODESTO, Calif. — A 6-year-old boy abducted from his central California home by his father was found safe in the San Francisco Bay area Tuesday, authorities said. The boy, Jayce Cosso, was found safe at a motel in Dublin with his father and 17-year-old step-brother, the Modesto Police Department said. SENT: 280 words. UPCOMING: Pursuing photos.

Also:

— HUMANE SOCIETY-TAHOE EMBEZZLEMENT — The former executive director of the Lake Tahoe Humane Society has pleaded guilty to embezzling money from the nonprofit based in South Lake Tahoe.

— MARIJUANA PRESENTS — A California couple who said the marijuana they were hauling through Nebraska was intended for Christmas gifts have been given probation and conditional jail time.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

— DEPUTY WOUNDED — A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was shot and wounded and a suspect was killed when an altercation erupted during an investigation of a suspicious vehicle in East Los Angeles.

BUSINESS:

TRUMP-MILEAGE STANDARDS

DEARBORN, Mich. — Automakers sought flexibility while environmental groups blasted the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back fuel economy standards at a public hearing on the plan in the industry’s backyard. At the hearing Tuesday in Dearborn, Michigan, home to Ford Motor Co. and just miles from the General Motors and Fiat Chrysler home offices, industry officials repeated two themes: They’ll keep working to make cars and trucks more efficient, but they may not be able to meet existing standards because people are buying more trucks and SUVs. By Tom Krisher and Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 810 words, photos.

EUROPE-ONLINE REGULATION

LONDON — Music streaming sites Spotify and Deezer are among European tech industry players calling on the EU to get tougher on unfair business practices by U.S. giants like Apple, Google and Amazon. By Business Writer Kelvin Chan. SENT: 360 words, photo.

Also:

— DULLES REAL ESTATE — The regional authority that runs metropolitan Washington’s two major airports has sold a 400-acre tract near Dulles International Airport to a San Francisco firm for nearly $237 million.

ENTERTAINMENT:

TV-MURPHY BROWN

LOS ANGELES — Last season’s short-lived “Roseanne” revival blew an air kiss to President Donald Trump in its debut episode before it reverted to finding laughs in family and working-class woes, not politics. Expect “Murphy Brown,” another reborn 20th century sitcom, to be consistently faithful to its own roots. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 875 words, photos.

FILM-FREE SOLO

TORONTO — A new documentary not only chronicles rock climber Alex Honnold’s famed, free solo ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan, a 3,000-foot wall of sheer granite, it also depicts an arguably steeper challenge for the 33-year-old Honnold: moving out of his van and maintaining a long-term relationship. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 130 words, photos.

Also:

— FILM-AFI FEST-OPENING NIGHT — The Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic “On the Basis of Sex” is having its world premiere at the 32nd AFI Fest in Los Angeles. Photos.

SPORTS:

FBC--PAC-12 AFTER DARK

While the debate continues about the number of late games in the Pac-12, Commissioner Larry Scott says one thing is clear: They’re popular with viewers. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING:

HKN--SHARKS PREVIEW

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks aren’t shying away from the high expectations after adding two-time Norris Trophy winning defenseman Erik Karlsson. They know nothing short of the franchise’s first Stanley Cup will be a success. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos, capsule.

HKN--DUCKS PREVIEW

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Anaheim Ducks want to play faster hockey this season. They’ll do anything to get away quickly from the memory of their embarrassing first-round playoff sweep last spring. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

HKN--KINGS PREVIEW

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings added Ilya Kovalchuk during the offseason, but they remain a scoring-challenged team as they try to keep up in the Pacific Division and try to advance past the first round of the playoffs since 2014. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos.

BKN--WARRIORS BEGIN

OAKLAND, Calif. — With unsettled contract situations making many of the Warriors’ futures beyond this season uncertain, Steve Kerr is encouraging his Golden State players now more than ever to go with the flow, have fun and just enjoy the moment. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.

BBN--DODGERS-DIAMONDBACKS

PHOENIX — Still 1 1-2 games ahead of second-place Colorado in the NL West, the Los Angeles Dodgers go for a second straight over the Arizona Diamondbacks. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words. Game starts at 6:40 p.m.

BBA--RANGERS-ANGELS

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Matt Shoemaker faces Yovani Gallardo when the Los Angeles Angels continue their series with the Texas Rangers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:07 p.m.

BBA--ATHLETICS-MARINERS

SEATTLE — With their playoff spot clinched, the Oakland Athletics face the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night and continue to try and chase down the New York Yankees in the wild-card race. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

BBN--PADRES-GIANTS

SAN FRANCISCO — Chris Stratton, the Giants’ only double-digit winner, goes for his 11th victory in San Francisco’s middle game against the Padres. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:15 p.m.

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