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

October 9, 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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SACRAMENTO — California’s top elections official says he doesn’t yet know if any of the roughly 1,500 people mistakenly registered to vote by the Department of Motor Vehicles voted in the June primary. Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Tuesday his office is investigating the problem. The roughly 1,500 people either told the DMV they were ineligible or didn’t confirm their eligibility but were registered anyway. The group could include non-citizens, people under 18 or people ineligible to vote because of a criminal conviction. By Sophia Bollag. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 2:30 p.m.


OLYMPIA, Wash. — If control of the U.S. House comes down to any of the competitive congressional races in Washington state and California, the American public might have to wait a while to learn the outcome. While Washington is one of just three states that conduct all elections by mail, it’s the only one of those three that allows ballots to be postmarked on Election Day, meaning those ballots often don’t reach election officials for a few more days. The system usually leaves about half of the vote outstanding at the end of the night, making it impossible to quickly know the winner of close races. By Rachel La Corte. SENT: 900 words, photos.


— ELECTION 2018-BERNIE SANDERS — Sen. Bernie Sanders is embarking on a nine-state battleground tour on behalf of Democratic candidates competing in the November elections, returning to the campaign trail ahead of a decision on another White House bid. SENT: 775 words, photos.


DENVER — Seven U.S. states in the Southwest that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River have reached tentative agreements on how to manage the waterway amid an unprecedented drought, officials said Tuesday. The announcement was a long-awaited step toward preserving the river, which supports 40 million people and 6,300 square miles (16,300 square kilometers) of farmland in the U.S. and Mexico. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 350 words.



SACRAMENTO — Two sagging Pacific Gas & Electric power lines made contact, sparked and ignited a Northern California wildfire last year that killed four people and injured a firefighter near Sacramento, officials said Tuesday.. SENT: 460 words, photos.


STOCKTON — Alex Spanos, the son of Greek immigrants who used a self-made fortune from construction and real estate to buy the Chargers in 1984, died Tuesday. He was 95. After building a nationwide construction empire based in Stockton, his Northern California hometown, Spanos realized a lifelong dream of owning an NFL franchise when he bought controlling interest in the San Diego Chargers from Gene Klein in 1984 for about $50 million. He eventually bought all but 3 percent of the team. SENT: 800 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES — A new police task force targeting people who aren’t allowed to have guns has led to the arrest of 35 people and the seizure of more than 100 firearms since June, officials said at a news conference where they acknowledged that an ever-increasing backlog of prohibited possessors remains a major challenge. By Amanda Lee Myers. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 2 p.m.


— HIGH SURF — High surf will pound much of the southern and central California coast all week and beachgoers are warned of dangerous waves and rip currents.

— DRUG RING ARRESTS — Authorities say 13 people were arrested and more than $10 million worth of illegal drugs were seized as part of a year-long crackdown on traffickers in Southern California.

— IVORY SALES — A Los Angeles antiques dealer has been sentenced to 36 months of probation after being convicted of selling ivory tusks in violation of state law.

— HONORING CALIFORNIA VETERAN — A California veteran who died from health complications related to his time in Vietnam will be added to the state’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

— HIT-AND-RUN ARREST — The California Highway Patrol has arrested a woman suspected of striking and killing a San Bernardino teen with her vehicle and fleeing from the scene.

— OVERTURNED TANKER — All westbound lanes of a Los Angeles highway were closed after a tanker truck overturned and spilled hot tar across lanes.

— HOLLYWOOD POSSIBLE STAMPEDE — Authorities say 10 people were injured at a Hollywood rap event after a possible stampede.



DOVER, Del. — Delaware utility regulators have refused a request to review a deal under which Delmarva Power customers are forced to pay tens of millions of dollars to a California-based fuel cell manufacturer. The state Public Service Commission rejected the request Tuesday after commission staff and Delaware’s public advocate said regulators had no authority to change the tariff deal between Delmarva Power and Bloom Energy. By Randall Chase. SENT: 300 words.



NEW YORK — Google’s new Pixel phones mirror the industry trend moving the devices toward lusher, bigger screens and add new twists on the camera for taking better selfies and other pictures. The Pixels have barely made a dent in the market since their debut two years ago, but Google is hoping to change that with the latest models unveiled Tuesday at an event in New York. By Technology Writers Anick Jesdanun And Michael Liedkte. SENT: 500 words, photos.



NEW YORK — James Gunn may have been fired from Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but DC Comics will welcome him with open arms. Warner Bros. on Tuesday confirmed that Gunn will write the script to the studio’s next installment of “Suicide Squad,” the DC supervillain team-up franchise. In July, Disney fired Gunn after jokes involving rape and pedophilia he wrote years earlier on Twitter resurfaced. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 350 words, photos.


UNDATED — Taylor Swift is having a big week: She first broke her long-standing refusal to discuss politics Sunday and now she’s going to give her first awards show performance in three years at the American Music Awards. The pop star will open Tuesday night’s show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, which airs live on ABC. Other performers include Cardi B with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood, twenty one pilots and Jennifer Lopez. The show will also pay tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died in August. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 500 words, photos. Will be updated after start of show at 5 p.m.


NEW YORK — Joe and Marjorie Walsh were honored Monday night by the nonprofit Facing Addiction with NCADD for their support of the recovery movement and their efforts to raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse. And they got a little help from their friends, namely the Eagle’s brother-in-law, Ringo Starr, Vince Gill and Michael McDonald, during a fundraising gala supporting the work of the recently combined advocacy groups offering a range of services and programs focused on prevention, treatment and reform. By Entertainment Writer Leanne Italie. SENT: 600 words, photos.



STOCKTON — Alex Spanos, the son of Greek immigrants who used a self-made fortune from construction and real estate to buy the Chargers in 1984, died Tuesday. He was 95. After building a nationwide construction empire based in Stockton, his Northern California hometown, Spanos realized a lifelong dream of owning an NFL franchise when he bought controlling interest in the San Diego Chargers from Gene Klein in 1984 for about $50 million. He eventually bought all but 3 percent of the team. SENT: 800 words, photos.


ATLANTA — Even with all their star power and deep pockets, all their booming hitters and ace pitchers, the Los Angeles Dodgers are approaching three decades since their last World Series championship. They’re making another run at that elusive title. Only this time, Manny Machado is along for the ride. By Sports Writer Paul Newberry. SENT: 800 words, photos.


SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres have fired hitting coach Matt Stairs after one year on the job as the team continued to rank at the bottom of the majors in key offensive stats. General manager A.J. Preller confirmed the move Tuesday, saying in a text to The Associated Press: “We made the change.” By Sports Writer Bernie Wilson. SENT: 300 words.


UNDATED — A month into the conference season, the Pac-12 division races are taking shape. Each division has front-runners and teams that already are all but out of contention. A rundown of the races in the Pac-12′s North and South divisions: By Sports Writer John Marshall. SENT: 600 words.


UNDATED — Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, already the most decorated beach volleyball player in history, will pair with defensive star Brooke Sweat in an attempt to make it to the Summer Games for a sixth time. The decision kicks off a two-year qualification process that would send Walsh Jennings to Tokyo in 2020 a month before she turns 42. Sweat, eight years younger, is a four-time AVP defensive player of the year who competed in Rio de Janeiro in her only Olympics. By Sports Writer Jimmy Golen. SENT: 625 words, photos.


MIAMI — The United States will open the defense of its CONCACAF Gold Cup title on June 18 at new Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Americans will play their second match four days later in Cleveland and close Group D play on June 26 at Kansas City, Kansas, the governing soccer body of North and Central America and the Caribbean said Tuesday. Schedules were announced for the four seeded nations. Mexico has Group A games at Pasadena, California (June 15), Denver (June 19) and Charlotte, North Carolina (June 23). SENT: 300 words.


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