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AP-CA--California News Digest 4:30 pm, CA

November 29, 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 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 Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman, who is on leave amid sexual misconduct allegations, said Wednesday he’ll seek treatment for alcohol abuse and other health issues. Bauman’s statement was first made to the Los Angeles Times in response to an article citing 10 people describing crude comments and inappropriate physical touching made by Bauman. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo.


LOS ANGELES — Democrat T.J. Cox claimed victory Wednesday over Republican U.S. Rep. David Valadao after an updated vote count increased his lead in a California farm-belt district. Cox, who trailed in the vote tally until Monday, increased his lead to 506 votes after updated numbers were released by Kings and Tulare counties. SENT: 400 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — A proposal to build a 5-mile (8-kilometer) tunnel linking two Los Angeles-area freeways is dead after state officials decided on a street-improvement plan instead. The final environmental impact report released Wednesday brings to an end a decades-long battle over how close a gap between the 710 freeway in East Los Angeles and the 210 freeway in Pasadena. SENT: 125 words. UPCOMING: 250 words, photos by 5 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Robert Van Scoyoc has joined the Los Angeles Dodgers as hitting coach, along with Dino Ebel as third base coach, Aaron Bates as assistant hitting coach and Chris Gimenez as game planning coach. Van Scoyoc is on a major league coaching staff for the first time after spending last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He returns to the Dodgers, where he was the hitting consultant in 2016-17. SENT: 250 words.


ALAMEDA — Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr feels much more relaxed in Jon Gruden’s offense than he did at the beginning of the year. It’s too late to salvage the Raiders’ season but for a team that is 2-9 and in the hunt for the No. 1 overall pick next year, baby steps are important. By Michael Wagaman. SENT: 600 words, photos.


UNDATED — Greg McLaughlin is moving from president of the PGA Tour Champions to leading three noncompetitive operations at the PGA Tour, including oversight of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The appointment announced Wednesday gives McLaughlin a sprawling role previously held by three people. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 425 words, photos.


SOCIAL MEDIA THREATS-CHARGES — A 19-year-old man has been charged with making threats over social media against female students at a San Francisco Bay Area high school.

— BRAVES-DODGERS TRADE — The Dodgers have acquired left-handed pitcher Adam McCreery from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Pacific Gas & Electric Company said in a new filing with the state that it determined weather conditions were no longer dangerous enough to warrant a power shut off on Nov. 8, hours after a fire was already tearing through a Northern California town. By Kathleen Ronayne. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.


—NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE-POPULAR SHERIFF, from CHICO, Calif. — Those who had fled a deadly Northern California wildfire were looking for answers at an evacuation center when Sheriff Kory Honea walked in. They jumped to their feet, clapped and cheered. The Butte County sheriff came to watch a recent briefing by a state official, but as the public face of the force fighting the flames and bringing relief to those who lost everything, he’s a star attraction. By Paul Elias. SENT: 1,035 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — A California appeals court overturned a lower court ruling that found the state’s assisted suicide law was unconstitutional. A panel of the Fourth District Court of Appeals in Riverside on Tuesday said doctors who brought the case did not show they were harmed because they could choose not to help terminally ill patients die. By Brian Melley. SENT: 345 words. UPCOMING: 675 words.


LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to make street vending legal, a long-sought status for thousands of mainly immigrant sellers who peddle everything from tacos to toys. By John Rogers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Nancy Pelosi was nominated by fellow House Democrats to be speaker on Wednesday, but she still faces a showdown vote when the full House convenes in January. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 986 words, photos.



SAN FRANCISCO — Crews in Northern California cleared drainage ways and removed ash and sediment from creeks and streams in wildfire-burned areas Wednesday ahead of heavy rain that could unleash devastating debris flows. By Olga R. Rodriguez. SENT: 550 words, photos.


— WATER POLO CONCUSSION SUIT — A U.S. appeals court has revived a lawsuit accusing the governing body for water polo in the U.S. of ignoring repeated requests to implement a concussion policy for young athletes.



Earlier this year, the federal agency tasked with caring for asylum-seeking children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border officially took on a new, little heralded role: helping to deport relatives of the young migrants. By Frank Bajak. SENT: 1,139 words, photos.


— IMMIGRATION-DETAINEE DIES — An attorney representing the family of a Honduran transgender migrant who died while in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement claims the woman did not receive adequate medical care and was physically abused. SENT: 526 words.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new proposal moving through Congress seeks to designate Route 66, the highway that connected Chicago to Los Angeles and was once an economic driver for small towns across a post-World War II United States, as a National Historic Trail. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 477 words, photos.


HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — A Southern California man who was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats following a dispute over a dove release at a funeral had dozens of unregistered guns and Nazi paraphernalia in his home, police said Wednesday. SENT: 235 words, photos.


— SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RAIL TRANSIT — The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced approximately $180 million in funding for two Southern California rail transit projects.

— ORANGE COUNTY NEEDLE EXCHANGE — A judge has blocked a nonprofit group’s plan to run a mobile needle exchange program for drug users in four Orange County cities.



NEW YORK — Facebook is cautiously expanding a feature that shows people local news and information, including missing-person alerts, road closures, crime reports and school announcements. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 757 words.


VENTURA, Calif. — Patagonia, the outdoor gear company, is passing along the $10 million it saved from tax cuts to non-profit environmental groups. SENT: 287 words, photo.


— GOOGLE CEO-CONGRESS — Google CEO Sundar Pichai will testify next week at a congressional hearing on the company’s business practices, just three months after aides put up an empty chair to symbolize his refusal to appear. Photos.



WASHINGTON — It was the kiss heard around the galaxy. Fifty years ago — and only one year after the U.S. Supreme Court declared interracial marriage was legal — two of science fiction’s most enduring characters, Captain James T. Kirk and Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, kissed each other on “Star Trek.” By Jesse J. Holland. SENT: 1,015 words, photo.


LOS ANGELES — Annette Bening plays Senator Dianne Feinstein, Zac Efron takes on Ted Bundy, Awkwafina dives into a dramatic role, and Harvey Weinstein gets a documentary spotlight in films that will premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in January. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 743 words, photos.


— PEOPLE-ARIANA GRANDE — Ariana Grande is giving fans an all-access pass into her musical life through a new documentary series on YouTube. Photo.



OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics have found a location for their modern new ballpark, announcing plans to build near Jack London Square along the water. Team President Dave Kaval had hoped to finalize a site by the end of the year, and the A’s made the announcement Wednesday they had settled on a site. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 780 words, photos.


COSTA MESA, Calif. — Austin Ekeler isn’t a well-known name to NFL fans but he leads the league in average yards from scrimmage per touch. The second-year running back will have a higher profile due to Melvin Gordon’s injury as the Chargers travel to Pittsburgh for a Sunday night game. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers are sticking with Nick Mullens at quarterback for now despite two straight rough starts. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.


SUNRISE, Fla. — The Anaheim Ducks complete a two-game, two-night Florida swing Wednesday when they play the Panthers. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game scheduled to begin 4 p.m.


TORONTO — The San Jose Sharks visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4:30 p.m.


The Los Angeles Clippers have won two straight and look stay atop the Western Conference when they host the Phoenix Suns, who have dropped their last two. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi hosts San Diego in a nonconference game. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts at 4:30 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Coming off consecutive losses to ranked teams that knocked UCLA out of the Top 25, the Bruins host Hawaii to open a four-game homestand. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.


STANFORD, Calif. Portland State plays Stanford at Maples Pavilion. By Rick Eymer. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.


MORAGA, Calif. — UC Irvine plays Saint Mary’s at McKeon Pavilion. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.


FRESNO, Calif. — Pacific plays Fresno State at Save Mart Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Southern California hosts Long Beach State. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.


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