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

September 27, 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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WASHINGTON — Emotionally battling to rescue his Supreme Court nomination, Brett Kavanaugh fought back Thursday against allegations that he’d sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford when both were high school students, telling Congress that allegations by her and others have “totally and permanently destroyed” his family and his reputation. By Lisa Mascaro, Alan Fram and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,273 words, photos, video, audio. UPCOMING: Developing from hearing.



— SUPREME COURT-THE MOMENT-FORD — Indelible. That’s the way Christine Blasey Ford described the details of what she says was a sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on a summer evening three decades ago. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 577 words, photo.

— SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-MEDIA — Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony Thursday on Capitol Hill made for riveting — and potentially devastating — TV, with Fox News’ Chris Wallace calling it a “disaster” for Republicans, and some commentators at other networks echoing that assessment. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 721 words, photo.


Every time Chris Gilman leaves her home at the foot of Mount Rainier in Washington, she fights the gnawing urge to turn around and check that someone isn’t about to shoot her. It’s a battle she sometimes wins and sometimes loses. In the year since the 48-year-old was nearly killed in the Oct. 1, 2017 massacre in Las Vegas — the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history — Gilman has had to get used to living with fear. SENT: 1,150 words, photos, video.


LAS VEGAS SHOOTING-SURVIVORS — Vegas shooting survivors embrace life despite challenges. For comprehensive coverage of the Las Vegas mass shooting: By Regina Garcia Cano and Amy Taxin. SENT: 2,658 words, photos, video.


LOS ANGELES — Here’s another thing travelers can consider bringing when a trip takes them through Los Angeles International Airport: marijuana. A written policy posted by airport police says small amounts of pot can be brought to LAX but warn they still run the risk of being stopped by a TSA agent before they get to the gate because marijuana possession is still a crime under federal law. By John Rogers. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4:30 p.m., photos.



SAN FRANCISCO — Crews on Thursday were shoring up two cracked beams that have shuttered a celebrated and newly opened $2 billion San Francisco transit center. The Salesforce Transit Center is expected to stay closed through the end of next week, said Mark Zabaneh, executive director of Transbay Joint Powers Authority, which operates the center. By Janie Har. SENT: 500 words, photos.


— APPLE STORE THEFTS — California’s attorney general says 17 people have been charged in connection to a string of brazen robberies of more than $1 million in electronics from Apple stores throughout the state.

— COLD CASE MURDER — Authorities say a Fresno, California, man has been arrested for the 17-year-old murder of an El Mirage man.



LOS ANGELES — A man wanted for allegedly committing an armed sexual assault in Los Angeles last year has been added to the FBI’s list of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.


— IMMIGRANT ARRESTS — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it has arrested 150 immigrants across Southern California this week in an operation targeting public safety threats.

— RANDOM STABBING — A man has been sentenced to seven years to life in prison for a random knife attack on a 75-year-old woman in Los Angeles.

— SUBURBAN MARIJUANA — A months-long investigation has led to seizure of thousands of marijuana plants from three Southern California homes.



DETROIT — U.S. securities regulators have filed a complaint against Tesla CEO Elon Musk alleging that he made false and misleading statements about plans to take the company private in August. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


— MUSIC-ARETHA FRANKLIN TRIBUTE — The American Music Awards will honor the Queen of Soul next month. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. Photo.

— FILMMAKER-RESTITUTION — A California-based filmmaker ordered in 2012 to pay Massachusetts millions of dollars in restitution after pleading guilty to defrauding the state of $4.7 million in tax credits has paid back only a tiny fraction of that.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly and Stanford’s David Shaw seem to share very little in common. The two coaches, however, share similar missions and a track record of success with their football teams. By Todd Burlage. SENT: 700 words, photos.


BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre carefully crunches all the figures and reaches the same conclusion. “They’ve got our number,” he said. That’s why he’s not putting too much stock in the Buffaloes being a 9½-point favorite or UCLA struggling to a 0-3 start in the first season under coach Chip Kelly. By Sports Writer Pat Graham. SENT: 710 words, photo.


No. 19 Oregon at No. 24 California highlights this week in the Pac-12. SENT: 410 words.


Closing out a victory when you have the ball and a narrow lead with time running out can require some math proficiency and a little creativity. Two Pac-12 games last week show just how challenging things can get. By Sports Writer Steve Megargee. SENT: 900 words, photos.


ALAMEDA, Calif. — Jon Gruden returned to the Oakland Raiders for a second stint as coach as the savior. Three games into his tenure, he’s still searching for a win. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m.


The Vegas Golden Knights tried to improve their chances of repeating as Western Conference champions, signing free agent center Paul Stastny and acquiring forward Max Pacioretty. Vegas will have a lot of obstacles in its pursuit of the Stanley Cup. Nashville, Winnipeg and San Jose are just a few of the teams to beat in the loaded conference. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams host Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings in a compelling short-week NFC matchup. The Rams (3-0) have outscored their opponents by a combined 66 points, but coach Sean McVay’s high-powered offense last season. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5:20 p.m.


CARSON, Calif. — The Niners and Chargers go into Sunday’s game with 1-2 records but both come in under different circumstances. San Francisco is reeling after losing QB Jimmy Garropolo’s season-ending knee injury while Los Angeles’ two losses were to the unbeaten Rams and Chiefs. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 700 words, file photos by 6 p.m. FOR WEEKEND USE


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