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AP-CA--California News Digest 5 pm, CA

August 7, 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. Robert Jablon 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, Calif. — Los Angeles area voters go to the polls for a special election to replace former state Sen. Tony Mendoza, who resigned in February over sexual misconduct allegations. The winner will only serve until November and, in a unique twist, Democratic voters chose one candidate to represent them in the special election and another in November.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers are seeking answers from the DMV about long wait times, prompted by their own experiences at agency offices in their districts and complaints from their constituents. Lawmakers plan to discuss the problem at hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Capitol.


The U.S. government is expected to release updated figures for asylum screenings and children’s asylum cases. The statistics could shed light on the impact of a ruling by Attorney General Jeff Sessions making it harder for immigrants arriving on the border to claim they’re fleeing persecution.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California man who told undercover agents that he wanted to carry out a Christmas Day bombing at San Francisco’s popular Pier 39 was sentenced to 15 years in prison. SENT: 200 words, photos.


SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration’s plans to erect hundreds of miles of border barriers with Mexico fails to adequately consider costs, a congressional watchdog agency said Monday, potentially raising the price and creating delays. By Elliott Spagat. SENT: 270 words.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed the head of California’s largest union and three others to the University of California Board of Regents, which sets tuition and other policy for the university system. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


NEW YORK — Winnie-the-Pooh and “Christopher Robin” couldn’t catch up to Tom Cruise and “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” at the box office, as Cruise’s sixth, stunt-filled “Mission: Impossible” movie topped the charts for the second week. SENT: 550 words, photos.


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — LeBron James has yet to play a minute for the Los Angeles Lakers, yet the NBA superstar is already busy in Hollywood. James is behind the three-part documentary series, “Shut Up and Dribble,” announced Monday by Showtime. SENT: 300 words, photos.


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The cast and producers of CW’s new “Charmed” are defending the reboot as a story for its time. The drama series about three young half-sisters who are witches will confront modern issues including the MeToo movement, executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman told a TV critics’ meeting Monday. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 380 words.


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Former NFL player Spencer Paysinger is drawing on his high school days living between two worlds for his first major Hollywood project. By Beth Harris. SENT: 380 words, photos.


OXNARD, Calif. — Dak Prescott threw two interceptions just a few plays apart in a training camp practice, including an ill-advised pass across the field to a receiver just a few yards from the line of scrimmage. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 800 words, photos.


OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay took his team across the country in an effort to escape the typically mundane NFL training camp practice that’s all too commonplace in August. He got exactly what he wanted Monday during a two-hour joint session with the Baltimore Ravens. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 630 words, photos.


NAPA, Calif. — As he squares off against first-round draft pick Kolton Miller almost daily in training camp, Oakland Raiders rookie defensive end Arden Key rarely uses the same move twice. On one play, Key takes a jab-step inside then spins around to Miller’s outside shoulder and speeds past the big left tackle. A few moments later, Key bull-rushes his way between Miller and another offensive lineman with little resistance. By Michael Wagaman. SENT: 720 words.


— TRUMP STAR VANDALIZED — A man accused of smashing President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been charged with one felony count of vandalism.

— CALIFORNIA-CAMPAIGN VIOLATION — California’s campaign watchdog is levying a $2,500 fine on a committee formed with Gov. Jerry Brown to promote a 2016 ballot measure easing criminal penalties.

— TV-FBI DOCUMENTARY — Showtime will air a new documentary series from award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney examining the history of clashes between U.S. presidents and the FBI. With photos.

— TV-HOMELAND ENDING — Showtime says that its acclaimed series “Homeland” will end in 2019 with its eighth season. With photos.



LAKEPORT — Twin Northern California blazes fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather grew Monday to become the second-largest wildfire in state history, becoming the norm as climate change makes the fire season longer and more severe. SENT: 480 words, photos.


—TRUMP-WILDFIRES AND WATER-FACT CHECK, from WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump is claiming that California’s water policy is shortchanging firefighters of water to battle the state’s raging wildfires. That’s not so, according to wildfire and water experts. A look at his tweets and the facts behind them. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 630 words, photos.


SANTA ANA — Witnesses watched in horror as a small plane banked low in sunny skies over a Southern California shopping center and then suddenly nosedived, crashing into a parking lot and killing all five people on board. By Amy Taxin and Ariel Tu. SENT: 63050 words, photos, video.


MODESTO — Police said Monday that they are looking for two men who beat a Sikh man and spray-painted a neo-Nazi symbol on his truck in what they’re calling a hate crime. SENT: 350 words, photos.



SAN FRANCISCO — A man was killed, and two others were injured Monday in a shooting on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that caused several cars to collide and shut down all traffic lanes for hours, authorities said. SENT: 250 words, photos.



WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama is marking the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by urging Americans to participate in a week of action to get people signed up to vote. The former first lady, a co-chairwoman of a nonpartisan organization to encourage voting, announced Monday that the When We All Vote Week of Action will be held Sept. 22-29 in Los Angeles and other cities. By Ashley Thomas. SENT: 300 words, photos.


— MARINES STABBED — California authorities say three Marines were stabbed during a fight with two men in San Clemente.


— GOOGLE-ANDROID — The next version of Google’s Android system will be called Pie.



NEW YORK — Demi Lovato has checked out of the hospital she was rushed to two weeks ago for a reported overdose. A person close to Lovato said she was released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles over the weekend. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t allowed to speak publicly about the topic. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 250 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — Charlotte Rae, who played a wise and patient housemother to a brood of teenage girls on the long-running sitcom “The Facts of Life” during a career that encompassed many other TV roles as well as stage and film appearances, has died. She was 92. Rae died at her Los Angeles home Sunday with her family at her side, said her publicist, Harlan Boll. A cause of death was not immediately available, but Rae was diagnosed last year with bone cancer after beating pancreatic cancer, Boll said. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 850 words, photos.


— BRADY BUNCH HOUSE — Lance Bass thought he had bought the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of “The Brady Bunch.” He even invited Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia in the sitcom, over for dinner.

— TV-CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND — Skylar Astin is joining the fourth and final season of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” this fall playing a character familiar to viewers of the CW show.



UNDATED — The result of the play is a first down and the offense rushes to the line of scrimmage and sets up, linemen in their three-point stances, receivers out wide. The quarterback directs traffic, barks out something or other, maybe claps his hands, and then ... he stops and looks to the sideline for a play to be signaled. Hurry-up offense? More like hurry-up-and-wait. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.




UNDATED — A look at a few bullpens to watch down the stretch — after a trade deadline in which so many teams tried to add relief pitching help. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


ANAHEIM — Nick Tropeano takes the mound when the Los Angeles Angels return home to face Matthew Boyd and the Detroit Tigers. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts at 7 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO — Houston’s Charlie Morton goes for his 13th victory when the World Series champions play the San Francisco Giants. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts at 7:15 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — UCLA has landed forward Shareef O’Neal. The son of retired NBA great Shaquille O’Neal signed a grant-in-aid to attend UCLA this fall. He will enroll in summer school this month. SENT: 150 words.


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