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

December 17, 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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A federal report released Monday provides a possible glimmer of hope for the homeless crisis that has gripped many cities up and down the West Coast. The number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and San Diego, two epicenters of the homelessness crisis, fell this year, suggesting possible success in those cities’ efforts to combat the problem. SENT: 730 words, photos. By Geoff Mulvihill.


WASHINGTON _ Pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown, the White House is insisting that Congress provide $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite lawmaker resistance from both parties. Without a resolution, parts of the federal government will shut down at midnight Friday. By Hope Yen. SENT: 674 words, photos.


_ DEPORTATION FLIGHTS _ Shackled at their ankles and wrists and their shoelaces removed, a long line of men and women waited on the tarmac as a team of officers patted them down and checked inside their mouths for anything hidden. By Nomaan Merchant and Angeliki Kastanis. SENT: 880 words, photos, video.


LOS ANGELES _ A trash collection device deployed three months ago to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii is not collecting any trash. But Boyan Slat, who launched the Pacific Ocean cleanup project, told The Associated Press in an interview Monday he is confident the 2,000-foot-long floating boom will be fixed. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos, video by 2:30 p.m.



WASHINGTON _ Rep. Nancy Pelosi is formidable but not immortal. The California Democrat seems to have sewn up her return as House speaker next month, but she also has accepted a maximum four-year expiration date on her tenure. She previously had resisted any term limit, saying it would weaken her. By Alan Fram. SENT: 820 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO _ California regulators have canceled a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones. The California Public Utilities Commission reversed course after a Federal Communications Commission ruling last week classified text messaging as an information service and not a telecommunications service. SENT: 160 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES _ Artist Shepard Fairey will insist that one of his murals be removed from a Los Angeles school if officials follow through on plans to cover up another artist’s mural that some community activists find offensive, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. SENT: 480 words, photo.


_ INMATE SEX-SENTENCING _ A former Southern California sheriff’s deputy who admitted coercing female jail inmates into sex has been sentenced to 35 years to life in prison.



Silicon Valley is becoming Silicon Nation. Google announced Monday it will spend more than $1 billion to build a new office complex in New York City that will allow the internet search giant to double the number of people it employs there. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 730 words, photos.


_ AIRBNB-ISRAEL _ Airbnb says it hasn’t reversed its plan to stop listing properties in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.



LOS ANGELES _ Jeff Bridges may have once been considered as one of Hollywood’s most underappreciated actors, but next month’s Golden Globe Awards will showcase his life and illustrious career next month by bestowing him one of its highest honors. SENT: 308 words, photos.


AP Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr offer their lists of the top 10 films of 2018. By Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.



SANTA CLARA, Calif. _ Nick Mullens is showing he belongs in the NFL after entering the league as an undrafted free agent even if Jimmy Garoppolo remains the long-term answer at quarterback for the 49ers. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic is staying with the LA Galaxy. A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed the 37-year-old striker will play next season for the Major League Soccer team. By Sports Writer Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 325 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Brian Agler wasn’t out of work for long. Agler will be the next coach of the Dallas Wings, according to two people familiar with the hire. Agler resigned as the head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks last month, saying he was ready for a new challenge. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 348 words, photo.


PITTSBURGH _ The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a third straight win on Monday night when they host Anaheim. Game begins at 4 p.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


MINNEAPOLIS _ The improved Sacramento Kings visit Minnesota, where the Timberwolves return home after another winless West Coast road trip. By Brian Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ The Clippers return home and try to snap a three-game skid when they host the Portland Trail Blazers. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. _ Key reserve Andre Iguodala could be back from a three-game absence because of a sore hip when the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors host the Memphis Grizzlies. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


CORVALLIS, Ore. _ Oregon State has a quick turnaround after a loss to Texas A&M on Saturday, hosting Pepperdine on Monday at Gill Coliseum. By Kyle Odegard. UPCOMING: 600 words. No photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


HAMMOND, La. _ California Baptist plays Southeastern Louisiana at University Center (LA). Game starts at 5:30 p.m.


_ BKW--T25-TENNESSEE-KUSHKITUAH _ Tennessee coach Holly Warlick expects to have center Kasiyahna Kushkituah back from an injury-related absence when the ninth-ranked Lady Volunteers host No. 8 Stanford.


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