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BC-CA--California News Digest, CA

January 20, 2019

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. Christopher Weber is on the Los Angeles news desk. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Pacific.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES:

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-EVERYDAY EFFECTS

UNDATED _ You and your loved ones aren’t federal employees or contractors, and you don’t live in a setting or have a job closely tied to government programs. So what does the government shutdown have to do with you? More than you might think. Washington’s doings, or not-doings, can be woven into everyday American life from a bowl of breakfast cereal to a bottle of beer after work. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.

LOS ANGELES TEACHERS-CLASS SIZES

LOS ANGELES _ Most educators and parents see class size as an indicator of a quality education and have made it a priority in teacher strikes across the United States in the past year, but its effectiveness is still up for debate. There’s no universal standard for the best class size, though some states and school districts have instituted policies, particularly in lower grades. While many believe smaller is better, studies are mixed on exactly how much it can improve academic outcomes, considering the cost. By Sally Ho And Christopher Weber. SENT: 900 words, photos.

PRODUCERS GUILD AWARDS

BEVERLY HILLS _ The Oscars race may have gotten a little clearer as the race-themed road trip drama “Green Book” drove off with the top honor at the Producers Guild Awards, winning out over presumed front-runners like “Roma,” “A Star Is Born” and “Black Panther.” “When you make `Dumb and Dumber’ you never expect to get an award,” said “Green Book” producer and director Peter Farrelly as he accepted the Darryl F. Zanuck Award at the untelevised ceremony in Beverly Hills. He laughed that not only is this his first PGA awards, but that it’s the first time he has even heard of them. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 700 words, photos.

Also:

_ CALIFORNIA STORMS _ Another Pacific storm moving into Northern California has prompted a flash flood watch for communities hit by last year’s devastating wildfire.

_ STOLEN MAIL TRUCK _ Authorities in central California say a man who stole a mail truck was arrested after crashing the vehicle and then breaking into a business while trying to hide.

_ WRONG-WAY FATAL _ Authorities say a wrong-way driver was killed in a fiery crash that shut down a Southern California highway.

_ FOUR SHOT _ Investigators say the lone survivor of a shooting that left three men dead in the Southern California desert told a 911 dispatcher he’d been shot in the face.

SPORTS

NFL PLAYOFFS

NEW ORLEANS _ The Los Angeles Rams take on the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship game. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started at noon.

With:

NFL PLAYOFFS-THE LATEST

LAKERS-ROCKETS

HOUSTON _ James Harden was the star for the Houston Rockets as usual, but he and the team got a big boost from Eric Gordon in his second game back after recovering from a bruised knee. Harden scored 48 points, Gordon added 30 and the Rockets overcame a 21-point deficit to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 138-134 in overtime. By Sports Writer Kristie Rieken. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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