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

December 31, 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. Janie Har 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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SAN FRANCISCO _ U.S. immigration authorities say they had no contact with a Mexican national suspected of killing a California police officer until the man was arrested last week. The killing rekindled a national debate over sanctuary policies and prompted President Trump to call for tougher border security. SENT: 300 words, photo.


SAN FRANCISCO _ Federal prosecutors say a California utility’s role in igniting wildfires last year could allow a judge to find that it violated terms of its criminal conviction in a deadly gas pipeline explosion. UPCOMING: Developing.


WASHINGTON _ Some of the West’s iconic national parks are beginning to partially close as they deal with overflowing restrooms and vandals on the 10th day of a federal government shutdown. By Ellen Knickmeyer and Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be expanded.



Big-dollar decisions about health care and education will top the agenda in many state capitols as lawmakers convene for their 2019 sessions with a closer balance between Republicans and Democrats. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 1,496 words, photos.


_ BRUTAL ATTACK-SAN FRANCISCO _ Police have arrested the suspect in a brutal beating that occurred in broad daylight near a busy San Francisco shopping area and was captured on video.

_ INMATE ESCAPES _ Corrections officials are searching for an inmate who escaped from a minimum security facility in Northern California.

_ LAKE TAHOE-MUSIC FESTIVAL _ City officials say the first day of an annual winter music festival at South Lake Tahoe was the smoothest single day in the event’s eight-year history.



PASADENA, Calif. _ Final preparations were underway Monday for the 130th Rose Parade, which forecasters said could challenge thousands of spectators with frigid and blustery conditions as a cold Santa Ana wind event develops in Southern California. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 370 words, photos.


_ SECURITY GUARD-MURDER CHARGE _ Los Angeles County prosecutors say a pharmacy security guard has been charged with murder for the fatal shooting of a man he suspected of shoplifting.

_ LAPD SHOOTING _ Los Angeles police says officers responding to a call about a woman screaming have been involved in a shooting.

_ HOUSE FIRE _ Authorities say a child was injured and 11 people displaced in a fire that ravaged a Southern California home.



Getting Dr. Dre to produce his entire album had Anderson Paak feeling like “the prodigal son,” as he put it, since it’s rare that you’ll find Dre overseeing an entire music project these days. By Gary Gerard Hamilton. SENT: 565 words, photos, video.



LOS ANGELES _ Steve Alford has been fired as UCLA basketball coach after six seasons, with the Bruins mired in a four-game skid that included losses at home to Belmont and Liberty. Athletic director Dan Guerrero said Monday that assistant Murry Bartow will serve as interim coach through the end of the season. By Beth Harris. SENT: 800 words, photos.


COSTA MESA, Calif. _ The Los Angeles Chargers will have a familiar opponent in Sunday’s AFC Wild-Card Round game. It faces Baltimore, who it lost to 22-10 two weeks ago. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. _ The San Francisco 49ers second season under coach Kyle Shanahan was over shortly after it started when quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo went down with a season-ending knee injury in Week 3. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.


ALAMEDA, Calif. _ The Oakland Raiders have hired former NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock as their new general manager. By AP Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 625 words, photos.


PASADENA, Calif. _ Urban Meyer sees the idyllic Rose Bowl as the ideal place to close his coaching career. The Ohio State boss is leaving after the Buckeyes (12-1) face Pac-12 champion Washington (10-3) and Chris Petersen, who is building his own impressive legacy with much less fanfare. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m.


EL PASO, Texas _ Stanford seeks another season-ending winning streak with a Sun Bowl victory in a matchup with Pittsburgh. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started at 11 a.m.


SAN DIEGO _ Already the school’s winningest quarterback, Clayton Thorson can become Northwestern’s leading passer when the Wildcats face No. 20 Utah in the Holiday Bowl. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham won’t disclose whether he’ll start junior Tyler Huntley, who’s coming off a broken collarbone, or redshirt freshman Jason Shelley at quarterback. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m.


PHOENIX _ The Golden State Warriors visit the Phoenix Suns. By Jose Romero. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.


_ BKN--WARRIORS-IGUODALA FINED _ Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for heaving a ball into the stands at the end of the first half of a game in Portland.


ANAHEIM, Calif. _ The Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.


DENVER _ The Colorado Avalanche try to snap a four-game skid when they host the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. By Dennis Georgatos. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.


CALGARY _ The San Jose Sharks visit the Calgary Flames. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


MALIBU, Calif. _ Alabama A&M plays Pepperdine at Firestone Fieldhouse. UPCOMING: Game starts at 3 p.m.


SPOKANE, Wash. _ Cal State-Bakersfield plays Gonzaga on New Year’s Eve. By Nicholas K. Geranios. UPCOMING: 600 words, photo Game starts at 6 p.m.


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