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

September 14, 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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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A firefighter battling the largest wildfire in California history was killed last month when thousands of gallons of flame-suppressing liquid were dropped from a Boeing 747 flying barely above the treetops, according to a report Friday. By Don Thompson. SENT: 558 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO — President Trump was a popular target Friday at California Gov. Jerry Brown’s climate change summit in San Francisco. Two prominent Democrats and a Republican mayor criticized Trump for his decision to withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris climate accord. By Paul Elias. SENT: 494 words, photos.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Southern California-based SpaceX said it has signed the first private moon traveler, with some changes to its original game plan. The big reveal on who it is — and when the flight to the moon will be — will be announced Monday at the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 387 words, photo.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The chief executive of California’s $350 billion pension fund does not have a college degree and the revelation has startled some retirees. Marcie Frost, who leads the California Public Employee Retirement System — the largest in the U.S. — did not claim to have a college degree when she was hired to lead CalPERS in 2016, a newspaper reported Thursday. SENT: 400 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO — A 19th century statue near San Francisco’s City Hall that some said is racist and demeaning to indigenous people was removed Friday. A group of Native Americans chanted, beat drums and burned sage as the workers used a crane to take down the “Early Days” statue depicting a Native American at the feet of a Spanish cowboy and a Catholic missionary. SENT: 370 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES — Federal prosecutors say a Columbian drug kingpin accused of participating in a violent ring that used planes, speedboats and submarines to smuggle hundreds of millions of dollars in cocaine faces charges in California. By Brian Melley. SENT: 160 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


— NAVY AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT — An unmanned Navy reconnaissance aircraft was damaged in a belly-landing at a Southern California base this week.

— FATAL HOUSE FIRE — A man was found dead after Los Angeles firefighters extinguished an early morning fire in a home in the Sunland area.

— BRENTWOOD FIRE — Fire has ravaged a large, vacant luxury residential property in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles.


— SAN FRANCISCO FED-PRESIDENT — The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco has appointed Mary Daly, a longtime Fed economist and a labor market specialist, as the next president of the regional Fed bank. By Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 130 words.



LOS ANGELES — In 38 years of overseeing the Emmy Awards — more than half of its 70-year history — John Leverence has navigated the advent of cable and streaming, the doubling of awards and winners stabbed by their own trophy. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m., photos.


— CBS-MOONVES-CHEN — Julie Chen returned to television with an unusual sign-off days after her husband, Les Moonves, resigned as the CEO of CBS after sexual misconduct allegations. Photo.



STANFORD — Ninth-ranked Stanford will be without running back Bryce Love when facing UC Davis on Saturday. UC Davis may be scoring 49 points and averaging more than 500 yards on offense, but the Aggies also allow nearly 30 points and more than 430 yards. By Rick Eymer. SENT: 455 words, photo.


AUSTIN, Texas — A Southern California-Texas rematch was supposed to be an early-season blockbuster. With both programs struggling, it feels more like a fight for survival and the pressure is mounting to find a win to keep their seasons from spinning off course. By Jim Vertuno. SENT


EUGENE, Ore. — The challenge for No. 20 Oregon is to not look past San Jose State this Saturday in preparing for Stanford next weekend. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words and photos by 6 p.m.


SAN DIEGO — San Diego State coach Rocky Long was driving to work earlier this week when he heard on the radio that the NFL’s Jets knew all the Detroit Lions’ signals, resulting in a 48-17 victory for New York. Then it hit Long. By Sports Writer Bernie Wilson. SENT: 709 words, photo.


BERKELEY, Calif. — The fact that California leads the country with six interceptions through two games isn’t all that surprising to cornerback Elijah Hicks. That the Golden Bears don’t have more is. By Michael Wagaman. SENT: 519 words, photo.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers have injury questions at right guard, linebacker, receiver and safety heading into their home opener against Detroit. By Joe Stiglich. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.


COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Los Angeles Chargers will be missing at least two starters when they visit the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Offensive tackle Joe Barksdale and defensive end Joey Bosa have not practiced all week and are nursing injuries that could have them out for a while. SENT: 205 words.


SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks open training camp a day after acquiring two-time Norris Trophy winning defenseman Erik Karlsson. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


SONOMA, Calif. — Scott Dixon said just one word over his radio, a four-letter expletive, as his car crashed off course on the opening lap of a critical championship race. He fell silent as track workers rushed to free Marco Andretti from an overturned car nearby, chaos all around him in the multi-car crash. Dixon was not rattled. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 920 words, photos.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Edwin Jackson starts for Oakland and Diego Castillo for Tampa Bay when the Athletics and Rays begin a weekend series that will impact the race for AL playoff berths. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4:10 p.m.


ST. LOUIS — The Dodgers send veteran Rich Hill to the mound against John Gant and the St. Louis Cardinals as the playoff contenders continue their four-game series. By Jason Young. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5:15 p.m.


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Matt Shoemaker takes the mound when the Los Angeles Angels continue their series with the Seattle Mariners, who won the opener. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


SAN DIEGO — Connor Sadzeck and the Texas Rangers face Robbie Erlin and the San Diego Padres in the opener of a three-game series between last-place teams playing out the season. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO — Tyler Anderson pitches for the NL West-leading Colorado Rockies in their series opener against the San Francisco Giants, who have lost 11 straight games. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:15 p.m.


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