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

August 22, 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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TOP STORIES:

CALIFORNIA CONGRESSMAN-CORRUPTION INDICTMENT

EL CAJON, Calif. — The sweeping indictment of a Southern California Republican congressman that charges he illegally converted his campaign account into a household checkbook reorders his re-election contest, giving Democrats a suddenly stronger hand in a year when the party is trying to seize control of the House. By Michael R. Blood and Julie Watson. SENT: 800 words. UPCOMING: New approach, 800 words, photos by 3 p.m.

ERASNG MARIJUANA CONVICTIONS

SAN FRANCISCO — A bill requiring California prosecutors to erase or reduce tens of thousands of marijuana convictions was approved by the state Legislature on Wednesday and now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature. By Paul Elias. SENT: 361 words, photos.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California would bar forced arbitration and nondisclosure agreements under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday that enjoys celebrity backing as part of the #MeToo movement. By Don Thompson. UPCOMING: 380 words, photos by 2 p.m.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

SAN FRANCISCO-$2 BILLION TERMINAL

SAN FRANCISCO — Spanning three city blocks, San Francisco’s $2 billion transit terminal is open after nearly a decade under construction. Coined the “Grand Central of the West,” the new Salesforce Transit Center near the heart of downtown is expected to accommodate 100,000 passengers each weekday, and up to 45 million people a year. By Lorin Eleni Gill. SENT: 508 words, photos.

SUBWAY STABBINGS-CALIFORNIA

OAKLAND, Calif. — Prosecutors have added charges that could qualify a man for the death penalty if he’s convicted of killing 18-year-old Nia Wilson at a train station. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office added the special-circumstances enhancement of “lying in wait” to the charges against John Cowell. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 2 p.m.

Also:

— CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Fire crews have made gains against a wildfire that has been burning for more than a month in Northern California, where it destroyed nearly 1,100 homes and killed eight people. Photos.

— RIDESHARE DRIVER KIDNAPPING CHARGES — Authorities in Northern California say an Uber driver was arrested on kidnapping charges after he refuse to let three women out of his car. Photo.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

WESTERN ENERGY MARKET

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico’s largest electric utility is asking state regulators for approval to join a wholesale trading market that allows participants in several western states to buy and sell energy to better balance supply and demand. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is among those expected to join the energy imbalance market by 2020 while large utilities in Arizona, Nevada and Utah already are on board. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 464 words.

VIETNAM-ACTIVISTS’ TRIAL

HANOI, Vietnam — A court in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City sentenced two Americans of Vietnamese descent to 14 years in jail on Wednesday after finding them guilty of attempting to overthrow the government, state media reported. James Nguyen and Angle Phan, alleged members of the California-based Provisional Central Government of Vietnam, were convicted of assigning group members to distribute anti-state leaflets, take over radio stations to broadcast anti-government messages and participate in anti-state protests, the official Vietnam News Agency said. SENT: 306 words.

Also:

— FEDERAL GRANT-LA LAWSUIT — Los Angeles is seeking an injunction prohibiting the U.S. Justice Department from imposing immigration-enforcement conditions on the city in order to receive federal funding for anti-gang programs.

— MONTECITO-THANK YOU SIGN — Someone has stolen a sign erected by a resident to thank emergency personnel who responded to the massive debris flow that devastated the Santa Barbara County community of Montecito in January.

— SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MOSQUITOES — Officials say a new species of mosquito known as the “ankle biter” is spreading quickly throughout Southern California.

BUSINESS:

TECH THREATS AND COOPERATION

NEW YORK — Facebook, Twitter and Google routinely squabble for users, engineers and advertising money. But when it comes to security threats and elections meddling, it makes sense for these tech giants to work together. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 125 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be expanded.

DISNEY-TUITION

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Walt Disney Co. is offering to pay full tuition for hourly workers who want to earn a college degree, finish a high school diploma or learn a new skill, the entertainment giant said Wednesday. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 210 words, photo.

ENTERTAINMENT:

TV-EMMYS-CARL REINER

LOS ANGELES — Ask 12-time Emmy Award winner Carl Reiner how it feels to be nominated again, and he fires back a wisecrack. “I’m impressed with myself,” says the droll, 96-year-old creator (or “96 and a half,” per his exacting count) of the TV classic “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 452 words, photo, video.

ALASKA MOVIE STAR-REBURIAL

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Inupiaq actor and cinematographer who came to fame during Hollywood’s golden age has been reburied in Alaska 65 years after his death. SENT: 248 words.

SPORTS:

SOC--MLS-AROUND MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

It’s rivalry week in Major League Soccer, but there’s one match that would be important even if there weren’t rivals involved. On Friday night Atlanta United will visit Orlando City, a rivalry that has grown in intensity in the two seasons since Atlanta joined the league as an expansion team. But all eyes will be on United striker Josef Martinez, who is on the verge of making MLS history. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos.

BBA--RANGERS-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. — Athletics right-hander Edwin Jackson, 3-0 with a 0.74 ERA over his last four starts, pitches for Oakland in the series finale against the Texas Rangers. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 12:35 p.m.

BBN--GIANTS-METS

NEW YORK — Noah Syndergaard (8-3, 3.40 ERA) makes his fourth career start against San Francisco when the Mets host the Giants. San Francisco counters with Casey Kelly (0-1, 1.69 ERA), who is making his second start in place of Dereck Rodriguez. By Adry Torres. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 4:10 p.m.

BBN--PADRES-ROCKIES

DENVER — Padres right-hander Jacob Nix will make his third career start and first against the Rockies on Wednesday. Colorado has won eight straight games with right-hander Jon Gray taking the mound. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5:40 p.m.

BBO--ANGELS-DIAMONDBACKS

PHOENIX — Arizona right-hander Clay Buchholz tries for his sixth win in seven starts when the Diamondbacks face right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne and the Los Angeles Angels. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Game starts at 6:40 p.m.

With:

— BBO-MLB-MEXICO — Major league baseball will return to Monterrey, Mexico, for six games in 2019.

BBN--CARDINALS-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES — The streaking St. Louis Cardinals go for the sweep when Jack Flaherty takes the mound against rookie Walker Buehler and the slumping Los Angeles Dodgers. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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