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

November 16, 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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PARADISE, Calif. — When President Donald Trump visits the scene of California’s deadliest wildfire, he’ll be in politically friendly territory that is in deep need for the federal government to help. Meanwhile, officials seek to winnow down a list of the missing that has more than 600 names, as those still unaccounted for check in and more human remains are found. By Kathleen Ronayne and Sudhin Thanawala. UPCOMING: story, photos, video.



— SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — The count of structures destroyed by Southern California’s huge wildfire topped 600 on Friday and containment grew to 69 percent. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.


PARADISE, Calif. —It’s been hard to get a handle on the actual number of people missing in the wake of the deadliest wildfire in the United States in at least a century, as authorities continue to log hundreds of reports by people who couldn’t reach loved ones in the aftermath. Officials late Thursday released a list of more than 600 unaccounted for, but acknowledged that it is “dynamic” and that many of those on the list were reported in the earliest hours of the disaster. By Janie Har. UPCOMING.


PARADISE, Calif. — There’s a sweet legend about this town: On a blazing summer day in the 1850s, a lumber mill crew with a wagon and ox took a break under a grove of tall evergreens. The air was cool, the pine needles fragrant. “Boys,” said the team boss, “this is paradise.” By Martha Mendoza. SENT: 1,125 words, photos, video.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Shares of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. soared Friday after California’s top utility regulator said his agency will help the company deal with potentially crippling liability costs from wildfires. Stock prices soared 36 percent in midday trading after plunging 60 percent and losing $15 billion in valuation in the week following the Northern California wildfire that is the nation’s deadliest in a century. By Jonathan J. Cooper SENT: 500 words



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Preliminary projections Friday show nearly two-thirds of California registered voters cast ballots in last week’s election, a recent record for a non-presidential general election. By Sophia Bollag. SENT: 380 words, photos.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Democratic state Sen. Ricardo Lara has defeated Republican-turned-independent Steve Poizner to become the state’s next insurance commissioner, according to new vote totals Friday. By Don Thompson. SENT: 240 words, photo.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s unemployment rate held at the record low of 4.1 percent in October as employers added 36,400 nonfarm payroll jobs, the state Employment Development Department said Friday. SENT: 438 words.



WASHINGTON — Nancy Pelosi met privately Friday with several newly-elected Democrats who could be crucial to her bid for House speaker, as she works to tamp down discord and fend off a challenge from a small but persistent group determined to stop her from reclaiming the gavel. By Lisa Mascaro and Kevin Freking. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.



LOS ANGELES — In a speech to fellow Republicans in May, U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters issued an ominous warning about the coming election — California Democrats, she said, were “coming for all of us.” She was right. By Michael R. Blood. SENT: 749 words, photos.


— METRO TRAIN-CAR CRASH — A Los Angeles County Metro Gold Line train has collided with a car near the Highland Park station.



NEW YORK — Airbnb had its best quarter ever, even as cities across the U.S. have started clamping down on the short-term rental market. Revenue during the third quarter breezed past the $1 billion level as guest reservations boomed internationally in places like Beijing, Mexico City and Birmingham, England, the San Francisco company said Friday. By Matt Ott. SENT: 304 words, photo.


FRANKFURT, Germany — Volkswagen intends to invest 44 billion euros ($50 billion) in the electric and autonomous car technologies expected to reshape the industry — and said it would make battery-powered vehicles more accessible to mass-market auto buyers by selling its new I.D. compact for about what a Golf diesel costs. By Business Writer David McHugh. SENT: 609 words, photo.


HAVANA — Models in Cuba strutted in paint-stained shirts and leather construction boots Thursday night in an unusual blend of local private enterprise and American corporate sponsorship. By Andrea Rodriguez. SENT: 290 words, photos.


— BRIGHTLINE-VIRGIN GROUP — Brightline is set to become Virgin Trains USA less than a year after launching its passenger train service in South Florida.



INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Michelle Obama said she felt anxious before giving her emotional New Hampshire speech in 2016 condemning Donald Trump for bragging about sexually assaulting women in a recording more than a decade ago. The former first lady recalled that she wrote the outline of her speech addressing Trump’s comments on the infamous 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape while sitting in a waiting room as her mother was having back surgery. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 647 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — Lalo Schifrin’s unconventional scores have a way of getting into your head and staying there. The Argentinian composer has written more than 100 arrangements for film and television, including “Dirty Harry,” Bullitt,” ″Cool Hand Luke,” and, perhaps most famously, the theme for “Mission: Impossible.” In over 50 years of work, he’s also racked up six Academy Award nominations — five for original score (“Cool Hand Luke,” ″The Fox,” ″Voyage of the Damned,” ″The Amityville Horror,” and “The Sting II”) and one for original song — but has gone home empty handed every time. That’ll change Sunday at the 10th annual Governors Awards where Schifrin, along with actress Cicely Tyson and publicist Marvin Levy, will be given a prestigious honorary Oscar statuette. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 457 words, photos.


NEW YORK — The 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards showered nominations on Bo Burnham’s coming-of-age tale “Eighth Grade,” Lynne Ramsay’s existentialist thriller “You Were Never Really Here” and Paul Schrader’s religious drama “First Reformed” in nominees announced Friday. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 490 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES — Sean McVay has looked up to Andy Reid for years. The Los Angeles Rams’ young coach constantly studies video of his Kansas City counterpart’s offensive sets during the season, marveling at their intricacies and ingenuity. “Every single week they do something where you say, ‘That’s pretty good,’” McVay said with an understated smile. “I’d be lying if I said we haven’t stolen some of their stuff this year.” By Sports Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 933 words, photos, for weekend use.


PASADENA, Calif. — The annual crosstown showdown has arrived at a particularly low point in the football history of both Southern California and UCLA. By Sports Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 830 words, photos.


BERKELEY, Calif. — The annual Big Game between Stanford and California that had been scheduled for Saturday has been postponed because of dangerous air quality resulting from a wildfire some 150 miles to the north. By Sports Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 164 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be expanded.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Grizzlies, winners of three of their last four games, host the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. By Clay Bailey. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.


CHICAGO — The Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks meet in a matchup between struggling teams. The Kings are missing their top two goalies with Jonathan Quick and Jack Campbell injured. The Blackhawks beat St. Louis on Wednesday for their first win under Jeremy Colliton, who replaced the fired Joel Quenneville last week. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5:30 p.m.


ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Toronto Maple Leafs have won four of their last five as they face an Anaheim Ducks team that has dropped two of their last three. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Cal Poly plays Sacramento State at The Nest. UPCOMING: Game starts at 6:05 p.m.


STANFORD, Calif. — Wofford plays Stanford at Maples Pavilion. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.


TULSA, Okla. California Baptist plays Tulsa at Donald W. Reynolds Center.


SAN FRANCISCO — Arizona State plays San Francisco at War Memorial Gymnasium. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Led by 7-foot-1 freshman Moses Brown, No. 20 UCLA tries to improve to 3-0 when the Bruins host St. Francis of Pennsylvania. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.


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