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

August 1, 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 WILDFIRES

UPPER LAKE, Calif. — A massive wildfire in Northern California has torched more than 1,000 homes in and around the city of Redding, authorities said Wednesday as some evacuees were allowed to return home and new blazes exploded in what has become an endless summer of flame in the Golden State. By Janie Har and Brian Skoloff. SENT: 869 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Will be updated with afternoon developments.

With:

—CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-BULLDOZER DANGERS, from REDDING, Calif. — Not all firefighters carry a hose or shovel. The adrenaline junkies who steer heavy bulldozers across steep ridges face serious hazards, from smoke and flames but also from unsteady dirt and steep terrain that can flip them over. The deaths of two bulldozer operators battling California wildfires in July highlighted the dangers confronting these less visible firefighters. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 825 words, photos.

— CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST

— CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-PHOTO GALLERY

SANCTUARY CITIES

SAN FRANCISCO — President Donald Trump’s executive order threatening to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” that limit cooperation with immigration authorities is unconstitutional, but a judge went too far when he blocked its enforcement nationwide, a U.S. appeals court ruled Wednesday. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 460 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach, 650 words by 3 p.m.

DEATH VALLEY-HOTTEST MONTH

LOS ANGELES — July wasn’t just hot in California’s Death Valley. It was all-time, world-record-breaking hot. The average monthly temperature was 108.1 degrees, according to preliminary data that, when verified, would be the hottest recorded month anywhere on Earth. Many nights had a low temperature above 100 degrees. By John Antczak. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.

CAPITOL:

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California Assembly investigation found a former high-level staffer likely forcibly kissed a female employee and put his hand up the back of her shirt, according to documents released Wednesday. SENT: 300 words.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

SILICON VALLEY TAX

CUPERTINO, Calif. — A Silicon Valley city council has backed off a ballot measure levying a per-employee tax on companies after pushback from the city’s largest employer, Apple Inc. SENT: 229 words.

Also:

— MAN RAN OVER — San Francisco police say a driver fatally struck a man who was lying at the bottom of a parking garage ramp.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA MARIJUANA-LOS ANGELES

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles has started accepting license applications from marijuana growers, manufacturers and testing companies, seven months after California broadly legalized cannabis. The start of the process Wednesday arrived with a mix of relief and anxiety from businesses that have been waiting to enter the legal market in the state’s largest city. By Michael R. Blood. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3:30 p.m., photos.

CRYPTOCURRENCY THEFT

LOS ANGELES — A Massachusetts college student has been arrested in California on suspicion of using his tech skills to hack victims’ personal cellphones and steal at least $2 million in digital currency like Bitcoin from their accounts. By Christopher Weber and Alanna Durkin Richer. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 2 p.m.

DATING APP KILLING

NEW YORK — A man accused of killing a New York City woman he met on a dating app says voices in his head made him do it. Danueal Drayton spoke to a reporter with New York’s Daily News who visited him at a Los Angeles jail. SENT: 516 words, photo.

ALASKA AIRLINES-GAY COUPLE

SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines faces outrage from people on social media after a gay couple had to give up seats on a New York City-Los Angeles flight to make room for a straight couple. The Seattle Times reports the couple accepted an apology Tuesday from the airline, which said there was a seating mistake not reflective of disrespect in Sunday’s incident. SENT: 325 words, photo.

Also:

— ELECTRIC SCOOTERS-LOS ANGELES — Shared electric scooters could be banned in the nation’s second-largest city until regulations are approved and permits are issued. Photos.

— HOMELESS CAMP SHOOTING — Los Angeles police are investigating a brazen daylight shooting of a man at a homeless encampment.

BUSINESS:

EARNS-TESLA

Tesla’s second-quarter revenue should grow by more than $1 billion as it delivered more Model 3 electric cars. But analysts predict it won’t be enough to stop the company’s net loss from rising dramatically when the Palo Alto, California, company reports earnings after the bell Wednesday. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 505 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

FACEBOOK-ELECTIONS DISRUPTION-PROTEST

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Facebook stunned and angered organizers of a protest against white supremacists when it disabled their Washington event’s page this week, saying it and others had been created by “bad actors” misusing the social media platform. The company said the page — one of 32 pages or accounts it removed Tuesday from Facebook and Instagram — violated its ban on “coordinated inauthentic behavior” and may be linked to an account created by Russia’s Internet Research Agency, a so-called troll farm that has sown discord in the U.S. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 799 words.

WELLS FARGO-FINE

NEW YORK — Wells Fargo agreed Wednesday to pay a $2.1 billion fine to settle allegations it misrepresented the types of mortgages it sold to investors during the housing bubble that ultimately led to the 2008 financial crisis. By Business Writer Ken Sweet. SENT: 346 words, photo.

ENTERTAINMENT:

FILM-Q&A-IRRFAN KHAN

LOS ANGELES — Actor Irrfan Khan is a Bollywood star and Hollywood chameleon, who has bounced between the two with ease for decades, working with everyone from Mira Nair to Wes Anderson and Ang Lee and stealing scenes in both Oscar-winners (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and blockbusters (“Jurassic World”) alike. But all that’s been put on hold as he undergoes treatment in London for a neuroendocrine tumor, a rare form of cancer. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 1,177 words, photos.

SPORTS:

BBA--BLUE JAYS-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. — Sean Manaea goes for his 10th win as the Oakland Athletics wrap up their series against the Toronto Blue Jays. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 12:35 p.m.

BBN--BREWERS-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES — Lefty Rich Hill starts for the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers against Chase Anderson and the Milwaukee Brewers. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BBA--ANGELS-RAYS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A day after being acquired in the Chris Archer trade, right-hander Tyler Glasnow makes his debut for the Tampa Bay Rays against Nick Tropeano and the Los Angeles Angels. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4:10 p.m.

SOC--MLS ALL-STAR GAME

ATLANTA — A crowd of some 70,000 is expected in soccer-mad Atlanta for the MLS All-Star Game, which matches the best players from the American-based league against Italian powerhouse Juventus. But some of the biggest names are missing, including Cristiano Ronaldo. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 4:30 p.m.

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