BC-CA--California News Digest 1:30 pm, CA
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PARADISE _ Some residents of a Northern California town devastated by a catastrophic wildfire nearly a month ago were finally allowed to return home Wednesday to sift through the charred remains in search of precious family heirlooms, photos and other possessions that may have survived. A long line of cars waited in a cold drizzle at a checkpoint on their way to neighborhoods on the east side of Paradise, where evacuation orders have been lifted. By Don Thompson. SENT: 500 words, photos. Developing.
SAN FRANCISCO _ California Supreme Court justices are peppering attorneys on both sides with tough questions in a closely watched lawsuit over pension changes that has the potential to upend the state’s long held rule that benefits can never be taken away once promised. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.
ROME _ The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has vowed to assert its right to keep an important Greek statue after Italy’s highest court rejected its appeal of a ruling ordering the artwork returned to Italy. The Court of Cassation confirmed Wednesday the appeal had been rejected Nov. 30. The court will issue its written reasoning at a later date. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 400 words, photos.
GOOGLE-SAN JOSE LAND
SAN JOSE _ The San Jose City Council unanimously approved the sale of more than $100 million in city-owned land to the tech giant Google on Wednesday after a 10-hour meeting that was marred by protests and arrests. Mayor Sam Liccardo called the sale an important first step toward injecting new life into an area of the city that has struggled to thrive and is dominated by parking lots and vacant industrial lots. SENT: 325 words, photos.
_ SF SYMPHONY-SALONEN _ Esa-Pekka Salonen will become music director of the San Francisco Symphony starting with the 2020-21 season.
_ NEVADA WEATHER _ Significant snowfall made it down to the valley floors of Reno and Carson City for the first time this winter season, snarling morning traffic and forcing numerous school delays and cancelations.
LOS ANGELES _ A cooling tower that provides mist to make Disneyland visitors comfortable was the likely source for 22 cases in a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak last year near the theme park, a health official testified this week. Disneyland has denied it was the source, pointing to three infected people who had been in the city of Anaheim where Disneyland is located, but not at the park itself. SENT: 250 words, photos.
_ TIGER MISTREATMENT _ A Southern California man has been charged with illegally owning and mistreating a tiger cub that appeared in a video with YouTube star Logan Paul.
_ DUI CRASH-SIX KILLED _ A woman who killed six people, including her own sister, in a wrong-way crash on a Southern California freeway has been sentenced to 30 years to life in prison.
_ TEENS KILLED-NEW CHARGES _ Prosecutors have announced charges against two additional suspects _ including the alleged gunman _ in the gang-related shooting deaths of two 15-year-old boys in South Los Angeles.
_ CALIFORNIA STORMS _ A fall storm is causing slick conditions on Southern California freeways but isn’t expected to generate enough rain to trigger mudslides or debris flows on hillsides charred by recent fires.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. _ Christmas turkey rocketed toward the International Space Station on Wednesday, along with cranberry sauce, candied yams and the obligatory fruitcake. The SpaceX rocket booster missed its landing zone on the ground, however, and fell into the sea, just offshore. Groans filled SpaceX Mission Control in Hawthorne, California, as live video showed the booster spinning out of control. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn.
SAN FRANCISCO _ Google’s self-driving car spinoff is finally ready to try to profit from its nearly decade-old technology. Waymo is introducing a small-scale ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area that will include a human behind the wheel in case the robotic vehicles malfunction. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 700 words, photos.
WASHINGTON _ Thousands of emails were stolen from aides to the National Republican Congressional Committee during the 2018 midterm campaign, a major breach exposing vulnerabilities that have kept cybersecurity experts on edge since the 2016 presidential race. The email accounts were compromised during a series of intrusions that had been spread over several months and discovered in April, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 800 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES _ Kevin Hart has a new job _ he will host the 2019 Academy Awards, a role the prolific actor-comedian says fulfills a longtime dream. Hart announced his selection for the 91st Oscars in an Instagram statement. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences followed up with a tweet that welcomed him “to the family.” SENT: 300 words, photos.
_ LENA DUNHAM-APOLOGY _ Lena Dunham is apologizing to actress Aurora Perrineau for defending a writer Perrineau accused of sexual misconduct.
LOS ANGELES _ Former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was named Clay Helton’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Southern California on Wednesday. Kingsbury is considered one of the top offensive minds in football despite being fired by Texas Tech on Nov. 25. He went 35-40 in six seasons in charge of his alma mater, but the Red Raiders consistently had one of the nation’s most dynamic offenses. By Sports Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 800 words, photos.
ELWAY VS LYNCH
DENVER _ General managers John Elway and John Lynch share a bond going back three decades, one built on respect, rivalry and reverence. “He was the poster I had on my wall,” said Lynch, who’s 11 years younger than Elway, 58. “He was the idol I had growing up.” By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 700 words, photos.
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