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

August 20, 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. Christopher Weber 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 — A firefighter died last week from falling tree debris after thousands of gallons of retardant were dropped on the area where he was helping battle California’s largest-ever wildfire, according to a preliminary report from investigators. By Don Thompson. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach, 650 words with color from firefighter’s funeral in Utah.


WESTERN SMOKE-UNHEALTHY AIR, from SEATTLE: Smoke from wildfires clogged the sky across the U.S. West, leading authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors, blotting out mountains and city skylines from Oregon to Colorado, and delaying flights. By Sally Ho And Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 600 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — An immigrant in the country illegally who was picked up while taking his wife to a hospital to give birth is the man wanted for a killing in Mexico, a government official in Mexico said Monday after the man’s lawyer suggested authorities have the wrong person. By Christopher Weber And Mark Stevenson. SENT: 600 words.


HUNTINGTON BEACH — The FBI is investigating after two Southern California congressional candidates were targeted earlier this year by computer hackers, the latest evidence of the vulnerabilities of campaigns in a digital age. By Michael R. Blood and Michael Balsamo. Developing: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.



SACRAMENTO — Hundreds of farmers gathered at the California Capitol Monday to protest state water officials’ plan to keep more water flowing through one of California’s most critical rivers, an effort the state says will save salmon but farmers argue will decimate their industry and the Central Valley’s way of life. The State Water Resources Control Board begins a hearing on the measure Tuesday but has pushed off a final vote to a later date. By Kathleen Ronayne. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.



BERKELEY — The University of California, Berkeley has suspended an architecture professor for three years without pay for sexually harassing a graduate student and abusing his power for personal gain. Professor Nezar AlSayyad, who was also chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies for nearly two decades until 2014, was found to have engaged in a “pattern of sexual harassment (that) created a hostile environment,” university spokeswoman Janet Gilmore said in a statement Monday. SENT: 350 words.


— BACKGROUND CHECK RULING — The California Supreme Court has upheld a state law that requires employers to obtain workers’ permission before hiring a company to check their backgrounds.

— PICKUP DRAGS BODY — Authorities say a woman in Northern California found a dead man under her Chevrolet pickup truck early Monday morning after reportedly hitting him about three-quarters of a mile from where she stopped.

— RECKLESS DRIVING — Officials are investigating a series of reckless driving in California, including an incident on the San Francisco Bay Bridge involving three cars speeding in circles around each other.



LOS ANGELES — A Chinese man who owned a luxury car business was kidnapped after a business meeting in Los Angles last month, but authorities haven’t heard from his captors since they demanded a $2 million ransom, the FBI said Monday. By Michael Balsamo. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.


— FAKE BOMB-ARREST — Authorities say a would-be prankster ended up in juvenile hall after bringing fake bomb gear to a Southern California shopping mall.

— CA-SINKING TRUCK RESCUE — Bystanders and lifeguards jumped into the water to save two people and a dog from a sinking pickup truck after it crashed through a metal railing at a Southern California marina.

— FLOOD ZONE-NEWPORT BEACH — A report says a Southern California beach city has persuaded federal officials to exclude about 2,700 coastal properties from updated flood maps, saving homeowners thousands in insurance costs.

— METH-DRIVE-THRU — Police in Southern California who spotted a man passed out behind the wheel of his car in a McDonald’s drive-thru lane discovered a stash of methamphetamine in the glove compartment.

— MARINE-LOST AT SEA The United States military has identified a Marine lost at sea off the coast of the Philippines as a New Hampshire native.

— DOUBLE CARJACK SUSPECT-IDENTIFIED — A California man who authorities say tried to carjack two vehicles near Lake Mathews, and then died when he was struck by a third, has been identified.



NEW YORK — Italian actress Asia Argento — one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment — recently settled a complaint filed against her by a young actor and musician who said she sexually assaulted him when he was 17, the New York Times reported. Argento, 42, settled the notice of intent to sue filed by Jimmy Bennett, who is now 22, for $380,000 shortly after she said last October that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein raped her, the Times reported. SENT: 300 words, photos.


NEW YORK — The Eagles’ greatest hits album has moonwalked past Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to become history’s best-selling album of all-time. The Recording Industry Association of America told The Associated Press on Monday that the Eagles’ album — “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975″ — is now certified 38x platinum, which means sales and streams of the album have reached 38 million copies. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 300 words, photos.



ALAMEDA, Calif. — Jordy Nelson has fit right in since joining the Raiders this offseason. He hopes to be as reliable a receiver for Derek Carr as he was for Aaron Rodgers all those years in Green Bay. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.


NEW YORK — The WNBA playoffs are set after a wild, unpredictable regular season came to an end Sunday. As expected, Los Angeles and Minnesota will meet in the postseason for a third straight year. Unexpectedly, it’s in the first round. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 575 words, photos.


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