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

September 5, 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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SAN FRANCISCO — The cost of repairing spillways and making other improvements stemming from last year’s near-disaster at the nation’s tallest dam has topped $1 billion, more than $130 million over projections at the start of the year and one of the costliest infrastructure repair jobs in California history. By Paul Elias. SENT: 225 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.


SAN JOSE, Calif. — A California man who in July survived a small plane crash with a broken neck and extensive brain and spinal cord damage has made a miraculous recovery and is ready to be discharged from the hospital, doctors said Wednesday. Eric Raptosh, of Truckee, was flying with his husband, Peter Jackson, and their pilot, Kenneth Whitall-Scherfee, when the single-engine plane crashed near Lake Tahoe shortly after takeoff. By Janie Har. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.


WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama will headline voter registration rallies in Las Vegas and Miami later this month during a week of action to encourage voting for the November elections by a nonpartisan organization she co-chairs, organizers said Wednesday. Her husband, former President Barack Obama, plans to campaign for several House Democratic candidates from California at an event in Orange County on Saturday. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 595 words, photo.


— LEANING TOWER OF SAN FRANCISCO — Inspectors have issued a violation to management of a sinking condominium building after a large crack formed in a 36th-floor window of the building that has been dubbed the Leaning Tower of San Francisco.

— CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — A forest fire has forced closure of a stretch of U.S. 395 in the eastern Sierra Nevada.



LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles is opening the first of what is planned to be a citywide network of temporary housing sites for homeless people. Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council members announced Wednesday the opening of a downtown “Bridge Home,” which will serve 30 men and 15 women starting Sept. 10. By Ariel Tu and Christopher Weber. SENT: 125 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 2 p.m.


KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — A Big Island couple who believed they were married 36 years ago in California officially tied the knot after learning of a documentation mix-up. SENT: 300 words.


— COLORADO SOLDIER KILLED — A soldier from California based at Colorado’s Fort Carson has died after suffering what the military said was a non-combat injury in Afghanistan.

— SUPER SCOOPERS — Los Angeles County officials have welcomed the annual arrival of “Super Scooper” firefighting airplanes from Canada ahead of the fall fire season in Southern California, when Santa Ana winds can whip small fires into disasters.



WASHINGTON — Social media executives defend their companies in two congressional hearings Wednesday, arguing they are aggressively trying to root out foreign actors who want to do the United States harm just weeks before the midterm elections. By Mary Clare Jalonick And Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 900 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated.




NEW YORK — Uber is aiming to boost driver and passenger safety in an effort to rebuild trust in the brand. By Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: 592 words, photos.


— HARLEY-DAVIDSON-SILICON VALLEY — Harley-Davidson Inc. says it plans to build a research and development facility in Silicon Valley to develop its electric motorcycles.



PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Author and actor Christopher Kennedy Lawford, who was born into political and Hollywood royalty, sank into substance abuse and addiction and rose to become a well-known advocate for sobriety and recovery, has died. By Michelle R. Smith and Andrew Dalton. SENT: 320 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — If you have a Netflix account, chances are you recognize actor Noah Centineo. Although, like the best teen heartthrobs of generations past, you’d be forgiven if you only know him by his character’s name: Peter Kavinsky, the high school lacrosse-playing romantic from “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” And yes, like Jake Ryan (“Sixteen Candles”) and Jordan Catalano (“My So-Called Life”) before him, both names are required. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 964 words, photos.


— COSBY STAR VANDALIZED — Bill Cosby’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was vandalized by someone who scrawled the words “serial rapist” with a marker pen. Photos.

— DOLLY PARTON-MUSICARES — Entertainer, actress, singer and songwriter Dolly Parton will be honored at the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute event next year. Photos.



Nike has unveiled its first “Just Do It” ad narrated by Colin Kaepernick and a person familiar with the situation says the spot is scheduled to air during the NFL season opener on Thursday night and during football games throughout the season. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 690 words, photos.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. — When Jimmy Garoppolo got thrown into the lineup as San Francisco’s quarterback just weeks after joining the 49ers, simply getting a play off in time was an accomplishment. He still won all five starts and figures to be even better prepared for the start of this season following an entire offseason with the team. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


COSTA MESA, Calif. — Two days after signing a contract to return to the Chargers, tight end Antonio Gates has his first practice with the team as they prepare for Sunday’s opener against Kansas City. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs headed into training camp in late July content with a pair of veterans in Daniel Sorensen and Eric Berry as their starting safeties. Now, there’s a good chance neither will start in their season opener Sunday. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. SENT: 711 words.


The youthful U.S. men’s national team roster pulled together for Friday’s match against Brazil includes a number of Major League Soccer standouts. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Zack Wheeler, who is 7-1 with a 1.83 ERA since June 27, starts for the New York Mets against Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the series finale. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 4:30 p.m.


DENVER — The Colorado Rockies go for a three-game sweep of the San Francisco on Wednesday as they try to maintain their lead in the NL West. Antonio Senzatela goes for Colorado and Andrew Suarez for the Giants. By Brent New. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5:40 p.m.


ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels play the rubber game of a three-game series matching the bottom two teams in the AL West. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts at 5:05 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. — Luis Severino goes for his 18th win for the New York Yankees in their series finale against 10-game winner Mike Fiers and the Oakland Athletics. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


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