AP-CA--California News Digest 1:30 pm, CA
Aug. 19, 2018
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SCIENCE SAYS-WILDFIRE FUEL
UNDATED — As temperatures rise in the U.S. West, so do the flames. The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hottest temperatures, an Associated Press analysis of fire and weather data found. As human-caused climate change has warmed the world over the past 35 years, the land consumed by flames has more than doubled. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 900 words, photos.
SANTA ROSA — A judge dismissed a felony voluntary manslaughter charge against a Northern California man who says he helped his ailing wife kill herself, reducing the possible punishment for his role in her death. David Clement, 65, still faces a charge of aiding suicide, a felony that carries up to three years in prison, the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa reported Saturday. The manslaughter charge could have meant an 11-year sentence. SENT: 350 words, photo.
DESERT BIRDS-CLIMATE CHANGE
LAS VEGAS — Scientists studying the collapse of bird populations in the desert along the Nevada-California border say climate change could be to blame. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley says the number of bird species has fallen by an average of 43 percent over the past century at survey sites across an area larger than New York state. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.
PREGNANT WOMAN-HUSBAND DETAINED
LOS ANGELES — A California woman said Saturday that she had to drive herself to the hospital and give birth without her husband after he was detained by immigration agents. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said the man was detained because he was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant in a homicide case in Mexico. By Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 475 words.
UNDATED — Arianna Huffington is calling on Elon Musk to adopt a healthier work-life balance, but the Tesla CEO says that's not an option. In a tweet early Sunday after arriving home from a late night at a Tesla factory, Musk told the Huffington Post founder that his electric car company and Ford are the only two American automakers that have avoided bankruptcy. SENT: 300 words, photo.
LOS ANGELES — Glitz won over guns as the gilded romance "Crazy Rich Asians" debuted at No. 1 in North American theaters this weekend, surpassing industry expectations and beating out action-packed fare like "Mile 22." Warner Bros. estimates that the film earned $25.2 million over the weekend and $34 million since its opening Wednesday. It's a surefire win for the film, which cost $30 million to produce and went into the weekend with months of buzz and a 93 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
— POLICE VIDEO-TEEN STRUCK — A police video from Sacramento shows a swerving police cruiser striking a 16-year-old boy on a sidewalk, sending him into the air and onto the hood of the car.
— NEWS CHANNEL-LOS ANGELES — Cable TV giant Charter Communications is planning a 24-hour local news channel for Los Angeles.
— DUI DEATHS-SENTENCING — A Southern California man has been sentenced to six years in prison for a DUI crash that killed another man and his 6-year-old nephew.
— ARMED SUSPECT SHOT — Authorities say police shot and killed a suspect who allegedly pointed a handgun at a crowd of people at a park and then led officers on a chase in central California.
— MEXICO BORDER WALL-IMAGES — An upcoming art exhibit will showcase different barriers along the U.S. border with Mexico based on years of research by an Ohio professor.
— PURDUE UNIVERSITY-COMEDIAN — Comedian Andy Gross stirred outrage at Indiana's Purdue University, which says the Los Angeles-based performer's act during a student orientation was inappropriate.
PEBBLE BEACH — Norway's Viktor Hovland has taken a four-hole lead over UCLA's Devon Bling after the first 18 holes of Sunday's 36-hole U.S. Amateur final at Pebble Beach. Hovland took control of the match by winning four straight holes starting at No. 8. Bling narrowed the deficit to four when Hovland bogeyed the par-3 17th and appeared to have a chance to get even closer when Hovland drove into the rocks at the par-5 18th. By Sports Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 125 words. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos after second 18 beginning at 1 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Southern California running back Aca'Cedric Ware is ready to make a name for himself, even if it comes as part of a committee. Ware spent his first three seasons with the Trojans as the "other" running back from Texas, as fellow Lone Star State product Ronald Jones II established himself as one of the most productive rushers in school history. By Dan Greenspan. SENT: 675 words.
CINCINNATI — Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run homer during Cincinnati's seven-run third inning, and the Reds swept the San Francisco Giants with an 11-4 win on Sunday. Jose Peraza also hit a two-run homer for Cincinnati, which outscored San Francisco 18-5 in the last two games of the weekend set. Billy Hamilton tripled twice and drove in three runs. SENT: 300 words, photos.
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