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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

WAREHOUSE PARTY FIRE

OAKLAND, Calif. — Two men will be sentenced to prison time on dozens of counts of involuntary manslaughter in an Oakland, California warehouse fire that killed 36 partygoers at an unlicensed concert. The judge will issue sentences Friday after hearing from victims' relatives Thursday. Court begins at 9:30 a.m.

HFPA GRANTS BANQUET

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The organization that puts on the Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press (HFPA) awards millions of dollars in grants to charities every year, celebrated at an annual star-studded dinner. This year, William H. Macy hosts proceedings with expected guests like Dick Van Dyke, Charlize Theron, Rami Malek and Steve Carell.

NEW FOR 5 PM:

THREE CALIFORNIAS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The billionaire behind a measure to split California in three says he's giving up on the effort after the state Supreme Court knocked it off the November ballot. Venture capitalist Tim Draper said the court's decision "effectively put an end" to his movement and that he won't keep fighting to place it on a future ballot. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

LOS ANGELES — More than 20,000 people were under evacuation orders Thursday as an arson-caused wildfire raged along ridges, foothills and canyons south of Los Angeles. By Amanda Lee Myers. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-ACCOUNTABILITY

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Some California lawmakers raised concerns Thursday that a proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires goes too far without ensuring the utilities work to keep their equipment safe. By Sophia Bollag. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5:30 p.m.

MONTANA WILDERNESS SURVIVOR

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — George Brown of Tiburon, California, was looking forward to seeing the fantastic scenery and riding a horse after signing up for an eight-day trip through Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness with his brother-in-law, Al Ball. The Bob almost killed Brown. By Karl Puckett. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

WEBCOM-STEPHEN CURRY

HAYWARD, Calif. — Stephen Curry rallied with three birdies to shoot a 1-over 71 on Thursday in the first round of the Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic. SENT: 540 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated with conclusion of round.

TV CRITICS-TAKEAWAY

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — What's the television industry's top summer destination? A hotel in which 200-plus U.S. and Canadian entertainment reporters and critics gather for an early look at next season's shows and the chance to question the actors, writers and producers who create them. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

FILM-CASEY AFFLECK

LOS ANGELES — Casey Affleck has been mostly absent from the public eye for the past year, but in the wake of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements and with a new film coming out this fall, he is for the first time addressing lingering questions about earlier harassment allegations. By Lindsey Bahr.SENT: 870 words, photos.

TOP STORIES:

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-DIRTY AIR

SACRAMENTO — For two weeks a dull haze and the faint smell of smoke from distant blazes have blanketed many California cities, forcing summer campers to stay inside, obscuring normally bright skylines and leaving cars covered with ash. Smoky air from blowing winds is nothing new in California, but air quality experts say it's rare for the dirty air to linger for so long, a reality of ever-larger fires that take longer to extinguish. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.

With:

— CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-ARSON ARREST — A man charged with starting a Southern California wildfire that has burned 12 cabins and forced at least 20,000 people from their homes refused to go to court Thursday, delaying his initial court appearance. SENT: 275 words, photos.

—CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST

WAREHOUSE PARTY FIRE

OAKLAND — Tearful relatives of the 36 people killed in a 2016 Northern California warehouse fire testified Thursday that the involuntary manslaughter plea deals the two defendants reached with prosecutors is too lenient, with one calling it a "sweetheart deal." The man who rented the warehouse and turned it into an artsy living and entertainment space, Derick Almena, 48, pleaded no contest to the charges in exchange for a nine-year prison sentence. Max Harris, 28, who collected warehouse rent and scheduled its concerts, also pleaded no contest in return for a six-year term. By Paul Elias. SENT: 475 words, photos.

DEAR DOCTOR-OPIOIDS

UNDATED — In a novel experiment, doctors got a letter from the medical examiner's office telling them of their patient's fatal overdose. The response: They started prescribing fewer opioids. Other doctors, whose patients also overdosed, didn't get letters. Their opioid prescribing didn't change. By Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 750 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-SERVICE DISCHARGES

UNDATED — The U.S. Army has stopped discharging immigrant recruits who enlisted seeking a path to citizenship — at least temporarily. A memo shared with The Associated Press on Wednesday and dated July 20 spells out orders to high-ranking Army officials to stop processing discharges of men and women who enlisted in the special immigrant program, effective immediately. By Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke. SENT: 700 words, photos.

2018 MIDTERMS-TAXES

WASHINGTON — There's a border crisis in Pennsylvania. The radical left is surging in New Jersey. And Nancy Pelosi is a threat to New York. Republican candidates in the nation's premier midterm battlegrounds have embraced a central message in their fight to maintain the House majority this fall — and it has little to do with the surging economy or the sweeping tax cuts that the GOP celebrated as a once-in-a-generation achievement just eight months ago. By Steve Peoples And Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,175 words, photos, video.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

SIKH BEATEN

MANTECA — A San Francisco Bay Area police chief said his family is "shaken to the core" after his son was arrested in the beating of a 71-year-old Sikh man. Tyrone McAllister, 18, and a 16-year-old boy could face charges including attempted robbery, elder abuse and assault following Monday's attack in the city of Manteca. Police say they are investigating the attack as a robbery, not a hate crime, The Modesto Bee newspaper reported. SENT: 400 words, photo.

EPA-PESTICIDES

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping the widely used pesticide chlorpyrifos (clor-PEER-i-fos) on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies' brains. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to remove chlorpyrifos from sale in the United States within 60 days. By Michael Biesecker. SENT: 550 words, photos.

Also:

— SISTERS MURDER SUICIDE — Authorities in San Francisco are investigating the fatal stabbings of two sisters as a murder-suicide.

— HUMAN REMAINS SEARCH — Authorities in Nevada have completed a cold-case search without finding any human remains or evidence at the property of a man who was stabbed to death last summer after serving time in a California prison for a murder conviction.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

BOY DEATH-AUDIT

SACRAMENTO — Following the death of a 10-year-old boy, state officials will audit Los Angeles County's child welfare agency to determine whether it adequately protects children. SENT: 300 words, photo.

TROPICAL WEATHER

MEXICO CITY — Former Hurricane John weakened to a tropical storm in the Pacific on Thursday, but was still bringing high surf to the southern part of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, where officials had closed ports and schools closed as a precaution. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said John had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph) early Thursday and was projected to weaken further while turning westward out to sea. The storm's center was about 385 miles (620 kilometers) west of the southern tip of Baja and moving to the northwest at 16 mph (26 kph). SENT: 250 words.

Also:

— BORDER PATROL CHIEF — The U.S. Border Patrol has its first female chief in its 94-year history.

— ALLEY BODY — A man suspected of killing a woman he was dating and leaving her body in an alley has been arrested in Southern California.

— PASSENGER SHOT — Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say a woman was shot and killed when someone opened fire on the SUV she was riding in.

BUSINESS

REINING IN RIDE HAIL

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber will have to navigate around a new regulatory pothole in New York on an already bumpy road to its initial public offering of stock next year. New York City is imposing a one-year moratorium on new ride-hailing licenses in Uber's largest U.S. market, raising the specter that other cities may adopt similar crackdowns as they try to ease traffic congestion. SENT: 590 words, photos.

ENTERTAINMENT:

CASEY AFFLECK

LOS ANGELES — With a new movie coming out this fall, "The Old Man & The Gun," Casey Affleck is speaking publicly about bowing out of presenting the best actress Oscar and past harassment allegations against him amid the #MeToo and Time's Up movements. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Affleck reflects on the Oscars, the film, which will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and past harassment allegations against him in light of #MeToo, apologizing for allowing an unprofessional atmosphere on set which led to two civil lawsuits from women he worked with that were later settled. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 1,325 words, photos.

MARILYN MONROE AUCTION

LOS ANGELES — Dresses that belonged to Marilyn Monroe along with an autographed photo thanking the executive who launched her Hollywood career will go on display before heading to auction. Auction house Profiles in History announced Wednesday that the items will be exhibited in Beverly Hills starting Aug. 18. An auction will follow in late October. SENT: 250 words, photos.

Also:

— TV-DAVID SCHWIMMER — Former "Friends" star David Schwimmer will appear on "Will & Grace" as a new love interest for Debra Messing's character.'

SPORTS:

COMEBACK A'S

OAKLAND — By now, most everyone in baseball realizes the Oakland Athletics are rarely ever out of it. Almost no deficit too daunting for this rally bunch. Never before in his managerial career has Bob Melvin been around a team with such a knack for comebacks, for winning the close ones in the late innings despite what might seem insurmountable odds. Other clubs have added to their bullpens and lineups to try to do the same down the stretch of the season. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

PIRATES-GIANTS

SAN FRANCISCO — RHP Ivan Nova (6-6, 4.49) takes the mound against the Giants as the Pirates open a series in San Francisco on Thursday night. San Francisco counters with Andrew Suarez (4-8, 5.04). UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts at 7:15 p.m.

DODGERS-ROCKIES

DENVER — Lefty Tyler Anderson will start Thursday night as the Rockies open a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ross Stripling goes for the Dodgers. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts at 5:40 p.m.

PADRES-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE — Hunter Renfroe's power surge is a welcome sight for the San Diego Padres. Renfroe's grand slam keyed a six-run rally that stunned the Milwaukee Brewers and gave the Padres an 8-4 victory on Thursday. By Charles F. Gardner. SENT: 800 words, photos.

CHARGERS-RIVERS BACKUPS

COSTA MESA — The Los Angeles Chargers must choose between potential and experience when they select the next primary backup to Philip Rivers. Cardale Jones has displayed in one NFL game the tantalizing physical tools he showed in leading Ohio State to the 2014 national title. Geno Smith made 30 starts in his first two seasons, but has attempted just 92 passes since 2014. By Dan Greenspan. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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