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

November 30, 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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LOS ANGELES — A combination of recent changes in California’s election rules have lengthened the ballot-counting process and upended traditional voting patterns in a year that Democrats captured a string of U.S. House seats in the state. Suspicious Republicans have pointed a finger at the state’s dominant Democratic Party, suggesting the changes intentionally left Republicans at a disadvantage. By Michael R. Blood and Stephen Ohlemacher. SENT: 1,123 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO — Wildfires in California in 2018 released the rough equivalent of about 68 million tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide — about the same amount of carbon emissions as are produced in a year to provide electricity to the state, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Friday. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 335 words, photos.


CAMPO, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents who tried to pull over a pickup truck they suspected had crossed into the country illegally deployed a tire-flattening device after the truck fled that resulted in the vehicle rolling over, leaving three people dead. SENT: 307 words. UPCOMING: New approach, 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.


—BORDER-TROOPS, from WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say the number of active-duty troops on the border with Mexico will drop from 5,600 to about 4,000, and their deployment will be extended through the end of January. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 129 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


Microsoft’s big bet on cloud computing is paying off as the company has surpassed Apple as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company. The software maker’s prospects looked bleak just a few years ago, as licenses for the company’s Windows system fell with a sharp drop in sales of personal computers. By Technology Writer Matt O’brien. SENT: 725 words.



YUBA CITY, Calif. — A California man whose suicide attempt left his face disfigured had successful facial transplant surgery 18 months later, and the lead surgeon estimates his face should be “pristine” in as little as three years. SENT: 353 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO — A major storm brought localized mudslides and street flooding to California and some people had to be rescued from stranded vehicles, but the fire-scarred state escaped large-scale damage. SENT: 292 words, photos.


— NEVADA WEATHER — Another winter storm is making its way toward Lake Tahoe where nearly 2 feet of snow already has fallen at several ski resorts and more than 4 feet is reported further south in the highest elevations of the central Sierra along the California-Nevada line. Photos.


— FEMALE CHEF-MICHELIN STARS — A San Francisco chef is the first woman in the United States to be awarded three stars from the Michelin Guide.



TIJUANA, Mexico — Authorities the Mexican city of Tijuana said Friday they have begun moving Central American migrants from an overcrowded shelter on the border to an events hall further away. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 425 years, photos.


SAN DIEGO — Authorities are searching for whoever killed two San Diego teenagers and a Mexican youth in Tijuana last weekend. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.


SAN DIEGO — A San Diego gallery owner and his employee were arrested for allegedly trafficking in ivory after a sting operation in which authorities say they seized more than 300 pieces worth $1.3 million. SENT: 300 words.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — National climate experts have been watching and waiting but El Nino has only been teasing, leaving the American Southwest to hang on longer until the weather pattern develops and brings more moisture to the drought-stricken region. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 424 words, photos.


— COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT — Arizona says it’s one step closer to figuring out how to divvy up water cuts as the Colorado River supply becomes more limited. Several western states that rely on the river are working on drought plans. SENT: 538 words.


— PAYLESS PRANK — Payless taught fashion influencers a lesson about shoes by opening a fake store that sold Main Street shoes at Madison Avenue prices. Photo.



NEW YORK — Facebook said its No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, asked staff to investigate whether billionaire philanthropist George Soros, in calling the company a “menace,” had financial motivations against it. This revelation follows prior disclosures that the company had done opposition research on him. SENT: 245 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Keep your friends close ... and your close friends closer? Instagram is adding a feature to make it easier to share photos and videos with fewer folks. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 360 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES — A roundup of TV favorites and newcomers celebrating the holidays. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 945 words, photos.


GIG HARBOR, Wash. — Police found no evidence of wrongdoing after investigating allegations that relatives of radio personality Casey Kasem were responsible for his 2014 death but will now turn the matter over to prosecutors, officials in Washington state said Friday. SENT: 460 words.



TORONTO — A letter from a 9-year-old Napa girl has helped Stephen Curry fix online access to his shoes for kids. SENT: 210 words, photo.


Brian Agler is ready for a new challenge. The longtime WNBA coach resigned as coach of the Los Angeles Sparks on Friday after four years with the team that included winning a championship in 2016. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 522 words, photos.


PITTSBURGH — On the surface they’re identical. Below the surface too. Large. Loud. Remarkably athletic and remarkably close. Well compensated and well tattooed. Still, Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey believes there is one surefire way to tell him and Los Angeles Chargers center (and very slightly older brother) Mike apart on Sunday night when the Chargers visit Heinz Field. By Sports Writer Will Graves. SENT: 1,002 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — Deontay Wilder has waited a decade for the shot at worldwide fame and fortune he is getting Saturday night at Staples Center. He faces Britain’s unbeaten Tyson Fury in the biggest heavyweight title fight in years. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 750 words, photos.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. — No. 17 Utah takes on No. 10 Washington in the Pac-12 title game with a spot in the Rose Bowl on the line. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.


It’ll be familiar faces when No. 25 Fresno State plays No. 19 Boise State in the Mountain West Conference title game on Saturday night. It will be the fourth time in barely a calendar year the Bulldogs and Broncos will meet and the second straight year they will play for the conference title on Boise’s home turf. By Tim Booth. SENT: 770 words.


BERKELEY, Calif. The annual Big Game between Stanford and California always comes with pageantry and intensity befitting a rivalry between two schools less than an hour apart. This year’s showdown also features two successful teams for a change. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 691 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers continue a stretch of three home games in four days as they host the Dallas Mavericks, who have won three straight. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


RALEIGH, N.C. — The Anaheim Ducks look for their third straight win when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts at 4:30 p.m.


CALGARY — The Los Angeles Kings visit the Calgary Flames. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.


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