AP-CA--California News Digest 4:30 pm, CA
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CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATS-MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS
SACRAMENTO — California Democratic Party chairman Eric Bauman was accused of engaging in inappropriate behavior related to alcohol and conversations about sex aboard a campaign bus several days before the November election, a Democratic official said Tuesday. By Kathleen Ronayne. UPCOMING: 450 word, photo.
SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. judge overseeing a criminal case against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. asked the utility Tuesday to explain any role it may have played in a massive wildfire that destroyed a Northern California town and killed nearly 90 people. Judge William Alsup in San Francisco directed PG&E in a court filing to respond to a series of questions about power line safety and wildfires. He is overseeing a jury verdict and sentence against PG&E after a natural gas pipeline explosion killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes in the San Francisco Bay Area eight years ago. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 425 words, photos.
HATE CRIME INVESTIGATION
LOS ANGELES — A motorist accused of trying to run down two men leaving a Los Angeles synagogue pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony charges with a hate crime allegation. Mohamed Abdi Mohamed, 32, is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Deputy Police Chief Horace Frank has said Mohamed yelled anti-Semitic remarks at the men Friday night, made a U-turn and drove at them before they took cover behind a car and an electrical box. SENT: 350 words, photo.
HOUSTON — President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday said it would appeal a judge’s order barring it from enforcing a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border, after the president’s attack on the judge prompted an extraordinary rebuke from the nation’s chief justice. The Justice Department filed a notice Tuesday saying it will appeal the order to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It also asked the judge to stay his order pending the appeal. By Nomaan Merchant.
— ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION — The number of immigrants in the U.S. without legal status has declined to its lowest level in more than a decade, according to a new report released Tuesday. SENT: 275 words from Washington.
NEW YORK — Major League Baseball will put in place new procedures for vetting political contributions after giving $5,000 to Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican senator from Mississippi, and then asking for the money back following her controversial remarks. MLB’s political action committee donated $472,500 from the start of 2017 through this Oct. 17, according to Federal Election Commission records. Among the distributions were two $2,500 contributions to Hyde-Smith’s Senate campaign on June 26 and Sept. 24 this year. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 400 words, photo.
— SIERRA STORM-WARNING — The National Weather Service has upgraded a winter storm watch to a winter storm warning Wednesday night for Lake Tahoe where as much as 2 feet (60 centimeters) of snow is possible on the mountaintops over the next few days.
— USC-ASSISTANTS — Offensive coordinator Tee Martin is one of three USC assistants who are not being retained by coach Clay Helton following the Trojans’ first losing season in 18 years.
CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING
THOUSAND OAKS — Investigators said Tuesday that the number of victims from a shooting at a country music bar in Southern California this month could have been much higher based on the amount of ammunition the gunman carried. But authorities said they were no closer to figuring out why 28-year-old Ian David Long killed 12 people than they were the day of the Nov. 7 attack. By Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 621 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach, 650 words by 3:30 p.m., video.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE-GOVERNOR’S PARDON
SAN FRANCISCO — An unexpected phone call brought a bright spot to a dark moment in Jason James Burnett’s life, offering a small measure of relief from the sadness of losing his California home to the nation’s worst wildfire in a century. It was the governor’s office. His criminal record had finally been wiped clean. By Juliet Linderman. SENT: 560 words, photos.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE, from CHICO, Calif. — A businessman pained over the destruction to the town of Paradise caused by a deadly Northern California wildfire planned Tuesday to give $1,000 each to students and staff members from the local high school. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.
LOS ANGELES — Stephen Hillenburg, who used his dual loves of drawing and marine biology to spawn the absurd undersea world of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” has died, Nickelodeon announced Tuesday. He was 57. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 841 words, photos.
— UNIVERSITY DONATION — An alumni couple are giving San Francisco State University a $26.8 million donation — the largest gift in the university’s history.
— VATICAN-CALIFORNIA BISHOP — Pope Francis has named Monsignor Daniel Garcia, currently an auxiliary bishop in Texas, to take over as bishop of Monterey, California.
— SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY EARTHQUAKE — A magnitude-4.0 earthquake rattled the rural west side of the San Joaquin Valley early Tuesday.
— TAHOE BEAR-PETA AWARD — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is recognizing a police force at Lake Tahoe for its compassionate treatment of a bear cub that was trapped in a garbage bin.
LOS ANGELES — California will see widespread rain and heavy Sierra Nevada snowfall through midweek, potentially bringing travel problems and raising the risk of debris flows from wildfire burn scars. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.
— FATAL FIRE — A late-night fire killed a resident of a Long Beach apartment complex.
— PUPPIES ROBBERY — A 22-year-old Southern California man has been arrested for allegedly committing an armed robbery that netted four puppies.
MICROSOFT’S STEADY RESILIENCE
Microsoft is close to overtaking Apple as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company. The market closed Tuesday with Microsoft just a half percent behind Apple in market value. By Technology Writer Matt O’brien. SENT: 740 words.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Resort developer Genting Malaysia has filed a lawsuit in California seeking at least $1 billion in damages from Walt Disney Co. and Fox Entertainment Group for alleged breach of contract related to a theme park, the company said Tuesday. SENT: 245 words, photo.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres are riding an NHL-season-best nine-game winning streak, one short of matching a franchise record, in preparing to host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 4 p.m.
TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning host the Anaheim Ducks, aiming to improve to 4-0 on a five-game homestand. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4:30 p.m.
VANCOUVER — The Los Angeles Kings visit the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
DENVER — Nikola Jokic and the Northwest Division-leading Denver Nuggets seek their fourth consecutive win Tuesday night when they host LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. By Dennis Georgatos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.
BKC--JACKSON STATE-SAN DIEGO STATE
SAN DIEGO — San Diego State looks to bounce back from a blowout loss to Iowa State in the Maui Classic when it hosts Jackson State. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
BKC--WEST COAST BAPTIST-IDAHO
MOSCOW, Idaho — West Coast Baptist plays Idaho at Cowan Spectrum. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.
BKC--CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE-WASHINGTON ST
PULLMAN, Wash. — Cal State Northridge visits Washington State on Tuesday night. By Ricky Hester. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 8 p.m.
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