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

September 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. Christopher Weber is on the Los Angeles news desk. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

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UNDATED — Among the thousands of immigrants who have been coming across the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months, many are seeking to escape gang and drug violence raging in their homelands. The weapon of choice used to intimidate them? Often an American-made gun. While the flow of drugs and immigrants into the U.S. has been well-documented for decades and become a regular part of the political debate, what is often overlooked is how gangs and drug cartels exploit weaknesses at the border to smuggle guns from the U.S. into Latin America. By Lisa Marie Pane. SENT: 900 words, photos.


SAN DIEGO — A 13-year-old boy was expected to recover after a shark attacked him while he dived for lobsters in Southern California, hospital officials said Sunday. The teen, who was not identified, was in serious condition a day after he was bitten off the coast of Encinitas, a city north of San Diego, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego said in a statement. He had been listed in critical but stable condition following surgery Saturday. SENT: 300 words.


WASHINGTON — Senior Trump administration officials insisted Sunday that the White House is not “micromanaging” a new FBI background check of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and that senators are dictating the parameters of the investigation. President Donald Trump initially opposed such an investigation in the face of sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh, but the president and Senate Republican leaders agreed to an inquiry after GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona made clear he would not vote to confirm Kavanaugh without one. By Darlene Superville And Michael Balsamo. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, audio.


— SEX ABUSE-COMING FORWARD — The high-profile airing of sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has led victims around the country to flood support center lines with calls, come forward with reports of rapes and publicly share long-held stories of their own experiences of being attacked. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO — Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk have agreed to pay a total of $40 million and make a series of concessions to settle a government lawsuit alleging Musk duped investors with misleading statements about a proposed buyout of the company. The settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission allows Musk to remain CEO of the electric car company but requires him to relinquish his role as chairman for at least three years. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 875 words, photos.


LAS VEGAS — A small bouquet of dried flowers was wedged inside the padlock on Gate 5 of the killing ground that was the Route 91 Harvest Festival one recent day, the only visible reminder that it was the site of the worst mass shooting in modern American history. A peek inside the chain-link fence, covered in green sheeting to keep out prying eyes, revealed a sprawling patch of asphalt and little else. Towering above were the gold windows of the Mandalay Bay, where a gambler spent the last minutes of his life in room 32-135 taking the lives of 58 others in a meticulously planned slaughter. By Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


— LAS VEGAS SHOOTING-NEWS GUIDE — AP Explains: Where things stand in Vegas shooting aftermath. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


MEXICO CITY — Hurricane Rosa was on a track Sunday to drench northwest Mexico and parts of the U.S. Southwest, prompting tropical storm warnings for the Baja California coast and flash-flood watches for parts of four U.S. states. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Rosa should still be at tropical storm force when it hits the Baja California Peninsula and Sonora state Monday with flooding rains. It’s then expected to move quickly northwestward as it weakens, bringing 2 to 4 inches (5-10 centimeters) of rain to the Mogollon Rim of Arizona and 1 to 2 inches (2.5-5 centimeters) to the rest of the desert Southwest, Central Rockies and Great Basin. Some isolated areas might be more. SENT: 300 words.


UNDATED — The smelly reality is that cows will always pass gas. But if farmers had more access to seaweed, cow flatulence might just stink a little less for the planet. That’s the thesis of a New England-based aquaculture company which is launching a drive to become the worldwide leader in an emerging effort to thwart climate change by feeding seaweed to cows. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 725 words, photos.


NEW YORK — For the first time in more than two years, a straight-up comedy is No. 1 at the box office. Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish’s “Night School” debuted with $28 million in ticket sales, according to estimates Sunday. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 900 words, photos.


— POULTRY FARM PROTEST — Sheriff’s officials say 67 animal welfare activists were arrested during an organized protest at a Northern California poultry farm.

— SELF-DEFENSE SHOOTING — Authorities say a woman held against her will at a Southern California apartment managed to get her captor’s gun and shoot him in self-defense.

— INMATE-MANUFACTURED WEAPONS — California prison officials say weapons manufactured by inmates were used in a “large scale incident” that injured several inmates.

— CAR FREE LA — It’s a car free day in parts of LA. About 8 miles (13 kilometers) miles of streets stretching from downtown Los Angeles to the Hollywood Bowl are closed to motor vehicles Sunday as the city’s latest celebration of the CicLAvia (sick-luh-VEE’-uh) festival opens the lanes to bicyclists.



BERKELEY — Every time it seemed like California might be ready to mount a comeback, Oregon’s opportunistic defense stepped up and delivered. A week after a crushing collapse, the Ducks responded with a resilient performance for their first Pac-12 road win since 2016. By Sports Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 800 words, photos.


— DODGERS-HILL — With the NL West title still on the line, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts swapped starting pitchers to go with left-hander Rich Hill in Sunday’s scheduled regular-season finale against the Giants.

— NASCAR-DEEGAN WINS — Seventeen-year-old Hailie Deegan used a bump-and-run on her teammate to become the first female winner of a NASCAR K&N West Series race.


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