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BC-CA--California News Digest, CA

January 6, 2019

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. Daisy Nguyen 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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CALIFORNIA-NEW GOVERNOR

SACRAMENTO _ When Gov. Jerry Brown cedes power to Gavin Newsom, it will be the first time since 1887 that California has had consecutive Democratic governors. But California isn’t getting a carbon copy in substance or style. Newsom becomes governor Monday, concluding the 80-year-old Brown’s four terms leading the nation’s most populous state. The handoff reflects Democrats’ dominance in California politics _ the party holds every statewide office and huge majorities in the Legislature. And it is the next act in a history between the Newsom and Brown families that spans eight decades. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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_ CALIFORNIA-NEW GOVERNOR-THINGS TO KNOW

CALIFORNIA STORMS

LOS ANGELES _ A powerful winter storm unleashed mudslides in Southern California wildfire burn areas and trapped motorists on a major highway, and the northern part of the state braced for more wet weather Sunday. Saturday’s deluge loosened hillsides where a major blaze burned last year in and around Malibu, clogging the Pacific Coast Highway with mud and debris. SENT: 500 words, photos.

PACIFIC OCEAN-PLASTIC CLEANUP

LOS ANGELES _ A trash collection device deployed to corral plastic litter floating in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii has broken apart and will be hauled back to dry land for repairs. Boyan Slat, who launched the Pacific Ocean cleanup project, told NBC News last week that the 2,000-foot (600-meter) long floating boom will be towed 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) to Hawaii. SENT: 300 words, photos.

BOWLING ALLEY SHOOTING-CALIFORNIA

TORRANCE _ Police are searching for suspects in a fatal shooting that killed three men and injured four during a brawl at a popular Los Angeles-area bowling alley and karaoke bar. Cell phone video aired by KNBC-TV shows groups of people fighting late Friday at Gable House Bowl in the coastal city of Torrance. SENT: 300 words, photos, video.

MONARCH BUTTERFLIES-LOWER NUMBERS

SAN FRANCISCO _ Researchers with an environmental group have labeled as “disturbingly low” the number of western monarch butterflies that migrate along the California coast. A recent count by the Xerces Society recorded fewer than 30,000 butterflies, which it said is an 86 percent decline since 2017. SENT: 200 words, photos.

GOLDEN GLOBES

NEW YORK _ When the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards get underway Sunday night, who takes home statuettes is only a small part of the intrigue. What the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Beverly Hills, California, ceremony lacks in gravitas it usually makes up for in freewheeling frivolity and fun. The free-flowing booze helps. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 575 words, photos. Will be updated after start of the red carpet around 2 p.m. The Globes air live on NBC beginning at 5 p.m.

FILM-BOX OFFICE

LOS ANGELES _ “Aquaman” is still the champ at the box office three weeks in, but the high-concept thriller “Escape Room” also drew some substantial crowds in its debut weekend. Warner Bros. on Sunday says that “Aquaman” has added an estimated $30.7 million from over 4,000 North American theaters. That brings its domestic grosses to nearly $260 million. The DC comics film starring Jason Momoa has had a tidal wave of successes internationally too. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 500 words, photos.

PEOPLE-PENN-COOPER

LOS ANGELES _ When Anderson Cooper first met Sean Penn after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the CNN anchor was initially skeptical of the actor’s intentions to help the recovery efforts in the ravaged country. In time, Penn won Cooper over. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 600 words, photos.

SPORTS:

CHARGERS-RAVENS

BALTIMORE _ The Los Angeles Chargers beat the Baltimore Ravens, 23 to 17, in their AFC wildcard matchup on Sunday. SENT: 750 words, photos.

CFP-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-RUNNING GAME

SAN JOSE _ In four years at Alabama, Damien Harris has shared the backfield with several runners who either have or will play in the NFL. From Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake in 2015, to Bo Scarbrough the next two years, to his current running mates Najee Harris and Joshua Jacobs, the top-ranked Crimson Tide (14-0) have always had a variety of running threats to fuel their offense. By Sports Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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CFP-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-CLEMSON SUSPENSIONS

LIGHTNING-SHARKS

SAN JOSE _ Missing three regular defensemen, the San Jose Sharks got a complete team effort and handed the Tampa Bay Lightning their first regulation loss in 5 1/2 weeks. Evander Kane scored two goals to reach 200 for his career as the Sharks beat Tampa Bay 5-2, snapping the NHL-leading Lightning’s 16-game point streak. By Gideon Rubin. SENT: 625 words, photos.

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