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

August 12, 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 Rogers is on the Los Angeles news desk. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Pacific.

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TOP STORIES:

CALIFORNIA-RENT CONTROL SPENDING

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Los Angeles-based health care nonprofit known for funding controversial ballot measures is waging an expensive battle with the real estate industry over rent control in California. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has poured more than $12 million into a November initiative it’s spearheading to let cities and counties regulate rental fees in buildings that state law currently shields from such control. By Sophia Bollag. SENT: 844 words, AP Photos.

MIDTERMS-MONEY

HOUSTON — The November midterm elections are on pace to shatter records for political spending. While more than $1 billion raised so far nationally is helping finance battlegrounds that are poised to decide control of Congress, restless donors aren’t stopping there — they’re also putting cash into races and places they never have before to help underdog Democrats. Examples include: a district home to the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium and held by the GOP since 1983; the South Carolina district of outgoing U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford; and a reliably Republican Southern California district that President Donald Trump won by 15 points. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 903 words.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. — Aided by slightly cooler temperatures, firefighters made steady progress Sunday in battling a wildfire that destroyed 16 structures as it raged through Southern California’s Cleveland National Forest. The Holy Fire — named for Holy Jim Canyon, where it began last Monday — is one of nearly 20 blazes burning across California as the state sees earlier, longer and more destructive wildfire seasons because of drought, warmer weather attributed to climate change and home construction deeper into forests. SENT: 373 words, AP Photos.

Also:

— GAS PRICES-CAMARILLO, CALIF.: The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has risen 2 cents a gallon over the past two weeks, to $2.93.

ENTERTAINMENT

BOX OFFICE

NEW YORK — The shark thriller “The Meg” became the latest success in Hollywood’s sizzling summer, opening well above expectations with $44.5 million in ticket sales, according to box office estimates released Sunday. The Warner Bros. release had been forecast by some for closer to half that total. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 799 words, AP Photos.

SPORTS:

RAMS-DAVIS

IRVINE, Calif. — The Los Angeles Rams made a series of high-profile defensive acquisitions during the offseason. Defensive end Ryan Davis was not one of them. Davis signed a one-year contract two days before training camp started, an addition that could prove to be just as significant as signing defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh and trading for cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. By Dan Greenspan. SENT: 762 words, AP Photo.

DODGERS-ROCKIES

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies have won two straight over the Los Angeles Dodgers courtesy of go-ahead homers by Ryan McMahon, including a walk-off on Saturday. Dodgers lefty Rich Hill will make his first start at Coors Field in 10 years during the series finale on Sunday. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 1:10 p.m.

With:

— DODGERS-ROTATION: DENVER — The Los Angeles Dodgers are sending right-handers Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling to the bullpen to make room for two starters about to return from the disabled list. Left-hander Alex Wood is scheduled to pitch Tuesday against San Francisco. Fellow lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu is healed from a strained groin that has sidelined him since early May and is expected to be activated and start on Wednesday.

PIRATES-GIANTS

SAN FRANCISCO — Rookie right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (5-1, 2.34 ERA) pitches the series finale for San Francisco against the Pittsburgh Pirates, who earned their 13th shutout with a 4-0 win Saturday night. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 1:05 p.m.

PHILLIES-PADRES

SAN DIEGO — The Philadelphia Phillies finish their series against the San Diego Padres. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started at 12:40 p.m.

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