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Here is the latest California news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. PDT

July 8, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers left for summer recess with most of the year’s major bills still on their to-do list. So far this year they’ve passed first-in-the-nation data privacy regulations and a ban on local soda taxes. But when they return in August, they’ll have less than a month to tackle high-profile bills on criminal justice, energy policy and sexual harassment.

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Southern California authorities are scaling back evacuation orders for neighborhoods around a wildfire that destroyed 20 homes and other buildings in Santa Barbara County. Officials say the 100-acre fire in Goleta is 80 percent contained Saturday and many of the 2,500 evacuated residents will be able to return by late afternoon. In Los Angeles County, water-dropping helicopters are attacking a small but persistent fire burning on a mountain slope above suburban Burbank.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former coach and family friend says onetime Sacramento Kings and UCLA basketball player Tyler Honeycutt has been found dead after a standoff with Los Angeles police. Bort Escoto, who coached Honeycutt at Sylmar High School, tells the Los Angeles Times the player’s mother called him early Saturday and said her son took his own life. Police say they responded to a report of a man with a gun, who fired at them late Friday afternoon and was later found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several people were arrested this week after they placed a banner on the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal on the Fourth of July calling for abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Protesters forced the closure of the ICE building in Portland, Oregon, and more Democratic politicians have been embracing an “abolish ICE” message as the midterm elections approach.

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