AP-CA--California News Digest 1:30 pm, CA
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WASHINGTON — Republicans thundered into an all-out campaign to save Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination Monday as a second woman accused him of a long-ago sexual assault. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Democrats of a “smear campaign,” Kavanaugh himself complained of “smears, pure and simple” and President Donald Trump dismissed allegations against his nominee as “totally political.” McConnell said the Senate would vote soon on confirmation of the 53-year old appellate court judge. By Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick And Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 975 words, photos, video. Developing.
—ELECTIONS 2018-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT PAC — The Stanford University law professor who led the successful recall of a California judge over his handling of a sexual assault case announced Monday that she is broadening her fight to target politicians. Michele Dauber said the Enough is Enough Voter Project will raise money to campaign against candidates for state legislatures or Congress who have been accused of sexual misconduct or who the group believes have a poor voting record on issues related to sexual harassment and violence against women. By Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 550 words, photos.
FRESNO — Electric vehicle advocates, environmental groups and California officials blasted the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back car-mileage standards at a Monday hearing in a region with some of the nation’s worst air pollution. The session in California’s Central Valley is the first of three events by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to gather public comment on the mileage plan. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from testimony expected to go into the evening.
LOS ANGELES — Lawyers for President Donald Trump are going to court Monday to urge a judge to toss out porn actress Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit over a hush-money agreement following their alleged affair. Trump’s lawyers say the deal that paid Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet was invalid and they won’t sue her for breaking it. By Brian Melley. SENT: 325 words, photos. Will be updated from hearing scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
TRAFFICKING ACT-SEX WORKERS
NEW YORK — Recent crackdowns targeting the sex-for-hire industry have reduced the number of commercial ads on the internet and helped fight online trafficking. But activists and police say the efforts may have had unintended consequences — landing women and girls back on the streets, where dangers also lurk. The impact was almost immediate after the seizure of Backpage.com by the federal government in April and President Donald Trump’s signature the same month on the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, a law meant to hold internet platforms accountable for facilitating sex trafficking. By Alexandra Villarreal. SENT: 875 words, photos.
— CRASH SITE-BODY FOUND — Authorities say the body of an elderly woman was found in a car that the bottom of an embankment in the San Francisco Bay Area and another woman was rescued farther north three days after she crashed down a reservoir embankment.
NEW ORLEANS — A preservation group is inviting the public to vote on 20 sites across the country that showcase the nation’s diversity and the fight for equality as part of a $2 million historic preservation campaign. The project is a collaboration between The National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Express and Main Street America. Sites include the Alabama church where four black girls were killed during a 1963 bombing and a church in Los Angeles that was a hub for Mexican immigrants. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 500 words, photos.
POLITICAL ICE CREAM
MONTPELIER, Vt. — The founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in Bernie Sanders’ home state are putting their ice cream expertise to work to support seven congressional candidates in the midterm elections who they call progressive. Vermont’s Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, known for their clever marketing and quirky flavors, are working with political action committee MoveOn to create ice cream flavors that reflect the values of each of the candidates. They are seeking the public’s help in naming the flavors. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 350 words.
— FIVE SHOT — Southern California authorities say one person has died in a weekend shooting that also left four others wounded.
— OFFICER ATTACKED — Authorities are again searching for a suspect in the stabbing of a Southern California police officer after a man detained after the attack was released.
— RIVERSIDE STABBING — Authorities say a suspect has been detained in connection to a stabbing of a 69-year-old man at the downtown Riverside Metrolink station.
— MAIL CARRIER DEATH — The coroner’s office says a Los Angeles mail carrier found dead inside her postal truck amid scorching temperatures died primarily from overheating.
— VA FRAUD — A former contracting official for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Los Angeles has been sentenced to five months in prison for lying to investigators when he denied taking bribes as part of a $13 million fraud scheme.
— RESCUED PARAGLIDER — Authorities say a paraglider was rescued after getting caught in a gust of wind and crashing into a California hillside.
NEW YORK — Subscription radio company SiriusXM says it’s buying music streaming service Pandora Media Inc. in a deal valued at about $3.5 billion that will allow it to expand its service beyond cars and into mobile devices and homes. Pandora has faced intense pressure from competitors like Spotify and Apple. Its last quarterly profit was in December 2014. SENT: 325 words, photos.
— DISNEYLAND LABOR — Hotel workers at Southern California’s Disneyland Resort have approved a contract that raises hourly salaries by at least 40 percent over two years and allows staff to get bonuses that were promised last year.
SANTA CLARA — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will need season-ending surgery on his injured left knee. The 49ers said Monday that an MRI confirmed the team’s fears that Garoppolo tore his ACL while making a cut late in a loss at Kansas City. The injury deals a serious blow to the 49ers (1-2), who had planned their rebuild around Garoppolo. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 400 words, photos.
EL SEGUNDO — LeBron James is ready to begin his next act with the Los Angeles Lakers. The superstar made his first extensive public comments about his decision to start over with the 16-time champion franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs in five years. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — The Big Three have cleared out and Lob City is no more. The Los Angeles Clippers are faced with more questions than answers as they prepare for a new season without Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
OAKLAND — The two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors get ready for training camp with All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins the most high profile addition once he’s healthy and ready to return from Achilles tendon surgery and ended his season with the Pelicans in January. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento Kings hold media day before the start of training camp. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — Tommy McDonald, the small, speedy and sure-handed receiver who teamed with quarterback Norm Van Brocklin to help the Philadelphia Eagles win the 1960 NFL championship, has died. He was 84. His death was announced Monday by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Details were not disclosed. SENT: 625 words, photos.
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