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

August 31, 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 Antczak is on the Los Angeles news desk, followed by Robert Jablon. Olga Rodriguez 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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SACRAMENTO — Utility workers would get protections for their jobs, salaries, benefits and pensions as part of a measure allowing California power companies to raise electric bills to cover the cost of lawsuits from last year’s deadly wildfires. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 684 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from votes after 9 p.m.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California lawmaker announced Friday on the final day of this year’s legislative session that he is ending his effort this year to pass a bill declaring gay conversion therapy a fraudulent practice. By Don Thompson. SENT: 388 words. UPCOMING: Updates with additional legislative action this afternoon and evening.




LOS ANGELES — Police chiefs and cities are working together to block a proposed state rule that they say would allow unchecked home marijuana deliveries anywhere in California — even into places that have banned cannabis sales. California Police Chiefs Association President David Swing says the change would “open the floodgates” for potential criminal activity in cities that want to keep pot out. By Michael R. Blood. Developing. 300 words, photos.



FRESNO, Calif. — More than two dozen MS-13 gang members and affiliates were arrested and charged following a months-long murder and drug trafficking investigation centered on a rural California farm city, U.S. and state prosecutors said Friday. SENT: 379 words, photo.


SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco police said Friday both a young man held in a headlock and the man who tackled him acknowledged to officers they were in a fight caught on videos widely shared on social media. Two men were caught on two videos apparently trying to push a young man out of a stopped light rail. By Olga R. Rodriguez. SENT: 350 words.


— TRAIN KILLS JOGGER — Northern California authorities say a commuter train struck and killed a jogger who was wearing earbuds and running during rush hour.



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is anxious to hear from its dust-silenced Mars rover, Opportunity, as the planet’s red skies clear. “We are pulling for our tenacious rover to pull her feet from the fire one more time,” project manager John Callas said in a statement from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 292 words, photo.


BATH, Maine — Shipbuilder Bath Iron Works has replaced one of the massive turbines on the future USS Michael Monsoor, and the stealthy destroyer is scheduled to depart for San Diego in November. By David Sharp. SENT: 341 words, photo.



— LINKEDIN-CHINESE SPYING-FAKE PROFILES LinkedIn says it’s working to combat Chinese espionage activity targeting users of the online career network.



DETROIT — As far as one minister is concerned, it’s Maxine Waters Forever! When Bishop Charles H. Ellis III of Greater Grace Temple assured Rep. Maxine Waters at the Aretha Franklin funeral that “We got your back!” he was repaid in full with the hands fisted, arms crossed “Wakanda Forever!” salute from the California congresswoman. SENT: 180 words, photos, video.



LOS ANGELES — All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald agreed to a massive new contract with the Los Angeles Rams on Friday, ending his second consecutive preseason holdout as the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. By Sports Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 740 words, photos.


PASADENA, Calif. — Although Chip Kelly’s debut at UCLA is the Rose Bowl’s most anticipated event of the year to date, the coach has given little indication what his first team will look like. The Bruins’ opponent is a Cincinnati team with almost as many questions about its identity. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Freshman quarterback JT Daniels is off to a fast start at Southern California. Daniels won the competition to replace Sam Darnold when he should have been starting his senior year at Mater Dei High School in Orange County. But UNLV is determined to slow Daniels down when he becomes the second freshman to start a a season opener for the No. 15 Trojans on Saturday. SENT: 756 words, photos.


STANFORD, Calif. — Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love and No. 13 Stanford open the season against San Diego State. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.


HOUSTON — Houston’s Framber Valdez opposes Angels right-hander Jaime Barria when the Astros and Angels continue a four-game series. The Angels won the opener 5-2. By Kristie Rieken. Game starts at 5:10 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Zack Greinke takes the mound for the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks against Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are two games back after losing the series opener. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. — Mike Fiers goes for his 11th victory when he pitches for the Oakland Athletics against the Seattle Mariners. By Gideon Rubin. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


SAN DIEGO — Antonio Senzatela and the Colorado Rockies try to avoid losing more ground to Arizona when they face Brett Kennedy and the San Diego Padres. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO — Andrew Suarez (5-9) takes the mound for the Giants to begin a weekend series with the New York Mets. By Rob Gloster. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:15 p.m.


— BBO--GIANTS-YANKEES-TRADE — The playoff-contending New York Yankees acquired former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen from the San Francisco Giants on Friday for two prospects. By Sports Writer Jake Seiner. SENT: 350 words, photos.


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