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

July 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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LAKEPORT, Calif. — Firefighters reported progress Tuesday in their battle against the wildfires that have ravaged some of Northern California’s most scenic areas, including twin blazes that were tearing through vineyards and brush-covered hills and threatening some 10,000 homes. By Marcio Jose Sanchez and Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 730 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates with fire developments.




WASHINGTON — Top federal immigration officials went before Congress Tuesday to defend their handling of President Donald Trump’s now-abandoned policy of separating migrant children from their families, saying they keep records of children in their custody. By Alan Fram. SENT: 745 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police released body camera video on Tuesday showing officers fatally shooting an armed man and a woman he was holding with a knife against her throat. It was the first two police shootings in six weeks where gunfire from officers killed a bystander. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 430 words, photos by 2 p.m.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s top elections official is urging the state’s residents to oppose a Trump administration plan for a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Tuesday asked Californians to submit public comments opposing the question, which critics worry could discourage immigrants from participating. By Kathleen Ronayne. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 2 p.m.



SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Bay Area authorities said Monday they arrested a man suspected of punching a subway passenger who died of head injuries this month in one of three recent homicides in the region’s subway train stations. By Paul Elias. SENT: 440 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES — A federal judge will not prohibit porn actress Stormy Daniels’s lawyer from discussing her lawsuit against President Donald Trump with reporters and the public. An order handed down Tuesday by U.S. District Judge S. James Otero also extended a delay in the case for another 45 days. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


— MISSILE TEST ABORTED — An unarmed U.S. Air Force Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile was intentionally destroyed in flight when an anomaly occurred during a test launch from California.

— CHURCH ARSON — Authorities in Los Angeles have arrested a man for investigation of vandalizing and attempting to set fires in a Catholic church and related crimes.

— INMATE HOMICIDE — California corrections officials say the death of an inmate at Centinela State Prison in Imperial is being investigated as a homicide.



NEW YORK — Facebook said it has uncovered “sophisticated” efforts, possibly linked to Russia, to influence U.S. politics on its platforms. By Barbara Ortutay and Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 637 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — The Trump administration says people would drive more and be exposed to increased risk if their cars get better gas mileage, an argument intended to justify freezing Obama-era toughening of fuel standards. Transportation experts dispute the arguments, contained in a draft of the administration’s proposals prepared this summer, excerpts of which were obtained by The Associated Press. By Tom Krisher and Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 850 words, photo.


SAN FRANCISCO — How long does it take a robotic hand to learn to juggle a cube? About 100 years, give or take. By Technology Writer Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 500 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors in Southern California have declined to pursue sexual abuse claims against CBS head Les Moonves because the statute of limitations has expired. UPCOMING: 300 words.


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Veteran journalist Judy Woodruff says it affected her when she mentioned on air that President Donald Trump had said something that wasn’t accurate. “The first time I had to say on the air the president had said something that we needed to point out was not accurate, I got a lump in my throat,” she told a TV critics meeting on Tuesday. By Beth Harris. SENT: 350 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — Despite enthusiastic discourse around diversity in film, a report from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative released Tuesday says when it comes to the numbers, little has changed. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 565 words, photos.


— FILM-BOX OFFICE-INCREDIBLES 2 — The acclaimed Pixar sequel “Incredibles 2” has passed $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales, making it Disney’s third film this year to cross the box-office milestone. Photo.

— PEOPLE-ALEX TREBEK — Alex Trebek can see life without “Jeopardy.” Photo.



NEW YORK — With the WNBA All-Star break in the rearview mirror teams are ready for the sprint to the of the regular season. All 12 teams will play eight or nine games over the next few weeks setting the stage for what should be of the most exciting final few weeks of the regular season in league history. There are only four losses separating second place Atlanta and ninth-place Las Vegas. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 690 words, photo.


With the launch of a public school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, NBA star LeBron James has joined a long list of celebrities who have sought to leave their mark on education centers in the U.S. and around the world. By Sally Ho and Kantele Franko. SENT: 800 words, photos.


BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox acquired Ian Kinsler from the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night, replacing the injured Dustin Pedroia at second base even as the AL East leaders distance themselves from the New York Yankees — and the rest of baseball, too. By Sports Writer Jimmy Golen. SENT: 610 words, photo.


SAN DIEGO — Dereck Rodriguez and the San Francisco Giants go for a two-game sweep of Clayton Richard and the San Diego Padres, who have lost six straight and are 5-18 in July. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started at 1:10 p.m.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ryne Stanek gets the start when the Tampa Bay Rays begin a three-game series against Tyler Skaggs and the Los Angeles Angels. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4:10 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Rookie Walker Buehler takes the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers against left-hander Wade Miley and the Milwaukee Brewers. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. — Right-hander Trevor Cahill makes his 200th career start when he pitches for the Oakland Athletics against the Toronto Blue Jays, who will have Ken Giles join them a day after his trade from Houston. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


SAN JOSE, Calif. — Serena Williams, ranked 26th in the world this week, takes on Johanna Konta in her opening match of the new Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, Williams’ fifth event since having her daughter last September. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts at 7 p.m.


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