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AP-CA--California News Digest, CA

November 18, 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-San Francisco bureau at 415-495-1708, sanfrancisco@ap.org. Christopher Weber is on the Los Angeles news desk. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE

CHICO —Rain that’s predicted to arrive this week would help suppress Northern California’s devastating wildfire but will likely add to the enormous challenges faced by crews engaged in the painstaking search for remains of people who died in the burn zone where 76 bodies have been recovered so far. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

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— CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST

ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-CALIFORNIA

LOS ANGELES — Democrat Gil Cisneros captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat in Southern California, capping a Democratic rout in which the party picked up six congressional seats in the state. In what had been the last undecided House contest in California, Cisneros beat Republican Young Kim for the state’s 39th District seat. By Michael R. Blood. SENT: 475 words, photos.

MEXICO-MIGRANT CARAVAN

TIJUANA, Mexico — Hundreds of Tijuana residents congregated around a monument in an affluent section of the city south of California on Sunday to protest the thousands of Central American migrants who have arrived via caravan in hopes of a new life in the U.S. Tensions have built as nearly 3,000 migrants from the caravan poured into Tijuana in recent days after more than a month on the road, and with many more months ahead of them while they seek asylum. The federal government estimates the number of migrants could soon swell to 10,000. By Amy Guthrie. SENT: 775 words, photos.

COLLEGES-MEN’S RIGHTS

WASHINGTON — At home in Turkey, Kursat Pekgoz considered himself a feminist. In the world of American higher education, where he is now pursuing a doctorate in English literature, the 30-year-old activist says it is men who are being treated unfairly. Arguing that campus resource groups for women and women’s studies programs amount to discrimination against men, Pekgoz has filed federal complaints against several universities with the backing of the National Coalition for Men, an American men’s rights organization. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 750 words, photos.

RHODES SCHOLARS

BOSTON — The latest crop of U.S. Rhodes scholars has more women than any other single class, and almost half of this year’s recipients of the prestigious scholarship to Oxford University in England are either immigrants or first-generation Americans, the Rhodes Trust announced Sunday. Among the 32 winners is Harvard University senior Jin Park, the first recipient covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation. By Philip Marcelo And Deepti Hajela. SENT: 525 words, photos.

TRUMP

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump isn’t committing to a previous pledge to keep chief of staff John Kelly for the remainder of his term, part of widespread speculation about staffing changes that could soon sweep through his administration. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview that aired on “Fox News Sunday,” praised Kelly’s work ethic and much of what he brings to the position but added, “There are certain things that I don’t like that he does.” By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 650 words, photos.

OSCARS-GOVERNORS AWARDS

LOS ANGELES — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Governors Awards may be in its 10th year, and the honorary Oscar itself in its 60th, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still room for a few firsts. This Sunday in the heart of Hollywood, the film academy’s board of governors will for the first time give an honorary Oscar statuette to a publicist, Marvin Levy , and the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Memorial award to a woman, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 300 words, photos. Will be updated following the event.

FILM-BOX OFFICE

LOS ANGELES — “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” crawled, slithered and flew its way to the top of the weekend box office with a $62.2 million opening in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates Sunday. By Andrew Dalton. SENT: 800 words, photos.

DIDDY-KIM PORTER

LOS ANGELES — Sean “Diddy” Combs made his first public statements Sunday since the loss of Kim Porter, his longtime former girlfriend and mother of three of his children, saying they were “more than best friends” and “more than soul mates.” Porter, a former model and actress, died unexpectedly at her Los Angeles home on Thursday at age 47. Authorities haven’t given a cause. SENT: 275 words, photo.

Also:

— POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTED — Prosecutors in central California say the arrests of two police officers in an alleged corruption scandal have led to the dismissal of at least 40 criminal cases.

— GAS PRICES — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dropped 12 cents a gallon over the past two weeks, to $2.72.

SPORTS:

ESPN-MONDAY NIGHT TRANSITION

LOS ANGELES — ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” crew is under the spotlight every week, but attention will be further magnified when the Los Angeles Rams host the Kansas City Chiefs in a matchup of 9-1 teams. This week’s game carries more storylines than usual. It’s the first Monday night game in Los Angeles since 1985. It’s also just the second time that teams meeting on Monday night in Week 11 or later have each had one or fewer losses. By Sports Writer Joe Reedy. SENT: 800 words, photos.

UC DAVIS-UT ARLINGTON

ARLINGTON, Texas — Brian Warren scored 18 points, Radshad Davis scored 12 and UT Arlington beat UC Davis 68-59 on Sunday. Warren missed 11 of 15 shot attempts but made all eight of his free throws; six coming in the last 43 seconds to keep the Aggies at arm’s length. SENT: 150 words.

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