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

October 3, 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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TOP STORIES:

NOBEL-CHEMISTRY

STOCKHOLM — Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for using a sped-up version of evolution to create new proteins that have led to a best-selling drug and other products. By Malcolm Ritter, Jim Heintz and Christopher Chester. SENT: 1,090 words, photos. UPCOMING: Update, photos, video from 3 p.m. press conference at the California Institute of Technology.

GAS TAX REPEAL-COMPLAINT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Leaders of a campaign to repeal California’s recent gas tax increase asked the federal government this week to investigate their claims that public resources have been used against them. Their allegations are based on emails and other documents that appear to show local government workers discussing the repeal effort, known as Proposition 6. By Sophia Bollag and Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 894 words, photos.

CORPORATE BOARDS-FEMALE DIRECTORS

NEW YORK — California’s new law requiring companies to include women on their boards of directors may not survive widely expected legal challenges but it has already spotlighted the entrenched practices and barriers that have helped keep women out of boardrooms. By Business Writers Alexandra Olson and Matt Ott. SENT: 883 words, photos.

With:

— CORPORATE BOARDS-FEMALE DIRECTORS-GLANCE

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

ROBOT FARMERS

SAN CARLOS — Brandon Alexander would like to introduce you to Angus, the farmer of the future. He’s heavyset, weighing in at nearly 1,000 pounds, not to mention a bit slow. But he’s strong enough to hoist 800-pound pallets of maturing vegetables and can move them from place to place on his own. Sure, Angus is a robot. But don’t hold that against him, even if he looks more like a large tanning bed than C-3PO. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 703 words, photos, video.

SAN FRANCISCO-JAPAN-STATUE

SAN FRANCISCO — The mayor of Osaka, Japan, says he’s ending a six-decade “sister city” relationship with San Francisco to protest a statue honoring women forced to have sex with Japanese soldiers during World War II. SENT: 247 words, photo.

Also:

— DETENTION CENTER-ILLEGAL RECORDINGS — An Alameda County Sheriff’s sergeant faces four felony charges alleging he illegally recorded private conversations.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

IMMIGRATION DETENTION-NOOSES

ADELANTO, Calif. — Federal inspectors found nooses made from bedsheets hanging in more than a dozen cells at an immigration detention facility in Southern California, according to a government report. SENT: 462 words. UPCOMING: Photos.

THAILAND-CAVE BOYS

BANGKOK — The 12 village boys who were trapped with their soccer coach in a flooded cave in northern Thailand for almost three weeks are ready to spread their wings, heading out to meet fellow youth players in Argentina and do a brief tour of the United States. By Kaweewit Kaewjinda. SENT: 500 words, photos.

Also:

— CALIFORNIA-ROCKET RETURN — The Air Force is advising residents on the central California coast to be prepared for unusual sights and sounds this weekend as SpaceX attempts its first return of a rocket to launch site on the West Coast.

BUSINESS:

EUROPE-FACEBOOK

LONDON — Ireland’s data regulator has launched an investigation of Facebook over a recent data breach that allowed hackers access 50 million accounts which could potentially cost Facebook more than $1.6 billion in fines. By Business Writer Kelvin Chan. SENT: 526 words, photo.

GM-HONDA-AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

General Motors and Honda are teaming up on self-driving vehicle technology as big automakers and tech giants race to develop the next generation of personal transportation. By Business Writer Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: 621 words, photos.

ENTERTAINMENT:

WEINSTEIN-HOLLYWOOD-A YEAR LATER

NEW YORK — In the year since sexual assault allegations surfaced against Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood has been soul-searching. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,408 words, photos.

Also:

— TV-ROSEANNE-THE CONNERS — Cast members of the “Roseanne” revival are looking forward to their spinoff “The Conners.” Photo.

SPORTS:

BBN--NLDS-BRAVES-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES — For the first time in six straight postseason appearances, Clayton Kershaw won’t be starting a Game 1 for the Los Angeles Dodgers. That honor goes to Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has compiled a better ERA than the ace lefty who can opt out of his contract when the World Series is over. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.

BBA--ATHLETICS-YANKEES

NEW YORK — Reliever Liam Hendricks starts for the Oakland Athletics in the AL wild card game against the New York Yankees and 19-game winner Luis Severino. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts at 5:09 p.m.

FBN--CHARGERS-JAMES

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Chargers safety Derwin James has emerged as one of the early favorites for Defensive Rookie of the Year after having three sacks and an interception in the first four games. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, file photos.

FBN--RAIDERS-WORLEY

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders struggling defense gets a boost this week with the return of cornerback Daryl Worley from suspension. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBN--RAIDERS-PENN IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders placed right tackle Donald Penn on injured reserve with a groin injury Wednesday. Penn was injured in the third quarter of Sunday’s 45-42 overtime win against the Cleveland Browns. By Michael Wagaman. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

SAI--NEW SAILING LEAGUE

SAN DIEGO — New Zealander Russell Coutts is moving past the America’s Cup to help launch what he hopes is a commercially sustainable sailing league using identical supercharged catamarans capable of zipping across the tops of waves at 53 knots (60 mph). Coutts and software tycoon Larry Ellison announced their SailGP global racing league on Wednesday night in London. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 730 words.

SOC--MLS-AROUND MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Let the clinching commence. It’s that time of year when Major League Soccer teams are scrambling for spots above the red line. Four teams already know they’re playoff bound. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

HKN--DUCKS-SHARKS

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Erik Karlsson makes his San Jose debut when the Sharks host the Anaheim Ducks in the season opener. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

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