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

July 24, 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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LOS ANGELES — A supermarket worker was killed by a bullet fired by Los Angeles police — not the gunman they were trying to stop — the city’s police chief acknowledged Tuesday, defending the decision to use deadly force to stop what officers feared could become a mass shooting. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.


LOS ANGELES — Yosemite Valley will be closed at the height of summer tourism as firefighters try to keep a growing forest fire from spreading into Yosemite National Park, officials said Tuesday. The valley’s grand vista of waterfalls and shear granite faces has been obscured by a choking haze of smoke for days. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: New approach, 450 words, photos by 3:30 p.m.


— CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-LIABILITY — Gov. Jerry Brown wants to soften the standard that makes electric utilities financially liable when their equipment causes wildfires. His change would only apply to future fires, not those that devastated Northern California last fall. By Jonathan J. Cooper. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.

— FIRE LOOKOUTS — Fire-lookout towers perched atop remote, craggy peaks across the U.S. West may seem like quaint reminders of an era before satellites, smartphones and jet-propelled air tankers. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 870 words, photos.


SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration and the American Civil Liberties Union failed to agree on how much time parents should have to decide whether to seek asylum after they are reunited with their children who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Justice Department said Tuesday. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 345 words. UPCOMING: Update from 3 p.m. court hearing.


PALO ALTO, Calif. — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he looks forward to testifying before Congress about the U.S. relationship with Russia. Pompeo said at a news conference with Australian officials Tuesday that history will show the world benefited from President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 240 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.



OAKLAND, Calif. — The hunt for a man police say killed an 18-year-old woman in an unprovoked knife attack in the San Francisco Bay Area ended where it began: In a train station. John Cowell, 27, a recently paroled robber with a violent history, was peacefully arrested on an Antioch-bound train Monday night about 12 miles from the Oakland station where investigators believe he killed Nia Wilson and wounded her sister Sunday night. By Lorin Eleni Gill and Olga R. Rodriguez. SENT: 980 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO— One of the six founders of the Black Panther Party died Monday in a Northern California hospital at age 80. Elbert “Big Man” Howard served as the party’s first deputy minister of information and editor of the party’s newspaper. By Janie Har. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos.


— JUNEAU GRAVE — The great-granddaughter of a woman who died in Juneau a century ago has located her ancestor’s unmarked grave and placed a headstone. Photo.



PHOENIX — Scorching weather swept across the U.S. Southwest on Tuesday, with the highest temperatures expected in California’s Death Valley during a week that forecasters say could prove to be the hottest in the region this year. By Anita Snow. SENT: 423 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


LOS ANGELES — A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Second Amendment protects the right to openly carry a gun in public for self-defense. By Brian Melley. SENT: 330 words.


— FACEBOOK-CHINA — Facebook is blocked in China but it’s still setting up a subsidiary in the world’s most populous country. Photo.



LOS ANGELES — Ricki Lake never in her wildest dreams thought she’d be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the film “Hairspray” at the lofty Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. By Michael Cidoni Lennox. SENT: 500 words, photo.


— BEACH BOYS-TOWN HALL — The Beach Boys will answer questions about their celebrated career during a rare live group appearance. Photo.



IRVINE — Running back Todd Gurley agreed to a lucrative four-year contract extension through 2023 with the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday. Rams general manager Les Snead confirmed a new deal for the NFL’s offensive player of the year, calling Gurley a cornerstone of a team with Super Bowl aspirations. By Sports Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 533 words, photos.


IRVINE, Calif. — Aaron Donald and the Los Angeles Rams are running out of time to avoid a second straight training camp holdout by the NFL’s defensive player of the year. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.


IRVINE, Calif. — At two years to the day the Tokyo Olympics open, Katie Ledecky is swimming as fast as ever, Caeleb Dressel is being heralded as a potential Phelps, and Missy Franklin is attempting a comeback. And Ryan Lochte is newly banned again. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.


As the WNBA heads into the All-Star Break this week, it’s been a strong first few months of play. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 800 words.


NEW YORK — With a decision looming on whether slugger Yoenis Cespedes needs surgery on both feet that could sideline him for nearly a year, the New York Mets send Zack Wheeler (3-6) to the mound against San Diego Padres left-hander Eric Lauer (5-6) in another matchup between the two worst teams in the National League. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 4:10 p.m.


ARLINGTON, Texas — A’s right-hander Frankie Montas makes his first big league start since six scoreless innings at Houston two weeks ago. Mike Minor, who pitched only 77 2-3 innings as a reliever last year season in Kansas City after missing two seasons with shoulder problems, will reach 100 innings when he records two outs in his 19th start for Texas. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts at 5:05 p.m.


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Felix Pena faces Carlos Rodon when the Los Angeles Angels continue their four-game series with the Chicago White Sox. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


PHILADELPHIA — Kenta Maeda (7-5) goes for the Dodgers against Phillies All-Star Aaron Nola (12-3) in the middle game of a series. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at


SEATTLE — James Paxton returns from the disabled list as the Seattle Mariners open a brief two-game interleague series against the San Francisco Giants. Paxton was 8-4 before the All-Star break but left his last start with back stiffness. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


— ESPN-MORA Former UCLA coach Jim Mora is joining ESPN as a college football analyst. He will fill the role Chip Kelly held last season before replacing Mora with the Bruins. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo.

— HKN--DUCKS-MONTOUR — Defenseman Brandon Montour has agreed to a two-year, $6.775 million contract through the 2019-20 season to stay with the Anaheim Ducks.


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