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

September 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-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:

DRUG FRAUD LAWSUIT

SAN FRANCISCO — California is accusing pharmaceutical giant AbbVie of illegally plying doctors with cash, gifts and services to prescribe one of the world’s biggest selling drugs. The suit filed Tuesday says the kickbacks led doctors to write unneeded prescriptions for Humira despite its potentially deadly side effects. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 433 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.

IMPORTING MARIJUANA

SAN DIEGO — In a rare move, the U.S. government has approved the importation of marijuana extracts from Canada for a clinical trial, highlighting a new avenue for American researchers who have long had trouble obtaining the drug for medical studies. By Gene Johnson and Julie Watson. SENT: 970 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON — Trading accusations, Democratic and Republican senators quarreled Tuesday over who will testify at what promises to be a dramatic and emotional hearing next Monday with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the California woman who says he sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. But doubts were raised whether she would appear. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,210 words, photos.

With:

—ELECTION 2018-FEINSTEIN-KAVANUGH, FROM SACRAMENTO, Calif. — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Kevin de Leon, a Democrat in the California Senate, rarely have much in common. But they’re united in their condemnation this week of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. By Kathleen Ronayne. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 2:30 p.m.

WAITER TIPS RULING

SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. appeals court is siding with bartenders and waiters in a fight over whether restaurants can pay them less because they receive tips. Under federal law, an employer can pay workers who receive tips as little as $2.13 an hour as long as their tips bring their earnings to minimum wage. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday said employers cannot use that tip credit when the workers are engaged in tasks not related to bartending or serving. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA-DEPUTIES SHOT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A 38-year-old man on probation for a gun crime has been accused of killing a sheriff’s deputy and wounding another in a shootout that started with an argument at an auto parts store in the Sacramento area, authorities said Tuesday. By Jonathan J. Cooper SENT: 435 words, photos

FATAL POLICE SHOOTING

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Police Department on Monday released body camera footage of the 2015 shooting of a man by a female officer that led the city to pay $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit by the victim’s family. UPCOMING: 250 words.

Also:

— OFFICER ARRESTED — Deputies arrested a police sergeant in Northern California on charges of molesting a child after finding him in a car with a teenage girl who is in a program for youth interested in law enforcement.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

LOS ANGELES-FUR BAN

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles, one of the world’s major fashion centers and long a symbol of glitz and glamour, is taking steps to ban the sale of fur products, a move that would make it the

REALITY SHOW DOCTOR-RAPES

LOS ANGELES — A California doctor who appeared in a reality TV dating show and an alleged female accomplice have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women, and authorities said Tuesday there could be many more victims across the country. By John Antczak. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.

PRISON GUARD ATTACKS-CALIFORNIA

LOS ANGELES — A new report says California prisons should do more to protect guards from prisoners who fling bodily fluids in so-called “gassing” attacks. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3:30 p.m.

With:

— PRISON GUARD DIES — Authorities say a California prison guard has died five months after he and another officer were attacked by inmates.

Also:

— BOSTON GLOBE-THREATS-ARREST — A federal grand jury has indicted a Los Angeles man accused of making a series of phone calls threatening to kill journalists at The Boston Globe.

— FAKE FUNERAL FUND — The signs being held by three people along a Southern California desert interstate said “Funeral Donations,” ″Anything is a blessing” and had photos of a little boy. “RIP Johnny,” one sign noted. Johnny wasn’t deceased and now the trio is in jail. Photo.

— COMMERCIAL FIRE — Los Angeles firefighters battled a major commercial building fire for more than seven hours before knocking down the flames.

BUSINESS:

TESLA-CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

DETROIT — Tesla Inc. has turned over documents to the U.S. Justice Department after statements by CEO Elon Musk about taking the company private, the electric car maker confirmed Tuesday. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 387 words, photo.

VISA-MASTERCARD-SETTLEMENT

NEW YORK — Visa and Mastercard said Tuesday they will pay $6.2 billion to settle part of a long-running lawsuit brought by merchants over fees on credit card transactions. By Business Writer Ken Sweet. SENT: 230 words, photo.

FACEBOOK-DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT

NEW YORK — Facebook is allowing job ads on its platform that exclude women, according to the American Civil liberties Union. In a complaint filed Tuesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the ACLU lists 10 employers that it claims have placed ads on Facebook that violate federal and state discrimination laws. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 690 words, photos.

ENTERTAINMENT:

EMMY RATINGS

NEW YORK — Television’s biggest night wasn’t that big. A record-low audience of just under 10.2 million people watched the awards show that kicked off a new television season on Monday night. SENT: 108 words, photos.

SPORTS:

USC-HELTON PRACTICE

LOS ANGELES — Southern California running back Aca’Cedric Ware let loose after the 37-14 loss at Texas on Saturday, lamenting poor practice habits and a lack of offensive leadership in consecutive blowout losses. When the Trojans returned to practice Monday night, it looked as if coach Clay Helton had taken Ware’s words to heart. By Dan Greenspan. SENT: 656 words, photo.

BBA--ANGELS-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. — Liam Hendriks and the Oakland Athletics host Tyler Skaggs and the Los Angeles Angels. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

BBN--ROCKIES-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES — Kyle Freeland and the Colorado Rockies take on Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

GIANTS-PADRES

SAN DIEGO — Derek Holland leads the San Francisco Giants against Joey Lucchesi and the San Diego Padres. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game Starts at 7:10 p.m.

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