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

September 23, 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. Christopher Weber is on the news desk in Los Angeles. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-CAUSES

UNDATED — California officials quickly determined an arsonist started last month’s huge wildfire southeast of Los Angeles, and that two weeks earlier sparks from a vehicle produced a deadly wildfire in the far northern part of the state. But causes for many of California’s worst blazes of the past decade remain a mystery. By Julie Watson. SENT: 975 words, photos.

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON — Attorneys for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, and the Senate Judiciary Committee have reached agreement for a public hearing Thursday, as talks continued to resolve additional details ahead of the high-stakes showdown. Ford committed to an “open” hearing after negotiators convened a call on Sunday, her attorneys said in a statement. A spokesman for the committee’s chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, confirmed the hearing would take place at 10 a.m. Thursday. By Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick And Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 950 words, photos, video.

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNORS

LANSING, Mich. — It’s a resume that reads like an ideal springboard to higher office: investigated sexual assaults of Olympic gymnasts, charged government officials responsible for a tainted water crisis, bucked the governor on tax hikes. With that background and his party controlling all statewide offices, Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette might be on the fast track to winning the Michigan governor’s race in November. One reason he’s not: President Donald Trump. By David Eggert And Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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FILM-BOX OFFICE

NEW YORK — The gothic family fantasy “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” exceeded expectations to debut with an estimated $26.9 million in ticket sales at the weekend box office, while audiences showed considerably less interest in Michael Moore’s Donald Trump-themed documentary, “Fahrenheit 11/9,” than his George W. Bush-era one. “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” was easily the biggest draw on a quiet weekend at North American movie theaters, where the other three new wide releases all disappointed or downright flopped. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 900 words, photos.

Also:

— DRIVER KILLS PREGNANT HORSE — California Highway Patrol says a suspected drunk driver crashed into and killed a pregnant horse that a girl was riding.

— ROBBER SHOT — Authorities say police officers shot and wounded an armed suspect who fired at them after robbing a convenience store in central California.

— SCHOOL FIRES-TEACHER ARRESTED — Investigators are trying to determine why a high school teacher started two small fires on campus while classes were in session.

— OFFICERS HURT — Authorities say two people were arrested and two police officers were hurt while trying to break up gatherings of hundreds of car enthusiasts who descended on Oakland.

— GHOST GUNS-SENTENCING — A Northern California man has been sentenced to five years in prison for the unlawful manufacturing and dealing of so-called “ghost” guns — homemade weapons with no registration numbers that can be used to trace them.

— SHRINKING SNOWPACK-NEVADA STUDY — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the University of Nevada, Reno a $5 million grant to lead a study on changing snowpack.

— GAS PRICES — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dropped a penny per gallon over the past two weeks, to $2.90.

SPORTS:

RAIDERS-DOLPHINS

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Receiver Albert Wilson threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to put the Miami Dolphins ahead midway through the fourth quarter, and then turned a short reception into a 74-yard score that sealed a 28-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Miami coach Adam Gase used creative play-calling to overcome a wave of injuries and penalties, and a 17-minute deficit in time of possession. The Dolphins scored on a pair of shovel passes by Ryan Tannehill that each traveled less than a yard — one on the flip to Wilson, and an earlier similar pass that Jakeem Grant caught before turning the corner for an 18-yard score. By Sports Writer Steven Wine. SENT: 650 words, photos.

49ERS-CHIEFS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes is just as efficient at home as he is on the road. He gets the same results, too. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. SENT: 600 words, photos.

UCLA-QUARTERBACKS

LOS ANGELES — UCLA returned to practice on Sunday following its bye week but coach Chip Kelly though still faces questions about his quarterbacks. The Bruins (0-3) are lacking depth and experience at their most important position after Devon Modster announced on Twitter on Friday that he is leaving the program. Kelly said Sunday the sophomore intends to transfer to a junior college so he can be immediately eligible at a Football Bowl Subdivision program next season. By Sports Writer Joe Reedy. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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