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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. — A stretch of a major highway near the California-Oregon border will remain closed through the weekend as crews try to tame a roaring wildfire burning on both sides of the north-south route, authorities announced Friday. By Noah Berger and Paul Elias. SENT: 695 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developments on firefighting effort.

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— CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES

SAN DIEGO — A 6-year-old immigrant boy sobs at the school bus stop in suburban Maryland and begs his mother to promise she will not disappear again. A toddler in Honduras wakes up screaming and searches for the government social worker who cared for him for several months. Families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border by the Trump administration and then reunited with their children say they are suffering deep emotional wounds and want the U.S. government to pay for mental health treatment to remedy the situation. By Julie Watson and Morgan Lee. SENT: 948 words, photos.

OBAMA-MIDTERMS

URBANA, Ill. — Former President Barack Obama issued a scorching critique of his successor Friday, blasting President Donald Trump's pattern of pressuring the Justice Department, his policies and reminding voters that the economic recovery began on his watch. The speech in Illinois was a preview of the argument that Obama is likely to make throughout the fall. On Saturday, the former president will stump for House Democratic candidates from California at an event in Orange County. By Juana Summers and Sara Burnett. SENT: 1,004 words, photo.

CAPITOL:

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR-BIODIVERSITY

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown directed state agencies to work together to protect plant and animal species in the face of climate change and declared that Sept. 7 will forever be known as "California Biodiversity Day" in an executive order signed Friday. SENT: 200 words

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

GYPSY HILL KILLINGS

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — A career criminal accused by authorities of raping and killing six women in the 1970s yelled "I am not guilty" to a jury at the start of his trial Friday for two of the killings. Rodney Halbower also yelled "I have never raped or murdered in my life" to the jury in an outburst that briefly disrupted court proceedings. By Paul Elias. SENT: 690 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developments from afternoon court session.

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— GYPSY HILL KILLINGS-THE LATEST

— FATAL POLICE SHOOTING-CALIFORNIA — Police say a man who was fatally shot by officers in California pointed a weapon that turned out to be a pellet gun designed to look like a semi-automatic handgun.

— TAHOE FOREST-SHOOTING BAN — The increased threat of wildfires in the Sierra Nevada has triggered a temporary ban on recreational target shooting in a national forest west of Lake Tahoe.

— SPACEPORT-NASA HEAT SHIELD — NASA technology designed to protect spacecraft from heat and pressure when entering a planet's atmosphere will be launched from Spaceport America in New Mexico as part of testing.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

TEACHER STRIKES-BLUE STATES

SEATTLE — Fights over teacher salaries and working conditions are escalating in Seattle, Los Angeles and other cities along the West Coast, emboldened in part by the momentum from widespread teacher strikes in more conservative states. By Sally Ho. SENT: 837 words, photos.

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— LOS ANGELES-ILLEGAL MARIJUANA BUSINESSES — Los Angeles prosecutors say they have charged more than 500 people with misdemeanors for illegal marijuana operations.

— CRANE PARACHUTIST — A man defied police and made an early morning parachute jump from a construction crane in the East Village area of San Diego.

— GLENDALE OVERDOSES — Police say four men in Southern California were taken to a hospital after possibly overdosing on the powerful drug Fentanyl.

BUSINESS:

TESLA-MOUNTING TROUBLES

Shares of electric car maker Tesla Inc. fell more than 6 percent early Friday after the CEO appeared to smoke marijuana during an interview and the company's accounting chief left after a month on the job. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 421 words, photo.

GOOGLE AT 20

SAN FRANCISCO — Twenty years after Larry Page and Sergey Brin set out to organize all of the internet's information, the search engine they named Google has morphed into a dominating force in smartphones, online video, email, maps and much more. That resounding success now has regulators and lawmakers around the world questioning whether the company has become too powerful. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 502 words, photos.

TWITTER-ALEX JONES

NEW YORK — Twitter's decision to permanently ban conspiracy-slinger Alex Jones shows it's serious about enforcing its policy against abuse. But it has a long way to go. Along with Facebook and other tech companies, Twitter sees promise in using artificial intelligence to rid its service of objectionable posts, photos and videos. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay and Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 798 words, photos, video.

ENTERTAINMENT:

FILM-CRITICS STUDY

The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative is to release the second part of its study on the diversity of film critics, delving further into what researchers say is an overwhelmingly male and white profession. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

TV--PBS REFUGEE DOCUMENTARIES

Rarely has art attempted to link the plight of refugees in the Middle East with those in Central America. Three new documentaries are set to air this month on PBS hope to make this connection as part of the third season of Doc World, a PBS/WORLD Channel series focusing on international issues. It begins Sunday with "Sky and Ground," a full-length documentary about a large, extended Syrian-Kurdish family fleeing war-ravaged Aleppo for Germany. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 550 words, photo.

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— PEOPLE-VINCE VAUGHN — Vince Vaughn has been charged with drunken driving. Photo.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-USC-STANFORD

STANFORD, Calif. — After getting carved up for 641 yards passing and six touchdowns by Sam Darnold last year in two losses to Southern California, Stanford coach David Shaw might be looking forward to going up against an unproven freshman quarterback for the Trojans this year. But now the 10th ranked Cardinal must deal with talented freshman JT Daniels. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 774 words, photos.

FBC--T25-UCLA-OKLAHOMA

NORMAN, Okla. — Two of the nation's best offensive minds will meet when Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley matches wits with UCLA coach Chip Kelly. Riley took over as Oklahoma's head coach last year, and the Sooners led the nation in total offense and quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy. Kelly's offenses at Oregon were among the nation's best, and he had success with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles before returning to the college ranks. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 660 words, photos.

FBC--CALIFORNIA-BYU

PROVO, Utah — California and BYU are traveling a similar road in search of a turnaround this season. The two teams come into their game Saturday in Provo riding a wave of renewed confidence after impressive season-opening wins. SENT: 579 words, photos.

FBC--FRESNO ST-MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS — Seth Green was going to be the third-string quarterback for Minnesota this season, until the Gophers coaches got the idea to better apply his skills. Now he's a hybrid who also plays wide receiver and tight end, plus a ball-carrying role that produced two touchdowns off a direct snap in the opening win against New Mexico State. Green and the Gophers will face a much tougher test, particularly on defense, when Fresno State visits this weekend. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 748 words, photos.

FBC--SAN JOSE ST-WASHINGTON ST

SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington State coach Mike Leach is looking for his team to improve heading into a game against stumbling San Jose State on Saturday. SENT: 679 words, photos.

FBN--49ERS-WARNER

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Fred Warner isn't being given time to ease into his NFL career. The rookie for the San Francisco 49ers is slated to start in his debut at Minnesota at a relatively new position of middle linebacker with all the responsibilities that come with calling the defensive signals. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

FBN--RAMS-ADDING DONALD

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh are finally working together with the Rams, and fellow defensive lineman Michael Brockers thinks the NFL should be very afraid. A potentially fearsome defense is finally taking shape for Los Angeles, with the defensive player of the year joining Suh and cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

SURFING PHENOM

SAN DIEGO — Caroline Marks showed her older brothers, all right, who was the best surfer in the family. Goaded by her siblings at a young age while growing up in Florida, Marks took to the waves with such gusto that at 16, she's the youngest competitor ever, male or female, on the World Surf League's Championship Tour. By Sports Writer Bernie Wilson. SENT: 927 words, photos.

BOX--IOKA'S COMEBACK

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Kazuto Ioka bought tickets online and valet-parked at the Forum. The recently retired three-division world champion was just another spectator eating a hot dog in the stands last winter while some of the world's best super flyweight boxers put on an outstanding show. Ioka has spent his life in boxing gyms, but had never really been to the fights as a fan. After he experienced the crackling atmosphere at the Superfly 2 show in Inglewood, the vacationing Japanese star suddenly realized he had to fight again, preferably in this very ring. By Sports Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 711 words, photos.

BBA--ANGELS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO — The Los Angeles Angels send Felix Pena to the mound in the opener of a weekend series in Chicago. The White Sox go with Carlos Rodon, whose ERA is 2.19 since July 1. By Matt Carlson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5:10 p.m.

BBN--GIANTS-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE — The playoff-hopeful Brewers face a left-hander for the fourth straight game when Derek Holland (7-8) starts for the San Francisco Giants. Chase Anderson (9-7) goes for Milwaukee. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 5:10 p.m.

BBN--PADRES-REDS

CINCINNATI — The Padres try to win their second straight against the Reds, with Brett Kennedy (1-2) facing Anthony DeSclafani (7-4). By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6:40 p.m.

BBN--DODGERS-ROCKIES

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies try to maintain their lead in the NL West when they begin a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. The Rockies will throw Jon Gray, while the Dodgers counter with ace Clayton Kershaw. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5:40 p.m.

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— TOMMY LASORDA'S BROTHER KILLED — Authorities in Florida say the brother of legendary Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda has been killed in a car crash involving a police officer.

BBA--RANGERS-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics return from their first day off in 20 days to open a three-game series against the Texas Rangers. By Gideon Rubin. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

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