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

October 8, 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. Amanda Myers 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Pacific.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The only gubernatorial debate was a mainly tepid affair Monday with Republican John Cox attempting to lay California’s high cost of living at the feet of Democrat Gavin Newsom while Newsom warned Cox would govern like President Donald Trump. By Johnathan J. Cooper and Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 630 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach, 750 words, photos by 3 p.m.


ELECTION 2018-CALIFORNIA GAS TAX, from FULLERTON, Calif. — California voters will soon decide whether to drive out a gasoline tax increase passed to fund transportation projects across the state. Proposition 6 seeks to repeal last year’s decision by the Democratic-led Legislature to raise fuel taxes and vehicle fees to pay for roughly $5 billion a year in highway and road improvements and transit programs. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 870 words, photos. Editors: Also moved Saturday.


SANTA ROSA — One year after wildfires devastated Northern California’s wine country and destroyed thousands of homes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ first experience cleaning up after a wildfire has turned into an expensive bureaucratic mess. The state’s top emergency official suspects fraud played a role. By Paul Elias. SENT: 830 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — When SpaceX launched a rocket carrying an Argentinian Earth-observation satellite from California, both the night sky and social media lit up. By Amanda Lee Myers and John Antczak. SENT: 450 words, photos.


BOSTON — The streets are quieter these days in East Boston, but the marchers still gather in front of the police precinct house, as they have nearly every Thursday evening for the past four summers, after a rash of brutal killings and attempted murders by the violent street gang MS-13 struck fear into residents of this majority Latin American neighborhood. In Fresno County, California, MS-13 has been linked to more than 12 deaths in the past two years. More than two dozen gang members and affiliates were rounded up in August. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


ATLANTA — It’s been 20 years since Charles Bennett took the stage to compete in bodybuilding. But at the age of 63, he’s now done something he’s never done before — compete as a man for the first time in what’s billed as the world’s only transgender bodybuilding competition. Sandy Baird, of Oakland, California, saw the event promoted on Facebook and decided to try. By David Goldman. SENT: 460 words, photos.



SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department will let inmates cleared for release decide whether they want to leave jail at night or wait until morning to help ensure their safety, an official said. Sent: 270 words, photo.


— CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Fire crews have gained ground against a blaze in Northern California that sent up a huge plume of smoke and closed a highway for several hours.

— CALIFORNIA HOMICIDE-NEVADA ARREST — Police have arrested a 27-year-old suspect in a Northern California homicide after he allegedly fired multiple gunshots through the windows of a northern Nevada convenience store. AP Photo.



LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County inspector general is investigating whether county sheriff’s deputies racially profiled drivers when they stopped thousands of innocent Latinos in search of drugs on a major freeway. SENT: 500 words, photo.


— SWIM COACH-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT — The former U.S. Olympic swim team coach alleged to have sexually abused a swimmer in a years-long relationship that began when the athlete was a minor has been banned from the sport for life.

— PALM SPRINGS OFFICERS-MEMORIAL — Two Palm Springs officers killed in the line of duty are being remembered on the two-year anniversary of their death.

— CAR HITS WOMAN — A woman who witnesses say was looking for her dog was fatally hit by a car just one block away from her Los Angeles home.



Facebook is launching the first electronic device to bear its brand, a screen and camera-equipped gadget intended to make video calls easier and more intuitive. By Michael Liedtke and Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 530 words, photos.



NEW YORK — At 19, Amanda Stenberg has already become the face of a new Hollywood. By Jake Coyle. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be expanded.



ATLANTA — Max Muncy is starting at first base and Joc Pederson is in left field for the Los Angeles Dodgers against Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz in Monday’s Game 4 of the NL Division Series. SENT: 350 words, photos.


ATLANTA — After a nail-biting victory to keep their season alive, the Atlanta Braves look to force a decisive Game 5 in the NL Division Series when they host the Los Angeles Dodgers. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 4:30 p.m. EDT.


COSTA MESA — The Los Angeles Chargers defense had its best game of the season in holding Oakland to one touchdown in Sunday’s 26-10 victory. They will look to continue that momentum with games against the Browns and Titans before the bye week. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 550 words, photos by 4:30 PT


ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders prepare for a trip to London following their fourth loss in five games to open coach Jon Gruden’s second stint as coach. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m. PDT


SANTA CLARA — San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan reflects on the team’s third straight loss. By Joe Stiglich. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m. PDT


UNDATED — The NBA preseason continues Monday night with eight games. including the final Golden State one to ever be played at Oracle Arena. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Robin Lehner stopped 35 shots for his ninth career shutout in his New York debut, leading the Islanders to a 4-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday. By Vin A. Cerhwoo. SENT: 650 words, photos.


ANAHEIM — Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks look to remain unbeaten when they host the winless Detroit Red Wings in the home opener of their 25th NHL season. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 7 p.m. PDT.


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