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

August 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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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Legislature releases its plan to deal with the growing threat posed by wildfires. One piece would allow utilities to issue bonds to help pay off debt incurred when their equipment sparks fires. By Jonathan J. Cooper. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A nationwide telecommunications company promised changes Friday as state lawmakers said they were shocked to learn that Verizon slowed Northern California firefighters’ internet service while they battled what became the state’s largest wildfire. By Don Thompson. SENT: 582 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated from hearing, time uncertain.


SAN DIEGO — Indicted Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter has suggested that his wife was to blame for misuse of campaign funds after the couple was indicted on using up to $250,000 for trips, clothing purchases and school tuition. SENT: 546 words, photos.



RENO, Nev. — A lawyer for Burning Man organizers sent a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs calling for an end to what he called the unconstitutional tactic of stepped-up traffic stops of vehicles bound for the annual counter-culture festival in the Nevada desert, the Reno Gazette Journal reported Friday. SENT: 480 words, photos.


— LAKE TAHOE-BANK ROBBERY — Washoe County sheriff’s deputies and the FBI are looking for a robber who held up a bank on Lake Tahoe’s north shore.


SANTA FE, N.M. — A management group that will soon take over Los Alamos National Laboratory will pay gross receipts taxes, easing concerns that millions of dollars in revenue could evaporate if the group was deemed to have nonprofit status. SENT: 337 words.


WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The family of an American scientist who died while rock climbing in New Zealand is urging other climbers to carefully consider their reliance on equipment that’s been left permanently attached to rock faces. New Zealand police on Friday identified the woman who died as 28-year-old Lauren “Kimi” Worrell, who had just finished a master’s degree at the University of Auckland. A LinkedIn page indicates Worrell had worked as an environmental scientist in the San Francisco Bay Area. By Nick Perry. SENT: 376 words, photo.



HAWTHORNE, Calif. — A fuel tanker truck crashed and burned early Friday on a freeway near Los Angeles International Airport, killing two people and causing a massive traffic jam that forced travelers to abandon their vehicles and walk off the freeway with their luggage, authorities said. SENT: 422 words, photos.


— TRIPLE SHOOTING — Police are searching for the gunman who shot two women to death and wounded a third in Southern California.



NEW YORK — This week has seen major social media sites step up their policing of online disinformation campaigns. Google disabled dozens of YouTube channels and other accounts linked to a state-run Iranian broadcaster running a political-influence campaign. Facebook removed 652 suspicious pages, groups and accounts linked to Russia and Iran. Twitter took similar action shortly thereafter. What did they have in common? The security firm FireEye. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 680 words, photos.



Robin Leach, whose voice crystallized the opulent 1980s on TV’s “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” died Friday. He was 76. Leach’s family said through a public relations firm that he died in Las Vegas, where he made his home. By Regina Garcia Cano and Andrew Dalton. SENT: 774 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES — David Feldman is staging his second bare-knuckle boxing show this weekend in Mississippi, and the promoter is already making big plans for a huge future in this long-dormant sport. Bec Rawlings is one of the show’s stars, and she’s only thinking about winning and staying healthy. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. — Derek Carr and Oakland’s first-team offense are expected to play into the second quarter when the Raiders face the Green Bay Packers in an exhibition game. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


MINNEAPOLIS — The Oakland Athletics send Sean Manaea to the mound in Minnesota, with a two-game losing streak, their first since a three-game skid July 27-29 and just their second since dropping four in a row June 12-15. Jake Odorizzi starts for the Twins. By Andres Ybarra. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5:10 p.m.


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Dallas Keuchel returns to the Big A, where he nearly pitched a no-hitter in his last appearance, to lead the Houston Astros in a series opener against Andrew Heaney and the Los Angeles Angels. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Rich Hill starts for the slumping Los Angeles Dodgers against Clayton Richard and the last-place San Diego Padres. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO — Right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (6-1, 2.25 ERA) is set to come off the disabled list when the San Francisco Giants open a three-game series against the Texas Rangers. By Gideon Rubin. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:15 p.m.


— BBN--GIANTS-HOLLAND APOLOGY — San Francisco Giants pitcher Derek Holland has apologized after a television interview during which he used a mock Asian accent.


CARSON, Calif. — Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the LA Galaxy host Carlos Vela and LAFC in the third edition of their new MLS rivalry. The Galaxy are behind expansion LAFC in the standings, but they’ve dramatically rallied from behind for a win and a draw in the first two editions of this entertaining derby dubbed “El Trafico.” By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


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