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

December 26, 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:

POLICE OFFICER KILLED-CALIFORNIA

SAN FRANCISCO _ Authorities searched Wednesday for a gunman they said shot and killed a police officer during a traffic stop in a small California town. Newman Police Officer Ronil Singh, 33, had called in the traffic stop early Wednesday and a few minutes later reported “shots fired” over his radio, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 355 words, photos.

SHASTA DAM-SALAMANDERS

SHASTA LAKE, Calif. _ A trio of salamander species in Northern California could complicate a controversial $1.4 billion public works project to heighten the Shasta Dam, the state’s largest reservoir. SENT: 239 words, photo.

TEDDY BEAR CACTUS

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. _ A parcel of land that is prime habitat for the so-called teddy bear cactus has been purchased for a Mojave Desert conservation organization. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

_ POLICE SHOOTING _ Police in San Jose say officers shot and killed a woman who drove a suspected stolen car at them early Christmas Day.

_ SAN FRANCISCO-TOLL INCREASE _ Tolls on the San Francisco Bay Area’s seven state-owned bridges will go up by $1 starting on Jan. 1.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

_ COMMERCIAL FIRE _ Employees escaped unharmed when fire erupted in a Southern California commercial building.

_ SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WEATHER _ Southern California’s weather is turning dry and windy with areas of chill in the aftermath of a Christmas dousing of rain and some mountain snow.

ENTERTAINMENT:

FILM-STAN & OLLIE

LOS ANGELES _ Playing Oliver Hardy, the large comic with the even larger persona, was a burden that became a mission for John C. Reilly. The actor had early misgivings about becoming the man whose legendary partnership with Stan Laurel is explored in “Stan & Ollie,” which will be released Friday in the United States by Sony Pictures Classics. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 622 words, photos.

FILM-COLD WAR-JOANNA KULIG

LOS ANGELES _ The name Joanna Kulig might not ring a bell for the majority of American moviegoers, but that could all change in the coming weeks with the theatrical expansion of “Cold War.” By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 834 words, photos.

Also:

_ PEOPLE-ROBIN THICKE _ Singer Robin Thicke surprised his pregnant girlfriend with a marriage proposal.

SPORTS:

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

She showed up in Paris wearing a black catsuit, a reminder that nobody can command the Grand Slam stage quite like Serena Williams. She reached the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, proving again how well she can play no matter how little she practices. By Sports Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 806 words, photos.

FBC--CHEEZ-IT BOWL

PHOENIX _ California and TCU play in what’s expected to be a defense-dominated Cheez-It Bowl. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.

BKN--KINGS-CLIPPERS

LOS ANGELES _ The Sacramento Kings visit the Los Angeles Clippers. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

Also:

_ BKN--LAKERS-JAMES _ LeBron James got good news Wednesday on his injured groin. SENT: 137 words, photos.

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