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AP-CA--California News Digest 4:30 pm, CA

January 4, 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. Andrew Dalton is on the news desk. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-626-1200 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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LOS ANGELES — A-listers may start awards season at the Golden Globe Awards, but dozens of charities benefit from the show year-round thanks to grants from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen.


LOS ANGELES — A preliminary court hearing is scheduled for the brother of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock. Bruce Douglas Paddock is charged with possession of child pornography. UPCOMING: Hearing scheduled for 8:30 a.m. AP story on merits.

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A driver who was videotaped punching a 70-year-old San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy after a New Year’s Eve traffic accident has pleaded not guilty to his murder. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5:30 p.m.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California wildlife officials will stop automatically issuing permits to ranchers to kill mountain lions who prey on their livestock. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife said Tuesday that it was changing the policy that issued a depredation permit if the cat attacked pets and other domestic animals. UPCOMING: 250 words by 6 p.m.


SAN DIEGO — A San Diego man banned from Alaska Airlines for touching a flight attendant says he’s a victim of discrimination against men. Mike Timon told the San Diego Union-Tribune last week that the airline banned him, saying he touched the female flight attendant on the buttocks on a flight from Oregon to San Diego last week. Timon says he only touched the woman politely on her back to get her attention. SENT: 315 words, photos.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Democratic California legislators are considering allowing taxpayers to make a deductible charitable donation to the state in lieu of income taxes, an effort to combat a new cap on how much taxpayers can take in state and local tax deductions that is part of the tax plan President Donald Trump signed last month. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: 550 words by 2 p.m., photos.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Eyes are on the California Senate’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations against one of its members as lawmakers returned to Sacramento on Wednesday for the new year. Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza is resisting pressure to step aside amid a misconduct investigation. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 480 words, photos, developing off session beginning at 1 p.m.


PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. — California’s water managers are measuring as little as 3 percent of normal snowpack In spots in the Sierra as they carry out the first manual surveys of the state’s crucial winter snowfall. Water managers stood Wednesday in a grassy Sierra meadow almost bare of snow to discuss the results of the first tally. By Rich Pedroncelli and Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 550 words by 3 p.m.


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Police and the district attorney’s office plan a news conference about the death of a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy who was attacked in an apparent road-rage incident while off duty. UPCOMING: Developing from 2:30 p.m. press conference, photos.



Two Indonesian fishermen who say they were enslaved on an American fishing boat have settled their lawsuit against the vessel’s California-based owner seven years after escaping and receiving special U.S. visas as victims of human trafficking, their lawyers told The Associated Press on Wednesday. By Caleb Jones. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.


— CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE — The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security says the federal government is helping to remove thousands of tons of debris as part of rebuilding efforts in wildfire-ravaged areas of Northern California.

— TRUMP-IMMIGRATION-LEGAL CHALLENGE — The California attorney general says a tweet by President Donald Trump shows the true motivation behind his decision to end a program protecting some young immigrants from deportation.

— $35 MILLION BAIL — The start of a Northern California trial involving a Chinese real estate scion charged with orchestrating the murder of her children’s father has been postponed for a third time.



LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles man suspected of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of a Kansas man told a judge Wednesday he would not fight efforts to send him to Wichita to face charges. By Brian Melley and Roxana Hegeman. SENT: 400 words, photos.


SANTA ANA, Calif. — Investigators determined the fatal police shooting of a homeless Navy veteran outside a Southern California convenience store last year was justified, the Orange County District Attorney’s office said Wednesday. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 407 words, photos.


— OFFICER SHOT-CHARGES — Prosecutors say a man accused of shooting a rookie Los Angeles police officer in the leg has been charged with multiple counts including attempted murder.

— DEADLY STORAGE UNIT FIRE — Bakersfield authorities say a young child has died in a fire inside a storage unit where a family of five had been living.

— FATAL BAR SHOOTING — Police in Southern California say a reputed gang member suspected of killing one man and wounding two others in a shooting at a bar has turned himself in to authorities.

— CALIFORNIA TRUCK CHASE — A driver and passenger were tackled and arrested after leading police on a wild, mostly slow-speed chase in a stolen rental pickup in Southern California.



SAN FRANCISCO — A revised gender-pay lawsuit seeking class-action status against Google faults the search giant for asking new hires about their prior salary, a practice now banned in California. By Technology Writer Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 376 words, photo.


— INTEL-SECURITY FLAW — Intel says it’s working to patch a security vulnerability in its products but says the average computer user won’t experience significant slowdowns as the problem is fixed.



LOS ANGELES — Seth Meyers regularly blends bad news with comedy on his nightly talk show, but as the host of Sunday’s Golden Globes, he has the unenviable task of setting the tone for Hollywood’s awards season as the sexual harassment crisis continues spreading throughout the industry and beyond. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. SENT: 810 words, photo.


PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Gal Gadot, Saoirse Ronan, Mary J. Blige and Allison Janney will be dressed in black at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards as part of a planned anti-harassment protest, and all four voiced their support for a new initiative, Time’s Up, that’s aimed at supporting women who bring complaints. “I am one of those women, so, you know, I don’t want to go into detail about that and I haven’t, but I am, and I stand with those women. I champion them,” Blige said Tuesday at the Palm Springs International Film Festival awards. By Entertainment Writer Ryan Pearson. SENT: 435 words, photos.


NEW YORK — They Dream. They Reign. One points North and another is a Saint. We’re talking about the Kardashians 2.0 and their numbers are rising on the regular as the reality TV and makeup mogul family of Ks and Jenners gets busy with a baby boom. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 556 words, photos.


— PEOPLE-OLIVIA MUNN — Organizers said Wednesday that Olivia Munn will host the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards to be broadcast Jan. 11 on the CW. Photo.



INGLEWOOD, Calif. — The Los Angeles Rams and Chargers have shown off their future new home rising from a very deep hole in suburban Inglewood. The teams on Wednesday gave news media a hard-hat tour of the construction site about 10 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles. By Krysta Fauria. UPCOMING: 130 words, then 350 words, video by 3:30 p.m.


HENDERSON, Nev. — The Oakland Raiders are one step closer to securing the land for their new headquarters and practice facility near Las Vegas at a steep discount. SENT: 374 words, photo.


THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Wade Phillips is in the NFL playoffs for the 20th time, and the Rams’ 70-year-old defensive coordinator shows zero signs of slowing down. He has another intimidating group in Los Angeles (11-5) heading into Saturday’s visit from Atlanta (10-6), one of the many franchises where Phillips used to coach. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.


ALAMEDA, Calif. — Jon Gruden says he had a good talk with Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis about returning to the organization for a second stint as coach and believes there is a “good chance” it will happen. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 527 words, photo.


DALLAS — The Mavericks, on an NBA-best four-game winning streak that has lifted them out of last place in the Western Conference, play host to the defending champion Warriors, who have the league’s best record. By Dave Jackson. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 5:30 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — The Lakers look to snap a seven-game losing streak when they take on Los Angeles native Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


— FBC--T25-STANFORD-SCHULTZ DRAFT — Stanford tight end Dalton Schultz will skip his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.

— SOC--MLS-GALAXY-COLE RETURNS — Defender Ashley Cole has agreed to return for another season with the LA Galaxy.


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