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

September 21, 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:

SUPREME-COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON — Abandoning his previous restraint, President Donald Trump challenged the credibility of the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault on Friday, declaring that if the alleged attack was so terrible she would have reported it to law enforcement. By Alan Fram, Lisa Mascaro and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

With:

— SUPREME-COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST

— KAVANAUGH VS FORD-OPTICS — The congressional showdown taking shape between Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexual assault is a battle of optics as much as truth, and it comes at the height of campaign season. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.

— KAVANAUGH POLITICS-ANALYSIS — President Donald Trump went there. Republicans for days have been trying, with some success, not to blame the accuser in the high-stakes he-said-she-said roiling the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. But in a single tweet, Trump appears to have upended that strategy. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 989 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-UTILITIES

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Friday allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for future legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires, even if the blazes are blamed on the company’s mismanagement. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 772 words.

REALITY SHOW DOCTOR-RAPES

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A Southern California prosecutor said Friday his office has received leads to more than 12 possible additional victims in the investigation of a surgeon and a female companion already charged with drugging and raping two women. SENT: 355 words, photos.

CAPITOL:

CALIFORNIA DMV-AUDIT

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown ordered an audit Friday of the Department of Motor Vehicles in light of long wait times at field offices. By Sophia Bollag. SENT: 416 words.

Also:

— CALIFORNIA JOBS — California’s unemployment rate remained at 4.2 percent in August.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

MUSLIM FASHION EXHIBITION

SAN FRANCISCO — The head covering is among the most identifiable elements of Muslim women’s dress and most likely to be portrayed as drab and restrictive to the Western eye. But a new exhibition in San Francisco shows that the covering used by some Muslim women can be a bright yellow head wrap or a loose drape of rose; a black silk and lace scarf by Dolce & Gabbana; or a hood attached to a knee-length dress. By Janie Har. SENT: 734 words, photos.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

COLLEGE STATUE CONTROVERSY

LONG BEACH, Calif. — California State University, Long Beach, will move its half-century-old “Prospector Pete” statue away from a prominent place on campus because of the impact the 1849 gold rush had on indigenous people. SENT: 370 words, photo.

Also:

— HOMELESS KILLINGS-CALIFORNIA — Authorities say a homeless man was found fatally bludgeoned on a Southern California beach the same day two of three homeless men died after they were beaten last weekend in downtown Los Angeles.

BUSINESS:

GROWING UP DIGITAL-YOUTUBE PRIVACY

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two members of Congress are calling on Google to address concerns that YouTube might violate children’s privacy. By Technology Writer Matt O’brien. SENT: 350 words, photo.

ENTERTAINMENT:

TV-JANE FONDA

HBO’s documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts,” debuting Monday, explores the actress-activist’s life through her relationships with men, from famed dad Henry Fonda to magnate Ted Turner, and being on her own. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 130 words, photos, video. Will be expanded.

Also:

— TV-THE GOLDBERGS-FREDDY KRUEGER — Freddy Krueger is coming for “The Goldbergs.” ABC announced Friday that Robert Englund is reprising his role as the “A Nightmare on Elm Street” slasher for a Halloween episode of the ABC sitcom. Photos.

SPORTS:

FBN--FOOTBALL IN LA

LOS ANGELES — With the new LA Stadium halfway completed, the Rams and Chargers are pleased with the progress they have made in the LA market as they prepare to meet on Sunday. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

RUNNING BACK RANKINGS

The role and value of the running back in the NFL has evolved as much as any position over the past decade, with a league-wide trend favoring versatile players who can contribute equally to the passing attack as to the ground game. Todd Gurley embodies the postmodern ball carrier as well as anyone. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. SENT: 676 words, photo.

FBN--GORE & LYNCH

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The shelf life for running backs in the modern NFL is short. Get drafted, start playing and hope to get a second contract. By the time most backs reach their 30s, they’re typically out of the league living in retirement. Frank Gore and Marshawn Lynch are defying those odds, still producing at the respective ages of 35 and 32. The two will share a field on Sunday when Lynch’s Oakland Raiders (0-2) visit Gore and the Miami Dolphins (2-0). By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 790 words, photos.

FBN--49ERS-CHIEFS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes may be the hottest thing in the NFL right now, which is pretty heady stuff considering he has never started a game at Arrowhead Stadium. That changes on Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers visit. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos sent in advance.

FBC--T25-STANFORD-OREGON

EUGENE, Ore. — Two ranked teams. Two big stars. Saturday’s game between No. 7 Stanford and No. 20 has plenty of hype. And deservedly so. The implications will stretch far beyond this weekend, likely playing a part in the Pac-12 North, the league championship and — just maybe — the college football playoffs. SENT: 746 words.

FBC--WASHINGTON ST-USC

LOS ANGELES — J.T. Daniels and the Trojans attempt to avoid a three-game skid when they host unbeaten Washington State and its prolific new passer, Gardner Minshew. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

BBA--ANGELS-ASTROS

HOUSTON — Houston’s Gerrit Cole opposes Andrew Heaney of the Angels when the Astros open their final home series of the regular season looking to move closing to clinching the AL West title. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5:10 p.m.

BBN--GIANTS-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS — San Francisco plays St. Louis at Busch Stadium. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5:15 p.m.

BBN--PADRES-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES — Rich Hill starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the series opener against the last-place San Diego Padres. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

BBA--TWINS-ATHLETICS

OAKLAND, Calif. — Minnesota plays Oakland at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

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