AP-CA--California News Digest 1:30 pm, CA
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LAKE ELSINORE — More than a thousand firefighters battled to keep a raging Southern California forest fire from reaching foothill neighborhoods Friday before the expected return of blustery winds that drove the flames to new ferocity a day earlier. Major progress was made on Northern California wildfires, and Yosemite National Park announced it would reopen Tuesday after a two-week closure because of smoke. By Marcio Sanchez And Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 650 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates with wildfire developments.
— CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park will reopen Tuesday, 14 days after a wildfire choked the park with smoke at the peak of tourist season, officials said Friday. By Olga R. Rodriguez. SENT: 375 words, photos.
— CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-BEAR CUB
—CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST
CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS-DMV PERK
SACRAMENTO — Lawmakers can avoid the long lines plaguing California DMV offices by visiting an office near the Capitol reserved for them, their staffs and their retired colleagues, a decades-old practice under fresh fire as wait times surge. SENT: 500 words, photos.
BANK OF THE WEST-FOSSIL FUELS
UNDATED — Bank of the West’s decision to divest from certain fossil fuel investments has run headlong into threats of retaliation in states that get much of their revenue from coal, oil and natural gas extraction. The San Francisco-based bank recently made it known that it would be “investing where we feel we can make the most impact” and withdrawing support for companies and business activities that are “detrimental to our environment and our health.” By Sarah Skidmore Sell And Mead Gruver. SENT: 850 words, photos.
WAREHOUSE PARTY FIRE
OAKLAND — Two men who accepted a deal in exchange for each pleading no contest to 36 charges of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a California warehouse fire will likely be released from prison after serving just half their sentences. It’s typical for California prison inmates who keep a good disciplinary record to be released after serving half their terms. By Paul Elias. SENT: 625 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from afternoon sentencing. Timing uncertain.
SKID ROW STABBER
LOS ANGELES — A judge has agreed to dismiss murder charges against a man suspected of killing 10 homeless men in Los Angeles in the 1970s because he only has six months to live. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler dismissed Bobby Joe Maxwell’s case on Friday following a request from prosecutors. By Ariel Tu. SENT: 125 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 2 p.m.
— HEROIN SMUGGLER — Authorities seized 92 pounds (42 kilograms) of heroin valued at more than $870,000 from an 81-year-old woman attempting to smuggle the drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border.
— WRONG-WAY CRASH — Authorities say a driver was arrested after two people were killed in a wrong-way crash on the 91 Freeway in Riverside.
TECH COMPANIES-FREE SPEECH
NEW YORK — Who knew connecting the world could get so complicated? Perhaps some of technology’s brightest minds should have seen that coming. Social media bans of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have thrust Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and others into a role they never wanted — as gatekeepers of discourse on their platforms, deciding what should and shouldn’t be allowed and often angering almost everyone in the process. Jones, a right-wing provocateur, suddenly found himself banned from most major social platforms this week, after years in which he was free to use them to promulgate a variety of false claims. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 925 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES — Casey Affleck has been mostly absent from the public eye for the past year, but in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements and with a new film coming out this fall, he is for the first time addressing lingering questions about earlier harassment allegations. The 42-year-old actor, producer and director is taking responsibility for the “unprofessional” atmosphere on the set of 2010′s “I’m Still Here” that led to civil lawsuits from two women who worked on the film. He also spoke to The Associated Press about what he’s learned from the #MeToo conversation and what he’s doing at his production company to bring new voices into Hollywood. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 875 words, photos.
— KANYE WEST-JIMMY KIMMEL — Kanye West was silent when it comes to whether he thinks President Donald Trump cares for black people.
— AI WEIWEI-PEN AMERICA — Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and dissident, will be honored this fall by PEN America.
LOS ANGELES — Wilton Speight does not fit the mold of the dual-threat quarterbacks Chip Kelly coached at Oregon. In his three seasons at Michigan, the 6-foot-2, 232-pound Speight’s longest run was a 17-yard scamper in the 2016 Orange Bowl. By Dan Greenspan. SENT: 650 words, photos.
WNBA PLAYOFF CHASE
NEW YORK — Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx are back in the postseason. The defending champions still have a long way to go to get a bye or two in the first round. The Lynx reached the playoffs for the eighth consecutive year with Thursday night’s win over Las Vegas. Seven teams have clinched playoff berths while Dallas isn’t far off from claiming that final position despite losing six consecutive games. The Wings still hold a 2 1/2 game lead over Las Vegas. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 600 words, photos.
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