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

November 28, 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 Chris Weber. 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:

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Pacific Gas & Electric Company said in a new filing with the state that it determined weather conditions were no longer dangerous enough to warrant a power shut off on Nov. 8, hours after a fire was already tearing through a Northern California town. By Kathleen Ronayne. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.

With:

—NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE-POPULAR SHERIFF, from CHICO, Calif. — Those who had fled a deadly Northern California wildfire were looking for answers at an evacuation center when Sheriff Kory Honea walked in. They jumped to their feet, clapped and cheered. The Butte County sheriff came to watch a recent briefing by a state official, but as the public face of the force fighting the flames and bringing relief to those who lost everything, he’s a star attraction. By Paul Elias. SENT: 1,035 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA ASSISTED DEATH-LAWSUIT

LOS ANGELES — A California appeals court overturned a lower court ruling that found the state’s assisted suicide law was unconstitutional. A panel of the Fourth District Court of Appeals in Riverside on Tuesday said doctors who brought the case did not show they were harmed because they could choose not to help terminally ill patients die. By Brian Melley. SENT: 345 words. UPCOMING: 675 words.

STREET SELLERS

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to make street vending legal, a long-sought status for thousands of mainly immigrant sellers who peddle everything from tacos to toys. By John Rogers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

PELOSI-HOUSE LEADERSHIP

WASHINGTON — Nancy Pelosi was nominated by fellow House Democrats to be speaker on Wednesday, but she still faces a showdown vote when the full House convenes in January. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 986 words, photos.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA STORMS

SAN FRANCISCO — Crews in Northern California cleared drainage ways and removed ash and sediment from creeks and streams in wildfire-burned areas Wednesday ahead of heavy rain that could unleash devastating debris flows. By Olga R. Rodriguez. SENT: 550 words, photos.

Also:

— WATER POLO CONCUSSION SUIT — A U.S. appeals court has revived a lawsuit accusing the governing body for water polo in the U.S. of ignoring repeated requests to implement a concussion policy for young athletes.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

IMMIGRATION-IMPERILED SPONSORS

Earlier this year, the federal agency tasked with caring for asylum-seeking children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border officially took on a new, little heralded role: helping to deport relatives of the young migrants. By Frank Bajak. SENT: 1,139 words, photos.

With:

— IMMIGRATION-DETAINEE DIES — An attorney representing the family of a Honduran transgender migrant who died while in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement claims the woman did not receive adequate medical care and was physically abused. SENT: 526 words.

ROUTE 66-HISTORIC TRAIL

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new proposal moving through Congress seeks to designate Route 66, the highway that connected Chicago to Los Angeles and was once an economic driver for small towns across a post-World War II United States, as a National Historic Trail. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 477 words, photos.

THREATS ARREST-DOVES

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — A Southern California man who was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats following a dispute over a dove release at a funeral had dozens of unregistered guns and Nazi paraphernalia in his home, police said Wednesday. SENT: 235 words, photos.

Also:

— SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RAIL TRANSIT — The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced approximately $180 million in funding for two Southern California rail transit projects.

— ORANGE COUNTY NEEDLE EXCHANGE — A judge has blocked a nonprofit group’s plan to run a mobile needle exchange program for drug users in four Orange County cities.

BUSINESS:

FACEBOOK-LOCAL NEWS

NEW YORK — Facebook is cautiously expanding a feature that shows people local news and information, including missing-person alerts, road closures, crime reports and school announcements. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 757 words.

PATAGONIA-ENVIRONMENTAL DONATION

VENTURA, Calif. — Patagonia, the outdoor gear company, is passing along the $10 million it saved from tax cuts to non-profit environmental groups. SENT: 287 words, photo.

Also:

— GOOGLE CEO-CONGRESS — Google CEO Sundar Pichai will testify next week at a congressional hearing on the company’s business practices, just three months after aides put up an empty chair to symbolize his refusal to appear. Photos.

ENTERTAINMENT:

STAR TREK-INTERRACIAL KISS 50TH

WASHINGTON — It was the kiss heard around the galaxy. Fifty years ago — and only one year after the U.S. Supreme Court declared interracial marriage was legal — two of science fiction’s most enduring characters, Captain James T. Kirk and Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, kissed each other on “Star Trek.” By Jesse J. Holland. SENT: 1,015 words, photo.

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL-LINEUP

LOS ANGELES — Annette Bening plays Senator Dianne Feinstein, Zac Efron takes on Ted Bundy, Awkwafina dives into a dramatic role, and Harvey Weinstein gets a documentary spotlight in films that will premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in January. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 743 words, photos.

Also:

— PEOPLE-ARIANA GRANDE — Ariana Grande is giving fans an all-access pass into her musical life through a new documentary series on YouTube. Photo.

SPORTS:

BBA--ATHLETICS-BALLPARK

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics have found a location for their modern new ballpark, announcing plans to build near Jack London Square along the water. Team President Dave Kaval had hoped to finalize a site by the end of the year, and the A’s made the announcement Wednesday they had settled on a site. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 780 words, photos.

FBN--CHARGERS-EKELER

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Austin Ekeler isn’t a well-known name to NFL fans but he leads the league in average yards from scrimmage per touch. The second-year running back will have a higher profile due to Melvin Gordon’s injury as the Chargers travel to Pittsburgh for a Sunday night game. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos.

FBN--49ERS-MULLENS

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers are sticking with Nick Mullens at quarterback for now despite two straight rough starts. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

HKN--DUCKS-PANTHERS

SUNRISE, Fla. — The Anaheim Ducks complete a two-game, two-night Florida swing Wednesday when they play the Panthers. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game scheduled to begin 4 p.m.

HKN--SHARKS-LEAFS

TORONTO — The San Jose Sharks visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4:30 p.m.

BKN--SUNS-CLIPPERS

The Los Angeles Clippers have won two straight and look stay atop the Western Conference when they host the Phoenix Suns, who have dropped their last two. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

BKC--SAN DIEGO-MISSISSIPPI

OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi hosts San Diego in a nonconference game. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts at 4:30 p.m.

BKC--HAWAII-UCLA

LOS ANGELES — Coming off consecutive losses to ranked teams that knocked UCLA out of the Top 25, the Bruins host Hawaii to open a four-game homestand. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.

BKC--PORTLAND STATE-STANFORD

STANFORD, Calif. Portland State plays Stanford at Maples Pavilion. By Rick Eymer. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--UC IRVINE-SAINT MARY’S

MORAGA, Calif. — UC Irvine plays Saint Mary’s at McKeon Pavilion. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--PACIFIC-FRESNO STATE

FRESNO, Calif. — Pacific plays Fresno State at Save Mart Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--LONG BEACH STATE-USC

LOS ANGELES — Southern California hosts Long Beach State. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

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