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

September 8, 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. Christopher Weber is on the Los Angeles 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:

OBAMA-MIDTERMS

ANAHEIM — Barack Obama jumped back into campaign-mode with a visit to a once-solid Republican stronghold in California, promoting Democratic congressional candidates and reminding voters of the stakes in the November elections. His appearance Saturday in Orange County came on the heels of his strongly worded critique of his successor in the White House, saying President Donald Trump was “capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years.” By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 500 words, photos.

PACIFIC OCEAN-PLASTIC CLEANUP

SAN FRANCISCO — Engineers set to sea Saturday to deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world’s largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. The 2,000-foot (600-meter) long floating boom was being towed from San Francisco to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an island of trash twice the size of Texas. By Olga R. Rodriguez. SENT: 800 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST — A roaring wildfire that has shut down a stretch of a major interstate in a rural area near the California-Oregon border nearly doubled in size overnight. The blaze in California’s Shasta-Trinity National Forest is burning out of control Saturday and crews are scrambling to prevent it from reaching mountain communities to the north. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 2:30 p.m.

CLIMATE PROTESTS

PARIS — More than 18,000 people marched Saturday in Paris as part of an international mobilization to show popular support for urgent measures to combat climate change in advance of a San Francisco summit. Crowds overflowed a plaza in front of City Hall before marching east to the Place de la Republique, carrying an urgent message that it’s up to the public to put global warming at the top of the political agenda. SENT: 400 words, photos.

ESPORTS-THE MONEY GAME

UNDATED — The head of North American esports operations for Riot Games has a message for concerned League of Legends fans: “We’re not cutting budget.” Chris Hopper told The Associated Press on Friday night the company has no plans to pull back on spending, insisting the North American League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS) will continue to spend what’s necessary to meet fan expectations. The league is set to crown its sixth summer champion at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, on Sunday. By Sports Writer Jake Seiner. SENT: 575 words, photos.

OBIT-BILL DAILY

LOS ANGELES — Bill Daily, the comic sidekick to leading men on the sitcoms “I Dream of Jeannie” and “The Bob Newhart Show,” has died, a family spokesman said Saturday. Daily died of natural causes in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Tuesday, at his home where he had been living with his son, spokesman Steve Moyer told The Associated Press. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 750 words, photos.

Also:

— DEADLY HOUSE FIRE — Authorities say a house fire in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Cypress Park has killed a 10-year-old girl and left six people hospitalized, including her parents, three siblings and a firefighter.

— OFFSHORE DRILLING-CALIFORNIA — California’s governor has signed legislation to block new offshore oil drilling in federal waters of the state’s coast.

— MOTORCYCLE CRASH-SEVERED FOOT — California Highway Patrol says a man who appeared to be intoxicated continued riding his motorcycle with a partially-severed foot after he crashed with a big rig.

— WAREHOUSE PARTY FIRE — A California judge has set an April 2 start date for the trial of two men charged in the deaths of 36 people in an Oakland warehouse fire.

— INMATE ABUSE-SETTLEMENT — A federal judge in Sacramento has approved a settlement in a Placer County Jail abuse case that includes reforms in the county’s two jails and a fund of more than $1.4 million to pay off claims by inmates.

SPORTS:

RAIDERS-MCCARRON

ALAMEDA — AJ McCarron found out he was traded, quickly packed a bag, said goodbye to his family and headed out to Oakland to join the Raiders. As crazy as those first few hours were following McCarron’s trade from the Buffalo Bills to Oakland, the whirlwind hasn’t slowed down a bit since McCarron joined his new team. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 650 words, photos.

CELTICS PLAYER ARRESTED

BOSTON — Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird is facing several charges following a domestic incident in which a victim was injured, police said. Bird, a second-round draft choice of the Celtics in 2017, signed a two-year contract with the team this summer after splitting his rookie season between Boston and the Maine Red Claws of the G-League. SENT: 250 words.

Also:

— 49ERS-WATSON — The San Francisco 49ers have placed linebacker Dekoda Watson on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

— MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLDS — Californian Kate Courtney is the first American to win the mountain bike world championships in nearly two decades, holding off Danish rider Annika Langvad to win the rainbow jersey.

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