AP-CA--California News Digest 1:40 pm, CA
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CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATS-MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman is resigning amid a cascade of sexual harassment allegations in recent days, he announced Thursday. Bauman’s decision comes hours after Governor-elect Gavin Newsom called for the embattled chairman to step aside. SENT: 350 words.
CALIFORNIA-HIGH SPEED RAIL
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A leader of California’s high-speed rail project defended the decision to begin building tracks in the Central Valley without all approvals in hand but said the project has a poor management structure and a “troubling” lack of proper documentation. Tom Richards, vice chair of the board that oversees the high-speed rail authority, was speaking to lawmakers about the findings of a scathing state audit that faulted the project’s management and decision making. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: 500 words.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE-FINDING THE MISSING
Dixie Singh is No. 158 on the official list of people missing after Northern California’s catastrophic wildfire. That came as news to her. “I am the only Dixie Singh I’ve ever heard of. And I am alive,” the 86-year-old woman said Wednesday. Singh’s story illustrates the confusion and uncertainty that persist three weeks after the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century ripped through a string of communities with astonishing speed and destruction. By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 1,169 words, photos.
CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An outside investigator says a California Assemblywoman was “overly familiar” with a legislative staff member who accused her of misconduct but did not retaliate against him for accusing her of groping. The investigator repeated earlier findings that there’s not enough evidence to substantiate allegations that Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia groped Daniel Fierro in 2014. UPCOMING: 250 words.
SAN FRANCISCO — California regulators are ordering the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. utility to improve its “safety culture” after questioning the safety qualifications of top executives. The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday ordered the company to implement 60 recommendations from an independent consultant hired to examine Pacific Gas & Electric’s safety practices. By Paul Elias. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 2:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — A storm that moved through Northern California largely missed wildfire-burned areas Thursday but crews remained ready to respond as more rain reached communities devastated by a recent wildfire, officials said. By Olga R. Rodriguez. SENT: 550 words, photos.
SAN DIEGO — No criminal charges will be filed against any of the 42 people associated with a caravan of Central American migrants who were arrested in a clash that ended with U.S. authorities firing tear gas into Mexico, The Associated Press has learned. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 492 words, photos.
TIJUANA, Mexico — Aid workers and humanitarian organizations expressed concerns Thursday about the unsanitary conditions at the sports complex in Tijuana where more than 6,000 Central American migrants are packed into a space adequate for half that many people and where lice infestations and respiratory infections are rampant. By Christopher Sherman. SENT: 899 words, photos.
DALLAS — The FBI says a 78-year-old inmate who says he killed more than 90 people as he moved around the country for nearly four decades offered his confessions as a bargaining chip to be moved from a California prison. By David Warren. SENT: 675 words.
— AIRLINE EMPLOYEE-NAME MOCKING — A woman says a Southwest Airlines agent in Southern California mocked her 5-year-old daughter’s ‘Abcde’ name when they were preparing to board a flight home to Texas.
NEW YORK — After repeated food poisoning outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce, the produce industry is confronting the failure of its own safety measures in preventing contaminations. By Food & Health Writer Candice Choi. SENT: 862 words, photos, video.
GENERAL MOTORS-CRUISE MANAGEMENT
SAN FRANCISCO — General Motors’ No. 2 executive is moving from Motor City to Silicon Valley to run the automaker’s self-driving car operations as it attempts to cash in on its bet that robotic vehicles will transform transportation. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 701 words, photos.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — America’s next moon landing will be made by private companies — not NASA. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Thursday that nine U.S. companies will compete in delivering experiments to the lunar surface. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 599 words.
LOS ANGELES — A Hollywood writer and director has announced the death of his wife and longtime collaborator, Gloria Katz, who co-wrote “American Graffiti” and helped give Princess Leia her power in “Star Wars.” She was 76. SENT: 339 words.
— FILM-VIOLA DAVIS-SHIRLEY CHISHOLM PROJECT — Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis is gearing up to play groundbreaking politician Shirley Chisholm in a film for Amazon Studios. Photo.
— DOLLY PARTON-MUSICARES — Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Don Henley and Mavis Staples will perform in tribute to Dolly Parton when she’s honored as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. Photos.
— MUSIC-HUGH JACKMAN — Hugh Jackman will launch his first ever world tour next year, performing at arenas mostly reserved for pop, rock and rap stars. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. Photo.
PITTSBURGH — Philip Rivers didn’t exactly spend a lot of time poring over the most accurate performance by a quarterback in NFL history. The longtime Chargers quarterback understands there’s no time. By Sports Writer Will Graves. SENT: 885 words, photo.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Richard Sherman gets the chance to experience a new side of the San Francisco-Seattle rivalry when he plays his former Seahawks team for the first time since signing with the 49ers this offseason. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
FBC--T25-PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — While the other Power Five conferences will hold championship games that will help determine the field for the College Football Playoff, the prize in the Pac-12 title game will be a more traditional one with a spot in the Rose Bowl. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
The Stanford women’s soccer team has a 45-match unbeaten streak, but this season came with a few challenges. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 665 words.
EDMONTON — The Los Angeles Kings are the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.
TORONTO — The suddenly hot Golden State Warriors visit the first-place Toronto Raptors on Thursday night. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Clippers visit the Sacramento Kings. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES — LeBron James and the Lakers attempt to rebound from their first back-to-back losses in a month when they host Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers, who have won five of seven. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
BKC--SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN-SOUTHERN UTAH
CEDAR CITY, Utah — San Diego Christian plays Southern Utah at America First Event Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 5:30 p.m.
BKC--SACRAMENTO STATE-UC SANTA BARBARA
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Sacramento State plays UC Santa Barbara at Thunderdome-UC Santa Barbara Events Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.
BKC--CALIFORNIA BAPTIST-UC RIVERSIDE
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — California Baptist plays UC Riverside at UCR Student Recreation Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.
BKC--JACKSON STATE-SANTA CLARA
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jackson State plays Santa Clara at Leavey Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.
BKC--NORTHERN ARIZONA-UC DAVIS
DAVIS, Calif. — Northern Arizona plays UC Davis at The Pavilion at ARC. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Bethesda plays Loyola Marymount at Gersten Pavilion. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.
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