AP-CA--California News Digest 1:30 pm, CA
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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE
MAGALIA, Calif. — As fire bore down on Paradise and neighboring towns, the county stuck to its staggered evacuation plan of ordering out one zone at a time. But this was a fire like no other. Now, with at least 56 people dead and hundreds unaccounted for, authorities are facing questions of whether they took the right approach. In the town of Magalia, many people say the evacuation orders never came. By Kathleen Ronayne and Paul Elias. SENT: 630 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m. Briefing scheduled for 6 p.m.
— CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST
—SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Winds that fanned a deadly Southern California firestorm were fading Thursday and more areas were reopening to residents as firefighters extended containment lines around the vast burn scar encompassing parts of several cities. By Christopher Weber. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos.
—CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-UTILITY, from SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. asked federal energy regulators last month for permission to raise its customers’ power bills to pay for upgrades to its system, which they said faced a serious risk of wildfires, and to offer its shareholders a sizable increase in profits. In the October filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the company laid out a variety of dangers confronting its transmission lines running through Northern California, saying its system faced a higher risk of wildfires than any other utility. UPCOMING 850 words by 2 p.m.
Smoke masks. Eye drops. No outdoor exercise. This is how Californians are trying to cope with wildfires choking the state, but experts say an increase in serious health problems may be almost inevitable for vulnerable residents as the disasters become more commonplace. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 1,058 words, photos.
—WILDFIRE-PUBLIC SPACES, from LOS ANGELES — Southern California residents faced with the loss of lives and homes in a huge wildfire also are grappling with the destruction of a vast swath of public lands that are popular destinations for hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. The Woolsey Fire has charred more than 83 percent of National Park Service land within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, where officials announced Wednesday that all trails were closed. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 656 words, photos.
CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING-HERO’S FUNERAL
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Friends, family and colleagues mourn the death of a sheriff’s deputy who raced into a Southern California bar to exchange gunfire with the man who killed 12 people before shooting himself. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from ongoing funeral.
CALIFORNIA PESTICIDE RESTRICTION
LOS ANGELES — California regulators recommended new restrictions Thursday on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies. The Department of Pesticide Regulation issued temporary guidelines for chlorpyrifos that include banning it from crop dusting, discontinuing its use on most crops and increasing perimeters around where it’s applied. By Brian Melley. SENT: 606 words, photos.
CALIFORNIA-HIGH SPEED RAIL
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Flawed decision-making and poor contract management contributed to billions in cost overruns and years of delays in the as-yet unbuilt California’s high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, state auditors said Thursday. The project is now estimated to cost $77 billion and is 15 years from completion. By Don Thompson. SENT: 635 words, photos.
DALLAS — A man convicted in Los Angeles of three California murders and long suspected in numerous other deaths now claims he was involved in about 90 killings nationwide spanning nearly four decades, and investigators already have corroborated about a third of those, a Texas prosecutor said Thursday. By David Warren. SENT: 663 words, photo.
TIJUANA, Mexico — Members of a migrant caravan started to meet some local resistance as they continued to arrive by the hundreds in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, where a group of residents clashed with migrants camped out by the U.S. border fence. By Elliot Spagat and Maria Verza. SENT: 1,019 words, photos.
MEDITATION-VETERANS PTSD, HFR
Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment conducted in San Diego. By Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photo for release at 3:30 p.m.
NEW YORK — Facebook said it’s making progress on detecting hate speech, graphic violence and other violations of its rules, even before users see and report them. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 414 words, photo.
DETROIT — Testing by AAA shows that electronic driver assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash. The tests brought a warning from the auto club that drivers shouldn’t think that the systems make their vehicles self-driving, and that they should always be ready to take control. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 605 words, photo.
OSCARS-GOVERNORS AWARDS-MARVIN LEVY
LOS ANGELES — When Marvin Levy says he never expected to get an Oscar, it’s not false modesty. It just wasn’t a possibility. Levy is one of the most respected publicists in Hollywood. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 812 words, photo.
OSCARS-GOVERNORS AWARDS-CICELY TYSON
LOS ANGELES — Cicely Tyson received her first and only Oscar nomination in 1972. It was for best actress for her work in “Sounder,” which she thinks of as her first major role. She wasn’t called to the stage that year — Liza Minnelli was for “Cabaret” — but now 45 years later, Tyson is finally getting her Oscar. “It is an emotionally wrenching matter to me,” Tyson said. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 780 words, photo.
LOS ANGELES — Bad turf will not trip up the high-powered offenses of the Chiefs and the Rams. This much-anticipated Monday night showdown was moved from Mexico City to the Coliseum, and the logistical concerns are nothing compared to the challenges faced by both teams in a possible Super Bowl preview. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — It’s not exactly a clash of titans when the Oakland Raiders (1-8) visit the Arizona Cardinals (2-7). It is a game, not surprisingly, that each team sees as an opportunity for a rare win. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.
— FBN--RAIDERS MOVE-VEGAS STADIUM — A study group is recommending that the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority dedicate about $15 million from existing hotel room tax revenues to fund efforts to book events and shows at the 65,000-seat stadium being built for the Raiders, who are planning to begin playing in Nevada in 2020.
HOUSTON — Draymond Green isn’t apologizing for his part in a dustup with Kevin Durant that led to a one-game suspension by the Golden State Warriors. But Green vowed Thursday that the Warriors are not imploding, regardless of whatever is, or isn’t happening, following the heated exchange between he and Durant in Monday night’s overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. By Sports Writer Kristie Rieken. SENT: 730 words, photos.
FBC--PAC-12 THIS WEEK
Want drama? Then perhaps the game of the week is USC-UCLA. Even though there’s nothing at stake except pride. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Optimism has been hard to come by at Southern California this season, but the play of defensive linemen Brandon Pili, Jay Tufele, Marlon Tuipulotu and Jacob Lichtenstein has been a bright spot. SENT: 700 words, photo.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Patrick Marleau returns to San Jose for the second time since joining Toronto when the Maple Leafs visit the Sharks. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
HOUSTON — The Golden State Warriors will be without Stephen Curry for the fourth straight game when they visit the Houston Rockets who have won two straight games. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Coming off a win over NBA champion Golden State, the Los Angeles Clippers go for their straight victory when they host first-place San Antonio. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Fresno State plays TCU at Schollmaier Arena. UPCOMING: Gam starts at 6 p.m.
POCATELLO, Idaho — Pacific plays Idaho State at Holt Arena. UPCOMING: Game starts at 6 p.m.
BERKELEY, Calif. — Detroit plays California at Haas Pavilion. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.
BKC--UC IRVINE-SANTA CLARA
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — UC Irvine plays Santa Clara at Leavey Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.
BKC--SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN-SAN DIEGO
SAN DIEGO — San Diego Christian plays San Diego at Jenny Craig Pavilion. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.
STANFORD, Calif. — No. 7 Stanford hosts San Francisco in women’s basketball. By Rick Eymer. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.
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