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

September 19, 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 Robert Jablon. 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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PALO ALTO, Calif. — Her studies first brought her West, but for Christine Margaret Blasey Ford, the move to California proved a way to leave behind what had gone wrong in her teenage years in the patrician suburbs of Washington, D.C. By Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 1,018 words, photo.


— SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — President Donald Trump said Wednesday the White House and Republican supporters of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination would have to “make a decision” on going forward if the woman accusing him of a long-ago sexual assault delivers a compelling account to senators considering confirmation. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,013 words, photos.

— KAVANAUGH-GENDER WARS — Nowhere is gender politics thicker in the election season air than in the mannerly U.S. Senate as it considers what President Donald Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, did or didn’t do in high school. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.


CHERRY HILL, N.J. — In their quest to regain the majority in the U.S. House, Democrats are focusing on the potntial for the new Republican tax law to hurt certain voters in high-tax states such as California, New Jersey and New York. The three states combined have about a dozen competitive House seats, roughly half the number Democrats need to retake the chamber. Many are in places where voters are upset about the law’s limits on local tax deductions. By Geoff Mulvihill and Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,325 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — A California law allowing certain people to ask judges to temporarily bar individuals who are believed to be dangerous from having guns is being used infrequently, a newspaper reported Wednesday. SENT: 425 words.


ALAMEDA, Calif. — The relaxed new dress code at public schools in the small city of Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco, is intentionally specific: Midriff-baring shirts are acceptable attire, so are tank tops with spaghetti straps and other once-banned items like micro-mini skirts and short shorts. As students settle into the new school term, gone are restrictions on ripped jeans and hoodies in class. If students want to come to school in pajamas, that’s OK, too. By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 842 words, photos, video.



SAN FRANCISCO — Agribusiness company Monsanto has asked a San Francisco judge to throw out a jury’s $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who said the company’s Roundup weed killer left him dying of cancer. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 390 words, photo.


FRESNO, Calif. — A 2013 vote by workers at one of the nation’s largest fruit growers has finally been counted, showing employees of Gerawan Farming Inc., California’s largest peach farm, chose to oust the United Farm Workers as its representative. The ballots were counted Tuesday and showed 1,098 votes against the UFW and 197 in favor of the union founded by iconic farm labor leader Cesar Chavez. SENT: 350 words, photo.


KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is withholding $500,000 allocated for a water quality study of Oregon’s Upper Klamath Lake, citing potential budget cuts. SENT: 266 words.


— CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — The U.S. Forest Service says the largest wildfire in California history is now 100 percent contained.



LOS ANGELES — A California surgeon and a co-defendant have denied allegations they preyed on two intoxicated women and then drugged and raped them, their lawyers said. SENT: 370 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — A plan to build a high-speed train between Southern California and Las Vegas is back on track now that a private rail company has taken over the project. Brightline announced Wednesday that it has acquired the rights to XpressWest’s 185-mile (298-kilometer) federally approved rail corridor along Interstate 15. SENT: 128 words. UPCOMING: Expanded story, photo.


— DRUG LLAMA-FENTANYL — Prosecutors say a 31-year-old San Diego, California, woman who went by the online alias “The Drug Llama” faces federal charges in southern Illinois in a conspiracy that included the shipment of more than 50,000 fentanyl pills nationwide.



NEW ORLEANS — The outlook for American-grown roses is becoming a bit less rosy, with the spread of an incurable virus that’s causing major damage to the nation’s $250-million-a-year rose business. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 764 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES — A federal judge has thrown out part of a lawsuit Ashley Judd filed against Harvey Weinstein that alleges he deliberately derailed her career when she turned him down sexually. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


LOS ANGELES — The LA Film Festival may be in its 24th year, but the local independent film showcase is stepping up with a new fall date, starry premieres featuring the likes of Tiffany Haddish and Henry Cavill and a re-energized commitment to spotlighting documentaries and diverse filmmakers. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 508 words, photo.


LOS ANGELES — When Chris Pratt is running his fastest, he has a tendency to fall. The “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Jurassic World” star broke a femur growth plate as a kid, leaving him less than confident in his sprinting abilities — and a bit self-conscious about some action scenes. By Entertainment Writer Ryan Pearson. SENT: 868 words, photo, video.


— OBIT-DAVID DICHIERA — Musician David DiChiera (DEE’-kee-AIR-uh), who championed opera’s role in reviving downtown Detroit and directed several opera organizations nationwide, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 83. Photos.



COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Los Angeles Chargers running game has shown plenty of depth the first two games. Melvin Gordon has shown off his versatility as a receiver and Austin Ekeler averaged 7.0 yards per carry in last week’s win over Buffalo. They face a big challenge this week against a Rams defense that has allowed only one rushing touchdown. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, file photos by 4 p.m.


SAN DIEGO — Chris Stratton and the San Francisco Giants go for a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres, who counter with lefty Robbie Erlin. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:10 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels play Oakland at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Rookie Walker Buehler and the fIrst-place Los Angeles Dodgers go for a sweep against Tyler Anderson and the Colorado Rockies in the last regular-season game between the rivals fighting for the NL West title. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


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