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

January 3, 2019

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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PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. _ Winter storms have coated California’s Sierra Nevada mountains in snow, but the drought-prone state is still off to another drier-than-normal start to the crucial wet season. California water managers said Thursday the Sierra snowpack is only 67 percent of normal in this winter’s first manual measurement. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m.


Rising suicide rates and depression in U.S. teens and young adults have prompted researchers to ask a provocative question: Could the same devices that some people blame for contributing to tech-age angst also be used to detect it? The idea has sparked a race to develop apps that warn of impending mental health crises. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 1,280 words, photos, video.


PALM SPRINGS, Calif. _ It’s approaching 9 p.m. and Art Laboe adjusts the microphone as Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” ends. “And now it’s time for you to call up for those goodnight dedications,” Laboe announces. The 93-year-old DJ credits one group of listeners for keeping him on the air after 75 years: family members who want to send messages to loved ones in prison. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 666 words, photos.


_ CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR-SUPREME COURT _ California Gov. Jerry Brown swore in his final state Supreme Court pick, Joshua Groban, on Thursday.


_ SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON-CLOSED _ Overflowing trash and human waste and other unsafe visitor conditions have prompted Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California to close to the public. Photos.

_ SAN FRANCISCO CONVENTION CENTER_ Mayor London Breed says the $550 million expansion of San Francisco’s convention center will better meet the needs of tourism even as the city struggles with homelessness.

_ NEVADA WEATHER _ The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a winter storm watch this weekend for much of the Sierra, including the Lake Tahoe area.

_ UBER DRIVER-HEART ATTACK _ An Uber driver had a heart attack while driving, forcing two passengers to jump out of the car on a Northern California highway.

_ BODY IN LANDFILL _ Authorities say the body of a woman found in a Northern California landfill was transported there in a garbage truck.



NEWTOWN, Conn. _ The Walt Disney Co. will help expand a national educational program developed in response to the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a related organization announced Thursday. SENT: 282 words.


MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. _ The Archdiocese of New York instituted new review procedures for its letters of recommendation after a California university alleged the diocese lied about past allegations of sexual abuse by an upstate priest, a diocese spokesman said Thursday. SENT: 385 words.


CANBERRA, Australia _ Californian solo sailor Abby Sunderland said on Thursday her “heart skipped a beat” with news that the yacht she abandoned in the remote Indian Ocean in 2010 during and ill-fated round-the-world attempt had been found off the Australian coast. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 235 words, photos.


_ SHACKLED CHILDREN-HOUSE _ A Southern California home where authorities say a couple tortured most of their 13 children has been sold in an online auction.

_ APARTMENT FIRE _ A Southern California couple jumped from a second-floor window to escape an early morning apartment building fire.



BEIJING _ Apple’s $1,000 iPhone is a tough sell to consumers in China unnerved by an economic slump and the trade war with the U.S. CEO Tim Cook said in a letter to shareholders Wednesday that demand for iPhones is waning and revenue for the last quarter of 2018 will fall well below projections, a decrease he traced mainly to China. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 913 words, photos.


DETROIT _ Tesla made about 9,300 more vehicles than it delivered last year, raising concerns among industry analysts that inventory is growing as demand for the company’s electric cars may be starting to wane. If demand falls, they say, the company will enter a new phase of its business. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 754 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES _ To misquote “A Star Is Born,” awards shows were far from shallow in 2018. Many confronted sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry head on, but as a new year kicks off with the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday one question lingers: Will it continue for another year? By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 950 words, photos.


_ GOLDEN GLOBES-PRESENTERS _ Michael B. Jordan, Ben Stiller and Idris Elba are among the first presenters announced for Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. Photos.


NEW YORK _ Despite widespread attention and protest over gender inequality in film, a new study finds that the number of female directors in the top 250 domestic grossing films last year dipped to 8 percent. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 373 words, photo.



SANTA CLARA, Calif. _ Getting into the CFP title game may be tough but getting tickets has never been easier with demand for the game between Alabama and Clemson at a historic low. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 700 words, photos.


_ FBC--CFP-ALABAMA-GAMBLING SABAN _ Nick Saban showed he’s capable of derring-do in Alabama’s past two national championship game wins. By Sports Writer John Zenor. SENT: 862 words, photos.

_ FBC--CFP-CLEMSON-TITLE PLANS _ Clelin Ferrell fidgets in his seat, knowing how close _ and how far away _ to achieving what he returned to Clemson to capture: The national championship. By Sports Writer Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 750 words, photos.


COSTA MESA, Calif. _ Chargers safety Derwin James is one of the contenders for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He also has the most experience when it comes to facing Ravens QB Lamar Jackson. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos.


OWINGS MILLS, Md. _ Making the most of a second chance, Don Martindale has done an impressive job assembling and directing the top-ranked defense in the NFL. Baltimore (10-6) heads into Sunday’s playoff game against the Los Angeles Chargers (12-4) with a unit that allowed the fewest yards per game (292.9) and second-fewest points (17.9). By Sports Writer David Ginsburg. SENT: 755 words, photos.


TAMPA, Fla. _ Prosecutors have decided not to pursue a domestic violence charge against Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster, though the NFL continues to review the matter. SENT: 297 words, photo.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The Denver Nuggets visit the Sacramento Kings. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


OAKLAND, Calif. _ The Houston Rockets visit the Golden State Warriors. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO _ Saint Mary’s plays San Francisco at War Memorial Gymnasium. UPCOMING: Game starts at 6 p.m.


MISSOULA, Mont. _ Sacramento State plays Montana at Dahlberg Arena. UPCOMING: Game starts at 6:05 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ USC (7-6) hosts California (5-7) in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.


RIVERSIDE, Calif. _ New Mexico State plays California Baptist at CBU Events Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.


MALIBU, Calif. _ Loyola Marymount plays Pepperdine at Firestone Fieldhouse. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. _ Seattle plays Cal State Bakersfield at Icardo Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. _ San Diego plays Santa Clara at Leavey Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ Murry Bartow makes his debut as UCLA’s interim coach as the Bruins try to snap a four-game skid in their Pac-12 opener against Stanford. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.


STOCKTON, Calif. _ BYU plays Pacific at Alex G. Spanos Center. UPCOMING: Game starts at 8 p.m.


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