California News Digest 4:30 pm

Posted at 4:47 PM, Dec 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 19:47:09-05

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LOS ANGELES _ United Teachers Los Angeles says thousands of teachers and supporters will hold a “March for Public Education.” The union is locked in a contract dispute with the Los Angeles Unified School District. The march will follow a 10:30 a.m. rally at City Hall.


LOS ANGELES _ A 2016 California wildfire has burned its way into the record books as the most expensive wildland firefight in U.S. history in what a new report calls an "extreme example of excessive, unaccountable, budget-busting suppression spending that is causing a fiscal crisis in the U.S. Forest Service."


LOS ANGELES _ The animated 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' is poised to rule the box office in its opening weekend, surpassing newcomers "Mortal Engines" and "The Mule."

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SAN FRANCISCO _ Regulators on Friday accused one of California's largest utilities of falsifying safety documents for natural gas pipelines for years following its criminal conviction and multimillion-dollar fine for a pipeline explosion that killed eight people near San Francisco. SENT: 400 words, photos.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California's secretary of state called Friday for the head of the embattled Department of Motor Vehicles to be replaced after revelations of another department error that may have blocked people from voting. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


WASHINGTON — Congress is racing to avoid a partial government shutdown next Friday over President Donald Trump's border wall. But you wouldn't know it by the schedule, as lawmakers left town waiting for the White House's next move. By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 900 words, photos.


RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks will be without one of their three running backs Sunday after rookie Rashaad Penny was ruled out with a knee injury. Penny, linebacker K.J. Wright and safety Maurice Alexander were all listed as out Friday. Another trio of key players was listed as questionable for the game in San Francisco. By Sports Writer Tim Booth. SENT: 400 words, photos.


_ ATTORNEY-TAX FRAUD _ A Southern California attorney has pleaded guilty to helping launder money in a $14 million-dollar tax fraud scheme.

_ CUSTOMS AGENT-DRUG SMUGGLING _ A federal customs officer who once worked at Los Angeles International Airport and his ex-wife have been convicted of taking part in a drug ring that moved cocaine, heroin and marijuana by truck from L.A. to Chicago.

_ RAIDERS-BRYANT SUSPENDED _ Oakland Raiders receiver Martavis Bryant has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL policy on substance abuse.



A report on firefighter injuries from a Northern California wildfire that was the deadliest in the U.S. in 100 years details harrowing conditions they faced and a few close calls with death. The report by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the Camp Fire overtook three firefighters trying to set a backfire Nov. 8 and two others were injured the next day when a propane tank exploded. By Brian Melley. SENT: 450 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO _ The chief justice of the California Supreme Court said Friday she gave up her Republican Party affiliation over concerns about increasing political polarization and incivility in the U.S. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 600 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ Father Jim Sichko has a 50-state congregation and a simple mandate from the pope: Go forth and do good deeds. That's why the Roman Catholic priest found himself standing by the drive-thru of a popular Hollywood fast-food joint on a recent windy, rain-swept afternoon buying lunch for everyone who stopped by. The next day he'd be at a gas station in Kentucky, topping off people's tanks. Then it would be on to Arizona where he would _ well, he wasn't quite sure what he'd do there, but he'd think of something. By John Rogers. SENT: 956 words, photos, video.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California is moving to eliminate fossil fuels from its fleet of 12,000 transit buses, enacting a first-in-the-nation mandate that will vastly increase the number of electric buses on the road. SENT: 300 words, photos.



SAN FRANCISCO _ In a rare step, the California Supreme Court has blocked Gov. Jerry Brown’s attempt to issue a pardon to a 37-year-old man Cambodian refugee facing deportation for killing and robbing a woman when he was 14 years old. By Paul Elias. SENT: 440 words, photos.


_ LIBRARIAN KILLED _ Sacramento police have arrested a man suspected of killing a librarian who was shot while sitting in her car in the library's parking lot.


_ SHOOTINGS-PURSUIT _ Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have detained five people after two shootings and a pursuit.

_ SERIAL KILLER INVESTIGATION-KENTUCKY _ A 78-year-old Texas inmate who authorities say confessed to killing dozens of people over four decades has been indicted on a murder charge in the 1981 death of a Kentucky woman. He’s already convicted of three Los Angeles-area killings.



AUSTIN, Texas _ One tech giant strung dozens of North American cities through a circus-like contest that led mayors and governors to desperately pitch their regions _ and offer huge sums of public money _ in hopes of landing a gleaming new corporate campus. The other swept in quietly before making its big move. The outcome was largely the same: Amazon and Apple are running out of room in their West Coast hometowns and establishing a major foothold in a handful of U.S. cities already known as second-tier technology hubs. By Michael Liedtke and Matt O'Brien and Will Weissert. SENT: 914 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Facebook said Friday that a software bug affecting nearly 7 million users may have exposed a broader set of photos to app developers than what those users intended. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 429 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES _ Awkwafina became a household name this summer, stealing scenes from the likes of Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock in the heist movie "Ocean's 8" and then as a standout in the cultural phenomenon that was "Crazy Rich Asians." But even considering her blockbuster summer, the 29-year-old New York native, born Nora Lum, whose dad wanted her to be an air traffic controller, still feels pretty normal. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 464 words, photos, video.


_ KANYE WEST-DRAKE 2NDLD-WRITETHRU _ Kanye West is not sending Christmas cheer to Drake. West appeared to reignite a feud with the fellow rapper in a series of tweets on Thursday in which he claimed Drake had called trying to threaten him. Photo.

_ APPLE-PEANUTS _ Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the "Peanuts" crew will have a new home on Apple's streaming service. Apple has struck a deal with DHX Media to produce new "Peanuts" content. Photo.



LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Chargers can no longer be overlooked, whether it is on the list of Super Bowl contenders or as a headline attraction in their own town. By Sports Writer Joe Reedy. SENT: 900 words, photos.


LAS VEGAS _ Fresno State finds itself in the Las Vegas Bowl as the champion of the Mountain West Conference in coach Jeff Tedford's second season, less than two years removed from a 1-11 record. Arizona State, in its first season under coach Herm Edwards, hopes to use its trip to the postseason as a launching pad to similar success. By Dan Greenspan. SENT: 719 words, photo.




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


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