BC-CA--California News Digest, CA

The supervisor in Los Angeles will be John Rogers. If you have a news tip or questions about the report, call 213-626-1200. The supervisor in San Francisco will be Jason Dearen. He can be reached at 415-495-1708.

Los Angeles photos can be reached at 213-626-2500. San Francisco photos can be reached at 415-495-1192.

AP stories, along with the photos that accompany them, can also be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. Reruns are also available from the Service Desk at 877-836-9477 or your local AP bureau. All times Pacific.



WATSONVILLE, Calif. — In the brick plaza, strolling musicians wearing glitzy cowboy outfits blast a mariachi song, while Spanish-speaking shoppers bustle between farm stands choosing tasty cactus leaves and fresh chiles. Welcome to an increasingly typical town in California, a state where Hispanics become the largest ethnic or racial group next year. As the Golden State becomes less and less white, communities are becoming more segregated, not less. "We do see signs of increasing residential segregation," said Hans Johnson at the Public Policy Institute of California. In Watsonville, 82 percent of the residents are Hispanic, up from 75 percent in 1990. One in five residents speaks no English whatsoever. For demographers, it's another California community heading toward isolation. By Martha Mendoza. UPCOMING: 1,050 words, photos by 8 a.m. Also moved in advance.


WESTMINSTER, Calif. — The end of unemployment checks for more than a million jobless people Saturday has prompted out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet. Greg and Barbara Chastain, who lost their apparel company jobs six months ago, are planning to pull their two teenage kids out of high school in Huntington Beach and move 50 miles east to save on rent unless one of them finds work or the federal benefits are restored by mid-January. By Amy Taxin and Christopher S. Rugaber. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 a.m.


SAN FRANCISCO — The family of a 13-year-old girl declared brain dead said late Friday that it has found a second nursing home willing to provide for her long-term care, after another facility backed out. The new facility is in Southern California, said the family's lawyer, Christopher Dolan, but he wouldn't provide its name. "We're afraid they'll be inundated with press" and decide to back out as well, he said. SENT: 680 words, photos.


PERRIS, Calif. — A 29-year-old Army skydiver who trains other jumpers died Friday in a Southern California skydiving accident. Police in the city of Perris responded to reports of an air emergency at Perris Valley airport and found a man who had been hurt in a parachuting accident. Paramedics took the man to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The man was apparently based in Yuma, Ariz., and was jumping by himself — not with the military. Family members were outside the emergency room. SENT: 230 words.


FRESNO, Calif. — The Fresno County coroner has not identified two victims of a small aircraft that crashed near a downtown Fresno airport, saying the bodies were burned. Fresno County Coroner David Hadden on Friday said there were no dental records or DNA available to help officially identify the bodies, which included a 9-year-old child. SENT: 200 words.


— RECORD TEMPERATURES — Southern Californians should keep that beach umbrella handy and hold off on buying new snow skis — at least through the end of 2013.

— CLIFF PLUNGE — A driver who plunged 300 feet off of a Southern California ocean cliff was rescued after firefighters waded into the surf to free him from the car.

— LAKE LOTUSES —The beloved lotus plants of Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles may look dead but the man who sold them to the city says they're just resting.

— DRUGGED DRIVING TEST — Los Angeles drivers pulled over on New Year's Eve may get on-the-spot tests for more than just too much champagne.

— GIRLFRIEND-BACKYARD BURIAL — Los Angeles County prosecutors say a man has been charged with the murder of his 18-year-old girlfriend, who was found buried in a Compton backyard.



CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple CEO Timothy Cook received a compensation package valued at nearly $4.3 million this year, up slightly from 2012. Cook's pay for fiscal 2013, which ended in September, consisted of $1.4 million in salary and a bonus of $2.8 million, according to a regulatory filing Friday. Cook's compensation also includes $52,721 in company contributions to his 401(k) account, life insurance premiums and a vacation cash-out. SENT: 300 words.



LOS ANGELES — "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson will return to work on A&E's reality show despite his comments about gay immorality, the channel said Friday, reversing its decision to suspend him after facing a backlash and threatened boycott. In a statement Friday, A&E said it was bringing Robertson back after discussions with his Louisiana family featured in the reality series and "numerous advocacy groups." Last week, the channel had put Robertson on what it called an indefinite "hiatus" because of his comments in a GQ magazine article that the Bible views gays as sinners akin to adulterers, prostitutes and swindlers. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 700 words, photos.



SAN DIEGO — Rookie coach Mike McCoy and the San Diego Chargers are still fishing for a miracle. They'll know on Sunday whether McCoy will keep out his playbook for at least another week or reach for his tackle box and schedule another offseason trip to the British Virgin Islands with his pal Dennis Allen, coach of the Oakland Raiders. The Chargers (8-7) remain alive in the chase for the second AFC wild-card spot. By kickoff of their home game against Kansas City (11-4), the Bolts will know if they're still alive or if McCoy should book that trip to the Caribbean like he did last offseason, when his family and Allen's family vacationed together. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 900 words, photos. Moved in advance, now available for use.


GLENDALE, Ariz. — The San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals talk about how much is at stake when they meet in their regular-season finale on Sunday. The correct answer might be hardly anything at all. The 49ers must win to have a shot at the division title and perhaps the No. 1 seed in the NFC; the Cardinals need a victory just to have any playoff chance. Both teams are at the mercy of others. San Francisco, which has clinched at least a wild-card spot, wins the NFC West if the 49ers beat Arizona and Seattle loses at home to St. Louis. The 49ers get the NFC's top seed with a victory over the Cardinals, a Seahawks loss and a loss by Carolina. By Bob Baum. SENT: 800 words, photos. Moved in advance, now available for use.


— 49ERS-RUNNING GAME — Even without rugged fullback Bruce Miller, the San Francisco 49ers feel good about their rushing attack as they head toward the playoffs for the third consecutive season. One final tough test comes first. By Craig Massei. SENT: 730 words, photos.

— PRO BOWL — Kansas City and San Francisco will have plenty of clout in Honolulu if they don't make it to New Jersey for the Super Bowl. The NFL revealed Friday that the Chiefs and 49ers each had eight players voted into the Pro Bowl, including running backs Jamaal Charles of Kansas City and Frank Gore of San Francisco. By Oskar Garcia. SENT: 630 words, photos.


OAKLAND, Calif. — Two years after finishing tied atop the AFC West with eight wins apiece, the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders couldn't be farther apart. The Broncos (12-3) head into Sunday's season finale at Oakland (4-11) needing a win to clinch the top seed and home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs for the second straight year. The Raiders are stumbling to the finish of another disappointing season. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 800 words, photos. Moved in advance, now available for use.


— RAIDERS-CORNERBACKS — The Oakland Raiders might be without both of their starting cornerbacks for the season finale against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. By Michael Wagaman. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— ASOMUGHA RETIREMENT — Less than three years after being one of the most prized free agents on the open market, Nnamdi Asomugha' NFL career is over. Asomugha formally announced his retirement Friday at the Oakland Raiders' headquarters, ending his 11-year career at the place he had his most success. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 630 words, photo.

See also:

—CALIFORNIA NEWS DIGEST, which moves weekdays at 1 p.m.

—CALIFORNIA NEWS DIGEST, ADD, which moves weekdays at 4 p.m.

—NEVADA NEWS DIGEST, which moves daily at 1:30 p.m.

Technical problems may be reported to 213-626-5833 in Los Angeles or 415-495-1124 in San Francisco.

Send Southern California stories by electronic carbon, fax 213-346-0200 or email losangeles@ap.org. Send Northern California stories by electronic carbon, fax 415-495-4967 or email sanfrancisco@ap.org.