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News Minute: Here is the latest California news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. PDT

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Can California's faded Republican Party make a comeback? Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will take up that question Wednesday, at an event in Los Angeles organized by a group that hopes to move the GOP in a new direction in the age of President Donald Trump. He'll be joined by another Republican centrist, Ohio Gov. John Kasich _ a Trump rival in 2016. Trump lost California by over 4 million votes, and Democrats control every statewide office and both chambers of the Legislature.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge presiding over lawsuits accusing big oil companies of lying about global warming is turning his courtroom into a classroom in what could be the first court hearing to study the science of climate change. U.S. District Judge William Alsup has asked lawyers for two California cities and five of the world's largest oil and gas companies to come to court on Wednesday to present "the best science now available on global warming."

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A powerful Pacific storm is moving across central and southern parts of California, drenching communities previously ravaged by wildfires and mudslides. Thousands of residents evacuated their homes ahead of the storm while others were waiting it out and hoping for the best. Many residents in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties have faced repeated evacuations or advisories since December.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles tennis umpire arrested before a U.S. Open match and charged in her husband's 2012 death is trying to clear her name. Lois Goodman's attorneys are expected to tell jurors Wednesday in federal court that the Los Angeles coroner's office deprived her civil rights by falsifying an autopsy report. The charges were dropped after other experts rejected the autopsy's conclusions.

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