News Minute: Here is the latest California news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. PST
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Most educators and parents see class size as an indicator of a quality education and have made it a priority in teacher strikes across the United States, but its effectiveness is still up for debate. There's no universal standard for the optimal class size, though some states and school districts have instituted policies. The issue is at the heart of a Los Angeles teacher strike in the nation's second-largest school district.
(AP) - The federal government shutdown is rippling into everyday life even for people who don't usually think their lives are closely tied to Washington. Its doings, or not-doings, can be woven into an American day from a bowl of breakfast cereal to a beer after work. And the standoff is making people notice. A California accountant can't get answers from the Internal Revenue Service about clients' problems. An Atlanta retiree couldn't follow up on an identity-theft complaint.
OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Another Pacific storm moving into Northern California has prompted a flash flood watch for communities hit by last year's devastating wildfire. The National Weather Service says mud and debris flows are possible in and around the town of Paradise through 9 p.m. Sunday. No evacuations have been ordered but officials say residents should be prepared to leave if flooding occurs. California was walloped last week by winter storms that caused at least five deaths and left thousands without power.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - The race-themed road trip drama "Green Book" has driven off with the top honor at the Producers Guild Awards, besting awards favorites like "Roma," "A Star Is Born" and "Black Panther" at the guild's untelevised ceremony Saturday night. The Darryl F. Zanuck Award winner has gone on to win the best picture Oscar 20 out of 29 times, including last year with "The Shape of Water." The Oscar race will come into focus Tuesday when nominations are announced.
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