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AP-CA--California News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, CA

August 8, 2018

Good morning! 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, or losangeles@ap.org. Christopher Weber is on the desk, followed by Robert Jablon. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Pacific.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



LOS ANGELES — A tentative settlement has been reached in litigation stemming from a methane leak at a Los Angeles storage complex where a massive release of the gas forced thousands from their homes three years ago. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti are among the officials expected at a 10 a.m. Wednesday news conference announcing the agreement with Southern California Gas Co. No details about the settlement were immediately disclosed. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos from press conference planned for 10 a.m.


LAKEPORT — The largest wildfire ever recorded in California needed just 11 days to blacken an area nearly the size of Los Angeles — and it’s only one of many enormous blazes that could make this the worst fire season in state history. Some 14,000 firefighters from as far away as Florida and even New Zealand are struggling to curb 18 fires in the midst of a sweltering summer that has seen wind-whipped flames carve their way through national forest land and rural areas, threaten urban areas and incinerate neighborhoods. SENT: 500 words, photos, video.


SACRAMENTO — Democrat Vanessa Delgado had a nearly 6-point lead over Republican Rita Topalian Tuesday night in a Southern California election to replace a state senator who resigned over sexual misconduct allegations. Voters went to the polls in parts of Los Angeles and Orange counties in a special election to determine who will serve out the remaining months of former Sen. Tony Mendoza’s term. He resigned in February. SENT: 450 words, photos.


MEXICO CITY — The flamboyant former leader of Mexico’s powerful teachers union has been released from custody after a court determined there weren’t sufficient grounds to proceed in a yearslong money-laundering case, her lawyer said early Wednesday. Attorney Marco Antonio del Toro read a statement from Elba Esther Gordillo in which she said the court had advised her at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday that she was free. She said she would make no further comment until Aug. 20. SENT: 275 words, photos.


MEXICO CITY — Hurricane John advanced northwestward along Mexico’s western coast on Wednesday, expected to stir up heavy surf and drop rain on the southern Baja California Peninsula while keeping away from landfall. Another tropical storm farther out in the Pacific and one in the northern Atlantic posed no threats to land. SENT: 250 words.


CHICAGO — Children’s advocates want the American Psychological Association to condemn the tech industry’s practice of using persuasive psychological techniques to keep kids glued to their screens. The advocates, citing research that links excessive use of social media and video games with depression and academic troubles, say it’s unethical for psychologists to be involved in tactics that risk harming kids’ well-being. Skeptics say the research is inconclusive, and they note that psychologists have been involved in other industries’ marketing and advertising for decades. By Lindsey Tanner And Matt O’Brien. SENT: 875 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Amazon, known for bringing items to shoppers’ homes, is adding a curbside pickup option at Whole Foods for Prime members. Shoppers will be able to order eggs, milk and other groceries on the Prime Now app, park in reserved spaces at the store and then workers will place the items in their cars. By Retail Writer Joseph Pisani. SENT: 250 words, photos.


NEW YORK — A Rhode Island software company that sells primarily to businesses is nonetheless making sure it complies with a strict California law about consumers’ privacy. AVTECH Software is preparing for what some say is the wave of the future: laws requiring businesses to be upfront with customers about how they use personal information. California has already passed a law requiring businesses to disclose what they do with people’s personal information and giving consumers more control over how their data is used — even the right to have it deleted from companies’ computers. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 900 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — It’s been 25 years since a major Hollywood studio released an English-language film with a primarily Asian cast. The last was Wayne Wang’s adaptation of the generational tear-jerker “The Joy Luck Club,” which was released in 1993. But that dry spell is about to end with the release of the opulent romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” on Wednesday Aug. 15. The film is based on Kevin Kwan’s best-selling book about a Chinese-American woman who gets a culture shock when she meets her boyfriend’s wealthy family in Singapore. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.


— SMUGGLING BOAT COLLISION — A judge has ruled that a deadly collision between a panga boat and a Customs and Border Protection vessel three years ago was the fault of the panga driver — not the agents trying to stop a human smuggling operation.

— PEOPLE-CARRIE UNDERWOOD — Carrie Underwood says her family is adding “another fish to our pond.”


— Wildfires coverage.


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