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

July 5, 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. John Antczak 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — California ushered in broad marijuana legalization nearly six month ago, but the illegal market still thrives. Nowhere is that more apparent than Los Angeles County. Hundreds of illegal pot shops operate, undercutting the fledgling legal market. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.


WASHINGTON — Long before Viktor Vekselberg was tied to a scandal over the president and a porn star, the Russian oligarch had been positioning himself to extend his influence in the United States. Working closely with an American cousin who heads the New York investment management firm Columbus Nova, Vekselberg backed a $1.6 million lobbying campaign to aid Russian interests in Washington. By Garance Burke and Stephen Braun. SENT: 2,290 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police say three people were killed and three others wounded in an early morning shooting west of downtown. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: Updates, photos.


GUINDA, Calif. — Fire officials say cooler weather did little to diminish a massive blaze in Northern California threatening more than 1,400 buildings. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


LOS ANGELES — Officials of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Los Angeles Police Department discuss a task force operation that resulted in the arrest of nine adults and seizure of more than 40 firearms. By Michael Balsamo. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. press conference.


— SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HEAT — Southern California is in for a period of high heat, elevated wildfire danger and dangerous surf.

— TRAIN STATION BOY — Police are trying to identify a little deaf boy found at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. Photos.


No event coverage planned.


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