Hello! 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, losangeles@ap.org, or to the AP-San Francisco bureau at 415-495-1708, sanfrancisco@ap.org. John Antczak is on the Los Angeles news desk, followed by Robert Jablon. Olga Rodriguez is on the San Francisco news desk. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

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LOS ANGELES — The California Air Resource Board announced Wednesday that statewide emissions fell nearly 3 percent in 2016, dropping below 1990 levels for the first time since peaking in 2004. By Christopher Weber. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 3:30 p.m.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Outside investigators say a California lawmaker frequently engaged in "locker room talk" including making sexual comments about fellow Assembly members. Republican Assemblyman Devon Mathis said the conversation in question happened nearly four years ago and that he apologized. His office also says investigators did not substantiate more severe sexual misconduct claims. By Sophia Bollag. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO — The first black female mayor of San Francisco took the oath of office Wednesday, vowing to help drug users and the homeless in a city that has come to embody extreme wealth and poverty. By Janie Har. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: New aprpaoch 600 words by 3:30 p.m.



SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California has admitted a record number of Californians for the upcoming 2018-19 school year, including the highest number of transfer students in the system's history, according to preliminary data. By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2:30 p.m.


— EX-OFFICER-CHARGES DROPPED — Prosecutors have dropped charges against a former Northern California police officer accused of statutory rape after the alleged victim declined to move forward with the case.

— INMATE SLAIN — Authorities say a convicted child molester was beaten to death by another inmate just days after arriving at Wasco State Prison.

— LAS CRUCES BISHOP — The Vatican has announced that Las Cruces Bishop Oscar Cantú is leaving for California.

— OBIT-WORLD'S UGLIEST DOG — A 9-year-old English bulldog has died just weeks after winning the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest. Photo.



LOS ANGELES — A woman has been arrested in the investigation of the beating of a 92-year-old man in Southern California. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says detectives took 30-year-old Laquisha Jones into custody late Tuesday in Los Angeles and booked her into jail for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


NASA needs a backup plan for getting astronauts to space, given additional delays on the horizon for new commercial crew capsules. The U.S. Government Accountability Office made the recommendation Wednesday. It's the top suggestion in the GAO's latest report on the California-based SpaceX and Chicago-based Boeing crew capsules under development. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Update planned.


— LOS ANGELES FIRE — The landmark Griffith Observatory overlooking Los Angeles is temporarily closed in the aftermath of a nearby brush fire that forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 tourists. Photos.



QUITO, Ecuador — Ecuador's highest court has upheld a $9.5 billion judgment against oil giant Chevron for decades of rainforest damage. Plaintiffs celebrated the constitutional court's decision announced Tuesday night, saying it should pave the way for indigenous tribes to receive compensation for oil spills that contaminated groundwater and soil in their Amazon home. SENT: 345 words, photos.


— GOOGLE-LOON-WING — Loon and Wing are graduating from X, Alphabet's secretive incubator known as the "moonshot factory." Loon aims to deliver internet signals via hot air balloons, while Wing builds airborne delivery drones.



— SARAH PALIN-SACHA BARON COHEN — Sarah Palin says she was "duped." The former Republican vice presidential candidate says she fell victim to British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen during an interview for his upcoming Showtime series, "Who Is America?" Photo.

— PEOPLE-CARDI B — Cardi B is celebrating the birth of her first child. Photos.

— SHARON TATE-AUCTION , HFR. EDS: HOLD FOR RELEASE UNTIL. — Mini-dresses and a wedding dress are among the items from estate of actress Sharon Tate are going up for auction. Photos.



SAN FRANCISCO — Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is expected back in the lineup following a stint on the disabled list as Chicago wraps up its three-game series against Johnny Cueto and the San Francisco Giants. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 12:45 p.m.


HOUSTON — Houston's Lance McCullers looks for his fifth straight win when he opposes Oakland's Chris Bassitt when the Astros and Athletics continue a four-game series. Houston won Tuesday night's game 6-5 in 11 innings. By Kristie Rieken. Game starts at 5:10 p.m.


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jaime Barria and the Los Angeles Angels continue their series against Marco Gonzales and the Seattle Mariners. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


SAN DIEGO — A night after fellow rookie lefty Eric Lauer went 8 2/3 innings to beat the Dodgers 4-1, Joey Lucchesi gets a crack at Los Angeles and its scheduled starter, Kenta Maeda. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


LAS VEGAS — Play continues at the Las Vegas NBA summer league. The eight games Wednesday include: Clippers-Wizards, Kings-Cavaliers, Nets-Rockets, Bulls-Mavericks, Pistons-Timberwolves, Hawks-Pacers, Raptors-Nuggets, Warriors-Hornets. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. Games started at 1 p.m.


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