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

September 24, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



FRESNO — Doctors, environmental groups and California officials will weigh in on the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back car-mileage standards at what could be a raucous hearing in a region with some of the nation’s worst air pollution. The daylong session in Fresno on Monday is the first of three events by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to gather public comment on the mileage plan. The proposal announced in August would freeze U.S. mileage standards at levels mandated by the Obama administration for 2020 instead of continuing to rise to 36 miles per gallon by 2025, 10 miles per gallon higher than the current requirement. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 475 words, photos. Will be updated from hearing scheduled to start at 10 a.m.


LOS ANGELES — A federal judge will consider Monday whether to toss out a lawsuit brought by porn actress Stormy Daniels against President Donald Trump and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, weeks after Trump conceded a non-disclosure deal she signed just before the 2016 presidential election is invalid. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos. Will be updated from hearing scheduled to start at 2 p.m.


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump staunchly defended his embattled Supreme Court nominee against a new allegation of sexual misconduct Monday, calling the accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh “totally political.” The president spoke a day after a second allegation emerged against Kavanaugh, a development that further imperiled his nomination to the Supreme Court, forced the White House and Senate Republicans onto the defensive and fueled calls from Democrats to postpone further action on his confirmation. By Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick And Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video. Developing.


STANFORD — A Stanford University law school professor who spearheaded a California judge’s recall over his handling of a sexual assault case is launching a political action committee to target politicians who commit or ignore sexual misconduct. The Mercury News reports Michele Dauber on Monday launched a PAC to target politicians across the country who don’t take violence against women seriously or who have committed sexual misconduct themselves. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 p.m.


NEW ORLEANS — A preservation group is inviting the public to vote on 20 sites across the country that showcase the nation’s diversity and the fight for equality as part of a $2 million historic preservation campaign. The project is a collaboration between The National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Express and Main Street America. Sites include the Alabama church where four black girls were killed during a 1963 bombing, a church in Los Angeles that was a hub for Mexican immigrants and a Miami building often referred to as the Ellis Island of the South because of its support for Cuban refugees. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 500 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Recent crackdowns targeting the sex-for-hire industry have reduced the number of commercial ads on the internet and helped fight online trafficking. But activists and police say the efforts may have had unintended consequences — landing women and girls back on the streets, where dangers also lurk. The impact was almost immediate after the seizure of Backpage.com by the federal government in April and President Donald Trump’s signature the same month on the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, a law meant to hold internet platforms accountable for facilitating sex trafficking. By Alexandra Villarreal. SENT: 875 words, photos.


MONTPELIER, Vt. — The founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in Bernie Sanders’ home state are putting their ice cream expertise to work to support seven congressional candidates they call progressive. Vermont’s Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are working with political action committee MoveOn to create ice cream flavors that reflect each candidate. They are asking for help in naming the flavors. Cohen says he will then make by hand about 40 pints of each to be raffled off to support the candidates. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 3 p.m.


PHILADELPHIA — Tommy McDonald, the small, speedy and sure-handed receiver who teamed with quarterback Norm Van Brocklin to help the Philadelphia Eagles win the 1960 NFL championship, has died. He was 84. His death was announced Monday by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Details were not disclosed. SENT: 625 words, photos.


— DISNEYLAND LABOR — Hotel workers at Southern California’s Disneyland Resort have approved a contract that raises hourly salaries by at least 40 percent over two years and allows staff to get bonuses that were promised last year.

— SIRIUSXM-PANDORA — Subscription radio company SiriusXM says it’s buying music streaming service Pandora Media Inc. in a stock deal valued at about $3.5 billion that’ll allow it to expand its service beyond cars and into homes and other mobile areas.

— FIVE SHOT — Southern California authorities say one person has died in a weekend shooting that also left four others wounded.

— OFFICER ATTACKED — Authorities are again searching for a suspect in the stabbing of a Southern California police officer after a man detained after the attack was released from custody.


No event coverage planned.


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