AP-CA--California News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, CA
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.
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GARDEN GROVE — The animal rights group PETA alleges dogs at one of the nation’s largest canine blood banks are mistreated, but the non-profit that runs the Southern California facility says the retired racing greyhounds are well-cared for and save other dogs’ lives. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent complaints this week to California and local authorities alleging the 200 greyhounds kept at Hemopet don’t receive proper care and are cooped up nearly all day in pens too small for their size. The group contends confining dogs in a facility to draw their blood is wrong and says they should be placed in homes and only donate blood if their owners opt to bring them in. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 800 words, photos.
WAREHOUSE PARTY FIRE
SAN FRANCISCO — One of two men charged in an Oakland warehouse fire that killed 36 people is attempting to resurrect a scuttled plea agreement. On Friday, lawyers for Derick Almena will argue in an Oakland court that a judge in August wrongly rejected an agreement reached with prosecutors to have Almena plead no contest to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in exchange for a nine-year sentence. By Paul Elias. SENT: 350 words, photos. Will be updated after 8:30 a.m. hearing.
LOS ANGELES — Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris said they did not sign off on three White House nominees for open California seats on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and will oppose their confirmation, according to a report. President Trump announced this week that he had nominated Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California Patrick Bumatay, Los Angeles appellate attorney Daniel Collins and Los Angeles litigator Kenneth Kiyul Lee for California-based vacancies. SENT: 375 words, photos.
BOSTON — Robots delivering room service, check-in kiosks with facial recognition technology and “smart” speakers that serve as an in-room concierge. The hotel of the not-so-distant future sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel, but it’s drawing real world anxiety for some of the thousands of Marriott hotel workers on strike across the U.S. this month. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 900 words, photos.
BURNING MAN-RENO OFFICE
RENO, Nev. — The San Francisco-based Burning Man organization is opening a year-round, satellite office in Reno to better support operations in the northern Nevada desert that hosts the annual counterculture festival. The Reno Gazette Journal first reported this week Burning Man will begin a three-year lease later this year at the old downtown Post Office built on the banks of the Truckee River in 1933. SENT: 400 words, photos.
WASHINGTON — Live from the Oval Office, it’s Kanye West with a jaw-dropping performance. The rapper didn’t rap. But, seated across from President Donald Trump at the Resolute Desk, the musician delivered a rambling, multipart monologue Thursday that touched on social issues, hydrogen planes, mental health, endorsement deals, politics and oh so much more. By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.
STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS
BEVERLY HILLS — Nineteen student filmmakers got the opportunity to “thank the academy” at the actual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Thursday night. The winners of the 45th Student Academy Awards are eligible to compete for a 2018 Academy Award in the animated short, live action short and documentary short categories. They join an esteemed list of Student Academy Award alumni like Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Patricia Riggen and Robert Zemeckis. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 550 words.
SANTA MONICA — Beyonce paid homage to a high-profile music executive being honored at a charity event to raise money for cancer research. The singer’s vocals soared as she performed three ballads including her 2009 smash hit “Halo” and “Ava Maria” after saluting the character of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing CEO Jon Platt at the City of Hope gala near Los Angeles on Thursday night. She took the stage following her husband, Jay Z, who presented Platt with the Spirit of LIfe award during a charity event that raised more than $6 million. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 500 words, photos.
UNDATED — It was the final minute of a preseason game between Philadelphia and Dallas, the 76ers were up by four points with the ball, and thousands of fans were screaming “defense” at the top of their lungs. A common scene, with an uncommon detail: The game was in China. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
— TRUMP AIDE-TEACHER — A Southern California school district has suspended a teacher who recounted how a senior aide to President Trump ate glue as a third-grader.
— SMUGGLING ARRESTS — Border Patrol agents say four people, including a migrant from Mexico, were caught trying to smuggle meth and a stolen firearm near the California-Arizona border.
— TESLA-TAX CREDIT — Tesla Inc. says buyers must order cars by Monday to get the full federal electric vehicle tax credit of $7,500.
— PEOPLE-ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER — Arnold Schwarzenegger says he “stepped over the line several times” with women.
— FLEETWOOD MAC-LAWSUIT — Lindsey Buckingham is suing Fleetwood Mac for kicking him off the band’s new tour.
No event coverage planned.
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