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 email@example.com. Christopher Weber is on the Los Angeles desk, followed by Robert Jablon. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or firstname.lastname@example.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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.
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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-BACK TO SCHOOL
PARADISE — Monday marks a return to school and some semblance of routine for thousands of children who lost their homes to a deadly wildfire in Northern California. Schools in Butte County have been closed since Nov. 8, when the Camp Fire ignited and quickly swept through the towns of Paradise, Concow and Magalia in what would become the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century. At least 88 people were killed and dozens remain unaccounted for. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 600 words, photos. Developing.
LOS ANGELES — Lawyers for President Trump want porn actress Stormy Daniels to pay them $340,000 in legal bills they claim they earned successfully defending Trump against her frivolous defamation claim. The attorneys are due in a Los Angeles federal courtroom Monday to make their case that they rang up big bills because of gamesmanship and aggressive tactics by attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents Daniels. By Brian Melley. SENT: 400 words, photos. Will be updated following hearing scheduled for 2 p.m.
INDICTED CALIFORNIA CONGRESSMAN
SAN DIEGO — Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter returns to court for the first time since he was re-elected amid corruption charges. Hunter has pleaded not guilty to misusing more than $250,000 in campaign funds. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos following hearing scheduled to start at 9 a.m.
BETTER THAN GOLD
UNDATED — If Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore captures the gold medal when surfing makes its Olympic debut two years from now, it might not be her most meaningful win. Gilmore, who is talked about as possibly the greatest athlete of all time in her sport, takes pride in being on the ground floor in the fight for a prize that could have a longer-lasting impact: equal pay for women on the professional tour where she and her rivals make their living. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 775 words, photos.
MUSIC-Q&A-HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Twenty-five years after “Cracked Rear View” launched their careers, Grammy-winning rock band Hootie & the Blowfish will release a new album and launch an official tour next year after a decade-long break. The Southern pop-rockers, featuring lead singer Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Jim Sonefeld and Dean Felber, broke out with their major label debut in 1994, which has been certified 21-times platinum and made the Recording Industry Association of America’s list of the top-10 most popular albums of all-time. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 975 words, photos.
— HIGHWAY RAMP FALL — Authorities say a person plunged 50 feet (15.2 meters) from an elevated California freeway off-ramp during an illegal demonstration of car stunts.
— CRUISER RAMMED-POLICE SHOOTING — Officers shot and wounded a man who rammed their police cruiser after crashing his pickup truck through a fence at a family member’s home in Southern California.
— COAST HIGHWAY REPAIRS — Motorists should expect delays as crews begin to stabilize hillsides and repair infrastructure damaged by a wildfire along a 20-mile stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in the Malibu area.
— CLIMATE-SCHWARZENEGGER — Arnold Schwarzenegger says the United States is “still in” an international accord to curb global warming despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to walk away from the agreement.
— SUPREME COURT-BORDER WALL — The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from environmental groups trying to stop President Donald Trump from building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, even as other legal action against the wall is ongoing.
— HUGH HEFNER-AUCTION — The typewriter Hugh Hefner used in college was the top-selling item at an auction of the Playboy magazine founder’s possessions.
— MUSIC-QUEEN TOUR — Queen and Adam Lambert are launching a six-week North American tour following the release of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
— No event coverage planned.
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