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

August 7, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



LAKEPORT — Wildfires tearing through trees and brush, rampaging up hillsides and incinerating neighborhoods: The places and names change, but the devastation is showing signs of becoming the new normal in California. Twin fires in Northern California being treated as one are the largest wildfire in state history and by Tuesday had scorched 455 square miles (1,178 square kilometers) — nearly the size of the city of Los Angeles. SENT: 500 words, photos, video. Developing.


PASADENA — A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday by the state of California and advocacy groups who contend the Trump administration overreached by waiving environmental reviews to speed construction of the president’s prized border wall with Mexico. California is appealing a decision by U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel of San Diego, who sided with the administration in February. The president had repeatedly berated Curiel during the 2016 campaign over an unrelated case involving fraud allegations and now-defunct Trump University. SENT: 450 words, photos. Will be updated from 9 a.m. hearing.


NEW YORK — When actress Scarlett Johansson reversed course recently and canceled plans to play a transgender man in the film “Rub & Tug,” transgender actors like Scott Turner Schofield were gratified — and pleasantly surprised. After years of watching non-trans stars win accolades — including Oscars — for what was seen as bravery in playing transgender characters, finally it seemed that somebody got it. “To have someone with any amount of power be reflective, and say, ‘I did something wrong, I learned something and I’m sorry’ — that absolutely feels like change,” says Schofield, a veteran trans performer who stars in the upcoming European film “The Conductor.” By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 1,300 words, photos, video.


BEVERLY HILLS — LeBron James has yet to play a minute for the Los Angeles Lakers, yet the NBA superstar is already busy in Hollywood. James is behind the three-part documentary series, “Shut Up and Dribble,” announced Monday by Showtime. SENT: 300 words, photos.


— TRUMP-LEBRON — New Jersey Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez says President Donald Trump’s attack on NBA star LeBron James is part of a larger pattern of racist behavior.


— TRUMP STAR VANDALIZED — The West Hollywood City Council is powerless to remove President Donald Trump’s star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

— CAR-TO-CAR SHOOTING — Los Angeles police say a motorist was killed in a car-to-car shooting and then his car ran over two pedestrians, killing one of them.

— FENTANYL SEIZURE-SENTENCE — A Tijuana college student was sentenced in San Diego to more than seven years in federal prison for smuggling nearly 80 pounds (36 kilograms) of fentanyl into the United States.

— CHEMICAL EXPOSURE-CALIFORNIA — Fifteen employees at a Southern California aerospace facility have been hospitalized after they were exposed to an unknown chemical.

— TV-THE BACHELORETTE — “The Bachelorette” has chosen.

— TV-JIM CARREY — Jim Carrey says his cartoons pillorying the Trump administration are a civilized response to what he called an unfolding “nightmare.”


— Wildfires coverage.


SANTA ANA — A judge will consider whether to keep testimony sealed in a bankruptcy case involving the former law firm of the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels. Lawyer Michael Avenatti had asked to bar media from covering the proceedings, a move that the AP and other news organizations has opposed.


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