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 John Antczak is on the desk, followed by Robert Jablon. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An initiative that seeks to split California into three states is projected to qualify for the state's November ballot. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 125 words. UPCOMING: Will be expanded.


SANTA ANA, Calif. — A jury verdict will be read Wednesday in the penalty phase of the trial of a convicted Illinois killer who was found guilty last month of the murders of five women in Southern California more than two decades ago. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:30 a.m.


NEW YORK — Comcast will likely bid for Fox's entertainment business as early as Wednesday now that a federal judge has cleared AT&T's $85 billion takeover of Time Warner. If Comcast succeeds in outbidding Disney for Fox, a major cable distributor would control even more channels on its lineup and those of its rivals. There are fears that it could lead to higher cable bills or hinder online alternatives. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 849 words, photos.


MEXICO CITY — Hurricane Bud made a brief run as a powerful Category 4 storm off Mexico's Pacific coast, but quickly weakened into a tropical storm by Wednesday morning, easing — but not completely ending — the threat to resorts in its path at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. SENT: 197 words.


NEW YORK — Starting a food truck to sell tacos or barbecue on downtown streets may seem easy or fun, but owners are finding they need more sophisticated plans now that the novelty has worn off. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.



OAKLAND, Calif. — An Air Force officer with top security clearance who deserted 35 years ago and was arrested in California last week worked for years as a consultant for the University of California system. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


— TOBACCO-MINORS — Grants totaling $37.5 million will be used to fund programs aimed at reducing illegal sales of cigarettes and tobacco products to minors in California.

— I-10 CLOSURE-WESTERN ARIZONA — Eastbound Interstate 10 partially reopened Wednesday morning in western Arizona after being closed four miles from the California line because of a wreck involving a tractor-trailer rig carrying fruit and produce.

— BANK ROBBERY — Authorities are looking for a man who robbed a bank in central San Diego County.

— MOVIE-DUMBO TRAILER — Disney has released its first teaser trailer for Tim Burton's remake of the classic "Dumbo." Photo.


No event coverage planned.


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