BC-CA–California News Coverage Advisory, CA

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today, Nov. 21, 2013, in California. If you have a news tip or questions about the report, call 213-626-1200.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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


NKOREA-AMERICAN DETAINED — North Korean officials detained an 85-year-old American veteran of the Korean War last month as he sat in a plane set to leave the country, the man’s son said. A uniformed North Korean officer boarded the plane on Oct. 26 and asked Merrill Newman, a tourist from Palo Alto, California, for his passport before telling a stewardess that Newman had to leave the plane, the son, Jeffrey Newman, told The Associated Press. It wasn’t clear what led to the detention.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-CALIFORNIA — California’s health insurance exchange is set to provide the first detailed information about the roughly 60,000 people who have signed up for coverage since open enrollment under the federal health care reforms began Oct. 1. The figures, to be released during the Covered California board meeting Thursday, will test some of the agency’s claims that the program is working effectively, including whether enough younger, healthy people are signing up and how well its website is working. Will be updated following board action, expected sometime after noon PST.

OLD MURDER-PROFESSOR CHARGED — A psychology professor said she has been told by Southern California prosecutors to plead guilty to a crime she didn’t commit or they will move to have her jailed. Norma Esparza said at a news conference that the Orange County district attorney’s office was trying to get her to take a plea deal in connection with the murder of Gonzalo Ramirez, a man she says raped her after she met him at a bar 18 years ago as a student at Pomona College. Will be updated from 8:30 a.m. pre-trial hearing.

CAR CHARGING STATIONS — A New Jersey energy company required by an unusual legal settlement to build an extensive network of electric car chargers throughout California has delivered just 10 percent of what it promised in the first year. By fortifying the state’s still-spotty charging infrastructure, the settlement between NRG Energy Inc. and California energy regulators was sold as the key to jump-starting enthusiasm for the non-polluting vehicles.

BART STRIKE-CONTRACT — The Bay Area Rapid Transit’s board is scheduled to decide whether to ratify a tentative contract deal with its two largest unions despite a last-minute dispute over a family medical leave provision. Developing from 9 a.m. meeting.

APPLE SAMSUNG-TRIAL — Jurors began a third day of deliberations to determine how much Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying key features of the iPhone and iPad.

OBIT-BROWNE — Sylvia Browne, a psychic whose frequent appearances on shows such as “Larry King Live” and “The Montel Williams Show” made her a popular personality, has died at a hospital in San Jose, Calif., hospital officials confirmed. She was 77.

COLLEGE HATE CRIME — Three students at San Jose State University are facing misdemeanor hate-crime and battery charges after authorities say they harassed a black roommate by outfitting their dormitory room with a Confederate flag and a racial epithet was found on a board.


BORDER DRUG BUSTS — Authorities say they have arrested two men suspected of smuggling $1.5 million in heroin and marijuana during stops at two locations along the U.S.-Mexico border.



No event coverage planned.


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