BC-CA–California News Coverage Advisory, CA

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today, Dec. 23, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TODAY:

HEALTH OVERHAUL-CALIFORNIA

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s health insurance exchange is scrambling to help consumers as the deadline hits to enroll for coverage that will start Jan. 1. Enrollments under the federal health care reforms began ramping up dramatically as the Monday deadline approached, according to Covered California, which reported tens of thousands of applicants enrolling daily last week, surging to more than 20,000 in just one day: “December is turning out to be an enormous month for Covered California,” said Peter Lee, executive director of the agency that runs the exchange. SENT: 580 words at 11:25 p.m. PST Sunday. That version of the story will stand until updated this morning.

TONSILLECTOMY-BRAIN DEAD GIRL

OAKLAND, Calif. — The family of a Northern California girl on life support after being declared brain dead was expected to appear with hospital officials in court to announce the name of the independent physician it has chosen to provide a second opinion on the girl’s condition. SENT: 330 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:30 a.m. court hearing.

PIPELINE EXPLOSION-RECORDS

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Public Utilities Commission has returned $375,000 that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. paid for natural-gas safety violations over concerns the fine could jeopardize a much larger penalty against the utility for the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion.

TOUR BUS CRASH

BALDWIN PARK, Calif. — A tour bus heading back from a Southern California casino crashed on a freeway east of Los Angeles early Monday, injuring 13 people, authorities said. The injuries were mostly minor. SENT: 320 words, photo.

IN BRIEF: DEPUTY-BULLET OFF KNIFE, MISSING CYCLISTS

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

No event coverage planned.

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