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. 12, 2013, in California. If you have a news tip or questions about the report, call 213-626-1200.

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STATE SENATOR INVESTIGATED — Lawmakers meet to consider stripping committee assignments from a state senator targeted in a long-running FBI investigation. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has asked the Rules Committee he chairs to remove Sen. Ron Calderon from the Insurance Committee that Calderon leads and four other committees to which he's assigned. The Rules Committee already has taken the Montebello Democrat off the state film commission. The moves come after Al Jazeera America reported it had obtained a sealed FBI affidavit alleging Calderon accepted $88,000 in return for his help promoting bills. No charges have been filed and Calderon denies wrongdoing. By Don Thompson. SENT: 650 words, photos. Will be updated after committee hearing, which is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

LAX SHOOTING — The Transportation Security Administration officer who was killed by a rampaging gunman at Los Angeles International Airport is being honored Tuesday at a public memorial service. TSA head John Pistole, Attorney General Eric Holder, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers, Mayor Eric Garcetti and other officials were expected to speak at Tuesday's service for Gerardo Hernandez at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 12:30 p.m.

APPLE-SAMSUNG-TRIAL — The latest round in Apple and Samsung's bitter global battle for supremacy in the more than $300 billion smartphone market begins in a courtroom a few miles from Apple's Silicon Valley headquarters. By Paul Elias. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated with trial developments.

NAPOLITANO'S REGENTS DEBUT — Janet Napolitano will be attending her first University of California Regents meeting as the system's president. The Board of Regents will be meeting from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday. Napolitano, during a speech earlier this month, promised to present "big ideas" at the meeting. By Julie Watson. UPCOMING: 500 words after 2 p.m. meeting.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-CANCELED POLICIES — Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announces an agreement with a second California health insurer to delay policy cancellations because the current coverage does not meet the standards set by the federal Affordable Care Act. Last week, Blue Shield of California agreed to extend the policies of 115,000 Californians through March. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos. Developing after 11 a.m. PST news conference.

MISS TEEN USA EXTORTION — A 19-year-old computer science student is expected to plead guilty Tuesday to hacking the computers of Miss Teen USA and other young women to force them to send nude photographs or undress on camera for him. A hearing is set for Jared James Abrahams in Orange County where he's expected to enter his plea, defense attorney Alan Eisner said. By Greg Risling. SENT: 320 words. UPCOMING: Developing from hearing that begins at 9 a.m. 350 words, photos by 11 a.m.

MARIJUANA DEALER-SEVERED PENIS — A couple charged in the brutal torture of a medical marijuana dispensary owner who was dumped in the desert and left for dead are scheduled to make their first appearance in an Orange County courtroom on Tuesday. Ryan Kevorkian, 34, and his 33-year-old wife, Naomi Kevorkian, were arrested late last week and charged with kidnapping, torture and other counts stemming from the October 2012 incident. SENT: 260 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1 p.m.


BAY BRIDGE-DEMOLITION SAN FRANCISCO — With the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge up and running, the delicate task of demolishing the old cantilever span has begun. UPCOMING: 300 words by 12 p.m.

SIERRA BEAR POACHERS — Nevada County prosecutors have filed criminal charges against two California men accused of illegally killing a black bear near the edge of the Eldorado National Forest about 30 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe. Authorities say 43-year-old Jason Wilkinson of Grass Valley and 54-year-old Christopher Nunley of North San Juan have been the target of a five-month-long poaching investigation. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 11 a.m.



DESALINATION PLANT — A state coastal agency will weigh a hotly disputed proposal to turn ocean water into tap in one of the Western Hemisphere's two biggest desalination plants. Officials may require new upgrades to make the $900 million plant more environmentally-friendly and protect marine life — changes the company behind the project has called a deal killer.


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