Here are the stories and photos planned by AP's bureaus in California today and during the upcoming week. The California News Digest will move at 1 p.m. and an Add at 4 p.m. All times are Pacific. Editors will be advised if a story listed here will not move. AP stories, along with the photos that accompany them, can also be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com.
SAN FRANCISCO — A multibillion-dollar case between two giant pharmaceutical companies grappling over arcane antitrust issues has unexpectedly turned into a gay rights legal imbroglio that raises questions over whether lawyers can bounce potential jurors solely based on their sexual orientation. Developing from hearing expected to begin around 10 a.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — Marine scientists are launching a new GPS smartphone application that will help fishermen, commercial boat pilots and others coming in and out of San Francisco Bay plot the locations of whales they spot.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — At the beginning of the year, Gov. Jerry Brown, the state Senate's top Democrat and key business groups were calling for an overhaul of California's landmark environmental-protection law. When the legislative session drew to a close, plans for broad-based reforms to a statute that critics say is prone to frivolous lawsuits had been scuttled. The bill that eventually was sent to the governor ended up being more about aiding construction of a new NBA arena in downtown Sacramento than structural reform of the California Environmental Protection Act. The failure to enact the deeper reforms business leaders and the governor sought is simply a sign of the political reality in a state that is dominated by Democrats who answer to special interest groups that don't want the law changed. In this case, the changes were fought by environmentalists and unions. AP Photos.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell has won a state Senate seat in Los Angeles, while the race for an open Assembly seat is headed for a November runoff. The seats opened when the previous incumbents won seats on the Los Angeles City Council. AP Photo.
LOS ANGELES — Three porn actors who recently learned they were infected with HIV plan to speak out about what they say is shabby treatment by the adult film industry. Their appearance is sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which pushed successfully for a Los Angeles County ordinance requiring the use of condoms in porn films and is lobbying for a similar statewide measure. Industry officials say the recent infections have not been tracked back to film sets and most likely occurred through the actors' private lives.
LOS ANGELES — Fostering pets is hard work and takes time, patience and dedication. Knowing you are raising and training a pet for someone else can be gratifying and heartbreaking.