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Associated Press

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 11:30 AM

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.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

SAN FRANCISCO — Few have laid eyes on many of the volcanic islands of the Galapagos archipelago that remain closed to tourists. But soon the curious will be able to explore these places that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution — from their computers or mobile devices. Google Maps sent crews armed with backpack-mounted Street View cameras and underwater gear to the Galapagos, and will be bringing the islands' natural wonders to the Internet.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown is set to continue his climate change charge, joining scientists releasing a 20-page call to action on environmental problems including pollution, extinctions and population growth. Developing from scheduled 10 a.m. comments by governor.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Police Chief Kevin Vogel and Sheriff Phil Wowak plan to discuss their investigation into the killings of Sgt. Butch Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler. The suspect, Jeremy Goulet, died minutes later in a barrage of bullets from local law enforcement agents who chased him down. Developing from 10 a.m. news conference.

SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco State University professor is drawing scrutiny for a class assignment that asked students to create a political campaign ad. Joe Tuman gave the students the option to create the ad for a real person, including him, and said he would use it if it was good. Tuman lost the Oakland mayor's race in 2010, but is exploring another run next year. Ethics experts say any use of the students' work by Tuman could run afoul of the law.

CAPITAL

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The state's largest health insurers, including Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente, will be among 13 plans competing for policies from millions of Californians who are expected to purchase coverage through the state's new health exchange. Covered California, the state agency running the health insurance marketplace, announced the plans and prices that will be offered by private insurers when the exchange begins enrolling customers in October. Coverage begins Jan. 1, the same time virtually everyone in the country will be required to have health insurance or pay a penalty. The announcement marks the first time Californians are getting a clear picture of the health plans and prices offered under the new health care rules in President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Will be updated after morning news conference expected to end by 10:30 a.m. AP Photos staffing.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Assembly is in session. Developing from 10 a.m. session. NOTE: Slug will change based on developments. AP Photos staffing.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

YORBA LINDA, Calif. — About 200 former Vietnam War POWs will reunite for a three-day celebration at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum that coincides with the 40th anniversary of a star-studded White House dinner hosted by President Nixon to honor their sacrifice.

LOS ANGELES — The environmental group Heal the Bay releases its annual report on water quality at California beaches. Developing from 11 a.m. release.

LOS ANGELES — A top executive at AEG Live LLC is expected to testify about his interactions with Michael Jackson and his personal physician in the days and weeks leading up to the pop superstar's death.

PASADENA, Calif. — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visits the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Developing from 11 a.m. event.

GLENDORA, Calif. — Cold-case investigators search the backyard of a home where a woman lived before she vanished in 1978.

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