Here are the stories and photos planned by AP's bureaus in California today. 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 Las Vegas developer's financial interest in the Grand Canyon Skywalk will be the subject of a hearing before the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
Eds.: Developing from expected morning hearing.
OAKLAND — A San Francisco Bay area law enforcement agency's plans to buy and deploy drones has privacy advocates incensed.
SEOUL, South Korea — Yahoo is closing its South Korean business, cutting its losses in a market where it has struggled for over a decade.
PARIS — A French Jewish group that threatened a lawsuit against Twitter says the social network has agreed to pull tweets under a pair of hash tags that spawned more than a week of racist and anti-Semitic posts.
SACRAMENTO — A doctor at California Medical Facility in Vacaville was paid more than $410,000 last year, while a registered nurse at High Desert State Prison in Susanville made nearly $236,000 — more than twice the statewide average in both cases. A pharmacist at Corcoran State Prison was paid more than $196,000, nearly double what is typical across the state. Compensation for medical providers has soared through California's prison system since a federal judge seized control of inmate health care in 2006 and established a receivership with the power to hire and set pay levels.
— BC-CA--California Prisons-Medical-Glance, details for the highest paid doctors and nurses in the state prison system.
SACRAMENTO — A good-government group asks the California Fair Political Practices Commission to investigate a political action committee that took an $11 million contribution from an Arizona-based nonprofit. The money is being used to promote an anti-union initiative and oppose Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative on the November ballot. California Common Cause says it's acting under a recent state law that requires out-of-state groups to disclose their donors if they donate money for particular political causes. Its request to the commission targets the major donation from a group calling itself Americans for Responsible Leadership.
Eds: Developing from 11 a.m. news conference.
SACRAMENTO — California's unemployment rate for September falls to 10.2 percent, a 1.5 percentage point drop from the same period a year ago. Leisure and hospitality was among the strongest sectors, suggesting that an uptick in tourism is helping the state rebound from the recession.
LOS ANGELES — Arrestees who say they were denied bail because they had federal immigration holds are planning to sue the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department alleging they were illegally detained for days or months at a time.
LOS ANGELES — Britney Spears' former confidante was made a scapegoat for her mental breakdown despite efforts to keep the singer from using drugs, his attorney tells a jury in a case against the pop superstar's parents and conservators. Attorneys for Spears' parents and conservators will have their opportunity to respond to those allegations during their opening remarks Friday when the trial resumes.
Eds.: Developing from trial's resumption at 1 p.m.
NEWPORT BEACH — Authorities are trying to determine whether a body found in a Southern California trash bin is the missing wife of a real estate investor charged with her murder. The San Diego County medical examiner's office hadn't confirmed Friday whether Quee Chadwick is the woman found Thursday in the county's Lakeside area.
SAN DIEGO — The American Civil Liberties Union says a veterans' organization should have no say in legal talks over how to modify a war memorial cross that is located on federal land. The cross has been deemed to be an unconstitutional mixing of government and religion.