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BC-CA--California News Digest 1:30 pm, CA

December 27, 2018

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in California. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Los Angeles bureau at 213-626-1200, losangeles@ap.org, or to the AP-San Francisco bureau at 415-495-1708, sanfrancisco@ap.org. John Antczak is on the Los Angeles news desk, followed by Robert Jablon. Olga Rodriguez is on the San Francisco news desk. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

POLICE OFFICER KILLED-CALIFORNIA

SAN FRANCISCO _ A man suspected of killing a Northern California police officer who pulled him over to investigate if he was driving drunk is in the country illegally, authorities said Thursday. By Olga R. Rodriguez. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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_ POLICE OFFICER KILLED-CALIFORNIA-THE LATEST

_ POLICE OFFICERS-DEATHS _ More police officers have died in the line of duty this year in the United States than in 2017, according to data released Thursday. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 375 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-CALIFORNIA

Go west, 2020 presidential candidates? Early voting in California’s primary will overlap with the traditional early nominating contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. That could force the sprawling field of Democrats to navigate those states as well as California’s notoriously complex landscape, where campaigning is done through paid political ads. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,035 words, photos.

LEGAL MARIJUANA-BANNER YEAR

The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream. Liberal California became the largest legal U.S. marketplace, while conservative Utah and Oklahoma embraced medical marijuana. Canada ushered in broad legalization, and Mexico’s Supreme Court set the stage for that country to follow. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 1,080 words, photos, video.

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_ LEGAL MARIJUANA-BANNER YEAR-TIMELINE

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

PRISONER ESCAPES

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. _ California authorities were hunting an inmate Thursday who walked away from San Quentin State Prison and is believed to have carjacked a vehicle overnight. SENT: 250 words, photo.

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_ PRISONER ESCAPES-THE LATEST

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_ SUBWAY STABBINGS-CALIFORNIA _ A judge wants to know whether a parolee is mentally fit to stand trial on charges stemming from a fatal stabbing at a Northern California train station.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

ELON MUSK-CAVE LAWSUIT

LOS ANGELES _ Elon Musk is asking a California judge to throw out a lawsuit filed against him by a British diver the tech entrepreneur called a pedophile on Twitter, arguing that it was nothing more than a “schoolyard spat on social media” that no reasonable reader took seriously. By Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 530 words, photos.

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_ VALLEY HOMICIDES _ Los Angeles police are investigating the slayings of a woman and her 13-year-old son in a San Fernando Valley neighborhood.

_ MISSING WOMAN DEAD _ Partial skeletal remains found on a Los Angeles hillside have been identified as those of a 56-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease who vanished more than two years ago.

_ TODDLER KILLED _ Authorities are investigating the death of a Southern California toddler who was struck by a vehicle leaving a neighboring home.

_ HOMICIDE-ARSON _ Two people have been arrested in the investigation of the killing of a person found in a burned vehicle in Bakersfield.

_ HOMELESS-BURGLARY _ Two homeless men have been charged with burglary after a California man said he came home to find them cooking dinner.

BUSINESS:

_ BEVMO HACKED _ BevMo is warning that a data breach may have allowed a hacker to steal credit card numbers and other information from more than 14,000 customers who used the alcohol-seller’s website.

_ AMTRAK-CALIFORNIA JOBS _ About 500 workers at an Amtrak reservation center in Southern California are being offered a $15,000 allowance to relocate to a Philadelphia call center or a one-time $10,000 severance payout.

ENTERTAINMENT:

NIELSENS

LOS ANGELES _ Coverage of the top prime-time programs from the week of Dec. 17-23. By AP Television Writer Lynn Elber. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.

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_ NIELSENS-LIST

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_ MUSIC-ARETHA FRANKLIN _ The Queen of Soul will get a royal tribute from Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, Kelly Clarkson and more next month. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. Photo.

SPORTS:

MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

LeBron James went to the NBA Finals for the eighth consecutive year. He changed addresses again, leaving his Cleveland home for the second time to join the Los Angeles Lakers in the biggest move of free agency over the summer. He remained arguably the dominant player in the basketball, adding even more glitz on a legacy that reached epic status long ago. It was, by any measure, a fantastic year for James. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 974 words, photos.

FBN--49ERS-RAMS PREVIEW

LOS ANGELES _ Although the Los Angeles Rams already wrapped up their second straight NFC West title four weeks ago, they’re embracing the chance to rub it in. The Rams (12-3) will go for a six-game sweep of their three divisional opponents Sunday when they host the San Francisco 49ers (4-11). By Sports Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 918 words, photos.

BKN--LAKERS-KINGS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ LeBron James will sit out with a groin injury when the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Sacramento Kings. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKN--BLAZERS-WARRIORS

OAKLAND, Calif. _ The Portland Trail Blazers visit the Golden State Warriors. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

HKN--COYOTES-KINGS

LOS ANGELES _ Drew Doughty and the Los Angeles Kings go for their fourth straight win when they return from the holiday break to host the Arizona Coyotes. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

HKN--DUCKS-SHARKS

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The Anaheim Ducks visit the San Jose Sharks. By Gideon Rubin. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

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_ HKN--ALL-STAR-CAPTAINS _ Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will be two of the four team captains at the NHL All-Star weekend next month in San Jose.

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