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BC-CA--California News Digest, CA

December 16, 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. Christopher Weber is on the Los Angeles news desk. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

CALIFORNIA MARIJUANA-TESTING

LOS ANGELES _ A higher percentage of California marijuana products are passing strict safety tests, but the sudden closing of a lab that state authorities found wasn’t correctly checking for pesticides has raised new questions about the system intended to protect the purity and potency of legal cannabis. California broadly legalized marijuana at the start of the year, and mandatory testing began in July 1. During the first two months the failure rate was about 20 percent, but state data collected through November showed improvement _ about 14 percent of nearly 24,000 products were blocked from store shelves by tests. By Michael R. Blood. SENT: 900 words, photos.

TESLA TOUR-NEVADA

RENO, Nev. _ The noise and vibration at Tesla’s northern Nevada Gigafactory is a constant reminder of what company CEO Elon Musk refers to as “the machine that builds the machine.” Operating 24 hours per day, more than 7,000 workers produce enough battery packs and drive units in a week to power 5,300 Tesla Model 3 sedans. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BLUFF COLLAPSES

DEL MAR _ A seaside bluff collapse that briefly interrupted train service last week near San Diego was the fourth such landslide since August, according to a newspaper report. The Los Angeles Times says Sunday that a long-planned project to stabilize the eroding cliffs in Del Mar will break ground by summer. It includes reinforcing sea walls and repairing aging drainage structures. SENT: 125 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 3 p.m.

FILM-BOX OFFICE

LOS ANGELES _ “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” swung to the top of the domestic box office in its first weekend in theaters, proving that there is widespread audience interest in big screen animated versions of Marvel’s marquee superheroes. The film led a host of newcomers that debuted to varying success on this pre-Christmas holiday weekend, including Clint Eastwood’s drug smuggling drama “The Mule” and the Peter Jackson-produced epic “Mortal Engines” which bombed in North American theaters. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 900 words, photos.

Also:

_ WILDFIRE CLEANUP-WORKER PHOTOS _ Police in Northern California say they’ll pursue criminal charges against a wildfire cleanup worker who posted photos of himself posing at destroyed properties.

_ DOG ATTACK _ Police say a woman suffered severe injuries when she was attacked by three dogs as she hung laundry outside her home in a rural area of inland Southern California.

_ HATE CRIME INVESTIGATION _ Prosecutors say a Seattle man accused of trying to run over two Jewish men outside a Los Angeles synagogue has been found competent to stand trial.

_ FRESNO SHOOTING _ Police say a 17-year-old boy was struck in the shoulder and his 7-year-old brother suffered a graze wound in a possible drive-by shooting at a home in central California.

SPORTS:

RAIDERS-BENGALS

CINCINNATI _ Joe Mixon had another big game Sunday, rushing for 129 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and the Cincinnati Bengals held on for a 30-16 victory over the Oakland Raiders that ended one of their longest losing streaks under coach Marvin Lewis. The Bengals (6-8) had dropped five straight _ their third-worst slump during Lewis’ 16 seasons _ before finding a team struggling as much as them. Mixon’s 15-yard touchdown with 4:04 left clinched the Bengals’ first win since October and capped his second straight 100-yard game. By Sports Writer Joe Kay. SENT: 450 words, photos.

EAGLES-RAMS

LOS ANGELES _ Nick Foles takes over for injured Carson Wentz when the Philadelphia Eagles (6-7) attempt to bolster their flagging playoff hopes against the postseason-bound Rams. Los Angeles (11-2), coming off a road loss to Chicago, has never lost consecutive games in coach Sean McVay’s tenure. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Starts 5:20 p.m.

SEAHAWKS-49ERS

SANTA CLARA _ The Seattle Seahawks can clinch a playoff spot by beating the San Francisco 49ers for the 11th straight meeting. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Starts 1:05 p.m.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP

MINNEAPOLIS _ The celebration of Stanford’s NCAA-record eighth national volleyball title was in full swing when the Cardinal players went flat on their backs to flap their arms and legs for some snow angels in the layer of confetti on the court. There was some exhaustion amid the exhilaration, too, after being pushed to the limit by defending champion Nebraska. By Sports Writer Dave Campbell. SENT: 975 words, photos.

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