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BC-NJ--New Jersey News Digest, NJ

December 27, 2018

Good night! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in New Jersey. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the AP_New Jersey bureau at 609-392-3622. News editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 609-392-3622 or lrosenthal@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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TOP STORIES:

LEGAL MARIJUANA-BANNER YEAR

PORTLAND, Ore. _ 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.

AROUND THE STATE:

_ JURIES-CLOSING ARGUMENTS _ A New Jersey appeals court has held for the first time that deliberating jurors can hear readbacks of closing arguments even though they are not considered evidence.

_ VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER-FATAL CRASH _ Friends and family members remember a volunteer firefighter who died in a crash Christmas morning as “small but mighty.”

_ SHIPWRECK FOUND _ Shifting sand levels in Stone Harbor have revealed what is believed to be a wrecked 19th-century ship.

_ HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLER-DREADLOCKS CUT _ An attorney for a New Jersey high school wrestler forced by a referee to cut his dreadlocks before a match to avoid a forfeit says the boy’s family won’t pursue legal action.

SPORTS:

HKN--DEVILS-BRUINS

BOSTON _ The New Jersey Devils visit the Boston Bruins.

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