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

December 30, 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. John Antczak 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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LOS ANGELES _ It was supposed to be a great year for marijuana entrepreneur Brian Blatz. When California broadly legalized pot on Jan. 1, the lawyer with a background in banking and health care had been working for a year to set up a trucking company that would whisk fragrant marijuana buds, infused juices and other products from fields and production plants to store shelves. But it’s all gone. The trucks were sold to cover debt, a warehouse vacated, its license expired. By Michael R. Blood. SENT: 970 words, photos.




New minimum wage requirements will take effect in 20 states and nearly two dozen cities around the start of the new year, affecting millions of workers. The state wage hikes range from an extra nickel per hour in Alaska to a $1-an-hour bump in Maine, Massachusetts and for California employers with more than 25 workers. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 906 words, photos.




SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ California’s attorney general has told a federal judge it’s possible the giant utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. could face charges up to murder if investigators find reckless operation of power equipment caused any deadly wildfires in the past two years. SENT: 340 words.


In his first public statements on the deaths of two Guatemalan children in U.S. custody, President Donald Trump claimed they were “very sick” before they reached the border and foisted responsibility for their deaths on Democrats, yet both young migrants passed initial health screenings by Border Patrol. By Nomaan Merchant, Zeke Miller and Colleen Long. SENT: 1,049 words, photos.


_ ROSE PARADE WEATHER _ People planning to attend the New Year’s Day Rose Parade and Rose Bowl football game should prepare for cold and blustery conditions.

_ TRIPLE HOMICIDE _ California authorities are trying to determine why a Central Coast man stabbed and beat his sister, mother and a third person to death in their home.

_ FATAL FIRE _ Two people are dead after a Southern California mobile home fire.

_ DALLAS PENSION-LUXURY RESORT _ A luxury California resort that helped push Dallas’ troubled police pension system toward insolvency has been sold for a fraction of the nearly $111 million the city sank into the property.



LOS ANGELES _ In the final weekend of 2018, “Aquaman” still led the pack at the box office, but other films like “Mary Poppins Returns,” “The Mule” and “Second Act” enjoyed post-holiday bumps too, even amid an onslaught of new Christmas offerings like “Vice,” “Holmes and Watson,” “On the Basis of Sex” and the Netflix phenomenon “Bird Box.” By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 804 words, photos.



PASADENA, Calif. _ The Rose Bowl will be the final collegiate game for Washington’s Jake Browning. Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins still hasn’t announced if Tuesday’s contest will be his. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos.


EL PASO, Texas _ Stanford will try to finish the season on a winning streak with a Sun Bowl victory for the second time in three years Monday against Pittsburgh. The Panthers want to bounce back from a loss to title game qualifier Clemson in the ACC championship game. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.


SAN DIEGO _ No. 20 Utah and Northwestern put in their final preparations for their first appearances in the Holiday Bowl. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words.


LOS ANGELES _ Aaron Donald and the Rams (12-3) can clinch a first-round playoff bye with a victory over the San Francisco 49ers (4-11). Los Angeles will go for a six-game sweep of its NFC West schedule without star running back Todd Gurley, who has a knee injury. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 worst, photos. Game started at 1:25 p.m.


DENVER _ Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers (11-4) have a shot at their first AFC West crown since 2009 when they visit Denver on Sunday in what could be second-year coach Vance Joseph’s final game. The Broncos are trying to avoid double digit losses in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1966-67. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. Game started at 1:25 p.m.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ The Chiefs can wrap up the AFC West and the top seed for the playoffs if they beat the Raiders, who are just trying to finish out a dismal first season under Jon Gruden. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game started at 1:25 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ The Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers face each other for the second time in four days. LeBron James is expected to miss his third straight game due to a groin injury. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m.


LOS ANGELES _ Southern California concludes its non-conference schedule when the Trojans host UC Davis. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.


KALAMAZOO, Mich. _ UC Riverside plays Western Michigan at University Arena. UPCOMING: Game started at 1 p.m.


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