Michigan News Digest

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Michigan. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Detroit bureau at 800-642-4125 or 313-259-0650 or apmichigan@ap.org. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORY:

TESLA CRASHES

DETROIT — Three crashes involving Teslas that killed three people have increased scrutiny of the company’s Autopilot driving system just months before CEO Elon Musk has planned to put fully self-driving cars on the streets. On Sunday, a Tesla Model S sedan left a freeway in Gardena, California, at a high speed, ran a red light and struck a Honda Civic, killing two people inside, police said. On the same day, a Tesla Model 3 hit a parked firetruck on an Indiana freeway, killing a passenger in the Tesla. And on Dec. 7, yet another Model 3 struck a police cruiser on a Connecticut highway, though no one was hurt. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 1,100 words, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

KAYAK ACCIDENT-ONE KILLED

NILES, Mich. — A man who died after falling from a kayak into a southwestern Michigan river during a New Year’s Day excursion with friends has been identified as an Indiana man. SENT: 180 words.

BUSINESS:

TESLA-DELIVERIES

DETROIT — Tesla’s global deliveries rose more than 50% last year, meaning the company surpassed the low end of its sales goals for 2019. The announcement Friday pushed Tesla’s shares up more than 4% to a record high of $449.37. The stock hit a record last week in anticipation of strong sales numbers. SENT: 400 words, photo.

AUTO SALES

DETROIT — U.S. new vehicle sales were expected to drop slightly last year but still exceed the healthy 17 million level for the fourth straight year. Most automakers report fourth-quarter and full-year sales figures on Friday. UPCOMING.

SPORTS:

HKN–RED WINGS-STARS

DALLAS — The Stars return to American Airlines Center to play last-place Detroit two days after beating Nashville in the Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl. The Red Wings have the NHL’s worst record. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m.

BKC–BIG TEN THIS WEEK

The game of the weekend in the Big Ten pits No. 12 Michigan at No. 14 Michigan State on Sunday. Juwan Howard will coach his first game against the rival Spartans in East Lansing. By Eric Olson. SENT: 600 words, photos.

Also:

— BKC–NORTHERN KENTUCKY-DETROIT MERCY. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

— BKC–WRIGHT STATE-OAKLAND. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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