Newsletter: The L.A. Democratic debate is back on

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, Dec. 18, and I’m writing from Los Angeles. Newsletter Get our Essential California newsletter After much hand-wringing — and a successful bargaining session between a campus food-services contractor and a powerful service-workers union — Thursday’s Democratic debate in Los Angeles is back on at Loyola…

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What's on TV Wednesday: 'Vikings' on History Channel

SERIES Survivor The unscripted series ends a season that developed its own scandal after accusations from contestant Kellee Kim and others that one of the contestants, Dan Spilo, was doing some “inappropriate touching” during the competition. The two-hour season finale will be followed by a one-hour reunion special. 8 and 10 p.m. CBS The Masked…

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After fall's wildfire scare, visitors will find Napa and Sonoma pleasantly normal

So many wineries, so little time. Napa Valley’s vine-covered hillsides stretched before us as photographer Jim Edwards and I drove along the region’s central artery, California 29, a two-lane ribbon of asphalt that borders vineyards of some of the best-known wineries in America — Mondavi, Inglenook, Beringer, Beaulieu. I’d been in San Francisco and decided…

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Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot sign deal for 50-50 merger

MILAN, Italy —  The boards of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Peugeot on Wednesday signed a binding merger deal creating the world’s fourth-largest auto company with the scale to confront the challenges of stricter emissions regulations and the transition to new driving technologies. The companies said in a joint statement the new group will be led…

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