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Posted on May 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Updated Friday, May 3 at 2:30 PM

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TOP STORIES:

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

CAMARILLO, Calif. — It seemed each time wind-driven embers sparked new blazes or flames crept over hills and charged toward subdivisions, firefighters were there to keep it from destroying homes. They were helped by homeowners who had cleared a swath of space around their neighborhoods and modern construction that prevented homes from easily igniting. With fire season off to an early start and exceptionally dry conditions that spell trouble throughout the year, the fire burning for its second day in Ventura County shows how disaster can be avoided. By John Rogers and Raquel Maria Dillon.

AP Photos. AP Video.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Underlying attempts to meet a court order to reduce California's prison population is an unsettling question: Will the public be in greater danger as a result? The answer could determine how many inmates are ultimately released, who they would be and even whether federal judges decide to hold Gov. Jerry Brown in contempt. By Don Thompson.

AP Photos.

GIRL KILLED-MANHUNT

VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. — Investigators searching for evidence in connection with the stabbing death of an 8-year-old girl were looking at several knives to determine if one could have inflicted the fatal wounds.

AP File Photo.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA:

SOLAR PLANE

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — A solar-powered airplane left Northern California for the first leg of a planned cross-country trip that its co-pilot described as a "milestone" in aviation history. By Haven Daley.

AP Video. AP Photos.

With:

—SOLAR PLANE-GLANCE.

PATIENT DUMPING-PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Officials with an independent hospital accreditation agency have arrived at a Nevada psychiatric facility for a visit that could help determine whether it retains its federal funding amid accusations of patient dumping.

Also:

— TREE DEATH SETTLEMENT — San Jose is recommending a $325,000 settlement be paid to the family of a 2-year-old killed by a rotting, 10-ton tree that fell on the family's truck.

— EX-BART OFFICER-FRAUD — An ex-Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer fired for escalating a confrontation with passengers that led to the slaying of an unarmed man has been charged with unemployment fraud.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

DRUG WAR-SAN DIEGO

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has put out a poster seeking information about alleged drug traffickers on San Diego's border with Mexico. The DEA said Friday that the six people identified replaced the Arellano Felix cartel, which controlled the area for about 20 years. The DEA and FBI set up a tip line and offered unspecified monetary rewards for information. By Elliot Spagat.

X-51-HYPERSONIC FLIGHT

LOS ANGELES — An experimental unmanned aircraft developed for the U.S. Air Force has flown at more than five times the speed of sound in a test off California. The Air Force said in a statement Friday the X-51A WaveRider flew for more than three minutes under power from its exotic scramjet engine and hit a speed of Mach 5.1

EXERCISE-KIDNEY STONES

Women have another reason to exercise: It may help prevent kidney stones. You don't have to break a sweat or be a super athlete, either. Even walking for a couple hours a week can cut the risk of developing this painful and common problem by about one-third, a large study found. The research was to be discussed Friday at an American Urological Association conference in San Diego. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione.

AP Photo.

Also:

— LOST HIKERS-COSTS — Two teen hikers lost for days in a California forest might have to pay the $160,000 search after drugs were found in their car, authorities said. AP Photo.

— BOY KILLED-BUS — A 14-year-old boy riding his bicycle home from school died after being struck by a school bus in Glendale.

— BAT-RABIES — Health officials in San Bernardino County are looking for a man who came in contact with a rabid bat in the Mojave Desert.

BUSINESS:

US CELLULAR-IPHONE

NEW YORK — U.S. Cellular, the only major U.S. wireless carrier to resist the iPhone, says it's going to start selling it this year. CEO Mary Dillon announced the reversal Friday on a call with investors and analysts. She didn't specify exactly when the company would start selling Apple's phone, or what models it would carry. By Technology Writer Peter Svensson.

Also:

— WELLS FARGO-INVESTOR FRAUD — Wells Fargo Bank will pay $105 million to settle a lawsuit that held it liable for an Orange County fraud scheme that cost investors as much as $1 billion.

ENTERTAINMENT:

PEOPLE-LINDSAY LOHAN

LOS ANGELES — Lindsay Lohan has checked into rehab and will not face a probation violation for leaving another treatment facility after a few minutes, a prosecutor said Friday. He declined to say where Lohan is receiving treatment, but a person close to the actress who wasn't authorized to speak publicly said she has checked in to the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, where previously got into an altercation with a worker. By Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney.

AP Photos.

MUSIC-Q&A-WILLIAM

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Will.i.am wants to be known as a maker — not just of music, but things, from cars to headphones. The Black Eyed Peas frontman is computer chip-maker Intel's "director of creative innovation." He's also partnered with Coca-Cola to create a new brand of products from recycled bottles and cans, including headphones and clothes. By Entertainment Writer Ryan Pearson.

AP Photos.

MUSIC-Q&A-JESSICA SANCHEZ

LOS ANGELES — Petite powerhouse Jessica Sanchez enjoyed singing ballads on last season's "American Idol," where she placed second. But the 17-year-old says ballads aren't her only interest: Sanchez is hoping to capture a new — and younger — audience with her debut album, "Me, You & the Music," released this week. By Nicole Evatt.

AP Photos.

SPORTS:

BKN--WARRIORS-BOGUT'S BREAKOUT

OAKLAND, Calif. — At one point during his injury-saddled season, even Andrew Bogut wondered what Warriors point guard Stephen Curry must have thought about him. "He was probably thinking, 'What did we trade for?'" Bogut said. Those questions might finally be answered. Golden State's still hobbled big man has broken out in a big way in these playoffs, and he could be crucial to the Warriors' chances of pulling off another upset in the second round against Tim Duncan and the second-seeded San Antonio Spurs. By Antonio Gonzalez.

HKN--BLUES-KINGS

LOS ANGELES — Jonathan Quick wants the blame after making huge mistakes in the Los Angeles Kings' first two playoff losses to St. Louis, but the Conn Smythe Trophy-winning goalie can't score for his teammates. The defending Stanley Cup champions have managed just two goals in the series heading into a vital Game 3 on Saturday night. By Greg Beacham.

MOT--VILLOPOTO'S COMEBACK

Ryan Villopoto tore up his knee during a race in his hometown of Seattle not long after wrapping up his second straight Supercross title. A year later, he's fully healthy and enjoying another title, one that puts him in select company. By John Marshall.

KOBE BRYANT-LAWSUIT

TRENTON, N.J. — Kobe Bryant is in a court battle to try to keep his mother from auctioning off mementoes from his high school days in Pennsylvania and his early years with the Los Angeles Lakers. A New Jersey auction house filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Camden on Thursday for the right to sell the stuff after the NBA star's lawyers wrote the firm telling it to cancel a planned June auction. By Geoff Mulvihill.

AP Photo.

See also:

—CALIFORNIA NEWS DIGEST, ADD, which moves weekdays at 4 p.m.

—NEVADA NEWS DIGEST, which moves daily at 1:30 p.m.

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