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Posted on May 4, 2013 at 5:00 AM

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CAMARILLO, Calif. — Cool, moist air was helping firefighters beat back a huge Southern California wildfire that burned through coastal wilderness to the beach on Friday before roaring back toward inland neighborhoods when winds reversed direction. By Raquel Maria Dillon and John Rogers.

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SACRAMENTO — Underlying California's attempts to meet a federal court order for reducing its 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 that would be and even whether federal judges decide to hold Gov. Jerry Brown in contempt. By Don Thompson.

AP Photos SC101, SC102, SC103.

With: California Prisons-Glance



MOUNTAIN VIEW — A solar-powered airplane left Northern California on Friday for the first leg of a planned cross-country trip that its co-pilot described as a "milestone" in aviation history. The Solar Impulse — considered the world's most-advanced sun-powered plane — left Moffett Field in Mountain View just after dawn. Its creators said the trip is the first attempt by a solar airplane capable of flying day and night without fuel to fly across America. By Haven Daley.

AP Photos CATA104, CATA101, CATA117, CATA108, CATA102, CATA115.


VALLEY SPRINGS — Investigators searching for evidence in the stabbing death of an 8-year-old girl were looking Friday at several knives taken from her home to determine if one could have inflicted the fatal wounds. Sgt. Chris Hewitt of the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office said investigators had taken "several knives from the home," but he would say little else about them.

AP Photo CAMOD101.


— CALIFORNIA ALMOND CROP — Federal agricultural officials are predicting another bumper crop for California's almonds this year.

— FINGER BITTEN OFF — Police have arrested a man who allegedly broke through the front window of a Fresno home and bit off the homeowner's finger.

— TODDLERS-SLEEPING PILLS — A Northern California preschool teacher is facing jail time after pleading no contest to slipping sleeping pills in toddlers' water cups.



SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Friday released a poster that it says identifies the most significant drug traffickers in San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, replacing one it issued more than four years ago when rivals were embroiled in a violent turf war over the lucrative corridor. The poster features six men, including Sinaloa cartel leaders Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada. The cartel is believed to have vastly expanded its influence in the region in recent years with efforts that include construction of sophisticated cross-border tunnels. By Elliot Spagat.

AP Photo LA118.


SACRAMENTO — Two men were arrested in a shooting that critically wounded a state correctional officer at a gas station on the outskirts of Riverside. The 52-year-old guard suffered at least one gunshot wound late Thursday and was taken to a hospital, Colton police said. Corrections officials said he was wearing a prison uniform jumpsuit with a civilian shirt. By Laura Olson.


LOS ANGELES — A man charged with murder was accidentally released from jail last month because of a clerical error, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Friday. Johnny Mata, 32, was released from the downtown Inmate Reception Center on April 4, said Capt. Chuck Antuna, who heads the center.


— DISNEYLAND-SPACE MOUNTAIN — One of Disneyland's most popular rides has reopened after the company declined to appeal a workplace safety case.

— LAX COMPUTER OUTAGE — Computers at Los Angeles International Airport's international terminal have been restored, hours after an outage kept officials from processing arriving passengers.

— COUNTERFEIT SEX DRUGS — A federal jury in Los Angeles has convicted a former South Korean law enforcement officer for trying to smuggle nearly 40,000 phony erectile dysfunction pills into the U.S.



LOS ANGELES — The chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corp., who drew criticism over his compensation as CEO, is out. Ray R. Irani will step down and be replaced by a former diplomat, Occidental announced Friday after its annual meeting. Shareholders cast their shares against him by more than a 3-to-1 margin.



LOS ANGELES — Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman thought he was on the mend after a spider bite followed by an infection. He'd been writing songs with the band in anticipation of recording a new album later this year. But in an unusual chain of events, a representative for the band said the bite may have contributed to Hanneman's death more than two years later. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang.

AP Photo CAPH899.



SAN FRANCISCO — Manager Bruce Bochy teases Buster Posey all the time that there is not much more he can accomplish considering how much he has done already at all of age 26 — Rookie of the Year, NL batting champion and MVP, two World Series championships. Add his first walkoff home run to that remarkable list. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley.

AP Photos FXPB115, FXPB114, FXPB105, FXPB104, FXPB110, FXPB108, FXPB109, FXPB103.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Los Angeles Clippers came to town a little over a week ago with momentum and a 2-0 lead over the Grizzlies. Their four-game skid then ended their season and left lots of questions about the future. By Clay Bailey.

AP Photos TNDJ109, TNDJ105, TNDJ101, TNDJ108.


SAN FRANCISCO — Mourning his father's death, Clayton Kershaw worked out between starts just as he always does and threw his regular bullpen — albeit to a high school catcher, on a high school field, back home in Texas. It never crossed his mind not to return to the mound on his scheduled fifth day Friday night, against the rival and reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants. His night was done by the time Buster Posey Buster hit a game-ending home run into the left-field seats leading off the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 San Francisco victory. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley.

AP Photos FXPB105, FXPB104, FXPB110, FXPB108, FXPB109, FXPB103.


SAN DIEGO — The new Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 deck atop the reconfigured right field wall at Petco Park provides an inviting target. "It's nice," said Alonso, who hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Wade Miley in the fifth inning to help the Padres to a 7-6 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night, San Diego's seventh win in nine games. It was Arizona's fourth straight loss. By Sports Writer Bernie Wilson.

AP Photos CAGB112, CAGB113, CAGB110.


ANAHEIM — Jason Vargas and the Los Angeles Angels' infield provided a blueprint on how to win a game efficiently. Vargas pitched a three-hitter for his first victory with his new club, Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout homered and the Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-0 Friday night. By Joe Resnick.

AP Photos ANS108, ANS113, ANS112.

See also:

—CALIFORNIA NEWS DIGEST, which moves weekdays at 1 p.m.

—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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