REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have found a body inside the perimeter of a wildfire that destroyed 30 homes and forced the evacuation of 300 others in Northern California. State fire spokesman Mike Witesman says Shasta County sheriff's deputies discovered the body while checking a home in the community of Igo (EYE'-goh). The coroner's office identified the man as 56-year-old Brian Stanley Henry. The Clover Fire broke out Monday afternoon in the community of Happy Valley.
CASTAIC, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a burned body found near a Los Angeles County lake isn't a missing college student but the victim of an unrelated murder. Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker says Wednesday the remains found last week near Castaic Lake aren't those of 19-year-old Bryce Laspisa. Parker says they belong to Lamondre Miles, a Los Angeles man killed in Hawthorne on Sept. 3. Investigators believe his body was dumped and burned a day later. Three people have been arrested.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Legislature has approved a compromise plan to deal with California's prison crisis by passing a bill asking federal judges to extend the deadline for releasing thousands of inmates. The proposal includes Gov. Jerry Brown's original plan to lease cells in private prisons and county jails if the court sticks to its year-end deadline for reducing the prison population by about 9,600 inmates. The Senate approved SB105 on a 35-2 vote, hours after the Assembly passed it 75-0.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new forecast says California will continue to outpace the nation in job growth but its uneven economic recovery will leave unskilled workers behind. The UCLA Anderson Forecast for the third quarter predicts California's jobless rate will be around 8.9 percent this year — higher than the U.S. as a whole — but the gap will narrow over the next two years.