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SAN FRANCISCO — In the hours before fire crews were able to corral a wildfire in rural far Northern California, the flames fueled by heavy winds and dry grass and brush tore through communities at an estimated 500 acres an hour, leaving residents with just minutes to grab what they could and escape. One person died and 68 residences were destroyed, officials said Thursday, nearly doubling the initial estimate of home losses in Shasta County from the Clover Fire. By Terry Collins and Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 534 words, photos. UPCOMING: About 550 words by 1 p.m., then an update around 4 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Robert R. Taylor, who took soap out of dishes, put it in pump bottles and forever changed the way people wash up, has died. He was 77. Taylor's family said Thursday the entrepreneur died of cancer in Newport Beach. By John Rogers. SENT: 557 words, photo.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The state Senate has passed a bill intended to accelerate and streamline the process for dismissing teachers accused of misconduct. AB375 adds homicide charges to the list of offenses that can prompt a teacher's removal. The legislation responds to last year's arrest of a teacher at a Los Angeles elementary school who was charged with 23 counts of engaging in lewd conduct with students. By Tracie Cone. SENT: 329 words.
BAY BRIDGE-WILLIE BROWN
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The state Legislature has approved naming the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. Brown was the Assembly's first black speaker and the longest-serving one in state history, presiding over the 80-member house from 1980 to 1995. ACR65, the resolution naming the recently completed eastern span the "Willie L. Brown Jr. Bridge," passed the Senate on a 26-7 vote Thursday. It was approved previously in the Assembly and takes effect immediately. Resolutions do not require the signature of the governor, who opposed the bridge naming. By Tracie Cone. SENT: 560 words, photos.
—XGR--CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL LAW.
—XGR--BOY SCOUTS-TAX BREAKS.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A national group of mayors, meeting in the church where a Ku Klux Klan bomb killed four black girls 50 years ago, on Thursday proposed a 10-point plan to end racism and discrimination in America. "We as a country have made great progress since then, but we still have much to do," Mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, Calif., said from the pulpit. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 492 words, photos.
CZECH-US MURDER SUSPECT
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A judge ruled Thursday that a California man wanted by the Czech Republic in the killings of four members of his extended family can be extradited to face murder charges. Kevin Dahlgren, 21, has been in U.S. custody since May 23, when he was arrested at Dulles International Airport after returning to the U.S. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 476 words.
— CITRUS DISEASE-CALIFORNIA — At least 100 pests capable of carrying and spreading a disease deadly to citrus trees have been found in California's citrus belt.
— WHOLE FOODS-PESTICIDE LAWSUIT — California's pesticide regulator is suing Whole Foods Market, Inc. over four pesticide products the grocery retailer sells at stores in the state, saying the state has not determined the products are safe.
— BODY IN CAR — Authorities say a 14-year-old girl was found dead inside a car in the parking lot of a high school in California's Central Valley.
— SCHOOL LIBRARY-SLAIN AMBASSADOR — A Northern California high school will name its library after the U.S. ambassador to Libya who was killed by insurgents in Benghazi last year.
LOS ANGELES — Federal authorities say they believe a former Los Angeles International Airport security screener acted alone and wasn't part of a larger plot when he allegedly made threats that closed some terminals on the eve of the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Nna Alpha Onuoha has been charged with making threats that carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence after quitting his job with the Transportation Security Administration. By Greg Risling. SENT: 765 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m. PDT.
LOS ANGELES — Voyager 1 has crossed a new frontier, becoming the first spacecraft ever to leave the solar system, NASA said Thursday. Thirty-six years after it was launched from Earth on a tour of the outer planets, the plutonium-powered probe is more than 11 1/2 billion miles from the sun, cruising through interstellar space — the vast, cold emptiness between the stars, the space agency said. By Science Writer Alicia Chang. SENT: 676 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach by 5 p.m. PDT.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HOMES
SAN DIEGO — Southern California posted its strongest home sales for August in seven years as rising prices lured more sellers off the sidelines, a research firm said Thursday. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 388 words.
BOEING-AIR FORCE C-17
LOS ANGELES — Boeing has delivered the final C-17 produced for the U.S. Air Force, more than two decades after the mammoth and versatile transport plane was rolled out as the Cold War wound down. Military officials took delivery of the C-17 Globemaster III — the 223rd sold to the Air Force — during a ceremony Thursday attended by hundreds of workers at Boeing's Long Beach assembly plant. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 388 words, photos.
— MARIJUANA ARRESTS — Authorities say 17 people were arrested and nearly 2,000 marijuana plants were seized when sheriff's deputies served search warrants in San Bernardino County.
— MURDER SUSPECT ARREST — U.S. marshals and police in Helena, Mont., have arrested a man wanted on a homicide warrant issued in San Diego.
LOS ANGELES — One of the biggest challenges facing Brian McAndrews, the new CEO of Pandora, will be renegotiating the royalty rates the Internet radio giant pays to the music industry. If Pandora doesn't prevail, the outcome could impede the company's growth and hamper its ability to compete with services such as Apple's iTunes Radio, which launches next week. By Business Writer Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 1,116 words, photos.
BEIJING — The iPhone's magic as China's must-have smartphone is eroding. Last year, eager buyers in Beijing waited overnight in freezing weather to buy the iPhone 4S. Pressure to get it — and the profit to be made by reselling scarce phones — prompted some to pelt the store with eggs when Apple, worried about the size of the crowd, postponed opening. Just 18 months later, many Chinese gadget lovers responded with a shrug this week when Apple Inc. unveiled two new versions of the iPhone 5. Today's market is glutted with alternatives from Samsung to bargain-priced local brands. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 907 words, photos.
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SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo is getting closer to propelling its stock beyond the price that Microsoft offered to buy the Internet company in 2008, a feat that seemed unattainable until Yahoo hired Marissa Mayer as its CEO last year. By Michael Liedtke. SENT: 592 words.
— CLEAR CHANNEL-WARNER MUSIC — Radio station giant Clear Channel has signed a deal with Warner Music Group that will for the first time give a major recording company and its artists a cut of revenue generated from traditional radio station airplay.
— EXTREME NETWORKS-ACQUISITION — Extreme Networks, an ethernet networking technology company, is buying computer networking company Enterasys Networks for $180 million.
— STEEL CONSTRUCTION SUCCESS — A small California company owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway that makes components for steel buildings is growing quickly.
LOS ANGELES — The premise: A small-town policeman goes big time with cloak-and-dagger intrigue, showing the spymasters how it should be done. The change of pace for retired Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle of Hastings, England, comes in Sunday's return of "Foyle's War," which moves the stalwart PBS "Mystery!" series from World War II into the shadows of the Cold War. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 720 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES — Cody Kessler is Southern California's only quarterback this week after sharing the job all year long. The sophomore is grateful he's finally been "given the keys" to a sputtering offense. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: About 600 words by 4 p.m. PDT.
FBC--BOSTON COLLEGE REVIVAL
BOSTON — Boston College is 2-0 to start the season for the first time since 2010 and it has already equaled their win total from all of last year. And along with the early signs of success on the field is a renewed interest in the football team from a student body that had increasingly ignored the program. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.
STANFORD, Calif. — Nine schools offered Devon Cajuste a scholarship out of high school, and all nine wanted to turn the big receiver into a tight end except the program that uses tight ends maybe more than any other: Stanford. Three years later, the 6-foot-4, 228-pound receiver has developed into one of the Cardinal's top targets — and just in time, too. Stanford's only New York native will get a chance to showcase his skills in his home state when the No. 5 Cardinal play at Army on Saturday. By Antonio Gonzalez. UPCOMING: About 700 words by 3 p.m. PDT.
FBC--T25-OHIO ST-RUNNING GAME
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two very different kinds of spread attacks meet when No. 4 Ohio State plays at California on Saturday night. The Buckeyes feel they need to run the ball to rest their defense and to take advantage of their strength up front and in the backfield. The Bears, as Ohio State coach Urban Meyer puts it, "pass to set up the pass." By Rusty Miller. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Safety Eric Reid's NFL debut for San Francisco came against one of the league's best quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers. Reid shined, making an interception and six tackles. The next task is equally tough for the rookie first-rounder: Defending another dynamic quarterback, Russell Wilson, in the hostile, ear-piercing confines of CenturyLink Field, where Seattle's raucous fans will try to set a Guniness World Record on Sunday night with their noise decibels. The 21-year-old Reid says bring it on. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: Expected by 3:30 p.m. PDT, photos.
RENTON, Wash. — Because of nagging injuries, the Seattle Seahawks only got a brief glimpse of what defensive tackle Tony McDaniel could bring during the preseason. When McDaniel finally got out there on Sunday against Carolina for his first extensive action the Seahawks liked what they saw. UPCOMING. About 550 words by 4:30 p.m. PDT.
FBN--JAGUARS GO WEST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars are taking an extended trip to the West Coast. The Jags will stay in Northern California for the week between games against Oakland and Seattle — a trip coach Gus Bradley hopes will be a bonding experience for a young and rebuilding team. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. — When Saul Alvarez steps from a black SUV into a swath of media and fans, he keeps his head low and his gaze neutral as he calmly follows his entourage to work. Footwork, timing, focus — they're all impeccable. At just 23 years old, the freckle-faced Mexican fighter called Canelo has mastered the moves of a star. He usually handles his skyrocketing celebrity with calm and poise, always coming off as a hungry, serious athlete who cares little for his sport's near-requisite bragging and boasting. Just three years after the Mexican junior middleweight champion's first major U.S. fights, Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) will be under his sport's biggest spotlight Saturday night in Las Vegas when he faces Floyd Mayweather Jr., the biggest star of them all. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: About 800 words by 11 a.m. PDT.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — After two straight postseason runs into June, the Los Angeles Kings are back from their latest truncated offseason with a solidified roster and big designs on another successful season. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: About 600 words by 4 p.m. PDT.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks open training camp looking to build on last season's trip to the second round of the playoffs. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m. PDT
SAN FRANCISCO — Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor of all-time, is expected to replace John Kostecki as tactician of struggling America's Cup defender in Races 6 and 7 against Emirates Team New Zealand. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Race 6 scheduled for 1:15 p.m. PDT; Race 7 scheduled for 2:15 p.m. PDT.
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