Here is the latest Northern California news from The Associated Press

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Organizers of a popular outdoor Lake Tahoe music festival will stress safety at the event late this month after a participant's death last year. Nineteen-year-old Alyssa Byrne of Petaluma, Calif., attended the 2012 SnowGlobe Music Festival in South Lake Tahoe. Officials say she likely died from hypothermia. Organizers told the Tahoe Daily Tribune this year's three-day festival will feature extended hours for a heated tent.

LODI, Calif. (AP) — An Army corporal on leave from his third tour in Afghanistan will be able to give his family the Christmas he wanted thanks to the generosity of a Northern California city. KCRA-TV in Sacramento reports that residents, firefighters and police officers in Lodi gave gifts and cash Saturday to replace the thousands of dollars' worth of presents that robbers took from his home.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A puppy has been found severely injured at the city dump in San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the 10-week-old Poodle was found Saturday on a recycling conveyor belt with bite marks on her neck, lameness in her hind legs and discharge from her ears. An animal control official says the dog is expected to survive.

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — The operators of a program that provides needles to drug users in Stanislaus County say the sheriff's department is unfairly scaring off and thereby endangering potential participants. The Modesto Bee reports that county sheriff's deputies have spent the past month monitoring the weekly Modesto Needle Exchange in Mono Park in response to complaints from nearby residents.