Here is the latest California news from The Associated Press

AUBURN, Calif. (AP) — Authorities said a Northern California woman was killed and six others were injured when the van they were in struck another car, went down an embankment and caught fire. A California Highway Patrol officer said people were returning from a trip to Reno on Interstate 80 yesterday when the brakes in Chevy Astro apparently gave out.

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man arrested after a fatal car crash into the front of a Southern California home was convicted in 2010 of driving under the influence. Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock says authorities were called shortly after 3 yesterday morning after a suspected drunk driver drove a car into the front bedroom of a house in Mission Viejo. Hallock says a man lying in bed was killed in the crash. He was not immediately identified.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two men escaped serious injuries after a small plane they were in crashed into used car lot in Los Angeles. Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey says the single-engine Cessna struck power lines before crashing into the lot between two buildings yesterday afternoon. Humphrey said the men managed to get out of the crumpled aircraft and were taken to a hospital for evaluation.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — December has been one of the driest months ever recorded in California, which is spurring some cities and counties in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region to issue water conservation orders earlier than usual. The Sacramento Bee reports that the city of Folsom has already imposed a mandatory 20-percent water conservation order. The cities of Roseville and Sacramento are also likely to consider similar measures in early January.