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AP Top California Headlines At 8:40 p.m. PDT

Judge: Girl, 13, is fit for trial for Calif. fire
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A judge on Wednesday ruled that a 13-year-old girl is competent to stand trial on allegations that she deliberately started a wildfire that destroyed three dozen homes north of San Diego in May....

Panel OKs state librarian despite initial concerns
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The son of a former California Supreme Court justice won approval Wednesday from a state Senate panel as the new state librarian after initial concerns that he had never worked in the field and had no formal training as a librarian when he was nominated....

Head-on crash seriously injures California man
HEALY, Alaska (AP) -- A 26-year-old California man was seriously injured when he was hit by a camper jack that flew through his sedan windshield during a head-on collision....

Teens deny threatening boy in school shooting plot
SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Two teenagers suspected of plotting a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school denied charges Wednesday that they made criminal threats against another boy....

LA to settle police-death lawsuit for $5 million
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to pay $5 million to the family of an unarmed, disabled man who was killed by police in a shooting captured on live television....

CHP says officer may face serious beating charges
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A California Highway Patrol officer who was videotaped repeatedly striking a woman on the side of a Los Angeles freeway could face serious charges, the agency said Wednesday after forwarding its investigation to the district attorney....

Drought has state debating its unregulated pumping
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state's status as one of the last in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy for the vital underground sources that provide up to 65 percent of the state's water....

Surface water, groundwater, and drought
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California law and state government treat surface water and groundwater differently, with both resources coming under scrutiny as a three-year drought lingers....

Legislature wades into Martins Beach access fight
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The state Assembly approved legislation Wednesday requiring a state agency to negotiate public access to a secluded beach south of Half Moon Bay that requires going through a billionaire's private waterfront property....

California Wildfire destroys 8 homes, 10 buildings
KERNVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- A wildfire northeast of Bakersfield burning in steep terrain has destroyed eight homes and 10 other structures, authorities said, but residents of some 200 homes under evacuation orders were allowed to return home Wednesday evening....

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