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California firefighters gain ground on wildfires

(AP) — Weather conditions that at least temporarily calmed allowed firefighters to gain ground early Wednesday on a pair of wildfires that forced thousands of residents to leave their homes.

California GOP worried over top-two governor race

(AP) — California Republicans who have been trying to rebrand their party as more inclusive and attuned with the issues that Californians care about had hoped this year to offer a candidate for governor who fit that image.

Feds earmark $1.5 million to fight citrus greening

(AP) — Federal agriculture officials are spending more than $1.5 million on so-called "bio-control" efforts to combat citrus greening in crops in Florida, California and Texas.

Oracle wants $1.3 billion SAP verdict reinstated

(AP) — A federal appeals court indicated that the bitter legal tussle between business software maker Oracle Corp. and rival SAP over a jury's $1.3 billion copyright infringement verdict should head back to a trial court for more litigation

Southern California home price gains slow in April

(AP) — A research firm says Southern California home prices increased at a slower pace last month. Sales fell but less dramatically than in previous months.

European court: Google must yield on personal info 


(AP) — People should have some say over the results that pop up when they conduct a search of their own name online, Europe's highest court said Tuesday.

Sterling stirs new dispute with Magic-HIV remarks

(AP) — An interview that was supposed to be an attempt at rehabilitation instead had Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling facing fresh rebukes as he went from apologizing for recent racist remarks to slamming Magic Johnson, repeatedly bringing up the ex-NBA star's HIV status and calling him an unfit role model for children.

Governor releases record California spending plan

(AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday released a record-high level of spending in his latest revision to the state budget, a plan that shows California government awash in tax revenue.

Texas lawmakers tour embattled Sriracha plant

(AP) — The maker of the popular Sriracha (suhr-AH'-chuh) hot sauce says he has no intention of moving his embattled factory out of Irwindale, California, but he has told two visiting Texas lawmakers he might consider expanding into that state.

A look at water-saving measures across the West

(AP) — Cities across the West have mandated water restrictions or asked residents to voluntarily cut back on water use to avoid shortages. Some restrictions take effect automatically each year, while others depend on the forecast and the amount of precipitation the region has received. Much of the West is in some stage of drought, ranging from abnormal to exceptional.