MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - Crews are battling two wildfires in California's Central Sierra foothills - 1 of which is threatening hundreds of homes. Fire officials say the Carstens fire has burned 1½ square miles northeast of Mariposa off of Highway 140, 1 of the main routes into Yosemite National Park. Mandatory evacuations are in place for about 150 homes while others are under an evacuation warning. The smaller Rolling Hills fire has burned 482 acres near the Madera County city of Friant. That fire is 80% contained.
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - The trial of the man accused of being the "Double Initial" killer and murdering four women in Northern California is getting under way this morning. Joseph Naso is representing himself in Marin County Superior Court. Prosecutors say between 1977 and 1994, Naso strangled and dumped the bodies of 4 prostitutes, who all happened to have matching initials.
LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) - A 30-year-old man is missing after falling out of a kayak at a lake in Livermore. Alameda County fire officials say the man was with a female relative on a rented, two-person kayak when he fell into Lake Del Valle at Del Valle Regional Park on yesterday afternoon.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google has settled a shareholder lawsuit to clear the way for a long-delayed split of the Internet search leader's stock. The agreement announced today resolves allegations that Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin engineered the stock split in a way that unfairly benefits them and shortchanges the rest of the company's shareholders.
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