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SAN ANDREAS, Calif. (AP) — An explosive wildfire is spreading in Northern California, forcing the 2,700 residents of the town of San Andreas from their homes. California Governor Jerry Brown is declaring a state of emergency. State fire officials say the fire is extremely dangerous. It grew from just a few hundred acres early Thursday to 50,000 a day later and is about 5 miles from the town.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill that would allow California's terminally ill patients to end their lives is heading to the state governor's desk. Senators approved the bill on a 23-14 vote today after an emotional debate. The measure faces an uncertain future with Gov. Jerry Brown. He's a former Jesuit seminarian and has not yet said if he'll sign it.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it's trying to arrange a November meeting between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo). It would be the first formal meeting between the two leaders in months. Obama pointedly refused to see Netanyahu in March, when the Israeli leader appeared before a joint meeting of Congress to harshly criticize the nuclear deal with Iran.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors are planning to drop their charges against a Temple University professor who was accused of scheming to give secret U.S. technology to China. The U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia filed a motion today to dismiss four counts of wire fraud against the professor. The government says only that the motion is based on "additional information" it received since charges were brought against the professor in May.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will continue to enjoy freedom on the weekends. Louisiana's Supreme Court has issued a last-minute decision sparing Landrieu from house arrest over the city's failure to pay $75 million to firefighters in a decades-old legal dispute. The case dates to 1979, when firefighters sued for back pay they say was owed to them under a state law giving firefighters annual raises based on years of service.
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