CASTAIC, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters in Southern California say a brush fire that briefly threatened an elementary school in a rural community has grown to 250 acres as it churns through thicker brush. The fire started in Castaic (kas-TAY'-ihk) this afternoon. Firefighters in the air and on the ground were able to douse the flames closest to Northlake Hills Elementary School.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is defending his proposal to shift some education spending to the state's neediest children. With a proposed jump in school spending this year, Brown wants to target new dollars at districts with students who are low-income, English-learners or foster children, saying it would give the state the "biggest bang for our buck." Some lawmakers see the proposal as a money grab from suburban and more affluent districts.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds gathered in Oakland today to remember the late grandson of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X. More than 200 people attended a traditional Islamic service for the 28-year-old Malcolm Shabazz, who authorities say was beaten to death last week over a $1,200 bar bill in Mexico City. The service featured plenty of prayer, songs, spoken word and tears.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One police officer was injured and six people arrested after San Francisco State University campus officers tried to clear intruders from a school dormitory. The San Francisco Chronicle reports police arrested a man reported drunk outside of Mary Ward Hall yesterday and found five more non-students in the residence hall. An officer was injured during the arrests.
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