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News Minute: Here is the latest Northern California news from The Associated Press

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SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - Most of the 1,200 people driven to evacuate by a Northern California wildfire that destroyed 13 homes have been told they can safely return after a series of steady gains in the firefight. Fire officials say crews held the flames to a little under 6 square miles, increasing containment to 75 percent yesterday.

KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - A 13-year-old boy who got separated from his group while hiking at Kings Canyon National Park in Central California has been found. The Fresno Bee reports Austin Shedd was located last night and is being airlifted out this morning. Shedd's group was hiking from Arrow Peak to Bench Lake when he disappeared.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - A Redwood man accused of torturing and killing a puppy in front of his 4-year-old daughter has pleaded no contest to felony animal cruelty and misdemeanor child endangerment. The Chronicle reports that Alan Velete will be sentenced to no more than three years in state prison in the plea deal. San Mateo prosecutors say puppy became the object of Velete's rage when it defecated on the floor.

BALTIMORE (AP) - A Central California man has pleaded guilty to his role in the slaying of a friend's wife in Maryland. In his plea deal, Dellando Campbell of Lemoore says he plotted with Ryan Holness to kill Serika Holness in 2009. She was found stabbed to death along a Maryland road. Authorities say Campbell left his own blood at the scene to provide support for Holness' claim that she was killed in a carjacking.

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