- Associated Press - Monday, May 19, 2014

Your daily look at late-breaking California news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:

1. WILDFIRE SURGE HAS PASSED, BUT SERIOUS SEASON LOOMS

All evacuation orders have been lifted as firefighters gained the upper hand on the remaining four of nearly a dozen blazes that tore through Southern California last week. But Gov. Jerry Brown is warning that the drought-stricken state is bracing itself for what could be one of its worst-ever wildfire seasons.

2. AT&T TO BUT DIRECTV IN LATEST MEDIA MEGA-MERGER


AT&T says it is buying Southern California-based DirecTV for $48.5 billion in cash and stock. The move primes AT&T for the age of Internet-delivered video and improves its ability to compete if Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner goes through.

3. HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH GETS PRICIER

The price of a ticket at Disneyland is creeping closer to triple-digits. A single-day ticket for either the Magic Kingdom or California Adventure is now $96 for those 10 and up.

4. THE PASSING OF A CROOONER

Jerry Vale, the beloved crooner known for his high-tenor voice and romantic songs in the 1950s and early 1960s, has died. He was 83.

5. HOLOGRAPHIC KING OF POP, ABSENT TIMBERLAKE RULE BILLBOARD AWARDS

The King of Pop and a likely successor, prince of pop Justin Timberlake, ruled the Billboard Music Awards - though Michael Jackson made a splash via hologram and Timberlake accepted his seven awards via video from overseas.