- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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

1. CALIFORNIA STORMS

Latest round of rain hammers Southern California overnight, snarling traffic with freeway mudslide, but no region-wide problems.

2. SONY HACK

Sony Pictures Entertainment hack escalates beyond corporate espionage to threats of violence against moviegoers.

3. VOLCANO CORP. ACQUISITION

Royal Philips NV of Amsterdam to acquire San Diego medical equipment maker Volcano Corp. for $1.2 billion.

4. BUSIEST US-MEXICO BORDER CROSSING

$741 million improvement project slashes wait times at San Diego-Tijuana border crossing.

5. FIGHTING ALLERGIES

Napster co-founder Sean Parker, lifelong sufferer of allergies to nuts, shellfish and other foods, donating $24 million for allergy research at Stanford.

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