- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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

1. CENTRAL COAST WILDFIRE

Blaze along U.S. 101 north of San Luis Obispo surges to 500 acres; forces evacuation of many homes.

2. STOCKTON BANK ROBBERY CHASE

Report: 600 shots police fired at end of pursuit in which a hostage died were excessive and unnecessary.

3. GREEN ENERGY

California lawmakers call for stringent oversight of clean jobs initiative after AP report finds a fraction of promised jobs have been created.

4. UTILITY BILLING

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to return $44 million to customers overbilled during botched billing system upgrade.

5. GOOGLE

Google introducing low-priced smartphone in six African countries where most people still can’t afford an Internet-connected device.


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