Lake County wildfire burns three homes, 21 square miles

A fast-spreading wildfire in Lake County grew overnight, charring 21 square miles and torching a third home.  
The governor of California on Thursday allowed parole for one of three men convicted in the 1976 kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver who were held captive in a buried trailer.  
 
Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary deny singer's bid to buy a Los Angeles convent, in favor of restaurateur's higher bid, but judge opens the door for renting the property -- and Perry hopes to make her case.  
 
SAN FRANCISCO -- Eight people who chained themselves together in the lobby of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's San Francisco office Thursday afternoon have been arrested, event organizers said.  
 
California's beer industry topped three key economic sectors in a nationwide study released this week by the Washington, D.C.-based Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association in Alexandria, Va.  
 
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Weekend Top 10: It's Alive! Famed women's jazz combo back in action

Also on tap: Oakland's Lower Bottom Playaz want to talk about race; Symphony Silicon Valley's summer series goes to the movies; celebrating Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Tejano star Little Joe Hernandez and folk icons New Christy Minstrels heading to Bay Area. 
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Katy Perry still battling nuns for former convent

Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary deny singer's bid to buy a Los Angeles convent, in favor of restaurateur's higher bid, but judge opens the door for renting the property -- and Perry hopes to make her case.