5 California Things to Know for Thursday

The Associated PressJuly 17, 2014 

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

1. BANK ROBBERY GUNBATTLE

Hostage, two robbers dead after Stockton bank heist turns into high-speed gunbattle; two other hostages safe.

2. DEATH PENALTY

Federal judge rules California's death penalty unconstitutional due to lengthy and unpredictable delays resulting in arbitrary and unfair system.

3. WILDFIRE

Evacuation called off for rural homes near 10,000-acre Shasta County blaze as containment increases.

4. SIERRA THUNDERSTORMS

National Weather Service posts flash flood watches along Eastern Sierra due to predicted slow-moving afternoon thunderstorms.

5. CHEESE VANS

San Joaquin County man is third suspect arrested in theft of three Volkswagen minibuses used in promotional tour for Oregon's Tillamook cheese.

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