Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a student who spurred a lockdown with a threatening note at a Ventura County high school killed himself by stepping in front of a train.
FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) - Three bus crashes in rainy Southern California have killed one person and injured dozens of others.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman known as the face of the San Francisco Bay Area's nude rights movement was married in front of City Hall wearing only a veil.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A California man who has become the focus of an investigation into a fatal Reno hospital shooting had a history of mental illness and became a different person when he stopped taking his medication, his ex-fiancee said Thursday.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - In Atlanta, children of many races share their Christmas wish lists with a black Santa Claus.
LONDON (AP) - The roof or ceiling of a London theatre partially collapsed Thursday night, showering a packed audience of about 700 with heaps of plaster, wood and dust, authorities and witnesses said. More than 80 people were injured, including at least seven seriously, and several trapped theater-goers had to be rescued.
Target is grappling with a data security nightmare that threatens to drive off holiday shoppers during the company's busiest time of year.
PERRIS, Calif. (AP) - Nearly two dozen people have been taken to hospitals following a collision between a transit bus, a car and a tow truck in Riverside County.
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) - Rain and higher humidity on Thursday helped firefighters battling a wildfire in California's Big Sur region that has destroyed an estimated 22 homes.
MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) - A Ventura County high school is under lockdown as authorities investigate a threatening note found on campus.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A 51-year-old man in a rural Northern California town has emerged as the focus of the investigation into a Reno hospital shooting.
DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area man who fatally shot a drunk, unarmed woman on his porch will stand trial for second-degree murder, a judge said Thursday, rejecting a self-defense argument for the killer's "bad choice."
GENEVA (AP) - A U.N. panel reported Thursday it believes the Syrian government is committing a crime against humanity by making people systematically vanish, and that rebels have also recently begun making their opponents disappear.
MOSCOW (AP) - Jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky will be pardoned, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Thursday in a surprise decision that will let his top foe and Russia's formerly richest man out of prison after more than a decade.
LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Protesters demanding more power for Ukraine's regions stormed the government building in Luhansk with baseball bats Tuesday, seizing control of a key site in one of the largest cities in Ukraine's troubled east.
LONDON (AP) - British actor Bob Hoskins, whose varied career ranged from noir drama "Mona Lisa" to animated fantasy "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" has died aged 71.
PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - In the latest blow from a dayslong chain of severe weather across the South and Midwest, the Florida Panhandle and Alabama Gulf Coast were hit with widespread flooding early Wednesday, with people stranded in cars and homes waiting for rescuers to find a way around impassable roads and others abandoning vehicles to walk to safety.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Every time a bartender at trendy Los Angeles fusion eatery Luna Park squeezes a shot of lime into a drink these days, owner Peter Kohtz says he winces a little.
Gusty Santa Ana winds, unseasonably high temperatures and low relative humidity are bringing wildfire concerns to Southern California.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court seemed wary Tuesday of allowing police unbridled freedom to search through cellphones of people they arrest, taking on a new issue of privacy in the face of rapidly changing technology.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix will pay Verizon Communications to help clear up some of the congestion that has been bogging down its Internet video service.