{FD} The Latest: Thousands evacuated from California burn areas

The Latest on storms in California (all times local): 12:05 p.m. Officials say about 21,000 people have been evacuated from neighborhoods beneath hillsides laid bare by California's largest-ever wildfire and other recent blazes as a storm raises fears of flash floods and debris flows.

{FD} Rain unleashes risk of mudslides in fire-ravaged California

Storms brought rare rain to California on Monday and increased the risk of mudslides in fire-ravaged communities, driving property owners to stack sandbags in devastated northern wine country and authorities to order evacuations farther south for towns below hillsides burned by the state's largest-ever wildfire.

{FD} Black student who helped desegregate university dies at 80

LeRoy Frasier, who along with his brother and another high school student was among the first African-American undergraduate students to successfully challenge racial segregation at North Carolina's flagship public university, has died at the age of 80. Family members said Tuesday that Frasier, a long-time English teacher, suffered heart failure and died Dec. 29 at a hospital in New York City.