1. Madre Fire: 200-acre blaze burns in mountains above Azusa (AP)
A wildfire sweeping through dry brush in the San Gabriel Mountains just above the Los Angeles suburb of Azusa is 5 percent contained.
2. Violent crime down in LA County despite weekend spike (KPCC)
Ten people were shot or stabbed to death over the weekend in LA County, during a time when law enforcement officials say statistics show violent crime is down.
3. 'Priority schools' plan is latest to remake failing L.A. Unified schools (KPCC)
L.A. Unified and seven other California school districts get a new plan this year, under a new federal waiver. Buddy schools are the big new idea.
4. Ratepayers may be off hook for some San Onofre plant costs (KPCC)
The California Public Utilities Commission on Monday issued proposals regarding ratepayer costs related to the January 2012 shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear plant.
5. Obama: UN must enforce ban on Syrian chemical weapons (AP)
President Barack Obama called for specific consequences should the Syrian regime fail to rid itself of chemical weapons. He also said the U.S. will pursue a nuclear agreement with Iran.
6. Kenyan crisis continues, death toll may rise (NPR)
Though the Kenyan government claims to be in control of the situation, more shots have been heard at the upscale mall in Nairobi.
7. Home prices rise at best pace in seven years (NPR)
Home prices were up in major U.S. cities in July over last year, led by strong gains in Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles, according to a new report.