RANCHO CUCAMONGA (AP) - A wildfire driven by surging Santa Ana winds sent a choking pall of smoke through Southern California foothill neighborhoods on Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of at least 1,650 homes and the closure of at least seven schools.
DUBLIN (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area golf coach who was set to receive an award from the PGA before he was arrested and accused of molesting three boys tried to hire a hit man to have them killed, prosecutors said.
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii officials say the father of a 15-year-old boy who stowed away in a jetliner's wheel well has arrived in Honolulu from California, but they have been tightlipped about what happens next.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A few weeks before a 15-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration conducted a review of San Jose's airport and found its perimeter to be in compliance with the agency's security requirements.
RICHMOND (AP) - A marine salvage company has recovered the fuselage of a plane and the body of its pilot, who crashed into San Francisco Bay over the weekend after a midair collision.
BUENOS AIRES NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Ariz. (AP) - Thorn-coated bushes, rock-covered terrain, scorching temperatures. A hissing rattlesnake.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An aspiring rapper who was arrested during a search of Justin Bieber's mansion pleaded no contest Wednesday to felony possession of ecstasy and was sentenced to probation and community service.
• Navy dolphin trainer drowns in San Diego Bay: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A contractor with a Navy program that trains dolphins and sea lions for missions drowned during a nighttime exercise in San Diego Bay, the first death for the program that started in 1959, a Navy spokesman said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mark Zuckerberg, like Facebook, is maturing. The soon-to-be 30-year-old CEO of the decade-old social networking company grew reflective as he stood before hundreds of app developers to announce a host of mobile features designed to put "people first."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's top telecommunications regulator defended his latest proposal to protect an open Internet, warning cable companies that manipulating data traffic on their networks for profit would not be tolerated.
RICHMOND (AP) - Diving crews with the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office have located the fuselage of a plane that crashed into San Francisco Bay over the weekend after a midair collision.
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.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - A 10-year-old Northern California boy fired a plastic pellet at three of his classmates on Tuesday.
LIVERMORE (AP) - A young Northern California mother who was believed to have depression has been charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of her 7-month-old son.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a potential contender for the party's 2016 presidential nomination, is endorsing Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fewer California high school students have been offered admission to University of California campuses for the fall, officials reported Thursday, while the number accepted from outside the state and abroad has again increased.
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA (AP) - Billboards and TV commercials, living room visits, guess-your-water-use booths, and awards for water stinginess - a wealthy swath of Orange County that once had one of the worst records for water conservation in drought-stricken California is turning things around, proving it's possible to get people to change their ways.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California lawmaker announced Thursday that he is delaying a plan to replace a statue of the missionary Rev. Junipero Serra with a statue of astronaut Sally Ride in the U.S. Capitol, succumbing to criticism from Roman Catholics ahead of Pope Francis' planned visit to the United States in September.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A young woman was shot to death, apparently at random, while walking with her father and a friend along a popular pedestrian pier on the San Francisco waterfront.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - News crews from two San Francisco Bay Area television stations were robbed at gunpoint and a cameraman was pistol whipped during live broadcasts on Thursday.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - Yosemite National Park anticipates a very busy Fourth of July weekend and visitors are urged to arrive at the park very early to avoid potential traffic congestion and difficulties with parking.
OROVILLE (AP) - Authorities rescued a woman and her newborn baby after her family says she gave birth in a remote national forest in Northern California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Environmentalists Tuesday called on California Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - More than 6 million workers are expected to benefit from a new law taking effect Wednesday that requires California employers to provide them at least three paid sick days a year.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former California state senator charged in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown may have reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.
MARKLEEVILLE (AP) - After nearly two weeks, a 28-square-mile blaze south of Markleeville in Alpine County is more than 55 percent contained.
RIO HONDO, Texas (AP) - A South Texas farmer has died after being stung by hundreds of bees while using a tractor on a field near Rio Hondo.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in reaction to a recent measles outbreak at Disneyland.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Legislature is holding two special sessions this summer to tackle long-vexing funding shortfalls in the state's transportation and health care programs. But talk of targeted tax increases has prompted political hand-wringing.
BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) - A damp weekend helped firefighters stop the growth of a huge Southern California wildfire, one of many burning around the state.