LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a pickup truck explosion that shattered windows in North Hollywood was sparked when a man huffing propane inside the cab plugged in his cellphone charger.
EL CENTRO (AP) - Imperial County leaders have hammered out a deal to restore the Salton Sea and raise $3 billion to revive the shoreline economy driven by new alternative-energy development.
SANTA ROSA. (AP) - A Northern California community is anguished over the fatal police shooting of a popular, 13-year-old boy who had been carrying a pellet gun that looked like an assault rifle.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - You never count your money when you're sitting at the table. Or when you're sitting at the scene of a bank robbery, apparently.
CHINO (AP) - A child pulled the trigger of a police rifle at a Southern California elementary school Wednesday, firing a bullet that shattered and created shrapnel that injured three youngsters, authorities said.
CHINO HILLS (AP) - Hikers are meeting hoofers in a sprawling Southern California park where feral or stray cows have startled visitors and raised concerns about potentially dangerous confrontations with 2,000-pound bulls, authorities said.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) - A California man who strangled his neighbor last fall said the woman had refused to return his cellphone.
OAKLAND (AP) - The tentative contract that ended the San Francisco Bay Area's transit strike includes a 15 percent raise over four years but also increased worker contributions toward their health insurance and pensions, a person with direct knowledge of the agreement said Wednesday.
MAN CHARGED WITH FLINGING HAMMER AT BART WORKERS: REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A 39-year-old San Francisco is facing felony assault charges after he allegedly threw a hammer and waved a metal pick at striking Bay Area Rapid transit workers.
LODI (AP) - Investigators are looking into reports that the driver of an SUV involved in a horrific accident that killed five people was speeding and on his cellphone moments earlier, authorities said.
BAY AREA NATURAL GAS PIPELINE RECONNECTED: SAN CARLOS (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric is reconnecting a Northern California natural-gas pipeline that it was ordered to seal off for safety reasons after concerns surfaced in an e-mail from an engineer.
'LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 14-foot oarfish that washed ashore in Southern California last week was ready to become a mommy.
OAKLAND (AP) - Trains in the San Francisco Bay Area were running again Tuesday after a tentative deal capped six months of contentious labor negotiations and two strikes that disrupted hundreds of thousands of daily commutes.
BIG SUR (AP) - A solar-powered "condor cam" in the hills of Big Sur, on the Central California coast, allows the public to view North America's largest birds from the comfort of home.
UKIAH (AP) - Police are searching for a Mendocino County man who disappeared after dropping the body of his 5-month-old son at a hospital.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that speeds up $1 billion in water infrastructure spending amid the worst drought in a generation, although much of the plan was drawn with future dry years in mind.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The number of inmates in California's county jails has fallen significantly since peaking in 2007, but new statistics show a wide disparity still exists among locales, with liberal enclaves like Marin and San Francisco far less likely to lock up criminals than conservative places like Kings, Lassen and Tuolumne counties.
BERKELEY (AP) - A man has been fired from his job as a hospitality ambassador in Berkeley after video surfaced that appears to show him beating a homeless man.
COALINGA (AP) - A series of small earthquakes jolted an area of central California, but there were no reports of damage.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sheriff's deputies arranged and gambled on fights between San Francisco jail inmates and told them to lie if they needed medical attention, an official said.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook is joining a long list of magnates promising to give away most of the wealth that they amass during their careers.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to build robots that can help surgeons in the operating room.
ROSEVILLE (AP) - Solar installer SolarCity said Friday it plans to hire at least 300 new employees in 2015 as it opens a larger office in Roseville, California.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that continued improvement in the U.S. economy means an increase in the Fed's key interest rate could come later this year.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Altera's stock soared to its highest price in nearly four years Friday on a report the chipmaker is in talks to be sold to industry leader Intel.
LONG BEACH (AP) - A woman accused of masterminding a scheme to kidnap two babies and pass them off as her own is a self-styled business mogul and motivational speaker described on one of her websites as one of the "kindest women you will ever meet."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It could cost Los Angeles as much as $1.2 billion to restore much of its concrete-lined river to its natural state - more than twice the amount officials originally projected, according to a new report from the city's chief legislative analyst.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas lawmaker said Wednesday that the state should ban California wine as retribution for the West Coast state's law requiring egg-laying hens to be able to stand up, turn around and fully extend their wings.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury awarded $28.2 million to a woman who said treatment delays by Kaiser Permanente doctors forced the amputation of her leg.