LOS ANGELES (AP) - A swath of California closed out 2013 as the driest year on record, marked by above-normal temperatures and thirsty reservoirs.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District spends more to equip students with tablet computers than other school districts, which choose less expensive devices, according to a newspaper report.
PASADENA (AP) - Standing atop a giant wedding cake float, Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair exchanged vows New Year's Day in the first same-sex marriage during the Tournament of Roses Parade.
• NAKED MAN LEADS STOCKTON POLICE ON ROOFTOP CHASE: STOCKTON (AP) - A naked man in Stockton led police on a bizarre chase Monday as he jumped from one rooftop to another and over before being arrested.
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - Lake Tahoe-area elementary school students who are concerned about the environment are trying to persuade school district officials to replace plastic foam cafeteria plates with reusable trays.
OAKLAND (AP) - A California judge on Monday ordered a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain dead to be kept on life support until Jan. 7.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Schools in California's public university systems are stamping out smoking in hopes that it will help improve the health of students, faculty and employees.
You may have noticed the abundant warm sunny days over these past several weeks of fall.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities have identified a 36-year-old man who was fatally shot outside a nightclub in San Francisco.
SANTA CRUZ (AP) - The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has suspended burn permits, citing dry conditions and a sharp increase in vegetation fires.
PASADENA (AP) - Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair joke that they're getting married New Year's Day in front of 80 million of their closest friends, and the men say they aren't that concerned that a few thousand others may boycott the first gay marriage at the 125-year-old Rose Parade.
DALY CITY (AP) - Police in Northern California are searching for suspects who stole an ambulance while paramedics were helping a patient.
BOSTON (AP) - A mysteriously pregnant anteater, a farmer who feeds beer to his turkeys and a man charged with disorderly conduct for whistling loudly as he strolled around town were among the more unusual stories that made headlines in New England in 2013. Here's a look at some of the odd things that happened in the past year:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Department of Transportation ordered a Los Angeles-based bus company to cease operations after federal safety investigators said they discovered its vehicles were allowed on the road with serious safety defects and its drivers were not regularly screened for drug and alcohol use.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area air quality officials are prohibiting the use of wood-burning fireplaces for another day after determining the region's air is unhealthy.
VACAVILLE (AP) - A wildfire that might have been started by fireworks and burned more than 320 acres while threatening homes in the California city of Vacaville was 100 percent contained Sunday, officials said.
PALM DESERT (AP) - Riverside County authorities say a 61-year-old man died after suffering a medical emergency during a hike on a sweltering desert trail.
SHASTA LAKE (AP) - Shasta Lake provides water to Sacramento and the crop-rich San Joaquin Valley more than 300 miles to the south.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A decision to strip Blue Shield of California of its tax-exempt status was justified by an audit that outlines the nonprofit health insurer's stockpiling of $4 billion in surpluses, state tax officials said in a report.
HOLLISTER (AP) - A man has been arrested in the central California city of Hollister on suspicion of setting off fireworks at a July Fourth block party, sending at least five people to the hospital.
ROSEVILLE (AP) - Saving water doesn't always mean saving money in parched California.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Most California residential customers will see their electricity bills increase under a new rate structure passed Friday that raises rates on more efficient users while giving a break to big energy users.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jeanette and Alexander Toczko were each 8 years old when they became smitten with one another. They married in 1940 and were rarely apart in the decades since.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man suspected in the shooting death of a woman at a busy San Francisco tourist destination has seven felony convictions and has been deported five times, most recently in 2009, a federal agency said Friday.
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.