LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles area still has some of the nation's dirtiest air, but a study released Thursday concluded cars are belching far fewer pollution-causing fumes.
MODESTO HOMEOWNER SHOOTS AND KILLS MARIJUANA BURGLAR: MODESTO (AP) - Investigators say a homeowner has shot and killed a burglar who broke into his Modesto indoor marijuana garden.
RICHMOND (AP) - A massive Chevron oil refinery fire that sent hundreds of people rushing to hospitals and is pushing West Coast gas prices higher was just the latest pollution incident at the facility that records show has increasingly violated air quality rules over the past five years.
FRESNO (AP) - The California Fish and Game Commission removed its president on Wednesday, months after he was criticized for killing a mountain lion in Idaho.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state parks department will be subject to an independent audit to examine how and why nearly $54 million in two special funds went unreported even as budget cuts were threatening to close 70 parks.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California Edison is ramping up the number of crews available to respond to possible power outages as sweltering temperatures send electricity use climbing.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of a bill that would create the nation's first state-run retirement program for private-sector workers testified Wednesday that California taxpayers cannot afford to take on the potential for billions of dollars in new liabilities at a time when the state's public pension systems already are facing massive shortfalls.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney drew sharp rebukes from California Democrats on Wednesday for comparing the nation's most populous state to struggling European countries.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A Sacramento fire official said budget cuts are in part to blame for the spread of a fire in a city neighborhood.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two lawmakers on Wednesday requested a detailed audit to determine whether the state has spent mental health funding from a 2004 ballot initiative the way voters intended.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After weeks of mild summertime temperatures, Southern Californians are sweltering in a heat wave expected to last for days and potentially test an electrical grid lacking one major power plant.
PASADENA (AP) - NASA's latest adventure to Mars has given the world more than just glimpses of a new alien landscape.
RICHMOND (AP) - A major fire at one of the country's biggest oil refineries that sent hundreds of people to hospitals with complaints of breathing problems will push gas prices above $4 a gallon on the West Coast, analysts said Tuesday.
GARDEN GROVE (AP) - A woman caught trying to steal a newborn girl from a Southern California hospital had faked a pregnancy with her estranged husband, and needed the baby to continue the deception after her due date passed, according to Garden Grove police.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned an order that the federal government pay attorney fees and damages of an Islamic group that claimed it was the target of the Bush administration's warrantless wiretap program.
OAKHURST - Officials say they have gained the upper hand on a central California blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park that forced more than 1,000 residents to flee their homes.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A veteran Northern California rock climber died in a fall in Yosemite National Park, just hours after proposing to his girlfriend during another climb, authorities said.
SOUTH PASADENA (AP) - Investigators acting on a tip unraveled a plot to carry out a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school, arresting a pair of students who planned to target three school staffers and kill as many people as possible, police said Tuesday.
PALMDALE (AP) - Graphic grand jury testimony reveals details of the abuse suffered by an 8-year-old Los Angeles County boy allegedly battered to death by his mother and her boyfriend.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A state pension fund committee on Tuesday approved retirement calculations for new government hires despite concerns about so-called "pension spiking" raised by Gov. Jerry Brown and local governments.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Lake Tahoe, a crown jewel of the western landscape, is being challenged by drought, invasive species, the threat of catastrophic wildfire and climate change, officials said Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislation sent to the governor's desk Tuesday intends to crack down on people who try to make illegal immigrants pay unnecessary fees for driver's licenses.
STOCKTON (AP) - State and federal water agencies are seeking an investigation into whether some California farmers are taking water released from upstream dams intended for consumers in other regions of the state.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - This fall more than a fifth of all University of California freshmen will come from out of state, providing the system with an estimated $400 million in extra revenue.
GLENDORA (AP) - Authorities say a brushfire has prompted widespread evacuations in a Central California foothill community.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wild chase that began Monday with two men in an SUV firing on pursuing police ended several hours later with one suspect dead, another arrested and a SWAT officer with a gunshot wound to the leg, Los Angeles authorities said.
OAKLAND (AP) - An officer was briefly hospitalized after being assaulted during a mostly peaceful protest in Northern California over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri, authorities said Saturday.
ROSEMEAD (AP) - Cemeteries with thirsty lawns are figuring out new ways to conserve water amid California's drought.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are expected to use the backdrop of California's most severe drought in nearly four decades to sell voters on the $7.5 billion water plan they put on the ballot last week.