SONORA (AP) - More than 200 firefighters are battling a grass and woodland fire in the central Sierra foothills that has already destroyed two homes.
PASADENA (AP) - The photo-snapping rover Curiosity returned another postcard from Mars on Thursday - the first 360-degree color panorama of Gale Crater.
RICHMOND (AP) - A fire at one of the nation's largest oil refineries helped push West Coast gas prices close to $4 a gallon Thursday, as the same federal team that investigated the Gulf Coast spill waited to inspect the unit that was knocked out by the blaze.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tens of thousands of newly released emails Friday show a former executive for the state' largest power utility routinely wining, dining and hammering out behind-the-scenes agreements on utility projects with state utility regulators.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Brandon Levine exchanged handshakes and hugs with nearly two dozen of his blood brothers and sisters Friday, people he had never met but knew had saved his life.
• SUMPTUOUS SEASIDE HOTEL SELLS FOR RECORD-SHATTERING $360M: LAGUNA BEACH (AP) - An exceedingly opulent seaside resort in Southern California has sold for an eye-popping $360 million.
DETROIT (AP) - The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year census, which could give Arab-Americans and other affected groups greater political clout and access to public funding, among other things.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Marion "Suge" Knight, the impresario of gangster rap, has long been a perpetrator and victim of the violent life he promoted in song.
DENVER (AP) - Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana? It's an urban legend that won't go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can't be used at dispensary ATMs.
BRYN MAWR, Pa. (AP) - A small suburban Philadelphia college apologized Friday after it stirred controversy with an email advertising a fitness program to overweight students.
NEW YORK (AP) - Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago.
The future of California's state parks depends on attracting younger and ethnically diverse people from cities to experience the state's vast natural scenery, according to a commission tasked with reforming the state parks department.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An ex-Mexican Mafia leader serving life in prison for murder was escorted by Los Angeles officers to speak at a gathering of police chiefs and business leaders, prompting criticism from the mayor's office Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 - a decision that will keep years' worth of "perversion" files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California must adopt a new process for executing condemned inmates after nearly three years of delays, a state judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed by crime victims.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will have to move more than 2,100 inmates from two Central Valley prisons because they could be susceptible to contracting a potentially deadly illness, officials said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California reached a court-ordered target to reduce the number of inmates in its crowded prisons on Thursday, more than a year ahead of the deadline set by federal judges.
• San Francisco police find dismembered body inside suitcase : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police found a dismembered body when they opened a suitcase abandoned on a downtown street and then made another gruesome discovery when they uncovered more body parts nearby.