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.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Oakland A's years-long quest for a new home is really a tale of three cities.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - December has been one of the driest months in one of the driest years ever recorded in California, which is spurring some cities and counties in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region to issue water conservation orders earlier than usual.
CLAREMONT, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California church nativity scene is featuring a bloody Trayvon Martin in place of the infant Jesus in an effort to stir a community conversation about gun violence.
OAKLAND (AP) - The family of a California girl declared brain dead after complications from tonsil surgery was running out of time Sunday to find a new facility to take her in and keep her on a ventilator.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state program that provides homeowners with financial assistance to improve the energy efficiency of their older homes is off to a slow start.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California's economy recovers, the Democrats who control the state Legislature put a priority on assisting more vulnerable workers with some of the laws taking effect in the new year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A state audit revealed that one in four GPS devices used to track criminals released in Los Angeles County doesn't work properly, allowing dangerous felons to sometimes roam freely for days at a time, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.
MISSION VIEJO AP) - Authorities say a car has crashed into the front of a Southern California home, killing a man inside his bed before dawn.
OAKLAND (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area nursing home that had agreed to provide long-term care for a 13-year-old Oakland girl declared brain dead has backed out.
SAN DIEGO SUED OVER STINKY SEA LION WASTE: SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego's La Jolla Cove stinks, and the culprit is sea lion poop.
STANISLAUS NATIONAL FOREST (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service has submitted a plan to harvest salvage timber from nearly 47 square miles of Stanislaus National Forest that was scorched by the Rim Fire, a proposal opposed by some environmental groups.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - With its first major deadline in the past, California's health insurance exchange is urging the thousands of people who enrolled for coverage to take the next step and pay for it.
STANFORD (AP) - Top medical experts studying the spread of Ebola say the public should expect more cases to emerge in the United States by year's end as infected people arrive here from West Africa, including American doctors and nurses returning from the hot zone and people fleeing from the deadly disease.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Police have made multiple arrests in connection with the Halloween hit-and-run deaths of three teenage girls who were out trick-or-treating in a Los Angeles suburb, authorities said Sunday.
BODEGA BAY (AP) - A large wave capsized a fishing boat off the coast of Northern California Saturday, leaving four of the five people aboard dead, authorities said.
WINTERS AP) - Jurors have found a 30-year-old man with a history of domestic violence guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend last year as she sat in her car in the middle of a Northern California farming town.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A much-needed, if poorly timed, storm rolled into California, dampening the Giants' World Series championship parade in San Francisco and promising to force candy-seeking ghosts and witches throughout Northern California to cover up with rain jackets in the evening.
MOJAVE (AP) - A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth's atmosphere exploded during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than a week.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California appears to be on track for another low-turnout election as county clerks and analysts report that mail ballots are trickling in slowly compared with previous election cycles.
POMONA (AP) - Authorities making Halloween probation checks on convicted sex offenders have arrested a man in Pomona after allegedly finding him in bed with a 10-year-old girl.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in national parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation's most famously picturesque landscapes. They've also created a headache for park managers who have the delicate task of cleaning up the sites without causing further damage.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Voters in three coastal California counties vote Tuesday on whether to ban fracking and other intensive oil production, even as slumping prices globally are leading companies to start to scale back on production.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Jehovah's Witnesses were ordered to pay $13.5 million to a Southern California man who said he was molested as a child by a church member.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles building officials have signed off on geologist reports that found no active earthquake fault under the site of a proposed 16-story residential-office development in Hollywood.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's growing population and dwindling water require up to $500 billion in additional investment in water in coming decades, and new state fees for water users could be one way pay for it, a water plan released Thursday by the state's top water officials said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A large hospital chain based in Northern California agreed Thursday to pay $37 million to settle allegations that it overcharged the federal Medicare program.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A suspected Mongols motorcycle gang member was charged with murder Thursday in the killing of a Pomona SWAT officer during a crackdown on the group.