LOS ANGELES (AP) - Millions of Americans preparing to survive an earthquake ducked under tables and covered their heads Thursday as part of the annual "Great ShakeOut" drill.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Firefighters Thursday worked to surround a wildfire that briefly threatened 100 homes in rugged hillsides north of Santa Barbara.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wealthy restaurateur charged with attempted murder of his girlfriend's unborn child lost a bid to have his $4 million bail reduced Thursday after prosecutors revealed new details of what they say were repeated efforts to give her labor-inducing drugs.
OAKLAND MAY HIRE CONTRACT POLICE OFFICERS: OAKLAND (AP) - The undermanned Oakland Police Department may contract with outside law enforcement agencies to patrol its crime-ridden streets.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mervyn Dymally, who in a four-decade career served in every corner of California government and eventually became the state's highest-ranking black politician, was honored at a funeral Wednesday attended by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the elite of California state government.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A California wildfire in the rugged hills overlooking Santa Barbara threatened about 100 homes Wednesday in an area where a fire in 1990 killed one person and burned about 550 homes.
EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) - Fourteen lifeguards fired last month after appearing in uniform at the city pool in a parody of "Gangnam Style," the Korean pop music video that has been viewed hundreds of millions of time online, are getting their jobs back.
BAY AREA GAY BOY SCOUT TO DELIVER PROTEST PETITIONS: PLEASANT HILL (AP) - A Northern California Boy Scout who was denied the opportunity to become an Eagle Scout after he came out as gay plans to present a petition to his troop's regional council demanding his reinstatement.
BORDER PATROL FINDS LIQUID METH WORTH $800K IN SUV: MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) - Border Patrol agents have found $844,000 worth of liquid methamphetamine hidden in a sport utility vehicle at a Southern California checkpoint.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Home foreclosure activity in California fell to a new five-year low in the third quarter as rising prices eased pressure on homeowners and lenders, a research firm said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of city officials, consumer advocates and a state lawmaker on Wednesday attacked California regulators' decision to hire former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell to oversee private settlement talks over a deadly pipeline explosion, calling the process an unfair backroom deal.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County assessor John Noguez, a top aide and a campaign contributor were arrested Wednesday as part of an investigation into influence peddling and slashing of property taxes for political allies.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Federal regulators are looking into the finances of San Bernardino as the city makes its way through bankruptcy proceedings.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Facing a high-risk election next month, Gov. Jerry Brown kicked off a campaign swing Tuesday to win support for a proposed tax increase that he promises will invigorate California universities trapped in cycles of cutbacks and tuition increases.
OAKLAND (AP) - Conservation groups are suing California's oil and gas drilling regulators over hydraulic fracturing, charging officials with failing to properly study the practice's environmental impacts.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fact met fiction Wednesday in one of those Hollywood ways: The real-life president of the United States complains about "phony scandals" in the presence of the producer and the star of a hit TV drama about indignity and dishonor among Washington's political elite.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown refused to say Wednesday if he plans to appeal a Los Angeles judge's closely watched decision to strike down tenure and other job protections for the state's teachers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge said Wednesday that he will consider whether California's policy of locking up prisoners by race violates the constitutional rights of the roughly 125,000 male inmates within the state prison system.
BAY AREA POSTAL INSPECTOR INDICTED IN THEFT CASE: SAN JOSE (AP) - A federal grand jury has returned a three-count indictment charging a San Jose postal inspector with stealing and destroying mail.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday the arrival of unaccompanied young migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border is more of a humanitarian issue than a political one.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Enrollment growth at California State University will be cut by half this fall - from 20,000 to about 10,000 additional students - after state funding fell short of expectations, according to a report.
LIVERMORE (AP) - A mother accused of leaving her young children in a car while she gambled at a Livermore casino is facing child endangerment charges.
RANCHO PALOS VERDES (AP) - Officials have released a sketch of a man suspected of shooting and killing a peacock from his Mercedes-Benz earlier this month in Southern California.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter acknowledged that it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs, just like several other major companies in Silicon Valley.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco lawmakers narrowly agreed Tuesday to place a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks on the November ballot, a move that promises to turn the election into an expensive fight between the beverage industry and public health advocates.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown nominated a Mexican-born Stanford law professor on Tuesday to the California Supreme Court, continuing a trend to diversify and shift one of the most influential courts in the country to the left.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A water agency in the Silicon Valley is considering a plan to hire several "water cops" to prevent residents from wasting water during California's historic drought.
FRESNO (AP) - A former IRS employee in Central California was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing the identities of her co-workers and opening credit card accounts to go on shopping sprees with friends, federal prosecutors said.
STOCKTON - Police in Stockton confirmed Sunday that a bank robber killed in a recent police shootout and hostage situation was among those suspected in an earlier heist at the same bank branch.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.