FIRE CLOSES EAST BAY TUNNEL AS DRIVERS FLEE SMOKE: OAKLAND (AP) - A car fire in the tunnel that links Oakland to other east San Francisco Bay area communities has sent motorists streaming out of their cars on foot and eight people to the hospital to be treated for minor smoke inhalation.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Leaders of the three state agencies that deal with California water availability, quality and consumption said Thursday they will begin looking at the issues comprehensively rather than dealing with each problem separately.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal education officials renewed a threat this week to withhold funds from California if it moves forward this spring with a plan to abandon the standardized tests the state's public school students have taken since 1999.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved new safety regulations for transit agencies' rail workers that are believed to be the first of their kind in the nation.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana said he wants elected officials in Silicon Valley to help him achieve his goal of building upscale restaurants and a luxury hotel near the teams' new stadium before the 2016 Super Bowl.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An early adopter of Google's Internet-connected eyeglasses plans to fight a citation for wearing the device while driving in San Diego, saying the technology makes navigation easier than smartphones and GPS devices.
MOTHER OF SLAIN TEEN FILES CLAIM: SANTA ROSA (AP) - The mother of a Northern California 13-year-old who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy last week has filed a claim against Sonoma County and the sheriff's office.
McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A woman traveled South Texas injecting people with what appears to be some kind of liquid rubber under the guise that it was collagen or Botox, local and federal authorities said Thursday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A tunnel designed to smuggle drugs from Tijuana, Mexico, to San Diego is equipped with lighting, ventilation and an electric rail system, U.S. authorities said Thursday, making it one of the most sophisticated secret passages discovered along the U.S.-Mexico border.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A publicized search for a paroled rapist who authorities say cut off his ankle monitor and harassed the family of his 80-year-old victim ended after he was spotted on a Palm Springs street.
YOSEMITE PLAN TO RESTORE SEQUOIA GROVE MOVES AHEAD: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - An ambitious plan to restore and improve the health of the largest grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park is moving forward with the release Thursday of an environmental impact statement for the project.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge refused Thursday to order an immediate halt to production of the internationally popular hot sauce Sriracha at a Southern California factory that local residents say is stinking up their neighborhoods with pepper and garlic fumes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - In an ironic twist, a California man who helped blow up an aqueduct that sent water from Owens Valley to Los Angeles nearly 40 years ago now works for the metropolis' water district, ensuring the waterway is safe.