SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Perched among the rowboats at a wetlands sanctuary is a slick, fiberglass shell named "Merrill," a boat that marks just one of many ways an 85-year-old veteran detained for the past month in North Korea has touched this beachfront community.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists are studying why the Italian wall lizard introduced into a Los Angeles neighborhood 20 years ago has virtually replaced a native species.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park officials say a family member has found a 60-year-old woman who went missing after leaving her home for a hike.
RACIAL SLURS, SWASTIKAS FOUND ON 7 LA VEHICLES
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Katie Couric is joining Yahoo to anchor an expansion of the Internet company's video news coverage in a move that she hopes will help persuade other broadcast TV veterans to make the transition into online programming.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A judge on Monday tore up California's funding plans for what would be the nation's first bullet train, issuing separate orders that could force the state to spend months or years redrawing its plans for the $68 billion rail line.
OFFICIAL: SCHOOL FAILED STUDENT IN HARASSMENT CASE: SAN JOSE (AP) - The president of a California university where four white students are accused of harassing a black student says the school failed to adequately intervene or impose sanctions.
EL CENTRO (AP) - A recent state audit calls for a more thorough estimate of how much it will cost to alleviate expected clouds of dust and other hazards along the receding shores of the Salton Sea.
National Forensic League Executive Director J. Scott Wunn recently announced that Delta Charter has earned the 2012-13 Leading Chapter Award in the Big Valley District.
OAKLAND (AP) - Three people were killed in blustery Northern California, football playoffs were called off because of rain in Arizona, and dozens of cars became stranded in snowy rural Nevada as winter weather barreled through the West.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California's unemployment rate fell to 8.7 percent in September and was unchanged in October, snapping a two-month streak of increases, the state Employment Development Department said Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A final vote tally released Friday showed Democrat Matt Dababneh narrowly winning a special election to fill a Los Angeles-area seat in the state Assembly, but his Republican opponent said she is considering asking for a recount.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The son of one of the world's most-wanted drug lords was arrested at an Arizona border crossing to face drug-trafficking charges in the United States, authorities said Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A key witness who failed to show up in a burglary case involving Nicolas Cage's ex-girlfriend because he vanished while walking his dog was found Friday, police said.
SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A judge sentenced a man to death Friday in the decades-old killings of four women with matching initials, saying the serial killer has "made this world a worse place."
RICHMOND (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area police officer shot and seriously injured a police K-9 after the dog bit his hand.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California judge has thrown out a proposed ballot initiative that advocated killing anyone who engages in gay sex, calling the measure "patently unconstitutional."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sacha Simmons used to dread taking a taxi to her high school or someplace else to hang out with her teenage friends when her parents weren't around to give her a ride. Sometimes, the cab drivers wouldn't show up or, when they did, they were rude or haggled with her about the fare.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Members of the California Assembly are denouncing a proposed ballot measure that would make it legal to murder gay and lesbian people.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A statue of a smiling Gov. Ronald Reagan was revealed Monday in the California State Capitol's lower rotunda before admiring lawmakers and members of his administration.
SQUAW VALLEY (AP) - A leading environmental group has stepped up the fight against the proposed expansion of a Lake Tahoe ski resort, saying its impact on traffic and mountain scenery threatens to destroy the charm of the site that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics.
MARKLEEVILLE (AP) - Air tankers and helicopters were helping hundreds of firefighters Monday battle a wildfire south of Lake Tahoe where no structures have been damaged but the California mountain town of Markleeville remained on standby for possible evacuations.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tar from the Santa Barbara oil spill washed up at least as far away as a Los Angeles County beach last month, according to test results released Monday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A majority of farmers and others holding some of California's strongest claims to water have missed a deadline to confirm they stopped pumping from rivers and streams during the drought, state officials said Monday.
VALLEJO (AP) - A car veered onto a Northern California sidewalk and hit people waiting near a bus stop, killing a woman and injuring seven other people, including the driver and two children, police said.
EAST PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Residents of East Porterville and experts say not having running water and breathing increasingly dusty air because of the drought is worsening health issues.
The On Track Band hailing from the Sierra High Music program is playing at Market & Music in Manteca on Tuesday at Library Park.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California jury awarded $40 million to the parents of a man who was stabbed to death in a TGI Friday's restaurant.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Health insurer Cigna Corp. has rejected a $47 billion offer to be acquired by its larger rival, Anthem Inc., saying the terms of the bid are inadequate and "woefully skewed in favor of Anthem shareholders."
OLETA (AP) - Along a stretch of beach heavily marred by a crude oil spill, workers in hard hats and white protective suits use wire brushes and putty knives to scrape the black liquid off cobblestones and cliff faces.