DOS PALOS (AP) - Cannon Michael is a folk hero across California's agriculture heartland, where these days the price of scrap metal influences a farmer's bottom line as much that of the fine pima cotton he grows.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With an autumn chill in the air on a gray San Francisco morning, the five-member Ades family rubbed the sleep from their eyes, strapped on their bike helmets and rode right past their two cars to the kids' elementary school about a mile away.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It was supposed to be a slow but smooth journey to retirement, a parade through city streets for a shuttle that logged millions of miles in space.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Corrosion that went unchecked - the suspected cause of a fire at Chevron Corp.'s Richmond refinery in August - has been linked to a fire at the plant in October 2011, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nearly two dozen people who were enjoying a bachelor party on what's billed as San Francisco Bay's only "floating wine tasting room" are OK after their boat hit a shoal near Alcatraz Island and began sinking Friday night, officials said.
• LOS ANGELES POLICE CLASH WITH SKATEBOARDERS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police in riot gear dispersed about 500 skateboarding fans who blocked Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles after turning out for a free movie premiere at the Vine Theatre.
SAN DIEGO TEEN IS HOMECOMING KING BY LANDSLIDE: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Crawford High School senior Ivan Mendoza became Homecoming King this year by a landslide.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Prosecutors won't file charges against Octomom Nadya Suleman after a caregiver last month reported allegations of child neglect at her home, an official at the district attorney's office said Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A teacher arrested at Los Angeles International Airport wearing a bulletproof vest and with checked bags containing knives, body bags, a smoke grenade and other weapons also had files on his computer detailing how to kidnap and kill people, federal authorities disclosed Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power sued in federal court Friday over demands that it start additional dust control efforts in Owens Lake, a remote body of water that went dry nearly 90 years ago after the exploding metropolis siphoned off the water to quench its growing thirst.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's a surreal sight residents won't soon forget: A hulking space shuttle strutting down city streets, pausing every so often to get its bearings as it creeps toward retirement.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California congressional race marred by personal smears and finger-pointing descended into a Jerry Springer moment when two Democratic House members ended up in a physical confrontation during a debate in front of hooting college students.
CPUC gives initial nod to $2.2B PG&E gas plan
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When the space shuttle Endeavour weaves through working-class communities on its way to its retirement home, Hildreth "Hal" Walker Jr. wants the children he tutors to remember a few names: Ronald McNair. Mae Jemison. Charles Bolden.
Gas drops for second straight day in state
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A second steel rod anchoring a tower along the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge failed a critical strength test, marking the latest problem for the replacement structure, a newspaper reported Thursday.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Firefighters, emergency workers and officials from Plains All American Pipeline had gathered last week at a fire station preparing to train for the worst - an oil spill - when a 911 call came in reporting a noxious smell in the air at a nearby beach.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California is betting big - $1.4 billion over five years - that connecting high school studies to specific careers will get more students to graduate, go on to college and find well-paying jobs.
OAKLAND (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court is letting a Northern California county's drug disposal law stand, paving the way for similar ordinances elsewhere.
POINT REYES STATION (AP) - Another dead whale washed ashore in Northern California, the 12th carcass that has appeared in the past few months and marks a higher-than-normal number of deaths but not a record.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A set of triplets from Newport Beach will have a bit of home on campus next fall after all three were accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC CO. PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric will be looking for a new director as the man who led the company through a deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area is retiring.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has apologized for a post on social media Tuesday that referenced flood-ravaged Houston, where San Francisco opens the preseason Aug. 15.
AGENT: 'LAWRENCE OF ARABIA' STAR OMAR SHARIF HAS ALZHEIMER'S: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Legendary "Lawrence of Arabia" actor Omar Sharif is battling Alzheimer's disease, his agent Steve Kenis confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday.
SYDNEY (AP) - California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Assembly leaders control a large annual operations budget that they regularly tap into to boost services of their choosing without a single hearing or vote.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - An 11-year-old Northern California boy who last year was lauded by President Barack Obama for becoming one of the youngest in the nation to graduate high school has now earned three community college degrees.
BODEGA BAY (AP) - Authorities say an abalone diver died in the water off the Sonoma County coast.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal grand jury is investigating ties between executives with California's largest utility and state regulators, a newspaper reported Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly on Friday advanced one of the nation's toughest bans on plastic, exfoliating microbeads that are polluting waterways.