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.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, once a strong supporter of California's high-speed rail project, told a conservative radio show host Friday that he no longer backs the bullet train and would like to see the money diverted to other projects.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration won at least a partial victory Friday in the legal wrangling over California's high-speed rail project when a state appellate court said it would hear an expedited review of two lower court rulings.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than a ton of illegal shark fins were seized from a vendor in San Francisco, state wildlife officials said Friday.
REDDING (AP) - Authorities prepared Friday to burn down a mobile home where they said more than 60 pounds of highly volatile explosive material was found, making it risky for deputies to walk the California property and forcing the evacuation of dozens of nearby residents.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A veteran Northern California firefighter is in custody on suspicion of selling and possessing methamphetamine, providing narcotics to minors and child molestation, state justice officials said Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - While the East Coast shivers, Southern California is basking in unseasonably warm weather and the National Weather Service predicts it will continue through Friday.
LONG BEACH (AP) - Police say a woman who advertised "vampire face-lifts" and other cosmetic procedures she wasn't licensed to perform has been arrested after a suspicious death at a Southern California salon.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California would become the first state to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks under a proposal a state lawmaker announced Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three former California governors announced a proposed ballot initiative Thursday designed to speed up the state's lengthy death penalty process.
By JUSTIN PRITCHARD
GRASS VALLEY (AP) - After spending $3.5 million, California has scrapped a plan more than two decades in the making to turn a legendary Nevada County gold mine into a tourist destination.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Obama administration on Thursday listened to how communities are coping with climate change as part of an effort to determine how best to support them.
OAKLAND (AP) - Police have taken a suspected shoplifter into custody in Northern California in connection with what authorities initially thought was a carjacking and kidnapping outside a supermarket.
CHULA VISTA (AP) - Authorities say it was a "selfie" that led detectives to a suspect in the burglary of a Southern California church.
STOCKTON (AP) - Police say one person is dead and three others were wounded following a daytime shooting at a park in Stockton.