• CALIFORNIA MAY BOOST ASSISTED CARE HOME PENALTIES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Recent problems at several assisted care facilities led the state Senate to advance a bill Thursday that would give California regulators the power to impose tougher penalties.
FRESNO (AP) - Cities in California's Central Valley dominate the American Lung Association's annual rankings of the nation's worst air pollution that were released Wednesday, though traditional dirty-air leader Los Angeles still tops key categories.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's population grew nearly 1 percent in 2013 to exceed 38.3 million, with the highest growth rate in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Finance.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA (AP) - A wildfire driven by surging Santa Ana winds sent a choking pall of smoke through Southern California foothill neighborhoods on Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of at least 1,650 homes and the closure of at least seven schools.
DUBLIN (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area golf coach who was set to receive an award from the PGA before he was arrested and accused of molesting three boys tried to hire a hit man to have them killed, prosecutors said.
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii officials say the father of a 15-year-old boy who stowed away in a jetliner's wheel well has arrived in Honolulu from California, but they have been tightlipped about what happens next.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A few weeks before a 15-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration conducted a review of San Jose's airport and found its perimeter to be in compliance with the agency's security requirements.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An aspiring rapper who was arrested during a search of Justin Bieber's mansion pleaded no contest Wednesday to felony possession of ecstasy and was sentenced to probation and community service.
• Navy dolphin trainer drowns in San Diego Bay: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A contractor with a Navy program that trains dolphins and sea lions for missions drowned during a nighttime exercise in San Diego Bay, the first death for the program that started in 1959, a Navy spokesman said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mark Zuckerberg, like Facebook, is maturing. The soon-to-be 30-year-old CEO of the decade-old social networking company grew reflective as he stood before hundreds of app developers to announce a host of mobile features designed to put "people first."