Tortoises' heating pad blamed for garage fire CASTRO VALLEY (AP) - Authorities are blaming a garage fire in Castro Valley on a heating pad used to keep a pair of tortoises warm. The fire began around 3 a.m. Tuesday in a detached garage in a residential neighborhood and took about ten minutes to put out. Alameda County Fire Battalion Chief Dan O'Hara says ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - With lots of smarts and long lives, parrots were once favored by Baby Boomers, but more of the former pets are now wild, passed from owner to owner or ignored altogether in cramped cages without the feathered mates they crave, rescuers said.
LONG BEACH (AP) - The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent believed to have fatally shot a colleague who opened fire on a supervisor has won acclaim for investigating sex crimes against children.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Marine Corps has discharged the lone Marine convicted in the 2005 killings of unarmed Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha, a spokesman said Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two dozen city and county governments in California face a combined $135.7 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, according to a study released Tuesday that also found the problem is growing.
Prop. 8 backers seek review of gay marriage case
ONE-ARMED MAN SUES STARBUCKS FOR NOT HIRING HIM: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A man who was born with half a left arm is suing Starbucks for failing to hire him as a barista.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Paula Symons joined the U.S. workforce in 1972, typewriters in her office clacked nonstop, people answered the telephones and the hot new technology revolutionizing communication was the fax machine.
CULVER CITY (AP) - YouTube is enlisting Hollywood's help to reach a generation of viewers more familiar with smartphones than TV remotes.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state lawmaker upset over details revealed in a recent emergency call involving actress Demi Moore is seeking to restrict the sort of information that can be publicly disclosed in 911 tapes.
OAKDALE (AP) - A city councilman was arrested Monday after police said he struck a car while driving under the influence then ran from the scene, leaving his injured young son behind.
OAKLAND (AP) - A 16-year-old Northern California boy is being charged as an adult with hate crimes after authorities say he set another teenage boy wearing a skirt on fire on a public bus because of homophobia, authorities said Thursday.
ESCALON (AP) - Authorities in California are trying to crack the case of a nut thief who made off with 140,000 pounds of walnuts. The theft, estimated at nearly $400,000, occurred Sunday in the small Central Valley town of Escalon. Investigators say it was one of the biggest to hit the booming industry. Last month, about 12,000 pounds of walnuts worth $50,000 were stolen from a trailer parked on Highway 99 north of Sacramento. This ...
HIGH SCHOOL BULLY BRAGS ON VIDEO, ARRESTED
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Internet giant Google says it is exploring using two large barges on the East and West coasts as interactive learning centers.
EX-49ER CONVICTED IN FORMER BOYFRIEND'S BEATING: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Former San Francisco 49er Kwame Harris has been found guilty of several misdemeanors involving a violent dispute with an ex-boyfriend at a Chinese restaurant last year. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/HFurXI) the 31-year-old former lineman was convicted Monday of misdemeanor domestic violence, battery and assault for the August 2012 attack. Harris was acquitted of felony domestic violence and assault. He's scheduled to be sentenced ...
STOCKTON (AP) - A sales tax measure that officials in this bankrupt California city have said is essential to their economic fortunes was ahead in voting Wednesday, though several thousand ballots remained to be counted. Stockton's Measure A had more than 13,000 votes, or 53 percent of the ballots cast. The figure put it up by about 1,300 votes. Though officials said they still had more than 3,300 ballots to count, supporters of the measure ...
OAKLAND (AP) - A Northern California man faces a long road to recovery after he was set on fire this week as he rode a public bus, but hundreds of people already have donated tens of thousands of dollars to help pay his medical bills. Debbie Fleischman told the Oakland Tribune that her 18-year-old son, Luke Fleischman, will require massive skin grafting. She also said she is torn about whether the fire was a prank ...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly on Tuesday announced his 2014 bid for California governor, wading into a race against Gov. Jerry Brown despite the incumbent's seemingly unstoppable money and campaign machinery.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - With his hands tucked behind his head, then-Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co appeared relaxed with a large stack of $100 bills in front of him on a table.
SAN JOSE STATE FORCED TO CANCEL SPRING COURSES: SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose State University students may have a tough time getting into classes as budget problems force it to make deep cuts to programs.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's mayor says he doesn't know what it is. Police say it's not their jurisdiction. And government inspectors are sworn to secrecy.
REDLANDS (AP) - Police in Southern California have busted a cattle costume rustler after he tried to sell the stolen suits online. Redlands police say the two 7-foot cow costumes created for the Chick-fil-A chain were nabbed in separate restaurant burglaries. The costumes turned up for sale for $350 apiece on Craigslist on Oct. 30. An undercover officer arranged to buy the bovine attire in time for Halloween. When the seller produced the black-and-white outfits, ...
OC COLLEGE SAFETY OFFICER FIRED OVER HITLER PHOTO: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A public safety officer at two Orange County campuses has lost one of his jobs after being accused of posting pro-Nazi and racist photos on social media.