LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two months before NASA is set to land its most sophisticated rover on Mars, engineers on Earth are busy troubleshooting a nagging concern with the rover's drill that could contaminate rock samples gathered for study.
ALCATRAZ ISLAND (AP) - For 20th century crime buffs, few capers match the intrigue and ingenuity of the "Escape from Alcatraz," the 1962 prison break three inmates pulled off with stolen spoons, dummy heads and a raincoat raft.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Developers planning high-speed rail service between Las Vegas and Southern California announced Monday they are giving the project a new name.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man who was severely injured in a fight after San Francisco's Bay to Breakers race last month has died, and police are again pleading with those who may have seen or recorded the confrontation.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic legislative leaders met Monday with Gov. Jerry Brown as they chased a deadline this week to approve a budget that addresses California's nearly $16 billion deficit. The leaders are at odds with the Democratic governor over $2 billion in cuts to welfare, in-home and child care and Cal Grants, but said they made progress in their talks.
SAN GABRIEL (AP) - A succession of small fender benders over the weekend raises questions about whether U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson has a medical or legal problem - or both.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When James Lee Crummel hanged himself in his San Quentin Prison cell last month, he had been living on Death Row for almost eight years - and he was still years away from facing the executioner.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown wants to shift the safety net protecting California's most vulnerable residents
LONE PINE (AP) - Los Angeles water authorities are fighting an order by a state air-pollution control agency to expand dust control efforts over the dry Owens Lake bed to bring air quality in line with federal standards.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities sought a motive Sunday after an assailant entered a Sacramento home and shot four people to death, police said. The suspect also was wounded and in critical condition.
SELMA (AP) - Residents of a small California agricultural town known as the "Raisin Capital of the World" mourned an Indian family killed in a murder-suicide, and also on Sunday grappled with allegations that the man accused in the shooting was a former Indian army officer wanted for years for murder in his homeland.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California utility officials are warning that blackouts in the region are possible this summer as a result of the sidelined San Onofre nuclear power plant.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The words that two men spoke in a jail lockup nine months ago, unaware they were being recorded, came back to haunt them Friday as they were ordered to stand trial in a devastating attack on a San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new Field Poll finds a bare majority of likely California voters back Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed November initiative to raise income and sales taxes, while voters are divided on a rival tax increase plan by a wealthy civil rights attorney.
FRESNO - Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California - the nation's leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts - fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation.
FORT BRAGG (AP) - A high school basketball tournament on the Northern California coast has become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing protests over police killings of unarmed black men after a school was disinvited because of concerns its players would wear T-shirts printed with the words "I Can't Breathe" during warmups.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sony says its PlayStation Network is back online after three days of disruptions that began on Christmas.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's historic drought prompted the Legislature into action in 2014, leading lawmakers to regulate groundwater for the first time and override homeowners associations that fine members for replacing lawns with more drought-tolerant landscaping.
YUCAIPA (AP) - Joy Anderson thought she and her adult son would spend Christmas like they do each year, eating and sleeping in the compact car they call home and maybe listening to Christmas carols on the radio.
LOS OSOS (AP) - A man in his 50s surfing on the Central California coast survived an attack Sunday by a juvenile great white shark, state officials said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California mall has closed early after two separate large-scale brawls erupted among after-Christmas shoppers near the food court.
UPLAND (AP) - A 12-year-old boy riding a motorized scooter he got for Christmas has been fatally struck by a car in front of his home in Southern California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A state court determined Friday that a Los Angeles Police Department policy that makes it easier for unlicensed drivers to keep their cars instead of having them impounded after police stops is lawful and can remain in place.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - While tens of thousands of immigrants living in the country illegally are gearing up to apply for a long-sought driver's license in California starting Jan. 2, others are being urged to think twice.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Angela Lansbury has moved yet again.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is under the influence of a cold air mass that could bring the first widespread frost of the winter across the Central Valley, as southern areas see more damaging winds.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Nathanael Blair went to the garage to move his truck early Christmas morning when he was surprised by a ski-mask-wearing burglar who threw a pipe wrench at him, hitting him in the jaw and neck.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some residents slid down knotted bedsheets or clambered down people standing on one another's shoulders to flee a raging Christmas night fire that injured six people and badly damaged a residential motel near downtown Los Angeles, authorities said Friday.
OAKLAND (AP) - Protesters smashed business windows on the edge of downtown Oakland and tore ornaments and lights from a large Christmas tree in a protest designed to keep police working on the holiday.