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.
RICHMOND (AP) - A marine salvage company has recovered the fuselage of a plane and the body of its pilot, who crashed into San Francisco Bay over the weekend after a midair collision.
BUENOS AIRES NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Ariz. (AP) - Thorn-coated bushes, rock-covered terrain, scorching temperatures. A hissing rattlesnake.
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."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's top telecommunications regulator defended his latest proposal to protect an open Internet, warning cable companies that manipulating data traffic on their networks for profit would not be tolerated.
RICHMOND (AP) - Diving crews with the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office have located the fuselage of a plane that crashed into San Francisco Bay over the weekend after a midair collision.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Every time a bartender at trendy Los Angeles fusion eatery Luna Park squeezes a shot of lime into a drink these days, owner Peter Kohtz says he winces a little.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - A 10-year-old Northern California boy fired a plastic pellet at three of his classmates on Tuesday.
LIVERMORE (AP) - A young Northern California mother who was believed to have depression has been charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of her 7-month-old son.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of whooping-cough cases in California is now at an epidemic level, state health officials said Friday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says he is thrilled that his city is one of four U.S. cities still in the running to possibly host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Authorities say a janitor for a contract cleaning company has been arrested on suspicion of secretly recording women in a restroom at Anaheim City Hall.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - The Newport-Mesa Unified School District has hired an ethics consultant to work at a high school where some students allegedly hacked into computers and others held a controversial "prom draft."
FRESNO (AP) - A burglary defendant who won his freedom because of a jury's mistake lost his life a few hours later when he was stabbed to death in a fight.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers are trying to work out the final details of a budget for the coming fiscal year that largely adheres to the governor's call for fiscal prudence while providing a modest boost to social and education programs.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A substance-abuse counselor was sentenced Thursday to 55 years to life in prison for hitting a pedestrian with her car and driving through a Los Angeles suburb with the dying man on her windshield.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County firefighters wearing hazmat suits had to climb over vegetation and trash piled 5 feet high to get to a yard where a woman died in a chair amid debris with a kitten in a carrier on her lap.
OAKLAND (AP) - The family of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery says she will receive an honorary diploma during her school's eighth grade graduation.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - As billions of dollars in unexpected tax revenue pour into California, Democratic lawmakers have proposed all kinds of ways to distribute the windfall after years of recession-era budget cuts.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2018.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Unaccompanied children arrested by U.S. border authorities are packed in frigid cells and sleep on hard floors without enough food or medical care, advocacy groups said in a complaint Wednesday that alleges widespread abuses amid a surge of illegal crossings by young immigrants from strife-torn Central American countries.
STOCKTON (AP) - A Stockton police officer died Wednesday, two weeks after an on-duty car accident, officials said.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose officials have passed tough new medical marijuana rules that will require the vast majority of city dispensaries to close within a year.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After a two-month trial and another two months of deliberating, a California judge on Tuesday found that a handful of laws governing the hiring and firing of the state's teachers are unconstitutional because they deprive children of a quality education. It was the first time in U.S. history a court has found that teacher effectiveness is an essential component of the right to an equal public education, said Russlynn Ali, a former assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education.