• OFFICIALS: ILLEGAL FIRE PIT CAUSED MODESTO BLAZE: MODESTO (AP) - Fire authorities in Modesto say they believe a fast-moving grass fire that damaged or destroyed nine town houses spread from an illegal outdoor fire pit.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Santa Rosa mother suspected of attacking a 12-year-old boy she said was bullying her daughter at school may have targeted the wrong child, a sheriff's official said Monday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is at the "epicenter" of global warming and other climate change, with the state experiencing longer fire seasons, rising sea levels and droughts that threaten agriculture, Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's drought will cost the state's agricultural economy an estimated $1.7 billion this year and leave some 14,500 farmworkers without jobs, says a preliminary study released Monday by the University of California, Davis, Center for Watershed Sciences.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Prosecutors said Monday they are seeking the death penalty against a man charged with kidnapping and killing a 15-year-old Morgan Hill girl whose body has not been found.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities in San Diego say a married couple in their 80s were killed when he backed a pickup truck over her, then was hit by the truck himself as he scrambled to help her.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A ruling in actor Jason Patric's custody battle could have repercussions for an unexpected population - women who use fertility treatments.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge has ruled against an online retailer that tried to force a Utah couple to pay $3,500 over a critical online review.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Isaac Barnett took a bold step last year: He told teachers and classmates at his Kansas high school that the student they had known as a girl now wanted to be accepted as a boy.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The number of public college presidents earning over $1 million more than doubled in the 2012-2013 fiscal year from the year before, according to a new survey.
DALLAS (AP) - AT&T Inc. on Sunday agreed to buy satellite TV provider DirecTV for $48.5 billion, or $95 per share, a move that gives telecommunications company a larger base of video subscribers and increases its ability to compete against rivals.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A proposal by an environmental group to ban fracking in Santa Barbara County is headed to the board of supervisors on Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jerry Vale, the beloved crooner known for his high-tenor voice and romantic songs in the 1950s and early 1960s, has died. He was 83.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - All evacuation orders were lifted Sunday as firefighters gained the upper hand on the remaining four of nearly a dozen blazes that tore through Southern California last week - while the governor warned the state was gearing up for what could be one of the drought-stricken region's worst wildfire seasons.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The voter initiative banning gay marriage dominated California's political landscape six years ago, and it still casts a shadow over the race for district attorney in Sacramento County.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of people on Sunday packed gay pride events from Chicago to New York City, Seattle to San Francisco, with overall attendance expected in the millions for what amounted to a celebration of a freshly endorsed right to marry.
PETALUMA . (AP) - He's overweight and has a birth defect that left him a bit hunchbacked.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Regulators on Friday told San Francisco to stop taking some of the river water it routinely stores in the Hetch Hetchy reservoir.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A slight break in the weather Friday slowed a week-old wildfire that is threatening thousands of buildings in the Southern California mountains.
FOUNTAIN VALLEY (AP) - An Orange County water district said Friday it is adding more purified wastewater to its groundwater basin, helping to continue its reliance on mostly local water sources during the drought.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two San Diego firefighters were hospitalized with multiple stab wounds but one of them was expected to go home late Thursday night, a day after a bystander attacked them as they were helping a drunken man on a packed trolley platform.
A dead bird found in the 95336 Manteca ZIP code - the area to the north of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks that go through the center of the city - has been confirmed to have been killed by the West Nile virus.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's Assembly on Thursday approved a hotly contested bill requiring that nearly all public schoolchildren be vaccinated, clearing one of its last major legislative obstacles before the measure heads to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.
OAKLAND (AP) - Prosecutors said Thursday they have opened a criminal investigation into a fatal California balcony collapse that could lead to involuntary manslaughter charges.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Hamlets in the San Bernardino Mountains were placed on alert Thursday as a week-old wildfire roared to new life, devouring thousands of acres of brush and old-growth trees as it was stoked by gusty winds.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A congressional committee Thursday opened a probe into an oil pipeline rupture on the Central California coast that spread to the Pacific Ocean and washed up goo on beaches as far as 100 miles away.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Officials say they temporarily grounded air tankers for safety reasons after a hobbyist's drone flew near a huge forest fire in Southern California.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a spending plan Wednesday that uses California's growing surplus to fund new initiatives aimed at providing relief to the poor.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The National Trust for Historic Preservation has listed San Francisco's Old Mint as one of the nation's 11 most endangered historic places.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kim Kardashian is joining a prestigious list that includes Teddy Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bill Clinton and Bill Gates.