SO. CAL KAYAKER FINDS NEW ZEALAND BOTTLE MESSAGE: OCEANSIDE (AP) - A San Diego County kayaker has found a message in a bottle that floated all the way from New Zealand.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Millions of Americans preparing to survive an earthquake ducked under tables and covered their heads Thursday as part of the annual "Great ShakeOut" drill.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Firefighters Thursday worked to surround a wildfire that briefly threatened 100 homes in rugged hillsides north of Santa Barbara.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wealthy restaurateur charged with attempted murder of his girlfriend's unborn child lost a bid to have his $4 million bail reduced Thursday after prosecutors revealed new details of what they say were repeated efforts to give her labor-inducing drugs.
OAKLAND MAY HIRE CONTRACT POLICE OFFICERS: OAKLAND (AP) - The undermanned Oakland Police Department may contract with outside law enforcement agencies to patrol its crime-ridden streets.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mervyn Dymally, who in a four-decade career served in every corner of California government and eventually became the state's highest-ranking black politician, was honored at a funeral Wednesday attended by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the elite of California state government.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A California wildfire in the rugged hills overlooking Santa Barbara threatened about 100 homes Wednesday in an area where a fire in 1990 killed one person and burned about 550 homes.
EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) - Fourteen lifeguards fired last month after appearing in uniform at the city pool in a parody of "Gangnam Style," the Korean pop music video that has been viewed hundreds of millions of time online, are getting their jobs back.
BAY AREA GAY BOY SCOUT TO DELIVER PROTEST PETITIONS: PLEASANT HILL (AP) - A Northern California Boy Scout who was denied the opportunity to become an Eagle Scout after he came out as gay plans to present a petition to his troop's regional council demanding his reinstatement.
BORDER PATROL FINDS LIQUID METH WORTH $800K IN SUV: MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) - Border Patrol agents have found $844,000 worth of liquid methamphetamine hidden in a sport utility vehicle at a Southern California checkpoint.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Home foreclosure activity in California fell to a new five-year low in the third quarter as rising prices eased pressure on homeowners and lenders, a research firm said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of city officials, consumer advocates and a state lawmaker on Wednesday attacked California regulators' decision to hire former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell to oversee private settlement talks over a deadly pipeline explosion, calling the process an unfair backroom deal.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County assessor John Noguez, a top aide and a campaign contributor were arrested Wednesday as part of an investigation into influence peddling and slashing of property taxes for political allies.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Federal regulators are looking into the finances of San Bernardino as the city makes its way through bankruptcy proceedings.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Facing a high-risk election next month, Gov. Jerry Brown kicked off a campaign swing Tuesday to win support for a proposed tax increase that he promises will invigorate California universities trapped in cycles of cutbacks and tuition increases.
FRESNO (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday that congressional efforts to provide drought relief to Central Valley farmers and communities are dead for the year.
FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno man who stabbed his co-worker dozens of times in 1984 and then cut out the man's heart and put it in his jacket pocket has been released from prison despite objections from Gov. Jerry Brown.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A federal grand jury has charged a housekeeper at a Yosemite National Park hotel with 32 counts of first degree burglary and theft for stealing cash from guests' rooms.
WILLITS (AP) - Mendocino County authorities say a man was arrested after apparently shooting himself in the face while driving on U.S. 101 with a California Highway Patrol car behind him.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane.
• SCHOOL FIGHTS END WITH 6 IN CUSTODY: SANTA MARIA (AP) - Lunchtime fights at a Central California high school on Wednesday ended with police swarming onto campus, school closed and six people in custody, authorities said.
CALEXICO (AP) - The newly installed police chief of a California border city said Wednesday that members of the local City Council and police union have been interfering with a police investigation, and he said that police officers have spied on councilmembers in what he called "extortion."
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The most expensive congressional race in the nation ended Wednesday with no change: Democratic Rep. Ami Bera was re-elected to the Sacramento-area seat he wrested from Republican control just two years ago.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County has dropped a controversial plan to spend $3.6 million to build a year-round shelter for the homeless.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A committee of the University of California's governing board voted Wednesday for a tuition increase during each of the next five years over the protests of Gov. Jerry Brown, legislative leaders and students.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Farmers on Wednesday welcomed the first of three storms expected this week in drought-stricken Northern California.
2 PENGUIN CHICKS HATCH AT CALIFORNIA ACADEMY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two African penguin chicks have recently hatched at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, officials announced Tuesday.
BERKELEY (AP) - Known for its liberal politics, Berkeley has racked up a long line of firsts over the years, from taxing sugary drinks to ditching Styrofoam takeout containers.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $2.5-billion plan to reuse wastewater for drinking, the latest example of how California cities are looking for new supplies amid a severe drought.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The parent company and owner of a now-closed Southern California restaurant have pleaded guilty to serving meat from an endangered whale.