SANTA CRUZ (AP) - The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has suspended burn permits, citing dry conditions and a sharp increase in vegetation fires.
PASADENA (AP) - Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair joke that they're getting married New Year's Day in front of 80 million of their closest friends, and the men say they aren't that concerned that a few thousand others may boycott the first gay marriage at the 125-year-old Rose Parade.
DALY CITY (AP) - Police in Northern California are searching for suspects who stole an ambulance while paramedics were helping a patient.
BOSTON (AP) - A mysteriously pregnant anteater, a farmer who feeds beer to his turkeys and a man charged with disorderly conduct for whistling loudly as he strolled around town were among the more unusual stories that made headlines in New England in 2013. Here's a look at some of the odd things that happened in the past year:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Department of Transportation ordered a Los Angeles-based bus company to cease operations after federal safety investigators said they discovered its vehicles were allowed on the road with serious safety defects and its drivers were not regularly screened for drug and alcohol use.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area air quality officials are prohibiting the use of wood-burning fireplaces for another day after determining the region's air is unhealthy.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Oakland A's years-long quest for a new home is really a tale of three cities.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - December has been one of the driest months in one of the driest years ever recorded in California, which is spurring some cities and counties in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region to issue water conservation orders earlier than usual.
CLAREMONT, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California church nativity scene is featuring a bloody Trayvon Martin in place of the infant Jesus in an effort to stir a community conversation about gun violence.
OAKLAND (AP) - The family of a California girl declared brain dead after complications from tonsil surgery was running out of time Sunday to find a new facility to take her in and keep her on a ventilator.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state program that provides homeowners with financial assistance to improve the energy efficiency of their older homes is off to a slow start.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California's economy recovers, the Democrats who control the state Legislature put a priority on assisting more vulnerable workers with some of the laws taking effect in the new year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A state audit revealed that one in four GPS devices used to track criminals released in Los Angeles County doesn't work properly, allowing dangerous felons to sometimes roam freely for days at a time, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.
MISSION VIEJO AP) - Authorities say a car has crashed into the front of a Southern California home, killing a man inside his bed before dawn.
OAKLAND (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area nursing home that had agreed to provide long-term care for a 13-year-old Oakland girl declared brain dead has backed out.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - California State University's chancellor announced a $50 million plan to increase graduation rates by hiring more advisers and tenure-track faculty and boosting the number of online courses.
SANTA ROSA. (AP) - Investigators have given a Northern California prosecutor their final report on a sheriff deputy fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy carrying a toy rifle.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - As much as 2 feet of snow is possible atop the Sierra by Thursday as the first significant storm in nearly two months blows in none too soon for a drought-stricken region where wildfire threats are unseasonably high.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A California schoolteacher was arrested Wednesday after hundreds of living and dead pythons in plastic bins were found stacked floor to ceiling inside his stench-filled home in suburban Orange County.
CASTRO VALLEY (AP) - Thousands of police officers, family and loved ones were among the mourners who gathered at the funeral Wednesday of a San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officer who was shot and killed by a fellow officer.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California on Wednesday banned fishing in some of the state's drought-stricken streams in an effort to protect imperiled salmon and steelhead, which rely on coastal waterways to grow and spawn.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Seventeen rural communities in drought-stricken California are in danger of a severe water shortage within four months, according to a list compiled by state officials.
SAN JOSE . (AP) - A company that sold alleged weight loss and body cleansing products in California will pay about $1.75 million in penalties and restitution for making false advertising claims.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is telling California's governor that the federal government will do what's necessary to help with a historic drought afflicting the state.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman who drove 2 miles through a Los Angeles suburb with a dying man on her windshield says she can't remember hitting him.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker John Perez said Wednesday that the Legislature will try this year to find a way to start paying down California's massive unfunded liability for teacher pensions, which makes up the largest portion of the state's deficit and is estimated as high as $80 billion.
ORANGE . (AP) - Electronic smoking devices will soon be among tobacco products prohibited by Orange Unified School District.
SF POLICE SHOOT AND KILL DOG THAT MAULED 2 MEN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities in San Francisco say one pit bull has been killed and a second captured after mauling one man and also injuring their owner.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Wednesday transferred a legal appeal over the state's high-speed rail project to a state appellate court, declining to take up the case directly as Gov. Jerry Brown's administration had requested.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Parents of some students being targeted for expulsion for hacking into computers at a wealthy Southern California public high school to access tests and change grades are charging that the cheating scandal is far bigger and district officials are whitewashing the crisis by throwing a "handful of students to the wolves."