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.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a potential contender for the party's 2016 presidential nomination, is endorsing Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari.
LIVE OAK (AP) - Authorities say a Northern California teenager could lose his hand after a fireworks accident over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Voters can forget the traditional Republican-Democratic matchups in at least seven California congressional districts come November. Contenders for those seats will have to do battle against challengers from their own parties.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Lifeguards along more than 6 miles of pristine sand in this Southern California beach city had rescued more than 200 people by the time the call came to help a distressed swimmer east of one of the main piers.
FREMONT (AP) - Giant teeth from a 40-foot-long shark and portions of what could turn out to be an entire whale skeleton are among more than 500 fossils that have been unearthed at a dam construction site in Silicon Valley, a newspaper reported.
WINTERS (AP) - Crews battling a wildfire Monday in a rugged patch in Yolo County faced another day of triple-digit temperatures and gusty winds as officials warned the flames could again threaten homes.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - Prosecutors said Monday they will not file criminal charges against a Northern California sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun he mistook for an assault rifle.
PLEASANTON (AP) - A Northern California water district is offering residents recycled wastewater to use on their lawns and plants, as it tries to cut water use during the drought.
SANGER (AP) - Water officials are looking into what caused a levee to burst, sending flood waters rushing across a Fresno County highway and into farmland and five homes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A nurse who committed a sex act with a corpse at a Southern California hospital has been sentenced to two years in county jail.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sentencing has been delayed a second time for a state lawmaker who was suspended after his conviction for perjury and voter fraud.
SAN FRANCISCO - A citywide effort is tackling a problem that few residents think about: rising seas and coastal erosion.
LODI (AP) - Nine years ago the FBI made a startling announcement: A "sleeper cell" of al-Qaida operatives was uncovered in this Central Valley community.
WINTERS (AP) - A rural fire in Northern California raged throughout the night, challenging firefighters Sunday with rising temperatures and the threat of shifting winds, officials said.
MANHATTAN BEACH (AP) - Steven Robles was an hour into his regular weekend swim off some of Southern California's most popular beaches when he came face-to-face with a great white shark.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - During her final years working for the state tax board, Peggy Robinson went to work afraid of the building mold that she says left her with constant coughing, headaches and skin rashes.