SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fire investigators on Wednesday were looking into whether welding work was to blame for a massive blaze that barreled through an apartment building construction site, threatening nearby structures and prompting evacuations as firefighters worked to prevent its spread through a San Francisco neighborhood.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego authorities and local real estate agents say prescription drug abusers are preying on open houses and raiding medicine cabinets to feed their addictions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sooner or later, consumers will be able to buy cars that rely on computers - not the owner - to do the driving.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Wildlife officials said they will consider a plan to move millions of hatchery-raised salmon by tanker trucks to the ocean if the Sacramento River and its tributaries prove inhospitable due to the drought.
MODESTO (AP) - Federal officials are investigating CVS over tens of thousands of prescription pain killers that they say have gone missing from four of the company's California pharmacies.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly 870,000 Californians have signed up for an insurance policy through the state's health care exchange, the federal government reported Tuesday, as the state intensifies efforts to boost participation and target younger people ahead of the March 31 enrollment deadline.
CALIPATRIA (AP) - Seven inmates were injured as violence broke out among some 200 inmates at a state prison in southwestern California.
EUREKA (AP) - One of the largest earthquakes to hit California in decades rattled the state's northern coast, but its depth and distance from shore reduced the impact on land, where there were no reports of injuries or damage, scientists and authorities said on Monday.
FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man convicted of pointing a high-powered laser at a police helicopter was sentenced Monday to spend 14 years in federal prison, a term prosecutors believe to be among the region's longest for such a crime.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged a man with murdering his live-in boyfriend and dumping his severed head, hands and feet near the Hollywood sign two years ago.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - School districts and the state would be required to do a better job of tracking students who miss class under proposed legislation announced Monday that is designed to lower California's dropout rate.
MARTINEZ (AP) - Two workers were burned by acid Monday at a Northern California refinery processing unit where a similar incident occurred last month, state health officials said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police said Monday it's still not clear who shot and wounded an officer over the weekend, and investigators are looking for the bullet.
• PHILLIPS 66 FINED $230K FOR SF BAY AIR VIOLATIONS: RODEO (AP) - Phillips 66 Company has been fined $230,900 by San Francisco Bay Area air quality officials for numerous air pollution violations.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Far from its reputation as the land of endless sprawl, Southern California has some of the nation's most crowded neighborhoods, according to a newspaper's analysis of population data.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided against running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, leaving state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only announced candidate so far, as the heavy favorite to succeed the retiring Barbara Boxer.
OXNARD . (AP) - A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup truck after its driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks.
LAFAYETTE (AP) - Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, said Tuesday he has formed an exploratory committee for potentially entering the 2016 U.S. Senate race to succeed Barbara Boxer.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Tuesday blasted the overuse of psychiatric drugs on the state's foster children and pledged to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable teens after more than a decade of government inaction.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors have declined to file charges against three Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot an unarmed, disabled man on live television after a car chase.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As California's drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with meters to access one of the state's precious commodities - water.
• JUDGE ORDERS 3 FORMER EXECS TO PAY $1.8M IN ASBESTOS CASE: FRESNO (AP) - Three former executives of a now-defunct non-profit have been ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution to 65 people who were exposed to airborne asbestos after their company directed workers to illegally remove debris containing asbestos from a former air force base in Northern California.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - One man was killed and another wounded during a gun battle at a Northern California marijuana grow-house.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A jury was picked Monday to determine whether a venerable Silicon Valley venture capital firm is liable in a sexual discrimination lawsuit or is the victim of a former employee forced out because of poor performance.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - Two California men were sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for conspiring to support terrorists and kill Americans overseas, federal prosecutors said.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Police say a quick-thinking Girl Scout wearing her badge for cleverness recorded the license plate number of a man who swiped her money box from outside a San Francisco Bay Area supermarket.
NEWPORT BEACH ( AP) - Thousands of tiny crabs rarely seen north of Mexico washed ashore with the high tide in Southern California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Visiting Mickey and Minnie just got more expensive.
TRUCKEE (AP) - A major cross-country ski race in the Sierra Nevada has been canceled for the third time in four years due to a lack of snow.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It was, the mayor of San Francisco said, a "shocking start" to the year for a city amid a technology boom with soaring rents and construction cranes, fashionable restaurants and gentrifying neighborhoods.