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.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco will pay $15 million to the family of a woman who was fatally struck by a city pickup truck last year while she lay with her baby in a public park.
MONTEREY (AP) - People who sit or lie on sidewalks in Monterey's commercial areas can now face $100 fines.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco launched free Wi-Fi access at more than 30 public parks, plazas and recreation areas on Wednesday, thanks to a grant from Google.
OAKLAND (AP) - State officials say hundreds of steel rods on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have been exposed to water that could cause corrosion.
• 920 CHICKENS KILLED WITH GOLF CLUB: FRESNO (AP) - Authorities in central California are searching for one or more suspects who broke into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killed more than 900 birds with a golf club.
PALO ALTO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California have arrested a fraud suspect accused of evading police for more than four hours by befriending a homeowner who invited him into his home for a meal.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A former nuclear engineer on Tuesday was convicted of murder for poisoning his wife with a lethal dose of nicotine in Southern California in 1994.
SAN JOSE (AP) - PayPal's impending split from long-time partner eBay Inc. will ratchet up its appeal to online retail competitors such as Amazon.com and give it the freedom to aggressively take on new mobile pay challenger Apple Pay. For eBay, the challenge will be how to drive revenue without its fastest-growing division.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will become the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat, under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he had signed.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco supervisor wants chain retail stores to give more predictable work schedules to their hourly employees, many of whom are struggling to juggle multiple jobs and family responsibilities.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.
OAKLAND (AP) - The University of California will examine whether it admits too many out-of-state and international students as it develops a budget for the next academic year that might include the system's first tuition increases in four years, university President Janet Napolitano said Tuesday.
BELL GARDENS (AP) - The mayor of a Los Angeles suburb was shot to death Tuesday during an argument with his wife, who was taken into custody, authorities said.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California woman arrested with a trash bin containing her ex-boyfriend's body parts has been sentenced to 26 years to life in prison.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Responding to concerns raised by gay and transgender students and employees, University of California President Janet Napolitano directed the system's 10 campuses on Monday to create more gender-neutral restrooms and to allow students to update their records with a preferred name that does not necessarily match their legal name.