SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Max Ashton had one goal before heading off to college: swim from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park in San Francisco.
SANTA MONICA . (AP) - No problems were reported before a private jet crashed into a hangar and burst into flames while landing at a Southern California airport, a federal investigator said Monday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A family member has identified a 24-year-old man who died after he was ejected from a party bus and struck by vehicles on Highway 101 near Universal Studios.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Police in Northern California say a burglary suspect might have gotten away if he hadn't gotten sleepy.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano officially takes over as the University of California's president today, but she already has survived her first leadership challenge - a "no-confidence" vote sought this month by student activists who think her work in Washington makes her unsuitable to run the nation's largest public higher education system.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of California's major health care plans is racing to translate materials into Spanish. A small businessman in Burbank is perplexed over what "Obamacare" will mean for him and his workers. Home Depot Inc., Trader Joe's and other large employers are slashing health benefits for part-time workers and directing them into the nation's reordered health insurance marketplace.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The father of a Los Angeles Dodgers fan stabbed to death after a San Francisco Giants game last week asked on Sunday for witnesses who may have captured the chaotic melee on mobile devices to come forward.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Saturday he is "disappointed" in a judge's ruling striking down a policy that made it easier for unlicensed drivers to keep their cars following traffic stops. He added he looks forward to the ruling being appealed.
DOG GETS REPRIEVE AFTER BITING FIREFIGHTER: PETALUMA (AP) - A dog that bit a Northern California firefighter has been granted a reprieve by animal control officers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study suggests the proliferation of gay and transgender characters in films and television shows has not prevented gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender actors from experiencing discrimination in Hollywood.
RIO VISTA (AP) - A wind energy farm in Northern California could become the first in the nation to agree to protect golden eagles under a conservation plan being worked out with federal officials.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed legislation that would have required county coroners to report drug overdose deaths to the California medical board but signed two other bills intended to address abuse of prescription drugs.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown is designed to deter the illegal dumping of old mattresses and keep them out of landfills by creating a recycling system.
SALINAS (AP) - A trio of artists soon will travel from Oklahoma to California, retracing the steps the Joad family from "The Grapes of Wrath" took as part of the upcoming 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck's novel-turned-film.
GEORGETOWN (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley has shut down public access to four waterfalls east of Sacramento, saying people were leaving trash and not following rules about alcohol, dogs and firearms.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert. It's a festival so remote and bizarre that the only limit to free expression is imagination ... and that dust that always gets into the electronics.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who is regarded as the Republican Party's best hope for winning a statewide office in November, introduced herself on Tuesday as an outsider who would bring fiscal independence as California's state controller.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An environmental group asked federal regulators Tuesday to idle California's last operating nuclear plant to review whether its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly has approved legislation that would require imitation airsoft guns to be sold in transparent or bright colors to avoid deadly mix-ups with police officers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge has overturned part of a California law requiring a 10-day waiting period for gun buyers, ruling that it does not apply to those who already own firearms.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly on Monday rejected legislation that would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, but the bill could be heard again later this week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.
MAN GUILTY IN RUSSIAN ROULETTE KILLING: FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man has been convicted of killing his friend playing a version of Russian roulette.
NAPA (AP) - The earthquake that jarred California's wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass in the rush to get the tourist hotspot back in shape for the summer's final holiday weekend.
BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) - Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor strike, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects.
WEAVERVILLE (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.
LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are pushing to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January, but their efforts appear to be dead with just a week to go in the legislative session.