Tortoises' heating pad blamed for garage fire CASTRO VALLEY (AP) - Authorities are blaming a garage fire in Castro Valley on a heating pad used to keep a pair of tortoises warm. The fire began around 3 a.m. Tuesday in a detached garage in a residential neighborhood and took about ten minutes to put out. Alameda County Fire Battalion Chief Dan O'Hara says ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - With lots of smarts and long lives, parrots were once favored by Baby Boomers, but more of the former pets are now wild, passed from owner to owner or ignored altogether in cramped cages without the feathered mates they crave, rescuers said.
LONG BEACH (AP) - The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent believed to have fatally shot a colleague who opened fire on a supervisor has won acclaim for investigating sex crimes against children.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Marine Corps has discharged the lone Marine convicted in the 2005 killings of unarmed Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha, a spokesman said Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two dozen city and county governments in California face a combined $135.7 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, according to a study released Tuesday that also found the problem is growing.
Prop. 8 backers seek review of gay marriage case
ONE-ARMED MAN SUES STARBUCKS FOR NOT HIRING HIM: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A man who was born with half a left arm is suing Starbucks for failing to hire him as a barista.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Paula Symons joined the U.S. workforce in 1972, typewriters in her office clacked nonstop, people answered the telephones and the hot new technology revolutionizing communication was the fax machine.
CULVER CITY (AP) - YouTube is enlisting Hollywood's help to reach a generation of viewers more familiar with smartphones than TV remotes.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state lawmaker upset over details revealed in a recent emergency call involving actress Demi Moore is seeking to restrict the sort of information that can be publicly disclosed in 911 tapes.
OAKDALE (AP) - A city councilman was arrested Monday after police said he struck a car while driving under the influence then ran from the scene, leaving his injured young son behind.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - One of the oldest known survivors of the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake has died at age 109, family members said Monday.
• Occupy protestors outside San Quentin: SAN QUENTIN (AP) - As many as 700 peaceful Occupy demonstrators gathered outside San Quentin State Prison this afternoon as part of a nationwide effort to call for prison reform.
• WHITNEY HOUSTON'S DRESS, EARRINGS UP FOR AUCTION: LOS ANGELES (AP) - There had to be an auction, but so soon?
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Work has gone so smoothly on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that the westbound direction of the bridge will be open Sunday night, well ahead of Tuesday morning's expected opening, a Caltrans official said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Professional athletes who spend most of their careers with teams in other states will be prohibited from filing workers' compensation claims in California, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials hope to follow San Francisco's lead in upgrading so-called "soft-story" buildings, those with bottom floors that are susceptible to collapse during an earthquake. Legislation, however, could be years away. Officials were expected to provide details about a proposed census of LA's soft-story structures at Tuesday's Buildings at Risk conference. Also this week, LA officials are meeting with San Francisco's earthquake team to get advice on how to proceed ...
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A state appeals court on Tuesday tossed out child abuse findings against a frustrated Northern California mother who spanked her 12-year-old daughter hard enough with a wooden spoon to cause bruising. The 6th District Court of Appeal in San Jose reversed the child abuse determination made by the Santa Clara County Department of Social Services. Social workers waned to report Vernica Gonzalez to the state Department of Justice's child abuse ...