SAN DIEGO (AP) - Sen. John McCain on Tuesday welcomed the Marine Corps' first squadron of pilots who are being called upon to fly the branch's version of the next-generation F-35 fighter jet out of its long and troubled testing phase.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Co. said on Tuesday that it's the victim of a multi-billion dollar fraud at the hands of a British company it bought last year that lied about its finances.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - State regulators ordered Los Angeles to expand efforts to control dust storms from vast Owens Lake, which went dry after the growing metropolis began siphoning the lake's water source a century ago.
OAKLAND (AP) - Custodial and maintenance workers picketed Tuesday at one of the nation's busiest ports, blocking trucks from picking up and delivering goods on what had been expected to be a busy day before the holidays.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco lawmakers on Tuesday narrowly approved a proposal to ban public nakedness, rejecting arguments that the measure would eat away at a reputation for tolerance enjoyed by a city known for flouting convention and flaunting its counter-culture image.
Redford creates ecology program with Calif. college
PROSECUTORS WON'T CHARGE MAN WITH UNUSUAL WATCH: OAKLAND (AP) - Prosecutors won't charge a Southern California man who was arrested at Oakland International Airport when security officers found him wearing a watch that looked like an explosive device.
NEW TEACHERS GET LOW-PERFORMING MATH STUDENTS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study shows inexperienced Los Angeles teachers are disproportionately more likely to be assigned low-performing math students.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Christian youth club sued an Orange County school district on Monday, saying the district's refusal to allow the group to use facilities free of charge violates its constitutional rights.
Marine forms new fighter jet squadron
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Walt Disney Co. is shutting down its Web movie service, Disney Movies Online, saying the site wasn't keeping up with user demands.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - There is no room for a 60-year-old Nativity display in Santa Monica's showcase park after a federal judge ruled Monday against churches who had sued to keep the tradition alive amidst a takeover by atheists.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California sold out of the first pollution permits issued as part of a landmark offensive against greenhouse gases at an inaugural auction that regulators said Monday went smoothly.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A Catholic bishop in San Jose has apologized to worshippers for allowing a registered sex offender to volunteer at a school festival last month.
TWENTYNINE PALMS . (AP) - The Marine Corps is hoping to deploy some four-footed recruits in the Mojave Desert - about 500 threatened desert tortoises.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eight firefighters were injured battling a large and extremely hot fire that had engulfed a storage facility in Venice, authorities said Sunday.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Two health care-related initiatives on the November ballot have generated more than $100 million in spending, with insurers and doctors leading the fight to defeat both, according to campaign finance reports filed late Thursday.
WATSONVILLE (AP) - A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former San Francisco police officer indicted along with two officers in a corruption investigation has acknowledged stealing more than $5,000 in computers, gift cards and other property from people during searches.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A suspect was arrested Friday afternoon after two Northern California sheriff's deputies were killed during a series of shootings that spanned about six hours and 30 miles across two Northern California counties. A third deputy and a bystander were also shot during the spree.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A Southern California jury on Friday found that a castrated sex offender who preyed on young girls should no longer be considered a sexually violent predator and is eligible for release.
LA QUINTA (AP) - Authorities say an argument between three siblings over who inherited their mother's house in the Palm Springs area led one of them to shoot the other two before turning the gun on himself.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped determine President Ronald Reagan's schedule and claimed to have convinced him to soften his stance toward the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 87.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California prison officials will have to balance safety concerns with the need to avoid racial stereotypes after the state agreed to end a long-standing policy that had been challenged in court and deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Department of Justice.
FREMONT (AP) - A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees brought from India were grossly underpaid and overworked while assigned to a special project in the U.S.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - John Steinbeck's heirs say a literary agency is wrongly cutting them out of negotiations over movie deals for the late Nobel Prize-winning author's books.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Neighborhood residents attacked the driver of an ice cream truck after it struck and killed a 7-year-old boy riding a motorized bike in South Los Angeles, authorities said.
VIDEO SHOWS BIKERS TAUNTING CHP OFFICER: MILPITAS (AP) - A group of motorcycle riders alternately taunted and ignored an officer trying to pull them over while they popped their front wheels in the air and weaved on a California highway, a recently posted video shows.
• MAGIC JOHNSON READY TO ASSIST TECH IN DIVERSITY: SAN JOSE (AP) - Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some San Francisco jail inmates were expected to get computer tablets Wednesday to do homework, read novels and prepare for their criminal cases.