RICHMOND (AP) - Investigators probing the cause of a blaze at Chevron's Richmond refinery in Northern California are looking at heaters and responding emergency vehicles as possible ignition sources for the massive vapor cloud that spewed from a leaky pipe.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Firefighters already dealing with extreme heat in Northern California braced Wednesday for the possibility of thunderstorms and strong winds as they tried to conquer several raging wildfires.
POLICE: BURGLAR MADE OFF WITH STEVE JOBS' WALLET: PALO ALTO (AP) - The burglar who broke into Steve Jobs' house made off with the Apple Inc. co-founder's wallet with a dollar inside and his driver's license in addition to Apple gadgets and jewelry, according to a police report released Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thousands of firefighters across California were contending with dry conditions, strong winds and triple-digit temperatures as they battled raging wildfires that left some areas with smoke lingering in the air.
FRESNO (AP) - Environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the California Department of Public Health for failing to establish a safe drinking water standard for the cancer-causing chemical made famous in the film "Erin Brockovich."
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State Assemblyman Brian Nestande resigned Tuesday from a Republican leadership post after providing the lone GOP vote on a bill that would close a tax loophole for out-of-state corporations.
RICHMOND (AP) - An internal Chevron Corp. surveillance video shows a towering vapor cloud engulfing an area of its refinery for two minutes before it ignited into a volatile blaze, federal investigators said Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The computer network at the California Department of Motor Vehicles went down for several hours Tuesday, triggering delays as clerks at field offices throughout the state processed driver's licenses and registrations by hand.
MODESTO (AP) - Democratic Congressman Dennis Cardoza, whose growing dislike for Washington politics was a factor in his decision not to seek re-election, announced Tuesday that he won't even finish out his term.
Home of late Steve Jobs burglarized
PASADENA (AP) - Known to the Twitterverse and the president of the United States as "Mohawk Guy" of the Mars mission, Bobak Ferdowsi could be the changing public face of NASA and all of geekdom.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Californians were urged to ease off the air conditioning to conserve electricity, and schools in inland areas closed early Tuesday as the state sweltered through another day of triple-digit heat.
WOMAN CHARGED WITH LEAVING BABY, TOT IN HOT CAR: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors have filed charges against an 18-year-old mother who allegedly left her 2-week-old daughter and 1-year-old son in a locked car to go dress shopping last weekend in the midst of California's heat wave.
If there's such a thing as a sure thing in politics, it is this: If the water plan announced late last month by Gov. Jerry Brown ever passes the state Legislature, it will surely become the object of a statewide referendum much like the 1982 vote that defeated a somewhat similar plan endorsed by Brown.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal appeals court delayed sex reassignment surgery for a transgender prison inmate in California on Thursday, hours after a state panel recommended that she be paroled.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rolling Stones ripped through the intimate Fonda Theatre Wednesday with enough energy to fuel their entire 15-city North American tour.
GOLETA (AP) - The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area's catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Undergraduates from outside California and graduate students preparing for careers outside academia will pay more to attend the University of California in the fall under a revised plan approved by the 10-campus system's governing board on Thursday.
STOCKTON (AP) - A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California inmate who is seeking sex reassignment surgery at taxpayers' expense faces a painful irony: If she wins freedom from a parole board, she would no longer be eligible for the prison-funded operation she says is crucial to her emotional health.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The California Democratic Party and labor unions vowed not to back down any time soon after their candidate lost a costly state Senate race in the San Francisco Bay Area this week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state agency has shut down a luxury commuter bus service that some say spotlighted the gap between wealthy tech workers in San Francisco and everyone else.
A large biomass fire near Tracy has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for the northern counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced, particularly the communities of Lathrop, Manteca and Modesto. The caution is in place until the fire is extinguished.
OAKLAND (AP) - Members of a commission led by California's lieutenant governor said Tuesday that legalizing the recreational use of marijuana could generate enough tax revenue to fund drug education and counseling centers at every high school in the state, a potential upside that should be seriously considered as activists work to put a pot-legalization initiative before voters next year.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new study says California continues to see a spike in auto thefts since a change in prison policy four years ago forced many local jails to release more inmates early.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to raising minimum pay in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020, a key step as wages in America have stagnated.
SONOMA (AP) - Sonoma is a step closer to keeping new businesses from selling cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and certain other tobacco products under a proposed law that unanimously passed the first of two city council votes.
TEMECULA (AP) - Dreams of a water park in Temecula city have again been tabled after developers failed to complete a purchase of land for the property.
PACIFICA (AP) - A dead whale was found on a beach south of San Francisco on Tuesday, the same day two other dead whales that washed up weeks apart were being buried nearby after neighbors complained of their rotting smell.