• OFFICIALS: ILLEGAL FIRE PIT CAUSED MODESTO BLAZE: MODESTO (AP) - Fire authorities in Modesto say they believe a fast-moving grass fire that damaged or destroyed nine town houses spread from an illegal outdoor fire pit.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is at the "epicenter" of global warming and other climate change, with the state experiencing longer fire seasons, rising sea levels and droughts that threaten agriculture, Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's drought will cost the state's agricultural economy an estimated $1.7 billion this year and leave some 14,500 farmworkers without jobs, says a preliminary study released Monday by the University of California, Davis, Center for Watershed Sciences.
DALLAS (AP) - AT&T Inc. on Sunday agreed to buy satellite TV provider DirecTV for $48.5 billion, or $95 per share, a move that gives telecommunications company a larger base of video subscribers and increases its ability to compete against rivals.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - All evacuation orders were lifted Sunday as firefighters gained the upper hand on the remaining four of nearly a dozen blazes that tore through Southern California last week - while the governor warned the state was gearing up for what could be one of the drought-stricken region's worst wildfire seasons.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The voter initiative banning gay marriage dominated California's political landscape six years ago, and it still casts a shadow over the race for district attorney in Sacramento County.