IDYLLWILD (AP) - Authorities in Southern California issued evacuation orders for hundreds of homes Wednesday as a major wildfire approached in the mountains southwest of Palm Springs.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators on Tuesday called on Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to pay at least $300 million in fines in connection with a deadly 2010 gas pipeline blast in what they said would amount to the largest fine ever levied by the state Public Utilities Commission.
HAYWARD (AP) - R&B singer Lester Chambers is recovering from injuries he suffered after a woman leaped onto the stage and shoved him when he dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin during a concert in the San Francisco Bay Area, a newspaper reported Monday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After a spate of vandalism and violence, Los Angeles police vowed Tuesday to crack down with quick action and arrests if further disturbances arise from street protests over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of a black Florida teenager.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A prominent one-time supporter of San Diego's mayor described how the mayor has repeatedly groped women during his short term, saying no female in California's second-largest city would be safe in his presence.
BURBANK (AP) - Police say a couple sold a Burbank teen a $10,000 car only to steal it back the next day.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police say a man hoping to dodge the $15 entrance fee at the San Francisco Zoo jumped a fence and ran through several animal exhibits before being arrested.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Chicago law firm says it has taken steps to sue aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co. on behalf of 83 people who were aboard the Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed in San Francisco earlier this month, claiming in a court filing that the crash might have been caused by a mechanical malfunction of the Boeing 777's auto throttle.
HEMET (AP) - A fast-moving wildfire in the mountains west of Palm Springs nearly doubled in size Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of about 50 homes.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Defense attorneys for a San Jose elementary school teacher charged with molesting children said the teacher had blindfolded the students to teach them compassion for blind people such as Helen Keller and did not force the children to perform oral sex, a newspaper reported.
26 CALVES STOLEN FROM STANISLAUS COUNTY DAIRY FARM: TURLOCK (AP) - Stanislaus County authorities are investigating the theft of 26 calves from a dairy farm near Turlock.
STOCKTON ADDING 17 POLICE OFFICERS: STOCKTON - Two new Stockton police officers were sworn in Tuesday afternoon and five new recruits were introduced as Stockton received word of the federal "COPS Grant" that will add yet another 17 to their ranks.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Four former California governors on Monday supported a request by Gov. Jerry Brown to delay the release of nearly 10,000 prison inmates by year's end.
SAN JOSE (AP) - In a trial that began Monday, 10 California cities and counties are seeking nearly $1 billion from paint manufacturers to remove lead paint from millions of older homes, arguing that they sold the product despite being aware of its potential health effects.
MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE FOR KILLING 2 OVER DOG: FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno man who shot and killed two people and paralyzed a third in a dispute over a lost dog has been sentenced to 82 years to life in prison, plus two life terms without the possibility of parole.
STOCKTON - Police in Stockton confirmed Sunday that a bank robber killed in a recent police shootout and hostage situation was among those suspected in an earlier heist at the same bank branch.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Curt Gentry, a San Francisco writer who co-authored "Helter Skelter," the true crime classic chronicling the Charles Manson case, has died at the age of 83.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower.
SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Gary Bennett spent much of the last three decades preparing his property in Napa County for the day when a wildfire would sweep over the hill, including clearing brush and grass around his three-bedroom home in a scenic canyon 85 miles north of San Francisco.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA (AP) - Police say a car going the wrong way on the 210 Freeway crashed into another vehicle in Rancho Cucamonga, killing three people and seriously injuring two others.
FRESNO (AP) - Authorities say they've recovered the body of a swimmer who drowned in a Central California lake.
THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - The city of Thousand Oaks has lost some of its namesake trees, and community activists are determined to see it doesn't happen again.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Powerball ticket sold at a store in San Bernardino County matches all six numbers in this weekend's drawing to win $60 million.
NEEDLES (AP) - Representatives of a foundation run by the owner of the Washington Redskins traveled to an American Indian reservation straddling the Arizona-California border this week to talk about financing projects aimed at preserving language and culture and curbing suicides among youth.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed two bills into law that are intended to tighten controls on gun sales and keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and people who have been confined due to mental health issues.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Assembly Speaker John Perez on Friday called off the vote recount he requested in the race for state controller after a week of vote-counting in two California counties yielded only eight additional votes in his favor.
TULARE (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited drought-stricken homeowners on Friday in Central California, saying drought and climate change would require major investment to secure future water supplies.
TURLOCK (AP) - Former Turlock City Councilman Kurt Vander Weide and his campaign consultant will be hit with $32,500 in fines for their roles in four robocalls placed during the 2008 campaign and other violations.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed a bill requiring board members of California's public pension fund to receive investment-related training every two years, even though the fund already requires such education.