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.
EL CENTRO (AP) - A recent state audit calls for a more thorough estimate of how much it will cost to alleviate expected clouds of dust and other hazards along the receding shores of the Salton Sea. The Desert Sun reports Monday that carrying out restoration projects could help California decrease its future mitigation costs. Under a 2003 deal, the state will be responsible for those costs after three local water agencies pay about $388 ...
National Forensic League Executive Director J. Scott Wunn recently announced that Delta Charter has earned the 2012-13 Leading Chapter Award in the Big Valley District.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A final vote tally released Friday showed Democrat Matt Dababneh narrowly winning a special election to fill a Los Angeles-area seat in the state Assembly, but his Republican opponent said she is considering asking for a recount.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The son of one of the world's most-wanted drug lords was arrested at an Arizona border crossing to face drug-trafficking charges in the United States, authorities said Friday.
OAKLAND (AP) - In recent months, the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit system has seen two strikes shut down service and had two workers killed on tracks.
TEACHER STABBED BY STUDENT ON CAMPUS: SANTA ROSA (AP) - Authorities say a California high school teacher has been stabbed by a student at the school that led to an hourslong lockdown.
VALLEJO (AP) - A Northern California school will no longer use a Native American as its mascot after critics decried it as offensive. The board of the Vallejo City Unified School District voted unanimously Wednesday to stop using the Apache mascot at Vallejo High School. The Times-Herald of Vallejo reports that the mascot will be retired after graduation in June, and it will not appear on any new paraphernalia the school orders. Board member Ward ...
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The board overseeing California's health insurance exchange voted unanimously Thursday to stick with its current year-end deadline of phasing out more than 1 million individual health insurance policies that fail to meet requirements of the federal health care overhaul, turning aside a plea by President Barack Obama to let those policies continue. <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; ...