SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Perched among the rowboats at a wetlands sanctuary is a slick, fiberglass shell named "Merrill," a boat that marks just one of many ways an 85-year-old veteran detained for the past month in North Korea has touched this beachfront community.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists are studying why the Italian wall lizard introduced into a Los Angeles neighborhood 20 years ago has virtually replaced a native species.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park officials say a family member has found a 60-year-old woman who went missing after leaving her home for a hike.
RACIAL SLURS, SWASTIKAS FOUND ON 7 LA VEHICLES
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Katie Couric is joining Yahoo to anchor an expansion of the Internet company's video news coverage in a move that she hopes will help persuade other broadcast TV veterans to make the transition into online programming.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A judge on Monday tore up California's funding plans for what would be the nation's first bullet train, issuing separate orders that could force the state to spend months or years redrawing its plans for the $68 billion rail line.
OFFICIAL: SCHOOL FAILED STUDENT IN HARASSMENT CASE: SAN JOSE (AP) - The president of a California university where four white students are accused of harassing a black student says the school failed to adequately intervene or impose sanctions.
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.
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.
OAKLAND (AP) - Three people were killed in blustery Northern California, football playoffs were called off because of rain in Arizona, and dozens of cars became stranded in snowy rural Nevada as winter weather barreled through the West.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California's unemployment rate fell to 8.7 percent in September and was unchanged in October, snapping a two-month streak of increases, the state Employment Development Department said Friday.
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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A key witness who failed to show up in a burglary case involving Nicolas Cage's ex-girlfriend because he vanished while walking his dog was found Friday, police said.
SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A judge sentenced a man to death Friday in the decades-old killings of four women with matching initials, saying the serial killer has "made this world a worse place."
SACRAMENTO (AP) - In the 1970s, the environmental movement had no bigger political hero than California Gov. Jerry Brown. He cracked down on polluters, ended tax breaks for oil companies and promoted solar energy.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Students entering the University of California system in 2017 will have to be vaccinated against measles and other diseases under new immunization rules announced Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sixteen people at a Northern California high school have tested positive for tuberculosis exposure after a student was diagnosed with active tuberculosis.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A storm sweeping down the West Coast pelted parts of the San Francisco Bay Area with much-needed rain Friday, triggered flooding that swamped several homes in Washington state, and unleashed hurricane-force winds in Nevada.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook and LinkedIn want to boost dwindling numbers of women studying engineering and computer science with a collaborative initiative announced Friday that they hope will eventually fill thousands of lucrative Silicon Valley jobs long dominated by men.
WOMAN BATTLES NAVAJO NATION OVER HUSBAND'S BODY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman who was ordered to return her husband's body to the country's largest American Indian reservation for burial said she's not ready to stop fighting to have his remains laid to rest at a California veterans cemetery.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Regulators in California, the country's third-largest oil-producing state, have authorized oil companies to inject production fluids and waste into what are now federally protected aquifers more than 2,500 times, risking contamination of underground water supplies that could be used for drinking water or irrigation, state records show.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - California, the country's third-largest oil-producing state, has improperly given oil companies more than 2,500 permits to inject production fluids and oilfield waste into underground water supplies that are used for drinking water or irrigation, state records show.
ARMED WOMAN KILLED BY CALIFORNIA POLICE TRIED 3 CARJACKINGS: EMERYVILLE (AP) - A Northern California woman who was shot and killed by police had pointed a gun at store security guards and then tried to carjack at least three people at gunpoint before turning her revolver on officers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco is getting pushback from some parents, students and teachers at parochial schools after unveiling faculty handbook language calling on teachers to lead their public and professional lives consistently with church teachings on homosexuality, same-sex marriage, abortion, birth control and other behaviors he describes as evil.
PERRIS (AP) - A reef made of giant tires that was sunk 40 years ago in a Southern California lake has broken the surface again, thanks to the drought.
MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Hometown friends and fans of "To Kill A Mockingbird" author Harper Lee are struggling to reconcile a publisher's sensational announcement - that her decades-old manuscript for a sequel had been rediscovered and will be released - with the image of the elderly writer at her sister's recent funeral.
MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago police officer was acquitted Wednesday in the death of a 95-year-old World War II veteran whom he shot with a beanbag gun at an assisted living facility.
KINGS BEACH (AP) - The mild winter has taken a toll on Sierra ski resorts but the lack of snow has some golfers hitting the links much earlier than usual at a course with a long history on Lake Tahoe's north shore.
VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) - Federal investigators looking into a fiery commuter train wreck that killed six people zeroed in Wednesday on what they called the big question on everyone's mind: Why was the driver of an SUV stopped on the tracks, between the lowered crossing gates?