BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A power planning group for four Western states is asking Congress to help them build a stronger line of defense against what some officials call an unfolding environmental disaster - an invasive mussel that is clogging Colorado River reservoirs like Lake Mead outside Las Vegas after ravaging the Great Lakes region.
ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, Calif. (AP) - A Los Angeles-area law enforcement chase has ended with the pursued pickup truck veering off a road, flying down an embankment and crashing into a tree.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court says a death row inmate sentenced to die for a Bakersfield killing should get a competency evaluation or a new trial.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A new poll finds Californians overwhelmingly support capping pension benefits and raising the minimum retirement age for public employees.
NEW YORK (AP) - Spike Lee worked with Michael Jackson and considered him a friend, but the director says even he learned a lot combing through footage of the icon for a planned documentary about the singer's "Bad" album.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The burgeoning Los Angeles County jail population is forcing the sheriff to consider shipping inmates to jails in San Joaquin Valley to ease crowding.
HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) - Investigators say a Southern California motorist ran over his wife with his sport utility vehicle before he fled the scene and died in a Mojave Desert rollover crash.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles County sheriff's captain who ran Men's Central Jail denies fostering a culture of deputy brutality.
WASHINGTON (AP) - For Rep. Lois Capps of California and other vulnerable House Democrats, a string of successful re-election bids and double-digit margins of victory may mean little this year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Only time will tell if the quick divorce settlement reached between Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise lasts longer than their five-year marriage.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats want to push tax cuts through the Senate for companies that hire new workers, give raises or buy major new equipment this year.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - A prosecutor said Monday a man who was angry about being thrown out of a house where his family was staying was guilty of murdering five people who had heart attacks after he deliberately torched a hillside and started a raging wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes in Southern California.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill delaying a vote on an $11 billion water bond until November 2014.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers may have given their OK to what could be the nation's first high-speed rail line, but the project is still a long way from leaving the station.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles says taxes were driving car dealers out of town. Now it's trying to lure them back.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rushing toward the exits, Congress on Thursday scrambled to wrap up legislation addressing the problem-plagued Veterans Affairs Department and a looming shortfall in highway money. House Republicans sought to win over reluctant, tea party conservatives on a border security bill.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hundreds of cars submerged below murky water. A landmark basketball court, newly refurbished, showing signs of buckling. Soaked and stained carpets. An athletic track coated in mud.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - The deadliest recorded Ebola outbreak surpassed 700 deaths across West Africa on Thursday as the World Health Organization announced dozens of new deaths reported in the last several days.
ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) - As fighting raged in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 and got a first look at where it was brought down by a missile two weeks ago.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reliever Jean Machi and the San Francisco Giants took advantage of a huge baserunning blunder by Pittsburgh, tagging out two runners who wandered away on the same play and beating the Pirates 7-5 Wednesday to end a six-game losing streak.
NEW YORK (AP) - The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying.
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Tyron Smith has a new contract that will probably make him the most important blocker for the next Dallas quarterback after Tony Romo.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky swamp points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed decades ago.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown wrapped up a three-day visit to Mexico on Wednesday, saying he will work with the U.S. government upon his return home to find a long-term solution to the immigration crisis.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is threatening to veto a spending bill drafted by House Republicans to deal with the influx of Central American minors at the U.S. border.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday, as they tried to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park away from a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.
WASHINGTON (AP) - When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A bill to deal with the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border has won a temporary reprieve in the Senate.
WASHINGTON (AP) - After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down, clashes on Wednesday between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels again prevented international experts from reaching the crash site to recover remains still baking in midsummer heat in farm fields - deepening frustration for victims' relatives and the governments whose citizens died.