LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy could hardly believe the call when he heard two women were spotted near a Lancaster intersection, one of them holding an alligator.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police and other authorities are searching the La Brea Tar Pits for evidence in a homicide investigation and aren't revealing what they may have found.
QUNEITRA, Golan Heights (AP) - Syrian rebels briefly seized control of a border crossing along the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Thursday, prompting the withdrawal of a major Austrian peacekeeping contingent and heightening fears in Israel that it could soon be dragged into the neighboring country's civil war.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The FBI started seeking information about the business and political dealings of state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother Tom, a former state assemblyman, as long ago as 2005 though the investigation only came to light this week when agents raided Ron Calderon's offices in Sacramento.
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - Former Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington has died in a Palm Springs car crash.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California middle school teacher was charged with distributing child pornography after he met an undercover agent in his classroom to look at sexually explicit images, authorities said Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-controlled House voted Thursday to resume the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children, a largely symbolic move in the first immigration-related vote in either chamber of Congress this year and a measure of the daunting challenge facing supporters of a sweeping overhaul of existing law on the subject.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A small helicopter has crashed on a ridge in Los Angeles' rugged Griffith Park.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kiefer Sutherland is slithering into a very different role.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gunfire echoed through downtown and law enforcement helicopters swooped low among office towers Thursday, but it was all a drill as the Police Department's counterterrorism unit demonstrated a response to a weapon-of-mass-destruction threat.
MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila announced their divorce Thursday after nearly 30 years of marriage.
MANTECA, Calif. (AP) - Stockton police are awaiting autopsy results on a woman missing since 1990 whose remains were unearthed from the yard of a Central Valley residence.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Touting the need to give every child the tools for success, President Barack Obama on Thursday toured a North Carolina school where every student has a laptop and called for 99 percent of American students to be connected to super-fast Internet within five years.
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California Roman Catholic diocese has reached a $1.75 million settlement with a man who said he was sexually abused by a priest who spoke openly in a 2006 documentary about molesting children.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Californians who use prepaid cellphones would pay a little more to add minutes under a bill moving through the Legislature.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Air Force took the extraordinary step Thursday of firing nine midlevel nuclear commanders and announcing it will discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base, responding firmly to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Back on track after a stumbling start, President Barack Obama's heath care overhaul reached a milestone Thursday, with more than 6 million Americans signed up for coverage through new insurance markets.
SAN FRANCISCO, March 27, 2014 – The Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA), the independent consumer advocate within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), today signed a comprehensive settlement agreement with Southern California Edison Company (Edison), San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), and The Utility Reform Network (TURN) that will prevent the utilities from charging customers, who were served by the defunct San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), for defective steam generators.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday the company will likely face federal criminal charges for its role in a fatal gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - The wandering wolf dubbed OR-7 has enjoyed well over his 15 minutes of fame. But even with continued public interest, he could soon fade from the spotlight.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - So far in 2014, each month has brought news of another arrest or conviction of a Democratic California state senator. The latest was Wednesday's arrest of Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco on federal corruption charges, news that roiled the capital and led one of Yee's opponents in the race for secretary of state to call the Legislature a "corrupt institution."
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - The International Monetary Fund pledged up to $18 billion in loans Thursday to prop up Ukraine's teetering economy, and the prime minister warned that everyone is going to feel some pain from the necessary financial reforms ahead.
PERTH, Australia (AP) - Hints about the lost Malaysian jetliner piled up Thursday, but there was precious little chance to track them down. Bad weather cut short the hunt for possible debris fields from the aircraft as satellite data revealed hundreds more objects that might be wreckage.
DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Firefighter Jeff McClelland uncovered a body on the moon-like surface that blankets what used to be the community of Oso. Suddenly, he realized the dead man's son and brother were among the volunteers scouring the debris field.
TOKYO (AP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's distinctive hairstyle is the 'do of the day on the Internet, thanks to a viral report that every male university student in the capital is now under orders to get a buzz just like it. But it appears the barbers of Pyongyang aren't exactly sharpening their scissors.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Sharp differences over abortion and birth control surfaced as President Barack Obama held his first meeting Thursday with Pope Francis, even as the president sought to emphasize common ground issues like economic inequality during a much-anticipated Vatican visit.
CHICAGO (AP) - A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California state senator who authored gun control legislation asked for campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover FBI agent to an arms trafficker, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal wildlife officials on Wednesday proposed to downgrade the status of the arroyo toad from endangered to threatened, saying the California amphibian is no longer in danger of extinction.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has approved a Republican bill to limit the president's ability to designate new national monuments, a step President Barack Obama and other presidents have taken to protect historic or ecologically significant sites.