SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Companies prospecting for oil off California's coast have used hydraulic fracturing on at least a dozen occasions to force open cracks beneath the seabed, and now regulators are investigating whether the practice should require a separate permit and be subject to stricter environmental review.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Five spectators were injured Saturday after shrapnel was sent flying at the demolition of a decommissioned steam power plant in California's Central Valley, authorities said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - College filmmakers were using fake guns to shoot a robbery scene at a suburban Los Angeles coffee shop when the movie took a scary twist that wasn't in the script.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The developers of a Hollywood skyscraper have agreed to dig a trench to determine whether an earthquake fault runs beneath the site slated for the project.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - If a girl younger than 16 gives birth and won't name the father, a new Mississippi law - likely the first of its kind in the country - says authorities must collect umbilical cord blood and run DNA tests to prove paternity as a step toward prosecuting statutory rape cases.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday paved the way for the early release of nearly 10,000 California inmates by year's end despite warnings by Gov. Jerry Brown and other state officials that a public safety crisis looms if they're forced to open the prison gates.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three million Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and elsewhere lost access to CBS programming on multiple channels Friday as the cable provider dropped the network in a dispute over fees.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - More ferries and buses will be deployed to get commuters across San Francisco Bay. Carpool lanes will be open all day, not just for rush hour. And gift cards for coffee will be handed out to drivers who pick up riders.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Food stamps look ripe for the picking, politically speaking.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States issued a global travel alert Friday, citing an al-Qaida threat that also caused the State Department to close 21 embassies and consulates this weekend in the Muslim world.
NEW YORK (AP) - Comic and daytime television host Ellen DeGeneres was picked to host the Academy Awards for the second time.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - An American diplomat who police say was speeding crossed the center line in his SUV and rammed into a full mini-bus, killing a father of three whose widow is six months pregnant, officials said Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers added 162,000 jobs in July, a modest increase and the fewest since March. At the same time, the unemployment rate fell to a 4½-year low of 7.4 percent, a hopeful sign.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Chinese sculptor has removed a disputed inscription from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial statue that he designed on the National Mall and said Thursday that he is working on a new finish for the side of the artwork.
SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) - A U.S. Army soldier who died more than 60 years ago at a Korean War prison camp has been buried near San Francisco.
Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year, thanks to a longstanding research program by the U.S. government and the military.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Orange County prosecutors can seek the death penalty for a man who admitted killing eight people at a hair salon, but they can't use evidence improperly gleaned from a jailhouse informant in the case, a judge ruled Monday.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Attorneys representing the family of former California football player Ted Agu are planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Regents of the University of California.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Labor Department says the professional networking service LinkedIn has agreed to pay nearly $6 million in unpaid wages and damages to 359 current and former employees.
NEW YORK (AP) - Travelers, prepare to pay more for your flight.
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say 26-year-old man was shot by police after allegedly driving recklessly and injuring an officer outside the Ventura County Fair.
MOUNT BALDY, Calif. (AP) - Crews cleared roads in an area where some 2,500 had been stranded after thunderstorms caused mountain mudslides in Southern California, while authorities estimated that between 6 and 8 homes were badly damaged and likely uninhabitable.
ATLANTA (AP) - Missionary Nancy Writebol, one of two known Americans stricken with Ebola, wasn't looking to abandon her overseas work. But Jeremy Writebol believes his 59-year-old mother can yield a greater good from her impending return to the United States amid West Africa's worst-ever outbreak of the often-deadly virus.
WASHINGTON (AP) - James Brady, the White House press secretary gravely wounded during the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, died Monday, his family announced. Brady was 73.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Sitting on the deck at his beloved Meadowbrook, Michael Phelps glances toward the pool where he was once afraid to put his face in the water.
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy claims the April confrontation between the federal government and his armed supporters was part of an age-old spiritual battle between good and evil.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - An Israeli-declared temporary cease-fire and troop withdrawals slowed violence in the Gaza war Monday, though an attack on an Israeli bus that killed one person in Jerusalem underscored the tensions still simmering in the region.
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Nigerian authorities on Monday confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa's most populous country, an alarming setback as officials across the region battle to stop the spread of a disease that has killed more than 700 people.
MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian border security official said Monday that more than 400 Ukrainian soldiers have crossed into Russia, although both sides gave conflicting accounts as to why they had decided to cross the border.
KUNMING, China (AP) - Rescuers found scores of survivors on Monday as they dug through homes shattered by an earthquake in southern China that killed at least 398 people and injured more than 1,800. Rainstorms were expected to continue to hinder rescue efforts over the coming days.