PASO ROBLES, Calif. (AP) - A Central Coast candidate for mayor lost big this week.
SAN MARCOS, Guatemala (AP) - Guatemalans huddled in the cold streets of an earthquake-ravaged town without communications or power on Thursday, one day after the worst temblor since 1976 shook nearly the entire country, killing at least 52 people and leaving another 22 people missing.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The man who pleaded guilty to a deadly Arizona shooting rampage that wounded former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was sentenced to life in prison Thursday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A condemned killer fighting his execution because of his extreme weight does not have accessible veins in his arms or hands and could not receive a lethal injection in his legs because he is so obese, a doctor said in a court filing.
NEW YORK (AP) - A nor'easter blustered into New York and New Jersey on Wednesday with rain and wet snow, plunging homes right back into darkness, stopping commuter trains again and inflicting another round of misery on thousands of people still reeling from Superstorm Sandy's blow more than a week ago.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California man behind an anti-Muslim film that led to violence in many parts of the Middle East was sentenced Wednesday to a year in federal prison for probation violations in an unrelated matter, then issued a provocative statement through his attorney.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Police say they were able to distract a knife-wielding man with loud noises and smoke long enough to disarm him after a nearly four-hour standoff in Montecito.
ST. HELENA, Calif. (AP) - Napa County authorities have arrested a 21-year-old suspected of breaking into House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's home in California's wine country.
SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (AP) - San Fernando voters successfully ousted their mayor and a councilwoman through a recall, after a scandalous affair between two councilmembers played out publicly like a local government-themed soap opera.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A veteran congressman claimed victory Wednesday in a tight contest to make him San Diego's first Democratic mayor in 20 years.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters delivered a victory Tuesday for Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed $6 billion-a-year tax increase, while they weighed whether to set aside the state's death penalty and refused to require manufacturers to label genetically modified food.
Democrats strengthened their hold on the Senate but failed Tuesday to recapture the majority in the House of Representatives they lost two years ago. President Barack Obama, in his freshly authorized second term, will face the same divided Congress in 2013 that has bedeviled efforts to enact his major legislation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mother of "Modern Family" star Ariel Winter has temporarily lost custody of the actress amid allegations she's been abusive to the teenager.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California man who was behind an anti-Muslim film that led to violence in the Middle East has been sentenced to one year in prison for violating probation stemming from a 2010 bank fraud conviction.
NEW YORK (AP) - A nor'easter blustered into New York and New Jersey on Wednesday, bringing wet snow to some areas, knocking down tree limbs and power lines, and inflicting misery all over again on tens of thousands of people still reeling from Superstorm Sandy.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Las Vegas businessman who developed the Grand Canyon Skywalk glass bridge in northwestern Arizona and later became entangled in legal battles about it has died in Los Angeles, a company representative said Friday.
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) - A diamond wedding ring that was mistakenly sold at a community yard sale has been returned to its owner.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Paynter won the $63,866 feature at Betfair Hollywood Park by 4½ lengths Friday in his return to racing after a nearly 11-month layoff because of serious health issues.
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Police are searching for a man suspected of stabbing a college student after a fight broke out at a party at University of California, Irvine.
NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft and Sony offered new details this week on the game consoles they will start selling before the holiday shopping season. The Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 will join Nintendo's Wii U, which came out last year, in vying for shoppers' attention and dollars at a time many people are turning to phones and tablets for gaming.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Legislature passed California's massive state spending plan Friday amid sharp divisions over whether the compromise struck by Democrats and Gov. Jerry Brown will further the state's recovery or eventually return it to the multibillion-dollar deficits common during the recession.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - They call him "The Hag," but now Merle Haggard can answer to "doctor" as well.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Ten more homes have been found burned by what was already Colorado's most destructive wildfire.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder says national security has been damaged as a result of leaks about a pair of government surveillance programs and that the U.S. will punish the person who is responsible.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - A San Bernardino police officer's fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man two years ago has been deemed justified.
PARIS (AP) - Airbus sent a new wide-body plane into the skies Friday that sets the stage for intensifying competition with U.S. rival Boeing - with consequences for jobs, airlines' investments and the reputations of the powerful planemakers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three brothers from Northern California have been charged with operating an illegal website that showed bootleg versions of popular TV shows and movies.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A sheriff's spokesman is providing new details on the arrest of Fresno's fire chief, saying he knocked his wife to the ground and choked another family member.
PICO RIVERA, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles County authorities say there's no evidence that drugs or alcohol were involved in a head-on car crash that killed three people, including two children.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Newtown held a moment of silence Friday for the victims of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School at a remembrance event that doubled as a call to action on gun control, with the reading of names of thousands of victims of gun violence.