TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) - Fire officials in Orange County say a small wildfire has burned about five acres in an unincorporated area east of Tustin, but it's not threatening homes yet.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A chef who told police he boiled his wife's body for four days to hide evidence of her death was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder.
MILAN (AP) - The crew of the Costa Concordia has been awarded the "Seafarer of the Year" award at the Lloyds List Global Awards ceremony for "the courage and professionality" demonstrated by crew members when the ship hit rocks and capsized last January.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Yosemite National Park officials plan to offer testing to all employees in the park to determine whether they have been infected with a deadly mouse-borne virus.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Court records show "Sons of Anarchy" actor Johnny Lewis was released from jail a week before being found dead in his driveway after police say he apparently killed his landlady.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - President Barack Obama has appealed to veterans and military families in defense-focused southeast Virginia, casting himself as a president who is ending foreign entanglements and aiding returning soldiers with educational opportunities.
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian authorities on Thursday sent text messages over cell phones nationwide with a message for rebels fighting President Bashar Assad's regime: "Game over."
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - A gunshot rang out at an Oklahoma junior high school before classes began Wednesday, terrifying teenagers who feared a gunman was on the loose.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Hunters in California will no longer be able to use dogs to hunt bears and bobcats under one of several bills Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing Wednesday that relate to the state Department of Fish and Game.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A longtime San Francisco gay rights advocate is pleading not guilty to six counts of possessing and distributing child pornography.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Democratic Rep. Pete Stark, the longest-serving member of California's largest-in-the-nation congressional delegation, offered a taste of his trademark invective.
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Police believe they've found a man who's been dumping dirty adult diapers on streets in Orange County after pulling over a 67-year-old man from an upscale neighborhood with several in his car.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Passengers say they had to tackle a passenger who was allegedly behaving aggressively and grabbing women during a flight from Chicago to Orange County's John Wayne Airport.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL and the referees' union have reached a tentative contract agreement, ending an impasse that began in June when the league locked out the officials and used replacements instead.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - In one TV ad, a husband and wife talk fondly of a lesbian couple who moved into their neighborhood. In another, a married couple speaks of wanting fair treatment for their lesbian daughter. A third features a pastor talking supportively about gay unions.
WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) - The 71-year-old retired police officer accused of shooting a man in a Florida movie theater is scheduled for his first appearance in court.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Red flag warnings remain posted as dry and gusty Santa Ana winds continue to buffet much of Southern California.
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