All California fisheries to close in April to protect whales

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — All fisheries in California will close for the season in April when whales are feeding off the state's coast as part of an effort to keep Dungeness crab fishery gear from killing ...

Evacuations lifted for flooded California wine country towns

GUERNEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Jason Flint prepared for flooding in Northern California by putting his deli's valuable equipment on pallets and milk crates stacked several feet above the ground. ...

California river floods 2,000 buildings in California

GUERNEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A flooded river that swamped some 2,000 homes and other buildings in Northern California is expected to begin receding now that days of rain have eased. Th...

Thousands ordered to leave as California river rises

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of people along a flooded river were under evacuation orders Wednesday as a relentless storm pounded Northern California, drenching the San Francisco Bay Area and pummel...

California city approves 25-cent fee on disposable cups

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Patrons of restaurants and coffee shops in Berkeley, California, who don't bring a reusable cup for their beverage will have to pay a 25-cent fee for a disposable cup as part of a...

California inmate takes unlikely path to freedom: Podcasting

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — In California, inmates typically are granted parole by doing good deeds or showing they have been rehabilitated by becoming pastors, drug counselors or youth advocates. For Walt...

Police: California officer killing suspect in US illegally

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The police chief of a tiny California town fought back tears as he described the officer gunned down during a traffic stop as a patriot who fought hard to serve his adopted countr...

Residents head back into California town leveled by wildfire

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Nearly four weeks after the devastating blaze leveled her town, Jennifer Christensen was allowed back to return to her home in Paradise, where the first thing she saw was her s...

California floods recede after storms in wildfire burn areas

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Flash flood waters receded after heavy downpours inundated roads and forced evacuations in a wildfire-scarred area of Northern California. Swift water rescue tea...

Heavy rain possible in California's wildfire-burned areas

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A storm moving into California on Thursday brought rain that threatened to unleash debris flows in wildfire burn areas and snow that could cause travel problems in the Sierra Neva...

Yosemite officials investigate after 2 visitors die in fall

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials at Yosemite National Park are investigating Friday the deaths of two people who fell from a popular overlook that allows visitors to walk to the cliff's edge, where ther...

San Francisco to allow noncitizens to vote for school board

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco will become the largest city in the United States and one of only a handful nationwide to allow noncitizens, including people in the country illegally, to vote in a ...

Massive boom will corral Pacific Ocean's plastic trash

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Engineers will deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world's largest garbage patch in the ...

Men suspected of being in violent MS-13 gang are indicted

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal grand jury in California indicted 12 men suspected of being members of the violent MS-13 gang on charges that include murder, extortion, arson and drug trafficking, auth...

US students turn grief into tech startup after France attack

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A group of California college students who were in France during a 2016 terrorist attack are turning their grief into tech tools to fight terrorism. Anjali Ba...