A planet that's rocky like Earth and only slightly bigger has been discovered orbiting Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to our solar system, scientists reported Wednesday. It is probably in the not-too-hot, not-too-cold Goldilocks Zone where liquid water -- a key to life -- is possible, if the planet has an atmosphere.
For years, Wanda Witter has lived on the streets in Washington, D.C., trying to persuade officials that Social Security owes her more than $100,000. For years, the 80-year-old woman says people dismissed her as crazy.
Two major wildfires in Monterey County are about 60 miles apart according to Cal Fire website maps and have prompted the Monterey County Board of Supervisors to take further action.
A judge has tossed a lawsuit filed against Monsanto Co. by the cities of San Jose, Oakland and Berkeley claiming that the St. Louis-based business is just as responsible as them for cleaning up harmful polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in San Francisco Bay.
After weeks of uncertainty, the state Assembly on Tuesday approved a bill that extends California's landmark greenhouse gas reduction targets and bolsters the state's status as a world leader in the fight against climate change.
Two months after he hosted a fundraiser for House Speaker Paul Ryan, one of the nation's most powerful Republicans, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday will help Hillary Clinton raise money for her presidential campaign.
The father of a Nebraska toddler killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World last June reached into the animal's mouth in an attempt to free his son's head from the reptile's jaw, according to a final report on the death released Monday by Florida's wildlife agency
A woman staying at a senior living facility in Lakeport died Sunday evening after she went back inside her burning building, Lakeport Fire Chief Doug Hutchison said Monday.
The San Francisco-based maker of smart motorcycle helmets collapsed following company infighting, a botched acquisition deal and a missed round of funding.
A former Santa Clara County correctional deputy was arrested Monday night in connection with an assault at the Main Jail nearly three years ago that, according to one law enforcement source, left an inmate with a broken cheekbone and other injuries.
Retired Contra Costa Fire Capt. Jon Wilmot, convicted of felony embezzlement, was one of the first public employees to have their pensions reduced based on the California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly two-thirds of this year's high school graduates took the ACT college entrance exam, and their scores suggest that many remain unprepared for the rigors of college-level coursework.
Campbell City Councilman Jeffrey Cristina was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic violence, the city of Campbell announced.
A motorcyclist was killed in a collision with another vehicle Tuesday night on southbound Highway 17 near Vasona Lake County Park, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A strong earthquake hit a mountainous area of central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday morning, with injuries and building collapses reported.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump and his Republican allies say Hillary Clinton is weak, lacks stamina and doesn't look presidential.
A 46-year-old El Granada man has been ordered to stand trial in connection with a hit-and-run that claimed the life of a longtime Apple software engineer earlier this year.
Authorities are warning residents who use services like Airbnb to rent out their homes to take added precautions after a man allegedly burglarized an apartment he made reservations for but canceled at the last minute earlier this month.
In a dramatic development indicating that the chronically undermanned San Jose Police Department is not turning a corner as fast as some had hoped, the city is moving toward declaring a state of emergency to redistribute more officers to the streets.
Judge Aaron Persky was scheduled to decide whether to reduce plumber Robert Chain's felony conviction for possession of child pornography to a misdemeanor, but on Monday took himself off the case.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A Mississippi firefighter who received the world's most extensive face transplant after a burning building collapsed on him said Wednesday that he feels like "a normal guy" for the first time in 15 years.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The American University of Afghanistan came under militant attack on Wednesday, according to an Associated Press photographer who was in class at the time.
Bowles Hall is reopening this week as a residential college for men and women, a project spearheaded and financed by alumni.
Philanthropist Peter Hero died Sunday at age 73.
The employees targeted have back-office responsibilities, including legal and accounting services.
Mirroring findings by the Bay Area News Group's years-long series 'Drugging Our Kids,'' a highly critical state audit released Tuesday concluded that California and its counties have failed to adequately oversee the prescription of psychotropic medications to foster care children.
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a victory for teacher unions, a divided California Supreme Court decided Monday to let the state's teacher tenure law stand.
American Muslims across California called for greater inclusion and acceptance Monday, amid a growing anti-Muslim rhetoric they say is fueled by the upcoming presidential election.
A 19-year-old San Jose man who was arrested in the deadly shooting of a teen boy last week has been freed after prosecutors decided they did not have enough proof to charge him in the killing.
Scientists using unmanned submersibles are exploring the USS Independence, which sits under 2,600 feet of water off Half Moon Bay, in a mission being webcast live at nautiluslive.org