The fifth-graders from L.A.'s Pico Union neighborhood, who rarely get to spend time in nature, say it was the best field trip ever. Mandalit del Barco/NPR hide caption

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A New Destination For Kayakers: The L.A. River?

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Marcia Muller's long-running Sharon McCone mystery series is set in San Francisco and follows Detective Sharon McCone as she helps clean the city up -- one murderer at a time. shakestercody/Flickr hide caption

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Sharon McCone: P.I. On The Pier Of San Francisco Bay

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Crews, Weather Assist In Fighting Calif. Fires

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Calif. Wildfires Spread, Homes Destroyed

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2 Firefighters Killed Amid Massive S. Calif. Wildfire

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To Flee Or Not To Flee? Texans Decide As Ike Looms

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