December 2, 2012 The boat, suspected of illegal activities, rammed into a Coast Guard vessel off of the Southern California coast, knocking two crew members in to the ocean.
Motorcyclists Hanna Gilan, right, and her son Chaim Gilan fill up their Vespa scooters with less than two gallons at a gas station in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles on Oct. 4, 2012.
October 5, 2012 Refinery and pipeline troubles pushed wholesale fuel costs to a record high this week, leading to higher gas prices for Californians. Industry watchers say those prices may not drop any time soon.
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June 6, 2012 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's victory Tuesday wasn't the only defeat for organized labor. Adding to the day being a memorably rotten one for unions were voter initiatives in two of California's largest cities, San Diego and San Jose, aimed at reducing the burden of public employees' pensions on taxpayers.
November 17, 2011 The governor and other state officials won't defend the initiative's constitutionality. The state court says Proposition 8's supporters can. It's a procedural victory for opponents of same-sex marriage.
In the hills above town, farmers till a newly sprouted cornfield near San Miguel Cuevas, Mexico.
June 24, 2011 Once upon a time, photographer Matt Black heard a mysterious language that led him to ghost towns in remote Mexico.
June 17, 2011 Who needs Hollywood when there's drama like that playing out in Sacramento, California? Of course, watching Gov. Jerry Brown's YouTube video in which he explained why he vetoed the budget the state legislature sent him isn't as exciting as a choreographed car chase but still involves collisions.
May 17, 2011 Not much good news has come out of state capitals in recent years, with most states struggling with deficits, layoffs and cuts to essential services. But this week word came that tax revenues were significantly higher than expected in several large states — California, Michigan and New Jersey.
National Weather Service radar image, from 7:41 a.m. ET on Dec. 29, of storms moving over Los Angeles.
December 29, 2010 More storms are lashing Los Angeles today. But the good news is that lots of snow in the mountains should help drought-plagued California in the spring.
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September 29, 2010 California governor candidates Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown showed their different styles and clashed on their backgrounds in their first face to face debate.
August 20, 2010 California More Overdue For 'Big One' Than Earlier Thought
August 16, 2010 California's same-sex ban lasts until at least December as an appeals court has it on review.
June 24, 2010 One of Thursday's most interesting stories was the Los Angeles Times' eye-opening piece about the use in California of welfare cash-benefit cards at ATMS in casinos.
May 4, 2010 The Attorney General of Virginia recently gave his staff a censored version of the state seal -- the original shows a bare breast. Turns out Virginia isn't alone with its NSFW emblem. Join the Wait Wait staff for an illustrated tour of other state seals in need of a little censorship.
December 1, 2009 NPR's Richard Gonzales returns to the city of Richmond, Calif., to see how the community's coping following a gang rape of a 16-year-old girl.
June 16, 2008 As California prepares for the first legal gay marriages in the state, a battle grows between those who say they support equal rights and those who say they support religious freedom.
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