Negotiators hoping to forge a new contract for dockworkers and keep hundreds of billions of dollars in cargo moving smoothly through West Coast seaports made significant progress with a tentative deal on health care benefits, a knotty issue that tied up talks for months.

A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone.

Alibaba's quarterly revenue growth is surging again, a development that should help the Chinese e-commerce company sell its shares in what could become the technology industry's most lucrative IPO.

California lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown say they have reached a deal that would offer $330 million a year in tax credits for Hollywood film productions over five years.

The U.S. Forest Service is expected to unveil its plan Wednesday for what to do with millions of trees killed one year ago in a massive California wildfire.

Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape.

Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play "Pac-Man." And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like "Street Fighter II" and "Super Mario Bros."

The state Assembly approved legislation on Tuesday that would require certain replica guns to be sold in bright colors or transparent to avoid deadly mix-ups with police officers.

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who is regarded as the Republican Party's best hope for winning a statewide office in November, introduced herself on Tuesday as an outsider who would bring fiscal independence as California's state controller.

The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage and the rubble in Vallejo got scant attention.

Agricultural water providers in the Central Valley of California asked a federal judge to stop releases of extra water intended to help salmon in the Klamath Basin survive the drought.

NBC says the Emmys thrived despite a Monday airing in the dog days of August.

A Southern California food company has recalled nearly 93,000 pounds of fully cooked chicken Caesar salad kits sold at Sam's Club stores over concerns of possible listeria contamination.

The Malibu region's growing wine industry, made up of some 50 commercial vineyards, could be squeezed by proposed regulations that would prohibit new grape growing in a large swath of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Tucson-based Mister Car Wash, one of the nation's biggest car-wash chains, has been acquired by a Los Angeles-based private equity firm.

Faced with criticism about the planning and rollout of a $1 billion effort by the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide iPads to all students, Superintendent John Deasy on Tuesday suspended future use of a contract with Apple Inc.

Gap, Inc. plans to expand its distribution center in the Hudson Valley, adding up to 1,200 jobs over the next five years while investing $96 million into upgrading the facility.

The Assembly on Monday rejected legislation that would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, but the bill could be heard again later this week.

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed bills on a wide range of topics, from smartphone protections to curriculum updates.

A federal judge has overturned part of a California law requiring a 10-day waiting period for gun buyers, ruling that it does not apply to those who already own firearms.

The state Senate has approved a bill that would impose a fine of up to $250 for using or possessing certain synthetic drugs that are growing in popularity among teenagers.

Legislation headed to the governor's desk requires businesses to help protect consumers against identity theft after data breaches.

Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games.

Here's a sign more households are going without cable or satellite TV: TiVo Inc. is making a digital video recorder just for so-called cord-cutters.

Hackers attacked Sony's PlayStation Network and apparently disrupted the travel plans of a top company executive by going on Twitter to suggest that there was a bomb on his American Airlines plane.

Chip supplier Fairchild Semiconductor is eliminating about 1,350 jobs in the U.S. and Asia — about 15 percent of its total workforce — to reduce costs.

The co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse accused of processing cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge.

The earthquake that jarred California's wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass in the rush to get the tourist hotspot back in shape for the summer's final holiday weekend.

The tourists stream to Florida in their cars, intent on a week at Disney or a sugar-sand seashore or a nonstop party on South Beach. Road weary and thirsty, they pull over at one of the state's five official welcome centers. They walk inside, and then they look up.

Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, "Are we there yet?" The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use.

In a story Aug. 25 about death of University of Phoenix founder John Sperling, The Associated Press reported erroneously the day that Sperling died. He died Friday, not Sunday.

A disease called greening is threatening to wipe out a vital part of Florida's economy and identity: the state's $9 billion citrus industry. Here are 10 things to know about Florida citrus, its history and the disease now imperiling the industry:

The tourists stream to Florida in their cars, intent on a week at Disney or a sugar-sand seashore or a nonstop party on South Beach. Road weary and thirsty, they pull over at one of the state's five official welcome centers. They walk inside, and then they look up.

Citrus has always been synonymous with Florida.

A disease called greening is threatening to wipe out a vital part of Florida's economy and identity: the state's $9 billion citrus industry. Here are 10 things to know about Florida citrus, its history and the disease now imperiling the industry:

The average U.S. price of gasoline has dipped 4 cents per gallon in the past two weeks, and prices in California have fallen 5 cents in the same time period.

Lawmakers from both parties are pushing to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January, but their efforts appear to be dead with just a week to go in the legislative session.

As more Californians tear out their lawns and plant drought-friendly gardens, many homeowners wonder how the effort will pencil out.

Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche said Sunday it has reached an $8.3 billion deal to buy InterMune Inc., a California-based developer of treatments for lung diseases.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" became the summer's top-grossing movie at the North American box office with a $17.6 million weekend that narrowly bested the young adult melodrama "If I Stay," while the long-delayed "Sin City" sequel, "A Dame to Kill For," flopped.

A Southern California hot sauce plant that came under fire for its spicy odors is throwing open its doors to the public, offering a whiff of excitement and perhaps a breath of fresh air in its relations with its neighbors.

Tesla Motors Inc. is building a supercharger station in the Sierra Nevada north of Lake Tahoe where drivers of the company's electric cars can recharge along Interstate 80, a newspaper says.

Botox maker Allergan Inc. is reviewing shareholder requests for a special meeting to consider replacing most of its board, a change fellow drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. is seeking as part of the hostile takeover attempt it's been waging since April.

In a story Aug. 23 about the declining number of gay bathhouses The Associated Press reported erroneously that Todd Saporito, the CEO of Ohio-based Flex Spas, ran the Gay Games that were held in Cleveland. Saporito held events at his bathhouse and nightclub in conjunction with the games but was not involved in running the event.

What if Michael Brown's last moments had been recorded?

In a story Aug. 22 about firearm safety bills, The Associated Press reported erroneously that SB505 would require law enforcement officers to check California's gun database when conducting welfare checks on individuals. In fact, the bill had been amended to require local law enforcement agencies to adopt policies that encourage officers to check the databases. A corrected version of the story is below:

Drought-conscious California officials are rallying behind a San Francisco Bay Area woman who replaced her lawn with low-water native plants, then was hit with a fine from her homeowners association.

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell 17 this week to 1,896.

About 100,000 Californians who haven't yet proved their citizenship or legal residency in the U.S. face losing their health care coverage this fall, state officials said.

Fitbit, the maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices, said Friday that it does not sell personal data to advertisers, contrary to concerns raised by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.



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