Feinstein backs Padilla in tight Secretary of State race

L.A. State Senator Alex Padilla got a boost when Leland Yee withdrew his candidacy, but this may still be a highly competitive race in June.

Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 after its arrival on Monday at Maui's Kahului Airport. After the same flight landed on Sunday, a California teen emerged from the left rear wheel well.

Wheel well stowaway was 'runaway kid with a bad idea'

The California teen "ran for the nearest plane," the FBI says. He ended up riding 5 1/2 hours to Hawaii and luckily survived the thin air and freezing temperatures.

It was a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767 such as this, authorities say, on which a California teen stowed away in the wheel well. He reportedly survived the 5 1/2-hour flight from San Jose to Maui.

You can survive a flight in a jet's wheel well, but probably won't

A California teen, the FBI says, flew from San Jose to Maui inside the landing gear bay of a Boeing 767. He is said to be OK. He's also very lucky. Nearly everyone else who's tried has died.

Survey: US gas prices jump 9 cents per gallon

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg says the average U.S. price of gasoline has jumped 9 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, bringing the total increase to 40 cents over 10 weeks.

Teen survives flight to Hawaii in jet's wheel well, FBI says

"Kid's lucky to be alive," an FBI spokesman says of a 16-year-old boy who authorities think stowed away Sunday in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui. The odds were against him.

Challenges to deal on $3.3 billion San Onofre nuclear costs

Objections and legal challenge have been filed against the proposed deal that would stick Southern California utility ratepayers with $3.3 billion in San Onofre nuclear plant costs.

California's drought ripples through businesses, then to schools

California farmers produce an enormous proportion of American produce, but the state is now experiencing a record-breaking drought that is being felt throughout the state and the U.S.

US military trains for an uncertain future in the Mojave

The military's training center at Fort Irwin in California is complete with mock Middle Eastern villages. But as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan winds down, how will this facility change?

CA man survives deadly Mt. Everest avalanche

Jon Reiter of Kenwood, California says he feel lucky to have survived the Mt. Everest avalanche that killed 12 Friday.

Orland bus crash: California Highway Patrol releases 911 tapes

The California Highway Patrol is still investigating last week's crash between a high school tour bus and a FedEx truck that killed 10 people.

Prop 8 lawyer's views on gay marriage evolving

The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman.

Ordnance rendered safe; Solvang evacuations lifted

Evacuees from hundreds of homes and businesses in the Central California town of Solvang were returning early Thursday after experts removed a military ordnance found in the town's business district and rendered it safe.

Rise of armed groups in Mexico prompts hope, fear among LA's michoacanos

In Los Angeles, families with close ties to the Mexican state of Michoacán are playing a role in an effort to end the violent drug conflict in their home country, spurring a debate over the armed civilian groups that have risen to counter drug cartels.

Bus crash memorials: 2 counselors and a student to be remembered

Memorials for three victims of the Orland bus crash that occurred when a bus collided with a FedEx truck will be held Tuesday and Wednesday in Southern California.

Bus crash: Humboldt State vows to bring back surviving students

Humboldt State University President Rollin Richmond said the university will do their best to arrange for surviving students who did not make it for preview weekend due to a fatal bus crash to come back and “try to avoid bringing them up on a bus.”

Bus Crash: NTSB vows to use tragedy to review bus safety laws

A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said the agency saw no evidence of the Fed-Ex truck was on fire before crashing. He added the department will use the investigation to examine bus regulations nationally.