Who is Californian of the year?

As we approach the end of the year, AirTalk wants your help in deciding who you think is the most influential Californian of the Year.

Winds may be to blame for power outage north of LA

Utility officials say winds may be to blame for a power outage northwest of Los Angeles. Crews expect to restore power by 11 p.m.

Don't get stuck: Find a ride during the holidays

Avoid drinking and driving during Christmas and New Year's Eve by getting a ride with public transit or a car service. See our list of holiday fares and schedules.

Last-minute shopping: Where to find a gift on Christmas Eve

Put on your shopping face and head out to one of these local stores open on Christmas Eve for your last-minute gifts.

LA's ban on plastic bags starts Jan. 1

LA's plastic-bag ban starts Jan. 1 in large grocery stores such as Ralph's and Von's and will expand to include smaller stores July 1.

Santa's helpers lend a hand at LA post office

Every year, millions of children write letters to Santa. When he can't get to everything on a kid's wish list, Santa sometimes forwards the requests to helpers at the US Post Office.

Holiday cards help connect LA's homeless with loved ones

For 20 years, Skip Matthews has spent many a December day urging people to mail holiday cards. "How simple is that? To let your mom know you’re still alive?" he says.

Judge tells Calif. hospital to keep treating teen

A judge ordered the hospital to keep 13-year-old Jahi McMath, who has been declared brain dead after a tonsillectomy, on life support for another week.

Bus company behind bus that crashed in Baldwin Park had checkered past

The company that operates a tour bus that crashed Monday morning on its way back from a casino, injuring 13, had raised safety concerns at the CHP. Drivers for the company were pulled over for inspections 17 times over the past two years.

Is the tour bus you're taking on California's watch list?

Look up commercial bus companies legally operating in California, beginning with those on the so-called "watch list," which are noted by the "further monitoring" designation, and whether the DOT has issued a "violation", an "alert", or both.

Missing mountain bikers found in Angeles National Forest (updated)

The search began after four men did not return from a ride from Mount Wilson in Angeles National Forest to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Windsor Turnout in Pasadena.

Final day of horse racing at Inglewood's Hollywood Park

The 260-acre track that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 will be turned into a housing and retail development starting next year.

Orange County's popular Vietnamese radio host Viet Dzung dies

Dzung was known for his show on Radio Bolsa. The show reaches the Vietnamese community around the world. Dzung was born in 1958 in Saigon.

Closure: 94-year-old widow receives remains of fallen husband

Clara Gantt held out hope for a happy ending for six decades. On Friday, her hope faded, but she received closure, when the remains of her husband were flown back home.

Korean War pilot who landed blind dies at 83

Kenneth Schechter, a Korean War pilot who landed his plane while blinded from a wound, has died. He was 83. He died in Fairfield, California.

Casino charter buses passed recent inspections

It will be some time before inspectors know if factors other than weather contributed to two crashes this week, one of which took the life of a Van Nuys woman.