'Shrimp Boy' pleads not guilty to racketeering 

(AP) — A man prosecutors accuse of heading a crime syndicate based in San Francisco's Chinatown pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a new charge of racketeering.

Chickens share backyards and pests with dogs, cats

(AP) — The popular push for locally produced food has spawned flocks of backyard chickens in urban neighborhoods nationwide, but people may not realize that feasting on fresh eggs can mean subjecting their more typical household pets to pain from a new pest that hitches a ride on hens.

Progress reported on 2 California wildfires

(AP) — Fire crews have gained ground on two of the largest wildfires in California, lifting evacuation orders for about half the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite National Park and redeploying firefighters battling another fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento.

Microsoft spreads Cortana abroad in Windows Phone

(AP) — Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K.

UCLA wades through damages of pipe flooding

(AP) — The quiet summer campus of UCLA suddenly was steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some 8 million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation.

Twitter 2Q results soar, stock flies high

(AP) — Stronger-than-expected results pushed Twitter's stock sharply higher on Tuesday after the short messaging service said its revenue more than doubled in the second quarter.

Biotech drugmaker Amgen laying off at least 2,400 

(AP) — Biologic drugmaker Amgen plans to lay off 12 percent to 15 percent of its worldwide workforce and close sites in Colorado and Washington state to fund investments, particularly launching new drugs.

Annoying minor floods are increasing on US coasts 

(AP) — Along much of America's coasts, the type of flooding that is more annoying than dangerous has jumped more than fivefold in the last 50 years, the federal government reported Monday.

City: Emails show 'cozy' ties of PG&E, regulator 

(AP) — Top California regulators communicated often and enthusiastically with executives at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., even offering unsolicited advice on handling the media while they presided over a case to decide how much the utility should pay for a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, according to a trove of emails released Monday.

NBA, Clippers eager for Sterling out, Ballmer in 

(AP) — The NBA and the Los Angeles Clippers are ready to move on, even if Donald Sterling wants to keep fighting.