Witness: Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

(AP) — A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Friday during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said.

Virgin Galactic spaceship has in-flight problem

(AP) — Virgin Galactic has reported an unspecified problem during a test flight of its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket.

No nets led to bird deaths at Calif. solar plant

(AP) — Authorities say safety netting could have prevented the death of 64 birds at a Southern California solar energy plant.

California woman charged in $22M Medicare fraud

(AP) — A Southern California woman has been charged with helping bilk Medicare out of $22 million by billing for unnecessary care.

Flight orgs give $500K toward Santa Monica airport

(AP) — Two influential aviation groups have given more than a half-million dollars in support of a ballot measure that aims to save Santa Monica's airport.

Los Angeles airport shooting lessons linger 

(AP) — A year after a man walked into Los Angeles International Airport with an assault rifle and vendetta against security screeners, efforts are still underway to prepare for such attacks.

Judge approves California city's bankruptcy plan

(AP) — A judge on Thursday approved a debt plan by Stockton, California, one of the largest U.S. cities to declare bankruptcy, allowing it to reorganize more than $900 million in long-term debt and put more than two years of financial uncertainty behind it.

Los Angeles mayor proposes boosting housing stock

(AP) — Mayor Eric Garcetti has proposed building 100,000 new housing units in Los Angeles by 2021, vowing to cut red tape at City Hall to make it happen.

UC Santa Barbara receives $65M from Munger

(AP) — A physics institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has received a $65 million donation — the largest single gift in the university's history.

Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay' 

(AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay.