Army Corps to recommend $1B LA River project

(AP) — An 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River would see improvements including restored wildlife habitats, new wetlands and longer bike trails under a billion-dollar proposal given the go-ahead by federal officials.

Calmer weather returns to California wildfire zone

(AP) — Weather was expected to be friendlier for firefighters Thursday as they look to fully contain a Central California wildfire that led to the destruction of two homes.

California city votes to end hot sauce dispute

(AP) — The fiery fight between the makers of a popular hot sauce and a small Southern California city is apparently over.

Apple's Beats buy joins tech and street-wise style

(AP) — Beats Electronics' colorful, oversized headphones serve as a fashion accessory to cool kids riding the New York City subway, but as tech companies such as Apple, Samsung and others are discovering, wearable gadgets like smartwatches and Google Glass still have a long way to go to become trendy, must-have consumer items.

Google says workforce mostly white, male

(AP) — In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed Wednesday how very white and male its workforce is — just 2 percent of its Google employees are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women. About a third of the company's workforce is Asian.

Google to build prototype of truly driverless car

(AP) — Google plans to build and launch onto city streets a small fleet of subcompact cars that could operate without a person at the wheel.

Apple seeks to regain cool with $3B Beats buy

(AP) — Apple is striking a new chord with a $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, a headphone and music streaming specialist that also brings the swagger of rapper Dr. Dre and recording impresario Jimmy Iovine.

US aid for 12 communities to attract manufacturers

(AP) — The Obama administration has named the first communities that will receive special attention to help them attract global manufacturers.

Salmonella linked to chicken ongoing, 524 sickened

(AP) — An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to a California chicken company hasn't run its course after more than a year, with 50 new illnesses in the past two months and 574 people sickened since March 2013.

California couple's buried gold coins go for sale

(AP) — A treasure trove of rare gold coins that were discovered by a California couple out walking their dog last year are set to go on sale.