(Laura A. Oda/Staff)
El Niño: When will it start raining in California?

One of the strongest El Niño winters ever recorded since modern records first began in 1950 continues to grow in the Pacific Ocean, federal scientists reported Thursday. 
Chris Park/AP
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- SeaWorld wants to greatly expand the tanks it uses to hold killer whales in San Diego, but animal rights activists fear the plan would pave the way for breeding the animals in captivity -- something they say is cruel no matter the size of the tanks.  
PG&E continues to struggle with flawed record keeping for its natural gas system, and is failing to learn from its experiences, five years after a fatal explosion in San Bruno, according to an audit ordered by state regulators that was circulated Thursday.  
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a stunning move, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday withdrew his candidacy for speaker of the U.S. House. GOP lawmakers said McCarthy told colleagues at the start of a closed meeting that he was not the right person for the job.  
Spencer Stone, one of three men hailed as heroes for thwarting a terrorist attack on a French train, was stabbed repeatedly during an assault in Sacramento early Thursday.  
(Courtesy of Mount Hermon Adventures)
High-flying Santa Cruz Mountain adventures

You'll zip down ziplines and traverse Indiana Jones-worthy suspension bridges in the Santa Cruz Mountains during this family-friendly redwood canopy tour.