SMALL GROUP OF MOTORISTS CLOGGING SF AREA FREEWAYS: BERKELEY . (AP) - Researchers are blaming a small group of motorists for the San Francisco area's freeway traffic headaches.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A former state assemblyman is expected to win a special election to a GOP-leaning Senate district that covers a wide swath of rural Northern California. Republican Jim Nielsen of Gerber nearly won the 4th Senate District seat outright during November's special primary but fell just shy of a simple majority. He split votes with another GOP candidate. <p ...
RIVERSIDE (AP) - A coalition of nonprofit groups is ready to buy a portion of a Southern California mountaintop so a white cross can stay put. There has been a cross on Riverside's Mount Rubidoux since 1907. The current structure was put up in 1963, eight years after Mission Inn founder Frank Miller's family gifted the mountain as a city park. <p ...
• JUDGE REFUSES TO TOSS TICKET OVER CORPORATE CLAIM: SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A Marin County man has failed to convince a judge to toss out a ticket for driving alone in the carpool lane despite his claims the incorporation papers riding along with him qualified as a person.
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MOTORIST DRIVES INTO POND AND DROWNS: SAN JOSE (AP) - An elderly Northern California motorist has drowned after missing a turn on a highway onramp, crashing through a fence and plunging into a pond.
FRESNO BUS FIRE MAY HAVE BEGUN IN ENGINE AREA: FRESNO (AP) - Authorities in Fresno say a fire that caused $1 million in damage to school buses appears to have started in the engine compartment of one of the vehicles.
OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials say a state agency is also looking into why a disabled train stranded hundreds of passengers in a tunnel that sent at least nine people to the hospital. BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said Friday that the California Public Utilities Commission will be a part of the probe on why a train became stuck in the Berkeley hills tunnel due to an electrical short causing the ...
POT CLINIC OWNER NOW MAYOR OF CALIFORNIA CITY: SEBASTOPOL AP) - A medical marijuana dispensary owner has been named mayor of a small Northern California city in the heart of pot country.
SONORA, Calif. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have declined to address a district attorney's claim that they intend to prosecute the hunter who allegedly started the Rim Fire that raged through Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Foothills. Tuolumne County District Attorney Michael Knowles said in a statement on Thursday that federal prosecutors have privately declared their intention to prosecute the hunter. The hunter has not been identified. The statement went on to say that the ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Detectives arrested a teenager Thursday accused of stealing some wreckage from the Porsche that "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker was in when he died in a crash, and a second suspect was planning to turn himself in, authorities said. The theft occurred as the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was being towed from the accident scene Saturday night, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. The investigation led detectives to Jameson Witty, ...
SAN JOSE (AP) - Four homeless people have died of hypothermia in the San Francisco Bay Area since last week, authorities said, highlighting the danger to people without shelter as the region is gripped by freezing temperatures.
TUSTIN (AP) - A Southern California truck driver who called police fearing hijackers unwittingly led officers to a 12-ton haul of pot in his own trailer. Tustin police tell City News Service that the driver didn't know an estimated $7 million worth of marijuana was hidden in the cargo of electronics he was taking from San Diego into Orange County. Sgt. Andrew Birozy says the driver was on the road Monday morning when two men ...
TEMECULA (AP) - A Riverside County father and his teen daughter have each been placed on four years' probation after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a vigilante attack on a man the girl had accused of rape.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state parks department has a new warehouse for its collection of historical artifacts, and the building will soon be open to the public.
CHICAGO (AP) - Call it Disneyland Chicago.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities have seized more than 3,000 pounds of cocaine in a three-year crackdown on a nationwide drug trafficking operation centered near the California-Mexico border.
STOCKTON (AP) - Southbound Interstate 5 in Stockton reopened hours after an officer-involved shooting shut it down during the busy morning commute.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The board that oversees California's embattled high-speed rail project is responding to recent legal and administrative setbacks and says it will file a new motion seeking blanket authority to sell $8.6 billion in state bonds.
EUREKA (AP) - A Northern California man is headed to trial on charges that he killed one person and wounded another with a crossbow.
OAKLAND (AP) - Police officers with the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit agency have made significant progress in meeting reforms instituted after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white transit officer, an independent auditor said Thursday.