• FAMILY CASHES $1M LOTTERY TICKET ON CHRISTMAS EVE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A family has cashed in on a $1 million gift this Christmas after a California dad bought a winning lottery scratcher ticket.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Marines and sailors will be subject to random blood-alcohol tests twice a year in what is billed as the toughest anti-drinking policy in the U.S. military.
TRUCKEE (AP) - A member of a Sierra ski resort's patrol team who was injured after being caught in an avalanche has died - the second death connected to avalanches that occurred in the area on Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern California received more rain and snow on Christmas Day, as the third storm system in a handful of days moved through the region.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cellphone providers are heading to church as they scramble to find places to put up towers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gary Ramey and his adult daughter traveled 2,500 miles to hunt California bears with hounds last month, eager to take part in what he calls a time-honored tradition.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Volunteers who patrol California beaches for plastic, cigarette butts and other litter will be on the lookout this winter for flotsam from last year's monstrous tsunami off Japan's coast.
• MOTORCYCLIST CHASE REACHES 130 MPH: STOCKTON - A motorcyclist was arrested on charges of felony evasion after leading CHP offices on a high speed chase Monday afternoon at speed in excess of 130 mph.
• SF WOMAN CHARGED IN FATAL HIT-AND-RUN CRASH: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco woman is facing hit-and-run, drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter charges in a crash that killed one pedestrian and injured two others in the city's Twin Peaks area.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern Californians slogged through another day of wet and windy weather on Sunday as the second storm of the weekend moved through the region, causing headaches for people driving on freeways and delays for air travelers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Police say that the man killed in the home invasion robbery in Sacramento was one of the intruders, and the homeowner was among the three people wounded.
PALO ALTO (AP) - Engineer Dallas Goecker attends meetings, jokes with colleagues and roams the office building just like other employees at his company in Silicon Valley.
EUREKA (AP) - From water-siphoning to pesticide-spraying to just plain littering, a flowering of pot farms driven by the rise of medical marijuana is battering Northern California's wilderness areas, natural resources and endangered species.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - An analysis of a federal investigation of the UC Davis Medical Center - conducted after the deaths of three brain surgery patients at the facility - found that hospital policies and federal regulations were violated, The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday.
TRUCKEE (AP) - A string of powerful storms has dumped a mountain of snow in the Sierra Nevada and provided top-notch conditions for what traditionally is one of the busiest weeks of the skiing season.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With another dry winter looming, California lawmakers called on Gov. Jerry Brown and President Barack Obama to declare a drought emergency and federal disaster in the state. In a letter sent Monday, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Democratic Rep. Jim Costa urged the governor to take immediate action. A separate letter signed by dozens of other California lawmakers called for the same declaration. The lawmakers cited the California Department of Water ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - New state income-verification rules could cost California schools millions in funding for low-income students, some district officials say. Hundreds of families have yet to turn in income verification forms in Los Angeles, San Diego, Fresno and elsewhere, The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. Many districts are urging the state to guarantee them all funding due this year, based on last year's count of low-income students. Under the new rules, districts are ...
GAS LEAK THAT LED TO FIRE IN CALIFORNIA IS CAPPED: OAKLAND (AP) - Officials say a gas main leak that led to an underground fire in Oakland and forced the evacuation of several homes has been capped. No injuries were reported.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The America's Cup sailing races this year generated far less economic activity in the San Francisco Bay Area than projected, and have cost taxpayers more than $5 million, a newspaper reported. Draft figures from the Bay Area Council Economic Institute reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle show the races generated at least $364 million in economic impact. That figure rises to $550 million if the construction of a new cruise ship ...
SAN JOSE GIVES COPS RAISES TO IMPROVE RETENTION: SAN JOSE . (AP) - San Jose has given its police officers an 11 percent raise in the hopes of stopping them from leaving the city for more lucrative jobs.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thirteen people have pleaded guilty to helping briefly disable online payment service provider Paypal as part of a protest that authorities say was organized by the hacking group Anonymous. Ten of the defendants pleaded guilty Thursday to felony and misdemeanor charges of intentionally damaging a protected computer. If they stay out of legal trouble, the U.S. Department of Justice plans to drop the felony charges, and the defendants will be sentenced ...
SUSPECT IN PLAYSTATION 4 KILLING PLEADS NOT GUILTY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco man has pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting another man who was trying to sell him a Sony PlayStation 4 gaming system.
EXETER (AP) - California citrus growers say six nights of freezing temperatures will likely damage this year's orange crop but no disruption is expected to supplies. California Citrus Mutual said Monday that damage to mandarin and navel oranges is expected in the Central Valley but not nearly at the levels seen during cold spells in 1998 and 1990 due to improved frost protection and weather forecasting. A spokeswoman for the growers' association says the prolonged ...
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Auto theft increased significantly in California and other property crimes also rose after the state began an initiative resulting in more inmates being released early, according to the first independent study of crime trends driven by the "realignment" program to reduce the state prison population.