CONCORD (AP) - A Concord police officer has been placed on paid leave after being accused of taking pain medication from senior citizens.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said Thursday that he is pressing ahead with a proposed ballot initiative that would give local governments more leeway to cut public employees' future pension benefits, saying he will target the 2016 ballot after losing a court challenge this year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two dozen U.S. lawmakers from California, Washington and Oregon are calling for funding of an earthquake warning system designed to give residents a few seconds of notice of imminent shaking after a quake occurs.
YOUNTVILLE (AP) - Geologists are reporting a 3.7-magnitude earthquake in Northern California.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO and leaving the company following protests over his support of a gay marriage ban in California.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health exchange announced Thursday that enrollment in private insurance plans had exceeded 1.2 million by an initial deadline earlier this week, although officials acknowledged they have more work ahead to reduce the number of people who remain uninsured.
• CHP PLANE HELPS IN ARREST OF OAKLAND MOTORCYCLIST: OAKLAND (AP) - A motorcyclist doing wheelies and other stunts at high speeds on a Bay Area freeway was arrested after a California Highway Patrol airplane caught him on video.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new mobile messaging application called FireChat is empowering nearby smartphone users to stay in touch even when there's no cellular service or Internet connection.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Campaign consultant Keith Jackson operated largely outside the spotlight for years as a political power broker in San Francisco.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Democratic resolution denouncing the outsourcing of government functions to private contractors passed the Assembly on Thursday after prompting a spirited partisan debate about the role of government.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill moving through the Legislature protects people in homeowner associations from retribution if they take steps to reduce water use for landscaping.
NEW YORK (AP) - The latest pitchman in Samsung's marketing machine: an unwitting President Barack Obama.
BENICIA, Calif. (AP) - Local and state leaders are raising concerns about a San Francisco Bay Area refinery's plan to move as many as 100 train cars of flammable crude oil daily through Northern California cities.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials have shot down environmentalists' attempt to stall Google, Facebook and other tech giants from using public bus stops for private employee shuttles, despite concerns that Silicon Valley firms are getting preferential treatment over locals.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An artist is making it difficult to believe there's actually a copy of Justin Bieber's latest album for sale in Los Angeles.
FRESNO - A large gas pipeline exploded into a tower of fire Friday in Central California, closing both directions of a major highway in the region and injuring at least 11 people, three of them critically, authorities said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's jobless rate fell to 6.5 percent in March, the lowest it's been in nearly seven years, the California Employment Development Department reported Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles spends $100 million a year to deal with homelessness - much of it on arrests and other police services - but its departments have no coordinated approach for dealing with the problem, according to a new study.
YOUNTVILLE (AP) - A restaurant that has twice been named the best in the world is now using shipping containers as a kitchen.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman accused of stealing the identities of people working behind the scenes in Hollywood film production has lived under at least 74 aliases, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water regulators are postponing release of a new plan to get cities to reduce water use by as much as a third.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Scientists have rediscovered a mostly intact World War II aircraft carrier used in atomic bomb tests and then sunk at a secret location off the Northern California coast decades ago.
SAN PABLO (AP) - Seven-year-old Ja'Niyah Smith's first-grade class filed into a computer lab at a suburban San Francisco school recently and, as they do every week, practiced using mouses to pop bubbles with a cartoon pickle, catch flies with a frog's tongue and arrange virtual blocks into words.
POINT REYES (AP) - More than 250 tule elk died inside a fenced area at a Northern California seashore during a two-year period, and a lack of water is possibly the cause.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than 100 Bay Area Catholics went public with their complaints about the San Francisco archbishop on Thursday, asking Pope Francis in a full page newspaper ad to replace Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone with someone more inclusive and less divisive.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Advocates for California sex workers are seeking to legalize the world's oldest profession.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California cities are pushing back against Gov. Jerry Brown's order for mandatory water use reductions, but it's not likely that regulators will retreat with the state in its fourth year of drought.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Busy freeways running alongside park land and marshes make San Francisco Bay Area roads a "ring of death" for wildlife, according to a new statewide roadkill report that tracks the deadliest traffic spots for wildlife.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge in California declined Wednesday to remove marijuana from the list of most dangerous drugs, disappointing activists who saw the case as a chance to get closer to their goal of nationwide legalization.
TAHOE CITY (AP) - A lingering drought that has made for a dismal skiing season in the Sierra Nevada is also going to take a toll on boaters at Lake Tahoe this summer.