SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google plans to include a dozen or so massive sails on its four-story barge under construction in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, creating a floating artistic structure the Internet giant promises will "stand out," a newspaper reported Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Many California state employees received a boost this year after complaining of furloughs and salary cuts during the recession, with some of the largest bargaining units agreeing to raises of 2 to 3 percent annually over the next few years.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Four people were charged with kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner, torturing him with a blowtorch and cutting off his penis during a robbery because they thought he was burying piles of cash in the desert, authorities said Friday.
The AP's analysis finds that the total payout for bonus pay has been increasing even as the number of employees collecting it has shrunk:
$25M AWARDED FOR HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT HURT GIRL: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California jury has awarded $25 million to the family of a 4-year-old girl who was run over twice by a hit-and-run driver.
BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, has formally inaugurated its 10th chancellor in a ceremony marked by pageantry and brief moments of protest.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Attorneys for the California High-Speed Rail Authority argued Friday that Central Valley residents who sued the state over its bullet train plan have no grounds to stop the project, despite a judge's ruling that the state violated the promises made to voters in a 2008 ballot proposition.
BERKELEY (AP) - Students and staff members at a small private high school in California wore skirts to class on Friday to show solidarity with an 18-year-old senior who suffered serious burns when his clothes were set on fire on a public bus.
HA NFORD (AP) - The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project endorsed a 114-mile route for the second segment of the bullet train from Fresno to Bakersfield during its meeting Thursday.
SONORA (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied continued aid to a Northern California county struck hard by the Rim Fire that raged in August and September.
SF BAY BRIDGE BOLTS TO TAKE A MONTH LONGER TO FIX: OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials say it will take a month longer to complete the permanent fix for the giant steel bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
RICHMOND (AP) - A federal investigation of a Northern California school district revealed a widespread environment of sexual harassment and assaults by students that district officials failed to adequately address, the U.S. Department of Education said.
THERMAL (AP) - Attend a Coachella Valley High School football game, and you may be surprised to see belly dancers performing at halftime shows.
OAKLAND (AP) - A 16-year-old Northern California boy is being charged as an adult with hate crimes after authorities say he set another teenage boy wearing a skirt on fire on a public bus because of homophobia, authorities said Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This tech-booming city, home to Twitter and other innovative startups, is experiencing its greatest growth since the California Gold Rush more than 150 years ago.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A series of storms was headed toward Northern California Friday and could bring more rain to parts of the region in one weekend than they have seen so far this season, forecasters said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - California's congressional delegation will take a double hit when a new Congress convenes in January.
PALO ALTO (AP) - A detective with the Palo Alto Police Department has been disciplined for forwarding an explicit photo of a suspect from a cellphone while the woman was under arrest, an audit report reveals.
OAKLAND (AP) - Protesters who chained themselves to trains Friday stopped service from Oakland to San Francisco and shut down a major station in the Bay Area Rapid Transit system days after a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, declined to indict an officer in the shooting death of an 18-year-old.
• Couple robbed, kidnapped at lookout spot: BERKELEY (AP) - Police say a couple sitting in a car at a Berkeley hillside lookout point taking in the view of the San Francisco Bay were robbed and kidnapped. University of California, Berkeley police are looking for three men who tried to rob a 26-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man about 2 a.m. Thursday. No one was injured. Police said the men, armed with at least two guns and two baseball bats, went to the couple's car, parked on Grizzly Peak Boulevard viewpoint behind the UC Berkeley campus, and tried to rob ...
OAKLAND (AP) - Ninety-two people were arrested in Oakland on Tuesday night as demonstrators vandalized businesses and blocked freeways, while in Los Angeles nearly 200 people were arrested or cited in continuing California protests spawned by a Missouri grand jury's refusal to indict a white police officer in the shooting of a young black man.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities don't need a warrant to draw blood from parolees who don't consent to a blood test, a California appeals court said Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has drawn criticism from members of his city's police force for comments he made following a grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Union organizers are hoping to add security guards at Apple's campus to their ranks in the latest push by organized labor in Silicon Valley.
CALIFORNIA CHARTER SCHOOL ENROLLMENT SOARS AGAIN: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of California students attending charter schools has risen to more than a half million.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Glamour, celebrities, perfect weather. A revitalized and growing downtown. Iconic venues and political support. With these virtues, Los Angeles looks like an ideal fit to host the 2024 Olympics.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Traveling by plane, train or automobile can be a headache. Mixing in Thanksgiving can make it a throbbing migraine. Technology provides some pain relief in the form of apps to let you know which roads are clogged, what gate your flight leaves from and whether trains are running on time.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A 58-year-old window washer who fell 11 stories from a building onto a moving car is "fighting for his life" and opens his eyes when relatives speak to him, his family said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge has given initial approval to an agreement that requires the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to improve conditions in its jails for inmates using wheelchairs and others with impaired mobility.