LOS ANGELES (AP) - The awe-inspiring Grand Canyon was probably carved about 70 million years ago, much earlier than thought, a provocative new study suggests - so early that dinosaurs might have roamed near this natural wonder.
• Calif. contractors to get 30 pct of requested water: FRESNO (AP) - California residents and farmers can expect less than a third of the water they requested for next year, but state officials hope that amount will increase.
GALT (AP) - An animal control officer was fatally shot Wednesday when he went to retrieve pets from a Sacramento County home where the resident had been evicted a day earlier, authorities said.
CAIRO (AP) - An Egyptian court convicted in absentia Wednesday seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor, sentencing them to death on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - Federal investigators are demanding records related to a Northern California county's medical marijuana permitting program.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Striking workers shut down the largest terminal at the Port of Los Angeles for a second day Wednesday, and the job action later widened to close three terminals at the Port of Long Beach, threatening to paralyze the nation's busiest port complex.
• First of series of storms moves through NorCal: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A fast-moving storm has moved through Northern California, but forecasters say two more storms are on their way.
• 3 Calif men indicted in terror plot case: RIVERSIDE (AP) - Three California men have been indicted on terrorism-related charges for allegedly plotting to kill Americans overseas.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern California residents are bracing for gusty winds, heavy rain, high seas and snow in the mountains as the area prepares for a series of storms.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Six Democratic senators representing states along the Pacific Coast asked the Justice Department on Tuesday to investigate the role of oil refineries in gas spikes that occurred in May and October even as crude oil prices were declining.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom voted Tuesday against giving the new chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley a $50,000 pay raise over what his predecessor earns, saying salary increases for public officials are inappropriate given the state's bleak financial condition.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two San Francisco Bay area city council members are moving up to the state Assembly to fill vacant seats in Alameda County districts.
FULLERTON (AP) - Fullerton police say they have arrested a 42-year-old man suspected of posing as a photographer to lure two teenage girls into taking sexy photos.
TORRANCE (AP) - The convertible hit Phillip Moreno so hard it knocked him out of his shoes and lodged him in the windshield.
CHOWCHILLA (AP) - Authorities say three San Francisco Bay area residents are dead and a fourth hospitalized after a head-on crash on a Central California highway.
EUREKA (AP) - A civil liberties group has accused a Northern California school district of pervasive racism and of condoning weekly traditions in which female students are groped. The allegations are contained in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court against Eureka City Schools by the American Civil Liberties Union, The Times-Standard of Eureka reported (http://bit.ly/1ceqFBk). According to the lawsuit, school officials have ignored complaints of racial taunting and bullying and disproportionately disciplined minority students. ...
PG&E FINED $14M OVER INCORRECT RECORDS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric Company has been fined with $14.35 million for failing to promptly notify state officials of incorrect records related to a Northern California natural gas pipeline.
MOORPARK (AP) - Authorities say a student who spurred a lockdown with a threatening note at a Ventura County high school killed himself by stepping in front of a train. Sheriff's Capt. Don Aguilar says someone called 911 after discovering the note shortly before 8:30 a.m. Thursday, and Moorpark High School was locked down for more than two hours while deputies searched the campus and students were sent home. Sheriff's Sgt. Eric Buschow tells the ...
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge abruptly interrupted a weeks long hearing so that he could begin considering whether the prolonged solitary confinement of mentally ill inmates in California prisons violates their civil rights.
$8M SETTLEMENT IN ALLEGED CALIFORNIA TEACHER ABUSE: ANTIOCH (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area school district has agreed to an $8 million settlement with the families of eight special education students in an alleged teacher abuse case.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman known as the face of San Francisco Bay Area's nude rights movement was married in front of City Hall wearing only a veil. Gypsy Taub, a Berkeley mother of three, has been arrested repeatedly for violating San Francisco's public nudity ban. "This is a protest against the nudity ban as much as it is a wedding," she said to the crowd of about 100, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. ...
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The identity of one of two jackpot winners of the near-record Mega Millions lottery drawing remains unknown. The California Lottery said in a statement Thursday afternoon that the person who had purchased a winning ticket at a gift shop in San Jose had not come forward to claim their prize, now revised up to a whopping $648 million. The name of a second winner in Georgia has already been announced. Split between ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In a bitter fight over the effects of affirmative action, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that law school data on race, attendance and grades should be available to the public.
ORANGE COUNTY REJECTS MAPPING DANGEROUS DOGS: SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County has rejected a proposal to create an online map pinpointing dangerous dogs in more than a dozen cities.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators have found no evidence that the Porsche carrying actor Paul Walker had mechanical problems before it crashed, killing the "Fast & Furious" star.
SANTA MARIA (AP) - A Santa Barbara County woman has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle a drug-laced postcard to her jailed boyfriend. The county sheriff's office says 25-year-old Banesa Gutierrez was arrested on Tuesday and remains jailed. An investigation began on Dec. 1 after deputies intercepted a methamphetamine-laced card allegedly intended for Anthony Solis. Authorities also say they found meth and other drugs in a Santa Maria bedroom that Gutierrez shared with her ...
REDDING (AP) - A former firefighter pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and several arson charges in connection with a wildfire that killed one person and destroyed dozens of structures in rural Northern California.