SAN DIEGO (AP) - The killing of a U.S. Coast Guardsman whose crew was chasing a vessel suspected of being laden with drugs appears to be the latest example of how smugglers are venturing farther north in a game of cat-and-mouse along the California coast.
OAKLAND (AP) - An Oakland medical marijuana dispensary that bills itself as the nation's largest has won the first round in its fight to stay open amid a federal crackdown.
HALF MOON BAY (AP) - California's market squid fishermen have hauled in record numbers as ocean conditions for the third-straight year helped them net their quota earlier in the season than normal.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern California residents recovering Monday from a series of wet, windy storms likely won't get much of a break as another system is expected to drench the area.
CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Monday honored four members of a Marine special operations team in a rare public ceremony for the covert forces.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers officially began their next two-year session Monday as they were sworn in to a newly reshaped Legislature in which Democrats hold powerful supermajorities in both houses.
CHP OFFICERS SUFFER MINOR INJURIES IN CRASH: LIVERMORE (AP) - Two California Highway Patrol officers are recovering after their patrol car overturned during a high-speed chase on Interstate 580 in the Livermore area.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic legislative leaders say they will avoid talking about higher taxes as the Legislature convenes Monday for the first time since Democrats secured supermajorities in both houses.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Residents of Northern California endured the brunt of another powerful storm that drenched the area with yet another round of pounding rain and strong winds, but damage from the storm was less than expected, officials said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has more Hispanics than any other state, by far, but you'd have to look elsewhere for those being talked about as ascending stars on the national political stage.
SALINAS (AP) - Bending over beds of shriveled strawberry plants, former farmworker Domitila Martinez pulls pieces of black plastic row covers in preparation for next season's planting. Except this time, she's the boss.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach entered its fourth day on Friday despite efforts to end the walkout that has idled most of the nation's busiest cargo complex.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District on Friday reached an agreement with its teachers union to include students' state standardized test scores as a measure of teacher performance.
SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo Inc. has been ordered to pay $2.7 billion as part of a lawsuit filed in Mexico by two companies claiming breach of contract.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A report reminds Californians to pay attention to their charitable giving this holiday season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe.
ROSEVILLE . (AP) - A group of high school students is suspected of a hate crime after officials say the teens spread cotton balls on the front lawn of an African-American classmate's home.
WILLOW CREEK, Calif. (AP) - A California Highway Patrol officer shot and killed a 17-year-old who attacked him with a machete, and the officer was hospitalized with major injuries, officials said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The storms that struck California this month have led to the discovery of fossils on beaches and mountains along the Pacific Coast that date back anywhere from 5,000 to 10 million years, according to a news report.
MONTEREY (AP) - Officials warn boaters and beachgoers to be especially careful of high tides along the California coast.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California recorded its lowest jobless rate last month since the early months of the Great Recession, while the number of additional jobs was the second-largest gain since the state began keeping that record in 1990, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.
• MAN SHOCKED 20 TIMES DURING JAIL BOOKING SUES: SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Sonoma County man who had criminal charges dismissed after video emerged showing correctional deputies beating him and shocking him with a stun gun more than 20 times has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.
CORONA (AP) - Southern California police are searching for an expensive wheelchair stolen from the home a 4-year-old girl with Down syndrome.
REDONDO BEACH (AP) - Pedestrians were filing out of a church Christmas service when a car sped around other vehicles at a red light and plowed into the crowd before hitting another car head-on, police and witnesses said. Three people were killed, and several more were injured, California authorities said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's chief utility regulator ended the last scheduled public hearing of his increasingly embattled 12-year term Thursday with no explicit reference to the alleged back-channel dealings with the state's largest utility company that have marred his tenure.
BENICIA (AP) - Police say an intoxicated man was shot by a homeowner after breaking into a house he thought was his own.
WOODLAND (AP) - A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque federal land near the state's famous wine country.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren't close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired.
OAKLAND (AP) - The California Highway Patrol said it told local police that plainclothes officers would mingle with protesters demonstrating against police brutality on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, but Oakland Police Department officials said they were not notified.