NEW YORK (AP) -You don't have to be a jazz aficionado to recognize "Take Five," the smoky instrumental by the Dave Brubeck Quartet that instantly evokes swinging bachelor pads, hi-fi systems and cool nightclubs of the 1950s and '60s.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The latest in a series of storms dumped more rain across Northern California and closed a major highway Wednesday, but the region is expected to dry out over the next week.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown persuaded Californians to back his November tax initiative, and now they are rewarding him with a record high job-approval rating along with new faith in the state's fiscal future, according to a poll released Wednesday from the Public Policy Institute of California.
OAKLAND (AP) - A Northern California sheriff has vowed that his department won't use an aerial drone to spy on ordinary people, but civil liberties groups say there still needs to be some guidelines to ensure privacy.
JAIL FOR STREET RACERS WHO KILLED WOMAN: SAN JOSE (AP) - A California judge says two street racers deserve jail time for a high-speed crash that killed a woman driving home from work.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new storm system made its way Tuesday through already drenched Northern California, prompting renewed flood concerns in parts of the region.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's political watchdog agency has fined the mayor of Sacramento for failing to report donations he solicited for charity organizations.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state's clean energy strategy will saddle ratepayers with soaring utility bills unless officials act soon to organize state energy agencies, a government review panel said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two federal judges in California have arrived at opposite conclusions on whether the state's first-of-its-kind law prohibiting licensed psychotherapists from trying to change the sexual orientations of gay minors violates the Constitution. The measure remains clear to take effect on Jan.1.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are proposing to spend about $500 million a year in newly approved tax revenue on energy efficiency projects at schools in California's poorest communities.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's top prosecutor said Tuesday it's up to local police agencies to decide whether to comply with federal government requests to hold illegal immigrants.
OAKLAND (AP) - A disgraced former commander of an elite Northern California drug task force will plead guilty to stealing drugs from evidence lockers and trying to sell them on the street with the help of a private investigator.
WARDENS KILL MOUNTAIN LION CUBS IN HALF MOON BAY: HALF MOON BAY. (AP) - The California Department of Fish and Game has ordered a necropsy on two mountain lion cubs that were fatally shot by wardens in downtown Half Moon Bay.
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.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - In a blow to the right-to-die movement, California lawmakers on Tuesday dropped one of the strongest legislative efforts in the U.S. to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives.
FRESNO (AP) - A massive sheet of rock fell from the vertical face of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, making one of the most popular routes attempted by climbers in North America even more challenging, park officials said Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles building officials approved plans to build a 1 million-square-foot complex of skyscrapers, stores and restaurants in the heart of Hollywood, agreeing with the developer that an earthquake fault underneath the property is too old to be considered active.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Leading Democrats - including San Francisco's former mayor Sen. Dianne Feinstein - are joining mounting criticism of the city's policy of refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officials when they request help in detaining a suspect thought to be in the country illegally.
MALIBU (AP) - With a bright blue sign that reads "Beach Access" on an open gate replacing what used to be private property, the public now has access to Malibu's so-called "Billionaires' Beach."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge ruled Tuesday that Marion "Suge" Knight should stand trial on murder charges even though a key witness - one of the men he's accused of running over - refused to identify him in court.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier has brought criticism down on this liberal city because the Mexican man under arrest was in the U.S. illegally, had been deported five times and was out on the streets after San Francisco officials disregarded a request from immigration authorities to keep him locked up.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will prevent doctors and hospitals from denying organ transplants to medical marijuana users just because of their pot use.
VACAVILLE (AP) - A wildfire that might have been started by fireworks and burned more than 320 acres while threatening homes in the California city of Vacaville was 100 percent contained Sunday, officials said.
PALM DESERT (AP) - Riverside County authorities say a 61-year-old man died after suffering a medical emergency during a hike on a sweltering desert trail.
SHASTA LAKE (AP) - Shasta Lake provides water to Sacramento and the crop-rich San Joaquin Valley more than 300 miles to the south.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A decision to strip Blue Shield of California of its tax-exempt status was justified by an audit that outlines the nonprofit health insurer's stockpiling of $4 billion in surpluses, state tax officials said in a report.
HOLLISTER (AP) - A man has been arrested in the central California city of Hollister on suspicion of setting off fireworks at a July Fourth block party, sending at least five people to the hospital.
ROSEVILLE (AP) - Saving water doesn't always mean saving money in parched California.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Most California residential customers will see their electricity bills increase under a new rate structure passed Friday that raises rates on more efficient users while giving a break to big energy users.