Mavericks surfing contest window opens HALF MOON BAY (AP) - The time window for the Mavericks big-wave surfing contest off the Northern California coast has officially opened. Surfers and organizers on Friday planned an opening ceremony and paddle out at the break to mark the season's opening. Each year, wave forecasters wait for the right combination of swell and ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say they're looking for a man accused of raping a mentally disabled woman on a city bus.
• TV CAMERAMAN PUNCHED, ROBBED OF CAMERA IN OAKLAND: OAKLAND (AP) - A TV news cameraman is back at work after a group of young men punched him and stole his camera while he was on assignment on a busy Oakland, Calif., street.
Columbia dean named Berkeley chancellor BERKELEY (AP) - A Columbia University dean was nominated Thursday as the next chancellor at the University of California, Berkeley, following a six-month search. UC President Mark Yudof said he selected Nicholas Dirks, Columbia's executive vice president and dean of the faculty for arts and sciences, to replace outgoing Berkeley chancellor Robert Birgeneau. Dirks' ...
SALINAS VALLEY FERTILIZER SELLER FACES PRISON TIME: GONZALES (AP) - The former president of Salinas Valley farming company has been sentenced to nearly a year in prison after pleading guilty to falsely labeling chemical-based fertilizer as organic.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, who was among the best-known faces of America's televangelist heyday, has asserted in a federal bankruptcy court that he never gave up ownership of his books and other teachings even though the ministry he founded used them freely, including on the Internet. Schuller, 86, testified Wednesday in U.S. District Bankruptcy Court in Los ...
TV CAMERAMAN PUNCHED, ROBBED OF CAMERA IN OAKLAND: OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A TV news cameraman is back at work after a group of young men punched him and stole his camera while he was on assignment on a busy Oakland, Calif., street.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's redrawn political map opened the door this year to the priciest and hardest-fought House races in decades, forcing incumbents to fight for their jobs, ousting the state's longest-serving congressman and leaving several contests undecided Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County voters have approved a measure requiring porn performers to wear condoms while filming sex scenes, prompting a pledge by the adult entertainment industry to sue to overturn the measure.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Four skeletons found in shallow graves in the Southern California desert are believed to be those of a San Diego County family that vanished three years ago, police said Friday, resolving one mystery and raising a host of new questions about what happened to the seemingly happy couple and their two young sons.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's insurance commissioner on Thursday called on health insurance companies and the state insurance exchange to extend a deadline on individual policies through 2014 after President Barack Obama announced changes to his Affordable Care Act.
LAW FIRM ACCUSED OF DIRTY TACTICS IN LAWSUIT: UPLAND (AP) - A Southern California law firm is being accused of planting a tracking device on a city councilman's vehicle as a way to intimidate him.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A group hoping to start running an adults-only "party train" between Southern California and the Las Vegas area said the deal has gone off the tracks.
TESLA FACTORY HAD PREVIOUS VIOLATION: FREMONT (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area Tesla factory where three workers were burned by hot metal was previously cited for a safety violation that led to an injury, a state official said Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Electric cars may be good for air quality but they're still a costly novelty.
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE OFFICIALS EYEING TOLL HIKE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Drivers are expected to soon pay more to cross the Golden Gate Bridge.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California President Janet Napolitano proposed a tuition freeze on Wednesday for the 2014-2015 school year in her first address to the Board of Regents. The freeze was among four ideas she presented at the meeting in San Francisco that she said aim to push the system into the future. She also wants to make UC a zero-net energy consumer by 2025; streamline community college transfers; and improve the process ...
DRIVER IN FATAL LODI CRASH IS ARRAIGNED: STOCKTON (AP) - The driver accused of causing a car crash in Northern California that killed five members of a family, including a pregnant woman, has been arraigned on more than a dozen counts, including six murder counts and four DUI counts.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health insurance exchange led the nation in enrollments during its inaugural month of operation, but the 35,000 tentative sign-ups announced Wednesday represented just a fraction of the eventual goal.
COUNCIL CANDIDATE LOSES SUPPORT DUE TO RAP VIDEO: SAN BERNARDINO . (AP) - A San Bernardino city council candidate is drawing some flak after music videos he recorded have turned up that critics say promote violence and crime.
STOCKTON (AP) - A California woman whose husband and son are accused of kidnapping her to perform an exorcism says they made her drink oil and told her she had devils inside her. Forty-one-year-old Blanca Farias told News10 in Sacramento that she was held down in the backseat of a pickup truck Saturday after being picked up in Stockton. "They were saying I had three devils inside of me," Blanca Farias said. She said her ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former President George W. Bush is headed to "The Tonight Show" next week to talk about his post-White House years with Jay Leno, NBC said Tuesday.