HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - Bicycle salesman Bert Etheredge locked down the shop where he works and sent customers and co-workers into a back room when he saw a raucous mob moving up the main street of a California beach town after a popular surf contest.
SACRAMENTO(AP) - A coalition of business, housing and local government leaders is warning California legislative leaders that a plan to rewrite the state's landmark environmental law could lead to more lawsuits and make it harder to approve responsible projects - the opposite of what lawmakers hope to achieve with the overhaul.
FREMONT (AP) - A Northern California police department is offering an alternative for inmates who might actually want to pay for their stay in jail.
FRESNO (AP) - A California Congressman has announced a new task force to increase awareness about the potentially deadly disease known as Valley Fever.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A report says the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spent tens of millions of dollars on extra sick days for its employees, and some workers may have abused the system.
OAKLAND (AP) - One of the state's biggest health insurers, Kaiser Permanente, is drawing complaints from employers who say the company's policies are no longer the quality care bargain they once were.
WEST HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Several gay bars in West Hollywood have boycotted Stolichnaya vodka - which is distilled from Russian ingredients - following the recent passage of anti-gay laws in Russia that ban gay pride events and "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations."
OAKLAND CONSIDERS BANNING PROTEST 'VIOLENCE TOOLS' : OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland will consider banning so-called "tools of violence" from protests, two weeks after a waiter was struck in the face with a hammer during a demonstration against the Trayvon Martin trial outcome.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crews will install a temporary fix for broken seismic safety bolts on the new eastern section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge while long-term repairs are being conducted, but officials are still not sure if the work will allow the span to open Labor Day weekend, a spokesman said Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - In nearly a century since her Iranian birth, Khatoun Khoykani has lived through revolutions and world wars.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Scientists have known for years that pesticides drift from California's agricultural heartland and accumulate in frogs at the highest elevations of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
HACKER WHO MADE ATMS SPIT OUT CASH DIE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A prominent hacker who discovered a way to have ATMs spit out cash and was set to deliver a talk about hacking pacemakers and other wireless implantable medical devices has died in San Francisco, authorities and his employer said.
ORANGE (AP) - The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, a televangelist who built a soaring, glass-paned sanctuary dubbed the Crystal Cathedral to house his TV ministry, remained hospitalized on Thursday after a fall, his daughter said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two men are accused of forcing a 15-year-old girl to work on a Northern California marijuana grow, sexually abusing her and locking her in a metal toolbox for days, authorities said.
DAVIS (AP) - The former police officer who pepper-sprayed students during an Occupy protest at UC Davis is appealing for worker's compensation, claiming he suffered psychiatric injury from the 2011 incident.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Violent and property crimes dropped significantly across California last year, the state attorney general said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and others on Thursday appealed a proposed $1.4 billion penalty against PG&E in a deadly 2010 gas-pipeline explosion, in a case that has raised repeated accusations of cozy relations between the utility and state regulators.
• COURT TELLS SCHOOL TRUSTEE TO AVOID SON'S SCHOOL: SAN JOSE (AP) - A Santa Clara County court has ordered a local school trustee to stay away from his son's school and the school's principal.
SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Citing broad exemptions under California's legislative records law, the state Senate is keeping secret a taxpayer-funded report about Capitol staff hiring friends and relatives despite calls by lawmakers, statewide candidates and public interest groups that it be released.
MADERA (AP) - A Native American tribe's plan for a Las Vegas-style casino in the Central Valley nearly 40 miles from its reservation has drawn opposition from other casino-owning tribes in the state.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The family of a California teenager who was declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery is seeking an unprecedented court order declaring her alive, the family's lawyer said Thursday.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Two sex offenders were indicted Thursday after authorities said they raped and killed four women while the men wore GPS tracking monitors.
REDDING (AP) - A former firefighter charged with setting a Northern California wildfire that left one person dead and destroyed hundreds of structures has been ordered to stand trial for homicide and other charges.
FRESNO (AP) - Deputies have arrested four young men - one adult and three juveniles - suspected of breaking into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killing more than 900 birds with a golf club in California.
STOCKTON (AP) - Striking at the sanctity of public pensions in California, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that U.S. bankruptcy law allows the city of Stockton to treat pension fund obligations like other debts, meaning the city could trim benefits.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco will pay $15 million to the family of a woman who was fatally struck by a city pickup truck last year while she lay with her baby in a public park.
MONTEREY (AP) - People who sit or lie on sidewalks in Monterey's commercial areas can now face $100 fines.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco launched free Wi-Fi access at more than 30 public parks, plazas and recreation areas on Wednesday, thanks to a grant from Google.
OAKLAND (AP) - State officials say hundreds of steel rods on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have been exposed to water that could cause corrosion.
• 920 CHICKENS KILLED WITH GOLF CLUB: FRESNO (AP) - Authorities in central California are searching for one or more suspects who broke into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killed more than 900 birds with a golf club.