VALLEJO (AP) - An outcry has intensified for independent investigations against the Vallejo police following the shooting death by officers earlier this month of a man outside his home - the city's fifth fatal officer-involved shooting since May. Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis this week is calling for state Attorney General Kamala Harris to launch an inquiry ...
LAW WILL BOOST CALIFORNIA'S SPACE TRAVEL INDUSTRY: SACRAMENTO (AP) - With the space shuttle Endeavour's final flight capturing the attention of Californians, Gov. Jerry Brown announced he had signed legislation intended to boost the fledgling private space travel industry.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Another attempt by conservatives and corporate interests to limit labor unions' ability to collect dues for political purposes is being viewed skeptically by California voters, according to a poll released Friday. The Field Poll found that just 38 percent of likely voters support Proposition 32 on the Nov. 6 ballot while 44 percent intend to vote against it. A ...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's unemployment rate dipped slightly in August to 10.6 percent, down from 10.7 percent the previous month, the state reported Friday. The numbers from the Employment Development Department are an improvement over California's 11.9 percent unemployment rate a year ago and show the state's economy is continuing its slow recovery. The state added 12,000 ...
FOLSOM (AP) - Federal regulators have intensified an investigation into JPMorgan Chase & Co. electricity trading in California. The California Independent System Operator, a Folsom-based agency that runs the state's power grid and oversees last-minute electricity sales, said earlier this year that the big electricity trader might have figured out a way to exploit vulnerabilities in the state's $8 billion-a-year electricity market. ...
Police wound suspect; shooting spurs SF protest
METAL THIEVES TARGETING MODESTO FIRE HYDRANTS: MODESTO (AP) - Metal thieves are targeting Modesto fire hydrants, putting residents at risk and costing the city thousands of dollars.
OAKLAND (AP) - An 11-year-old Oakland boy struck by a bullet as he lay sleeping in his bed early Thursday was in serious condition following multiple surgeries. Luis Duenas Hernandez was on the lower mattress of a bunk bed when at least one person fired more than a dozen shots inside his East Oakland home shortly before 1 a.m., family members said. ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A scrawny Georgia teen who was discovered at a bus station told police his abusive stepfather gave him $200 and a list of homeless shelters before he was put on a bus to Los Angeles on his 18th birthday, authorities said Thursday. Retired Los Angeles police Sgt. Joe Gonzalez was working security at a downtown bus station Sept. ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's the ultimate piggyback ride: A space shuttle perched atop a Boeing 747 as the pair crisscrosses the country.
BUENA PARK (AP) - California officials say a Knott's Berry Farm ride that stranded 20 people 300 feet in the air for nearly four hours automatically stopped when one of its brakes froze. Erika Monterroza, from the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health, told the Los Angeles Times that when the brake on Windseeker froze Wednesday, it triggered the ride's safety ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Andy Warhol's artwork has always grabbed attention and sparked discussion, but one of his portraits of Farrah Fawcett is about to receive scrutiny of a different kind in a Los Angeles courtroom.
THERMAL (AP) - School officials in Southern California say the "Arabs" name is here to stay, but the divisive costumed mascot that represents them may be changing.
OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco transit officials are calling for a return to the bargaining table, saying an expensive provision was "erroneously" included in a labor contract that settled a union dispute that had caused two recent strikes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California cannot account for 174,000 tons of lead and other hazardous materials shipped for disposal in the last five years, but state regulators say public health is not threatened, a newspaper reported Sunday.
STOCKTON (AP) - Prosecutors say they will not file charges against a father and son arrested on suspicion of kidnapping the father's ex-wife in Northern California to perform an exorcism.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dressed in a black Batman costume, his fists clenched as he took on foe after foe around San Francisco, a 5-year-old boy who has battled leukemia for years fulfilled his wish Friday to be his favorite superhero.
OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials said Friday that board members would not vote on a tentative agreement during a special meeting to discuss a problem regarding a labor deal that settled a second strike.
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.