• FIERY CAR CRASH INTO LA PIZZERIA KILLS 3 PEOPLE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a car has crashed into a pizzeria in Los Angeles, killing three people and triggering a blaze.
SONOMA (AP) - Jean-Charles Boisset, new owner of California's oldest premium winery, is building the future of 155-year-old Buena Vista Winery on its rich and eclectic heritage.
MAN PLEADS NO CONTEST TO CHOKING PELICAN AT MALIBU: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A transient pleaded no contest to misdemeanor animal cruelty for choking a brown pelican to death near Malibu Pier.
MERCED (AP) - A Merced County woman has become the fourth person in the state to die of West Nile virus this year. Health officials said Thursday that the 86-year-old woman died this month after becoming infected in August. There have been three other West Nile virus-related deaths in the state in 2012: an elderly Fresno County woman, ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Prosecutors won't file criminal charges in the case of a property management firm accused of laundering thousands of dollars in contributions to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's election campaign last year. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to support charges. The case had centered around $4,500 in contributions ...
CRESCENT CITY (AP) - A Northern California mixed-martial artist accused of ripping out his friend's heart and removing his tongue while the two were on hallucinogenic drugs has pleaded guilty to murder and mayhem charges. Jarrod Wyatt of Crescent City agreed to a plea deal in which he will serve 50 years to life in prison, Del Norte County prosecutors said. His ...
YOSEMITE (AP) - A West Virginian is the third person to die so far from a rodent-borne illness linked to some tent cabins at Yosemite National Park that has now stricken eight people in all, health officials said Thursday.
SAN DIEGO PARAPLEGIC SKATEBOARDER CRUSHED BY TRUCK: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Police say a 36-year-old paraplegic riding a skateboard on his stomach while hanging onto the undercarriage of a tractor-trailer rig is hospitalized in critical condition after he was crushed by the truck's wheels.
MARTINEZ (AP) - The suspect accused of fatally shooting a California Highway Patrol officer during a traffic stop on a San Francisco Bay area freeway had been treated for mental health problems, his father said. Doctors diagnosed Christopher Boone Lacy as bipolar and put him on lithium during a hospital stay after he suffered a psychotic break while attending San Francisco State ...
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Ernstein was walking home from school when she vanished on March 19, 1968. Law enforcement and volunteers searched for the girl for months but came up empty-handed, and the mystery of her widely reported disappearance endured for more than four decades. This year, a renewed investigation by cold case detectives determined through ...
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's travel ban has saved California taxpayers at least $85 million since he took office, state officials announced Thursday. The governor's office released travel figures showing the state spent $144 million during Brown's first fiscal year in office compared to $229 million during former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's final year in office for a 37 percent reduction. <p ...
WILLIAMS (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California battled to save nearly two dozen homes being threatened by a pair of fires, while dozens of evacuees who fled a fire in Southern California four days ago were allowed to go home. The Colusa County fires - referred to as the Sixteen Complex - had grown to more than 11 square miles by Thursday. ...
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.