SACRAMENTO (AP) - Whether it's the densely populated Southern California coast or the mountains of rural Northern California, geography is going to play a larger role in the cost of health insurance under the federal health care overhaul set to take effect next year.
SOLEDAD (AP) - Soledad, the Salinas Valley farm town that hugs Highway 101, is hoping for a much-needed economic boost now that a nearby protected mountain area called the Pinnacles has been designated as a national park.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials are pushing hard- some say too hard - for money to recover the costs of fighting wildfires, The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday.
FRESNO (AP) - A convicted rapist was captured in Mexico, and his father - a California Highway Patrol assistant chief - was arrested for allegedly helping him flee, authorities said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new report shows Gov. Jerry Brown let stand 80 percent of a state board's decisions to parole murderers from California prisons.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - U.S. Sens. Harry Reid and Dianne Feinstein urged the Sierra Club not to delay implementation of a new plan to guide future development at Lake Tahoe - shortly before the environmental group sued over it.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner hid in a mountain condominium as a door-to-door manhunt took place outside and, after he finally made his break, apparently killed himself with a gunshot wound to the head amid a fierce gun battle with police.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Santa Clara man was charged Friday with possessing assault weapons, explosives and bomb-making materials after the California Highway Patrol tracked an emailed death threat sent to Democratic state Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco.
DMV CANCELS HALF-FINISHED TECHNOLOGY OVERHAUL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials have canceled a half-finished Department of Motor Vehicles technology overhaul of the vehicle registration process.
IRVINE (AP) - Investigators say at least 70 teenagers have come forward in a Facebook lewd photos case involving a male Southern California teacher who posed as a girl to lure boys into online relationships.
High school student in camo, gas mask arrested
SACRAMENTO CO. OFFICIALS FIND UNCOUNTED BALLOTS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento County elections officials say they have found 407 uncounted ballots cast in the Nov. 6 election.
BIG BEAR LAKE . (AP) - Karen and Jim Reynolds say they came face to face with fugitive Christopher Dorner, not on a snow-covered mountain trail, but inside their cabin-style condo.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state senator said Thursday that a man threatened to kill him unless he stopped pushing legislation to ban devices that allow swift reloading of military-style assault weapons.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California appeals court says Ryan O'Neal's defamation case against a man who accused him of stealing a valuable portrait of the late Farrah Fawcett should be allowed to continue.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Paul Revere, the organist and leader of the Raiders rock band, has died. He was 76.
LANCASTER (AP) - The morning walk that would be the last of Pamela Devitt's life was more than just a routine stroll. It was part of the retiree's effort to keep fit for her golden years with a young grandson.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Debate over the definition of "brain-dead" reignited this week when a California family and its lawyer asked a judge to declare that 13-year-old Jahi McMath is alive 10 months after a coroner signed her death certificate.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At least 14 children in California recently have been infected with a virus that has caused hundreds of respiratory illnesses and possibly several deaths nationwide, public health officials said Friday.
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - Three beaches along coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base have been closed through the weekend after a 28-year-old surfer survived an attack by a shark, authorities said Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal on the November ballot to borrow billions of dollars to build reservoirs and restore watersheds has divided California's environmental community over fears that it could open the way for salmon-killing dams or giveaways to corporate fruit and nut growers.
STOCKTON (AP) - U.S. bankruptcy law allows the California city of Stockton to cut pension benefits because it can treat its obligations to the public retirement fund like other debts, a federal judge said in a ruling that could help clarify who gets paid first by financially strapped cities around the nation - pension funds or creditors.
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.