LOS ANGELES (AP) - The awe-inspiring Grand Canyon was probably carved about 70 million years ago, much earlier than thought, a provocative new study suggests - so early that dinosaurs might have roamed near this natural wonder.
• Calif. contractors to get 30 pct of requested water: FRESNO (AP) - California residents and farmers can expect less than a third of the water they requested for next year, but state officials hope that amount will increase.
GALT (AP) - An animal control officer was fatally shot Wednesday when he went to retrieve pets from a Sacramento County home where the resident had been evicted a day earlier, authorities said.
CAIRO (AP) - An Egyptian court convicted in absentia Wednesday seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor, sentencing them to death on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - Federal investigators are demanding records related to a Northern California county's medical marijuana permitting program.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Striking workers shut down the largest terminal at the Port of Los Angeles for a second day Wednesday, and the job action later widened to close three terminals at the Port of Long Beach, threatening to paralyze the nation's busiest port complex.
• First of series of storms moves through NorCal: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A fast-moving storm has moved through Northern California, but forecasters say two more storms are on their way.
• 3 Calif men indicted in terror plot case: RIVERSIDE (AP) - Three California men have been indicted on terrorism-related charges for allegedly plotting to kill Americans overseas.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern California residents are bracing for gusty winds, heavy rain, high seas and snow in the mountains as the area prepares for a series of storms.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Six Democratic senators representing states along the Pacific Coast asked the Justice Department on Tuesday to investigate the role of oil refineries in gas spikes that occurred in May and October even as crude oil prices were declining.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom voted Tuesday against giving the new chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley a $50,000 pay raise over what his predecessor earns, saying salary increases for public officials are inappropriate given the state's bleak financial condition.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two San Francisco Bay area city council members are moving up to the state Assembly to fill vacant seats in Alameda County districts.
FULLERTON (AP) - Fullerton police say they have arrested a 42-year-old man suspected of posing as a photographer to lure two teenage girls into taking sexy photos.
TORRANCE (AP) - The convertible hit Phillip Moreno so hard it knocked him out of his shoes and lodged him in the windshield.
CHOWCHILLA (AP) - Authorities say three San Francisco Bay area residents are dead and a fourth hospitalized after a head-on crash on a Central California highway.
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.
STOCKTON (AP) - A father and son are in custody in California on suspicion of kidnapping the father's ex-wife to perform an exorcism. San Joaquin County Sheriff's officials say 42-year-old Jose Magana-Farias and his son, 20-year-old Victor Farias, thought the woman was possessed because her behavior had changed. Lt. Mike Jones tells KCRA-TV ) they picked her up on Saturday in Stockton and got two priests. The priests aren't expected to face charges, according to ...
KIM KARDASHIAN CITED FOR SPEEDING ON LA FREEWAY: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kim Kardashian was cited for speeding Tuesday after a California Highway Patrol officer spotted the reality star apparently being chased by paparazzi on a Los Angeles freeway.
OAKLAND (AP) - The new, $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is done, and demolition of the 1930s-era bridge has begun. The tricky, years-long demolition of the old span presents myriad engineering challenges of its own, Brian Maroney, the California Department of Transportation's bridge engineer, told the Contra Costa Times. "The old bridge is the world's largest armed bow and arrow," Maroney said. "We have to de-string it very carefully or ...
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State Sen. Ron Calderon was stripped of his committee assignments Tuesday amid a federal investigation involving allegations that he accepted money in return for promoting certain bills.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Health insurer Anthem Blue Cross of California has agreed to a two-month extension of about 104,000 individual policies after failing to give the required 90-day cancellation notice, state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced Tuesday. The policies had been set to expire on Dec. 31 but will be extended until Feb. 28 for those who choose to re-enroll. Notices informing customers of the extension will be sent out this week, Anthem said. Jones ...
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Nevada County prosecutors have filed criminal charges against two California men accused of illegally killing a black bear near the edge of the Eldorado National Forest about 30 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe. Authorities say 43-year-old Jason Wilkison of Grass Valley and 54-year-old Christopher Nunley of North San Juan were the targets of a five-month-long poaching investigation. They've been charged with misdemeanor unlawful possession and killing of a bear as ...
LANCASTER (AP) - When Jerral Hancock came home from the Iraq war missing one arm, with another that barely worked and a paralyzed body that was burned all over, he was a hero to this Mojave Desert town that wears its military pride on its sleeve.
STOCKTON (AP) - Authorities in Northern California were seeking a motive Monday in a home-invasion shooting that left three adult family members dead and two wounded, and sent a child fleeing to a nearby house for safety. The triple murder happened shortly before midnight Friday in Stockton. Sheriff's deputies responded after receiving a 911 call from a man who reported that he, his girlfriend and other family members had been shot. Deputies arrived and found ...