MONTEREY (AP) - The familiar sight of a sea otter floating on its back, meal on its belly, is more than a cuddly spectacle, research at a Central California estuary has found.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants could perform a type of early abortion under a bill approved Monday by the state Senate, leaving the measure one step from the governor.
RICHMOND (AP) - When the mayor of Richmond and a gaggle of activists and homeowners showed up at the Wells Fargo Bank headquarters in downtown San Francisco this month, they were on a mission to speak with the bank's chief executive.
SANTA ANA (AP) - When Yen Ly was released from behind bars this spring, she assumed it wouldn't be long before she began committing credit card fraud again to keep up with bills while feeding a devastating meth habit.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers are attempting to limit a distressing social media phenomenon known as "revenge porn," where spurned suitors post intimate photos of their ex-lovers on the Internet for all to see.
MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) - More than two decades ago, two water distributors came up with a tantalizing idea to increase reserves in parched Southern California: Create an underground lake so vast it could hold enough to blanket Los Angeles - all 469 square miles - under a foot of water.
OAKLAND (AP) - Dozens of investigators, some using search dogs, scoured an area near Oakland's Merritt College as they looked for a 22-month-old girl who vanished last month.
BUCK MEADOWS. (AP) - A giant wildfire raging out of control grew to more than 200 square miles Friday and spread into Yosemite National Park at the height of the summer season for one of California's most popular tourist destinations.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An executive hired to overhaul California's troubled state mental hospitals is under investigation for alleged sexual harassment, the Los Angeles Times reported.
UNIION CITY BURGLARS POSE AS MUNICPAL SNAKE INSPECTORS: UNION CITY (AP) - Police say a pair of burglars duped two elderly people when one posed as a city pest inspector who appeared at their home to investigate an alleged snake infestation while the other burglarized the residence.
MURIETTA (AP) - Murietta police have found a shoulder-fired rocket launcher in a storage unit as part of an investigation that led to the arrests of two women and a man.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a small plane has gone down on a golf course near a Sacramento airport, and the two men aboard have been taken to a hospital.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Mayor Bob Filner agreed Friday to resign in return for the city's help defending him against claims he groped, kissed and made lewd comments to women, allegations that shook and embarrassed the city and turned the former 10-term congressman into a national punch line.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Northern California former parolee and atheist who went back to prison after refusing to participate in a religiously-tinged inpatient treatment program is entitled to monetary compensation, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
POLICE SHOOT PIT BULLS THAT BIT 2 IN KERN COUNTY: BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Police have shot a pack of pit bulls that mauled two people in the backyard of a Kern County home.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - A former Moreno Valley city councilman was sentenced to five years in federal prison on Monday for accepting more than $2 million bribes during a sting operation but no charges will be filed in an unrelated corruption investigation involving the entire council, it was reported.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An analysis found that the tallest redwood tree in Muir Woods in California is 777 years old - not the 1,500 years once assumed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - From drought-shaming to eco-boasting, willing or not, celebrities are playing a role in raising awareness about California's debilitating drought.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco lawmakers are taking another stab at curbing soda consumption seven months after local voters rejected taxing sugary drinks in the name of public health.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - A $4 million fire station that was supposed to open in Santa Rosa in April remains unused while city inspectors figure out if the structure's kitchen, dining room and bathrooms need to be wheelchair-accessible.
MILPITAS (AP) - Her electronic waste is someone else's treasure.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google has introduced a new proposal for expanding its Mountain View headquarters after city officials rejected most of its earlier proposal for a canopied campus addition.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - A wet May has pushed Lake Tahoe back up to its natural rim, but the lake will soon start dropping again because of the four-year drought.
MODESTO (AP) - Massage therapists and day spa owners in Modesto say they are being hurt by a 45-day moratorium city lawmakers imposed on the opening, expansion and relocation of bodywork businesses.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is looking for more than a few good men and women.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Driven by a historic drought, California regulators on Friday mandated that lawns and other landscaping on new and renovated homes and buildings across the parched state guzzle less water.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - On the afternoon of the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years, graduate student Natalie Phares quickly organized a volunteer bucket brigade to clean a beach north of Santa Barbara.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California senators too drunk to drive can turn to a 24-hour ride service funded by taxpayers, a local newspaper reports.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The legal battle over ownership of a 752-pound emerald may have been settled after six years and millions of dollars in legal and other costs.
OAKLAND (AP) - A judge has ruled that an Alameda County jury will have the final say on whether a mentally ill man is competent enough to stand trial for a 2012 massacre at a small nursing college.