SACRAMENTO (AP) - U.S. residents now make up the largest wine market in the world, consuming 13 percent of all that's produced globally, according to an analyst who spoke Wednesday at a major wine industry gathering.
Highlights of the demographic report released Thursday by the California Department of Finance:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gasoline prices are getting an early start on their annual spring march higher.
BISHOP (AP) - Five rock carvings that were sheared off and stolen from a sacred American Indian site in California's Sierra Nevada have been recovered but no arrests have been made, authorities said Thursday.
WIFE DRIVES TRUCK INTO HOME OF HUBBY'S GIRLFRIEND: PIONEERTOWN (AP) - Investigators say a Southern California woman angry over her husband's love affair drove a truck into the other woman's desert home.
SANTA CRUZ (AP) - A decades-old needle exchange operation outside a Santa Cruz laundry has ended.
SF BAY NAMED AN 'WETLAND OF IMPORTANCE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Bay estuary has been added to a list of protected wetlands under a 1971 international treaty among 163 countries meant to limit damaging development along ecologically important waterways.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians are more optimistic about the future of the state than at any time since before the recession and are giving high marks to Gov. Jerry Brown's budgeting approach after voters approved higher taxes to help balance the state budget, according to a poll released Wednesday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Sales of million-dollar homes in California hit a five-year high in 2012, with sales of multimillion-dollar homes showing even bigger gains, a research firm said Wednesday.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A retired barber accused of fatally shooting a California urologist was a patient who had an appointment with the victim and brought the gun with him to the exam room, prosecutors said Wednesday.
TUSTIN (AP) - The massive blimp-like aircraft flies but just barely, hovering only a dozen feet off a military hangar floor during flight testing south of Los Angeles.
HOTEL EXPLOSION INJURES 3 NEAR SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A powerful explosion on Wednesday ripped through a hotel near SeaWorld San Diego from a room where authorities say a couple was believed to be extracting oil from hashish, sending guests fleeing for safety.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It has been nearly 30 years since 10-year-old Kevin Collins disappeared while waiting for a bus after basketball practice. His mother, now 72, said she felt numb as she watched police search a San Francisco home in connection to the decades-old cold case.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of seven California Republican state legislators wants to allow school districts to use state funds to train staff to use guns to ward off campus attackers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A cold storm system that promises up to one foot of snow in the Sierra Nevada and steady showers in the San Francisco Bay Area is moving into California.
• DEACON WHO FELL INTO GRAVE SUES ARCHDIOCESE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A deacon who accidentally fell into a grave during a burial at San Gabriel Mission Cemetery is suing the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
LA HABRA, Calif. (AP) - Experts say a bigger earthquake along the lesser-known fault that gave Southern California a moderate shake could do more damage to the region than the long-dreaded "Big One" from the more famous San Andreas Fault.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Inspired by a former president, Shirley Jones can't wait to jump into her birthday plans.
CHULA VISTA (AP) - The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran's second-grader, it also measures her son's body fat.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's emergency water system is not adequate for putting out multiple fires at once during a major disaster like a strong earthquake, according to current and former fire officials.
REDDING (AP) - An explosion of illegal marijuana growing operations in Shasta County is taxing local law enforcement's ability to keep up, according to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After a 10-year-old California girl traveled to the Vatican to plead with Pope Francis for help as her father faced deportation, the man was released Friday on bond from immigration detention.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California nuclear power plant violated rules by failing to get approval before eliminating 39 emergency-response jobs after the plant closed last year, government regulators said Friday.
ALAMEDA (AP) - A San Francisco man narrowly survived being squashed after a propane tank exploded nearby, sending a large piece of metal smashing into the rear end of the man's car.
MERCED, (AP) - A cook at a county jail in Central California is behind bars after officials say he smuggled in marijuana, tobacco and cell phones for inmates.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California man faces 16 years in prison after being convicted by a jury of torturing and killing dogs.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate voted Friday to suspend three lawmakers caught up in separate criminal cases after the latest one to be hauled into court refused to step down, the most serious house-cleaning action the chamber has taken in more than a century.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is calling on three Democratic state lawmakers involved in separate criminal proceedings to resign from office, saying it is the best way to "restore public confidence."
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff said Friday that he believes he unwittingly met with an FBI undercover agent during a meeting set up by Sen. Leland Yee and one of Yee's campaign aides, both of whom now face federal charges.