SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials again are trying to improve residents' health and raise money for government coffers by taxing soda and other sweetened drinks, an effort that's previously failed to gain traction locally and in other U.S. cities.
LA HABRA HEIGHTS (AP) - What began as a stink over llama feces has escalated into a running battle that has brought turmoil to a to a Los Angeles suburb known for its quiet locale and sprawling lots.
MENDOTA (AP) - Amid California's driest year on record, the nation's leading agricultural region is locked in drought and bracing for unemployment to soar, sending farm workers to food lines in a place famous for its abundance.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Walter Cottle Lester, a third-generation California farmer who stubbornly refused to sell his family's 237-acre ranch to developers even as Silicon Valley rose up around it and made the land worth hundreds of millions of dollars, has died at age 88.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nurses at a San Francisco hospital did not heed doctors' orders to maintain a constant watch on a patient who ended up leaving her room and was found dead in a locked stairwell 17 days later, a newspaper reported.
NAPA (AP) - A Northern California woman wanted for questioning in the death of her 3-year-old daughter was detained along with her boyfriend Sunday at a San Francisco Bay Area commuter train station and turned over to authorities who are investigating the child's death as a homicide, police said.
MARIN (AP) - A Northern California teenager convicted of stealing celebrity chef Guy Fieri's Lamborghini planned to sell the car and also commit a jewelry heist, according to court documents.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Prison officials revealed new rules Friday that they say will make California the first state to recognize that inmates can quit prison gangs and put that lifestyle behind them, allowing them to escape the tough restrictions that gang members are subject to.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A measure aimed at controlling public pension costs in California is less likely to make it onto the state's November ballot after proponents said they would sue to challenge the ballot language.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state senator convicted of eight felonies this week introduced a bill that would have allowed those in similar circumstances to have their crimes reduced to misdemeanors.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Immigrants who are in the United States illegally are often called "undocumented" despite carrying a long list of papers: passports, consular ID cards, birth certificates from their home countries, and those of their children born here.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California health officials said Friday that 147 people in the state have died from the flu this season, surpassing last season's death toll.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State surveyors checking California's snowpack say a recent storm brought little help, and that snow levels in the Sierra Nevada are dangerously low.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown provided some very practical guidance for Californians amid a deepening drought: Take shorter showers, turn off the water while brushing teeth, and "don't flush more than you have to."
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate approved a bill Thursday that would require people who assemble homemade guns to register the weapons and acquire serial numbers before they could legally own them.
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.
A Ripon man has been arrested on charges he stabbed a relative,