BAY AREA MAN DIES CLIMBING VOLCANO IN ECUADOR: QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - Authorities in Ecuador say an American expert on teen sexual health has died while climbing a volcano in the South American nation.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials say all the stores of Sacramento's Arden Fair Mall shopping center are open again after a lockdown during a fight in the mall's in the food court.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials say several early season storms have pushed California's snowpack - which supplies much of the state's water - to well above normal levels.
VINA (AP) - Monks in a small Northern California town are rebuilding a centuries-old Spanish monastery with help from what may seem an unlikely source: beer.
DUNSMUIR (AP) - A 66-year-old Washington man is in custody on suspicion of stabbing two people aboard a Greyhound bus in far Northern California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal education officials are poised to reject California's self-styled bid to avoid the strict requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, which could lead to radical reforms at hundreds of low-income schools.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Long lines of cars and people formed Wednesday to take advantage of a guns-for-groceries exchange program that was moved up in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.
4 INJURED AFTER CHRISTMAS PARTY TURNS VIOLENT: ALAMEDA (AP) - Four people were injured after police say a woman attacked members of her family with a box cutter during a Christmas party in Alameda.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thousands of previously unpublished Boy Scouts of America files that detail suspected sexual abuse by employees and volunteers have been posted online.
MORENO VALLEY (AP) - A Wal-Mart in Southern California was evacuated Monday after shoppers say they saw a man dressed in a black trench coat enter the store with what appeared to be an assault rifle or shotgun, authorities said.
• FAMILY CASHES $1M LOTTERY TICKET ON CHRISTMAS EVE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A family has cashed in on a $1 million gift this Christmas after a California dad bought a winning lottery scratcher ticket.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Marines and sailors will be subject to random blood-alcohol tests twice a year in what is billed as the toughest anti-drinking policy in the U.S. military.
TRUCKEE (AP) - A member of a Sierra ski resort's patrol team who was injured after being caught in an avalanche has died - the second death connected to avalanches that occurred in the area on Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern California received more rain and snow on Christmas Day, as the third storm system in a handful of days moved through the region.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cellphone providers are heading to church as they scramble to find places to put up towers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new Field Poll finds that Gov. Jerry Brown has a lead of 16 percentage points over GOP challenger Neel Kashkari in the governor's race.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit - from citizens or the federal government.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Online review site Yelp can lower or raise the rating of a business depending on whether it advertises with the company, a federal appeals court ruled in a lawsuit filed by small businesses claiming Yelp used the tactic to try to extort ads from them.
RICHMOND (AP) - Authorities say five students got sick - including two who were rushed to the hospital unconscious - after eating marijuana brownies that were sold at a San Francisco Bay Area high school.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown doesn't have much on the line as he faces his Republican challenger in the only gubernatorial debate scheduled so far this election season.
THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - Southern California animal control officers hunted Wednesday for a highly venomous cobra that bit a dog and then slithered off into a suburban Los Angeles neighborhood.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. plans to appeal a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb that killed eight people, the utility said in a filing Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge on Wednesday postponed the sentencing of California state Sen. Rod Wright for lying about his legal residence, as his defense completes paperwork seeking a new trial.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - The cost of feeding horses and cows in California is climbing as the drought sends hay prices to historic highs, a newspaper reported.
BERKELEY (AP) - A judge has removed the words "high-calorie" and "sugary drinks" from a soda tax measure set to go before voters in Berkeley in November.
RIGHT-TO-DIE GROUP DENIED BOOTH AT AGING EXPO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Visitors browsing the booths at this week's AARP convention on aging in San Diego won't find one featuring Final Exit Network.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of California's $68 billion high-speed rail project submitted an appeal Tuesday to the state Supreme Court, asking it to overturn a lower court's ruling that allowed the project to proceed despite questions about whether it complies with promises made to voters.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge from Orange County and another from Kern County have been censured by a California watchdog agency for sexual misconduct and other misbehavior.