SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft bills Windows 8 as a "re-imagining" of the personal computer market's dominant operating system, but the company still has a lot of work to do before the makeover captures the imagination of most consumers, based on the results of a recent poll by The Associated Press and GfK.
• Malibu lifeguards need rescue after getting stuck: MALIBU (AP) - Two lifeguards got stranded on a Malibu cliff face while they were trying to rescue a stuck climber and had to be rescued themselves.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Charles Munger Sr. is best known as Warren Buffett's right-hand man, an investor who has turned his skill at picking winning companies into a billion-dollar fortune.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California man was charged Friday with killing two women who were electrocuted after his SUV struck a fire hydrant and light pole.
RIVERSIDE COUNCIL CHANGES RULES AFTER ARREST: RIVERSIDE (AP) - The Riverside City Council is changing the way it deals with disruptions after a woman was handcuffed and arrested when she ran over the three-minute public speakers' time limit.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell has stepped down from overseeing private settlement talks over a deadly Northern California pipeline explosion after state regulators set up a mediation process criticized by several parties as an unfair, backroom deal.
FRESNO (AP) - The phony lives of a prominent Fresno doctor and his wife, whose death was faked after she posed for years as French royalty in horse show circles, were undone in court when they lost a real estate fraud lawsuit.
CALIFORNIA BEGINS REGAINING CONTROL OF STATE INMATE CARE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal courts will begin handing responsibility for inmate health care back to California corrections officials today, the first step in ending a 7-year-old receivership that has cost the state billions of dollars to improve prison medical conditions.
OAKLAND (AP) - The city that became the national epicenter for the Occupy movement braced Thursday for a rally and march marking the day one year ago when protesters were removed from an encampment on a City Hall lawn, sparking the first of many clashes with police.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fire agencies across Southern California took precautions Thursday as meteorological conditions were developing for the first significant blast of seasonal Santa Ana winds, the withering gusts of dry air that suck the moisture out of vegetation and whip flames into conflagrations.
PIEDMONT (AP) - The superintendent of a San Francisco Bay Area school district where high school athletes created a statistics-based fantasy sex league said the story has been sensationalized and the district has "really good kids that can make mistakes."
RANCHO CORDOVA (AP) - A man whose wife and two children were brutally slain in their Sacramento-area home said Thursday that he allowed his younger brother to stay with the family despite strained relations and a history of violent threats.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (AP) - Nobody yelled "Fore!" at a Southern California golf course when a 2-foot-long shark dropped out of the sky and flopped around on the 12th tee.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - They're teens skipping school and adults driving through the night to line up before dawn in soggy San Francisco - all for a chance to watch a few innings of the World Series for free.
RANCHO CORDOVA (AP) - A 19-year-old man accused of killing his sister-in-law and her two small children in an attack that stunned authorities for its brutality had a strained relationship with his family, police in Northern California said Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A decades-old law barring the public from viewing records of water wells throughout California is drawing criticism amid the state's drought from those who believe the information locked away could help scientists and water policy specialists better protect the groundwater supply.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown based his recent overhaul of the state corrections system in part on the idea that having those convicted of lower-level crimes supervised by county probation officers instead of state parole agents when they are released would help them stay clean, find jobs and avoid committing new crimes.
FRESNO (AP) - A good Samaritan who came to the aid of a woman being assaulted by twin brothers was brutally beaten by the suspects before being run over by a driver, police said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Highway Patrol said Friday it is investigating video of one of its officers straddling a woman and punching her in the head as she lay on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California regulators have expanded water reporting requirements for logging companies in response to the state's ongoing drought, a newspaper reported.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature adjourned for its summer recess Thursday without meeting its top remaining priority: overhauling the $11.1 billion water bond scheduled to go before voters this fall.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water regulators voted to give themselves tough new drought enforcement powers after learning that most water rights holders haven't responded to their orders to use less.
JULIAN (AP) - Crews scrambled Thursday to corral a wildfire that burned two homes in Southern California and threatened hundreds of others as an older, larger blaze endangered more homes in rural Northern California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When American flag-waving protesters forced busloads of migrants to leave Murrieta earlier this week, the Southern California city became the latest flashpoint in an intensifying immigration debate that could heat up even more as patriotism surges on the Fourth of July.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A corporate battle over a giant Pentagon contract to build stealth bombers spilled into the California Legislature on Thursday, as lawmakers grudgingly rushed through a $420 million tax credit for an aerospace contractor before adjourning for their monthlong summer recess.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A student who claims his right to free expression was violated has sued Citrus College in Southern California, one of four schools around the nation targeted by a free-speech group.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California high school is at the center of a tuberculosis outbreak linked to an infectious student who tested positive for active TB in February, county health officials said Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A plan to study earthquake faults and create zoning maps that could restrict development is moving forward again in California after funding was approved from Gov. Jerry Brown.
SAN MATEO (AP) - State wildlife officials are warning residents in a San Francisco Bay Area community to be on the lookout for a mountain lion that may still be in the area.
• BODY OF MISSING ABALONE DIVER FOUND: MENDOCINO (AP) - The body of a San Francisco man who went missing while diving for abalone has been discovered.