MODESTO MAN 11 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ALMOND HEIST: FRESNO (AP) - A Modesto man will serve more than 11 years in federal prison for his part in a conspiracy to steal almonds from Central Valley growers and processors.
Ruling near on California same-sex marriage ban
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - There's a hidden corner of the City by the Bay where rusted cranes used to build WWII battleships loom over dilapidated artist studios, where working-class fishermen bob up against first-class ocean liners docked for repair.
OAKLAND (AP) - Dozens of Occupy Oakland demonstrators burned an American flag and marched through the streets Saturday night, a week after police fired tear gas to quell violent demonstrations and hundreds were arrested following a mass break-in at City Hall.
• CHOPPER MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING AT CA PLAYGROUND: MODESTO (AP) - Authorities say a helicopter encountered mechanical problems before making an emergency landing at an elementary school playground in a Modesto, Calif., neighborhood.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California officials still lag on a federal stimulus program that helps people make energy-efficient upgrades to their homes, and some cities risk having to give back some of the funds because of the delays, according to a new state audit.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's government pension fund is slashing by two-thirds the $17,089 monthly retirement check for the former director of the association representing local school boards because his pay raises were awarded in secret.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional opponents of California's high-speed rail proposal are working to ensure that a new highway bill won't include more federal money for the project.
ARMSTRONG 'GRATIFIED' BY NO CHARGES IN DOPING CASE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal prosecutors dropped their investigation of Lance Armstrong on Friday, ending a nearly two-year effort aimed at determining whether the seven-time Tour de France winner and his teammates participated in a doping program.
SAN JOSE (AP) - NASA has awarded $73 million to San Jose State University to participate in research on how people interact with new technology that will be introduced during an overhaul of the nation's air traffic control system.
Diocese closes purchase of Crystal Cathedral
TOKYO (AP) - For an emerging generation of Japanese innovators, the dream isn't a job for life at a big company. They have new ambitions, and they're determined to go places. Especially Silicon Valley.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A second teacher at an inner-city elementary school where a teacher is accused of committing lewd acts on 23 children was arrested Friday on suspicion of fondling two girls in his classroom.
Longtime Berkeley tree sitter convicted
NAPA (AP) - The earthquake that jarred California's wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass in the rush to get the tourist hotspot back in shape for the summer's final holiday weekend.
BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) - Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor strike, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects.
WEAVERVILLE (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.
LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are pushing to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January, but their efforts appear to be dead with just a week to go in the legislative session.
KINGS BEACH (AP) - A Lake Tahoe woman who was attacked by a black bear in her backyard could become the first person in the area charged with illegally feeding the wild animals.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people killed and four others injured within the span of an hour Sunday in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles were victims of random attacks that may have been carried out by the same gunmen, police said.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A 38-year-old man died Saturday after he was shot multiple times backstage during a concert at a popular Silicon Valley venue, authorities said.
NAPA (AP) A magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday. Scientists say it was the largest earthquake to hit the region in 25 years. The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. about 6 miles from the city of Napa and reportedly lasted between 10 and 20 seconds. Here is a look at some of the basic questions about the science behind the quake that has shaken so many in California.
Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, said about 90 to 100 homes were deemed not habitable. He said the next step was to continue damage assessments and get a cost estimate for potential federal assistance.
NAPA (AP) - Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Friday acted on bills that tackle firearm safety and add rules for ammunition sales.
SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) - Drought-conscious California officials are rallying behind a San Francisco Bay Area woman who replaced her lawn with low-water native plants, then was hit with a fine from her homeowners association (HOA).