YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - One of the men making a grueling ascent of a half-mile of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National Park is now just 1,000 feet from finishing the groundbreaking climb.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sen. Barbara Boxer's retirement will leave California with an open Senate seat for the first time in nearly a quarter-century and no shortage of potential candidates to fill the powerful position.
WASHINGTON (AP) - California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, a tenacious liberal whose election to the Senate in 1992 heralded a new era for women at the upper reaches of political power, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election to a new term next year.
PASADENA (AP) - A 380-pound North Carolina woman whose dancing video was seen by more than six million people online last year is trying to be the next reality TV star.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California utility regulators are plagued by investigative backlogs and poorly documented probes that rarely result in penalties against companies, federal authorities said in an audit.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - The Santa Barbara News-Press building was defaced with paint and graffiti after the paper referred to immigrants as "illegals" in a front-page headline.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - For the first time, California will make paroled sex offenders take periodic lie detector tests as a way to gauge their behavior patterns and perhaps prevent new sex crimes.
PASADENA (AP) - Netflix wants to make Sony's "The Interview" available to its 53 million worldwide subscribers, the streaming service's chief content officer said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A company that produced T-shirts for the Oakland Athletics with a logo created by a teenager will stop making and selling the attire in a gesture of goodwill, the team said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thirteen flight attendants filed a federal complaint Wednesday against United Airlines saying they were fired for refusing to fly from San Francisco to Hong Kong on a plane with the words "BYE BYE" and a pair of faces scrawled on it, their attorneys said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An audit released Wednesday criticizes the financial management of California's court system, saying questionable spending by the agency that helps administer its budget cost cash-strapped courts millions of dollars.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Foie gras can go back on the menu in California after a federal judge on Wednesday overturned the state's ban on the sale of the fatty duck and goose liver.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Anticipating a second year of surplus, Democratic state lawmakers are pressuring Gov. Jerry Brown to increase spending on welfare, health care, child care and other social programs to assist the poor.
WOMAN PLUNGING SAN DIEGO TOILET PULLS UP 5 1/2-FOOT SNAKE: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Officials in San Diego are trying to sort out how a 5 1/2-foot snake wound up in a toilet at an office building.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man has been charged with hate crimes after prosecutors say he stabbed a transgender woman who fled a San Francisco bus to escape his taunts about her gender preference.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As California's drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with meters to access one of the state's precious commodities - water.
• JUDGE ORDERS 3 FORMER EXECS TO PAY $1.8M IN ASBESTOS CASE: FRESNO (AP) - Three former executives of a now-defunct non-profit have been ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution to 65 people who were exposed to airborne asbestos after their company directed workers to illegally remove debris containing asbestos from a former air force base in Northern California.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - One man was killed and another wounded during a gun battle at a Northern California marijuana grow-house.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A jury was picked Monday to determine whether a venerable Silicon Valley venture capital firm is liable in a sexual discrimination lawsuit or is the victim of a former employee forced out because of poor performance.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - Two California men were sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for conspiring to support terrorists and kill Americans overseas, federal prosecutors said.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Police say a quick-thinking Girl Scout wearing her badge for cleverness recorded the license plate number of a man who swiped her money box from outside a San Francisco Bay Area supermarket.
NEWPORT BEACH ( AP) - Thousands of tiny crabs rarely seen north of Mexico washed ashore with the high tide in Southern California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Visiting Mickey and Minnie just got more expensive.
TRUCKEE (AP) - A major cross-country ski race in the Sierra Nevada has been canceled for the third time in four years due to a lack of snow.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It was, the mayor of San Francisco said, a "shocking start" to the year for a city amid a technology boom with soaring rents and construction cranes, fashionable restaurants and gentrifying neighborhoods.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California officials announced Sunday an agreement to pay $24 million to investors suing the state over Gov. Jerry Brown's scuttling of a $2.3 billion lease-back plan to sell 11 state properties.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A dozen Californians are finalists vying for a one-way private trip to establish the first permanent human settlement on Mars.
EMERYVILLE (AP) - Northern California protesters angered by a fatal police shooting shuttered a Home Depot for several hours.
DAVIS (AP) - Hoby Wedler was born blind and curious 27 years ago.
LA SCHOOLS: CAN'T GIVE TECH DEVICE TO EVERY STUDENT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The chief of the Los Angeles Unified School District says there isn't enough money to provide every student with an iPad or other computer device.