SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) - A California man who strangled his neighbor last fall said the woman had refused to return his cellphone.
OAKLAND (AP) - The tentative contract that ended the San Francisco Bay Area's transit strike includes a 15 percent raise over four years but also increased worker contributions toward their health insurance and pensions, a person with direct knowledge of the agreement said Wednesday.
MAN CHARGED WITH FLINGING HAMMER AT BART WORKERS: REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A 39-year-old San Francisco is facing felony assault charges after he allegedly threw a hammer and waved a metal pick at striking Bay Area Rapid transit workers.
LODI (AP) - Investigators are looking into reports that the driver of an SUV involved in a horrific accident that killed five people was speeding and on his cellphone moments earlier, authorities said.
BAY AREA NATURAL GAS PIPELINE RECONNECTED: SAN CARLOS (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric is reconnecting a Northern California natural-gas pipeline that it was ordered to seal off for safety reasons after concerns surfaced in an e-mail from an engineer.
'LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 14-foot oarfish that washed ashore in Southern California last week was ready to become a mommy.
OAKLAND (AP) - Trains in the San Francisco Bay Area were running again Tuesday after a tentative deal capped six months of contentious labor negotiations and two strikes that disrupted hundreds of thousands of daily commutes.
BIG SUR (AP) - A solar-powered "condor cam" in the hills of Big Sur, on the Central California coast, allows the public to view North America's largest birds from the comfort of home.
UKIAH (AP) - Police are searching for a Mendocino County man who disappeared after dropping the body of his 5-month-old son at a hospital.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles City Hall staffers kept mum about concerns that the cost estimate for reviving downtown's streetcar system was not detailed and the price tag could balloon, according to a newspaper investigation.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home foreclosure fell in the third quarter as rising prices left fewer homeowners in trouble, a research firm said Tuesday.
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SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal judges on Monday gave California an additional month to reduce its prison population, as negotiations continue over a longer-term delay.
FRESNO. (AP) - Backhoes began digging up a parking lot in downtown Fresno on Monday in search of underground tunnels and artifacts from an 1880s-era Chinatown neighborhood that lies in the path of California's planned high-speed rail network.
TECH COMPANIES LEAD BAY AREA BUYING BINGE: SAN JOSE (AP) - Internet giants are buying up businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the country by the hundreds.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A Southern California jury on Friday found that a castrated sex offender who preyed on young girls should no longer be considered a sexually violent predator and is eligible for release.
LA QUINTA (AP) - Authorities say an argument between three siblings over who inherited their mother's house in the Palm Springs area led one of them to shoot the other two before turning the gun on himself.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped determine President Ronald Reagan's schedule and claimed to have convinced him to soften his stance toward the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 87.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California prison officials will have to balance safety concerns with the need to avoid racial stereotypes after the state agreed to end a long-standing policy that had been challenged in court and deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Department of Justice.
FREMONT (AP) - A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees brought from India were grossly underpaid and overworked while assigned to a special project in the U.S.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - John Steinbeck's heirs say a literary agency is wrongly cutting them out of negotiations over movie deals for the late Nobel Prize-winning author's books.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Neighborhood residents attacked the driver of an ice cream truck after it struck and killed a 7-year-old boy riding a motorized bike in South Los Angeles, authorities said.
VIDEO SHOWS BIKERS TAUNTING CHP OFFICER: MILPITAS (AP) - A group of motorcycle riders alternately taunted and ignored an officer trying to pull them over while they popped their front wheels in the air and weaved on a California highway, a recently posted video shows.
• MAGIC JOHNSON READY TO ASSIST TECH IN DIVERSITY: SAN JOSE (AP) - Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some San Francisco jail inmates were expected to get computer tablets Wednesday to do homework, read novels and prepare for their criminal cases.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California study of a driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by going between lanes finds the practice poses no more danger than riding a motorcycle in general.
• CALIFORNIA PRISONS END RACE POLICY: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials agreed Wednesday to end a policy in which it segregated prison inmates after riots based on their race as a way of preventing further violence.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Bob Pack wanted to go after the HMO doctors for recklessly prescribing painkillers to a drug-abusing nanny who ran over his 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter as they were heading for ice cream one early fall evening in 2003.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gay, bisexual and transgender inmates filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against San Bernardino County and its sheriff, alleging they are kept in a segregated unit that doesn't give them equal access to rehabilitation services and work programs that could shorten their incarceration and help them learn job skills.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - So long Silicon Valley. These days entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to a place better known for wave surfing than Web surfing. Amid the palm trees and purple sunsets of the Southern California coastline, techies have built "Silicon Beach."