SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - The oil exploration company Excelaron LLC has filed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against San Luis Obispo County after the Board of Supervisors rejected a plan for extracting crude oil from beneath rural Huasna Valley.
• 1 dead, 1 critically injured in Highway 101crash: PALO ALTO (AP) - Authorities say a woman died and her sister was critically injured when they were thrown from their SUV after it crashed into a California Highway Patrol car and flipped over on Highway 101 in Palo Alto.
CRESCENT CITY (AP) - It doesn't matter if the earth sways in Chile, Alaska or Japan, the formation of the sea floor along the U.S. West Coast generally aims any tsunami surges at the tiny California port town of Crescent City. Churning water rushes into the boat basin and then rushes out, lifting docks off their pilings, tearing boats loose and leaving the city's main economic engine looking as if it has been bombed.
COSTA MESA (AP) - Police arrested the ex-fiancee of a stage actor charged with beheading a neighbor, scattering his body parts in a park and killing the neighbor's friend two years ago.
TORRANCE (AP) - Residents and staff members at a senior high-rise in California had complained in the past about erratic behavior by an elderly man now suspected of killing two women and himself at the facility, authorities and employees said.
VISTA (AP) - A 68-year-old man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murdering his wife after police found her severed head in a freezer and her body parts cooking on the stove at their Oceanside home.
PALO ALTO (AP) - A California man accused of breaking into Steve Jobs' house and stealing computers and the Apple Inc. co-founder's wallet has pleaded no contest to burglarizing homes across the San Francisco Bay area.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - How does "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" squeeze even more fun out of our porous little hero and the Bikini Bottom gang? By turning the animated characters three-dimensional for their holiday special.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco shed a vestige of its free-spirited past as local lawmakers narrowly approved a citywide ban on public nudity.
SF approves 220-square-foot apartments
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The producers of "The Price is Right" owe a former model on the show more than $7.7 million in punitive damages for discriminating against her after a pregnancy, a jury determined Wednesday.
UPLAND (AP) - Three of the young men swept up in a federal terrorism probe grew up in the Southern California suburbs where they played pick-up basketball, ran for homecoming court and sparred in video games with neighborhood kids - a far cry from the wannabe terrorists described by the FBI.
DISNEY WORKER INJURED ON SPACE MOUNTAIN: ANAHEIM (AP) - Firefighters say a Disneyland worker was badly injured while he was cleaning the roof of the Space Mountain ride.
POINT REYES STATION (AP) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited Marin County on Wednesday on a fact-finding mission to decide the fate of a family-run oyster farm in the Point Reyes National Seashore.
LOOMIS (AP) - A third person has died from eating poisonous mushrooms at a California senior care facility where a caretaker found the fungus in the backyard and used it to make soup, authorities said Wednesday.
ROSEVILLE (AP) - Tornadoes touched down during storms in Northern California, including one twister near Sacramento that damaged a dozen homes and left a path of debris about 300 yards long.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California are saying the fatal shooting of a Jordanian man in a Home Depot parking lot was a racially motivated killing.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Loss of the state's teacher tenure laws would be bad for students and teachers alike, an attorney for teachers told a judge Thursday.
MODESTO (AP) - Authorities say a 5-year-old Modesto boy was struck and killed by a city bus while crossing the street in front of his school.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at airport security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours after a review of last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State Assemblyman Mike Morrell easily beat four challengers to win a state Senate seat representing portions of three Southern California counties, according to state figures Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The governor's race in California looks like a one-man show.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Peering into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink frozen world 7½ billion miles from the sun.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Authorities say a Southern California teen drowned at Yosemite National Park while helping his family members who were struggling to swim in the Merced River.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - With the state in the grip of a severe drought, most Californians are getting anxious over dwindling water supplies and making an effort not to waste a drop, a poll found Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The severe drought in California is prompting state and federal wildlife officials to mount an unusual rescue operation involving millions of 6-month-old salmon that are at risk of dying in depleted rivers and streams.
OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area businesses with more than 50 full-time employees are going to have to start offering commuter subsidies as a way of encouraging their workers to use public transportation or other alternatives to driving alone.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Democratic leader of the state Senate is calling on Sen. Leland Yee to resign after being indicted on federal corruption and firearms charges.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Forecasters are predicting that the rain that began to fall in the drought-stricken San Francisco Bay Area on Tuesday morning may be the beginning of the longest stretch of wet weather yet this year.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican state assemblyman had a runaway lead and appeared the clear victor over four opponents Tuesday night in a race to replace a state senator who represented a district spanning parts of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.