MOTORIST DRIVES INTO POND AND DROWNS: SAN JOSE (AP) - An elderly Northern California motorist has drowned after missing a turn on a highway onramp, crashing through a fence and plunging into a pond.
PASADENA (AP) - Oxygen television executives weren't talking Monday as negative attention grew about "All My Babies' Mamas," its proposed program featuring a musician who has fathered 11 children with ten different mothers.
FRESNO BUS FIRE MAY HAVE BEGUN IN ENGINE AREA: FRESNO (AP) - Authorities in Fresno say a fire that caused $1 million in damage to school buses appears to have started in the engine compartment of one of the vehicles.
HOMEWOOD (AP) - A federal judge in Sacramento has temporarily blocked the planned expansion of a 50-year-old ski resort on Lake Tahoe's west shore, ruling that regional planners did not adequately consider a smaller and, therefore, less environmentally intrusive overhaul of Homewood Mountain Resort before they approved the project.
PASADENA (AP) - Three years after an extortion scandal that led him to bare his infidelities, David Letterman said he sees a psychiatrist once a week to try to be the person that he believed he was.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Huell Howser, the homespun host of public television's popular "California's Gold" travelogues, has died at age 67.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on Monday for running what prosecutors claimed was an illegal pot business that only pretended to be legitimate under the state's medical marijuana law.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An empty oil tanker caused minor damage when it struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Monday, and the busy span remained open to traffic, officials said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are starting the new year with a tail wind they haven't had in 130 years - supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature.
PASADENA (AP) - NBC executives said Sunday they are conscious about the amount of violence they air in the wake of real-life tragedies like the Connecticut school shooting, but have made no changes in what has gone on the air or what is planned.
REDDING (AP) - He doesn't like busy Interstate 5 or eating cattle, at least so far. He gets along with his distant cousins the coyotes, likes to swim and roams a lot - an awful lot - around the northernmost reaches of the Golden State.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The latest winter storm to move into California brought some odd weather to the region, including thunderstorms in Northern California and snow in the mountains of Southern California, forecasters said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The suspect in a New Year's Eve bar shooting in Sacramento that left two people dead has been released from a hospital and booked into jail, authorities said.
• ESCALON LOTTERY TICKET WORTH MORE THAN $570,000: ESCLAON – A California Lottery player in Escalon matched five of six numbers on their MEGA Millions ticket to earn a prize worth $572,376.
• SF POLICE SAY WOMAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER SET ON FIRE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police say a woman is hospitalized with what are being described as "life-threatening injuries" after someone poured a flammable liquid on her and set her on fire.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.
MAN GUILTY IN RUSSIAN ROULETTE KILLING: FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man has been convicted of killing his friend playing a version of Russian roulette.
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.