RENO, Nev. (AP) - An inch of snow ended the longest recorded winter dry spell in Reno history early Monday, a 56-day stretch that has forced area ski resorts to make their own snow and prompted unusual January warnings about wildfire threats.
Now that Jerry Brown has gone public with the second attempt of his latest turn as governor to deliver a balanced budget, it's fair to speculate about how different things might be today if he'd lost to Meg Whitman, his billionaire 2010 Republican opponent.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The company that began advertising for an incredibly lifelike Steve Jobs doll won't sell the figurines after all because of pressure from family and Apple lawyers.
HAYWARD (AP) - It was just an accident, California Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi's representatives say. The lawmaker walked out of Neiman Marcus without paying $2,500 for leather pants, a skirt and a blouse because she was distracted while talking on her cell phone .
YORBA LINDA (AP) - The father of the man suspected of killing homeless men in Southern California is himself homeless and says his son last week showed him a picture of one victim as a warning of the danger of being on the streets.
PASADENA (AP) - The head of the FX network said Sunday he still hasn't seen a script for Charlie Sheen's new sitcom "Anger Management," which is due to premiere in June.
SKI RESORT EXECS JOIN RENO-TAHOE OLYMPIC BOARD: SQUAW VALLEY (AP) - Two top ski resort executives have joined the board trying to lure the 2022 Winter Olympics to the Reno-Lake Tahoe area.
BERKELEY (AP) - On a bluff overlooking a sweep of Southern California beach, scientists in 1976 unearthed what were among the oldest skeletal remains ever found in the Western Hemisphere.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The nation's newest Miss America is a 23-year-old Wisconsin brunette who had long conversations with her family mulling whether or not to make her father's jail time for mail fraud the heart of her campaign in the beauty pageant.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California educators and childcare advocates are protesting Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to scrap a new program for children who are no longer old enough for kindergarten.
PASADENA (AP) - In a politically polarized country, the people behind HBO's upcoming movie on Sarah Palin's vice presidential campaign are being careful not to take one side or the other.
ELK GROVE (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that his appointees to the board overseeing California's embattled $98 billion high-speed rail project will fix its problems and offer a revamped business plan after the rail authority's director and its board chairman resigned a day earlier.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The computer networks of a San Francisco community college have been infected with software viruses that illegally transmitted personal data from students and employees overseas, school officials said Friday.
MAN DECAPITATED WHEN WOOD CHIPPER SUCKS UP ROPE: NEVADA CITY (AP) - A Northern California tree trimmer has been decapitated after an industrial wood chipper apparently sucked up a rope tangled around his neck.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers introduced a bipartisan measure Friday to save community redevelopment agencies from immediate elimination, but it's not certain if they have backing from legislative leaders or Gov. Jerry Brown.
LODI (AP) - Police say it could be a year before an investigation is complete into the death of an Army veteran who was shot and killed by Lodi officers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two former high school students who lost fingers in a tug-of-war accident have sued a Southern California school district.
The challenge is on to see determine who the better bowlers are while at the same time helping struggling kids succeed in school.
Manteca Mayor's Committee on the Arts is holding their Chili Cook Off on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, from 12:30 to 3 p.m.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park will cap visitors at current levels in its most popular areas, but it will add campsites and maintain bike and raft rentals under a plan announced Friday to protect the river that runs through its heart.
REWARD OFFERED FOR INFO ABOUT 3 OTTERS THAT WERE FATALLY SHOT: PACIFIC GROVE (AP) - Federal wildlife officials say three California sea otters were fatally shot on the Monterey Peninsula and are offering a $21,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area health officials issued a public warning that a college student with measles could have exposed thousands of others when he attended classes and rode public transit.
PALMDALE. (AP) - A camel escaped from an enclosure in a Southern California high desert community Friday, stomped a 72-year-old man who tried to capture it, and chased other people before it calmed down and was corralled.
SOUTH PASADENA AP) - A 9-year-old southern California boy who called 911 as his little sister choked on a grape has been saluted by authorities, who say his quick thinking saved precious minutes and possibly her life.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, once a strong supporter of California's high-speed rail project, told a conservative radio show host Friday that he no longer backs the bullet train and would like to see the money diverted to other projects.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration won at least a partial victory Friday in the legal wrangling over California's high-speed rail project when a state appellate court said it would hear an expedited review of two lower court rulings.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than a ton of illegal shark fins were seized from a vendor in San Francisco, state wildlife officials said Friday.
REDDING (AP) - Authorities prepared Friday to burn down a mobile home where they said more than 60 pounds of highly volatile explosive material was found, making it risky for deputies to walk the California property and forcing the evacuation of dozens of nearby residents.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A veteran Northern California firefighter is in custody on suspicion of selling and possessing methamphetamine, providing narcotics to minors and child molestation, state justice officials said Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - While the East Coast shivers, Southern California is basking in unseasonably warm weather and the National Weather Service predicts it will continue through Friday.