Official 'embarrassed' by expense errors SANTA CLARA (AP) - The head of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors says he takes full responsibility for errors in using his government credit card that forced him to repay thousands of dollars to taxpayers. Board President George Shirakawa posted an email this week on his county Web page. In it, Shirakawa says he's embarrassed by ...
HAPPY CAMP (AP) - A big storm bearing down on California has triggered flood warnings in Siskiyou County as heavy rain falls on the far north end of the state.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians may have missed out on this week's record-setting Powerball lottery drawing, but they will be able to buy tickets to the multistate game starting next spring, after the California Lottery Commission voted Thursday to add it to the state's roster of games.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles federal judge on Thursday dismissed a Christian group's lawsuit to force suburban Santa Monica to reopen spaces in a city park to private displays, including Christmas Nativity scenes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Negotiators for employers and union workers at the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors will resume talks following a third day of a strike that has shut down most of the terminals at the nation's busiest port complex, both sides confirmed Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An historic Northern California oyster farm along Point Reyes National Seashore will be shut down and the site converted to a wilderness area, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced on Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A report released Thursday reminds Californians to pay attention to their charitable giving this holiday season.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A regional water agency approved a contract Thursday to buy the entire output of what would be the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant, clearing the way for construction to begin early next year.
GALT (AP) - An unarmed animal control officer was shot and killed in Sacramento County on Wednesday while trying to retrieve pets from a home whose owner was evicted the previous day.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District frequently failed to report teacher misconduct to state credentialing authorities and took too long to investigate and punish teachers, according to a report by the California state auditor released Thursday.
SAN ANSELMO (AP) - Star Wars fans might soon have another Yoda statue in the San Francisco Bay area to visit.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The awe-inspiring Grand Canyon was probably carved about 70 million years ago, much earlier than thought, a provocative new study suggests - so early that dinosaurs might have roamed near this natural wonder.
• Calif. contractors to get 30 pct of requested water: FRESNO (AP) - California residents and farmers can expect less than a third of the water they requested for next year, but state officials hope that amount will increase.
GALT (AP) - An animal control officer was fatally shot Wednesday when he went to retrieve pets from a Sacramento County home where the resident had been evicted a day earlier, authorities said.
CAIRO (AP) - An Egyptian court convicted in absentia Wednesday seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor, sentencing them to death on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world.
OAKLAND (AP) - A 16-year-old Northern California boy is being charged as an adult with hate crimes after authorities say he set another teenage boy wearing a skirt on fire on a public bus because of homophobia, authorities said Thursday.
ESCALON (AP) - Authorities in California are trying to crack the case of a nut thief who made off with 140,000 pounds of walnuts. The theft, estimated at nearly $400,000, occurred Sunday in the small Central Valley town of Escalon. Investigators say it was one of the biggest to hit the booming industry. Last month, about 12,000 pounds of walnuts worth $50,000 were stolen from a trailer parked on Highway 99 north of Sacramento. This ...
HIGH SCHOOL BULLY BRAGS ON VIDEO, ARRESTED
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Internet giant Google says it is exploring using two large barges on the East and West coasts as interactive learning centers.
EX-49ER CONVICTED IN FORMER BOYFRIEND'S BEATING: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Former San Francisco 49er Kwame Harris has been found guilty of several misdemeanors involving a violent dispute with an ex-boyfriend at a Chinese restaurant last year. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/HFurXI) the 31-year-old former lineman was convicted Monday of misdemeanor domestic violence, battery and assault for the August 2012 attack. Harris was acquitted of felony domestic violence and assault. He's scheduled to be sentenced ...
STOCKTON (AP) - A sales tax measure that officials in this bankrupt California city have said is essential to their economic fortunes was ahead in voting Wednesday, though several thousand ballots remained to be counted. Stockton's Measure A had more than 13,000 votes, or 53 percent of the ballots cast. The figure put it up by about 1,300 votes. Though officials said they still had more than 3,300 ballots to count, supporters of the measure ...
OAKLAND (AP) - A Northern California man faces a long road to recovery after he was set on fire this week as he rode a public bus, but hundreds of people already have donated tens of thousands of dollars to help pay his medical bills. Debbie Fleischman told the Oakland Tribune that her 18-year-old son, Luke Fleischman, will require massive skin grafting. She also said she is torn about whether the fire was a prank ...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly on Tuesday announced his 2014 bid for California governor, wading into a race against Gov. Jerry Brown despite the incumbent's seemingly unstoppable money and campaign machinery.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - With his hands tucked behind his head, then-Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co appeared relaxed with a large stack of $100 bills in front of him on a table.
SAN JOSE STATE FORCED TO CANCEL SPRING COURSES: SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose State University students may have a tough time getting into classes as budget problems force it to make deep cuts to programs.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's mayor says he doesn't know what it is. Police say it's not their jurisdiction. And government inspectors are sworn to secrecy.
REDLANDS (AP) - Police in Southern California have busted a cattle costume rustler after he tried to sell the stolen suits online. Redlands police say the two 7-foot cow costumes created for the Chick-fil-A chain were nabbed in separate restaurant burglaries. The costumes turned up for sale for $350 apiece on Craigslist on Oct. 30. An undercover officer arranged to buy the bovine attire in time for Halloween. When the seller produced the black-and-white outfits, ...
OC COLLEGE SAFETY OFFICER FIRED OVER HITLER PHOTO: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A public safety officer at two Orange County campuses has lost one of his jobs after being accused of posting pro-Nazi and racist photos on social media.