SAN RAMON (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has opened a new, $38 million natural gas monitoring center in the wake of a deadly 2010 gas line explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb.
ARRESTS MADE AT SACRAMENTO WAL-MART PROTEST: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Police made several arrests during a protest against Wal-Mart in Sacramento.
ATWATER (AP) - A Northern California air museum is adding a high-profile plane to its collection: Air Force One.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation intended to help preserve the clear waters of Lake Tahoe by allowing the commercial fishing of crayfish.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Even as firefighters battle a gigantic wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park, environmental scientists are moving in this weekend to begin critical work protecting habitat and waterways before the fall rainy season beings.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego school district has agreed to expunge the records of 31 high school students who were suspended for making an on-campus video featuring "twerking" dance moves.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California veteran's charity that supplies arts and crafts to hospitalized servicemen and women agreed Friday to pay $2.45 million and purge its leadership to settle a lawsuit filed by the state alleging misuse of funds.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco parks worker was arrested Friday on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run in the death of a Zen monk who was run over by a maintenance vehicle while relaxing with her young daughter and dog in a park.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two NBA teams in Northern California will be closely watching the final days of this year's legislative session, when state lawmakers will consider measures that would aid construction of new arenas for the franchises.
POLICE ARREST 21 PEOPLE IN LA WAL-MART PROTEST: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police arrested 21 people protesting Wal-Mart's working conditions and firing practices, including seven company workers and 12 members of the clergy, in a downtown rally Thursday.
WOMAN KILLED AFTER BEING HIT BY SF CITY VEHICLE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities in San Francisco say a woman died after she was struck by a city maintenance vehicle in a park.
YREKA (AP) - Supervisors in a far Northern California county where residents are fed up with what they see as a lack of representation at the state capitol and overregulation have voted in favor of separating from the state.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - If a monster earthquake struck off Alaska's coast, tsunami waves would rush toward California, crippling the nation's busiest port complex and flooding coastal communities, a report released Wednesday suggests.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday backed a plan to spend $200 million this year on rehabilitation programs instead of renting thousands of cells in private prisons and county jails to meet a federal court demand that California reduce its inmate population.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A majority of California Supreme Court justices appeared reluctant Wednesday to grant a law license to Sergio Garcia, who graduated law school and passed the state's bar exam but has been living illegally in the United States for 20 years.
PACIFICA (AP) - A dead whale was found on a beach south of San Francisco on Tuesday, the same day two other dead whales that washed up weeks apart were being buried nearby after neighbors complained of their rotting smell.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A camera on the helmet of cliff jumper Dean Potter, who died in Yosemite National Park, shows that he may have tried to avoid his friend who slammed into a ridge and then hit the rocks himself a split second later, a park official said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California communities must hold public hearings before their police departments accept military equipment such as tanks and grenade launchers under a bill approved Monday in the state Assembly.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court panel should not have forced YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a larger group of judges ruled Monday in a victory for free speech advocates.
BERKELEY (AP) - A man drove about 25 miles in the wrong direction on San Francisco Bay Area freeways and city streets and then crashed into another car.
LAGUNITAS (AP) - What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Extreme athlete Dean Potter, renowned for his bold and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, was among two people who were killed while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesman said Sunday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California dentist who treats children under Medicaid billed for more than 1,000 services a day for almost 100 days in 2012. Another provided 33 procedures - including multiple stainless steel crowns and baby root canals - to a 4-year-old during a visit. Another received an extremely high payment per child - $699 compared with a statewide average payment of $166 per child.
ANTIOCH (AP) - Northern California police say a suspect is in custody after robbing a bank, leading authorities on a high-speed chase and then briefly taking a hostage.
FOUNTAIN VALLEY (AP) - Faced with the ongoing drought, Orange County water officials have moved toward buying water from a proposed desalination plant.
BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - More than 170 clinics across the country are selling experimental stem cell procedures for dozens of diseases and conditions - a mushrooming industry that has flourished despite little evidence of its safety or effectiveness.
ANAHEIM (AP) - U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez apologized Sunday after a videotape surfaced showing her making a whooping cry in reference to Native Americans that brought her a cascade of reprimands from fellow Democrats to posts on Twitter.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A special election Tuesday for state Senate is being pitched as a decision about who represents real Democratic values: the state lawmaker and former teacher endorsed by the California Democratic Party, or the Orinda mayor and longtime adviser to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds turned out for a "family support picnic" held for a Northern California religious leader who is the subject of heated debate over policy changes for Catholic high school teachers.