$450K FOR FIRED WORKER WHO TATTLED ON COCAINE USE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Hollywood visual effects specialist fired for reporting on-the-job cocaine use is getting at least $450,000 for wrongful termination.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The official voting record makes it appear that state lawmakers were eager to wade into the politically sensitive debate about whether certain people listed as child abusers when they were minors should be given a second chance.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two California congressmen blasted the National Park Service on Wednesday for letting a wildfire burn despite extreme conditions last summer, a decision that conflicted with the practices of other state and federal agencies.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An expert has determined that a surfer was killed off California's Central Coast by a 15- to 16-foot great white shark.
SUSPECT IN BURGLARY SUES HOMEOWNER WHO SHOT HIM: GREENBRAE (AP) - A homeowner who police say survived being shot in the jaw during a burglary has received startling news: The burglary suspect sued him for returning fire.
STOCKTON (AP) - A California teacher fired after she was accused of operating pornographic websites from a school-issued laptop is fighting to get her job back in hearings that began this week.
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - A surfer was killed Tuesday by a shark off a beach at coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base following a summer of shark sightings along California's Central Coast, authorities said.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A Canadian climber stranded in a snowstorm was recuperating Tuesday from a mild case of hypothermia after Yosemite National Park rangers rescued him from the face of the largest granite monolith in the world.
New master's program concentrates on animal law
27 hurt as truck, bus, car collide in Hollywood
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The five tornadoes that touched down across Northern California this week tied a single-day record dating to 1996, the National Weather Service said Tuesday.
2 CHILDREN, MOTHER KILLED IN SACRAMENTO-AREA HOME : SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Two young children and their mother were found murdered in a suburban Sacramento home Tuesday afternoon. An infant was found alive inside a crib in the back of the house.
PIEDMONT (AP) - School administrators and parents are wrestling with how to respond to news that some male high school athletes created a statistics-based fantasy league that awarded points when girls the boys "drafted" were rumored to have engaged in sexual activity.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - As he makes a last-minute push for his November tax initiative, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he wants to make sure voters "know the stakes" for California's K-12 schools and colleges before they cast their ballots.
MODESTO (AP) - Modesto police say they have arrested a 15-year veteran of their force on molestation charges.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Security researchers say they've discovered a vulnerability in Apple's software that hackers could use to steal sensitive information from iPhones or iPads, by tricking device owners into downloading a malicious app.
PASADENA (AP) - Fifteen hikers from a church group who failed to return from a day hike in the Southern California mountains were exhausted and losing daylight, so they decided to build a fire and wait until Monday morning, when a helicopter plucked them safely out of the wilderness.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber has paid more than $80,000 to the owner of a home he egged but has otherwise made slow progress on the terms of his sentence in the vandalism case, probation officials said in a report disclosed at a hearing Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thousands of Kaiser Permanente nurses plan to walk off the job in Northern California during a two-day strike as contract negotiations continue, a union official said Monday.
STOCKTON (AP) - The mayor of Stockton is floating several ideas to try to get rid of a weed that is clogging city waterways.
3 ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF ABALONE IN CALIFORNIA: UKIAH (AP) - State wildlife officials have arrested three men on suspicion of illegally harvesting dozens of abalone in Northern California.
DEAR DIDI: I am writing to you because I have a 5 year old Dachshund that has a very annoying behavior and I don't understand why he does it. He has been doing it since he was 6 months old! Every single time he poops or pees....he does what I call "the potty dance". He kicks his hind legs out and tears up grass into the wind. He is quite energetic about it! Is he actually trying to bury his "stuff" like a cat does??-curious mommy in Manteca
WALNUT CREEK (AP) - Contra Costa County officials are looking at raising the fine for stealing water from $25 to $250 after residents reported seeing people tapping into fire hydrants late at night, a crime that appears to be on the rise amid California's drought.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Mormon bishop in Los Angeles is under fire for his assertion that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is unworthy to enter the faith's temples because of his support for Democratic Party positions.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year, producers are challenging a proposed California pest-management program they say enshrines a pesticide-heavy approach for decades to come, including compulsory spraying of organic crops at the state's discretion.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 21-year-old Army veteran was shot to death Sunday only months after his return from Afghanistan, police said.
SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Some West Marin County residents are singing the blues over Pandora founder Tim Westergren's plans for a 17-bedroom vacation retreat on the wooded site of a former monastery near the town of Inverness.
EUREKA (AP) - Voters in the North Coast city of Eureka bucked the election tide last week and defeated a ballot measure that would have raised the local minimum wage to $12 an hour.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Department of Public Health does not try to determine how nursing home chains compare on key quality measures even though the information would be valuable and potentially life-saving for consumers, a newspaper in the state capital reported Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Advocates for the homeless staged a symbolic sleep-in at a downtown San Francisco subway station to protest a new police practice of rousting and citing people who bed down in Bay Area Rapid Transit stations.