LOS ANGELES (AP) - The growth of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft so far has not been hindered by limits from government regulators and campaigns by taxi cab competitors. A bigger threat to the new industry's impressive start could come from customers - if enough people stop using the services over fears that drivers aren't safe.
OAKLAND (AP) - A small group of demonstrators tried unsuccessfully to shut down Oakland's federal courthouse Wednesday following four nights of large, often violent protests in Berkeley against the killings of black men by white police officers.
• 2 TEENS ACCUSED OF FEEDING LIVE CAT TO 2 DOGS: BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Two teenagers accused of feeding a live cat to two dogs, videotaping the attack and posting it online have been arrested in central California on suspicion of cruelty to an animal.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work.
OAKLAND (AP) - Apple and IBM, once the most unlikely of allies, on Wednesday announced the first fruits of a partnership aimed at developing new mobile software - and selling more mobile devices - to business customers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California prosecutors sued Uber on Tuesday over the ride-booking company's background checks of drivers and other allegations, adding to the popular startup's worldwide legal woes.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California prosecutors said Tuesday they will seek the death penalty for a Utah man charged with killing two deputies during an hourslong rampage that also left a motorist and another deputy wounded.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A termed-out state assemblyman was favored Tuesday to succeed state Sen. Rod Wright, who resigned in September after being sentenced for lying about where he lived when he ran for office.
• MAN GETS JAIL FOR TAKING PART FROM PAUL WALKER CAR: SAN FERNANDO (AP) - A man who stole part of the Porsche that "Fast and the Furious" actor Paul Walker died in has been sentenced to six months in jail.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some Christmas cards and packages may not make it to their destinations after a U.S. Postal Service tractor-trailer caught fire near San Francisco, burning a lot of mail it was carrying.