POLICE SAY FAST FOOD CASHIER STOLE FROM DISABLED: IRVINE (AP) - Police say a Southern California fast food restaurant cashier repeatedly stole change from a mentally disabled woman.
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FRESNO (AP) - A car ended up perched on the roof of a Fresno apartment after it was launched through the air when the driver lost control on a curve and hit landscaping rocks, according to police.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - A young male gray wolf that wandered hundreds of miles across Oregon and eventually crossed into California as he searched for a mate has apparently been photographed for the first time.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Legislature reconvened Wednesday for a year of diminished expectations set against a background of intense partisanship and election-year politics.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A San Francisco Bay area lawmaker facing a felony shoplifting charge made her first appearance in the Assembly on Wednesday since she was arrested at a Neiman Marcus store in October.
CITIES CONSIDER UNIFORM PLASTIC BAG BAN: SAN JOSE (AP) - Several San Mateo County cities will meet to consider drafting a uniform law banning plastic bags.
HEMET (AP) - A man shot to death his estranged wife Wednesday in a parking lot near a Riverside County courthouse and then killed himself ahead of a child-support hearing, police said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican state legislator who is an outspoken advocate for gun rights was cited Wednesday for trying to bring a loaded handgun onto a flight.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - The pope has accepted the early resignation of a Los Angeles bishop who recently acknowledged being the father of two teenagers.
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OAKLAND (AP) - Construction has begun on the Bay Area Rapid Transit's extension to Oakland International Airport despite criticism of the project's $500 million price tag and potential to create jobs.
CALIF. MEETS FIRST INMATE TARGET SET BY COURT: SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California prison officials say they have met the first target set by a federal court to reduce inmate overcrowding.
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SACRAMENTO (AP) - A dry start to winter made it tough for state water engineers to find snow Tuesday during their first survey of the season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It was a caffeine-charged Hollywood whodunit: Just whose bright idea was the "Dumb Starbucks" coffee shop that popped up and started serving free drinks from the corner of an otherwise uncelebrated strip mall.
FRESNO (AP) - The executive director of California's health insurance exchange said Monday that he is hiring 400 call-center workers, many in Fresno, with the goal of alleviating telephone backlogs that have frustrated those applying for health care.
STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police say an officer shot and killed a 45-year-old domestic violence suspect who refused to drop a bayonet.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A Google subsidiary has been picked to run and renovate a federal airfield that is frequently used for the personal flights of the company's top executives.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two chefs have pleaded guilty to serving whale meat at a Southern California restaurant that has since closed.
HAYWARD (AP) - Police say the San Francisco Bay Area homeowner who shot and killed a man during a home invasion robbery knew the suspect.
uEXPLOSIVES FOUND IN HOME WHERE MAN LOST HAND: REDDING (AP) - Shasta County's sheriff says bomb technicians found 40 pounds of explosives at the home of a Redding man whose hand was severed during an explosion and that authorities still want neighbors within a 1,000-foot radius to evacuate.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health insurance exchange pulled its online doctor directory again after some physicians were wrongly listed as accepting patients' coverage plans, spurring a blame game between insurers and providers.
DEAR DIDI: I was at Costco the other day and there was dog in the store wearing a vest that only said "In Training". I asked what the dog was in training for because she had a very grey muzzle and looked to be on the older side. The owner said "Companion Dog". I am very confused about the terms Therapy Dog, Companion Dog, Service Dog, Comfort Dog, and Working Dog. I know you've touched on this before but can you define these terms clearly for me? Obviously I would LOVE to take my well behaved dog into stores ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Covered California, held up as a jewel in the nation's up-and-down health care overhaul, is setting aside nearly $200 million to fight off projected budget shortfalls as it prepares for what it says is a challenging financial future without hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The first significant storm to hit Northern California in 14 months produced impressive amounts of rain and snow over the weekend, National Weather Service forecasters said Sunday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - During the recession, Los Angeles County lost tens of thousands of residents to the eastern counties of the Inland Empire despite the area's staggering unemployment rate, new Census Bureau estimates reveals.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - While the weekend rain was a welcome sight in many parts of drought-hit Northern California, California transportation officials said the moisture reached a place it shouldn't have - inside a new, $6.4 billion section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
TUSTIN (AP) - Authorities say a 27-year-old Tustin man was electrocuted and killed while perched in a tree to shoot a photograph of the sunset.
• $48K RAISED TO SAVE SF'S 'DOGGIE DINER' HEADS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The restaurant chain that they advertised is long gone, but San Francisco's Doggie Diner heads are still beloved by city residents.