SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A quarter-century after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first prescription drugs based on the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, additional medicines derived from or inspired by the cannabis plant itself could soon be making their way to pharmacy shelves, according to drug companies, small biotech firms and university scientists.
FRESNO (AP) - When a 23-year-old Fresno woman fatally shot her two toddlers and a cousin, critically wounded her husband then turned the gun on herself last Sunday, investigators immediately suspected methamphetamine abuse in what otherwise was inexplicable carnage. It turned out the mother had videotaped herself smoking meth hours before the shooting.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has questioned whether the city's new sheriff can effectively do his job while battling domestic violence charges.
TRUCKEE (AP) - A string of storms has brought something Sierra Nevada ski resorts haven't seen much this season: snow.
ANTIOCH (AP) - Six people, including five teens, were injured when gunfire erupted at a girl's 16th birthday party in the San Francisco Bay area, authorities said Sunday.
• DOWNED TREE KILLS MAN AT YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A pair of winter storms bringing rain and snow swept across California on Saturday, buffeting Yosemite National Park with strong wind gusts that toppled a tree and killed a park employee.
WIFE HELD IN DEATH OF AFGHAN WAR VET FOUND SHOT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Police have arrested the wife of an Afghan war veteran on suspicion of his murder, saying her story about her husband being shot during a carjacking last month didn't add up.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of the world's smallest surviving babies was discharged Friday from the hospital where she spent nearly five months in an incubator - but not before getting the Hollywood treatment.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The National Marine Fisheries Service has designated more than 41,000 square miles off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington as critical habitat for endangered leatherback sea turtles.
SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Prosecutors on Friday called suspected serial murderer Joseph Naso a "sexual deviant" who drugged his victims before he photographed them, strangled them to death and dumped their naked bodies in rural Northern California areas.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At least a dozen people were arrested Friday during an anti-Wall Street protest in downtown San Francisco, mostly for blocking an entrance at a bank's corporate headquarters.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Coroner's officials on Friday identified a man whose dismembered head, hands and feet were found in a Hollywood park as a 66-year-old from Los Angeles, and police continued to hunt for his killer.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate dipped slightly in December to 11.1 percent, its lowest rate since 2009, the state reported Friday.
Newark crash victim ID'd as Pleasanton man
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - America's historic Chinatowns, home for a century to immigrants seeking social support and refuge from racism, are fading as rising living costs, jobs elsewhere and a desire for wider spaces lure Asian-Americans more than ever to the suburbs.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles judge Tuesday ordered the state of California to educate all children who don't speak English, saying it needs to take action after reports showed a quarter of school districts failed to meet that state and federal requirement.
FRESNO (AP) - A Northern California man accused of starting one of the state's largest wildfires - the devastating Rim Fire - when he lost control of his campfire last year can leave jail while the criminal case plays out in court, a federal judge said Tuesday.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple primarily relies on white and Asian men for its top-paying technology jobs, feeding the perception that Silicon Valley's economic boom is largely excluding women, blacks and Hispanics.
GOLETA (AP) - A Southern California man told authorities he stabbed his parents, his two young sons and the family dog to death in their home because he believed it was his destiny, authorities said Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders made a public push Tuesday for their latest plan to pay for water projects a day ahead of scheduled votes in the Legislature.
SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Struggling with depression, Robin Williams tried to cut his wrist and hanged himself in a bedroom of his San Francisco Bay Area home, officials said Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Health insurance plans offered to state employees in California and elsewhere are relatively generous, with government picking up a large share of deductibles and co-pays, according to a report released Tuesday.
STOCKTON (AP) - A hostage kidnapped during a Northern California bank robbery was killed by police in an ensuing chase and shootout, likely during a final gunbattle where the lone surviving suspect used her as a human shield, authorities said Monday.
ETNA (AP) - Fire crews braced for more erratic winds on Monday from nearby thunderstorms as they tried to gain ground on two wildfires that were threatening nearly 750 rural homes on national forest land in Northern California.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Counties will be allowed to increase vehicle registration fees to pay for fingerprint identification programs under a bill that advanced to the governor's desk Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday blocked an advisory measure backed by Democrats from the November ballot.
FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno fire battalion chief says it's "nothing short of a miracle" no one was hurt and no cars were hit when a small plane with a pilot and his two daughters aboard crash-landed and hit two fences on a street near an airport.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders said Monday they are closing in on a deal to overhaul a water bond on the November ballot, but their replacement plan still needs support from Republicans.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - A man threatened to blow himself up, rammed two cars in a McDonald's drive-thru, led police on a chase and ran from his burning van in a crime rampage that ended when a police dog captured him, Riverside police say.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California consumers rank among the nation's biggest spenders on housing and the lowest spenders on energy, according to new government data.