SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has agreed to change its policy for considering when murderers and others serving life sentences should be eligible for parole, though corrections experts differed Tuesday on whether the change could lead to shorter prison terms for thousands of inmates.
BIG SUR FIRE IS 20 PERCENT CONTAINED: BIG SUR (AP) - A wildfire that has burned more than a dozen homes in the Big Sur area of central California is now 20 percent contained.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Chevron Corp. failed to maintain equipment at a California refinery and has not responded adequately to multiple airborne chemical releases, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Downtown Angelenos may be the first to encounter a Los Angeles police officer equipped with a new on-body camera.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google's search engine this year.
SQUAW VALLEY (AP) - Squaw Valley ski resort is scaling back its expansion plans to try to meet concerns of critics in the Sierra just north of Lake Tahoe, but conservationists say the verdict is still out on whether the changes will go far enough to protect the wetlands, scenery and charm of the rustic mountain resort that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics.
OAKLAND (AP) - Harold Camping, the California preacher who used his evangelical radio ministry and thousands of billboards to broadcast the end of the world and then gave up public prophecy when his date-specific doomsdays did not come to pass, has died at age 92.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Paint makers could face a surge of lawsuits after a California state court judge ordered three companies to pay $1.1 billion to help government agencies get rid of lead from an estimated 5 million homes in the state.
BIG SUR (AP) - A wildfire burning Monday in the Big Sur area of California destroyed at least 15 homes and forced about 100 people to evacuate as it chewed through dry vegetation on its way toward the ocean. No injuries were reported.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer said Monday that he will launch a campaign next year urging California lawmakers to approve taxes on companies that extract oil in the state.
SAN FRANCISCO OFFERS FREE WI-FI ALONG MARKET ST. : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is offering free Internet access along one of its main thoroughfares.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The San Juan Unified School District faces $17 million in claims over harassment allegations, with ten lawsuits alleging that Superintendent Glynn Thompson created a hostile workplace.
DOWNTOWN LA ON PACE FOR DRIEST CALENDAR YEAR: LOS ANGELES (AP) - With little rain in the forecast, downtown Los Angeles is on pace for its driest calendar year on record.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - State and federal officials are considering whether to provide students at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with an unlicensed vaccine to prevent further spread of a bacterial meningitis outbreak on campus, a newspaper reported Saturday.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - The first time marijuana growers in Mendocino and Humboldt counties gathered to compare crops a decade ago, it was an underground, end-of-harvest celebration open only to a small number of cannabis cognoscenti.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has no blanket policy restricting the use of personal email accounts to conduct government business, and it's among about two dozen states that have no clear rules or precedent-setting cases addressing whether those communications are public records.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber's former neighbor claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the pop singer spit in his face and terrorized his family with loud parties, drug use and aggressive driving.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Filipino workers brought to this country by the husband-and-wife owners of a bakery have sued the business and the couple, claiming they were forced to do laundry and yard work, received meager wages and told they would have to pay off a hefty debt if they tried to leave.
TAHOE CITY. (AP) - There's a moose on the loose at Lake Tahoe and authorities are offering a $1,000 reward for anyone who finds it.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A much-hailed law that restricted the opening of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in one of the poorest sections of Los Angeles did not curb obesity or improve diets, a new study found.
STOCKTON (AP) - Three people were killed and four people were wounded in an apparent drive-by shooting at a Stockton convenience store that one official called one of the worst mass shootings in the city's recent history.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco on Wednesday dismantled a sprinkler system it had installed at the city's cathedral during one of the worst droughts in California history to soak the alcoves and prevent homeless people from sleeping there.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two Democrats on Wednesday appeared headed to a May runoff for an open state Senate seat in the San Francisco Bay Area following a bruising primary that saw special interest groups pour in $2.1 million in campaign funding.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California officials said Wednesday that the drought-stricken state set an unachievable bar to save the Salton Sea and outlined small projects aimed at staving off the demise of the state's largest lake, disappointing farmers, environmentalists and others.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Wednesday that she uses a personal email account to communicate with her senior state staff on "very rare" occasions.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Southern California doughnut shop has come up with yet another guilty pleasure gone viral: a gigantic doughnut stuffed with a Pop Tart filling.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The mayor of San Francisco said Tuesday that four police officers under investigation in the sending of racist and homophobic texts will be fired if the probe determines they sent the messages.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California residents have to turn off their sprinklers, and restaurants won't give customers water unless they ask under new drought regulations approved Tuesday.
YOUNTVILLE (AP) - A winery owner chased an investor through a Northern California vineyard and shot him in the head at close range as police approached before leading them on a short chase that ended with his apparent suicide, authorities said Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Silicon Valley has no shortage of coffee shops where sleep-starved programmers and eager entrepreneurs sit hunched over laptop computers and talk about ideas for launching the next Google or Facebook. Now a giant tech company is opening its own cafe for the same clientele.