SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed an Army National Guard lieutenant colonel as the first independent inspector general of the California Military Department to investigate claims of wrongdoing at an agency beset by fraud in recent years.
SANTA MARIA (AP) - The city of Santa Maria agreed to pay $185,000 to a teenager who claimed she was repeatedly raped while she was a police Explorer by an officer who was later killed while resisting arrest.
SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - The oil exploration company Excelaron LLC has filed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against San Luis Obispo County after the Board of Supervisors rejected a plan for extracting crude oil from beneath rural Huasna Valley.
• 1 dead, 1 critically injured in Highway 101crash: PALO ALTO (AP) - Authorities say a woman died and her sister was critically injured when they were thrown from their SUV after it crashed into a California Highway Patrol car and flipped over on Highway 101 in Palo Alto.
CRESCENT CITY (AP) - It doesn't matter if the earth sways in Chile, Alaska or Japan, the formation of the sea floor along the U.S. West Coast generally aims any tsunami surges at the tiny California port town of Crescent City. Churning water rushes into the boat basin and then rushes out, lifting docks off their pilings, tearing boats loose and leaving the city's main economic engine looking as if it has been bombed.
COSTA MESA (AP) - Police arrested the ex-fiancee of a stage actor charged with beheading a neighbor, scattering his body parts in a park and killing the neighbor's friend two years ago.
TORRANCE (AP) - Residents and staff members at a senior high-rise in California had complained in the past about erratic behavior by an elderly man now suspected of killing two women and himself at the facility, authorities and employees said.
VISTA (AP) - A 68-year-old man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murdering his wife after police found her severed head in a freezer and her body parts cooking on the stove at their Oceanside home.
PALO ALTO (AP) - A California man accused of breaking into Steve Jobs' house and stealing computers and the Apple Inc. co-founder's wallet has pleaded no contest to burglarizing homes across the San Francisco Bay area.
SF approves 220-square-foot apartments
DISNEY WORKER INJURED ON SPACE MOUNTAIN: ANAHEIM (AP) - Firefighters say a Disneyland worker was badly injured while he was cleaning the roof of the Space Mountain ride.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The governors of Pacific coastal U.S. states and a Canadian province on Monday vowed to collectively combat climate change by coordinating polices that place a price on greenhouse gas pollution and mandating the use of cleaner-burning fuels.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Surrounded by a gooey graveyard of prehistoric beasts, a small crew diligently wades through a backlog of fossil finds from a century of excavation at the La Brea Tar Pits in the heart of Los Angeles.
ROSEVILLE (AP) - Police said a wanted parolee fired first in a shootout that left six officers injured and led to an hours-long standoff in a suburban Sacramento city before he surrendered.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A crime that was at the center of many Western movies is thriving in modern-day California as reports of cattle rustling are on the rise, state livestock officials said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento police say one man is dead and six others wounded after a drive-by shooting Sunday morning at a Sacramento Halloween party.
CASTRO VALLEY (AP) - Detectives are investigating an assisted living facility that closed Thursday and left behind 14 sick and elderly patients, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said Saturday.
VALLEJO (AP) - A 19-year-old who was a passenger in a group of cars that had stopped to change a tire is Vallejo's 20th homicide of the year after being hit by bullets fired from a passing vehicle on Saturday.
RIM FIRE NOW 100 PERCENT CONTAINED: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A fire that raged in forest land in and around Yosemite National Park and grew to become one of the largest wildfires in California history is now 100 percent contained.
FRESNO (AP) - Family members of the five nurses who died in a limousine fire on a San Francisco Bay Area bridge have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against several companies, including those that maintained the limousine and customized it. The lawsuits - filed on Thursday - claim the companies were responsible for design and manufacturing defects with the 1999 Lincoln Town Car that caused the May 4 fire on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. The ...
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Flooded rice fields appear capable of serving as substitutes for now-depleted wetlands and helping California's Chinook salmon population recover, researchers have concluded. In a report submitted to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the researchers said salmon raised in replicated rice fields near Sacramento as part of their experiments were the fattest and fastest-growing salmon ever documented in freshwater in the state. "We're finding that land managers and regulatory agencies can use these ...
RIDGECREST (AP) - A gunman fatally shot a woman, injured a man and then led police on a wild chase through the Mojave Desert with two hostages in his trunk before he was killed in a shootout with police.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - In a case seeking to unmask the murky multimillion-dollar trail of money pouring into state and national political campaigns, California's political watchdog agency on Thursday announced the largest fine in its history for campaign reporting violations and ordered two political action committees to pay the state $15 million for failing to properly report the source of funds spent in the 2012 ...
FRESNO . (AP) - A Fresno County woman who says she suffered second-degree burns when she spilled hot coffee on her lap at the drive-up window of a McDonald's has filed suit against the fast-food chain. The Fresno Bee reports 74-year-old Joan Fino's lawsuit seeks more than $2 million in damages. The Clovis woman says she's had trouble sleeping since the incident in August 2012 because "the burning sensation doesn't go away." A lawyer for ...
FRESNO. (AP) - Authorities say a 92-year-old World War II veteran was pistol-whipped and thrown into a closet by three robbers who ransacked his Fresno home. The Fresno Bee reports (Josef Martin, who is blind in one eye and nearly deaf, was awakened early Wednesday by one of the robbers stuffing a gun barrel in his mouth. After they left, Martin, who uses a walker to get around, managed to crawl out of the closet ...