SANTA ANA (AP) - An Orange County jury has recommended death for a man convicted of shooting and killing two people while stealing a car.
• STUDENT, 16, ARRESTED FOR HANDING OUT POT BROWNIES : HAYWARD (AP) - A Northern California high school student has been arrested after several of her classmates became ill in school from eating marijuana-laced brownies that authorities say she gave them.
• GOP MOVE TO EXPEL SENATOR FAILS TO GAIN TRACTION: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican resolution seeking to expel from the California Legislature a Democratic state senator convicted of perjury and voter fraud is essentially dead, lawmakers said Wednesday after the issue failed to make a committee agenda.
SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo is cribbing from Yelp's online reviews of local merchants to soup up its search engine.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Californians have flooded several sheriff offices with applications and inquiries for permits to carry concealed guns.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California water officials are planning to temporarily dam three channels on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to keep out salty ocean water if the state's drought persists.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It's a tree so rare that there are believed to be fewer than 10 of its kind in the world, and it could be chopped down to make way for commuter trains in Northern California.
SAN JOSE (AP) - While officials are calling for conservation in the face of an ongoing drought, 42 California communities are lagging in installing the most basic tool of water management: water meters.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fire investigators on Wednesday were looking into whether welding work was to blame for a massive blaze that barreled through an apartment building construction site, threatening nearby structures and prompting evacuations as firefighters worked to prevent its spread through a San Francisco neighborhood.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego authorities and local real estate agents say prescription drug abusers are preying on open houses and raiding medicine cabinets to feed their addictions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sooner or later, consumers will be able to buy cars that rely on computers - not the owner - to do the driving.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Wildlife officials said they will consider a plan to move millions of hatchery-raised salmon by tanker trucks to the ocean if the Sacramento River and its tributaries prove inhospitable due to the drought.
MODESTO (AP) - Federal officials are investigating CVS over tens of thousands of prescription pain killers that they say have gone missing from four of the company's California pharmacies.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly 870,000 Californians have signed up for an insurance policy through the state's health care exchange, the federal government reported Tuesday, as the state intensifies efforts to boost participation and target younger people ahead of the March 31 enrollment deadline.
CALIPATRIA (AP) - Seven inmates were injured as violence broke out among some 200 inmates at a state prison in southwestern California.
A large biomass fire near Tracy has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for the northern counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced, particularly the communities of Lathrop, Manteca and Modesto. The caution is in place until the fire is extinguished.
OAKLAND (AP) - Members of a commission led by California's lieutenant governor said Tuesday that legalizing the recreational use of marijuana could generate enough tax revenue to fund drug education and counseling centers at every high school in the state, a potential upside that should be seriously considered as activists work to put a pot-legalization initiative before voters next year.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new study says California continues to see a spike in auto thefts since a change in prison policy four years ago forced many local jails to release more inmates early.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to raising minimum pay in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020, a key step as wages in America have stagnated.
SONOMA (AP) - Sonoma is a step closer to keeping new businesses from selling cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and certain other tobacco products under a proposed law that unanimously passed the first of two city council votes.
TEMECULA (AP) - Dreams of a water park in Temecula city have again been tabled after developers failed to complete a purchase of land for the property.
PACIFICA (AP) - A dead whale was found on a beach south of San Francisco on Tuesday, the same day two other dead whales that washed up weeks apart were being buried nearby after neighbors complained of their rotting smell.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A camera on the helmet of cliff jumper Dean Potter, who died in Yosemite National Park, shows that he may have tried to avoid his friend who slammed into a ridge and then hit the rocks himself a split second later, a park official said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California communities must hold public hearings before their police departments accept military equipment such as tanks and grenade launchers under a bill approved Monday in the state Assembly.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court panel should not have forced YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a larger group of judges ruled Monday in a victory for free speech advocates.
BERKELEY (AP) - A man drove about 25 miles in the wrong direction on San Francisco Bay Area freeways and city streets and then crashed into another car.
LAGUNITAS (AP) - What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Extreme athlete Dean Potter, renowned for his bold and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, was among two people who were killed while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesman said Sunday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California dentist who treats children under Medicaid billed for more than 1,000 services a day for almost 100 days in 2012. Another provided 33 procedures - including multiple stainless steel crowns and baby root canals - to a 4-year-old during a visit. Another received an extremely high payment per child - $699 compared with a statewide average payment of $166 per child.