CHECK 'N GO SETTLES LAWSUIT FOR $4.3M: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Californians charged interest rates of up to 400 percent by the loan company Check 'n Go could be eligible for refunds after a $4.3 million legal settlement agreement.
REPORT ON FATAL MODESTO EVICTION SHOOTING DELAYED: MODESTO (AP) - An independent report into the fatal shootings of a Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputy and a locksmith while serving an eviction notice has been delayed.
• NEW LIGHTS TO ADD PIZAZZ TO SF-OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is getting spruced up with 25,000 white LED lights, transforming the gray, workhorse of a bridge into a light sculpture.
PLACERVILLE (AP) - A Northern California animal rescue group is trying to help an orphaned bobcat kitten with a problem: She's too nice.
ARREST OVER DEAD NEWBORN IN STRAWBERRY FIELD: CAMARILLO (AP) - A Ventura County sheriff's sergeant says DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a woman believed to be the mother of a dead newborn found in a Camarillo strawberry field.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ship traffic off the California coast will be re-routed under new rules designed to protect slow-moving endangered whales from ship collisions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A one-day gun buyback program in Los Angeles brought in 2,037 firearms.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles bird lovers are squawking after the Army Corps of Engineers razed 80 acres of a San Fernando Valley wildlife refuge.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A $2 billion light-rail system built to serve San Jose and some surrounding cities in Silicon Valley has become among the least efficient in the country and suffers from low ridership and high operating costs.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park officials are suspending the search for a missing plane until spring.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Grand Central Market, a bustling downtown landmark that saw its glory days decades ago, is hoping to recover some of its fashionable luster as the gritty neighborhood gentrifies.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - For more than 10 years, the homeless woman slept on the same plastic bus stop bench at a busy intersection in the San Fernando Valley, no matter how cold it was or if it was raining.
BAY AREA MAN DIES CLIMBING VOLCANO IN ECUADOR: QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - Authorities in Ecuador say an American expert on teen sexual health has died while climbing a volcano in the South American nation.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials say all the stores of Sacramento's Arden Fair Mall shopping center are open again after a lockdown during a fight in the mall's in the food court.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials say several early season storms have pushed California's snowpack - which supplies much of the state's water - to well above normal levels.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The California Democratic Party and labor unions vowed not to back down any time soon after their candidate lost a costly state Senate race in the San Francisco Bay Area this week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state agency has shut down a luxury commuter bus service that some say spotlighted the gap between wealthy tech workers in San Francisco and everyone else.
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.