YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The hike up the granite monolith Half Dome in Yosemite National Park is one of the most iconic in the nationwide system, but on Friday officials announced approval of a plan that permanently limits how many can do it.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An appellate court ruling overturning a rape conviction because the victim wasn't married prompted anger Friday from women's groups and a state legislator who plans to introduce a bill that would close the legal loophole.
STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - The search for a missing 19-year-old California woman who disappeared on New Year's Eve at Lake Tahoe ended Friday when her body was found behind a snow bank about a mile from the site of a music festival she attended that night, authorities said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials at the highest levels of the California Department of Parks and Recreation helped keep millions of dollars in money intended for state parks secret for more than a decade, the California attorney general's office said in a report released Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento animal control officers say they are looking for anybody responsible for deliberately setting fire to a puppy that has since died.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California appeals court overturned the rape conviction of a man who authorities say pretended to be a sleeping woman's boyfriend before initiating intercourse, ruling that an arcane law from 1872 doesn't protect unmarried women in such cases.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Star Wars" creator George Lucas is engaged.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two health care unions are joining forces in a move that could threaten a powerful rival's dominance and fuel a new round of labor tensions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's school districts are shouldering an increasing share of the rising cost of educating students with disabilities as state and federal funding remains flat, according to a state report released Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A rapt crowd followed a trail of bubbles that zipped over the surface of a seaside pond in the ruins of a 19th century bath in San Francisco.
ROCKLIN (AP) - Two California teenagers were arrested after they gave one of the girl's parents milkshakes spiked with prescription sleeping pills so she could use the Internet past her curfew, police said.
LAUGHING GAS ABUSER BLAMES HEAD SHOPS FOR INJURY: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A nitrous oxide abuser is blaming California head shops for injuries during his laughing gas highs.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Oakland's city leaders took a risk when, rather than lay off more staff or cut services, they decided to borrow nearly $213 million to cover pension payments owed to retired city workers. They're betting that the pension fund's investments will earn more than the cost of issuing pension obligation bonds.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal government on Thursday approved California's plan to run its own health insurance market, a milestone in the state's effort to meet requirements of the national health care reform law.
RETIREES PROMISED LIFETIME HEALTH COVERAGE SUE: LIVERMORE (AP) - A California appeals court says Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory retirees who were promised lifetime health care can sue over a switch to a private plan that costs more and covers less.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California lawmakers have ordered an audit to look into a state agency's handling of unemployment claims and why so many are denied.
FRESNO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday largely upheld a 2008 plan that called for restrictions on water deliveries from California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect a tiny, threatened fish.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two San Francisco Bay Area men were in custody on suspicion of manufacturing and selling large quantities of explosives, authorities said Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - About 924,000 people have picked insurance plans through California's health care exchange as the race continues to attract more Latinos and younger people ahead of the enrollment deadline later this month.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A lawyer for the suspect arrested following the shooting of a San Francisco police officer says his client did not have a gun on him when the officer was shot.
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.