SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The only way to eradicate the nonnative mice infesting the environmentally sensitive Farallon Islands is to shower the islands with powerful rodenticides by helicopter, a new federal study concludes.
DUBLIN (AP) - A career criminal and sex offender who was the last person to see a slain federal criminal investigator claims in a jailhouse interview with a reporter that the two planned to wed. The slain woman's family, however, says 56-year-old Randy Alana is lying.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Few are more excited about Lego's new Mindstorms sets rolling out next month than Silicon Valley engineers.
MODESTO (AP) - Modesto police say they have arrested on suspicion of murder the son of a couple whose bodies were found in their burning home.
STOCKTON (AP) - The son and daughter of a woman allegedly raped and murdered by her grandson are suing the state and San Joaquin County for releasing him from the county jail after he violated parole.
HAYWARD AP) - It took just seconds for a 13-story building overlooking San Francisco Bay to implode, spewing smoke and chunks of concrete as it crumbled into a heap of rubble. But U.S. Geological Survey scientist Rufus Catchings was marveling less at the visual spectacle than what he could feel with his feet.
PALO ALTO (AP) - The principal of a Northern California high school is putting an end to the tradition of students streaking across campus.
UKIAH (AP) - A former California congressman who buried his wife on the couple's rural property now has after-the-fact permission in a decision his attorney said sets a precedent for home burial.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal government on Friday delayed its threat to withhold billions of dollars in California transportation grants in a dispute over public pension reforms while negotiations continue with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate increased slightly to 8.7 percent in July, the first such bump since the spring of 2011, state officials announced Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican lawmaker said Friday that he will introduce legislation seeking annual audits to show how California counties are spending billions of dollars in voter-approved money for mental health programs, after a state audit found there has been little oversight to ensure the money is going to those who need it most.
14 NEW HOTELS PLANNED NEAR DISNEYLAND: ANAHEIM (AP) - Disneyland's neighborhood may be in for a hotel boom.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen is behind a secretive effort to block Sacramento's efforts to build a new downtown arena for the city's professional basketball team, California's campaign watchdog disclosed Friday after an investigation.
FRESNO (AP) - San Joaquin Valley air pollution officials are warning residents to cut driving and car idling as they scramble to avoid violating the federal government's ozone standard next week. The regional air district is declaring the season's first air alert beginning Monday through Wednesday. A combination of hot weather and increased back-to-school traffic are combining to trap ozone gas in the trough-shaped valley. In 2010, the region became the first in the U.S. ...
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker says a new California law allowing transgender students to choose which restroom and locker room they use is part of the reason at least one of his sons will not return to his local public school this fall.
OCEANSIDE (AP) - For the second time in less than a week, a 'sea serpent' attracted gawkers on a Southern California beach.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eight people, including a young girl in critical condition, were taken to hospitals on Friday with injuries sustained in a residential high-rise fire in Los Angeles that was mostly confined to one apartment, authorities said. The injured people included three firefighters - two with leg burns and one with an ear burn, Los Angeles Fire spokesman Brian Humphrey said. The other injuries involved smoke exposure. The young girl was found in ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The firefighter who ran over and killed a survivor of a commercial air disaster in San Francisco was unaware of the girl's death at the time and will not be charged with any crimes, a prosecutor announced Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is violating the federal Constitution when it punishes prison inmates after a riot based on their race, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Twin 6-year-old brothers were seriously injured when an SUV driven by a 90-year-old man jumped a curb and pinned them against a wall in the San Francisco Bay Area. The crash happened Thursday afternoon in a drug store parking lot in Menlo Park. Police Commander Dave Bertini says the driver mistakenly hit the gas instead of his brake as he was pulling his BMW SUV out of a parking spot. One ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles Police Department policy that makes it easier for unlicensed drivers to keep their cars instead of having them impounded after police stops will be temporarily allowed while a state court examines its merits.
SF COP ACCUSED OF SPENDING ON-DUTY HOURS AT HOME: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco police officer was charged with theft of public money after officials said he spent his days at home when he should have been walking a beat.
STOCKTON (AP) - The estate of a wealthy Sacramento couple has donated $125 million to University of the Pacific in Stockton, the largest donation in the school's 162-year history. The Sacramento Bee reports that the late Robert and Jeannette Powell, who developed Gold River, Campus Commons and Pavilions shopping center, left the money to the school payable upon their deaths. Robert Powell died in 2007 following the donation announcement, and Jeannette died last December. Neither ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal jury has found Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca personally liable for failing to stop inmate abuse in Men's Central Jail.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Porn publisher Larry Flynt says he doesn't want to see the serial killer whose gunshots left him paralyzed 35 years ago put to death for his crimes. In an essay published Thursday in The Hollywood Reporter, Flynt says that while he would love to take pliers and a pair of wire cutters to Joseph Paul Franklin, he does not believe in the death penalty. Franklin has been in prison since 1980 ...
MAN ARRESTED IN MANHATTAN BEACH SEX STING SUES : MANHATTAN BEACH (AP) - A man arrested in a Manhattan Beach sex sting has sued the city claiming police unfairly targeted him and violated his privacy when they publicized his name and released his photo.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The state's insurance exchange, Covered California, has pulled its online directory of medical providers after acknowledging it is riddled with wrong information. The California Medical Association said it found mistakes such as obstetricians labeled as ophthalmologists and the wrong doctors described as fluent in Russian and Farsi, the Los Angeles Times reported. The search tool for doctors and hospitals has been offline since Oct. 9 while fixes are being made. An ...
SANTA ANA (AP) - A Southern California doctor has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for illegally prescribing drugs to his patients at nightly meetings in Starbucks stores. Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Alvin Mingczech Yee of Mission Viejo was sentenced Thursday to 135 months in prison. He pleaded guilty in April to seven counts of illegal distribution of a controlled substance by a practitioner. Authorities say Yee saw up to a dozen ...