SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft bills Windows 8 as a "re-imagining" of the personal computer market's dominant operating system, but the company still has a lot of work to do before the makeover captures the imagination of most consumers, based on the results of a recent poll by The Associated Press and GfK.
• Malibu lifeguards need rescue after getting stuck: MALIBU (AP) - Two lifeguards got stranded on a Malibu cliff face while they were trying to rescue a stuck climber and had to be rescued themselves.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Charles Munger Sr. is best known as Warren Buffett's right-hand man, an investor who has turned his skill at picking winning companies into a billion-dollar fortune.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California man was charged Friday with killing two women who were electrocuted after his SUV struck a fire hydrant and light pole.
RIVERSIDE COUNCIL CHANGES RULES AFTER ARREST: RIVERSIDE (AP) - The Riverside City Council is changing the way it deals with disruptions after a woman was handcuffed and arrested when she ran over the three-minute public speakers' time limit.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell has stepped down from overseeing private settlement talks over a deadly Northern California pipeline explosion after state regulators set up a mediation process criticized by several parties as an unfair, backroom deal.
FRESNO (AP) - The phony lives of a prominent Fresno doctor and his wife, whose death was faked after she posed for years as French royalty in horse show circles, were undone in court when they lost a real estate fraud lawsuit.
CALIFORNIA BEGINS REGAINING CONTROL OF STATE INMATE CARE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal courts will begin handing responsibility for inmate health care back to California corrections officials today, the first step in ending a 7-year-old receivership that has cost the state billions of dollars to improve prison medical conditions.
OAKLAND (AP) - The city that became the national epicenter for the Occupy movement braced Thursday for a rally and march marking the day one year ago when protesters were removed from an encampment on a City Hall lawn, sparking the first of many clashes with police.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fire agencies across Southern California took precautions Thursday as meteorological conditions were developing for the first significant blast of seasonal Santa Ana winds, the withering gusts of dry air that suck the moisture out of vegetation and whip flames into conflagrations.
PIEDMONT (AP) - The superintendent of a San Francisco Bay Area school district where high school athletes created a statistics-based fantasy sex league said the story has been sensationalized and the district has "really good kids that can make mistakes."
RANCHO CORDOVA (AP) - A man whose wife and two children were brutally slain in their Sacramento-area home said Thursday that he allowed his younger brother to stay with the family despite strained relations and a history of violent threats.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (AP) - Nobody yelled "Fore!" at a Southern California golf course when a 2-foot-long shark dropped out of the sky and flopped around on the 12th tee.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - They're teens skipping school and adults driving through the night to line up before dawn in soggy San Francisco - all for a chance to watch a few innings of the World Series for free.
RANCHO CORDOVA (AP) - A 19-year-old man accused of killing his sister-in-law and her two small children in an attack that stunned authorities for its brutality had a strained relationship with his family, police in Northern California said Wednesday.
CEDARVILLE (AP) - Practically everyone in this tiny town in the high desert of northeastern California's Surprise Valley knew Cherie Lash Rhoades.
PHOENIX (AP) - Customers of some medical marijuana dispensaries are discovering this week that they don't have to go far if they have a case of the munchies.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Meteorologists forecast a pair of storms could dump several inches of rain on parched cities and croplands throughout California in the coming week, bringing welcome news to a state that has just endured its driest year in recorded history.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal transportation officials have extended the deadline that the California High-Speed Rail Authority has to start spending more state money on the project.
SANTA ANA (AP) - The financially strapped University of California system is losing about $6 million each year due to risky bets on interest rates under deals pushed by Wall Street banks.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Drought and water issues will play a prominent role in this year's legislative session as most of California is dealing with the consequences of one of the driest periods on record.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police say they have found dozens of meatballs suspected to be poisonous in a Twin Peaks neighborhood where a similar incident happened last year.
ESCONDIDO (AP) - Police are searching for a man who stole from a group of Girls Scouts in San Diego County who were collecting money toward a program that sends cookies to U.S. troops.