FAMILY NO LONGER SEEKS KIDNAPPED CALIF. TEEN'S DNA: SAN DIEGO (AP) - The sister of a man suspected of kidnapping a 16-year-old girl and killing the teen's mother and younger brother said she no longer wants paternity tests to determine if the suspect fathered the children.
GROVELAND (AP) - Firefighters battling the giant wildfire burning in the Sierra Nevada added a California National Guard Predator drone to their arsenal Wednesday to give them almost immediate views of any portion of the flames chewing through rugged forests in and around Yosemite National Park.
CHICO. (AP) - An 18-year-old student at California State University, Chico, has died after being struck in the head by a large tree branch that fell about 20 feet. The Chico Enterprise-Record reports Pa Houa Lor was sitting on a bench on campus Tuesday when the branch came down. Emergency responders found the woman unconscious and seriously injured. She was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Chico State spokesman Joe Wills said ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commuters slogged through heavy traffic over the Depression-era San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for the last time Wednesday before it is closed in preparation for a new $6.4 billion span opening early next week.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - In a direct slap to Gov. Jerry Brown, his fellow Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday rejected his plan for dealing with California's prison crisis, throwing the state's response to a federal court order into chaos.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Plastic foam food containers may soon be a thing of the past in San Jose. The City Council voted 9-2 on Tuesday to ban them. The ban would go into effect for large, multistate chain restaurants in January and other restaurants and businesses a year later. Other cities have banned foam containers, but the San Jose Mercury News reports that San Jose is among the largest of those. Critics say the ...
CALIF. HIGH COURT ALLOWS SEX PREDATOR'S RELEASE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Supreme Court has denied Los Angeles County's appeal to stop the release of sexually violent predator Christopher Hubbart.
GROVELAND (AP) - Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years' probation for choking a woman and repeatedly slamming her head to the ground at his Los Angeles mansion in 2011.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Worsening air pollution from the huge California wildfire more than 100 miles away triggered emergency warnings along parts of the eastern Sierra near Carson City where school children were kept inside and everyone was urged to avoid all physical activity outdoors.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A portion of Tioga Road impacted by a wildfire in Yosemite National Park will be closed beginning Wednesday while firefighters clear brush to slow the spread of the inferno.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Newport Beach has paid more than $1 million to the parents of a woman crushed by a falling tree.
EX-SCHOOL EXEC PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX WITH TEENS: HEMET (AP) - A former assistant principal at a Hemet high school has pleaded guilty to having sex with three teenage students.
Agencies at odds over probe
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - A woman walked into a Los Angeles-area Barnes & Noble looking for books and came out with a baby instead.
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 ...