SACRAMENTO (AP) - U.S. residents now make up the largest wine market in the world, consuming 13 percent of all that's produced globally, according to an analyst who spoke Wednesday at a major wine industry gathering.
Highlights of the demographic report released Thursday by the California Department of Finance:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gasoline prices are getting an early start on their annual spring march higher.
BISHOP (AP) - Five rock carvings that were sheared off and stolen from a sacred American Indian site in California's Sierra Nevada have been recovered but no arrests have been made, authorities said Thursday.
WIFE DRIVES TRUCK INTO HOME OF HUBBY'S GIRLFRIEND: PIONEERTOWN (AP) - Investigators say a Southern California woman angry over her husband's love affair drove a truck into the other woman's desert home.
SANTA CRUZ (AP) - A decades-old needle exchange operation outside a Santa Cruz laundry has ended.
SF BAY NAMED AN 'WETLAND OF IMPORTANCE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Bay estuary has been added to a list of protected wetlands under a 1971 international treaty among 163 countries meant to limit damaging development along ecologically important waterways.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians are more optimistic about the future of the state than at any time since before the recession and are giving high marks to Gov. Jerry Brown's budgeting approach after voters approved higher taxes to help balance the state budget, according to a poll released Wednesday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Sales of million-dollar homes in California hit a five-year high in 2012, with sales of multimillion-dollar homes showing even bigger gains, a research firm said Wednesday.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A retired barber accused of fatally shooting a California urologist was a patient who had an appointment with the victim and brought the gun with him to the exam room, prosecutors said Wednesday.
TUSTIN (AP) - The massive blimp-like aircraft flies but just barely, hovering only a dozen feet off a military hangar floor during flight testing south of Los Angeles.
HOTEL EXPLOSION INJURES 3 NEAR SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A powerful explosion on Wednesday ripped through a hotel near SeaWorld San Diego from a room where authorities say a couple was believed to be extracting oil from hashish, sending guests fleeing for safety.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It has been nearly 30 years since 10-year-old Kevin Collins disappeared while waiting for a bus after basketball practice. His mother, now 72, said she felt numb as she watched police search a San Francisco home in connection to the decades-old cold case.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of seven California Republican state legislators wants to allow school districts to use state funds to train staff to use guns to ward off campus attackers.
STOCKTON (AP) - A Google barge built with recycled shipping containers proved its seaworthiness Thursday as it cruised from the San Francisco Bay to Stockton. But many other details about the odd-looking vessel remain a mystery. Here are five things that we do know so far:
ATWATER (AP) - A 19-year-old Central California mother is out on bail following her arrest on suspicion of child cruelty in the death of her 2-year-old son, who was found pinned under a fallen dresser.
PACIFIC GROVE (AP) - A woman suffering from hypothermia was rescued from a California bay after spending about 15 hours in a partially submerged raft, the Coast Guard said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three Northern California men are each facing up to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to charges that they damaged federal conservation land while allegedly growing marijuana.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari on Thursday blamed Gov. Jerry Brown for what he sees as California's decline over the past three decades, saying poverty and unemployment have climbed during the time that Brown was a member of the state's political elite.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Stung by criminal charges against two colleagues, the leader of the state Senate and other Democratic lawmakers on Thursday proposed tightening rules on lawmakers and lobbyists.
LAKE ELSINORE (AP) - A group that blocked construction of a veterans' memorial featuring a cross has now successfully challenged a memorial roadside cross in the same Southern California city.
MENLO PARK. (AP) - Under pressure from gun control advocates, Facebook agreed Wednesday to delete posts from users seeking to buy or sell weapons illegally or without a background check.
SONORA (AP) - Police in Sonora are trying to determine how three third-graders caught smoking marijuana got the drug.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Sacramento City Council has voted to launch a "cash for grass" program that will provide rebates to homeowners who replace their water-guzzling grass lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping.
SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Two brothers should be fined for illegally transferring money between their campaigns in 2008 when both were running for separate seats in the state Assembly in 2008, an administrative law judge said in an opinion made public Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge on Wednesday upheld a San Francisco Bay Area city's ban on gun magazines that can hold more than 10 bullets, the second similar ruling from a federal court in less than a month.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Jewish lawmaker said Wednesday that he wants an apology from a Republican candidate for California governor who compared President Barack Obama's gun control policies to those of dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and North Korea's Kim Jong Il.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Geoff Edwards, the hip-looking 1970s and '80s host of TV game shows including "Jackpot!" and two incarnations of "Treasure Hunt," died Wednesday, his agent said. He was 83.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - U.S. President Barack Obama should cut deportations of migrants and focus resources on the 2 million people in the U.S. who are eligible to become citizens, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday during a visit to Mexico's capital.