FRESNO. (AP) - Backhoes began digging up a parking lot in downtown Fresno on Monday in search of underground tunnels and artifacts from an 1880s-era Chinatown neighborhood that lies in the path of California's planned high-speed rail network.
TECH COMPANIES LEAD BAY AREA BUYING BINGE: SAN JOSE (AP) - Internet giants are buying up businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the country by the hundreds.
GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) - A husband and wife were arrested after a gun they were carrying accidentally went off inside a Southern California Sam's Club store.
OAKLAND (AP) - Representatives of the San Francisco Bay Area's transit rail system and its striking unions returned to the bargaining table Monday, raising hopes among the region's frustrated commuters that a four-day work stoppage that has gridlocked highways and doubled travel times is about to end.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A newspaper report says Sacramento County paid $2 in damages and $197,505 in attorney fees to settle a civil rights case.
STOCKTON (AP) - A squabble over paperwork deadlines between San Joaquin County officials and state prison authorities is leading to the early release of parole violators.
OAKLAND (AP) - Federal accident investigators were in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday to examine the deaths of two transit workers who were struck by an out-of-service commuter train performing routine maintenance.
LONG BEACH (AP) - The oil production technique known as fracking is more widespread and frequently used in the offshore platforms and man-made islands near some of California's most populous and famous coastal communities than state officials believed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Very few earthquake faults in California have been mapped over the past two decades despite an ambitious campaign launched in the early 1970s to help scientists learn more about the state's seismic activity.
LONE PINE, Calif. (AP) - To celebrate the 100th birthday of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, 100 mules have set out from the eastern Sierra on a trek to the metropolis as part of a mobile art project.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A high-speed chase that ended with authorities killing a suspected carjacker closed traffic Saturday into Mexico at one of San Diego's border crossings.
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.
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.
PASADENA (AP) - Netflix wants to make Sony's "The Interview" available to its 53 million worldwide subscribers, the streaming service's chief content officer said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A company that produced T-shirts for the Oakland Athletics with a logo created by a teenager will stop making and selling the attire in a gesture of goodwill, the team said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thirteen flight attendants filed a federal complaint Wednesday against United Airlines saying they were fired for refusing to fly from San Francisco to Hong Kong on a plane with the words "BYE BYE" and a pair of faces scrawled on it, their attorneys said Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An audit released Wednesday criticizes the financial management of California's court system, saying questionable spending by the agency that helps administer its budget cost cash-strapped courts millions of dollars.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Foie gras can go back on the menu in California after a federal judge on Wednesday overturned the state's ban on the sale of the fatty duck and goose liver.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Anticipating a second year of surplus, Democratic state lawmakers are pressuring Gov. Jerry Brown to increase spending on welfare, health care, child care and other social programs to assist the poor.
WOMAN PLUNGING SAN DIEGO TOILET PULLS UP 5 1/2-FOOT SNAKE: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Officials in San Diego are trying to sort out how a 5 1/2-foot snake wound up in a toilet at an office building.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man has been charged with hate crimes after prosecutors say he stabbed a transgender woman who fled a San Francisco bus to escape his taunts about her gender preference.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican members of California's congressional delegation on Tuesday celebrated GOP control of Congress, pointing to passage of drought relief legislation for the San Joaquin Valley as one possible benefit.
HAYWARD (AP) - Two Northern California sisters were sentenced Tuesday to probation for endangering the lives of infants at their daycare by binding them too tightly in swaddling blankets.
FRESNO - California broke ground Tuesday on its $68 billion high-speed rail system, promising to combat global warming while whisking travelers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Californians did slightly better in November on conserving water during the drought, figures released Tuesday show.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Long Beach man who aroused suspicion when he sought a refund from an animal shelter for dead "defective" cats was sentenced Tuesday to two years behind bars for animal cruelty.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Two men are roughly halfway through what has been called the hardest rock climb in the world: a free climb of a half-mile section of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National Park.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Clean-energy programs initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and governors before him have California already well on its way to meeting his new goals for reducing the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, industry experts and state officials said Tuesday.