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.
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.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Long-delayed cuts to Medi-Cal reimbursements are slated to go forward, slashing doctor and medical worker payments by 10 percent, and promising to save the state $387 million, according to state advocates.
SF EXPLORATORIUM CUTS STAFF AMID POOR ATTENDANCE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's Exploratorium is laying off 18 percent of its staff because fewer people than expected are visiting its new waterfront location.
STOCKTON (AP) - California water officials are proposing changes to a multibillion-dollar plan for two water diversion tunnels for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, according to documents released Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge approved settlements of lawsuits that claimed dozens of students were molested by former teachers at Miramonte Elementary School and the Los Angeles Unified School District has made the first of what may total $30 million in payouts.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The mayor of a financially struggling Northern California city and several supporters showed up unannounced Thursday at Wells Fargo Bank's downtown headquarters to demand it drop a lawsuit fighting a novel plan to refinance hundreds of "underwater" mortgages.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An elderly Los Angeles woman whose neighbors believed had died was instead found in a rundown shack in Maine, where according to authorities an unrelated family took her after gaining her confidence and selling her house.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fleet Week weekend kicked off with San Francisco's waterfront packed by thousands of people who witnessed the commissioning of the Navy's newest ship and the acrobatics of the Navy's precision flight team.
• 5 KILLED IN 3 SEPARATE SHOOTINGS IN STOCKTON: STOCKTON (AP) - Police in Stockton are seeking outside help to gather evidence after five people were killed in a series of overnight shootings that happened within four hours.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Proposition 45 offers a simple choice for voters: Do they want the state insurance commissioner to regulate health care rates for small businesses and individual health plans?
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lieutenant governor of California is a low-visibility position with few official duties, and officeholders have historically struggled to define their role in the job.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A tax on sodas and other sugar-laden drinks that voters and courts in other parts of the country have rejected is on the November ballots in San Francisco and Berkeley, two cities that have been open to such social-engineering initiatives in the past.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The statewide election that could end up as one of the closest and most expensive in California this fall is for an office many voters probably have only the dimmest awareness of: state schools superintendent.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Plastic bag manufacturers on Friday passed their first hurdle in their effort to delay and eventually repeal California's new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags before it takes effect.
MERCED (AP) - Police in Central California are searching for the mother of a newborn girl abandoned in a trash bin of an apartment complex in the city of Merced.
APPLEGATE (AP) - Fire crews strengthened containment lines and put out hot spots Friday around a wildfire burning near a Northern California interstate that destroyed six homes and was threatening hundreds more.
• TRIBAL DISPUTE CLOSES INDIAN CASINO: COARSEGOLD (AP) - An Indian casino remained closed Friday after a clash between competing factions of the Central California Native American tribe that owns it, sheriff's officials said.