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.
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.
FRESNO (AP) - Without a lot more rain and snow, many California farmers caught in the state's drought can expect to receive no irrigation water this year from a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs interlacing the state, federal officials announced Friday.
ALTURAS (AP) - The woman who police say killed three family members and a worker at the headquarters building for an Indian tribe that was evicting her and her son from its land was the target of a federal investigation into at least $50,000 in missing tribal funds.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate said Friday that a fellow Democratic lawmaker should resign or face suspension after he was indicted on multiple federal corruption charges.
PETALUMA (AP) - A California slaughterhouse that recently recalled more than 8.7 million pounds of beef circumvented federal inspection rules, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum and his former San Francisco landlord have agreed to a $100,000 judgment in Lincecum's favor, ending a long legal dispute that began with allegations that he left a townhouse he rented during the 2010 season a wreck.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A group of five Sacramento-area United Methodist congregations are leading a push to sanction same-sex weddings, in clear defiance of international church rules.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A training exercise designed to showcase the government's ability to recover a space capsule at sea was scrubbed after NASA ran into trouble off the Southern California coast, the space agency said Friday.
MARTINEZ (AP) - Federal safety officials have been barred from returning to a Martinez refinery to investigate an incident in which two workers were burned by acid spewing from a broken pipe.
SONOMA . (AP) - Overstock.com has been ordered to pay more than $6.8 million after a judge ruled the online retailer engaged in false advertising and unlawful business practices in Sonoma County and throughout California.
ALTURAS (AP) - Police say four people are dead and two others are wounded in a shooting Thursday inside an American Indian tribal headquarters in Northern California.