SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lucy D'Mot was feeling patriotic last July 4 when she read with dismay about a cost-saving plan to shutter 70 California state parks. The news propelled her on a mission: focus attention on the doomed parks by visiting them all and blogging about their unique features before the gates shut for good.
TOM CRUISE, ANGELINA JOLIE REHEARSE FOR OSCAR SHOW: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie lit up the Hollywood & Highland Center with their star power when they came to rehearse for Sunday's Oscar show.
BURLINGAME (AP) - California Republicans must stay focused on economic issues to win over voters who are skeptical of the party, Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro said Friday as he outlined his efforts to rebrand the damaged GOP name in the state.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has filed a lawsuit seeking a new environmental review of the America's Cup sailing race.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state lawmaker has been charged with two misdemeanors for trying to bring a loaded handgun onto a flight to the state capital last month, the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office said Friday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco prosecutors on Friday released photos of the wife of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi with a bruise on her arm as his domestic violence trial got under way.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three GOP congressional leaders are appealing a federal judge's ruling that declared a law prohibiting the government from recognizing same-sex marriages to be unconstitutional, according to court papers filed Friday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A retired Presbyterian minister who officiated at 16 same-sex weddings during the brief period they were legal in California has been censured by her denomination's highest court.
Vintage SF Coke sign given OK to stay up
ELECTRONIC SNOW SURVEY BRINGS MORE BAD WATER NEWS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - State officials are bracing for more bad water news about the Sierra snowpack when surveyors go back into the field on Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO. (AP) - Two leading California Democrats introduced legislation Thursday that attempts to provide retirement savings for private-sector workers of modest means, creating a government-run program for private-sector workers whose employers do not offer pensions or 401(k) plans.
MONTEBELLO (AP) - A female high school Spanish teacher in Los Angeles was arrested after two male students said they had sex with her, police said Thursday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The government's case against two men accused of dissolving corpses in vats of acid for a Mexican drug gang hinges on flawed witness accounts, defense attorneys said Thursday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Republicans are bracing for what could be a brutal election year, but they're also looking to the future.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A collision that killed seven Marines in one of the Marine Corps' deadliest aviation training accidents in years occurred over a sprawling desert range favored by the U.S. military because its craggy mountains and hot, dusty conditions are similar to Afghanistan's harsh environment.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has reached the breaking point, says Tim Draper. The Silicon Valley venture capitalist is pushing a proposal to crack the nation's most populous state into smaller pieces - six of them.
MILPITAS (AP) - A Northern California convenience store that sold the sole winning ticket to the $425 million Powerball jackpot received a $1 million check on Thursday, as state lottery officials waited for the winner of the one of the largest jackpots in U.S. history to come forward.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has eased requirements for obtaining a concealed-weapons permit.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers approved a pair of bills Thursday to strengthen the authority of California's campaign watchdog agency and require political nonprofits to reveal their donors, changes that will be in effect for this year's elections if signed into law by the governor.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Mexican business tycoon was charged Thursday with illegally funneling more than $500,000 to support San Diego politicians in a widening campaign finance scandal.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death penalty of a woman convicted of poisoning her husband to collect on a life insurance policy.
LAKEPORT (AP) - Three decades after it was stolen, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air has been returned to a Northern California man - in better shape than when he originally owned it.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The gap between the wealthy and the poor is most extreme in several of the United States' most prosperous and largest cities.
PLEASONTON (AP) - Safeway says it's in talks to possibly put itself up for sale.
CALIFORNIA HEALTH EXCHANGE TOPS 800,000 SIGN-UPS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - More than 800,000 Californians have signed up for insurance through mid-February on the state's health care exchange.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California's commuter train network has become an early adopter of crash-avoidance technology that one of its own horrific accidents helped make mandatory.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Attorneys general from border states are planning a trip to Mexico this spring as prosecutors from the two countries fight trafficking in people, guns and drugs, among other crimes, California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawyers and consumer groups have started gathering signatures for a ballot measure to increase the $250,000 limit on some damages, including pain and suffering, in medical malpractice suits.
OAKLAND (AP) - The mother of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery is speaking out several weeks after taking her daughter out of a hospital.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A man who was shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent threw large rocks at the agent, including one about the size of a basketball, investigators said Wednesday.