MORENO VALLEY (AP) - A Wal-Mart in Southern California was evacuated Monday after shoppers say they saw a man dressed in a black trench coat enter the store with what appeared to be an assault rifle or shotgun, authorities said.
• FAMILY CASHES $1M LOTTERY TICKET ON CHRISTMAS EVE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A family has cashed in on a $1 million gift this Christmas after a California dad bought a winning lottery scratcher ticket.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Marines and sailors will be subject to random blood-alcohol tests twice a year in what is billed as the toughest anti-drinking policy in the U.S. military.
TRUCKEE (AP) - A member of a Sierra ski resort's patrol team who was injured after being caught in an avalanche has died - the second death connected to avalanches that occurred in the area on Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern California received more rain and snow on Christmas Day, as the third storm system in a handful of days moved through the region.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cellphone providers are heading to church as they scramble to find places to put up towers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gary Ramey and his adult daughter traveled 2,500 miles to hunt California bears with hounds last month, eager to take part in what he calls a time-honored tradition.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Volunteers who patrol California beaches for plastic, cigarette butts and other litter will be on the lookout this winter for flotsam from last year's monstrous tsunami off Japan's coast.
• MOTORCYCLIST CHASE REACHES 130 MPH: STOCKTON - A motorcyclist was arrested on charges of felony evasion after leading CHP offices on a high speed chase Monday afternoon at speed in excess of 130 mph.
• SF WOMAN CHARGED IN FATAL HIT-AND-RUN CRASH: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco woman is facing hit-and-run, drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter charges in a crash that killed one pedestrian and injured two others in the city's Twin Peaks area.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern Californians slogged through another day of wet and windy weather on Sunday as the second storm of the weekend moved through the region, causing headaches for people driving on freeways and delays for air travelers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Police say that the man killed in the home invasion robbery in Sacramento was one of the intruders, and the homeowner was among the three people wounded.
PALO ALTO (AP) - Engineer Dallas Goecker attends meetings, jokes with colleagues and roams the office building just like other employees at his company in Silicon Valley.
EUREKA (AP) - From water-siphoning to pesticide-spraying to just plain littering, a flowering of pot farms driven by the rise of medical marijuana is battering Northern California's wilderness areas, natural resources and endangered species.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - An analysis of a federal investigation of the UC Davis Medical Center - conducted after the deaths of three brain surgery patients at the facility - found that hospital policies and federal regulations were violated, The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday.
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.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state lawmaker who is running for state insurance commissioner said Wednesday that he is suing California's health benefits exchange for wrongly cutting off more than 1 million insurance policies and for what he called wasting taxpayer money on useless marketing campaigns.
NEWARK (AP) - A Northern California woman has been charged with murder after her elderly mother was beaten to death with a hammer, authorities announced Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican candidate for California governor is comparing President Barack Obama's gun control policies with those of dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and North Korea's Kim Jong Il.
CRESCENT CITY (AP) - Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained coffee tables and wall clocks.