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.
CARMEL VALLEY (AP) - The largest dam removal project in California history hit an important milestone last week with the successful diversion of the Carmel River into a man-made river bed, an engineering feat that experts said was the first of its kind.
PASADENA (AP) - California has received a spurt of federal funding to expand an earthquake warning system intended to provide enough time for trains to brake, utilities and factories to shut off gas lines, and people to dive under a table until the shaking stops.
• CITY ASKS PG&E TO RELEASE EMAILS: SAN BRUNO (AP) - A Northern California city is asking the state to force Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to release tens of thousands of emails between the state's largest utility and state regulators.
OAKLAND (AP) - Demonstrators blocked streets around Oakland police headquarters and chained shut four of the building's doors Monday to protest recent grand jury decisions not to indict white officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - One of the "E.T." Atari game cartridges unearthed this year from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert has been added to the video game history collection at the Smithsonian.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Criminals stole personal information from tens of millions of Americans in data breaches this past year. Of those affected, one in three may become victims of identity theft, according to research firm Javelin. Whether shopping, banking or going to the hospital, Americans are mostly at the mercy of companies to keep their sensitive details safe. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself against the financial, legal and emotional impact of identity theft - and most of them are free:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As soon as Mark Kim found out his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target last year, the 36-year-old tech worker signed up for the retailer's free credit monitoring offer so he would be notified if someone used his identity to commit fraud.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Long depicted as the rootin'-tootin' capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on the open carry of handguns.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Baby Hazel was born at just the right minute: 10:11 on 12/13/14.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Inmates who work as janitors, cooks and groundskeepers in California's overcrowded prisons would be eligible for early release under a proposed legal settlement.
WATSONVILLE (AP) - A lifetime of moving has taught Claudia Morales to start packing early, because like many 13-year-olds, her room "is always a mess."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Forecasters said Sunday they expect more rain for California, but the two water-bearing fronts approaching the region aren't packing the wallop delivered by a major storm last week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California voter-approved ballot measure to reduce some felonies to misdemeanors is jeopardizing alternative sentencing programs to help drug offenders kick their habits.
BERKELEY . (AP) - Effigies of black lynching victims found hanging at the University of California, Berkeley have sparked debate over whether the images are powerful protest art or just plain tasteless and racist.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Californians got a lot of what they wanted and not too much of what they didn't from a major storm that finally blew out of the state Friday.