TRUCKEE (AP) - A series of Pacific storms are expected to bring rain and snow to the Sierra beginning Thursday night and increasing through the weekend.
KETTLEMAN CITY (AP) - A Central California hazardous waste dump that has been targeted by fines and claims by nearby residents involving birth defects has another headache: The state has issued 72 violations alleging small spills went unreported during the past four years.
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SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican Rep. Dan Lungren lost his re-election bid to Democratic challenger Ami Bera on Thursday in one of California's most hotly contested congressional contests, but the congressman refused to concede.
FEDS PROBE FEDEX, UPS OVER ONLINE DRUG SHIPMENTS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - FedEx and UPS are disclosing that they are targets of a federal criminal investigation related to their dealings with online pharmacies.
• LOS ANGELES COURTS PLAN FOR DIMINISHED SYSTEM: LOS ANGELES (AP) - With budget shortfalls looming, Los Angeles County may be forced to close 10 courthouses in such high profile venues as Malibu, Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles next year.
WOMAN'S DEATH DUE TO DOG MAULING: SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego County sheriff's officials have determined that one or more American bulldogs were responsible for the death of a woman whose bloodied body was found in a backyard of a home where she was working.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats have gained a supermajority in the state Assembly, giving California's majority party complete dominance of state politics and the ability to raise taxes unilaterally if they choose.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices posted an eighth straight annual increase in October, a research firm said Wednesday, the latest evidence that the state's housing market recovery is picking up steam amid tight inventories.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's nonpartisan budget analyst says the state now faces a much smaller deficit of $1.9 billion through the end of the next fiscal year and could even see surpluses after that.
SAN FRANCISCO NUDISTS SUE TO BLOCK PROPOSED BAN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of San Francisco residents is suing the city to block a proposed ban on public nudity.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called on the University of California to contain costs, embrace online learning and rethink how it does business, even though voters approved new taxes to help fund education.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Citing harm to marine life, California coastal regulators on Wednesday soundly rejected a utility's plan to map offshore earthquake faults near a nuclear power plant by blasting loud air cannons.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The board overseeing California's efforts to establish an insurance marketplace for providing affordable health care approved its operational blueprint Wednesday, an essential step toward meeting a key deadline under the federal health care reform law.
REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area have become the first motorists in the nation to fill up their gas tanks with an algae-based biofuel.
FILLMORE (AP) - Pumpkins grown inside plastic molds to resemble Frankenstein's head are in high demand for Halloween.
REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A Northern California man convicted of torturing and killing a puppy in front of his 4-year-old daughter has been sentenced to three years in jail.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Saturday that would have given the University of California and California State University systems a $100 million financial boost.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A driver for ride-sharing company Uber is accused of striking a passenger with a hammer during a dispute over the route he was taking.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State transportation officials are trying to determine if giant steel rods on the Bay Bridge's new eastern span have been damaged by exposure to water.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - As its 75th anniversary approaches, "Gone With the Wind" is again being celebrated as a timeless movie classic. But now, even the film's distributor acknowledges the Civil War epic's portrayal of slavery is dated and inaccurate.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ride-sharing companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are being threatened with legal action in San Francisco and Los Angeles over how they screen drivers and charge passengers, along with other business practices.
• WIFE OF RANDY JACKSON OF 'IDOL' FAME SEEKS DIVORCE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wife of former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson has filed for divorce after nearly 19 years of marriage.
POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Nearly an inch of rain, with more wet weather forecast for the weekend, has helped firefighters gain the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning in the mountains east of Sacramento, officials said Friday.
BERKELEY (AP) - California will raise the academic requirements of incoming student-athletes as part of an effort to improve graduation rates for football players and other athletes.
SAN MATEO (AP) - Nail technician Vinh Nguyen says he just wants to be a normal man, but he's going to have a lot more to spend than most people after winning the $228.4 million Powerball ticket this week. California lottery officials said Friday that Nguyen bought the winning ticket at Dehoff's Key Market in San Mateo on Wednesday and showed up at their offices Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A father and son have died after being pulled from storm-driven waves off a San Francisco beach, authorities said Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The challenger in the unexpectedly tight race for California's elected schools chief said Thursday that if he wins in November he would immediately withdraw the state superintendent from an appeal of a landmark legal decision that struck down teacher-tenure laws and other job protections.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officers shot and killed a man Thursday after he led them on a lengthy high-speed chase, crashed in downtown San Francisco and then fired a gun at good Samaritans who tried to help him, authorities said.
FRESNO (AP) - California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday.