LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles-area doctor convicted of second-degree murder for prescribing pain killers that killed three patients was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in prison in a landmark case that many in the medical community believe will create a chilling effect among physicians across the country.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The top executive at the powerful California Coastal Commission defended his record on the job Friday as he faced an effort to oust him, a potential shake-up that environmentalists fear could unleash runaway development on the state's fabled coastline.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two small planes collided over the ocean just outside Los Angeles Harbor and plunged into the water Friday, prompting a massive search by dozens of boats and divers. As darkness fell there was no sign of survivors.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Linus Maurer, a cartoonist and illustrator whose old friend and colleague Charles M. Schulz borrowed his first name for Charlie Brown's blanket-wielding best friend Linus in his "Peanuts" comic strip and cartoons, has died at age 90.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An attorney representing a group of civic organizations has sent a legal claim letter to the city of San Francisco threatening to sue if an open-air urinal in Dolores Park is not removed in 20 days.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dying native fish, rural communities with dry wells and some other sectors hardest-hit by California's drought may still need extra support long after the current dry spell ends, an analysis of the state's drought response said Friday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A 2005 spate of quakes in California's Central Valley almost certainly was triggered by oilfield injection underground, a study published Thursday said in the first such link in California between oil and gas operations and earthquakes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Investigators scrambling to recapture a Los Angeles County murder suspect accidentally released from jail have been notifying potential targets of his freedom, interviewing those who know him best and chasing down tips from the public.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - An emergency bill to fix a legislative drafting error that had local governments in California racing to ban medical marijuana cultivation won Gov. Jerry Brown's signature on Wednesday.
FRESNO (AP) - In the strongest indication yet that the California drought could be easing, officials said strict water conservation orders could be dramatically scaled back or even ended if El Nino storms keep pummeling the state into the spring.