PALO ALTO (AP) - The tony San Francisco Bay area city of Palo Alto, known for its trendy boutiques, high-end restaurants and proximity to Stanford University, will soon decide whether to allow a seemingly incongruous set of new businesses - medical marijuana dispensaries.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Yosemite National Park will offer testing to all employees at the site to determine if they have ever been infected with a deadly mouse-borne virus, officials said Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A chef who told police he boiled his wife's body for four days to hide evidence of her death was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder.
LAWMAKERS CALL FOR HEARING ON REFINERY FIRES: RICHMOND (AP) - In the wake of a massive fire at Chevron's Richmond refinery, two lawmakers are calling for a state hearing to explore government efforts to prevent future blazes.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego County Water Authority announced a tentative agreement Thursday to buy the entire output of what will be the Western hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant, clearing a major hurdle for construction to begin.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The NASA rover Curiosity has beamed back pictures of bedrock that suggest a fast-moving stream, possibly waist-deep, once flowed on Mars - a find that the mission's chief scientist called exciting.
Man behind anti-Muslim film ordered jailed
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Stances on key issues by Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Republican challenger Elizabeth Emken.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An actor whose character died a violent death on the TV drama "Sons of Anarchy" plunged to his death in a driveway after apparently killing his landlady and attacking neighbors near Hollywood, police said Thursday.
NAME - Dianne Feinstein
ATWATER (AP) - Atwater in California's San Joaquin Valley is the latest city in financial troubles whose leaders are considering bankruptcy.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by demonstrators who were pepper-sprayed during an Occupy protest at UC Davis last fall, according to a preliminary settlement filed Wednesday.
CERRITOS (AP) - The federal probation violation investigation targeting the man behind the anti-Muslim video inflaming the Middle East is proceeding slowly and privately, reflecting the explosiveness of the case.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Hunters in California will no longer be able to use dogs to hunt bears and bobcats under one of several bills Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing Wednesday that relate to the state Department of Fish and Game.
''Dirty DUIs' private investigator gets 8 years
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nearly 60,000 high-tech workers are likely to receive an average of $4,000 apiece in a settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple and Google conspired in an illegal cartel of Silicon Valley employers that secretly refused to recruit each other's engineers.
SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Record-low rainfall during California's lingering drought has resulted in less runoff and cleaner water at beaches up and down the coast, according to a new report.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly on Friday passed a bill banning the use of plastic microbeads in soaps and cosmetics, following actions already being taken by manufacturers and other state legislatures to keep the products out of waterways.