BAKERSFIELD (AP) - The amount of oil that can be recovered from California's sprawling Monterey Shale formation using existing technology is far less than thought, according to a new federal estimate that potentially deals a blow to oil companies looking to extract the resource.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - For years, Las Vegas took the bigger-is-better route, building expansive glassy megaresorts with 4,000 rooms apiece and seemingly endless check-in counters.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco transit leaders will temporarily close a stretch of Lombard Street, a popular tourist spot that's known as the "Crookedest Street in The World."
TRUCKEE (AP) - A mother and her adult daughter have been convicted of tampering with a bear trap at Lake Tahoe in an effort to thwart wildlife officials' efforts to capture the animals.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has new rules that govern the testing of self-driving cars on public roads.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's $68 billion bullet train project should be exempt from the state's strict environmental review process now that it is subject to federal oversight, the state attorney general's office argued Tuesday in a state appellate court.
CLOVIS (AP) - A Central California drive-thru coffee shop with scantily clad baristas is renaming some of its drinks after complaints that the original names were too racy.
ALLEN, Texas (AP) - A $60 million high school football stadium that opened to massive fanfare in 2012 will be shut down for the upcoming season after cracks were found in the building's concrete concourse.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento's city council is expected to vote Tuesday night on a $477 million downtown arena for the Kings, capping off a lengthy struggle to keep the NBA franchise and build it a new home.
PLEASANT HILL (AP) - A Northern California city official has resigned from her post as city clerk in a scathing email accusing city council members of "misogynistic jokes" and "pathetic pandering" and sarcastically wishing them the best of luck finding "some schmuck" to take her place.
LONG BEACH (AP) - A paraplegic Marine Corps veteran is gearing up to row more than 2,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal transportation officials are promising another big dose of cash to help expand Los Angeles' growing public transit network - this time, $2.1 billion in grants and loans to extend a subway line into Beverly Hills.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Visitors to Lake Tahoe soaking up the view of the sparkling azure waters will get a close-up look beneath the surface in a new 3D movie being produced by the Tahoe Environmental Research Center.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An Egyptian teenager who traveled to the United States to showcase an invention at a science fair has decided to seek asylum, fearing he will be arrested if he returns home, his lawyer said Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Catholic high school issued a public apology Monday to a student and her family for refusing to include a portrait of the girl wearing a tuxedo in its yearbook.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fifteen doctors, pharmacists and others medical professionals in Southern California have been charged in a $25 million workers' compensation scam that prosecutors say was linked to the death of a baby.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Mismanagement by the pilots of Asiana Flight 214, including confusion over whether one of the airliner's key controls was maintaining airspeed, caused the plane to crash while landing in San Francisco last year, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill responding to the sexual assault of a Northern California teenager who committed suicide after a photo of the attack was posted on social media was amended Tuesday to remove a mandatory two-year sentence for juvenile offenders.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's public universities need to do a better job of educating students and staff members about campus sexual harassment and violence policies and then keeping students who bring complaints informed about the status of their cases, the state auditor said Thursday.
• LUCAS CHOOSES CHICAGO FOR 'STARS WARS' MUSEUM: "Star Wars" creator George Lucas has selected Chicago to build his museum of art and movie memorabilia. Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, confirmed the decision Tuesday. McCaffrey did not have any immediate details about the much-anticipated decision by the filmmaker. But the choice is a major victory for Emanuel and the city, which was competing with San Francisco for the museum.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that large retailers aren't required to have defibrillators on hand to help treat customers and workers who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's city attorney issued a cease-and-desist demand Monday to a mobile app called Monkey Parking, which allows people to auction off public parking spaces that they're using to other nearby drivers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal, state and local authorities in California have made more than three dozen arrests and recovered 27 juveniles as part of an annual national crackdown on child sex trafficking.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's drought appears to be reducing the spread of a disease that threatens to wipe out huge swaths of oak trees in the state, a newspaper reported.
FRESNO (AP) - The country's next generation of farmers and ranchers may have a better chance at success with extra help that the federal government recently unveiled.
• MOUNTAIN LION FOUND IN BACKYARD: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A mountain lion is back in the wild after it was found in the backyard of a Sacramento home. The Sacramento Bee reports that the animal was discovered on Saturday night inside the fenced in yard. Sacramento police and a California Department of Fish and Wildlife warden helped tranquilize and capture it. It was released back into the wild on Sunday. The young male mountain lion weighed 70 pounds and was about 1 and ½ years old.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already pilloried for long wait times for medical appointments, the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs has fallen short of another commitment: to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them of child-bearing age.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lawyers have been given the green light to scan the social media sites of jurors.
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - The U.S. military intercepted a target over the Pacific Ocean on Sunday in a test of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System.