LOS ANGELES (AP) - Powerful winds raked much of California on Monday, toppling trees, causing scattered power outages, whipping up blinding dust storms, and sending waves crashing ashore as a vigorous spring weather system swept through the state on its way across the West.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Steven Spriggs was stopped in a traffic jam near downtown Fresno and thought nothing of whipping out his iPhone 4 and clicking on the map feature to see if there was an alternate route around the construction mess.
SF BAY AREA CITY LOOKING AT LICENSE PLATE CAMERAS: PIEDMONT (AP) - A small San Francisco Bay area city that has experienced a rash of home-invasion robberies is proposing installing cameras to record the license plate of every vehicle that crosses city limits.
KYBURZ (AP) - A kayaker was being credited with helping to save a family of five after their SUV had veered off a road and ended up in a Northern California river.
MISSION VIEJO (AP) - One of two Southern California teens lost for several days in a rugged mountain wilderness was released Sunday from a hospital after being treated for dehydration and minor injuries.
LAKE FOREST (AP) - Members of Rick Warren's Southern California church began Sunday services with a prayer for the popular evangelical pastor, as he and his family coped with the apparent suicide of his 27-year-old son.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some people have had it with TV. They've had enough of the 100-plus channel universe. They don't like timing their lives around network show schedules. They're tired of $100-plus monthly bills.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two people are in the hospital with what police described as life-threatening injuries after being shot early Sunday by a San Francisco police officer who opened fire when a person pointed what turned out to be an air-powered gun.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some of California's most powerful unions are pressuring nonprofit hospitals to prove that they provide enough charitable care to justify their tax-exempt status.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Four young hikers avoided spending the night on the side of a Santa Clara County mountain thanks to a search and rescue by California Highway Patrol aircraft.
• GANG-RELATED MURDER IN STOCKTON: STOCKTON - Stockton Police are investigating what appears to be a gang-related murder that occurred Saturday night.
• LAPD VOLUNTEER ACCUSED OF STEALING GAS: VAN NUYS (AP) - Authorities say a longtime Los Angeles Police Department volunteer faces criminal charges for allegedly stealing city gas for his personal vehicle.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - In Southern California, where urban sprawl meets pristine wilderness, one can stand on a backwoods mountain trail and be so close to the city as to still hear the rumble of traffic and make out a downtown skyline.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - President Barack Obama has apologized to California Attorney General Kamala Harris for causing a stir when he called her "the best-looking attorney general" at a Democratic fundraiser they attended together this week.
SANTA ANA, (AP) - A Southern California doctor has agreed to plead guilty to charges of illegally prescribing drugs to his patients at nightly meetings in Starbucks stores.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Kevin Jorgeson's hands still bear souvenirs from the historic climb Dawn Wall of El Capitan he completed with his partner last week. The scabs on his fingertips are so thick that track pads on computers and phones don't register his touch.
REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Northern California prosecutors on Thursday charged an Oregon prison inmate with two counts of murder in the serial killings of six young women that terrified the region nearly 40 years ago.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A skin-care specialist to the stars was acquitted Thursday of charges that she plotted to murder a rival beautician she mistakenly blamed for stalking her.
8 ARRESTED AS SAN JOSE POLICE SHUT DOWN HOME-BASED CASINO: SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose police say eight people have been arrested after officers broke up a home-based casino with roughly 15 video gambling machines.
VISALIA (AP) - Authorities in Tulare County are search for a hit-and-run driver who killed an 84-year-old woman.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Drug smugglers are turning "trusted travelers" into unwitting mules by placing containers with powerful magnets under their cars in Mexico and then recovering the illegal cargo far from the view of border authorities in the United States.
SAN JACINTO (AP) - Sheriff's deputies fatally shot a man they believe killed a police dog during standoff at a Southern California home.
SAN MATEO (AP) - A police officer in California resorted to hitting two pit bulls with his patrol car to stop a neighborhood rampage in which the dogs attacked several people, including a city sanitation worker, and charged a woman pushing two children in a stroller.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children.
ROSEVILLE (AP) - Officials in the Placer County city of Roseville have approved a plan to tear up turf on some public property and replace it with water-saving plants amid the state's historic drought.
POLICE PROBE OFFICER'S SHOVE OF MAN IN WHEELCHAIR: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities are investigating an altercation between a police officer and a man in a wheelchair that was captured on video and circulated online.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Two state firefighters were fired Wednesday and another has resigned after an ethics investigation that stemmed from the killing of a battalion chief's girlfriend.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The mother of a young woman whose battle with brain cancer drew widespread attention to her desire to legally end her life with prescribed drugs in California appeared Wednesday in the state Capitol to push for aid-in-dying legislation.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown and University of California President Janet Napolitano received clearance on Wednesday to form an unusual "committee of two" that will look at ways of resolving their standoff over state funding for higher education and the necessity of tuition increases.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area officials have begun laboratory tests and necropsies on dead seabirds found coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like dirty rubber cement.