SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A century-old tradition, the Full Crew Farallones Race has never been for the faint of heart: Winds averaging 10 to 20 knots and churning 14-foot Pacific Ocean swells are among the rough conditions typically braved by yachts and their crews during the daylong regatta, a spring favorite of skilled sailors.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's attorney general is seeking to build on a recent nationwide bank settlement over home foreclosures by lobbying state lawmakers to advance a package of mortgage-protection bills, which faces critical tests in legislative committees this week.
• COUPLE DIED IN MALL MURDER-SUICIDE, GIRL SURVIVED: SAN JOSE (AP) - Police say two people found dead in an apparent murder-suicide at a Northern California strip mall parking lot were once a couple and that a toddler found nearby is their daughter.
MODESTO (AP) - Police investigating the death of a man suspected of gunning down a California sheriff's deputy and a civilian say they've found equipment indicating he was preparing for an armed confrontation: a ballistic vest, a gas mask and several weapons including a high-powered assault rifle.
WEIGHTLIFTER SHOT, SAYS DUMBBELL DROPPED ON BULLET: MODESTO (AP) - A California weightlifter says he accidentally shot himself by dropping a dumbbell on a bullet.
MONTE SERENO (AP) - Painter Thomas Kinkade battled alcoholism over the past several years and had a relapse just before his death this month at his home in Santa Clara County, his brother, Patrick, said.
MODESTO (AP) - The body of a man suspected of gunning down a deputy and a locksmith when they tried to serve eviction papers was discovered Friday in the rubble of an apartment that was gutted by fire during a standoff with authorities.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown urged lawmakers on Friday to "man up" and pass his proposed spending cuts, a choice of words that rankled some female lawmakers and advocates for the needy.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A personal drama involving state Treasurer Bill Lockyer took a strange turn this week after a newspaper received an email from his wife's account that said Lockyer had supplied her with drugs.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Officers fired more than 90 rounds at a motorist who was killed on a San Fernando Valley freeway after a wild car chase, police said.
VENTURA . (AP) - A pristine swath of California coast that includes redwood groves, agricultural fields and picturesque ocean bluffs west of State Route 1 has been sheltered from developers in a deal approved by the California Coastal Commission.
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METEOROLOGIST: TORNADO NEAR STOCKTON NOT UNUSUAL: STOCKTON (AP) - The National Weather Service says the tornado that struck five miles outside of Stockton on Wednesday was not unusual for this time of year.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - In California's first legislative response to the Penn State sex abuse scandal, the state Assembly passed a bill Thursday that would require all higher education employees to report suspected instances of child sexual abuse.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The authority overseeing efforts to build a high-speed rail system in California approved its revised business plan on Thursday, sending the ambitious project to an uncertain fate in the Legislature.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A committee of the University of California's governing board voted Wednesday for a tuition increase during each of the next five years over the protests of Gov. Jerry Brown, legislative leaders and students.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Farmers on Wednesday welcomed the first of three storms expected this week in drought-stricken Northern California.
2 PENGUIN CHICKS HATCH AT CALIFORNIA ACADEMY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two African penguin chicks have recently hatched at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, officials announced Tuesday.
BERKELEY (AP) - Known for its liberal politics, Berkeley has racked up a long line of firsts over the years, from taxing sugary drinks to ditching Styrofoam takeout containers.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $2.5-billion plan to reuse wastewater for drinking, the latest example of how California cities are looking for new supplies amid a severe drought.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The parent company and owner of a now-closed Southern California restaurant have pleaded guilty to serving meat from an endangered whale.
EAST PORTERVILLE. (AP) - Hundreds of people living in a drought-stricken California farm town could soon be taking their first hot shower in months after county officials set up portable facilities in a church parking lot.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Registered sex offenders in California don't have to disclose their email addresses, Internet service providers, screen names and other electronic information to authorities as required by a voter-approved law, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's Department of Motor Vehicles has opened three new temporary outlets as it expects to issue over 1 million licenses to people in the country illegally.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is launching a new free mobile app for its popular Groups feature that lets users create and interact with communities on the site, whether they're based on hobbies, geography or culture.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wildlife biologists at the Oakland Zoo are working to save the highly endangered yellow-legged frog.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Dismissed only a few years ago by residents of California's second-largest city, San Diego is joining other California cities that are taking a closer look at recycling wastewater for drinking as the state suffers from severe drought.
SUSPECT ARRESTED IN STOCKTON POLICE CHASE: STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police say a man was arrested after he rammed several cars, hit a pedestrian with his vehicle and then led police on a 10-mile chase.
CORCORAN (AP) - Mass murderer Charles Manson plans to marry a 26-year-old woman who left her Midwestern home and spent the past nine years trying to help exonerate him.