MONTEREY (AP) - The familiar sight of a sea otter floating on its back, meal on its belly, is more than a cuddly spectacle, research at a Central California estuary has found.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants could perform a type of early abortion under a bill approved Monday by the state Senate, leaving the measure one step from the governor.
RICHMOND (AP) - When the mayor of Richmond and a gaggle of activists and homeowners showed up at the Wells Fargo Bank headquarters in downtown San Francisco this month, they were on a mission to speak with the bank's chief executive.
SANTA ANA (AP) - When Yen Ly was released from behind bars this spring, she assumed it wouldn't be long before she began committing credit card fraud again to keep up with bills while feeding a devastating meth habit.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers are attempting to limit a distressing social media phenomenon known as "revenge porn," where spurned suitors post intimate photos of their ex-lovers on the Internet for all to see.
MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) - More than two decades ago, two water distributors came up with a tantalizing idea to increase reserves in parched Southern California: Create an underground lake so vast it could hold enough to blanket Los Angeles - all 469 square miles - under a foot of water.
OAKLAND (AP) - Dozens of investigators, some using search dogs, scoured an area near Oakland's Merritt College as they looked for a 22-month-old girl who vanished last month.
BUCK MEADOWS. (AP) - A giant wildfire raging out of control grew to more than 200 square miles Friday and spread into Yosemite National Park at the height of the summer season for one of California's most popular tourist destinations.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An executive hired to overhaul California's troubled state mental hospitals is under investigation for alleged sexual harassment, the Los Angeles Times reported.
UNIION CITY BURGLARS POSE AS MUNICPAL SNAKE INSPECTORS: UNION CITY (AP) - Police say a pair of burglars duped two elderly people when one posed as a city pest inspector who appeared at their home to investigate an alleged snake infestation while the other burglarized the residence.
MURIETTA (AP) - Murietta police have found a shoulder-fired rocket launcher in a storage unit as part of an investigation that led to the arrests of two women and a man.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a small plane has gone down on a golf course near a Sacramento airport, and the two men aboard have been taken to a hospital.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Mayor Bob Filner agreed Friday to resign in return for the city's help defending him against claims he groped, kissed and made lewd comments to women, allegations that shook and embarrassed the city and turned the former 10-term congressman into a national punch line.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Northern California former parolee and atheist who went back to prison after refusing to participate in a religiously-tinged inpatient treatment program is entitled to monetary compensation, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
POLICE SHOOT PIT BULLS THAT BIT 2 IN KERN COUNTY: BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Police have shot a pack of pit bulls that mauled two people in the backyard of a Kern County home.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Public Utilities Commission has fined Pacific Gas & Electric $530,000 for safety violations it says it found during audits that began in 2012.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer announced Thursday that he will not enter the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer in California, a move that reshaped the early contest that has attracted a pack of potential candidates.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In true San Francisco irony, smartphones were used Thursday to snap pictures of a historic phone that was used to make the first coast-to-coast phone call 100 years ago.
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.