ECHO SUMMIT (AP) - A snowy December that kept Sierra ski resorts busy also had California's water managers hopeful Wednesday at the start of a monthly snow-measuring ritual that determines everything from types of crops planted to municipal water allocations.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff in Washington will bring a reprieve to California's slowly rebounding economy, but uncertainty remains in part because Congress delayed action on federal spending cuts.
DELANO (AP) - Sheriff's officials have located the wreckage of a helicopter that disappeared in Central California while trying to keep crops from freezing, and they say the female pilot is dead.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's centuries-old Spanish missions are getting cutting-edge 3D treatment.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - In the world of paparazzi, one image of the rich or famous can be like winning the lottery. But the hunt for that shot can be dangerous - even deadly.
POINT REYES DROWNING PROMPTS WARNING ABOUT HIGH WAVES: POINT REYES (AP) - Authorities are warning beachgoers to be careful after a man was swept out to sea by a large wave and drowned while trying to save his dog on a Northern California beach.
PASADENA (AP) - With a wave of her bandaged left hand, and boosted by well wishes from Dr. Phil, Chris Evert and even a young woman she once babysat, Hannah Storm returned to a most comfortable setting - talking in front of a TV camera.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Police arrested a naked man wielding a large Samurai sword after a three-hour New Year's Day standoff in San Jose.
WHALES, ELEPHANT SEALS DELIGHT NORCAL BEACHGOERS: POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE (AP) - Gray whales and elephant seals are putting on a show at Point Reyes National Seashore, delighting beachgoers.
SALINAS (AP) - Scaffolding climbs the walls of the new elementary school in Salinas, an agricultural city celebrated as John Steinbeck's birthplace but plagued by gang violence.
SANTA ANA. (AP) - New and expanded sections to cover business, automobiles and food. A nearly five-fold increase in community news pages and more investigative reporting. Even daily color comics.
MONTE SERENO (AP) - A Silicon Valley venture capitalist killed in his mansion had been accused by former business associates of underhanded dealings and attempts to hide millions from creditors, court documents have revealed.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - A couple who became husband and wife on the "Love Float," a surprise reunion between a returning soldier and his little boy, and a grand marshal famed globally for her chimpanzee research were among the highlights of the 124th Rose Parade on Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A suspect is under arrest in connection with a New Year's Eve shooting at a bar in the Old Sacramento area that killed two people, police said Tuesday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - It's been almost 60 years since James McEachin returned home with a bullet still lodged in his chest, finding an America indifferent toward the troops who fought in Korea. Now he will get the homecoming parade he had expected.
HALF MOON BAY (AP) - A gourd weighing 2,058 pounds took first prize and set a new tournament record Monday at an annual pumpkin-weighing contest in Northern California.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three fault segments running beneath Northern California and its roughly 15 million people are overdue for a major earthquake, including one section that lies near the dams and canals that supply much of the state's water, according to a geological study published Monday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An animal rescue group says a dog that required more than 1,000 stitches after being stabbed and beaten is recovering in Los Angeles.
STOCKTON TURNS TO STATE FOR HELP AFTER SHOOTINGS: STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton police have called in the state Department of Justice after a series of weekend shootings left five people dead.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's health insurance exchange faced calls Monday for a state investigation of its contracting practices, while a state senator urged the agency to account for deals that steered millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director.
POINT REYES (AP) - Organic dairy ranchers are urging authorities to remove tule elk from agricultural land in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes seashore and build a large fence to keep them out, as a conflict pitting organic farmers and native wildlife conservation supporters against one another intensifies because of the drought.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An elderly Los Angeles woman whose neighbors believed had died was instead found in a rundown shack in Maine, where according to authorities an unrelated family took her after gaining her confidence and selling her house.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fleet Week weekend kicked off with San Francisco's waterfront packed by thousands of people who witnessed the commissioning of the Navy's newest ship and the acrobatics of the Navy's precision flight team.
• 5 KILLED IN 3 SEPARATE SHOOTINGS IN STOCKTON: STOCKTON (AP) - Police in Stockton are seeking outside help to gather evidence after five people were killed in a series of overnight shootings that happened within four hours.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Proposition 45 offers a simple choice for voters: Do they want the state insurance commissioner to regulate health care rates for small businesses and individual health plans?
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lieutenant governor of California is a low-visibility position with few official duties, and officeholders have historically struggled to define their role in the job.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A tax on sodas and other sugar-laden drinks that voters and courts in other parts of the country have rejected is on the November ballots in San Francisco and Berkeley, two cities that have been open to such social-engineering initiatives in the past.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The statewide election that could end up as one of the closest and most expensive in California this fall is for an office many voters probably have only the dimmest awareness of: state schools superintendent.