OAKLAND (AP) - One of the state's biggest health insurers, Kaiser Permanente, is drawing complaints from employers who say the company's policies are no longer the quality care bargain they once were.
WEST HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Several gay bars in West Hollywood have boycotted Stolichnaya vodka - which is distilled from Russian ingredients - following the recent passage of anti-gay laws in Russia that ban gay pride events and "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations."
OAKLAND CONSIDERS BANNING PROTEST 'VIOLENCE TOOLS' : OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland will consider banning so-called "tools of violence" from protests, two weeks after a waiter was struck in the face with a hammer during a demonstration against the Trayvon Martin trial outcome.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crews will install a temporary fix for broken seismic safety bolts on the new eastern section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge while long-term repairs are being conducted, but officials are still not sure if the work will allow the span to open Labor Day weekend, a spokesman said Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - In nearly a century since her Iranian birth, Khatoun Khoykani has lived through revolutions and world wars.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Scientists have known for years that pesticides drift from California's agricultural heartland and accumulate in frogs at the highest elevations of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
HACKER WHO MADE ATMS SPIT OUT CASH DIE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A prominent hacker who discovered a way to have ATMs spit out cash and was set to deliver a talk about hacking pacemakers and other wireless implantable medical devices has died in San Francisco, authorities and his employer said.
ORANGE (AP) - The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, a televangelist who built a soaring, glass-paned sanctuary dubbed the Crystal Cathedral to house his TV ministry, remained hospitalized on Thursday after a fall, his daughter said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two men are accused of forcing a 15-year-old girl to work on a Northern California marijuana grow, sexually abusing her and locking her in a metal toolbox for days, authorities said.
DAVIS (AP) - The former police officer who pepper-sprayed students during an Occupy protest at UC Davis is appealing for worker's compensation, claiming he suffered psychiatric injury from the 2011 incident.
Claims against mayor rocks San Diego
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The new Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco will cost $300 million more than estimated, and costs could grow higher, transportation officials said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sheriff Lee Baca was among hundreds of uniformed officers who were told a string of racist and raunchy jokes by a comedian hired to entertain at a law enforcement event this week.
CONGRESSMAN WANTS REVIEW OF MOJAVE WATER PROJECT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Republican congressman is echoing Sen. Dianne Feinsteins calls for a federal environmental review of a plan to pump water from Mojave Desert aquifers for cities across California.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A third woman publicly identified herself on Wednesday as a target of Mayor Bob Filner's sexual advances, as the beleaguered leader of the nation's eighth-largest city named his third chief of staff in less than two weeks.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A ruling in the case of a single Uber driver could have much broader implications for the popular ride-hailing service and for companies like it that rely on workers they see as independent contractors for on-demand services.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Border officers have seized more methamphetamine in Arizona this fiscal year than they did the entire previous year, continuing an upward trend for the drug that officials say is much easier and cheaper to manufacture in Mexico.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A $115.4 billion budget deal would make California the first in the nation to offer state-subsidized health care to children who are in the country illegally while expanding other social welfare programs, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders said Tuesday.
BERKELEY (AP) - A 21st-birthday party thrown by a group of visiting Irish college students turned tragic early Tuesday when the fifth-floor balcony they were crammed onto collapsed with a sharp crack, spilling them about 50 feet onto the pavement. Six people were killed and seven seriously injured.
CLOVIS (AP) - A Clovis woman whose dog has been missing for two months is being told by the city to remove her lost dog signs.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A measure approved by legislative Democrats this week cuts the reporting requirements for the agency that oversees California's $68 billion high-speed rail program, requiring spending reports to the Legislature every two years instead twice per year, prompting critics to charge that oversight is being scaled back.
FRESNO (AP) - A group of public water agencies that serves millions of Californians asked the state on Tuesday to order farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to stop irrigating their crops amid the relentless drought.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers passed a record $117.5 billion spending plan with overwhelming support Monday, but the budget that would send more money to public schools and establish a new tax credit for the working poor is unlikely to go into effect.
• OWNER OF MARIJUANA FARM FINED FOR FOULING CREEK: REDDING (AP) - Water regulators in California have fined the owner of a former marijuana farm and a licensed excavation contractor $297,400 for fouling a creek while preparing a piece of land in Shasta County for pot-growing.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California cities have broad authority to require builders to set aside a percentage of units in new projects for affordable housing, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday.
MAYNARD, Mass. (AP) - It was a summer day at the dog park when Fred Levy, a professional pet photographer, overheard a conversation that he couldn't shake off.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Immigrants living in the U.S. illegally say getting a California driver's license under a new program this year has helped them on the roads - and off.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - As a roomful of lawmakers and staff grinded through the last line items of the Legislature's spending plan late one night, it became clear there would be no easy deal even though California's budget is being crafted solely by Democrats and state coffers are awash in cash.
ALAMEDA (AP) - A giant purple blob from the sea - a slug - is invading East Bay beaches and waterways this summer, and some experts say it may be caused by warmer temperatures near coastal waters.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of accidental shootings by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies has more than doubled in two years as the department switches to a new handgun.