COUPLE PICKS UP CUSTOMERS' TABS AT LIVERMORE WALMART: LIVERMORE (AP) - Christmas came early for some shoppers at a Walmart in Livermore.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A barefoot, shirtless man who climbed down from an overpass on to a freeway sign and appeared ready to jump onto the 110 Freeway below brought traffic to a halt for about two hours in downtown Los Angeles.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A billboard put up by a San Diego millionaire who's seeking a Latina girlfriend has been removed.
OAKHURST (AP) - A Fresno man is recovering after a fall during a hike and a complicated rescue in the Sierra Nevada foothills, authorities said.
OAKLAND (AP) - Members of the union behind a one-day strike that shut down the Port of Oakland last month have ratified a new contract.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge on Monday ordered the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to turn over to the court the top-secret files it has kept for decades on dozens of priests accused of sex abuse, bringing the documents closer to public scrutiny.
PORTERVILLE (AP) - Gravediggers work the old-fashioned way on the Tule River Indian Reservation, chipping away at the hard pan by hand with pickaxes and shoveling the dirt aside. They say it's a sign of respect not to use machinery, but never has the crew had to dig so many graves at one time.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A graduate student who was shot to death during a furious struggle with campus police at California State University, San Bernardino, had a long history of mental illness and had stopped taking his medication at least a week earlier but hadn't appeared to be violent, authorities said Monday.
PASADENA (AP) - Two attorneys representing dozens of children in lawsuits brought against the Los Angeles Unified School District over alleged teacher sexual misconduct said Monday they are dropping out of settlement negotiations and want to go trial.
BART STATION PARKING LOT COSTS COULD TRIPLE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commuters in the San Francisco Bay area could see parking lot costs triple at BART stations.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - After nearly a decade of debate, Lake Tahoe land-use regulators are prepared to take action on a sweeping plan that will guide development for decades to come at the Sierra gem.
FRESNO (AP) - Some fog creeps in poetically on little cat feet through the Golden Gate. And then there is the prosaic fog of California's San Joaquin Valley that erupts from the soil in certain wintry conditions to put a stranglehold on the region.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Assembly leaders say they have no plans to change their longstanding practice of adding and changing thousands of votes after their votes are cast on the Legislature floor, despite criticism from good government groups that say it allows lawmakers to obscure their real positions and curry favor with lobbyists.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California patients are at risk from reckless prescribing by doctors because of a lack of oversight at the state Medical Board, an investigation has found.
PORTERVILLE (AP) - A man suspected of fatally shooting three people and wounding three children, including his two daughters, died Sunday from his injuries in a police shootout, authorities said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Advocates for California sex workers are seeking to legalize the world's oldest profession.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California cities are pushing back against Gov. Jerry Brown's order for mandatory water use reductions, but it's not likely that regulators will retreat with the state in its fourth year of drought.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Busy freeways running alongside park land and marshes make San Francisco Bay Area roads a "ring of death" for wildlife, according to a new statewide roadkill report that tracks the deadliest traffic spots for wildlife.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge in California declined Wednesday to remove marijuana from the list of most dangerous drugs, disappointing activists who saw the case as a chance to get closer to their goal of nationwide legalization.
TAHOE CITY (AP) - A lingering drought that has made for a dismal skiing season in the Sierra Nevada is also going to take a toll on boaters at Lake Tahoe this summer.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - They hop. They crawl. They squirm. And they could be coming to a dinner plate near you.
PACIFICA (AP) - When a 50-foot sperm whale washed ashore on a beach south of San Francisco, people stopped to look, snapped pictures of the massive mammal and even reached out and touched the creature that looks more like a dark ocean rock than the largest tooth predator on earth.
FRESNO (AP) - A judge has sentenced an 18-year-old man to 120 days in jail for clubbing 925 Foster Farms chickens to death in Fresno last year.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California cities and counties are grappling with how far they can go to restrict where sex offenders can live amid a shifting legal landscape.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's marijuana farmers have existed in a legal gray area during the 18 years since the state became the first to allow residents to use the drug for medical purposes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's second-largest school district on Tuesday approved the creation of an all-girls school focused on science, technology, engineering and math in an attempt to narrow the gap between boys and girls in those subjects.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - HBO's "Game of Thrones" has the dubious honor of being popular with both pirates and viewers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's drought is not likely to have a significant effect on the state's economy or budget despite leading to cutbacks on farms, a nonpartisan fiscal analyst said Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A celebrity mountain lion transformed a wealthy hillside neighborhood into a paparazzi-like scene of scrambling photographers before eluding everyone Tuesday and quietly slipping away.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two large San Francisco Bay Area water districts are considering adopting state-ordered cuts in water use and possibly increasing rates.