SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google's search engine this year.
SQUAW VALLEY (AP) - Squaw Valley ski resort is scaling back its expansion plans to try to meet concerns of critics in the Sierra just north of Lake Tahoe, but conservationists say the verdict is still out on whether the changes will go far enough to protect the wetlands, scenery and charm of the rustic mountain resort that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics.
OAKLAND (AP) - Harold Camping, the California preacher who used his evangelical radio ministry and thousands of billboards to broadcast the end of the world and then gave up public prophecy when his date-specific doomsdays did not come to pass, has died at age 92.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Paint makers could face a surge of lawsuits after a California state court judge ordered three companies to pay $1.1 billion to help government agencies get rid of lead from an estimated 5 million homes in the state.
BIG SUR (AP) - A wildfire burning Monday in the Big Sur area of California destroyed at least 15 homes and forced about 100 people to evacuate as it chewed through dry vegetation on its way toward the ocean. No injuries were reported.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer said Monday that he will launch a campaign next year urging California lawmakers to approve taxes on companies that extract oil in the state.
SAN FRANCISCO OFFERS FREE WI-FI ALONG MARKET ST. : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is offering free Internet access along one of its main thoroughfares.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The San Juan Unified School District faces $17 million in claims over harassment allegations, with ten lawsuits alleging that Superintendent Glynn Thompson created a hostile workplace.
DOWNTOWN LA ON PACE FOR DRIEST CALENDAR YEAR: LOS ANGELES (AP) - With little rain in the forecast, downtown Los Angeles is on pace for its driest calendar year on record.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - State and federal officials are considering whether to provide students at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with an unlicensed vaccine to prevent further spread of a bacterial meningitis outbreak on campus, a newspaper reported Saturday.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - The first time marijuana growers in Mendocino and Humboldt counties gathered to compare crops a decade ago, it was an underground, end-of-harvest celebration open only to a small number of cannabis cognoscenti.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - For San Diego's regional water agency, its largest supplier is also its biggest adversary.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Sacramento County man whose car was stolen from a local car wash is praising the vehicle's return, but mostly because of what was inside: his late wife's ashes.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Earlier this year, a river otter named Sutro Sam became the first of the whiskered critters to be seen in San Francisco for decades.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has long been a union stronghold, but voters in the reliably Democratic state are gradually taking a more negative view of organized labor, a poll released Friday suggested.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's Department of Water Resources says its latest survey shows the Sierra Nevada snowpack is still well below normal - bad news for the drought-stricken state.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 2.3 million adult children are living with their parents in California, a 63 percent increase since the Great Recession began seven years ago and a phenomenon straining budgets and pushing some families to the brink of poverty, according to a study released Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown formally launched his re-election campaign Thursday, stepping into a contest that the former three-time presidential candidate is expected to dominate.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two Sacramento brothers were charged Thursday with making hundreds of illegal, untraceable firearms as part of what law enforcement officials said was a wide-ranging network designed to skirt federal laws.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A $687 million drought relief plan is headed for floor votes in the Legislature after winning quick approval Wednesday in legislative committees.
California Assembly member Kristin Olsen isn't wild about the loss of jobs that raising the minimum wage to $13 could trigger.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Much-needed rain fell on downtown San Francisco and elsewhere in California on Wednesday at the outset of what the parched state hopes is the start to a one-two punch of stormy weather.
KING CITY (AP) - A California farming town was grappling Wednesday with a profound violation of trust after learning the acting police chief and a handful of officers were charged with selling or giving away the impounded cars of poor Hispanic residents and other crimes.
REDDING (AP) - Sheriff's deputies in far Northern California say the operation that ended in the incineration of an explosive-laden mobile home cost the county more than $170,000.
MARTINEZ (AP) - Federal officials are firing back at a Northern California refinery after the company blocked them from investigating a chemical release that seriously injured two workers.
VANDENBERG (AP) - A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday against an anti-war activist who was barred from a protest area near the main gate at a California Air Force base.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - The two-year chain reaction of controversy that a gigantic sculpture of a nuclear mushroom cloud has set off across Santa Monica's otherwise friendly shores may finally be ending.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego family is suing Petco after the death of their 10-year-old son from a bacterial infection they say he contracted from his pet rat.
KING CITY (AP) - Police officers in a Central California town took part in a scheme in which more than 200 cars belonging to poor Hispanic people were impounded, towed and later sold when the car owners couldn't pay the fees, authorities said Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state senator convicted of perjury and voter fraud took an indefinite leave of absence Tuesday as he awaits sentencing in May.