Dumbarton Bridge weekend closure ending early SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Department of Transportation says the Dumbarton Bridge will reopen early after being closed the bridge for the entire Labor Day weekend. KGO-TV reports that Caltrans said Monday that they will reopen the bridge before midnight, hours ahead of the scheduled 5 a.m. Tuesday reopening. The bridge was ...
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State lawmakers failed to revive a controversial measure that would rewrite state rules on teacher evaluations, but supporters vowed to bring it up again in the next legislative session.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Promoters of Michael Jackson's planned 2009 comeback described in emails how they feared for the megastar's stability, saying he was out of shape and consumed with self-doubt.
TURLOCK (AP) - The school district in Turlock, surrounded by fields and orchards in one of the nation's richest agricultural regions, used to get much of the produce it served to students from national distributors who shipped fruits and vegetables from outside California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Studio executives expected their biggest summer ever this year as they loaded their lineup with huge action movies and superhero franchises.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - With state budget cuts forcing California's public universities to shrink their course offerings, earning a bachelor's degree in four years is becoming even more difficult for many students.
MAN GETS YEAR IN JAIL FOR DEATH OF HIS DOG: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Sacramento man convicted of dragging his dog down a street while it was tied to the back of his pickup truck has been ordered to serve time in jail.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Union leaders grumbled this week when Gov. Jerry Brown released a compromise deal with Democrats to scale back pension benefits for the state's public employees, but it was far less than a resounding victory for the Democratic governor.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A veteran San Jose firefighter who suffered a heart attack while battling a fire at a downtown cathedral last week remained in critical but stable condition, while his fellow firefighters kept a round-the-clock vigil at the hospital where he's being cared for, fire officials said Sunday.
YOSEMITE (AP) - Up to 10,000 people who were guests in certain lodging cabins at Yosemite National Park might have been exposed to a deadly mouse-borne virus, park officials confirmed Friday as rangers handled a slew of calls from frightened visitors.
HOSPITAL FINED $50K FOR LEAVING TOWEL IN PATIENT: FRESNO (AP) - California regulators have fined a Fresno hospital $50,000 for leaving a towel in a patient who had abdominal surgery.
Assembly passes workers' compensation changes to eliminate fraudulent claims
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will hire dozens of specialists to enforce a new law requiring Internet merchants to collect state sales tax - an effort that could bring in more than $300 million a year for the cash-strapped state. The state Board of Equalization, which collects taxes, announced Thursday that it will spend $10 million over the next three years to hire ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency has suspended planned cleanup efforts at a California site where industrial waste on the ocean floor appears to be declining naturally. Scientists are at a loss to explain the rapid drop of toxic chemical levels across the 17-square-mile site about 200 feet below the ocean surface and two miles off the Los Angeles County coast, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. Samples taken from sediment suggest more ...
SAN JOSE (AP) - A Northern California jury that found three schoolgirls and their parents liable for defaming a Catholic school teacher they branded as a "perv," is about to decide how much one of the students should pay in punitive damages. The Santa Clara County Superior Court jury found on Friday that the defendants damaged John Fischler's reputation by spreading false statements two years ago that he inappropriately touched the 10- and 11-year-old girls ...
NORTHERN CALIF. MAN SENT TO PRISON AFTER 8TH DUI: SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Northern California man has been sentenced to five years in prison following his eighth conviction for driving under the influence.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 104,000 students worldwide took the Advanced Placement Calculus exam this year. Only 11 got a perfect score. California 17-year-old Nathan Chou is one of them. The Arcadia High School senior learned of the rare achievement from the College Board, the nonprofit group that oversees the AP tests. Chou told the Los Angeles Times in a story Sunday that he spent about four hours studying for the calculus exam, with ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A program to give San Francisco residents the option of getting 100 percent of their power from renewable sources has stalled, and the city is looking into joining a similar effort in neighboring Marin County.
CAMPTONVILLE (AP) - A wildfire firefighter lying in a road was run over and killed by a colleague in a sparely populated stretch of Northern California in a bizarre early morning traffic incident involving alcohol, authorities said Monday. California Highway Patrol investigators said a driver in Yuba County early Saturday spotted a man, Michael Patrick Kelly, 32, lying in the road about 3 miles from Camptonville, Calif., which is about 80 miles north of Sacramento. ...
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A renowned conservation biologist who has done research for the Forest Service for more than a decade is suing the agency to try to block logging in the mountains above Lake Tahoe. He says it's being done illegally under the guise of reducing wildfire threats that don't exist.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Oil companies would have to test groundwater and notify landowners before they do fracking or other well stimulation techniques under draft rules released by the state.
OAKLAND (AP) - The long-awaited fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel opened early Saturday to motorists traversing the often congested roadway between Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Andy Warhol's artwork has always grabbed attention and sparked discussion, but one of his portraits of Farrah Fawcett is about to receive scrutiny of a different kind in a Los Angeles courtroom.
THERMAL (AP) - School officials in Southern California say the "Arabs" name is here to stay, but the divisive costumed mascot that represents them may be changing.
OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco transit officials are calling for a return to the bargaining table, saying an expensive provision was "erroneously" included in a labor contract that settled a union dispute that had caused two recent strikes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California cannot account for 174,000 tons of lead and other hazardous materials shipped for disposal in the last five years, but state regulators say public health is not threatened, a newspaper reported Sunday.
STOCKTON (AP) - Prosecutors say they will not file charges against a father and son arrested on suspicion of kidnapping the father's ex-wife in Northern California to perform an exorcism.