HALF MOON BAY (AP) - As waves lapped in the background, the pianist tapped out Schumann, Debussy and Chopin at sunset, on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean where he had planned to let the baby grand succumb to the elements.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has begun aggressively challenging federal court oversight of California's prison system by highlighting what he says is a costly conflict of interest: The private law firms representing inmates and the judges' own hand-picked authorities benefit financially by keeping the cases alive.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry began his latest visit to California on a quest to lure businesses to move jobs to his state by promoting low taxes and lax regulations.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol has created a set of written guidelines on motorcycle "lane-splitting," the at-times hair-splitting maneuver that allows riders to legally pass vehicles in adjacent lanes by driving between them.
COPPER THEFTS HIDDEN CULPRIT IN TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK: SAN JOSE. (AP) - Motorists are quick to blame solo drivers, out-of-sync traffic lights and an improving economy for San Francisco Bay area traffic gridlock.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people have been killed in a pre-dawn helicopter crash in a rural area of northern Los Angeles County while filming for a reality TV show.
MONTE SERENO (AP) - A wealthy Silicon Valley venture capitalist was killed during a brutal home-invasion when three intruders bound and gagged him with packaging tape as they beat his wife and told her to "be quiet if you want to live," authorities said Friday.
GAS PRICES JUMP 25 CENTS OVER PAST 2 WEEKS: CAMARILLO (AP) - The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 25 cents over the past two weeks.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Homeowners on the hunt for sparkling solar panels are lured by ads filled with images of pristine landscapes and bright sunshine, and words about the technology's benefits for the environment - and the wallet.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Seeking leads in a massive manhunt, Los Angeles authorities on Sunday offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Christopher Dorner, the former police officer suspected in three killings.
ALTURA, Modoc County (AP) - Hunters were tromping through the countryside of a remote Northern California county over the weekend as they competed in a controversial contest to see who could kill the most coyotes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Maria Barrales' children got sick, she would drive two hours south from her East Los Angeles home to the Mexican border and spend two more hours waiting to cross so she could go to an affordable doctor in Tijuana.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Jamming major bills through the Legislature at the last minute with little if any time for review has been an ongoing source of frustration for some lawmakers, especially minority Republicans.
FRESNO (AP) - Last fall, narcotics agents confiscated thousands of marijuana plants, many 10 feet tall, from a 140-acre farm just on the edge of Fresno - one of the biggest pot busts in the county's history. The pot grew hidden among rows of rotting peppers, tomatoes and bitter melons, tended by a dozen immigrant farming families.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Hundreds of business and political leaders gathered in San Jose to consider the advantages of merging the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley into a single region, sharing everything from city dumps to water treatment plants as communities sprawl across borders.
COTATI (AP) - A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city has been safely replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.
HIGHLAND (AP) - Authorities have arrested a Southern California woman they say molested her two young daughters and sent the photos to a prisoner serving a life sentence.
By SCOTT SMITH
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is on the verge of becoming the latest state to require technology that can disable smartphones when they're stolen.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles County Fire Department has linked its dispatch system to a smartphone app that will notify CPR-trained citizens when someone nearby is having a cardiac arrest.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman who flew from San Jose to Los Angeles without a boarding pass and has made repeated attempts to sneak aboard flights was arrested again Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport after wandering through terminals without an airline ticket, authorities said.
FRESNO (AP) - A man is being held in isolation at a Central California jail on allegations he has refused to submit to an exam to check for tuberculosis.
SITES (AP) - Republican and Democratic lawmakers who support increasing funding for water-storage projects made their case Wednesday at the site of a proposed reservoir in what is now a scenic agricultural valley north of Sacramento, addressing one of the main sticking points to getting a re-crafted water bond on the November ballot.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Police in Central California shot and killed a man Wednesday afternoon after he splashed gasoline on a woman and tried setting her on fire, officials said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An insurance company settled a lawsuit with a Los Angeles man by dropping off buckets full of thousands of quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies, his attorney said Wednesday.
TURLOCK (AP) - One of two adult sons in a family of four found dead inside a California home in June fatally stabbed his parents before he and the other son died in an arson fire there, police said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cargo ships will be paid to slow down to avoid hitting whales and cut air pollution, under a new voluntary program being launched off Southern California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two men have pleaded no contest to stealing part of the Porsche in which "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker died.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A man who hid a video camera in a dressing room at an Orange County college to record young girls taking off their clothes has pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two California insurers announced Tuesday that they are partnering for an ambitious project to establish one of the nation's largest health-information exchanges, an effort they hope will reduce duplication and improve patient outcomes.