OAKLAND (AP) - Lorrain Taylor smiled a toothy grin and was warmly welcomed by customers and employees as she entered a popular barbecue restaurant just off Oakland's waterfront for a lunch meeting last week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco court system that emphasizes rehabilitation over punishment for those accused of low-level crimes has created a weekly offshoot to hear cases involving veterans.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new audit highlights wrongdoing and errors by California state employees and agencies that have cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - National marine sanctuaries off Northern California are due to double in size early in the new year in order to protect a massive underwater nutrient flow that biologists say makes the coast's salmon and seabirds thrive and sea lions fat and yappy.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Following the closure of The Jungle, the nation's largest homeless camp, city officials are aggressively cleaning out other encampments before they grow.
COVINA (AP) - Josh Roffeis was about to leave for work Wednesday morning when he discovered his green Honda filled with most of the family's Christmas presents had been stolen.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 40-year-old U.S. citizen died after a border inspector shot him with a stun gun at the nation's busiest crossing, authorities said Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Safeway has pulled prepackaged caramel apples from its shelves, the grocery chain said Tuesday, a day after the family of a person who died from a listeria infection linked to the fruit sued the company.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Residents of Los Angeles and some other major cities have another headache to add to their commuting woes - tow truck "bandits" who arrive unsolicited at an accident scene, tow away cars and hold them for ransom for big bucks.
ROSEVILLE (AP) - A Northern California woman made her first court appearance Tuesday after a road rage incident was captured in a dramatic cellphone video that showed a vehicle forcing a car off a mountain highway.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A civil rights group is calling for an independent probe into allegations of excessive and unfair police tactics on a Northern California man because he is Muslim.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has ordered a smartphone application that facilitates the delivery of medical marijuana to stop its activities in Los Angeles and to remove all reference to marijuana delivery within city limits.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown named a former adviser on Tuesday to be the next head of California's troubled utilities commission, replacing a regulatory chief accused of back-channel dealings with utilities.
SALINAS (AP) - A California woman was reunited with her classic Ford Mustang nearly 30 years after it was stolen, when a man tried to register the muscle car at a Department of Motor Vehicles office.
WINDS EASE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BUT MORE ON WAY: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Santa Ana winds were headed toward Southern California on Monday, bringing the possibility of 55 mph gusts and summer-like temperatures just two days before Christmas, forecasters said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California received a double dose of bad drought news on Tuesday, with state officials saying the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is far below normal and that residents again aren't coming close to meeting Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20 percent cut in water use.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Non-resident enrollment will be capped at the University of California's Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses next year to address concerns that California students are being displaced, but the system also does not plan to admit more residents to any of its campuses unless it gets more state funding, university President Janet Napolitano said Tuesday.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Two teachers have been charged with having sex with students and providing alcohol and cocaine to them during an overnight beach camping trip in Southern California.
OAKLAND (AP) - The family of a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain-dead after her sleep apnea operation went awry filed a medical malpractice lawsuit on Tuesday detailing the emotional, chaotic hospital drama that included a court battle over ending life support.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A homeless ex-convict killed on Skid Row by Los Angeles police had an active warrant for violating probation in a bank robbery case, a U.S. marshal said Tuesday.
IRVINE (AP) - Federal agents searched three dozen homes Tuesday in California during a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the U.S., where their babies automatically become American citizens.
FRESNO (AP) - A dozen wells used to pump oil-and-gas in California's Central Valley have been ordered to stop production to protect underground drinking-water from contamination, officials said Tuesday.
MODESTO (AP) - California's Department of Toxic Substances Control says it is suing a glass company for violating recycling laws after it added hazardous waste dust to wine bottles made at its Modesto plant.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The beach at Southern California's "Surf City" turned white with hail as a storm roared ashore Monday behind a late-season winter blast that dropped snow and rain across the drought-stricken region this weekend.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California admissions officers are sifting through a record number of applications, but they have no idea how many new students they can enroll.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police fatally shot a homeless man on Skid Row during a "brutal" videotaped struggle in which a rookie officer cried out that the man had grabbed his gun, the Los Angeles police chief said Monday.
FRESNO (AP) - Water districts that serve 25 million Californians and vast farmland can expect to receive a fraction of the supplies sought from the state during the fourth year of the drought, officials announced Monday.
FREEDOM (AP) - A head-on crash has left four people dead and four others seriously injured when a car packed with teens collided with a pickup truck in rural Santa Cruz County
PLACENTIA (AP) - A Southern California teacher who committed suicide by hanging herself in her classroom was a well-liked 31-year-old photography instructor, authorities said Monday.
TRUCKEE (AP) - Forecasters say Northern California's weekend storms brought as much as 32 inches of snow to the Sierra Nevada mountains.