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.
SONOMA . (AP) - Overstock.com has been ordered to pay more than $6.8 million after a judge ruled the online retailer engaged in false advertising and unlawful business practices in Sonoma County and throughout California.
ALTURAS (AP) - Police say four people are dead and two others are wounded in a shooting Thursday inside an American Indian tribal headquarters in Northern California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California has reached the breaking point, says Tim Draper. The Silicon Valley venture capitalist is pushing a proposal to crack the nation's most populous state into smaller pieces - six of them.
MILPITAS (AP) - A Northern California convenience store that sold the sole winning ticket to the $425 million Powerball jackpot received a $1 million check on Thursday, as state lottery officials waited for the winner of the one of the largest jackpots in U.S. history to come forward.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has eased requirements for obtaining a concealed-weapons permit.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers approved a pair of bills Thursday to strengthen the authority of California's campaign watchdog agency and require political nonprofits to reveal their donors, changes that will be in effect for this year's elections if signed into law by the governor.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Mexican business tycoon was charged Thursday with illegally funneling more than $500,000 to support San Diego politicians in a widening campaign finance scandal.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death penalty of a woman convicted of poisoning her husband to collect on a life insurance policy.
LAKEPORT (AP) - Three decades after it was stolen, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air has been returned to a Northern California man - in better shape than when he originally owned it.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The gap between the wealthy and the poor is most extreme in several of the United States' most prosperous and largest cities.
PLEASONTON (AP) - Safeway says it's in talks to possibly put itself up for sale.
CALIFORNIA HEALTH EXCHANGE TOPS 800,000 SIGN-UPS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - More than 800,000 Californians have signed up for insurance through mid-February on the state's health care exchange.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California's commuter train network has become an early adopter of crash-avoidance technology that one of its own horrific accidents helped make mandatory.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Attorneys general from border states are planning a trip to Mexico this spring as prosecutors from the two countries fight trafficking in people, guns and drugs, among other crimes, California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawyers and consumer groups have started gathering signatures for a ballot measure to increase the $250,000 limit on some damages, including pain and suffering, in medical malpractice suits.