Parents sue county, landlord over Santa Barbara rampage

The parents of the first three victims of a deadly rampage in Santa Barbara last year are suing the county, the Sheriff's Department and the apartment building where the killer lived, contending they ignored numerous warning signs that he was violent and unstable.  
Green Bay Packer player arrested on suspicion of public intoxication in Vacaville
Green Bay Packers defensive back Jarrett Bush was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication after a disturbance outside of a downtown Vacaville restaurant early Sunday morning, Vacaville city spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said.  

California paraglider falls to his death; teen daughter survives
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say a Santa Barbara man fell 1,000 feet to his death in a paragliding accident while his teenage daughter, who was flying in tandem with him, survived. 

Filoli uprising over -- only 100 volunteers of 1,300 expected to quit
Anger over a new 'volunteer agreement' split workers at the mansion and English Renaissance Gardens at the lush estate in Woodside 

Southern California beach iced over by surprise hailstorm
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. 

Hinkley: A town with no future

Special report on the chromium-tainted desert town made famous in "Erin Brockovich."

California budget crisis

Get all the latest news and links to resources as the state battles another fiscal mess.

Special report: High-speed rail

Get the latest news on the project to connect S.F. and L.A. Or see the interactive map and Twitter feed.

Special report: Same-sex marriage

Check out full coverage of the California ruling legalizing gay marriage and the passage of Proposition 8 to reject it.

(Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)
Taste-Off: The best French macaron cookies

The names may be similar, but don't confuse macarons with dense, chewy macaroons. Macarons are colorful, meringue-like confections made with ground almonds, sugar and egg whites and the fillings range from jam to ganache or buttercream. Here's the scoop on the best -- and ickiest.