San Francisco judge denies request by 'Shrimp Boy's' attorney to toss racketeering case

A federal judge on Thursday refused to throw out a racketeering case against Raymond 'Shrimp Boy' Chow, who was arrested in a money laundering and corruption probe centered in San Francisco's Chinatown that also led to charges against California state Sen. Leland Yee.  
California's plan to absorb medically fragile children into managed care proves controversial
Beginning next year, state officials essentially want to fold the $2 billion program, which serves an estimated 180,000 children younger than 21, into its vast system of Medi-Cal managed care.
 

California Drought State and Bay Area readies for El Nino storms
While drought-plagued California is eager for rain, the forecast of a potentially Godzilla-like El Nino event has communities clearing out debris basins, urging residents to stock up on emergency supplies and even talking about how a deluge could affect the 50th Super Bowl.  

California man hospitalized after trying to take selfie with snake
A Lake Elsinore man may have to lose is hand after he picked up a rattlesnake in order to take a selfie with it.  

Mountain lion takes pet poodle from Southern California yard
BURBANK -- Police are warning residents to keep a close eye on pets after a mountain lion snatched a pet poodle from the backyard of a Burbank hillside home. 

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.