Stanford researchers could beat heat problem with light-based chip design

Chip designers are running up against a wall as they try to shrink chips down even further: Ultracompact circuitry produces so much heat that it risks melting itself down, but now Stanford researchers have come up with a new approach that could make it easier to design such circuitry on a massive scale. 
Former 49er Ray McDonald arrested for allegedly violating restraining order
Ray McDonald, the former 49ers and Chicago Bears defensive tackle who was arrested Monday after a domestic violence call, was arrested again Wednesday on suspicion of violating a restraining order, Santa Clara police said. 

California drought: San Jose Water Company to allow extra drought allocations for larger families
Silicon Valley's largest water company is changing how it will roll out some of the state's strictest water conservation rules to address complaints that the new per-household allocations unfairly penalize large families. 

Santa Barbara oil spill: Company trying to excavate broken pipeline
Officials from Plains All American Pipeline say they are formulating a site safety plan to excavate the broken section of a pipeline that spilled oil along the California coast. 

Bicyclist killed in Napa County crash was celebrating 1st anniversary
The Napa County coroner's office has identified a bicyclist who died Tuesday afternoon in a collision with a truck in St. Helena as 31-year-old Ohio resident Maria Crozier.  

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.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Johnny Giavotella felt he had no choice but to try and stretch his pinch-hit single against San Diego closer Craig Kimbrel into a double with two out in the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Angels down a run.   Full Story
 
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zack Greinke did his part for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night. The same can't be said for the Dodgers offense or bullpen.   Full Story
 
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A stretch of Manhattan Beach is closed as U.S. Coast Guard scientists investigate mysterious balls of tar or oil that have washed ashore.   Full Story
 
 
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Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield reunited?

'The Amazing Spider-Man' co-stars have been spotted together around L.A. amid reports their romance is back on.