Man dies after lightning strikes 14 in Venice Beach and Catalina Island

07/27/2014 08:26 PM PDT
A coroner's official says a 20-year-old man has died after lightning struck 14 people at popular Venice Beach in Los Angeles and Catalina Island.  
Neel Kashkari is running the best campaign that money can't buy
07/27/2014 06:31 PM PDT - Republican candidate for governor Neel Kashkari is hosting radio shows, pushing for debates, even marching in parades -- anything he can do without spending his scant money, while Gov. Jerry Brown watches and waits. 

One injured in Mountain View apartment complex carport fire
07/27/2014 07:06 AM PDT - One person suffered minor injuries Saturday afternoon in a 2-alarm fire at a Mountain View apartment complex carport fire on Latham Street. 

Political Blotter: Congressional Soccer Caucus sets a goal
07/26/2014 05:04 PM PDT - The Congressional Soccer Caucus (who knew we had one?) pushes for labor reforms ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar; also, 'the Brown is the new green' anti-drought slogan puts the governor's name on signs around the state. 

Obamacare: 'Health care sharing ministries' increase membership in wake of new law
07/27/2014 05:12 AM PDT - Promising to adhere to a "biblical lifestyle," more than 300,000 Americans are taking advantage of a little-known provision in the nation's health care law that allows them to avoid the new penalties for not having health insurance. 

Dublin man battles tax officials over granddaughter's six-dollar refund
07/27/2014 10:27 PM PDT - Apparently never before in California history has someone battled the state Franchise Tax Board to make sure his young grandchild didn't hold on to her first-ever tax refund.

Concern mounting over Prime Healthcare pursuit of Bay Area hospitals
07/26/2014 06:54 AM PDT - A controversial Southern California-based hospital chain that buys financially struggling hospitals has surfaced as a bidder for the beleaguered Daughters of Charity Health System, which operates four Bay Area hospitals that serve the poor. But the overture concerns local hospital employee unions.

Corinthian Colleges agrees to warn California students it plans to sell schools
07/25/2014 04:21 PM PDT - Sued by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Corinthian Colleges agrees to warn California students it plans to sell Heald, WyoTech and Everest colleges. 

Open space tax placed on November Silicon Valley ballot
07/25/2014 02:11 PM PDT - The Santa Clara County Open Space Authority will ask voters in November to consider a $24 annual parcel tax to build trails and buy parks and wildlife habitat. The measure needs a two-thirds majority to pass. 

Leland Yee: New racketeering count against California state senator adds to gravity of case
07/25/2014 09:47 PM PDT - A federal grand jury has added a racketeering charge --typically reserved for mob bosses -- to the accusations against state Sen. Leland Yee, already accused of corruption and conspiring to buy and sell weapons. 

Vandalism suspect fatally shot by LA officers
07/25/2014 12:11 PM PDT - Los Angeles police say a vandalism suspect has been shot to death by officers in the Van Nuys area.

Database details California school employee pay
07/25/2014 10:05 AM PDT - California teachers earned an average of about $85,000 per year in salary and benefits last year, while 100 superintendents made more than $250,000 each, according to data provided by hundreds of school districts statewide.  

Lane-splitting guidelines removed from CHP website
07/25/2014 09:08 AM PDT - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The California Highway Patrol has taken down safety guidelines for a sometimes criticized but legal driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stopped traffic by driving between lanes. 

Heald, other Corinthian-owned colleges continue to recruit students as company closes
07/24/2014 11:16 PM PDT - Heald, WyoTech and other Corinthian-owned colleges have continued to recruit students as the company prepares to sell and close its campuses. 

California Coastal Commission ratchets up legal pressure on billionaire Vinod Khosla
07/25/2014 08:18 AM PDT - Martin's Beach access fight at center of battle between environmentalists and Vinod Khosla.  

High-speed rail Pacheco Pass route upheld by appeals court
07/24/2014 09:30 PM PDT - A state appeals court on Thursday upheld a proposed route for California's high-speed rail line connecting the San Francisco Bay Area to the Central Valley. 

South Lake Tahoe hotel burns; 2 people leap from balcony
07/24/2014 03:42 PM PDT - SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) -- A fire at a South Lake Tahoe hotel forced two people to jump to safety from a second-story balcony and caused $2 million in damage, officials said Thursday. 

Water restrictions backed by 75 percent of Californians, new poll says
07/24/2014 12:09 PM PDT - Support for restrictions stretches across the state and tops 80 percent in Los Angeles, where water use has barely budged since Gov. Jerry Brown declared the drought earlier this year, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California. 

California State University lowers fall enrollment growth by 50 percent
07/23/2014 10:05 AM PDT - Enrollment growth at California State University will be cut by half this fall -- from 20,000 to about 10,000 additional students -- after state funding fell short of expectations.  

Obama in Bay Area for two fundraisers; Republicans criticize trip
07/23/2014 12:45 PM PDT - President Barack Obama arrived at San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday night for a fundraising trip to the Bay Area. 

Comic-Con: Sneak peek at most-anticipated previews
07/23/2014 01:20 PM PDT - Like Batman responding to a beaming Bat signal in the sky, fans are streaming to San Diego for the 45th annual Comic-Con pop culture extravaganza.  

California whooping cough epidemic: Latinos vigilant about vaccinating children
07/22/2014 11:04 PM PDT - Latinos who live in southern Santa Cruz County have higher vaccination rates and a dramatically lower incidence of whooping cough than the more affluent white population in the northern end of the county, according to data reported by schools and the county health department.

Property taxes could pay for $25 billion Delta tunnels without public vote
07/23/2014 05:53 PM PDT - The Santa Clara Valley Water District, Metropolitan Water District and others have the authority to raise property taxes without the usual two-thirds requirement under Proposition 13 -- and may use it to fund Gov. Jerry Brown's Delta tunnels plan.

Brown lawns can't draw penalties from homeowners associations under new California law
07/23/2014 10:00 AM PDT - Homeowners associations can no longer fine residents who fail to water their lawns during droughts under legislation sponsored by a San Jose lawmaker.

Bryman College owner with San Jose, Hayward schools files for bankruptcy
07/22/2014 03:48 PM PDT - Bryman College campuses in San Jose, San Francisco, Hayward, and Los Angeles could close or be sold as parent company BioHealth goes to bankruptcy court. 

George Harrison memorial tree killed by beetles
07/22/2014 12:12 PM PDT - LOS ANGELES ( -- A tree planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison has been killed -- by beetles. 

Stanford law professor named to California Supreme Court
07/24/2014 01:18 PM PDT - Gov. Jerry Brown nominates Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar to replace Justice Marvin Baxter on the state's high court, capping immigrant's journey from growing up in Mexican border town to legal star. 

Murder charges filed in Stockton bank robbery
07/22/2014 08:16 AM PDT - A 19-year-old California man was charged Monday with three counts of murder in the deaths of a hostage and two alleged accomplices, and 22 counts of attempted murder of police officers in a bank robbery and running gun battle.  

Cause of deaths in Northern California FedEx truck-bus crash released
07/22/2014 08:13 AM PDT - Authorities have released the cause of death for nine of the 10 victims of a Northern California crash between a charter bus full of students and a FedEx tractor-trailer.  

Listeria warning: California fruit recalled; retailers include Costco, Trader Joe's
07/23/2014 01:17 PM PDT - A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.  

This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno.