• Last king of Nepal suffers heart attack - 09/21/2014 12:48 AM PDT
    (Dai Sugano, Bay Area News Group)
    Drugging our kids: D'Anthony's story -- 1 foster child, 6 psychiatric drugs, 20 homes

    09/20/2014 04:19 PM PDT
    One teen's story illustrates a disturbing pattern: When it comes to managing challenging childhoods, California's child welfare system relies on expedient choices that often don't work and resists tough ones that do. 
    Out-of-control King Fire hit with record amount of retardant
    09/20/2014 11:55 AM PDT - Firefighters are dropping record-breaking amounts of retardants on a massive Northern California wildfire that is burning explosively because of the prolonged drought.

    Study finds Moss Landing's DeepWater Desal water cheaper than Cal Am's
    09/19/2014 12:32 PM PDT - An independent review has found the proposed DeepWater Desal project at Moss Landing could deliver drinking water for up to 45 percent cheaper than the California American Water North Marina desal plant. 

    Jon Hamm, Kevin Love and Questlove want you to prevent sexual assault
    09/19/2014 01:46 PM PDT - Celebrities back White House 'It's On Us' campaign to stop sexual assault, particularly on college campuses. 

    Marin medical marijuana grower offers water conservation tips
    09/19/2014 10:49 AM PDT - After keeping a low profile for more than two years, George Bianchini, founder and CEO of Medi-Cone, a Marin-based collective that grows and sells medical marijuana, invited the public to visit his West Marin home this week for a demonstration on water conservation.  

    California's high school exit exam pass rate stable at 95.5%
    09/19/2014 08:53 PM PDT - Following gains last year, the percentage of the Class of 2014 passing the high school exit exam by their senior year remained stable at 95.5 percent, keeping the rate at its record high. 

    UC campus chancellors granted hefty pay raises of up to 20 percent
    09/19/2014 10:04 AM PDT - The University of California's board of regents is boosting the six-figure salaries of its chancellors by as much as 20 percent.  

    Drugging Our Kids: California calls for new checks on psych meds for foster kids
    09/19/2014 11:26 AM PDT - In a significant step toward curbing the overuse of psychiatric drugs in California's foster care system, doctors will soon be required to get extra authorization to prescribe antipsychotics, a new safeguard to protect some of the state's most overmedicated children. 

    Northern California wildfire grows more slowly
    09/19/2014 07:21 AM PDT - A wildfire that has driven some 2,800 people from their homes in Northern California is growing but not as substantially as in previous days.  

    King Fire arson suspect is former Santa Cruz man
    09/19/2014 08:33 AM PDT - A 37-year-old former Santa Cruz man with a local criminal history was arrested Wednesday in connection with an El Dorado County wildfire that has grown exponentially and forced nearly 2,800 people to evacuate. 

    UC Berkeley prof nominated for Mexico ambassador
    09/19/2014 05:54 AM PDT - Next ambassador to Mexico could be UC Berkeley law professor Maria Echaveste, former White House deputy chief of staff for Bill Clinton 

    Barry Bonds case: Conviction reversal seems likely
    09/18/2014 08:06 PM PDT - Federal appeals court expresses concern about home run king Barry Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction. 

    #savethewhitedog: Hit during wild L.A. chase, Gordo undergoes surgery to save leg
    09/18/2014 04:13 PM PDT - LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veterinarians on Thursday were trying to save the leg of a fluffy white dog named Gordo who was run down by a stolen van during a wild police chase that was captured live by television helicopters. 

    Prometheus billionaire surfaces with San Francisco rentals
    09/19/2014 06:49 AM PDT - The apartments at City Square in Cupertino feature an on-site gym and private decks that overlook the property's amphitheater, Olympic pool and spa. 

    University of California appoints permanent CFO
    09/18/2014 01:51 PM PDT - Nathan Brostrom will be the UC's new chief financial officer 

    King Fire: Arson arrest in California wildfire that threatens 2,000 homes
    09/18/2014 01:13 PM PDT - Authorities say they have arrested a man on suspicion of arson in a fast-growing Northern California wildfire that has driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes.  

    Ranking of Salinas in 'least educated city' list upsets many
    09/18/2014 11:13 AM PDT - When it comes to education spending, California ranks near the bottom. It's not surprising then that five of its cities were ranked by WalletHub among the top ten 'least educated' in the United States. 

    L.A. school district to give up three grenade launchers, keep 60 M16 rifles
    09/18/2014 10:47 AM PDT - School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.  

    Stanford, Michigan get $10 million for election studies
    09/18/2014 10:32 AM PDT - The National Science Foundation has awarded more than $10 million to researchers at the University of Michigan and Stanford University to conduct a series of surveys on political participation and vote choice in the 2016 presidential election.  

    San Jose woman pleads not guilty to leaving kids in car at North Bay casino
    09/18/2014 08:09 AM PDT - A San Jose woman pleaded not guilty in Sonoma County Superior Court Wednesday morning to two felony child endangerment charges alleging she left her two young children in a parked car while she visited the Graton Resort and Casino near Rohnert Park in June.  

    California wildfire: King Fire rages near Pollock Pines
    09/18/2014 12:18 PM PDT - An out-of-control wildfire that was threatening more than 2,000 homes in Northern California showed explosive growth, consuming tens of thousands of additional acres, fire officials said Thursday.  

    New Uber, Lyft, Sidecar insurance rules signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown
    09/17/2014 04:12 PM PDT - Online ride-sharing companies will provide more insurance for drivers under a law signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, capping a year of intense wrangling between the nascent industry and lawmakers. 

    California wildfires: Pollock Pines threatened by fast-moving King Fire
    09/18/2014 06:09 AM PDT - Just days after a wildfire tore through a small Northern California town and destroyed scores of homes, crews on Wednesday battled another fast-moving blaze in the region that was also threatening residences. 

    Barry Bonds case: Court to rehear home-run king's appeal
    09/18/2014 06:03 AM PDT - Federal appeals court to hear former San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds' bid to overturn obstruction of justice conviction. 

    Campus sexual assault: UC panel says standardize response, punishment
    09/17/2014 03:08 PM PDT - UC should create an independent and confidential advocacy office for sexual assault victims and standardize investigations -- and punishments -- across the system, a UC task force recommends. UC President Janet Napolitano promises to fully fund the system. 

    Decades-old shipwreck off Point Reyes identified by NOAA effort
    09/17/2014 11:37 AM PDT - A 380-foot cargo steamship involved in a deadly collision in the fog off Point Reyes more than 100 years ago has been located by high-tech gear on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, part of a recent effort to look at area shipwrecks.  

    Morgan Hill: Federal appeals court refuses to rehear challenge in American flag T-shirt case
    09/18/2014 06:15 AM PDT - The U.S. Supreme Court is next, an angry attorney for parents vows as a federal appeals court lets stand a ruling that found a South Bay high school had a right to order students wearing American flag T-shirts to turn them inside out during the 2010 Cinco de Mayo celebration. 

    Institute of Medicine urges reforms to improve care for dying people
    09/18/2014 05:29 AM PDT - The long-awaited report released Wednesday by the Institute of Medicine recommends that regular end-of-life conversations become part of patients' primary care, starting at age 18 and that doctors should be paid for time spent on these discussions -- a controversial initiative eliminated from President Barack Obama's health care law. 

    'Easy Rider' chopper for sale; owned for years by Grizzly Adams actor
    09/17/2014 09:10 AM PDT - NEW YORK (AP) -- The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. 

    Poll: Californians mostly aware they have mental health benefits
    09/17/2014 08:14 AM PDT - Most Californians are aware that their health care plans offer mental health services -- aimed at treating ailments ranging from depression to drug abuse to alcoholism -- and they believe such services help people lead productive lives, according to a new Field Poll. But the survey also revealed a lack of understanding about the breadth of mental health assistance available.