Tips for traveling this holiday season

12/19/2014 04:48 PM PST
Traveling for the holidays? Here are some tips for ground and air travel this holiday season.  
San Jose colleges under federal investigation for campus sexual assault response
12/19/2014 03:20 PM PST - The San Jose-Evergreen Community College District is the subject of faculty complaints, federal probe into prevention and handling of sexual assaults. 

Children of farmworkers uprooted by California rules
12/19/2014 10:57 AM PST - This December, thousands of migrant farmworker children are making their annual trek to new schools in California, but they do so also at other times throughout the country. During growing season, their parents rent low-cost housing in federally subsidized labor camps, but state rules mandate that families move at least 50 miles away when the camps close for the winter. 

Sonoma man shocked repeatedly during booking sues sheriff, deputies
12/19/2014 09:02 AM PST - SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) -- A Sonoma County man who had criminal charges dismissed after video emerged showing correctional deputies beating him and shocking him with a stun gun more than 20 times has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit. 

Redondo Beach: Child is 4th to die after car hits pedestrians
12/19/2014 10:05 AM PST - REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A 6-year-old boy whose mother and two other women were killed when a motorist slammed into a crowd outside a California church has also died from his injuries, authorities said early Friday. 

Judge sets June date for corruption trial of state Sen. Leland Yee and political consultant Keith Jackson
12/19/2014 08:34 AM PST - Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee and political consultant Keith Jackson were given a June 1 date in federal court in San Francisco today for the start of their corruption trial. 

Marchers demand ouster of San Jose Police Officer Phillip White after antagonistic tweets
12/18/2014 07:52 PM PST - About 100 people on Thursday marched from the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office to San Jose police headquarters to demand that Officer Phillip White be fired for Twitter posts that antagonized nationwide protesters lashing out against police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York. 

California drought: Feds forecast good chance of wet conditions for next three months
12/19/2014 07:39 AM PST - On Thursday, federal scientists issued a seasonal forecast that said there is a 75 percent probability of average or above-average precipitation between January and the end of March for California -- the first time in five years that such a wet outlook has been predicted for the state for the first three months of the year. 

California's drought: Flipbook of the maps, 2014
12/18/2014 01:51 PM PST - The maps created by the U.S. Drought Monitor show the severity of California's drought for each week of 2014. 

CSU East Bay hires vice presidents for student affairs, university advancement
12/18/2014 11:45 AM PST - CSU East Bay hires Julie Wong and Tanya Hauck for top jobs in the administration 

Map: See how December rain is easing California's historic drought
12/18/2014 02:17 PM PST - New map shows how the rains in December have eased California's record drought. 

Redondo Beach: 3 killed as car plows into group leaving church Christmas program
12/18/2014 02:49 PM PST - REDONDO BEACH - The death toll from an accident involving an allegedly intoxicated driver and a dozen pedestrians leaving a church in Redondo Beach has climbed to three, and nine victims remain hospitalized, authorities said today. 

Former state Senate Majority Ellen Corbet goes to work for Hayward school district
12/18/2014 08:22 AM PST - Former state Senate Majority Ellen Corbett is the Hayward Unified School District's new executive director of institutional advancement, communications and government relations. 

Health care exchange extends deadline; sign-ups continue to exceed this time last year
12/17/2014 02:22 PM PST - The exchange has extended its former deadline from Monday to midnight this Sunday for consumers to get new insurance or change insurance plans in time for coverage to take effect with the new year.

Cal Maritime in Vallejo ranked among best colleges for 'bang for the buck'
12/17/2014 11:54 AM PST - According to the recently released Washington Monthly's College Guide, California Maritime Academy ranks among best colleges nationally for best 'bang for the buck.'  

Petaluma man arrested as suspect in graffiti vandalism from Santa Cruz to Seattle
12/17/2014 11:30 AM PST - Police arrested a 21-year-old Petaluma man Monday, who they say is responsible for vandalism crimes up and down the West Coast including Santa Cruz.  

Polanski lawyers accuse prosecutors of misconduct
12/17/2014 12:15 PM PST - The seemingly endless quest by Los Angeles authorities to extradite film director Roman Polanski has taken a new twist with the 81-year-old director renewing his fight to be free of his prosecutors.  

Tahoe teen's death in storm raises family's suspicions
12/17/2014 08:44 AM PST - The family of a 14-year-old boy who was found dead after he was reported missing last week at Lake Tahoe is criticizing police for failing to act quicker.  

Rain could spell trouble for California water conservation
12/17/2014 08:34 AM PST - After California's driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state's first heavy downpours in years.  

Northern California woman arrested after driving stolen car to jail visit
12/16/2014 10:40 AM PST - A Northern California woman is under arrest after she reportedly drove a stolen van to the Tehama County Jail to visit her husband, who was arrested last week on suspicion of stealing a vehicle.  

Appeals court upholds condom use in LA porn films
12/16/2014 10:37 AM PST - A Los Angeles County ordinance requiring actors in pornographic films to use condoms does not violate the porn industry's First Amendment rights of free expression, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.  

Man uses gasoline in Stockton in murder-suicide
12/16/2014 10:34 AM PST - Stockton police say a man suspected of attacking his estranged wife used gasoline to burn her and himself to death.  

Southwest bag workers picketing over flight delays
12/16/2014 10:33 AM PST - Saying Southwest Airlines is neglecting workers and its customers, baggage handlers are bringing attention to the company's slide in on-time performance as they seek a new contract.  

Earthquake early-warning system gets $5 million from Congress
12/16/2014 12:37 PM PST - The West Coast's ShakeAlert system gets federal funding. 

El Torito founder dies; brought mild Mexican food to 1950s U.S.
12/16/2014 10:30 AM PST - CORONA DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) -- Larry J. Cano, the founder of the El Torito restaurant chain who helped popularize guacamole, fajitas and margaritas with the U. 

Bill Maher still expected to keynote Cal's winter commencement Saturday
12/16/2014 06:24 AM PST - UC-Berkeley’s keynote speaker for winter commencement Saturday will be there, despite student protests  

California Lottery's new prize: Michelin-starred meal at French Laundry
12/16/2014 05:59 AM PST - The winner of the California Lottery's newest promotion will soon be dining on Michelin-starred cuisine -- 18 courses' worth, plus paired wines -- at The French Laundry, the Wine Country restaurant owned by acclaimed chef Thomas Keller.

200-pound Rudolph statue taken from LA-area neighborhood
12/15/2014 09:17 AM PST - Thieves have made off with a statue of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer that's been a holiday fixture in a Los Angeles-area neighborhood for 50 years.  

Missing Lake Tahoe boy killed by tree during storm
12/15/2014 08:07 AM PST - SOUTH LAKE TAHOE -- Police believe a teenage boy who was reported missing in Northern California was fatally struck by a 50-foot-tall tree that fell during last week's storm. 

Irene Dalis: Superstar mezzo-soprano and founder of Opera San Jose, dies at 89
12/15/2014 11:22 AM PST - At San Jose State, where she first attended school and later held a position as professor of music, Dalis developed so many world-class opera singers out of her Opera Workshop program that she went on to form Opera San Jose in 1984.