California's affirmative action ban bolstered by Supreme Court ruling
04/22/2014 07:23 PM PDT
By upholding a Michigan law nearly identical to California's, the ruling left only a legislative -- or ballot initiative -- route for allowing racial and gender preferences in public college admissions, contracts and hiring. But that path, too, is now littered with obstacles.
Failure of Warriors' waterfront arena the latest in a long line of bay development defeats
04/22/2014 09:29 PM PDT - Since the 1970s, environmental opposition has made it nearly impossible for any major project that would fill or block San Francisco Bay to win approval
California foreclosure starts rise this year
04/22/2014 03:51 PM PDT - California home foreclosure starts increased from January through March after plunging to an eight-year low in the previous quarter, a research firm said Tuesday.
Apple vs. Samsung: Google agreed to protect Samsung against some of Apple's patent claims
04/22/2014 04:54 PM PDT - Apple reveals deal showing Google agreed to indemnify Samsung against some of the patent claims in their multibillion-dollar patent feud.
Tesla seeking workers for ex-Chrysler site in Central Valley
04/22/2014 02:31 PM PDT - Tesla Motors has leased an idled parts-distribution facility in Lathrop, near Tracy, where it plans to hire engineers and technicians as the maker of luxury electric cars expands operations.
Reward offered in mutilation of pelican
04/22/2014 01:20 PM PDT - A bird rescue organization says a pelican found with its pouch slashed will undergo surgery in Southern California.
Guns, badges stolen during police charity football game
04/22/2014 11:04 AM PDT - Police say guns, badges and other items belonging to San Diego-area law enforcement personnel were stolen during a weekend charity football game in Los Angeles.
Jet wheel stowaways: How they're able to survive
04/22/2014 08:21 AM PDT - LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite the subzero temperatures and lack of oxygen, people can survive even a long journey in the wheel well of a jetliner.
U.S. Supreme Court upholds Michigan anti-affirmative action law, California's Prop. 209 stands
04/22/2014 12:49 PM PDT - U.S. Supreme Court upholds Michigan law that forbids affirmative action in public programs, dooming further legal attacks on California's identical 1996 voter-approved Proposition 209
Southern California man bites off woman's fingertip during fight
04/22/2014 08:37 AM PDT - Police say a man bit off a woman's fingertip during fight in Southern California.
San Jose's first female mayor, Janet Gray Hayes, has died at 87
04/21/2014 09:15 PM PDT - Janet Gray Hayes, who became San Jose's first female mayor 40 years ago and sparked a late-20th-century women's movement in elective politics, died Monday at about 4:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Retirement Community where she had been living, her daughter, Megan Hayes, said. She was 87.
Apple vs. Samsung: Smartphone rivals billions apart in value of patent feud
04/22/2014 08:33 AM PDT - Samsung expert tells federal jury that even if Samsung loses patent case, Apple owed just $38 million in damages, far cry from the $2.2 billion the iPhone maker has demanded in trial
Leon Panetta to speak at St. Mary's College commencement
04/21/2014 02:44 PM PDT - Leon Panetta, former defense secretary, will speak at St. Mary's College of California's commencement May 24.
Northern California man says he was on Everest during fatal avalanche
04/21/2014 10:43 AM PDT - A California man said he was on Mount Everest when an avalanche struck that killed at least 13 people.
San Jose State racial bias fixes have long, unfulfilled history
04/19/2014 04:59 PM PDT - San Jose State task force expects action on its new plan to combat racial bias and hate crimes but has concerns about previous plans, studies that were ignored
UC Berkeley sexual assault policies draw U.S. agency probe
04/18/2014 03:59 PM PDT - UC Berkeley students' complaint prompts a federal investigation into Cal's handling of sexual assault cases
American flag T-shirt case: Republican congressmen join legal flap over Cinco de Mayo incident at South Bay high school
04/18/2014 04:05 PM PDT - Republican lawmakers, conservative groups back former Live Oak High School students' families in federal appeals court battle over 2010 incident on Cinco de Mayo, when students were ordered to remove American flag T-shirts
California drought: March rains mean small increase in water supply, but not enough to make a major difference
04/18/2014 06:38 PM PDT - California's drought-stricken farms and cities were told they would get slightly more water from the State Water Project than expected, but water shortages persist and the basic picture has not changed.
Bill to let California retailers keep selling alligator products rolls toward vote
04/18/2014 01:45 PM PDT - Rodeo Drive's high-fashion boutiques are making fast progress persuading California lawmakers to let them keep selling luxury goods made from alligator skin, including purses, wallets, boots, shoes and watch bands.
Former 49ers CEO Carmen Policy having a good year with wine and song
04/18/2014 01:07 PM PDT - Carmen Policy will never consider himself a song writer. Heck, he's still getting used to this winery-owner thing.
911 calls capture chaos after Northern California truck-on-bus crash
04/18/2014 09:06 AM PDT - With shrieks in the background, a shocked passenger struggled to recount to an emergency dispatcher how a FedEx tractor-trailer smashed into a tour bus carrying high school students. In other 911 calls released Thursday, other witnesses described explosions after the fiery wreck that left 10 people dead.
California voters approve state paying for universal preschool, poll finds
04/18/2014 08:12 AM PDT - California voters, by a 57 percent majority, approve extending public schooling to 4-year-olds, even if it costs the state an additional $1.4 billion, according to a Field Poll released Friday. The majority support comes from even those without children under age 6.
San Jose State racial bias panel: Diversity training must happen
04/18/2014 04:18 PM PDT - A special task force convened at San Jose State after allegations of relentless bullying of a black student by his white roommates tells President Mo Qayoumi all eyes will be on him as he considers their recommendations.
Missed the Obamacare deadline? Short-term plans are better than nothing
04/20/2014 05:38 PM PDT - Insurance industry and health care experts say the Affordable Care Act won’t allow you to get comprehensive health coverage again until Jan. 1. But if you’re worried about an unexpected medical problem before then, there is a last resort: short-term health insurance.
Political Blotter: House members cheer tougher penalties for illegal pot grows
04/17/2014 03:19 PM PDT - Local House members cheer tougher federal penalties for illegal marijuana grows on trespassed lands; also, Congressman Eric Swalwell far outraises his challengers.
Leland Yee case: Feds again vow to add racketeering charges against most defendants
04/17/2014 02:40 PM PDT - Federal prosecutors say 'RICO is coming' in case against state Sen. Leland Yee and 28 defendants tied up in sweeping political corruption and organized crime probe. Still unknown: Will legislator face the added federal charge
Prop 8 lawyer's views on gay marriage evolving
04/17/2014 11:42 AM PDT - WASHINGTON -- The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman.
Obamacare sign-ups beat projections in U.S., California
04/17/2014 05:56 PM PDT - Capping six months of open enrollment under the new federal health care law, 8 million Americans, including 1.4 million Californians, signed up for a private health insurance plan. Millions more enrolled in Medicaid plans.
Relocation offers pour in for Sriracha maker
04/17/2014 07:22 AM PDT - A hot sauce company accused of stinking up the atmosphere around its Southern California plant is being peppered with offers to relocate.
Prop. 13 poll: Nearly half of voters open to changing it
04/17/2014 09:24 AM PDT - When asked in a general way if they favor making some changes, 49 percent of registered voters said they support the idea while 34 percent are opposed, the poll found.
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Mead steps outside the Renaissance Fair
Bored with chardonnay and IPA? Explore mead, the ancient honey beverage and fastest growing segment of the American alcohol industry, with sales up 130 percent from 2012 to 2013. In the Bay Area, fine artisanal mead is being crafted in a variety of styles, from the hop-fermented mead at The Mead Kitchen in Berkeley to sparkling mead at Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes.
(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Oprah Winfrey sued by her stepmom
Barbara Winfrey claims Oprah kicked her out of her own Nashville home following a divorce.