UC Berkeley celebrates free speech movement's 50th anniversary

09/30/2014 05:56 AM PDT
The free speech movement made an unmistakable stamp on UC Berkeley, a campus that now prides itself on its legacy of social activism.  
UC, CSU to start loan program for students who entered the country illegally
09/29/2014 06:43 PM PDT - UC, CSU to start loan program for students who entered the country illegally 

University of California to make changes for LGBT students, employees
09/30/2014 05:54 AM PDT - To make transgender students and employees feel more welcome on campus, the University of California will add preferred names to student records and convert single-stall restrooms into gender-neutral facilities, UC's president announced Monday. 

Bill Gates ranked richest American by Forbes
09/30/2014 06:07 AM PDT - Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates topped Forbes' latest list of the 400 richest Americans for the 21st straight year.  

Bachelor's degrees coming soon to some California community colleges
09/30/2014 05:55 AM PDT - Signed into law Sunday, Senate Bill 850 would allow 15 colleges across the state to start bachelor's degree programs -- just one each -- not offered at California State University or the University of California.  

California's drought linked to greenhouse gases, climate change in Stanford study
09/30/2014 06:19 AM PDT - Stanford study concludes California's extraordinary drought is linked to the abundance of greenhouse gases created by burning fossil fuels. It is one of the most comprehensive studies to investigate the connection between climate change and California's ongoing drought. 

Campus sexual assault: Brown signs 'affirmative consent' bill
09/29/2014 02:57 PM PDT - Senate Bill 967, signed into law Sunday by Gov. Jerry Brown, states that a person's silence or lack of resistance does not imply a green light, that consent can be withdrawn at any time, and that it's the responsibility of both -- or all -- involved to be sure a sexual act is desired. 

California's water agencies look to budget water
09/29/2014 07:25 AM PDT - As California's severe drought continues, state and local agencies are looking at budgeting water use by creating a daily water allocation for each household.  

Gov. Brown vetoes bill limiting drone surveillance
09/29/2014 07:20 AM PDT - Gov. Jerry Brown's office announced Sunday that he has vetoed a bill that would have placed strict limits on law enforcement agencies using unmanned aerial drones for surveillance.  

Dog drowned in Northern California river with bowling ball
09/29/2014 12:43 PM PDT - Police say a dog was found drowned with a bowling ball tied to it in a Northern California river and they're looking for a suspect. 

Magnitude-4.4 quake rattles San Benito County, felt in Monterey County
09/29/2014 06:25 AM PDT - A 4.4-magnitude earthquake struck an area of San Benito County and was felt in some parts of Monterey County, according to the U. 

Governor Brown signs bill blocking school expulsion for 'willful defiance'
09/29/2014 06:15 AM PDT - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law to prevent California schools from expelling students for willfully defying school authorities.  

Gov. Brown signs bill to reform initiative process
09/28/2014 07:38 PM PDT - Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Saturday a bill that he said will modernize California's century-old initiative process and provide better information to voters on ballot measures. 

Kaiser Permanente pioneer Dr. Morris Collen dies at 100
09/29/2014 08:06 PM PDT - Collenwas one of the world's foremost authorities on medical informatics, a field that ultimately helped Kaiser Permanente to become a leader in electronic health records. 

Bay Bridge officials concerned about rod corrosion
09/29/2014 06:17 AM PDT - State transportation officials are trying to determine if giant steel rods on the Bay Bridge's new eastern span have been damaged by exposure to water.  

King Fire: Crews make more progress
09/28/2014 07:20 PM PDT - SACRAMENTO -- Additional rain and high humidity allowed crews to make even more progress toward taming a massive wildfire in Northern California, officials said Sunday. 

Castle Rock State Park: Grand new entrance proposed for Silicon Valley's hidden gem
09/29/2014 10:33 AM PDT - The Sempervirens Fund plans a $7.7 million project with parking lot, visitor center, amphitheater, new trails and restrooms at Castle Rock State Park  

Pumpkins shaped like Frankenstein's head are a hit
09/29/2014 12:58 PM PDT - Pumpkins grown inside plastic molds to resemble Frankenstein's head are in high demand for Halloween. 

Prop. 46: Family's tragedy sparks clash of special-interest titans
09/29/2014 08:14 AM PDT - What started as a Danville couple's crusade for justice for their dead children has become a war between some of California's most powerful special interests and the year's costliest ballot measure battle. 

Cal State University strips official status from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
09/28/2014 05:33 PM PDT - After refusing to eliminate a requirement that leaders affirm a doctrine of faith, a Christian student organization has returned to Cal State University this fall without the financial help, recruitment opportunities and community standing other groups enjoy. 

UC Berkeley scientist says drought has weakened sudden oak death, now the time to go on the offensive
09/28/2014 04:28 PM PDT - A University of California at Berkeley scientist studying sudden oak death says California's drought has reduced the pathogen's presence in some areas, including parts of Marin, and now is the time to go on the offensive against the scourge.  

Marin-based Standard & Poor's analyst says rising income inequality hurting state tax revenue
09/28/2014 03:47 PM PDT - Rising income inequality is undermining the growth of tax revenue in states across the United States, according to a new report by Gabriel Petek of San Rafael, an analyst with Standard & Poor's Ratings Services.  

Political Blotter: Former challenger praises Brown for DNA law
09/27/2014 04:51 PM PDT - Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a conservative former gubernatorial candidate, praises Gov. Jerry Brown for signing his DNA privacy bill; also, marijuana advocates look toward the 2016 ballot, and President Barack Obama will return to the Bay Area next month. 

Reality check: New anti-Prop. 46 ad misleads with database scare
09/28/2014 01:01 PM PDT - New ad against Prop. 46 intentionally misleads voters. 

California ATM heists: Pair allegedly stole $460,000 using computer code and brute force
09/27/2014 09:09 AM PDT - LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two Southern California men used the Jaws of Life or other power tools to crack open Chase bank ATMs and steal more than $460,000, federal prosecutors said Friday. 

Dramatic image of woman hiding on roof: Not guilty plea by alleged L.A. intruder
09/27/2014 08:53 AM PDT - LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A man accused of breaking into a woman's house in Venice and following her onto the roof as she tried to escape has been charged in the case. 

Quake retrofit scofflaws ignore compliance at public's peril, officials say
09/28/2014 12:50 PM PDT - Brian Silver fought the city for decades against retrofitting his downtown Napa building, and it ultimately suffered major damage in the Aug. 24 quake. He argues that he actually saved the historic downtown years ago when the city wanted to raze his block. 

Bay Area agencies reflect amid debate over military equipment use
09/28/2014 06:54 PM PDT - Police departments have increasingly taken on paramilitary functions since the advent of the modern SWAT team in the 1960s. 

Jerry Brown calls election to replace convicted senator
09/26/2014 04:04 PM PDT - Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a special election to fill the seat vacated by a former lawmaker convicted of voter fraud.  

Mexican cartel leader's son pleads guilty in San Diego
09/26/2014 01:43 PM PDT - The son of one of the world's most wanted drug lords has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in San Diego.  

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Today's Music Picks: Elton John follows 'Yellow Brick Road' to San Jose

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elton John celebrates his iconic 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' album at SAP Center in San Jose. 
(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)
Amanda Bynes arrested on suspicion of DUI

Say it ain’t so: The actress who seemed on the mend after rehab is busted in San Fernando Valley after stopping car in middle of an intersection.