Courtesy San Rafael Fire Department
A pilot escaped serious injury when his small plane flipped on takeoff Saturday at the private San Rafael Airport.  
 
All lanes of Interstate highway 80 in Berkeley are open this morning after a traffic collision sent at least one person to Highland Hospital with a major head injury, according to the California Highway Patrol.  
 
Millions of oysters are rotting away at a beach along Drakes Estero near Inverness. It shouldn't be that way, says Kevin Lunny, owner of the Drakes Bay Oyster Co.  
 
Courtesy Davis Perkins
After six weeks serving as a volunteer treating Ebola patients in Liberia, Davis Perkins relaxed Friday on his living room couch in San Rafael.  
 
Gary Klien — Marin Independent Journal
Several people were taken to the hospital when a limousine traveling downhill from the Marin Headlands on Saturday afternoon crashed into two southbound cars on Highway 101 just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the California Highway Patrol reported.  
 
Californians are crossing their fingers for more rain after three punishing years of drought have left streams, rivers and wetland parched. One animal has the potential to restore these dry landscapes.  
 
No one was hurt this morning in a standoff between police and a man with a gun in the 300 block of Catron Avenue, said Officer J. Moore.  
 
Dai Sugano
Part 4 of the series: One doctor's daring approach allowed a troubled girl to emerge from years of a drug-induced haze. Could the success of that experiment provide a model for California to reconsider the use of psychiatric meds on foster children?  
 
Patrick Tehan
In the rainiest December in decades, a small group of residents in the Santa Cruz Mountains community of Aldercroft Heights is protesting strict water limits and severe penalties imposed by the volunteers who run the neighborhood water board and fear the Los Gatos Creek that supplies their water could still run dry.  
 
An 18-year-old woman was killed in a double shooting in Martinez on Friday evening, on the fifth anniversary of her older brother's own brutal murder, police and family said.