Fracking: Oil company sues to overturn San Benito County fracking ban; could affect other counties

Citadel Exploration, a Newport Beach oil company, sued San Benito County on Friday afternoon. The company is attempting to block Measure J, approved by 59 percent of San Benito County voters four months ago.  
Bay Area water agencies get a bit of good news
Thanks to February rain, state expects to be more generous with water this year compared with 2014. 

New Irvington Tunnel latest in Hetch Hetchy water system improvements
The 3.5-mile-long Irvington Tunnel has carried most of the system's water from Sunol Valley to Fremont since 1932, staying in service without a single break since 1966. 

California drought likely a fixture, says Stanford study
Human-caused climate change is increasing the risk of severe drought in California -- boosting the odds that our current crisis will become a fixture of the future, according to a major report Stanford scientists released Monday morning.  

Toilet removal at Santa Cruz beach creates 'poo lagoon,' visitors say
Trotting down the trail to Four Mile Beach in the past few weeks, some surfers have been stunned by the removal of two portable toilets that for years had stood near the end of the trail. 

Late-winter storms spread across areas of California, Southwest
LOS ANGELES -- Parts of California were getting a welcome dose of rain and snow from a storm system moving through the state, while late-winter weather dumped snow elsewhere in the Southwest. 

Urban beekeepers on the upswing in California
Pleasanton plans to drop 1926 ban on beekeeping in residential areas, joining increasing number of cities that allow the hobby  

Celebrate the darkness: Bay Bridge light sculpture to turn off for 11 months
Illuminate the Arts will give out free tea lights and refreshments at the Embarcadero on March 5 and 6 as a thank you to the community when the Bay Lights sculpture is shut off to begin 11 months of maintenance. 

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. cleanup halted for baby harbor seals
Work on the cleanup of the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. in Drakes Estero will come to a halt as harbor seal pups begin to show up in the coming weeks.  

Woodside resident reports seeing mountain lion
A Woodside resident reported seeing a mountain lion Thursday morning on her porch, San Mateo County sheriff's officials said.  

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Taste-Off: The best French macaron cookies

The names may be similar, but don't confuse macarons with dense, chewy macaroons. Macarons are colorful, meringue-like confections made with ground almonds, sugar and egg whites and the fillings range from jam to ganache or buttercream. Here's the scoop on the best -- and ickiest. 
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Maggie Smith is not leaving 'Downton Abbey'

Comments made by the actress were misinterpreted, leading to reports that the Dowager Countess of Grantham would meet her maker in Season 6.