RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (AP) — Rescuers combing Southern California's Cleveland National Forest for two lost hikers said late Wednesday they weren't giving up hope the pair would be found alive despite a fruitless third day of searching.There is no evidence of foul play and authorities believe the teens are in the area, in part because a 911 call made before their cell phone died was traced to a cell tower near the location, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. John Muir. Read More
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The woman who married a notorious Rockefeller impostor and bore his child told jurors in his murder trial Tuesday her story of a 12-year-marriage to a man whose identity was a lie.
Sandy Boss said she was charmed by the bright, quirky man who called himself Clark Rockefeller and she believed everything he told her about himself.
They met in 1993 when she was studying for her MBA at Harvard and was invited to a cocktail party at his New York apartment. The theme was the game "Clue," and they came in costume. Read More
SACRAMENTO — California women who have dense breast tissue will get more information following their routine examinations under a state law that took effect Monday.Women with that type of tissue must be notified of that finding after a mammogram. Health professionals say as many as four in 10 women over the age of 40 have dense breast tissue, which can make it more difficult to detect cancer.Patients with such tissue also will be told that their doctor can recommend additional screening options. Read More
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Four people were hurt Sunday when a driver crashed his car into a Wal-Mart and then assaulted customers inside, officials said.
The man hit two cars in the parking lot at about 11:15 a.m. with his red Oldsmobile Cutlass sedan then crashed through the storefront near the pharmacy and collided with a beer display before stopping, police and witnesses said.
The unidentified driver then got out of his car and used a blunt object to attack people, San Jose police Officer Albert Morales said. The driver was arrested when officers arrived. Read More
FRESNO, Calif. — California water officials said Wednesday that a $14 billion twin-tunnel plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta would restore the ecosystem and reduce deaths of threatened fish, although during dry years the delta smelt would be killed at the same rate as today.
During water-scarce years, the existing pumps in the south portion of the delta would continue to divert most of the water, cause reverse flows and kill the fish that get caught in the machinery, according to an analysis in new draft chapters released by the California Resources Agency. Read More
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney says a disabled man was awarded $8,000 by Disneyland after the "It's A Small World" ride broke, stranding him for a half hour while the theme song played continuously.
Lawyer David Geffen says Jose Martinez didn't medically stabilize for three hours after the ride broke down in 2009.
Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said the Anaheim theme park believes it provided appropriate assistance during the incident, and is disappointed that the court did not fully agree. Read More
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Big change is coming to the lives of the lesbian couple at the center of the fight for same-sex marriage in California no matter how the Supreme Court decides their case.After 13 years of raising four boys together, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier are about to be empty nesters. Their youngest two children, 18-year-old twins, will graduate from high school in June and head off to college a couple of months later. Read More
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five former city councilors in a small, blue-collar Los Angeles suburb that became a symbol of political greed were convicted Wednesday of stealing taxpayer money by creating a panel that helped boost their part-time pay to nearly $100,000 a year. Read More
LOS ANGELES (AP) — YouTube says more than 1 billion people are now visiting its online video site each month to watch everything from zany clips of cute kittens to sobering scenes of social unrest around the world.
The milestone was announced Wednesday at a splashy event in Santa Monica that was aimed at advertisers and featured performances from some of the website's biggest stars, such as the bands CDZA and Monsters Calling Home. It marks another step in YouTube's evolution from a quirky startup launched in 2005 to one of the most influential forces in today's media landscape. Read More
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California faculty leaders have endorsed a letter that opposes legislation to allow public college students to earn degree credits for online courses from outside education providers, officials said Tuesday.
The letter was overwhelmingly approved by the executive council of the UC Academic Senate and "raises grave concerns" about the bill introduced last week by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, said Robert Powell, chair of the Academic Senate. Read More