| Jan 7, 2008
The legal battle over lethal injection, which comes before the U.S. Supreme Court today, has been conducted in unusual secrecy, with courts permitting states across the country to keep from lawyers and the public precisely how death row inmates are...
| Mar 30, 2009
| 2:40 PM
A moderate earthquake rattled parts of Silicon Valley today, and there were no immediate reports of damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the temblor had a preliminary magnitude of 4.3, and struck around 10:40 a.m. It was centered 11 miles north of the...
| Jan 11, 2009
The board of the Service Employees International Union has decided to merge 240,000 members from three California locals into one mega-local representing nursing home workers and home health aides, making the yet-unnamed group the nation's second-...
| Jul 31, 2009
California's master plan for higher education, the product of an era of seemingly limitless opportunity, was nearly 30 years old when Nicolette Lafranchi was born in 1988. By the time she turned 20 last year, the plan was working well for her, just as...
| Oct 28, 2007
As the adage goes, tragedy plus time equals comedy. But what does tragedy plus distance equal? California cartoonists naturally addressed the subject of last week's wildfires using morose, anguished imagery. Steve Greenberg went so far as to invoke...
| Oct 23, 2008
Today's question: What has been the experience of states that have parental notification laws? How dangerous are abortions for minors? Previously, Short and Gerace discussed whether parents should be notified before minors receive an abortion.
| Jul 30, 2010
Goji berries, the much-hyped "superfruit" native to China, touted for their medicinal properties and surprisingly delicious too, are now available for the first time as fresh fruit at local farmers markets.
The berries, which sometimes still have their...
| Dec 12, 2007
You say you want to know more about where your food comes from and how it is prepared? At Napa's new Oxbow Public Market that opens this weekend, the butcher and the baker will do their work behind windows that will allow you to observe almost every...
| May 13, 2010
Political party: Republican
Occupation: state insurance commissioner
Age: 53, born Corpus Christi, Texas
City of residence: Los Gatos, Calif.
Personal: wife Carol, one daughter
Education: bachelor's degree in electrical engineering,...
| May 7, 2009
Richard Abraham Herder KG, is recalling 670 Torcofix/Torcoflex and Mountz Torque Wrenches. The company says an internal spring mechanism on the wrench can break, allowing bolts or screws to break or become unscrewed, posing a risk of injury to the user or...
| May 31, 2009
CULVER CITY -- In a chewy chow-lenge, Takeru Kobayashi outlasted Joey Chestnut when the eating titans faced off to see who could devour the most pizzas.
Kobayashi, a six-time world hot dog eating champion from Japan, consumed 5 3/4 P'zones in a six-...