(Laura A. Oda/Staff)
El Niño: So when will it start raining?

10/08/2015 01:46 PM PDT
One of the strongest El Niño winters ever recorded since modern records first began in 1950 continues to grow in the Pacific Ocean, federal scientists reported Thursday. 
San Leandro home invasion suspect crashes car in East Oakland

The suspect fled into East Oakland yards after wrecking his car during a chase by San Leandro police, leaving behind an injured woman and child in the vehicle. 
Paul Prudhomme dies; New Orleans chef popularized Cajun food

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Paul Prudhomme, the Cajun who popularized spicy Louisiana cuisine and became one of the first American restaurant chefs to achieve worldwide fame, died Thursday. 
'Weekend project' to help local beavers turns into labor of love for Martinez woman

Battle to save toothy rodents in Alhambra Creek has resulted in lasting legacy for child psychologist.  

Public Employee Database

The details of more than $12.2 billion in tax money spent on local government salaries in 2009 are now available

University of California Employee Database

The database covers more than 250,000 workers in the University of California system.

Life in the wild

Follow the seasons at the SF wildlife refuge with photo slide shows and more on our ongoing interactive map.

Salary search

Find out how much Contra Costa County employees make in our searchable salary database.

Shortened Lives

Where you live affects how long you live.

Running on Empty

Experts worry that the Bay Area transit system has entered a death spiral.

Tips for the college-bound

It's never too early to start preparing for college, especially during these economic times. With the right steps, students and their families can stay on the path to a higher education.

Berkeley High lockdown lifted as police detain student

10/08/2015 02:10 PM PDT
No weapons were found when officers ordered a lockdown at Berkeley High School for about 30 minutes Thursday as they investigated reports of an armed student on campus, a police spokeswoman said. 
Lafayette: Tech-savvy teens help seniors learn to use electronic devices
10/08/2015 01:18 PM PDT - Young volunteers help adults learn how to use electronic devices 

San Jose: Authorities continue hunt for fugitive who slipped away from bail agents
10/08/2015 01:59 PM PDT - A violent suspect from San Jose remains at large after he slipped away from bail agents trying to book him into jail and, still handcuffed, eluded a lengthy police manhunt Wednesday. 

Caltrain proposing 50-cent fare increase; public meetings scheduled
10/08/2015 02:13 PM PDT - The commuter train service would also increase the daily parking fee at station lots from $5 to $5.50 and raise the monthly parking permit fee from $50 to $55.  

Prop 47 frequently asked questions
10/08/2015 01:03 PM PDT - Prepared by the Contra Costa Office of the Public DefenderQ: What is Proposition 47?A: On Nov. 2, 2014, the voters of California passed Proposition 47, a law that reduces some felonies to misdemeanors. 

Gonzales family of Lafayette to appear on 'Family Feud'
10/08/2015 01:02 PM PDT - Playing the 'Feud'The Gonzales family of Lafayette, including Ed and his wife, Girlynda, right, their daughters Isabella and Alexis, second and third from left, and goddaughter Cristine Dominguez, of Walnut Creek, left, will appear Oct. 

Orinda: New smoking laws taking shape
10/08/2015 01:04 PM PDT - Lawmakers work on limiting where smokers can light up 

(Adam Berry)
Are car keys a thing of the past?

The furor over General Motors' deadly ignition switch has the potential to doom the car key, a technology drivers have been using for 65 years. Full Story
(Chris Pizzello)
Famous bidders lining up to buy Clippers

Billionaires, entertainers and athletes alike announced their intentions to pursue the Los Angeles Clippers with varying degrees of seriousness Wednesday, proving the longtime losers will be quite a prize if the NBA is able to wrest control of the team away from Donald Sterling after his lifetime ban for racist remarks. Full Story
(Chris Pizzello)
Louis CK is back and grumpier than ever

Louie, who (like Louis) is a New York comic and a divorced father of two daughters, knows struggle and angst and cloudy wonderment. He views life through eyes with a stricken look, dwelling in a state of comfortable dread. Full Story