San Francisco turning to groundwater for its taps

(AP) — San Francisco's pristine tap water from mountain runoff in the Sierra Nevada soon may be a little less pure.

Brown names assistant US attorney to high court

(AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated a deputy assistant U.S. attorney general to fill a vacant seat on the California Supreme Court.

Dominion Resources buys California solar project

(AP) — Dominion Resources is adding to its solar power portfolio.

Tribe becomes 1st to launch online gambling in NJ

(AP) — California's Pala Indians have launched their Internet gambling site in New Jersey following a test period last week, becoming the first tribe to do so in the state.

Google settles with ex-banker over online abuse

(AP) — Google has agreed to a settlement with a former Morgan Stanley banker who sued the search engine over defamatory Internet posts.

BLM rejects solar project in Silurian Valley

(AP) — The federal Bureau of Land Management has rejected an application for construction of a solar energy plant in California's Silurian Valley, a little-touched area of the Mojave Desert southeast of Death Valley National Park.

California unemployment unchanged at 7.3 percent

(AP) — California's unemployment rate for October was 7.3 percent, which remain unchanged from the previous month even as the state increased payroll jobs.

Berkeley students continue to protest fee hikes

(AP) — For a third day, students are continuing a sit-in at a UC Berkeley classroom building to protest tuition hikes.

ABC to celebrate Disney on Broadway in TV special 

(AP) — Disney will celebrate 20 years of making Broadway magic with a prime-time, hour-long special next month on ABC that highlights many of its musicals, including "Beauty and the Beast," ''The Lion King," ''Aida," ''Tarzan," ''The Little Mermaid," ''Mary Poppins," ''Newsies" and "Aladdin."

University tuition increases adopted in California

(AP) — The University of California voted Thursday to approve a tuition increase of as much as 5 percent in each of the next five years unless the state devotes more money to the 10-campus system.