CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Alameda County Sheriff's detectives want to know if state officials followed up after ordering the closure of a Castro Valley nursing home where 14 sick and elderly patients were left behind. The San Francisco Chronicle reports paramedics found the patients Thursday at the Valley Manor Residential Care Center, attended by a few unpaid staffers.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A drive-by shooting outside a Halloween party in Sacramento has left one person dead and six others injured. Police say said the early Sunday attack happened at the end of the party when people were walking out of a studio that was rented out for the event. A sedan passed by and someone in the vehicle started firing at the crowd.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California water officials say low water levels in reservoirs should be a warning that conservation measures might be necessary to get through next year. The Fresno Bee reports Pine Flat Reservoir in the Fresno County foothills is at 16 percent capacity and most of the state's other large water-storing reservoirs are well below average. California is coming off one of the driest winters on record.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The George C. Page Museum celebrates 100 years of excavation at the La Brea Tar Pits today. Fossils finds include mammoths, mastodons, saber-toothed cats and other creatures that lived 11,000 to 50,000 years ago. Excavators have been more careful in recent decades to preserve not just the larger bones, but also the smaller plants, insects and rodents that provide a glimpse of the past environment.