Top News & Analysis California

  • Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

    Janet Napolitano, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, will step down to lead the University of California system, NBC News confirms.

  • Chicago, Illinois

    New Hampshire, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and California fill out the list with the biggest drops in our America's Top States for Business rankings for 2013.

  • A worker makes denim jeans in Michigan.

    Unions say right-to-work laws infringe on workers’ collective bargaining rights, and proponents call for a federal law as opposed to the current patchwork of state statutes.

  • Mugshot of Saudi Princess Meshael Alayban, 42, charged with human trafficking in California.

    Bail is set at $5 million for a Saudi princess accused in California with human trafficking for allegedly holding a domestic worker against her will.

  • Los Angeles freeway traffic.

    If we are going to have Top States, we have to have Bottom States. Find out which states bottomed out for business.

  • Traffic in Hawaii.

    Life's not always a beach in Hawaii: The Aloha State is ranked as America's Worst State for Business in America 2013.

  • An engineer and electrician working in Cambridge, Mass., May 23, 2013

    More than a couple of states can make a case for most-improved status in the areas of Economy, Infrastructure, Workforce and Business Friendliness.

  • South Dakota soars to the top spot in CNBC's annual survey of the Top States for Business. What other surprises are in store?

  • Texas, which has never finished below No. 2 in CNBC's Top States for Business, drops from first to second in 2013.

  • Fewer foreclosures were completed in May compared to a year ago, while the number of houses in the foreclosure process also declined as the market continued to heal, according to a new study.

  • Passengers line up to check in at San Francisco International on July 6, after the crash of Asiana Flight 214.

    Travelers likely will be experiencing a few more days of delays as airlines cope with inclement weather and the ripple effect of the Asiana Airlines crash. NBC News reports.

  • Meredith Whitney

    The reality today is that all things are not equal among states. Americans migrate toward job growth, and job growth in some states is undeniably outpacing job growth in others.

  • A Boeing 777 airplane lies burned on the runway after it crash landed at San Francisco International Airport July 6, 2013 in San Francisco, California.

    The crash of a South Korean airliner in San Francisco on Saturday with more than 300 people on board dampens the safety record of one of the world's safest aircraft and an airline with a clean sheet of 20 years.

  • Firework Disaster in Simi Valley

    A fireworks show in Simi Valley, California, got out of control when the device that shoots fireworks upward fell on its side. Authorities say dozens of people were hurt, though none of the injuries were life threatening.

  • Douglas C. Engelbart, american engineer, inventor of the computer mouse in 1963, here c. 1990.

    A technologist who conceived of the computer mouse and laid out a vision of an Internet decades before others brought those ideas to the mass market, died on Tuesday night.

  • Don Mattrick

    Microsoft's entertainment head, Don Mattrick, is leaving the company to join struggling games publisher Zynga as its chief executive.

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    Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc on Sunday confirmed it had rejected an offer from Amgen Inc.

  • A high-profile police commissioner who has run three of America's largest police forces is preparing to launch the first comprehensive social media network for police officers.

  • A former Swiss banker faces up to five years in jail after pleading guilty to dodging US taxes.

  • Gay Marriage Ruling

    The Federal Defense of Marriage Act was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. CNBC's Hampton Pearson reports from now on, in the 12 states where gay marriage is legal, same-sex couples must receive equal access to federal protection and benefits.