A woman shopping online. (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: State Warns Californians To Pay Overlooked ‘Use Tax’

A lot of Californians got a surprise in the mail as 2013 came to a close. The state has been sending out hundreds of thousands of letters to residents telling them there’s a good chance they probably owe “Use Tax” and will have to pay it when they file their 2013 state tax return.


The Apple logo is seen September 11, 2012 at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts in San Francisco. (Kimhiro Hoshino/AFP/GettyImages)

Sunnyvale Apple Warehouse Evacuated After Suspicious Letter Received

Officers from the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety were dispatched to the warehouse building at 1324 Kifer Road around 11 a.m. after receiving a report of possible hazardous materials found there, Capt. Jeff Plecque said.


Evie's letter to Yosemite. (Yosemite National Park/Facebook)

Junior Ranger Writes Heartwarming Apology Letter To Yosemite After Taking Sticks Home

A man who says he works as a ranger in Yosemite National Park turned to the internet to share a story of one very honest junior ranger.


Mark Christopher Gurries

Sex Offender Volunteering At SJ School Event Avoids Arrest With Mystery Permission Slip

A California registered sex offender convicted of molesting a child wasn’t arrested when he was caught volunteering at a Catholic elementary school festival.


11-year-old Max Boddington of San Rafael reads aloud his essay, "When I Look at the Moon." A copy was given to astronaut Neil Armstrong a few weeks before his death. (CBS)

Weeks Before Death, Neil Armstrong Writes To San Rafael Boy

Three weeks before he died, legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong wrote a letter of encouragement to a San Rafael boy.


A sign is posted on a tent at the Occupy Oakland encampment on November 2, 2011. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Occupy Oakland Protesters Warned To Clear Out Immediately

Oakland police served anti-Wall Street protesters with written notice that they must disband their camp immediately Friday night.



Protesters Take Grievances Over Local Foreclosures Directly To San Francisco Banks

Dozens of protesters marched into national banks in San Francisco’s Excelsior District Saturday and gave them a letter of demands in response to the number of impending foreclosures in the neighborhood.


Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Yahoo Investor Demands Board Ouster Of Co-Founder Yang

A major Yahoo shareholder is demanding that the slumping Internet company oust co-founder Jerry Yang from its board to clear the way for directors more likely to protect shareholders’ interests.


Pot Warehouse Will Pad Oakland's Coffers

Feds Order California Pot Dispensaries To Shut Down

Federal prosecutors have launched a crackdown on pot dispensaries in California, warning the stores that they must shut down in 45 days or face criminal charges and confiscation of their property even if they are operating legally under the state’s 15-year-old medical marijuana law.


A woman shopping online. (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Websites Help Voice Daily Deal Complaints

A new website is helping frustrated consumers complain about daily deals that didn’t work out the way they had hoped.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–08/24/2011