LOS ANGELES (AP) - With a vast swath of the West primed for wildfires, federal foresters are preparing for the worst with a budget that might run dry and a fleet of air tankers that in some cases aren't ready for takeoff.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The bald eagle, the yellow warbler and the peregrine falcon have been joined in the skies above Yosemite National Park by a noisy newcomer: the drone.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Law enforcement authorities were searching Friday for a training instructor for the state's firefighting agency after a woman was found fatally stabbed in a Sacramento-area home.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - A second public agency began providing electricity to residents under California's community choice aggregation program.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that it appears there was little California could have done to keep Toyota, the world's largest automaker, from moving its U.S. headquarters and about 3,000 jobs to Texas.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With summer approaching and California's snowpack measuring a fraction of normal, state officials said Thursday they will likely order farmers and other big water users to limit the amounts they take from rivers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic lawmakers approved on Thursday tweaks to a program Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last year to grant driver's licenses to immigrants in the country illegally, after businesses and advocates raised concerns.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of transportation activists have filed a lawsuit against the city of San Francisco seeking to block commuter shuttles from using Municipal Railway bus stops, a practice that has sparked protests by local residents.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A man was charged Thursday with abducting two women in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of whom crashed a vehicle on a freeway to escape the kidnapper after he choked and threatened to kill her, police and the woman say.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Police say 19 razor blades have been found at a San Diego park where two boys were treated for cuts on their feet.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA (AP) - A fresh blast of strong winds hit a wildfire on Thursday in the foothills east of Los Angeles but did not spread the blaze that drove people from 1,600 homes, officials said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP resigned Thursday, following scrutiny of his plan to give Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling an award for promoting civil rights.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill that would strike the traditional definition of marriage from California law was approved by the state Senate on Thursday after the U.S. and state supreme courts allowed same-sex unions to resume last year.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers are endorsing a bill that would prevent homeowner associations from punishing residents who cut back on watering their lawns during a drought.
• CALIFORNIA MAY BOOST ASSISTED CARE HOME PENALTIES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Recent problems at several assisted care facilities led the state Senate to advance a bill Thursday that would give California regulators the power to impose tougher penalties.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court voted not to reconsider a ruling requiring mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for a particular sex crime.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Property owners near South Mission Beach are pushing back against a 30-foot-tall lifeguard tower that's been planned for more than a decade.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials agreed Friday to pay $725,000 to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former Police Department lawyer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Neighborhood council members are asking elected officials to bring topless sunbathing back to Venice Beach.
TATER TOTS, COMFY COUCH WAYLAY PETAMULA BURGLAR: PETALUMA (AP) - Police say a would-be burglar got sidetracked by snacks and a comfy place to snooze, heating up some tater tots and taking a nap on the sofa of the house he broke into.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - About 1,500 farms and individuals in the Central Valley were ordered Thursday to stop taking water from rivers and streams for irrigation, the latest move by state regulators to save water amid intensifying drought conditions.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's corrections department has rejected a recommendation that its inspector general says could help reduce an extraordinarily high homicide rate in state prisons, officials said Thursday.
KEENE (AP) - Hundreds gathered Thursday to see military honors bestowed at the graveside of Cesar Chavez, and despite more than two decades passing since his death, his sister said she felt his presence, just as he brought life to the farmworkers' movement on the fields of Central California.
• CALIFORNIA BILL WOULD END FINES FOR BROWN LAWNS IN DROUGHT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly has approved legislation protecting residents from fines if they do not water their lawn during the drought.
KEENE (AP) - Civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez is going to be honored for a different kind of service.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state government reported meeting its own overall water conservation goal for 2014, though data released Wednesday showed half the agencies fell short of the 20 percent target while the drought worsened.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 143 million people in the Lower 48 states now live on shaky ground, earthquake scientists say.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of a proposal that would require California schoolchildren to be vaccinated vowed to continue their fight after a Senate committee overwhelmingly approved the bill Wednesday.
BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Beverly Hills residents and business owners could be fined up to $1,000 for violating new water restrictions passed by the city following an order from the governor to limit water use amid California's drought.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities say four people were killed in a wrong-way crash that blocked several lanes of a freeway in Sacramento.