SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The high school graduation rate in the United States will not increase as quickly as experts think it can without more improvement in California, which educates one-fifth of the nation's low-income school children and more Hispanic students than any other state, a report set to be released Monday concludes.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has overturned the drug conviction of a San Francisco man after he had served out a prison sentence of nearly six years.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bicycle couriers in San Francisco are making a comeback in the digital age by supplying a culture with a growing hunger for instant gratification.
FRESNO (AP) - Fresno police have arrested two young women on suspicion of kidnapping an elderly woman, stealing her car and taking her on a crime spree.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Steve Upton thinks of himself more as an "Officer Friendly" than a water cop.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's drought threatens some fish, birds and trees that are already struggling to survive, university researchers said at a summit held in Sacramento.
CERES (AP) - A man found dead in the freezer of an abandoned Ceres auto shop was married to the man charged with killing him, authorities said.
SANTA ANA (AP) - There's a lot riding on a California law to grant driver's licenses to immigrants in the country illegally and supporters are already preparing prospective drivers to pass the test required to get one.
BUENA PARK (AP) - An SUV surged forward from a parking space into a small crowd waiting outside a Los Angeles-area ice cream parlor, killing a 73-year-old woman and leaving six people injured.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Miles from the sea, an 82-year-old retired mechanic has spent nearly four decades building a 64-foot boat in his backyard that he hopes to launch this summer.
• MOM TELLS POLICE SHE STABBED INFANT SON: LIVERMORE (AP) - A young mother believed to be suffering from depression admitted to investigators that she stabbed her 7-month-old son to death in a Livermore park, police said Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Democratic National Committee said Friday that it has returned $20,000 donated by a wealthy San Francisco Internet entrepreneur recently convicted for domestic violence.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Surveillance footage from Justin Bieber's home appears to show the pop star high-fiving friends and celebrating after throwing eggs at a neighbor's home in January, an investigator's affidavit released Friday shows.
MODESTO (AP) - Three 16-year-olds died in Modesto when the stolen vehicle they were riding in hit a tree following a brief police pursuit, police said.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - (AP) - Federal wildlife officials on Friday granted Endangered Species Act protections to three species of Sierra Nevada amphibians.
YOSEMITE NAIONAL PARK (AP) - A brief spring storm delivered a welcome batch of rain to Northern California on Saturday as well as an unexpectedly hearty supply of snow that closed roads in Yosemite National Park and made tire chains a requirement in the mountain passes around Lake Tahoe.
FRESNO (AP) - A multi-billion dollar project to bring salmon back to a dried-up section of California's second-longest river is moving forward despite the state's historic drought and complaints from some farmers who reluctantly agreed to give up some of their water allotments to support the effort.
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - After a 1 ½ year effort, conservators have restored a popular hiking spot in Joshua Tree National Park that became riddled with graffiti.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, announced Sunday that he's undertaking a longshot bid to succeed Barbara Boxer as California's next U.S. senator.
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE OFFICIALS SEEK HELP IN ADDRESSING DRONES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The agency that manages the Golden Gate Bridge is asking Sen. Dianne Feinstein for help in restricting the rising number of remote-controlled drones that have been buzzing the famous span.
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.