SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tom Torlakson, the veteran lawmaker seeking a second term as California's elected superintendent of schools, and Marshall Tuck, a former charter school executive hoping to unseat him, are both Democrats.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A coalition of law enforcement officers, prosecutors and crime victims announced Friday that it will wait until November 2016 to place a death-penalty reform measure on the ballot.
DANA POINT (AP) - An Orange County man recently released from rehab after three drunken driving convictions died when authorities say a 19-year-old man who had been drinking struck him, a newspaper reported.
FOLSOM (AP) - Search crews have temporarily suspended their search for four men who are presumed dead after their speedboat capsized on a lake east of Sacramento.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada inmate who says he practices Satanism is accusing county jailers of violating his constitutional rights by denying him meals consistent with the strict diet of his pagan religion, including ice cream.
STOCKTON (AP) - McDonald's says it plans to start testing seasoned french fries at select U.S. locations starting Friday.
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SANTA ANA (AP) - California on Friday proposed requiring immigrants in the country illegally to present foreign government-issued identification to obtain a driver's license or go through an interview process using other documents to prove their identity.
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) - A judge required a billionaire technology mogul to testify at a trial underway over public access to a popular Northern California beach.
CARSON (AP) - Children as young as kindergarten-age could face misdemeanor charges for bullying under a proposed law advancing in a Southern California city.
TRUCKEE (AP) - In the early morning, streams of water fly out of sprinklers with droplets falling onto a green golf course below.
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Police say they used social media to track a suspected kidnapper from the San Francisco Bay Area to a hotel-casino in northern Nevada where he was arrested on kidnapping, assault and pornography charges.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Silicon Valley recoils at the government's cyber data-gathering done in the name of national security. It bristles at new potential Internet rules. It's fast-paced ethos doesn't understand Washington's gridlock.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patients who use medical marijuana for pain and other chronic symptoms can take an unwanted hit: Insurers don't cover the treatment, which costs as much as $1,000 a month.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday agreed to replace the rainy day fund measure on the November ballot with a bipartisan plan that would set aside revenue of up to 10 percent of California's general fund and dedicate money to paying down the state's massive debts and liabilities.
TRACY - Efforts to extinguish the biomass fire in Tracy that is making air quality poor in Lathrop, Manteca and Ripon are continuing with officials hoping to have it out by Saturday.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Farmers in drought-stricken California with nearly guaranteed rights to water are bracing for historic orders to stop diverting water from rivers and streams. Regulators are expected to announce on Friday whether some farmers can avoid a total cut off if they voluntarily conserve.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices climbed to a new 7 1/2-year high in April as low interest rates and job growth lured buyers, a research firm said Thursday. Sales were brisk.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal regulators Thursday turned away a request from environmental activists to idle California's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant to determine if its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.
FRESNO (AP) - Fresno residents should be able to download a free app measuring daily water use by the time the five boys who came up with the idea head back to school in the fall.
COLMA (AP) - Authorities say two people in the San Francisco Bay Area were injured when a man in a stolen dump truck crashed into a minivan.
• FARMER HALTS HARVEST TO SAVE BABY TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS: TIPTON (AP) - A central California farmer is holding off on harvesting his fields until thousands of imperiled tricolored baby blackbirds can fly from their nests.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal appeals court delayed sex reassignment surgery for a transgender prison inmate in California on Thursday, hours after a state panel recommended that she be paroled.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rolling Stones ripped through the intimate Fonda Theatre Wednesday with enough energy to fuel their entire 15-city North American tour.
GOLETA (AP) - The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area's catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Undergraduates from outside California and graduate students preparing for careers outside academia will pay more to attend the University of California in the fall under a revised plan approved by the 10-campus system's governing board on Thursday.
STOCKTON (AP) - A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California inmate who is seeking sex reassignment surgery at taxpayers' expense faces a painful irony: If she wins freedom from a parole board, she would no longer be eligible for the prison-funded operation she says is crucial to her emotional health.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The California Democratic Party and labor unions vowed not to back down any time soon after their candidate lost a costly state Senate race in the San Francisco Bay Area this week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state agency has shut down a luxury commuter bus service that some say spotlighted the gap between wealthy tech workers in San Francisco and everyone else.