RICHMOND AP) - Chevron was fined nearly $1 million by the state on Wednesday in connection with a fire at the company's San Francisco Bay area refinery last year that sent a cloud of gas and black smoke over residential areas.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the singing Andrews Sisters trio whose hits such as the rollicking "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" and the poignant "I Can Dream, Can't I?" captured the home-front spirit of World War II, died Wednesday. She was 94.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California man sued a regional Boy Scouts council on Wednesday, alleging he was sexually abused by his scout leader more than 30 years ago.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal judges on Tuesday gave California six more months to reduce inmate crowding to court-ordered levels, even as Gov. Jerry Brown argues that the courts should end their oversight of the state's prison system.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A retired barber accused of shooting a California urologist to death in his exam room suffered from prostate problems and was angry about his incontinence after a recent surgery, neighbors said Tuesday.
STOCKTON WOMAN SENTENCED FOR SHOPLIFTING, RESELLING CLOTHES: FRESNO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Stockton woman has been sentenced to prison for shoplifting more than $1 million worth of designer clothes and selling the clothes online.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers promised Tuesday to move cautiously as they consider tighter restrictions on handguns, assault rifles and ammunition purchases, proposals that would add to state regulations already among the toughest in the nation.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge cleared the way Tuesday for the city of San Francisco to ban most displays of public nudity, ruling that an ordinance set to take effect on Feb. 1 does not violate the free speech rights of residents and visitors who like going out in the buff.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The current Los Angeles schools superintendent and five of his predecessors were sued Tuesday on grounds that they systematically covered up complaints about teacher sex abuse of students over the past two decades.
Lawmakers have introduced a dozen bills seeking further restrictions for guns and ammunition, and promise that more are on the way:
GNOMES TO STAY ONUTILITY POLES FOR NOW : OAKLAND (AP) - Small paintings of gnomes that have popped up on utility poles have become a community sensation in Oakland, prompting Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to say Tuesday that it will keep them in place for now.
PASADENA (AP) - Californians could have critical seconds to seek safety or shut down important systems before the onset of damaging shaking under legislation introduced Monday to build an $80 million earthquake early warning system.
LIVERMORE (AP) - Scientists are designing a snakeskin-like protective suit that would shield its wearers against a chemical or biological attack.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker John Perez introduced legislation Monday to expand Medicaid in California under the federal Affordable Care Act, extending the health care program for the poor and disabled to include more than 1 million additional people.
EUREKA (AP) - A woman was swept out to sea by a large wave and drowned on a Northern California beach Sunday in the third such tragedy in the region this winter, authorities said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State senators participated in a two-hour ethics training session Wednesday, the fallout from a series of legal cases involving Democratic lawmakers this year that have damaged the Legislature's image.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were charged with planting guns at a medical marijuana dispensary, resulting in the arrest of a man who was sentenced to six months in jail, authorities announced Wednesday.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Trips down memory lane are now available on Google's digital maps.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state's powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives.
OAKLAND (AP) - To cope with drought conditions, the East Bay Municipal Utility District will begin diverting water from the Sacramento River for the first time ever.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Long flights can leave anyone a little unsteady, but a teenager who defied the odds, surviving a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner's wheel well, was disoriented, thirsty and could barely walk after the freezing, low-pressure ordeal, airport officials said Wednesday.
SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Santa Cruz is imposing water rationing for residential customers in an effort to reduce consumption by 25 percent because of California's drought.
SAN FRANC ISCO (AP) - The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.
WESTMINSTER (AP) - Authorities say a man found dead at an Orange County home that was tented for fumigation did not live there.
MODESTO (AP) - Three murder suspects are facing additional charges after authorities say they stabbed a fellow inmate at a Central California jail.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari on Tuesday proposed scrapping California's complex education code, sending state money directly to individual schools rather than their districts, and offering state-funded scholarships to certain college students in exchange for a share of their future earnings.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home foreclosure starts increased from January through March after plunging to an eight-year low in the previous quarter, a research firm said Tuesday.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A 15-year-old stowaway who survived a flight over the Pacific in a jet's wheel well spent seven hours undetected in what is supposed to be a highly secure area of San Jose International Airport before the flight departed, according to an official briefed on the investigation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Construction workers digging for a new development near downtown Los Angeles uncovered a brick pipe that further excavation revealed to be a stretch of the city's centuries-old original water system.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The National Park Service wants to snuff out fires a little earlier on San Francisco's Ocean Beach.