LOS ANGELES (AP) - The effort to have parents drive school reform received a substantial boost with a court ordering a San Bernardino County school district to accept a parent petition demanding changes at a failing elementary school.
OAKLAND (AP) - A proposed county ordinance in Northern California puts the pharmaceutical industry on the hook for not only making drugs, but also getting rid of them.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Hundreds of California student assistants will lose their jobs as the school year begins as part of a cost-cutting deal between the state and its largest public employees union.
BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Mariah Carey will join "American Idol" as a judge next season, Fox announced Monday, bringing her star power to the show that remains a ratings leader but has seen its viewership and pop culture status diminish.
HEAD MOUSKETEER GINNY TYLER DIES AT 86: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Disney head Mousketeer and voice actress Ginny Tyler has died in Washington at 86.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The irregularities at California's state parks department - and the director's resulting departure - blindsided the nonprofit groups that had been scrambling for donations to keep open 70 parks once doomed by funding shortages.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Detectives investigating burglaries, auto thefts and other property-related crimes in Los Angeles have been forced to wait an average two to three months to get fingerprints analyzed because of an employee shortage at the Police Department's Latent Print Unit.
Oakland ends 82-year-old ban on dance marathons
SAN JOSE (AP) - Fire officials said 21 people at an event hosted by motivational speaker Tony Robbins suffered burns while walking across hot coals and three of the injured were treated at hospitals.
VALLEJO (AP) - Cobblestones show through the decrepit pavement in Sheila Dodson's downtown neighborhood, prostitutes ply the sidewalks in broad daylight and many of the century-old Victorians stand empty. Yet this is where Dodson wants to raise her family.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two University of California, Davis neurosurgeons have been banned from performing medical research on humans after they were accused of experimenting on dying brain cancer patients without university permission, the Sacramento Bee reported Sunday.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - Sandwiched between a brake shop, gritty industrial buildings and a few modest storefronts is a little neighborhood that time has seemingly forgotten.
CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - The Marine Corps has created its first law enforcement battalions - a lean, specialized force of military police officers that it hopes can quickly deploy worldwide to help investigate crimes from terrorism to drug trafficking and train fledgling security forces in allied nations.
• HAYASHI TO RUN FOR VACANT ALAMEDA COUNTY SEAT: SAN JOSE (AP) - California Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi says she's planning to run for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors seat vacated by Nadia Lockyer.
OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay area officials will study a proposal to charge motorists a tax on every mile they drive in the nine-county region as a way to raise money for roads and public transit while reducing traffic and pollution from car emissions.
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.