STATE TESTS: 31 PCT OF CALIF. KIDS PHYSICALLY FIT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - State fitness tests administered to California's school-age children shows fewer than a third of tested students were in good physical shape.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - With supermajorities in both houses of the state Legislature, Democrats have a historic opportunity to push their agenda on issues such as tax reform, workers' rights and changing the initiative process.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn five California laws governing teacher employment and dismissal on grounds that they protect ineffective educators who harm children's learning.
CHICO (AP) - Chico State University suspended all Greek activities Thursday after the death of a student who drank too much alcohol while celebrating his 21st birthday.
TRUCKEE (AP) - A series of Pacific storms are expected to bring rain and snow to the Sierra beginning Thursday night and increasing through the weekend.
KETTLEMAN CITY (AP) - A Central California hazardous waste dump that has been targeted by fines and claims by nearby residents involving birth defects has another headache: The state has issued 72 violations alleging small spills went unreported during the past four years.
Some facts about a legislative supermajority:
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican Rep. Dan Lungren lost his re-election bid to Democratic challenger Ami Bera on Thursday in one of California's most hotly contested congressional contests, but the congressman refused to concede.
FEDS PROBE FEDEX, UPS OVER ONLINE DRUG SHIPMENTS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - FedEx and UPS are disclosing that they are targets of a federal criminal investigation related to their dealings with online pharmacies.
• LOS ANGELES COURTS PLAN FOR DIMINISHED SYSTEM: LOS ANGELES (AP) - With budget shortfalls looming, Los Angeles County may be forced to close 10 courthouses in such high profile venues as Malibu, Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles next year.
WOMAN'S DEATH DUE TO DOG MAULING: SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego County sheriff's officials have determined that one or more American bulldogs were responsible for the death of a woman whose bloodied body was found in a backyard of a home where she was working.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats have gained a supermajority in the state Assembly, giving California's majority party complete dominance of state politics and the ability to raise taxes unilaterally if they choose.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices posted an eighth straight annual increase in October, a research firm said Wednesday, the latest evidence that the state's housing market recovery is picking up steam amid tight inventories.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's nonpartisan budget analyst says the state now faces a much smaller deficit of $1.9 billion through the end of the next fiscal year and could even see surpluses after that.
SAN FRANCISCO NUDISTS SUE TO BLOCK PROPOSED BAN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of San Francisco residents is suing the city to block a proposed ban on public nudity.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California prison officials will have to balance safety concerns with the need to avoid racial stereotypes after the state agreed to end a long-standing policy that had been challenged in court and deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Department of Justice.
FREMONT (AP) - A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees brought from India were grossly underpaid and overworked while assigned to a special project in the U.S.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - John Steinbeck's heirs say a literary agency is wrongly cutting them out of negotiations over movie deals for the late Nobel Prize-winning author's books.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Neighborhood residents attacked the driver of an ice cream truck after it struck and killed a 7-year-old boy riding a motorized bike in South Los Angeles, authorities said.
VIDEO SHOWS BIKERS TAUNTING CHP OFFICER: MILPITAS (AP) - A group of motorcycle riders alternately taunted and ignored an officer trying to pull them over while they popped their front wheels in the air and weaved on a California highway, a recently posted video shows.
• MAGIC JOHNSON READY TO ASSIST TECH IN DIVERSITY: SAN JOSE (AP) - Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some San Francisco jail inmates were expected to get computer tablets Wednesday to do homework, read novels and prepare for their criminal cases.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California study of a driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by going between lanes finds the practice poses no more danger than riding a motorcycle in general.
• CALIFORNIA PRISONS END RACE POLICY: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials agreed Wednesday to end a policy in which it segregated prison inmates after riots based on their race as a way of preventing further violence.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Bob Pack wanted to go after the HMO doctors for recklessly prescribing painkillers to a drug-abusing nanny who ran over his 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter as they were heading for ice cream one early fall evening in 2003.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gay, bisexual and transgender inmates filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against San Bernardino County and its sheriff, alleging they are kept in a segregated unit that doesn't give them equal access to rehabilitation services and work programs that could shorten their incarceration and help them learn job skills.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - So long Silicon Valley. These days entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to a place better known for wave surfing than Web surfing. Amid the palm trees and purple sunsets of the Southern California coastline, techies have built "Silicon Beach."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A veteran police detective was fired for giving an obscenity- and insult-filled rant during a training session, his attorney said Wednesday.
COACH FIRED OVER WATERMELON, APE-LIKE CELEBRATIONS: CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A high school football coach was fired because of postgame victory celebrations the district superintendent said involved players smashing watermelons and making ape-like sounds.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A late-night break-in, a stolen campaign playbook that ended up in the hands of the opponent and sexual harassment accusations made by a fired staffer against one of the candidates.