SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Lake Tahoe's clarity last year was the best it's been in a decade and scientists say the continued improvement has them increasingly optimistic that regulating land use throughout the basin and taking other steps to protect the mountain waters are paying off.
6 SUSPECTS BOOKED A YEAR AFTER TRIPLE KILLINGS: MODESTO (AP) - Six suspects have been booked for investigation of murder in the gunshot deaths of three people a year ago in a Modesto home.
MAN ARRESTED FOR KILLING SON, 9, WITH HATCHET: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Sacramento-area man has been arrested for allegedly killing his 9-year-old son in a hatchet attack.
SACRAMENTO. (AP) - An appeals court has rejected a petition from a coalition of school districts and education groups that sought to redirect more than $2 billion in state funding to public schools and community colleges, state officials announced Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris was in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to lobby Congress and the Justice Department for more money to hire state and local law enforcement officers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman who smoked a cigarette through a hole in her throat to illustrate her struggle with nicotine addiction in a California public service advertisement has died of cancer, health officials and her family said Wednesday.
6 ARRESTED IN $19M LA TAX FRAUD, STOLEN ID SCHEME: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal prosecutors say six people have been arrested in a suburban Los Angeles tax fraud scheme that allegedly used nearly 2,000 stolen IDs to reap more than $19 million in tax refunds.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Stockton officials will be in court next month where a federal bankruptcy judge will determine if the city is eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection from its creditors.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State senators grilled officials who oversee California's $68 billion high-speed rail project during a hearing Tuesday intended to investigate whether the project has sufficient staff and resources to actually build the nation's first bullet train.
SANTA CRUZ (AP) - The Pacific Ocean either swallowed an adventurous couple and two young children aboard a sailboat off the Monterey coast this week, or someone played a cruel hoax that wasted Coast Guard resources and tugged at the hearts of coastal residents over two days of desperate searching.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - At least six former officers have requested a reopening of their termination cases since the Los Angeles Police Department started investigating allegations by a former officer who left a trail of violence to avenge his firing.
WEST SACRAMENTO. (AP) - A police officer is in jail after being indicted on suspicion of sexually assaulting six women while on duty in West Sacramento.
MONTEREY (AP) - Crews searched by sea and air and sought the public's help Monday as they ramped up their efforts to find a husband and wife and two young children who sent a series of distress calls to the Coast Guard the day before, saying their sailboat was sinking far off the Central California coast and they were fashioning a raft from a cooler and a life ring.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The parents of a woman murdered by a Los Angeles police officer have lost their last attempt to sue the department over the way it handled the high-profile investigation.
NEWPORT BEACH, (AP) - Court documents say the father of one of the first victims of former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner suspected his daughter might have been shot when he heard initial reports of a double-murder on the news.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mistakes and miscommunication by three governments on three continents over nearly 20 years led to a homeless man known as "Africa" being on Los Angeles' Skid Row, where he was shot by police after authorities say he became combative and appeared to reach for an officer's weapon.
WOODLAND (AP) - The mother of an infant found dead near the Sacramento River was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter and abusing or endangering the health of a child.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Smog-covered mountains, gritty sidewalks, smelly fumes from traffic-choked freeways. The Los Angeles area was a tough place to breathe several decades ago. Now a study shows how much that has changed, especially for the region's youngest residents.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the most recent smash-and-grab in San Francisco, thieves again drove a truck into a store and stole high-end merchandise.
SUNNYVALE (AP) - An appeals court on Wednesday upheld a San Francisco Bay Area city's ban on gun magazines that can hold more than 10 bullets.
LAWYER FOR WOMAN PUNCHED BY CHP OFFICER JAILED FOR CONTEMPT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The lawyer for a bipolar woman who was beaten by a California Highway Patrol officer has been declared in contempt of court and sent to jail until she answers questions from a federal judge.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California received a double dose of bad drought news on Tuesday, with state officials saying the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is far below normal and that residents again aren't coming close to meeting Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20 percent cut in water use.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Non-resident enrollment will be capped at the University of California's Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses next year to address concerns that California students are being displaced, but the system also does not plan to admit more residents to any of its campuses unless it gets more state funding, university President Janet Napolitano said Tuesday.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Two teachers have been charged with having sex with students and providing alcohol and cocaine to them during an overnight beach camping trip in Southern California.
OAKLAND (AP) - The family of a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain-dead after her sleep apnea operation went awry filed a medical malpractice lawsuit on Tuesday detailing the emotional, chaotic hospital drama that included a court battle over ending life support.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A homeless ex-convict killed on Skid Row by Los Angeles police had an active warrant for violating probation in a bank robbery case, a U.S. marshal said Tuesday.
IRVINE (AP) - Federal agents searched three dozen homes Tuesday in California during a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the U.S., where their babies automatically become American citizens.
FRESNO (AP) - A dozen wells used to pump oil-and-gas in California's Central Valley have been ordered to stop production to protect underground drinking-water from contamination, officials said Tuesday.
MODESTO (AP) - California's Department of Toxic Substances Control says it is suing a glass company for violating recycling laws after it added hazardous waste dust to wine bottles made at its Modesto plant.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The beach at Southern California's "Surf City" turned white with hail as a storm roared ashore Monday behind a late-season winter blast that dropped snow and rain across the drought-stricken region this weekend.