PALO ALTO . (AP) - A California sixth-grader was allowed to return to his middle school after his family convinced district officials they didn't need to worry about his genes.
FRESNO (AP) - A parolee who killed two people and wounded two others on Tuesday at a California chicken processing plant where he worked moved methodically between his first three victims, putting a handgun against their head or neck before pulling the trigger, police said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The service was in full swing at the storefront church near downtown when a parishioner spotted a woman spraying graffiti on the building. He told her to stop, and she shoved him to the ground. Two other congregants rushed to his aid.
California record-setting heat starting to ease
SF leaders get dressing down by nudity activist
RELICS STOLEN FROM SAN BUENAVENTURA MISSION: VENTURA . (AP) - A thief has taken relics from a 230-year-old California mission.
JURUPA VALLEY (AP) - A Southern California school district is allowing some Sikh students to carry an article of their faith - a dagger-like blade called a kirpan.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County prosecutors say a man who repeatedly threatened police with a submachine gun during a 3-hour standoff in Santa Ana has been sentenced to 28 years in prison.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - An Arizona nonprofit disclosed Monday that two conservative groups were behind its $11 million campaign contribution to a California organization fighting Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative, but the revelation shed little light on who provided the money since those groups don't have to report their contributors.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sex stars are rallying against passage of a ballot measure that would require condoms in pornographic films.
PT. REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE (AP) - Five people clinging to an overturned boat were plucked from frigid water and two children were freed from the craft after the its hull was cut open during a dramatic rescue along the Northern California coast that ended with only one minor injury, authorities said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Researchers are reporting a key advance in using stem cells to repair hearts damaged by heart attacks. In a study, stem cells donated by strangers proved as safe and effective as patients' own cells for helping restore heart tissue.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A California jury on Monday convicted a former San Jose principal of failing to report suspected sexual abuse of a child by a teacher.
SF school district loses $160K due to Giants parade
WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - Union workers at Raley's supermarket chain, which operates more than 100 stores in California and Nevada, went on strike Sunday after last-ditch efforts to reach a new contract failed.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California recorded its lowest jobless rate last month since the early months of the Great Recession, while the number of additional jobs was the second-largest gain since the state began keeping that record in 1990, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.
• MAN SHOCKED 20 TIMES DURING JAIL BOOKING SUES: SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Sonoma County man who had criminal charges dismissed after video emerged showing correctional deputies beating him and shocking him with a stun gun more than 20 times has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.
CORONA (AP) - Southern California police are searching for an expensive wheelchair stolen from the home a 4-year-old girl with Down syndrome.
REDONDO BEACH (AP) - Pedestrians were filing out of a church Christmas service when a car sped around other vehicles at a red light and plowed into the crowd before hitting another car head-on, police and witnesses said. Three people were killed, and several more were injured, California authorities said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's chief utility regulator ended the last scheduled public hearing of his increasingly embattled 12-year term Thursday with no explicit reference to the alleged back-channel dealings with the state's largest utility company that have marred his tenure.
BENICIA (AP) - Police say an intoxicated man was shot by a homeowner after breaking into a house he thought was his own.
WOODLAND (AP) - A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque federal land near the state's famous wine country.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren't close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired.
OAKLAND (AP) - The California Highway Patrol said it told local police that plainclothes officers would mingle with protesters demonstrating against police brutality on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, but Oakland Police Department officials said they were not notified.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The sponsors of an illuminated art project on the San Francisco-Bay Bridge that was supposed to stay up for only two years say they have found a way to keep the lights on.
NATIONAL CITY (AP) - Moviegoers watching "The Hobbit" in San Diego County were treated to a real-life drama after police chased down a carjacking suspect who'd dashed into the theater and arrested him at gunpoint.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's health care exchange has exceeded last year's insurance sign-ups during its first month of open enrollment as it nears a deadline for coverage to begin Jan. 1, Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigrant advocates filed a lawsuit Wednesday over concerns that federal immigration agents could use state driver's license databases to track down people for deportation.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study.