FRESNO (AP) - Nitrate contamination of drinking water is a pervasive problem in California's agricultural heartland and is bound to intensify in the coming years, according to a University of California, Davis study released Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco sheriff has a political thicket to get through now that he's putting his legal woes behind him with a plea bargain in a domestic violence case that made international headlines.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers and election officials worried about the effect of postal closures on elections are considering extending the voting period for mail-in-ballots, a move that could delay results by days or even weeks.
Surfer's body found in ocean off Santa Cruz
BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, has demoted and reduced the salary of a veteran administrator accused of improperly giving pay raises to an employee with whom she was having a sexual relationship.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three members of the Los Angeles Unified school board on Monday called for revisions in state laws and district policies to make it easier to fire employees in cases of sexual misconduct and inform parents of investigations.
BERKELEY (AP) - In another city, getting tough with a journalist might not bring a police chief the same strong reaction as it has in Berkeley, home of the 1960s Free Speech Movement and a population with a distinctly liberal bent.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's sheriff pleaded guilty Monday to false imprisonment, avoiding a domestic violence trial that threatened to air a personal drama worthy of the Venezuela telenovela in which his wife once starred.
BROWN SEEKS TAX-HIKE SUPPORT FROM POLICE CHIEFS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown appealed Monday to chiefs of police for support of his November tax initiative, even as he conceded the ballot likely will be crowded with tax proposals.
YORBA LINDA (AP) - Long before Richard Nixon rose to power and fell from grace, he was just another man in love.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has agreed to pay $70 million in restitution to San Bruno for the 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people in the San Francisco suburb, company and city officials said Monday.
PayPal executive killed by Caltrain in Menlo Park
STOCKTON - A red, white and blue sign declaring Stockton an "All-America City" still adorns City Hall, but the building's crumbling facade tells the real story of the community's recent fortunes.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The recent loss of tens of billions of dollars from California's public pension funds may have raised awareness about the high cost of guaranteed benefits for public workers, but reform advocates say the unsustainable system has been years - or even decades - in the making.
'SPEED FREAK KILLER' SENDS NEW LETTER TO STATION: SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Sacramento television station CBS-13 has received a second letter from serial killer Wesley Shermantine, with this letter claiming that he knows of more than 70 murder victims.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A much-needed, if poorly timed, storm rolled into California, dampening the Giants' World Series championship parade in San Francisco and promising to force candy-seeking ghosts and witches throughout Northern California to cover up with rain jackets in the evening.
MOJAVE (AP) - A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth's atmosphere exploded during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than a week.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California appears to be on track for another low-turnout election as county clerks and analysts report that mail ballots are trickling in slowly compared with previous election cycles.
POMONA (AP) - Authorities making Halloween probation checks on convicted sex offenders have arrested a man in Pomona after allegedly finding him in bed with a 10-year-old girl.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in national parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation's most famously picturesque landscapes. They've also created a headache for park managers who have the delicate task of cleaning up the sites without causing further damage.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Voters in three coastal California counties vote Tuesday on whether to ban fracking and other intensive oil production, even as slumping prices globally are leading companies to start to scale back on production.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Jehovah's Witnesses were ordered to pay $13.5 million to a Southern California man who said he was molested as a child by a church member.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles building officials have signed off on geologist reports that found no active earthquake fault under the site of a proposed 16-story residential-office development in Hollywood.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's growing population and dwindling water require up to $500 billion in additional investment in water in coming decades, and new state fees for water users could be one way pay for it, a water plan released Thursday by the state's top water officials said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A large hospital chain based in Northern California agreed Thursday to pay $37 million to settle allegations that it overcharged the federal Medicare program.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A suspected Mongols motorcycle gang member was charged with murder Thursday in the killing of a Pomona SWAT officer during a crackdown on the group.
3 FIRMS BID ON SECOND PHASE OF HIGH-SPEED RAIL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Three firms are bidding to build the second leg of California's $68 billion high-speed rail system, which will run from Fresno to Bakersfield.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hello Kitty cuteness is taking over Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles as the city hosts the first Hello Kitty fan convention.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California congressmen Mike Honda and Tom McClintock have never apologized for their strong partisan leanings and are not about to start now.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is maintaining a commanding lead in his bid for an unprecedented fourth term and leads a Democratic ticket that once again appears poised to sweep all statewide offices in California, according to a Field Poll released Thursday.