SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The high school graduation rate in the United States will not increase as quickly as experts think it can without more improvement in California, which educates one-fifth of the nation's low-income school children and more Hispanic students than any other state, a report set to be released Monday concludes.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has overturned the drug conviction of a San Francisco man after he had served out a prison sentence of nearly six years.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bicycle couriers in San Francisco are making a comeback in the digital age by supplying a culture with a growing hunger for instant gratification.
FRESNO (AP) - Fresno police have arrested two young women on suspicion of kidnapping an elderly woman, stealing her car and taking her on a crime spree.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Steve Upton thinks of himself more as an "Officer Friendly" than a water cop.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's drought threatens some fish, birds and trees that are already struggling to survive, university researchers said at a summit held in Sacramento.
CERES (AP) - A man found dead in the freezer of an abandoned Ceres auto shop was married to the man charged with killing him, authorities said.
SANTA ANA (AP) - There's a lot riding on a California law to grant driver's licenses to immigrants in the country illegally and supporters are already preparing prospective drivers to pass the test required to get one.
BUENA PARK (AP) - An SUV surged forward from a parking space into a small crowd waiting outside a Los Angeles-area ice cream parlor, killing a 73-year-old woman and leaving six people injured.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Miles from the sea, an 82-year-old retired mechanic has spent nearly four decades building a 64-foot boat in his backyard that he hopes to launch this summer.
• MOM TELLS POLICE SHE STABBED INFANT SON: LIVERMORE (AP) - A young mother believed to be suffering from depression admitted to investigators that she stabbed her 7-month-old son to death in a Livermore park, police said Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Democratic National Committee said Friday that it has returned $20,000 donated by a wealthy San Francisco Internet entrepreneur recently convicted for domestic violence.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Surveillance footage from Justin Bieber's home appears to show the pop star high-fiving friends and celebrating after throwing eggs at a neighbor's home in January, an investigator's affidavit released Friday shows.
MODESTO (AP) - Three 16-year-olds died in Modesto when the stolen vehicle they were riding in hit a tree following a brief police pursuit, police said.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - (AP) - Federal wildlife officials on Friday granted Endangered Species Act protections to three species of Sierra Nevada amphibians.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area riders could have thousands more bicycles to share.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Seven San Francisco police officers accused of sending racist and homophobic text messages have been suspended, and the police chief has recommended that they be fired.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The stubborn drought gripping California is dragging into a fourth year, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown this week to call for mandatory cutbacks in water use across the state. The drastic action marked the first time in California's history that involuntary water restrictions have been ordered, underscoring the seriousness of the drought.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state can remove an out-of-control child from the custody of a parent even if the mother or father is not to blame for the child's behavior, a California appeals court said Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators on Thursday proposed an Oct. 15 deadline for starting to close more of the 2,000-plus oil-industry wells that funnel waste and other fluids into federally protected underground water reserves.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - An unorthodox stock split designed to ensure Google CEO Larry Page and fellow co-founder Sergey Brin retain control of the Internet's most profitable company could cost Google more than half a billion dollars.
TEACHER BURNED IN SCIENCE EXPERIMENT ACCIDENT: PALO ALTO (AP) - Fire officials in the San Francisco Bay Area say a high school teacher suffered first- and second-degree burns in a science experiment accident.
LONG BEACH (AP) - What's it going to take to get people to use a lot less water in drought-stricken California, the Technicolor landscape of lush yards, emerald golf courses and aquamarine swimming pools?
ARTESIA (AP) - The Rev. Robert H. Schuller didn't wait for the faithful to flock to his upstart church in Southern California - he took his message to them.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday ordered California's corrections department to provide a transgender inmate with sex reassignment surgery, the first time such an operation has been ordered in the state.
ECHO LAKE (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order on Wednesday for mandatory water conservation in cities and towns statewide means people inside and outside California will start feeling more of the pain of the state's four-year severe drought.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - While much of the nation shivered, many Western cities sweltered through their hottest March on record.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Be prepared to pay a bit more if you're headed to some national parks and recreation areas this summer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The City Council on Wednesday agreed to spend more than $1 billion over 30 years to repair its sidewalks, settling a lawsuit filed by disabled residents who said they couldn't navigate broken walkways, potholed crosswalks and curbs that lacked wheelchair ramps.