ELK GROVE (AP) - A Northern California city has launched a social media venture that connects residents in need with excess food that would otherwise go to waste.
• CAR CRASH KILLS TODDLER, INJURES 4 INCLUDING CHEF: NAPA (AP) - A car crash on a busy highway in Northern California on Sunday killed a 4-year-old boy and injured four people, including a well-known chef.
SANTA MONICA (AP) - Police arrested two Santa Monica High School students over a video-recorded classroom fight between a teacher and a pupil that sparked condemnation from a district official and a backlash from parents.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate has erased the names and online archives of three suspended lawmakers entangled in criminal cases.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly a quarter of inmates tested in a screening last year in California had used one or more illegal substances, leading state prison officials to propose increasing penalties for drug and alcohol use.
MODESTO (AP) - Two teenage girls stabbed in Northern California on Saturday are in stable condition at a hospital, and that a third younger victim is improving, authorities said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Four Smart cars were flipped over in an apparent vandalism spree Monday in two San Francisco neighborhoods.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park say a massive amount of rock has fallen from a cliff, closing a hiking trail.
• GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE TOLLS TO INCREASE BY $1: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commuters traveling across San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge are paying an extra dollar in tolls.
NEW YORK (AP) - On a beautiful Sunday last October, Detective Dan Douglas stood in a suburban Minnesota home and looked down at a lifeless 20-year-old - a needle mark in his arm, a syringe in his pocket. It didn't take long for Douglas to realize that the man, fresh out of treatment, was his second heroin overdose that day.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some states, including California, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. A look at what's happening in California:
NEW YORK (AP) - As the ranks of heroin users rise, increasing numbers of addicts are looking for help but are failing to find it - because there are no beds in packed facilities, treatment is hugely expensive and insurance companies won't pay for inpatient rehab.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Far fewer immigrants arrested by California law enforcement are being turned over to federal authorities for deportation since a new state law went into effect in January.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Where some see a queue of engineers awaiting private commuter shuttles, one San Francisco startup sees an opportunity to lure talent from top Silicon Valley tech firms.
ISLA VISTA (AP) - About 100 people were arrested and at least 44 people were taken to the hospital during a weekend college party in Southern California that devolved into a rock- and bottle-throwing melee.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden visited a power plant in Oaklandon Friday and spoke with veterans enrolled in a job-training program as part of a two-day swing through the Bay Area.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California regulators are speeding up water-efficiency standards for faucets and urinals in response to the drought.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators approved a record $1.6 billion penalty Thursday against PG&E for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes in suburban San Francisco.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Federal officials are investigating the discovery of a pipe bomb along a Sacramento freeway off-ramp, near where a similar device was found a month ago.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Citing concerns about hiring practices at California's second-largest utility, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators Thursday asked for an investigation into whether companies are firing American workers and replacing them with foreigners to cut costs.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California saw a record number of deaths from the West Nile virus last year, and the state's drought may have contributed to the spike in infections, according to health officials.
HESPERIA (AP) - A Southern California sheriff on Thursday ordered an immediate investigation after deputies were recorded beating and kicking a man who fled in a car and on horseback.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The teenage stowaway who flew in the wheel well of a jet from San Jose to Hawaii last spring is far from the only person who got past the security fences that protect California's busiest airports.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - PBS says it will air a newly restored version of Ken Burns' "The Civil War" this fall, 25 years after the documentary's debut.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Repeated natural-gas accidents - including a pipeline explosion that killed eight people - suggest that Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California's largest power utility, may be too big to operate safely, the state's top utility regulator says.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is done with gentle nudges and polite reminders to deal with its devastating drought.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A California district attorney said Wednesday that he will appeal a judge's decision to give a lighter sentence to a man who sodomized a 3-year-old girl.
SAN JOSE (AP) - A California woman with cancer says she got kicked off a flight home from Hawaii after being told she could not fly without a doctor's note.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have advanced a bill that would require schoolchildren in the state to be vaccinated.
SUNNYVALE (AP) - Police in Northern California say officers responding to a liquor-store robbery shot and killed a suspect reportedly armed with a knife.