SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge ruled Thursday that California's treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional safeguards against cruel and unusual punishment through excessive use of pepper spray and isolation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Students and parents are calling for the return of a popular Los Angeles high school science teacher who was suspended from the classroom after students turned in projects that appeared dangerous to administrators.
RESNO (AP) - A man in an Alabama jail who has confessed to killing dozens across the country did not name the drug cartels he said employed him, a detective said.
SONOMA (AP) - A woman arrested for allegedly using fake credit cards at a Northern California casino showed up to court but left her 3-year-old daughter alone in her car with hypodermic syringes.
• Sea search suspended for missing boy: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rescue crews have suspended their search for a missing 14-year-old boy who disappeared while swimming with two family members at San Francisco's Ocean Beach.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The board that oversees the California High-Speed Rail Authority approved a new business plan to submit to state lawmakers Thursday, reflecting lower revenue projections but leaving the 2028 timeline for finishing the $68 billion bullet train unchanged despite legal setbacks that could cause delays.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. offered a $250,000 reward Thursday for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a startling attack mounted nearly a year ago on telephone lines and the power grid in Silicon Valley.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday she has dropped $300 million in emergency spending from drought-relief legislation to try to improve prospects for getting the bill passed.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department says a war memorial cross should remain on federal property atop a San Diego mountain, but it disagrees with cross supporters that an appeal should leapfrog straight to the U.S. Supreme Court.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Administrators at a Bakersfield high school say they're sorry a staff member publicly embarrassed students who aren't expected to graduate by naming them during a senior rally.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A small Southern California town has turned up the heat on the makers of the wildly popular Sriracha hot sauce, telling them that if they can't keep their bottling plant from smelling up the neighborhood, the city will.
ESCONDIDO (AP) - Residents of a defunct country club in San Diego County are raising a stink over the stench of manure used on the golf course.
SAN JOSE (AP) - So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five former elected officials pleaded no contest Wednesday to helping loot the city of Bell out of millions of dollars in a corruption scandal that gained national attention as it drove the working-class Los Angeles suburb to the brink of bankruptcy.
• ABANDONED CROC CAPTURED AT ROSEVILLE STRIP MALL: ROSEVILLE (AP) - This is one crocodile that didn't want to become a handbag.
FRESNO (AP) - Dozens of farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta submitted plans Monday to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty crops and leave some fields unplanted to meet voluntary water conservation targets amid the relentless California drought, officials said.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - A former Moreno Valley city councilman was sentenced to five years in federal prison on Monday for accepting more than $2 million bribes during a sting operation but no charges will be filed in an unrelated corruption investigation involving the entire council, it was reported.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An analysis found that the tallest redwood tree in Muir Woods in California is 777 years old - not the 1,500 years once assumed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - From drought-shaming to eco-boasting, willing or not, celebrities are playing a role in raising awareness about California's debilitating drought.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco lawmakers are taking another stab at curbing soda consumption seven months after local voters rejected taxing sugary drinks in the name of public health.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - A $4 million fire station that was supposed to open in Santa Rosa in April remains unused while city inspectors figure out if the structure's kitchen, dining room and bathrooms need to be wheelchair-accessible.
MILPITAS (AP) - Her electronic waste is someone else's treasure.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google has introduced a new proposal for expanding its Mountain View headquarters after city officials rejected most of its earlier proposal for a canopied campus addition.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - A wet May has pushed Lake Tahoe back up to its natural rim, but the lake will soon start dropping again because of the four-year drought.
MODESTO (AP) - Massage therapists and day spa owners in Modesto say they are being hurt by a 45-day moratorium city lawmakers imposed on the opening, expansion and relocation of bodywork businesses.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is looking for more than a few good men and women.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Driven by a historic drought, California regulators on Friday mandated that lawns and other landscaping on new and renovated homes and buildings across the parched state guzzle less water.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - On the afternoon of the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years, graduate student Natalie Phares quickly organized a volunteer bucket brigade to clean a beach north of Santa Barbara.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California senators too drunk to drive can turn to a 24-hour ride service funded by taxpayers, a local newspaper reports.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The legal battle over ownership of a 752-pound emerald may have been settled after six years and millions of dollars in legal and other costs.