SACRAMENTO (AP) - State senators on Thursday recalled former legislator Nicholas Petris as a monumental figure in California politics who championed some of the state's most enduring policies during nearly four decades in the Legislature.
FRESNO (AP) - Commercial beekeepers and environmental organizations filed a lawsuit Thursday against federal regulators for not banning the use of two pesticides they say harm honeybees.
Oakland council members accused of breaking law
LA GIRL, 14, DIES AFTER INHALING COMPUTER CLEANER: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 14-year-old Los Angeles honors student has died after inhaling a computer keyboard dust cleaner, apparently to get high.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland school board has narrowly voted to shut down three of California's highest-performing public schools amid allegations of fraud and financial mismanagement.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The panel that sets salaries for the governor, lawmakers and state elected officials indicated Thursday that it was not inclined to raise pay even if California runs a budget surplus this year.
WATSONVILLE (AP) - A California woman and her two sons are back together after the boys were kidnapped and held for ransom in Mexico for more than a year.
SUPSCIOUS DEVICE CLOSES HIGHWAYS: STOCKTON - A suspicious device discovered on the Waterloo Road overpass prompted officials to close the overpass, as well as portions of Highways 99 and 88 in Stockton Thursday morning.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Northern California judge has ruled that private text messages, emails and other electronic communications sent and received by San Jose officials about city affairs are public records.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - In a move that is raising concern about limiting access to public documents, California courts could charge $10 for each record search under a proposal included in Gov. Jerry Brown's budget.
2 SENTENCED FOR COLLECTING PRISONER'S UNEMPLOYMENT
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five former elected officials of the small, blue-collar California city of Bell were convicted Wednesday of multiple counts of misappropriating public funds by paying themselves huge salaries while raising taxes on residents.
PAROLEE CHARGED IN BERKELEY DANCE CLUB SHOOTING: BERKELEY . (AP) - A parolee is facing attempted murder, robbery and other charges in a shooting at a crowded Berkeley dance club that left two employees wounded.
OAKLAND (AP) - A parolee is facing federal charges in the theft of a valuable Gold Rush-era jewelry box from the Oakland Museum of California, authorities said.
FRESNO (AP) - A California Highway Patrol assistant chief has been charged with felony accessory and conspiracy in connection with helping his son - a convicted rapist - flee the country to Mexico.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Violent and property crimes dropped significantly across California last year, the state attorney general said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and others on Thursday appealed a proposed $1.4 billion penalty against PG&E in a deadly 2010 gas-pipeline explosion, in a case that has raised repeated accusations of cozy relations between the utility and state regulators.
• COURT TELLS SCHOOL TRUSTEE TO AVOID SON'S SCHOOL: SAN JOSE (AP) - A Santa Clara County court has ordered a local school trustee to stay away from his son's school and the school's principal.
SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Citing broad exemptions under California's legislative records law, the state Senate is keeping secret a taxpayer-funded report about Capitol staff hiring friends and relatives despite calls by lawmakers, statewide candidates and public interest groups that it be released.
MADERA (AP) - A Native American tribe's plan for a Las Vegas-style casino in the Central Valley nearly 40 miles from its reservation has drawn opposition from other casino-owning tribes in the state.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The family of a California teenager who was declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery is seeking an unprecedented court order declaring her alive, the family's lawyer said Thursday.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Two sex offenders were indicted Thursday after authorities said they raped and killed four women while the men wore GPS tracking monitors.
REDDING (AP) - A former firefighter charged with setting a Northern California wildfire that left one person dead and destroyed hundreds of structures has been ordered to stand trial for homicide and other charges.
FRESNO (AP) - Deputies have arrested four young men - one adult and three juveniles - suspected of breaking into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killing more than 900 birds with a golf club in California.
STOCKTON (AP) - Striking at the sanctity of public pensions in California, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that U.S. bankruptcy law allows the city of Stockton to treat pension fund obligations like other debts, meaning the city could trim benefits.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco will pay $15 million to the family of a woman who was fatally struck by a city pickup truck last year while she lay with her baby in a public park.
MONTEREY (AP) - People who sit or lie on sidewalks in Monterey's commercial areas can now face $100 fines.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco launched free Wi-Fi access at more than 30 public parks, plazas and recreation areas on Wednesday, thanks to a grant from Google.
OAKLAND (AP) - State officials say hundreds of steel rods on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have been exposed to water that could cause corrosion.
• 920 CHICKENS KILLED WITH GOLF CLUB: FRESNO (AP) - Authorities in central California are searching for one or more suspects who broke into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killed more than 900 birds with a golf club.