SACRAMENTO (AP) - The fine for illegally using a cellphone while driving in California would increase from $20 to $30 under a bill approved by the state Senate on Monday, although the actual cost would climb to at least $199 for first offenders once court fees are collected.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown wants California's state government employees to take a 5 percent pay cut to help balance the budget.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California will need to build its high-speed train line in record time if it doesn't want to risk losing federal funds - indeed, it will have to be the fastest piece of transportation construction in U.S. history, experts said.
Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposes $8.3 billion in spending cuts for the fiscal year that begins July 1, as well as tax revenue he hopes to generate from his proposed temporary increases in the sales tax and income taxes on the wealthy. The cuts Brown proposed include:
Solo drivers embracing SF South Bay toll lanes
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A $670 million overhaul at California's San Onofre nuclear plant was expressly intended to avoid the types of ailments that have sidelined its twin reactors.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two retired generators at a Southern California power plant are back online, to help take up the slack from the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant this summer.
SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo swept out Scott Thompson as CEO Sunday in an effort to clean up a mess created by an exaggeration about his education that destroyed his credibility as he set out to turnaround the long-troubled Internet company.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Police searched Sunday for a drive-by shooter who gunned down the president of a San Diego motorcycle club as he worked in the clubhouse driveway, while members of the group he led mourned and paid tribute to the man they called "Wild Dogg."
MORGAN HILL (AP) - A Northern California mother is spending her Mother's Day with worries that most mothers will never have to face.
• CALIFORNIA FACING HIGHER $16 BILLION SHORTFALL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's budget deficit has swelled to a projected $16 billion - much larger than had been predicted just months ago - and will force severe cuts to schools and public safety if voters fail to approve tax increases in November, Gov. Jerry Brown said Saturday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two people have been charged with extortion after police detectives say they arrested the pair for trying to sell what they said was embarrassing information about Stevie Wonder.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown abruptly booted a doctor from a state advisory panel after she appeared in industry-funded television ads slamming a proposed tobacco tax to fund cancer research.
MODESTO (AP) - Police are looking for a group of thieves who used a pickup truck to smash into a Modesto jewelry store and made off with thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.
MODESTO (AP) - A judge entered a not guilty plea Friday on behalf of a Modesto teenager who is charged with trying to kill her newborn daughter with rat poison after seeking others to do it for her.
YOUNTVILLE (AP) - Geologists are reporting a 3.7-magnitude earthquake in Northern California.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO and leaving the company following protests over his support of a gay marriage ban in California.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health exchange announced Thursday that enrollment in private insurance plans had exceeded 1.2 million by an initial deadline earlier this week, although officials acknowledged they have more work ahead to reduce the number of people who remain uninsured.
• CHP PLANE HELPS IN ARREST OF OAKLAND MOTORCYCLIST: OAKLAND (AP) - A motorcyclist doing wheelies and other stunts at high speeds on a Bay Area freeway was arrested after a California Highway Patrol airplane caught him on video.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new mobile messaging application called FireChat is empowering nearby smartphone users to stay in touch even when there's no cellular service or Internet connection.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Campaign consultant Keith Jackson operated largely outside the spotlight for years as a political power broker in San Francisco.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Democratic resolution denouncing the outsourcing of government functions to private contractors passed the Assembly on Thursday after prompting a spirited partisan debate about the role of government.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill moving through the Legislature protects people in homeowner associations from retribution if they take steps to reduce water use for landscaping.
NEW YORK (AP) - The latest pitchman in Samsung's marketing machine: an unwitting President Barack Obama.
BENICIA, Calif. (AP) - Local and state leaders are raising concerns about a San Francisco Bay Area refinery's plan to move as many as 100 train cars of flammable crude oil daily through Northern California cities.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials have shot down environmentalists' attempt to stall Google, Facebook and other tech giants from using public bus stops for private employee shuttles, despite concerns that Silicon Valley firms are getting preferential treatment over locals.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An artist is making it difficult to believe there's actually a copy of Justin Bieber's latest album for sale in Los Angeles.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown defended his 3-year-old criminal justice realignment law Wednesday but also told California law enforcement organizations that he is open to making improvements.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Mountain View has declared a water shortage emergency as the San Francisco Bay Area city faces the statewide drought.
AUBURN (AP) - A California runner who walked out of the wilderness after being lost for two bone-chilling nights didn't follow a basic rule of search-and-rescue - stay put, wilderness experts said Wednesday. Still, he beat the odds.