GIRL, 14, FOUND DEAD INSIDE CAR AT MADERA SCHOOL: MADERA (AP) - Authorities say a 14-year-old girl was found dead inside a car in the parking lot of a high school in California's Central Valley.
REDDING (AP) - In the hours before fire crews were able to corral a wildfire in rural far Northern California, wind-driven flames fueled by dry grass and brush tore through communities at an estimated 500 acres an hour, giving residents just minutes to grab what they could and escape.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's minimum wage would rise to $10 an hour within three years under a bill that is all but certain to head to Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, giving the state one of the highest rates in the nation.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Legislature on Thursday approved naming the iconic western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, a towering California political figure who is both revered and reviled.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Immigrants who are in the country illegally would be able to get California driver's licenses under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate, but it was not immediately certain whether it would be sent to the governor this year.
BAY AREA SCHOOL TO NAME LIBRARY FOR SLAIN AMBASSADOR: PIEDMONT (AP) - A Northern California high school will name its library after the U.S. ambassador to Libya who was killed by insurgents in Benghazi last year.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly has approved a bill that would expand the services California pharmacists can provide to patients.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California will continue to outpace the nation in job growth over the next few years, narrowing an unemployment rate gap in a slow but uneven economic recovery that will leave unskilled workers behind, according to the UCLA Anderson Forecast released Thursday.
SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Employers would have to temporarily pay overtime to domestic workers under a bill approved Wednesday by the state Senate, but the mandate would expire in a few years unless the Legislature renews it.
RICHMOND (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area city voted Wednesday to try to expand a first-in-the-nation plan to use its power of eminent domain to seize hundreds of mortgages that exceed the value of homes.
THIEF HITS SF BAY AREA FIREHOUSE WHILE CREWS AWAY: WALNUT CREEK (AP) - Fire officials say crews battling a wildfire at a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park became burglary targets.
LEGISLATURE SENDS BROWN BILL ON CALIF. PRISON DEAL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature approved a compromise plan Wednesday to deal with California's prison crowding crisis by passing a bill asking federal judges to extend a deadline for releasing thousands of inmates.
FRESNO (AP) - The annual rate of hospitalizations for valley fever, a potentially lethal but often misdiagnosed disease, has doubled over the past 12 years in California, according to a study published on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Oil and gas drillers that use a technique known as fracking would face new rules in California under legislation that is one step away from the governor's desk.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill that would end traditional standardized testing of students in reading, math and social science, as the top federal education official threatened to withhold federal funds if the measure becomes law.
VALLEJO (AP) - The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage and the rubble in Vallejo got scant attention.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praised Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers Tuesday for approving a series of immigrant-friendly laws, saying California is taking a lead role in the absence of national immigration reform.
COSTA MESA (AP) - On a hot summer day, nearly two dozen Chinese tourists descended from a white shuttle bus for an afternoon of shopping at one of Southern California's signature upscale malls.
GEORGETOWN (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley has shut down public access to four waterfalls east of Sacramento, saying people were leaving trash and not following rules about alcohol, dogs and firearms.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert. It's a festival so remote and bizarre that the only limit to free expression is imagination ... and that dust that always gets into the electronics.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who is regarded as the Republican Party's best hope for winning a statewide office in November, introduced herself on Tuesday as an outsider who would bring fiscal independence as California's state controller.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An environmental group asked federal regulators Tuesday to idle California's last operating nuclear plant to review whether its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly has approved legislation that would require imitation airsoft guns to be sold in transparent or bright colors to avoid deadly mix-ups with police officers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge has overturned part of a California law requiring a 10-day waiting period for gun buyers, ruling that it does not apply to those who already own firearms.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly on Monday rejected legislation that would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, but the bill could be heard again later this week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.
MAN GUILTY IN RUSSIAN ROULETTE KILLING: FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man has been convicted of killing his friend playing a version of Russian roulette.
NAPA (AP) - The earthquake that jarred California's wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass in the rush to get the tourist hotspot back in shape for the summer's final holiday weekend.
BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) - Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor strike, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects.