SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fewer California public schools met state and federal benchmarks that are used to evaluate how well schools educate youngsters, although high school students improved their performance on an exit exam required for graduation, according to results released Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Traffic around the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was sluggish on Thursday after the span was closed and work progressed on its new eastern stretch set to open early next week.
YUBA CITY (AP) - The veteran district attorney in a largely rural Northern California county is caught in a story fit for the tabloids, with the 65-year-old grandfather and former Rotary Club president being investigated in a fire that gutted the home of a former escort with whom he had an affair.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - A high school football player has died after collapsing on the field during a game.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's second-largest school district has begun providing iPads to its students, hoping to boost achievement and put low-income students on a footing with wealthier ones.
FAIRFIELD (AP) - Residents are trying to pick up the pieces a day after a grass fire tore through a Northern California neighborhood, destroying five homes and damaging 10 others.
FAMILY NO LONGER SEEKS KIDNAPPED CALIF. TEEN'S DNA: SAN DIEGO (AP) - The sister of a man suspected of kidnapping a 16-year-old girl and killing the teen's mother and younger brother said she no longer wants paternity tests to determine if the suspect fathered the children.
GROVELAND (AP) - Firefighters battling the giant wildfire burning in the Sierra Nevada added a California National Guard Predator drone to their arsenal Wednesday to give them almost immediate views of any portion of the flames chewing through rugged forests in and around Yosemite National Park.
CHICO. (AP) - An 18-year-old student at California State University, Chico, has died after being struck in the head by a large tree branch that fell about 20 feet.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commuters slogged through heavy traffic over the Depression-era San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for the last time Wednesday before it is closed in preparation for a new $6.4 billion span opening early next week.
NEW YORK (AP) - Fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries today might run into striking workers instead.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - In a direct slap to Gov. Jerry Brown, his fellow Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday rejected his plan for dealing with California's prison crisis, throwing the state's response to a federal court order into chaos.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Plastic foam food containers may soon be a thing of the past in San Jose.
CALIF. HIGH COURT ALLOWS SEX PREDATOR'S RELEASE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Supreme Court has denied Los Angeles County's appeal to stop the release of sexually violent predator Christopher Hubbart.
GROVELAND (AP) - Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - California, the country's third-largest oil-producing state, has improperly given oil companies more than 2,500 permits to inject production fluids and oilfield waste into underground water supplies that are used for drinking water or irrigation, state records show.
ARMED WOMAN KILLED BY CALIFORNIA POLICE TRIED 3 CARJACKINGS: EMERYVILLE (AP) - A Northern California woman who was shot and killed by police had pointed a gun at store security guards and then tried to carjack at least three people at gunpoint before turning her revolver on officers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco is getting pushback from some parents, students and teachers at parochial schools after unveiling faculty handbook language calling on teachers to lead their public and professional lives consistently with church teachings on homosexuality, same-sex marriage, abortion, birth control and other behaviors he describes as evil.
PERRIS (AP) - A reef made of giant tires that was sunk 40 years ago in a Southern California lake has broken the surface again, thanks to the drought.
MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Hometown friends and fans of "To Kill A Mockingbird" author Harper Lee are struggling to reconcile a publisher's sensational announcement - that her decades-old manuscript for a sequel had been rediscovered and will be released - with the image of the elderly writer at her sister's recent funeral.
MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago police officer was acquitted Wednesday in the death of a 95-year-old World War II veteran whom he shot with a beanbag gun at an assisted living facility.
KINGS BEACH (AP) - The mild winter has taken a toll on Sierra ski resorts but the lack of snow has some golfers hitting the links much earlier than usual at a course with a long history on Lake Tahoe's north shore.
VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) - Federal investigators looking into a fiery commuter train wreck that killed six people zeroed in Wednesday on what they called the big question on everyone's mind: Why was the driver of an SUV stopped on the tracks, between the lowered crossing gates?
NEW YORK (AP) - NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams apologized Wednesday for incorrectly claiming as recently as last week that he rode on a helicopter that came under enemy fire when he was reporting in Iraq in 2003.
SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A former Northern California RadioShack employee was charged with stealing revealing photos from the smartphone of a woman who had brought in the device to have its cracked screen fixed.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - An officer feared he was in danger when he twice used a stun gun on a 78-year-old diabetic driver with low blood sugar who crashed into several cars and refused orders to stop, police say.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Most California drivers would pay an extra $52 a year under a proposal to raise $2 billion a year to fix the state's crumbling roads, bridges and highways.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Today's high school seniors aren't partying and socializing as much as their parents' generation - they're too busy trying to get into college, and when they get there, some don't feel good about themselves, a new survey reports.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A man charged with killing two Northern California sheriff's deputies stunned a courtroom Wednesday by blurting out that he committed the crimes and is ready to be executed.
STOCKTON (AP) - The family of a bank robbery hostage who was shot and killed in Stockton blamed police for the death Wednesday and demanded the city take financial responsibility.