SOLEDAD (AP) - Soledad, the Salinas Valley farm town that hugs Highway 101, is hoping for a much-needed economic boost now that a nearby protected mountain area called the Pinnacles has been designated as a national park.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials are pushing hard- some say too hard - for money to recover the costs of fighting wildfires, The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday.
FRESNO (AP) - A convicted rapist was captured in Mexico, and his father - a California Highway Patrol assistant chief - was arrested for allegedly helping him flee, authorities said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A new report shows Gov. Jerry Brown let stand 80 percent of a state board's decisions to parole murderers from California prisons.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - U.S. Sens. Harry Reid and Dianne Feinstein urged the Sierra Club not to delay implementation of a new plan to guide future development at Lake Tahoe - shortly before the environmental group sued over it.
SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner hid in a mountain condominium as a door-to-door manhunt took place outside and, after he finally made his break, apparently killed himself with a gunshot wound to the head amid a fierce gun battle with police.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Santa Clara man was charged Friday with possessing assault weapons, explosives and bomb-making materials after the California Highway Patrol tracked an emailed death threat sent to Democratic state Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco.
DMV CANCELS HALF-FINISHED TECHNOLOGY OVERHAUL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials have canceled a half-finished Department of Motor Vehicles technology overhaul of the vehicle registration process.
IRVINE (AP) - Investigators say at least 70 teenagers have come forward in a Facebook lewd photos case involving a male Southern California teacher who posed as a girl to lure boys into online relationships.
High school student in camo, gas mask arrested
SACRAMENTO CO. OFFICIALS FIND UNCOUNTED BALLOTS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento County elections officials say they have found 407 uncounted ballots cast in the Nov. 6 election.
BIG BEAR LAKE . (AP) - Karen and Jim Reynolds say they came face to face with fugitive Christopher Dorner, not on a snow-covered mountain trail, but inside their cabin-style condo.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state senator said Thursday that a man threatened to kill him unless he stopped pushing legislation to ban devices that allow swift reloading of military-style assault weapons.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California appeals court says Ryan O'Neal's defamation case against a man who accused him of stealing a valuable portrait of the late Farrah Fawcett should be allowed to continue.
SF SHERIFF INVITES INMATES TO DANCE ON V-DAY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Several dozen inmates in San Francisco Bay area jails shimmied and sweat Thursday in a behind bars choreography aimed at symbolizing an end to violence against women on Valentine's Day.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.
OAKLAND (AP) - The University of California will examine whether it admits too many out-of-state and international students as it develops a budget for the next academic year that might include the system's first tuition increases in four years, university President Janet Napolitano said Tuesday.
BELL GARDENS (AP) - The mayor of a Los Angeles suburb was shot to death Tuesday during an argument with his wife, who was taken into custody, authorities said.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California woman arrested with a trash bin containing her ex-boyfriend's body parts has been sentenced to 26 years to life in prison.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Responding to concerns raised by gay and transgender students and employees, University of California President Janet Napolitano directed the system's 10 campuses on Monday to create more gender-neutral restrooms and to allow students to update their records with a preferred name that does not necessarily match their legal name.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has exhausted its initial firefighting budget just three months into its fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration said Monday, requiring the drought-plagued state to shift $70 million from a reserve fund as it enters what is traditionally the worst of its fire season.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he had signed a bill allowing local governments a partial replacement tool for financing infrastructure projects such as water systems, transit facilities and affordable housing.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Efforts to relocate protected birds so the old eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge can be torn down could cost the state more than $30 million, a newspaper said Monday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he signed a package of bills to help foster children in California by encouraging early placement with relatives and extending support to finish college.
FRESNO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 22-year-old Fresno man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for aiming a laser pointer at a California Highway Patrol airplane.
BODY FOUND ON SHORE IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY: MARTINEZ (AP) - Authorities are investigating the discovery of a woman's body that was found washed up on the shore at Lone Tree Point in the San Francisco Bay area.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed on Saturday a group of bills aimed at promoting transparency in governance and greater disclosure in political campaigns, saying existing laws on those matters are enough.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Banks are reaping bigger fees whenever customers overdraw their checking accounts or use ATMs that are not affiliated with their lender, a new survey shows.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - With harvest time across California, many of the state's once-robust crops - from the grapes that make world-famous wines to popular almonds - are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to the state's historic drought.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Saturday a bill that he said will modernize California's century-old initiative process and provide better information to voters on ballot measures.