APPEALS COURT HEARS CHALLENGE TO GAY THERAPY BAN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's novel law seeking to ban licensed counselors from trying to turn gay teens straight is boiling down to a question over whether the therapy is free speech or a medical treatment that can be regulated by government.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials in charge of building a new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge repeatedly questioned the work and quality control of companies involved in making long seismic safety bolts that broke while being tightened.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A proposal that sought to ban smoking in apartments and condominiums has failed in an Assembly committee.
SAN JOSE COUNCIL APPROVES CORPORATE JET FACILITY: SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Despite complaints by residents, the City Council has approved an $82 million facility for corporate jets at Mineta San Jose International Airport.
SARATOGA. (AP) - A school superintendent said Wednesday that officials could not expel three teenage boys charged with sexually battering a classmate at a party last fall, even after she hanged herself and her family complained that a humiliating photo of the assault was being circulated.
SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Records show the Army commander of a former soldier who gunned down two California police detectives had allowed him to resign from the military instead of face a court-martial when he was twice accused of rape.
BOY ARRESTED WITH GUN AT LODI SCHOOL: LODI - A 13-year-old boy is in juvenile hall after being found with a .22 caliber revolver and four bullets at his Lodi school Tuesday, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers took their first step toward moving a gun control legislative package Tuesday, following similar tough firearm and ammunition restrictions enacted in several other states in the wake of recent shooting rampages.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's commander has been disciplined for having a ringtone with a mock Asian voice and for comments he made after his personal cellphone rang during a meeting with top brass.
SHUTTLE TO DRIVE HIKERS ATOP EAST BAY PARK: PLEASANTON (AP) - A shuttle will soon drive visitors up to Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park and officials hope to expand the service across the Bay Area's largest park system.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday it's unlikely that changes he's seeking to the state's environmental protection law can be accomplished this year, although a top Senate Democrat says he's still pursuing reforms.
INTERNAL REPORT: CPUC SAFETY CULTURE IS LAX: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A consultant's confidential report on the California Public Utilities Commission makes sharp criticisms of its executive director and finds the agency's safety culture severely lacking.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former professional athletes who have battled countless injuries since they left the game on Monday criticized proposed legislation that would restrict players from collecting workers' compensation benefits in California.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The death row inmate who killed guitarist Elvin Bishop's daughter and four others died of an apparent suicide, California prison officials announced Monday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislation that would provide funding for California's substance-abuse tracking system passed its first committee on Monday at the urging of state Attorney General Kamala Harris.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Neighborhood council members are asking elected officials to bring topless sunbathing back to Venice Beach.
TATER TOTS, COMFY COUCH WAYLAY PETAMULA BURGLAR: PETALUMA (AP) - Police say a would-be burglar got sidetracked by snacks and a comfy place to snooze, heating up some tater tots and taking a nap on the sofa of the house he broke into.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - About 1,500 farms and individuals in the Central Valley were ordered Thursday to stop taking water from rivers and streams for irrigation, the latest move by state regulators to save water amid intensifying drought conditions.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's corrections department has rejected a recommendation that its inspector general says could help reduce an extraordinarily high homicide rate in state prisons, officials said Thursday.
KEENE (AP) - Hundreds gathered Thursday to see military honors bestowed at the graveside of Cesar Chavez, and despite more than two decades passing since his death, his sister said she felt his presence, just as he brought life to the farmworkers' movement on the fields of Central California.
• CALIFORNIA BILL WOULD END FINES FOR BROWN LAWNS IN DROUGHT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly has approved legislation protecting residents from fines if they do not water their lawn during the drought.
KEENE (AP) - Civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez is going to be honored for a different kind of service.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state government reported meeting its own overall water conservation goal for 2014, though data released Wednesday showed half the agencies fell short of the 20 percent target while the drought worsened.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 143 million people in the Lower 48 states now live on shaky ground, earthquake scientists say.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of a proposal that would require California schoolchildren to be vaccinated vowed to continue their fight after a Senate committee overwhelmingly approved the bill Wednesday.
BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Beverly Hills residents and business owners could be fined up to $1,000 for violating new water restrictions passed by the city following an order from the governor to limit water use amid California's drought.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities say four people were killed in a wrong-way crash that blocked several lanes of a freeway in Sacramento.
CUOPERTINO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard said Tuesday it will sell its Snapfish online photo business to District Photo as HP prepares to split into two companies.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday approved a prohibition on performances using wild animals, joining dozens of other places that frown upon the display of bears and big cats, elephants and monkeys for human entertainment.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California lawmaker who is proposing to limit the number of schoolchildren who are exempt from being vaccinated said Tuesday that he's optimistic the bill will advance after a vote was delayed one week.