EX-CON GETS 148 YEARS IN SMOKING CONFRONTATION: BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - An elderly California ex-con has been sentenced to 148 years to life in prison for pulling a knife on a security guard who asked him to put out his cigarette.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Independently drawn political boundaries and a new way of electing lawmakers are expected to change the face of the California Legislature and could bring Democrats total control of the state Senate.
PALO ALTO (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives addressed about 200 prospective investors Friday at a hotel luncheon in Silicon Valley.
SF teachers vote to support possible strike
WORKER BURIED IN 8-FOOT-DEEP TRENCH DIES: BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - A worker who was buried in an 8-foot-deep trench outside a Beverly Hills home died Thursday afternoon before firefighters could free him from the loose soil.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The giant asteroid Vesta got clobbered not once but twice, and it has the scars to prove it.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Seven years ago, the nation's eighth-largest city was a poster child for fiscal mismanagement. Criminal investigations were in full swing, its bond rating was suspended, audits were long overdue, and the mayor resigned in disgrace.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Parents would have to take a trip to the doctor's office before opting out of vaccines if a bill approved by the state Assembly on a party line vote Thursday becomes law.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown made a personal appeal Thursday for California voters to support his tax-hike initiative, saying their support is crucial because the state's finances have been "screwed up" for a decade.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California education leaders agreed Thursday to join 37 other states that have sought relief from the most strenuous requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law, which expects all students to be at grade level in math and reading by 2014.
REDDING (AP) - A young male wolf from Oregon that has won worldwide fame while trekking across mountains, deserts and highways looking for a mate has had what appears to be his first close encounter with people, and got his picture taken, to boot.
WOMAN, 18, FACING CHARGES IN TORCHING OF BED
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two decades after approving term limits to force entrenched state lawmakers from office, California voters are being given a chance to change the law with an initiative its supporters say will encourage more consistency and stability.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California filed a lawsuit Wednesday against protesters occupying a patch of University of California, Berkeley property where they planted crops nearly two weeks ago.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge overturned a nearly $10,000 small claims judgment against American Honda Motor Co. that was won by a car owner who said the automaker misrepresented that her hybrid Civic could get 50 miles per gallon, according to a ruling released Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A lawyer for a California state senator charged last week with accepting bribes and gun trafficking on Monday challenged the three-year FBI investigation that led to the arrest.
HEALDSBURG (AP) - The threat of wildfire heightened by the state's drought has prompted CalFire to beef up its seasonal firefighting ranks ahead of schedule.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A cold storm system that promises up to one foot of snow in the Sierra Nevada and steady showers in the San Francisco Bay Area is moving into California.
• DEACON WHO FELL INTO GRAVE SUES ARCHDIOCESE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A deacon who accidentally fell into a grave during a burial at San Gabriel Mission Cemetery is suing the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
LA HABRA, Calif. (AP) - Experts say a bigger earthquake along the lesser-known fault that gave Southern California a moderate shake could do more damage to the region than the long-dreaded "Big One" from the more famous San Andreas Fault.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Inspired by a former president, Shirley Jones can't wait to jump into her birthday plans.
CHULA VISTA (AP) - The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran's second-grader, it also measures her son's body fat.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's emergency water system is not adequate for putting out multiple fires at once during a major disaster like a strong earthquake, according to current and former fire officials.
REDDING (AP) - An explosion of illegal marijuana growing operations in Shasta County is taxing local law enforcement's ability to keep up, according to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After a 10-year-old California girl traveled to the Vatican to plead with Pope Francis for help as her father faced deportation, the man was released Friday on bond from immigration detention.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California nuclear power plant violated rules by failing to get approval before eliminating 39 emergency-response jobs after the plant closed last year, government regulators said Friday.
ALAMEDA (AP) - A San Francisco man narrowly survived being squashed after a propane tank exploded nearby, sending a large piece of metal smashing into the rear end of the man's car.
MERCED, (AP) - A cook at a county jail in Central California is behind bars after officials say he smuggled in marijuana, tobacco and cell phones for inmates.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California man faces 16 years in prison after being convicted by a jury of torturing and killing dogs.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate voted Friday to suspend three lawmakers caught up in separate criminal cases after the latest one to be hauled into court refused to step down, the most serious house-cleaning action the chamber has taken in more than a century.