SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown received praise from the Legislature's nonpartisan analyst Wednesday for producing a plan that could ultimately balance the state's perennially deficit-ridden budget, but the governor also received a sobering reminder that his proposal faces a number of obstacles in the months ahead.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. can safely increase its drinking water supply by reusing some of the 12 billion gallons of wastewater that pours down sewers and into the ocean each day, a panel of experts concludes in a new report.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA's latest rover to Mars fired its thrusters Wednesday to adjust its course to the red planet for a landing in August.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A long-serving and well-respected Orange County Superior Court judge was ordered removed from the bench Wednesday for fixing traffic tickets of family and friends.
Santa Clara approves 49ers stadium parking
OAKLAND (AP) - California will no longer allow counties to seek refunds from former welfare recipients who were minors when their caregivers were overpaid.
Driver gets prison in deadly Ceres crash
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California community college leaders have signed off on major policy changes aimed at boosting graduation and transfer rates in the 112-campus system, despite concerns the measures could hurt disadvantaged students.
BART to San Jose set for federal OK
Man arrested for death threat against Oakdale mayor
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Long-serving U.S. Rep. Wally Herger announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in November, the latest sign that a political shake-up is under way in California that will have implications from Washington to Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Just a week after Gov. Jerry Brown made his pitch for tax hikes and more spending cuts, the state controller on Tuesday reported that California is collecting less tax revenue than the governor projected and warned lawmakers that more cuts may be needed if the slide continues.
ROSAMOND (AP) - A man says he never expected to be arrested when he called for help at the animal rescue where he was facing eviction.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Seven in 10 pet owners say they believe animal shelters should be allowed to euthanize animals only when they are too sick to be treated or too aggressive to be adopted.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected California's plea to reinstate murder convictions in the 1970s-era Skid Row Stabber case in Los Angeles.
• Suspect in Northern California standoff found dead: FAIRFIELD (AP) - Police in Northern California say officers found a man suspected of shooting multiple rounds in his neighborhood dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a roughly eight-hour standoff. The Fairfield police SWAT team entered the suspect's home at 8:39 p.m. Monday. They killed an aggressive dog after a stun gun failed to subdue it and then found the man dead upstairs. He has not been identified.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to reconsider its ruling granting heightened legal protections to gays and lesbians, prompting three dissenting judges to warn of far-reaching implications in same-sex marriage cases in the Western United States.
OAKLAND (AP) - A student in a wheelchair who was seen on surveillance footage being repeatedly slapped by a Northern California high school security officer bears some responsibility for the incident, the security officer's attorney said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill creating a long-term plan to pay down California's $74 billion in unfunded teacher pension liabilities.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fifteen doctors, pharmacists and others medical professionals in Southern California have been charged in a $25 million workers' compensation scam that prosecutors say was linked to the death of a baby.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Mismanagement by the pilots of Asiana Flight 214, including confusion over whether one of the airliner's key controls was maintaining airspeed, caused the plane to crash while landing in San Francisco last year, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill responding to the sexual assault of a Northern California teenager who committed suicide after a photo of the attack was posted on social media was amended Tuesday to remove a mandatory two-year sentence for juvenile offenders.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's public universities need to do a better job of educating students and staff members about campus sexual harassment and violence policies and then keeping students who bring complaints informed about the status of their cases, the state auditor said Thursday.
• LUCAS CHOOSES CHICAGO FOR 'STARS WARS' MUSEUM: "Star Wars" creator George Lucas has selected Chicago to build his museum of art and movie memorabilia. Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, confirmed the decision Tuesday. McCaffrey did not have any immediate details about the much-anticipated decision by the filmmaker. But the choice is a major victory for Emanuel and the city, which was competing with San Francisco for the museum.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that large retailers aren't required to have defibrillators on hand to help treat customers and workers who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's city attorney issued a cease-and-desist demand Monday to a mobile app called Monkey Parking, which allows people to auction off public parking spaces that they're using to other nearby drivers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal, state and local authorities in California have made more than three dozen arrests and recovered 27 juveniles as part of an annual national crackdown on child sex trafficking.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's drought appears to be reducing the spread of a disease that threatens to wipe out huge swaths of oak trees in the state, a newspaper reported.
FRESNO (AP) - The country's next generation of farmers and ranchers may have a better chance at success with extra help that the federal government recently unveiled.
• MOUNTAIN LION FOUND IN BACKYARD: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A mountain lion is back in the wild after it was found in the backyard of a Sacramento home. The Sacramento Bee reports that the animal was discovered on Saturday night inside the fenced in yard. Sacramento police and a California Department of Fish and Wildlife warden helped tranquilize and capture it. It was released back into the wild on Sunday. The young male mountain lion weighed 70 pounds and was about 1 and ½ years old.