BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Dinner was just getting served to a crowd of doctors and elected officials when a cry to dial 911 rang out at The Mark restaurant.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Calling it a "matter of justice," Gov. Jerry Brown put his signature on a bill that will hike California's minimum wage to $10 an hour within three years, making it one of the highest rates in the nation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It took just a week for nearly 300 students who got iPads from their Los Angeles high school to figure out how to alter the security settings so they could surf the Web and access social media sites.
LEGAL CLAIM FILED IN SF BAY AREA CHILD ABUSE CASE: CONCORD, Calif. (AP) - A new legal claim accuses officials at a San Francisco Bay Area school district of failing to report suspected child abuse by a teacher who is now charged with molesting numerous students.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday ordered creation of a statewide earthquake early warning system that could give millions of Californians a few precious seconds of warning before a powerful temblor strikes.
GETTING CALIF. CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMITS VARIES: LODI (AP) - Obtaining a concealed weapon permit in California is a roll of the dice as the standards vary wildly from agency to agency, according to a report.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Federal judges agreed Tuesday to extend an end-of-year deadline for reducing California's prison population in hopes of finding a long-term solution to an overcrowding crisis that has forced the state to spend billions of dollars to improve inmate medical care.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - California prison officials say they have met a federal judge's order to transfer nearly 2,000 prisoners prone to valley fever from two Central Valley prisons in areas particularly hard-hit by the fungal infection.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - About 60,000 people have come from all over the world to attend Oracle's biggest customer conference of the year, but Oracle CEO Larry Ellison left no doubt Tuesday that his boating team's defense of the America's Cup is a higher priority.
ALTURAS (AP) - A second far Northern California county has voted to secede from the state after Modoc County supervisors voted 4-0 in favor of secession.
PLEASANTON MAN INVESTIGATING NOISE ATTACKED: PLEASANTON (AP) - Authorities say a San Francisco Bay Area man was beaten into a coma after trying to quiet a group of people making noise near his home.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The state Public Utilities Commission is considering a proposal that two major California utilities not be allowed to increase customers' bills to recover money they had to spend purchasing power from other sources after the San Onofre nuclear generating plant shut down.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal regulators announced Monday they are considering slapping a California utility with two violations for problems that eventually led to the permanent closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Minors in California will have a chance to remove embarrassing photographs and potentially damaging postings on social media websites under a bill that has been signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday he has signed legislation requiring California drivers to stay at least 3 feet away when passing bicyclists.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who is regarded as the Republican Party's best hope for winning a statewide office in November, introduced herself on Tuesday as an outsider who would bring fiscal independence as California's state controller.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An environmental group asked federal regulators Tuesday to idle California's last operating nuclear plant to review whether its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly has approved legislation that would require imitation airsoft guns to be sold in transparent or bright colors to avoid deadly mix-ups with police officers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge has overturned part of a California law requiring a 10-day waiting period for gun buyers, ruling that it does not apply to those who already own firearms.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly on Monday rejected legislation that would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, but the bill could be heard again later this week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.
MAN GUILTY IN RUSSIAN ROULETTE KILLING: FRESNO (AP) - A Central California man has been convicted of killing his friend playing a version of Russian roulette.
NAPA (AP) - The earthquake that jarred California's wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass in the rush to get the tourist hotspot back in shape for the summer's final holiday weekend.
BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) - Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor strike, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects.
WEAVERVILLE (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.
LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are pushing to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January, but their efforts appear to be dead with just a week to go in the legislative session.
KINGS BEACH (AP) - A Lake Tahoe woman who was attacked by a black bear in her backyard could become the first person in the area charged with illegally feeding the wild animals.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three people killed and four others injured within the span of an hour Sunday in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles were victims of random attacks that may have been carried out by the same gunmen, police said.