SACRAMENTO (AP) - California faces $340 billion in debts, or more than $8,500 for each of its 38 million residents, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office said Wednesday in recommending that the state set priorities for paying down its key long-term liabilities.
PALO ALTO (AP) - California is back in the running for a massive battery plant that electric car maker Tesla Motors plans to start building this year, but CEO Elon Musk said the state remains in the "improbable" category for winning the plant because of the time it will take to win regulatory approval.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The board that oversees California's $68 billion high-speed rail project voted Wednesday to unanimously adopt a planned route for its second and most substantial section to date, a 114-mile stretch between Fresno and Bakersfield.
MERCED (AP) - Officials said Wednesday that they have arrested 51 people in Central California, crippling a drug organization linked to a powerful prison gang.
OAKLAND (AP) - Federal and state wildlife officials are investigating a tree-trimming operation in Oakland that witnesses say sent baby birds into a wood chipper, a newspaper reported.
• LEAKS ON NEW BAY BRIDGE WON'T SPUR FURTHER COSTS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California transportation official says leaks found on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that are allowing rainwater to seep into the structure should not result in more maintenance costs.
SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer faces a $10 billion decision in a few months.
• SCHOOL CRACKS DOWN ON 'PROM DRAFT': NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A principal at a Southern California high school is cracking down on a student tradition called "prom draft" that involves male students ranking female students and then selecting a date from the favored pool.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's primary for governor this year has become a race for second place. With Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, widely predicted to take the top spot, two Republican candidates with starkly contrasting views and styles are jostling for financial and voter support.
BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Water has flowed from Northern California's snow-capped peaks to the south's parched cities ever since the California Aqueduct was built in the 1960s. Now, amid one of the worst droughts in history, state officials are considering an audacious plan to send some of the water back uphill.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Senate's chief security officer abruptly resigned Tuesday from a post he held for 34 years after he withheld information about drug use by a staff member from the chamber's elected leader.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court appeared reluctant Tuesday to require large retailers to keep a defibrillator in stores in case customers suffer cardiac arrest.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Getting to, from and around Los Angeles International Airport has never been easy. Airport officials said Tuesday it's going to get worse.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Prosecutors in Santa Clara County said human error by a technician led to six false positive drug tests at its crime lab.
MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook wants to increase its advertising and get more clicks on all kinds of ads. It believes tapping into the lucrative small business market will help it achieve those goals.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A second steel rod anchoring a tower along the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge failed a critical strength test, marking the latest problem for the replacement structure, a newspaper reported Thursday.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Firefighters, emergency workers and officials from Plains All American Pipeline had gathered last week at a fire station preparing to train for the worst - an oil spill - when a 911 call came in reporting a noxious smell in the air at a nearby beach.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California is betting big - $1.4 billion over five years - that connecting high school studies to specific careers will get more students to graduate, go on to college and find well-paying jobs.
OAKLAND (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court is letting a Northern California county's drug disposal law stand, paving the way for similar ordinances elsewhere.
POINT REYES STATION (AP) - Another dead whale washed ashore in Northern California, the 12th carcass that has appeared in the past few months and marks a higher-than-normal number of deaths but not a record.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A set of triplets from Newport Beach will have a bit of home on campus next fall after all three were accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC CO. PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric will be looking for a new director as the man who led the company through a deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area is retiring.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has apologized for a post on social media Tuesday that referenced flood-ravaged Houston, where San Francisco opens the preseason Aug. 15.
AGENT: 'LAWRENCE OF ARABIA' STAR OMAR SHARIF HAS ALZHEIMER'S: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Legendary "Lawrence of Arabia" actor Omar Sharif is battling Alzheimer's disease, his agent Steve Kenis confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday.
SYDNEY (AP) - California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Assembly leaders control a large annual operations budget that they regularly tap into to boost services of their choosing without a single hearing or vote.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - An 11-year-old Northern California boy who last year was lauded by President Barack Obama for becoming one of the youngest in the nation to graduate high school has now earned three community college degrees.
BODEGA BAY (AP) - Authorities say an abalone diver died in the water off the Sonoma County coast.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal grand jury is investigating ties between executives with California's largest utility and state regulators, a newspaper reported Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly on Friday advanced one of the nation's toughest bans on plastic, exfoliating microbeads that are polluting waterways.