SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican Andy Vidak has a substantial lead in the hotly contested race for a San Joaquin Valley state Senate seat, with county election officials reporting Wednesday that nearly 9,500 ballots remain to be counted.
COURT PETITION SEEKS EPA ACTION ON PESTICIDE DRIFT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Activists have filed another petition to force federal regulators to set safety standards that protect children from pesticides that drift from farm fields into nearby communities.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. government reached an agreement Wednesday with a Southern California school district to resolve claims the district discriminated against a transgender student.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California could see more than $300 million invested in television and online ads, billboards, door-to-door visits and other sales pitches and promotions to convince uninsured residents to enroll in national health care coverage, a potentially unprecedented level of spending to sell a government program in the nation's most populous state.
MOTORIST FACES TRIAL IN ELECTROCUTION DEATHS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California man has been ordered to stand trial for vehicular manslaughter in spite of his attorney's argument that the electrocution deaths of two good Samaritans trying to help after the crash were not his fault.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco lawmaker's proposal to close city parks overnight is drawing criticism from homeless advocates.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Sacramento County authorities are investigating a suspicious house fire at which an elderly man and his son were found dead and have named a person of interest in the case.
POINT ARENA . (AP) - Another piece of California's North Coast will join a patchwork of coastal lands where development is banned and public use is encouraged, a preservation group said Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's highest court refused Tuesday to block the state from sanctioning same-sex marriages while it considers a petition arguing that a voter-approved gay marriage ban remains valid in all but two counties.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A high school math teacher in Orange County has been charged with having sex with one of her students.
ELDERLY WOMAN ROBBED, PUNCHED BY TEENS IN ROBBERY: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Authorities say two teenagers pretending to look for a lost dog attacked a 90-year-old woman in her San Bernardino home before demanding cash and stealing her car.
FRESNO (AP) - The California High-Speed Rail Authority has put out a call for firms to handle engineering and surveying for its prospective route from Fresno to Bakersfield.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - More Californians went into foreclosure in the second quarter of this year - a blip in an overall trend that has seen more people hanging onto troubled property as home prices soar.
YMCA WORKER FACES MORE CHILD SEX CHARGES: MORGAN HILL (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area YMCA worker accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl he was tasked with watching is facing additional charges involving two other girls under his care.
ALHAMBRA (AP) - A giant tortoise found ambling down a street in suburban Los Angeles has been reunited with its owners.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study shows that less than 5 percent of actors in top Hollywood films are Hispanic, and that Latinas are more likely than women of any other ethnicity to appear partially or totally naked on screen.
BURNEY (AP) - Humid conditions gave crews hope in their battle against two wildfires in Northern California that have scorched more than 100 square miles and are menacing a small town on Monday, at a time when firefighters in Oregon and Washington state also aim to combat destructive blazes.
BERKELEY (AP) - Attorneys representing the family of former California football player Ted Agu are planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Regents of the University of California.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County prosecutors can seek the death penalty for a man who admitted killing eight people at a hair salon, but they can't use evidence improperly gleaned from a jailhouse informant in the case, a judge ruled Monday.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Syracuse University has claimed the title of nation's top party school.
NEW YORK (AP) - Lawyers for a San Francisco man charged with operating an online marketplace for illegal drugs are asking a judge to toss out most of the evidence against him, saying the Fourth Amendment protects their client from "indiscriminate rummaging" through his entire online history.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - People with Alzheimer's disease are not liable for injuries they may cause their paid in-home caregivers, California's highest court ruled Monday in a case involving a home health aide who was hurt while trying to restrain a client.
SANTA CRUZ (AP) - State park officials say California's drought is forcing them for the first time this year to close a campground to overnight use.
MOUNT BALDY (AP) - When the skies opened up with a vengeance, Michael Honer had a front row seat to the powerful forces of Mother Nature.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Professional networking service LinkedIn has agreed to pay nearly $6 million in unpaid wages and damages to 359 current and former employees, the Labor Department said on Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crews suspended an hourslong air and sea search for a captain who may have abandoned his fishing boat early Monday when it got stranded off a popular San Francisco beach.
• 3 PULLED FROM HOLLYWOOD POOL IN GRAVE CONDITION: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a woman and two children who were pulled from a motel pool in Hollywood are in grave condition.
BURNEY (AP) - A pair of wildfires burning without restraint about 8 miles apart in northeast California became the focus of state and federal firefighters Sunday as authorities reported that one of the blazes had destroyed eight homes and prompted the precautionary evacuation of a small long-term care hospital.
GROVELAND (AP) - Nearly a year since a historic wildfire charred a huge swath of California's High Sierra, debate rages over what to do with millions of dead trees left in its wake: truck them to lumber mills or let nature to take its course?