FRESNO (AP) - The body overseeing plans to build California's bullet train has started the daunting and expensive process of acquiring thousands of acres in the Central Valley, where the rail line's proposed path would slice through farms, stores and motels.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The fees to attend California's community colleges are by far the lowest in the United States - less than half the national average - yet at least 40 percent of the 2.4 million students in the largest U.S. system of higher education do not pay them.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - For more than 40 years, scientists have carefully scrutinized the cobalt waters in the middle of Lake Tahoe, documenting a steady and disturbing decline in the lake's famed clarity.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google plans to include a dozen or so massive sails on its four-story barge under construction in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, creating a floating artistic structure the Internet giant promises will "stand out," a newspaper reported Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Many California state employees received a boost this year after complaining of furloughs and salary cuts during the recession, with some of the largest bargaining units agreeing to raises of 2 to 3 percent annually over the next few years.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.
NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Four people were charged with kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner, torturing him with a blowtorch and cutting off his penis during a robbery because they thought he was burying piles of cash in the desert, authorities said Friday.
The AP's analysis finds that the total payout for bonus pay has been increasing even as the number of employees collecting it has shrunk:
$25M AWARDED FOR HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT HURT GIRL: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California jury has awarded $25 million to the family of a 4-year-old girl who was run over twice by a hit-and-run driver.
BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, has formally inaugurated its 10th chancellor in a ceremony marked by pageantry and brief moments of protest.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Attorneys for the California High-Speed Rail Authority argued Friday that Central Valley residents who sued the state over its bullet train plan have no grounds to stop the project, despite a judge's ruling that the state violated the promises made to voters in a 2008 ballot proposition.
BERKELEY (AP) - Students and staff members at a small private high school in California wore skirts to class on Friday to show solidarity with an 18-year-old senior who suffered serious burns when his clothes were set on fire on a public bus.
HA NFORD (AP) - The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project endorsed a 114-mile route for the second segment of the bullet train from Fresno to Bakersfield during its meeting Thursday.
SONORA (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied continued aid to a Northern California county struck hard by the Rim Fire that raged in August and September.
SF BAY BRIDGE BOLTS TO TAKE A MONTH LONGER TO FIX: OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials say it will take a month longer to complete the permanent fix for the giant steel bolts that snapped on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As California's drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with meters to access one of the state's precious commodities - water.
• JUDGE ORDERS 3 FORMER EXECS TO PAY $1.8M IN ASBESTOS CASE: FRESNO (AP) - Three former executives of a now-defunct non-profit have been ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution to 65 people who were exposed to airborne asbestos after their company directed workers to illegally remove debris containing asbestos from a former air force base in Northern California.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - One man was killed and another wounded during a gun battle at a Northern California marijuana grow-house.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A jury was picked Monday to determine whether a venerable Silicon Valley venture capital firm is liable in a sexual discrimination lawsuit or is the victim of a former employee forced out because of poor performance.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - Two California men were sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for conspiring to support terrorists and kill Americans overseas, federal prosecutors said.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Police say a quick-thinking Girl Scout wearing her badge for cleverness recorded the license plate number of a man who swiped her money box from outside a San Francisco Bay Area supermarket.
NEWPORT BEACH ( AP) - Thousands of tiny crabs rarely seen north of Mexico washed ashore with the high tide in Southern California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Visiting Mickey and Minnie just got more expensive.
TRUCKEE (AP) - A major cross-country ski race in the Sierra Nevada has been canceled for the third time in four years due to a lack of snow.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It was, the mayor of San Francisco said, a "shocking start" to the year for a city amid a technology boom with soaring rents and construction cranes, fashionable restaurants and gentrifying neighborhoods.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California officials announced Sunday an agreement to pay $24 million to investors suing the state over Gov. Jerry Brown's scuttling of a $2.3 billion lease-back plan to sell 11 state properties.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A dozen Californians are finalists vying for a one-way private trip to establish the first permanent human settlement on Mars.
EMERYVILLE (AP) - Northern California protesters angered by a fatal police shooting shuttered a Home Depot for several hours.
DAVIS (AP) - Hoby Wedler was born blind and curious 27 years ago.
LA SCHOOLS: CAN'T GIVE TECH DEVICE TO EVERY STUDENT: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The chief of the Los Angeles Unified School District says there isn't enough money to provide every student with an iPad or other computer device.