SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials overseeing California's $68 billion high-speed rail project have taken pains in recent weeks to assure the public that construction plans are moving ahead, characterizing a series of recent setbacks as "a bump in the road."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court granted a law license Thursday to a man who has lived in the U.S. illegally for two decades, a ruling that advocates hope will open the door to millions of immigrants seeking to enter other professions such as medicine, accounting and teaching.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A judge in Sacramento ordered the secretary of state's office on Thursday to add about 5,000 signatures to the 614,326 submitted by supporters of a proposed voter referendum that seeks to overturn a new California law guaranteeing certain rights to transgender students in public schools.
WOMAN ARRESTED, ALLEGEDLY LEFT SON WITH TRANSIENTS: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A Southern California woman has been arrested for allegedly leaving her 10-year-old son with two homeless friends so she could party on New Year's Eve.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials said Thursday a fire at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco was ignited at the front of the building, leading to an arson investigation and calls from the Chinese government for better protection of diplomats in the U.S.
OLYMPIC VALLEY (AP) - Local residents concerned about the planned expansion of the Squaw Valley ski resort have launched an effort to incorporate the Olympic Valley village into a California town so they'll have more control over future development at the mountain resort north of Lake Tahoe that hosted the 1960 Olympics.
OAKLAND (AP) - A California hospital and family are embroiled in a harrowing legal and medical fight that has reignited the debate about when machines keeping a severely brain-damaged person alive should be turned off.
GRANITE BAY (AP) - Historically low waters levels in Northern California's Folsom Lake have exposed the remains of a Gold Rush-era mining town flooded decades ago.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A swath of California closed out 2013 as the driest year on record, marked by above-normal temperatures and thirsty reservoirs.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District spends more to equip students with tablet computers than other school districts, which choose less expensive devices, according to a newspaper report.
PASADENA (AP) - Standing atop a giant wedding cake float, Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair exchanged vows New Year's Day in the first same-sex marriage during the Tournament of Roses Parade.
• NAKED MAN LEADS STOCKTON POLICE ON ROOFTOP CHASE: STOCKTON (AP) - A naked man in Stockton led police on a bizarre chase Monday as he jumped from one rooftop to another and over before being arrested.
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - Lake Tahoe-area elementary school students who are concerned about the environment are trying to persuade school district officials to replace plastic foam cafeteria plates with reusable trays.
OAKLAND (AP) - A California judge on Monday ordered a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain dead to be kept on life support until Jan. 7.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Schools in California's public university systems are stamping out smoking in hopes that it will help improve the health of students, faculty and employees.
YOSEMITE NAIONAL PARK (AP) - A brief spring storm delivered a welcome batch of rain to Northern California on Saturday as well as an unexpectedly hearty supply of snow that closed roads in Yosemite National Park and made tire chains a requirement in the mountain passes around Lake Tahoe.
FRESNO (AP) - A multi-billion dollar project to bring salmon back to a dried-up section of California's second-longest river is moving forward despite the state's historic drought and complaints from some farmers who reluctantly agreed to give up some of their water allotments to support the effort.
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - After a 1 ½ year effort, conservators have restored a popular hiking spot in Joshua Tree National Park that became riddled with graffiti.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, announced Sunday that he's undertaking a longshot bid to succeed Barbara Boxer as California's next U.S. senator.
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE OFFICIALS SEEK HELP IN ADDRESSING DRONES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The agency that manages the Golden Gate Bridge is asking Sen. Dianne Feinstein for help in restricting the rising number of remote-controlled drones that have been buzzing the famous span.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court voted not to reconsider a ruling requiring mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for a particular sex crime.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Property owners near South Mission Beach are pushing back against a 30-foot-tall lifeguard tower that's been planned for more than a decade.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials agreed Friday to pay $725,000 to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former Police Department lawyer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Neighborhood council members are asking elected officials to bring topless sunbathing back to Venice Beach.
TATER TOTS, COMFY COUCH WAYLAY PETAMULA BURGLAR: PETALUMA (AP) - Police say a would-be burglar got sidetracked by snacks and a comfy place to snooze, heating up some tater tots and taking a nap on the sofa of the house he broke into.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - About 1,500 farms and individuals in the Central Valley were ordered Thursday to stop taking water from rivers and streams for irrigation, the latest move by state regulators to save water amid intensifying drought conditions.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's corrections department has rejected a recommendation that its inspector general says could help reduce an extraordinarily high homicide rate in state prisons, officials said Thursday.
KEENE (AP) - Hundreds gathered Thursday to see military honors bestowed at the graveside of Cesar Chavez, and despite more than two decades passing since his death, his sister said she felt his presence, just as he brought life to the farmworkers' movement on the fields of Central California.
• CALIFORNIA BILL WOULD END FINES FOR BROWN LAWNS IN DROUGHT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly has approved legislation protecting residents from fines if they do not water their lawn during the drought.
KEENE (AP) - Civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez is going to be honored for a different kind of service.